Machines and technology from Switzerland are in the forefront of many such developments, producing the yarns which are the basis for these innovations. It’s common for producers of automotive parts now to send template material and requirement lists to Swiss Textile Machinery members, trusting their expertise and experience. Members operate development and testing centres with latest machine installations, where their experts devise customised solutions, as well as calling on the pure innovative spirit which is part of their DNA, Swiss Textile Machinery Association said in a press release.
Technology drives applications beyond current imagining in the case of Heberlein air splicers. Developed for a wide range of uses with high-strength technical fibres, they have no problems splicing aramid fibers up to 16’100 dtex, carbon up to 30’000 dtex, Dyneema up to 5’500 dtex, and glass up to 4’800 tex. Using compressed air, the splicers produce a tear-resistant, homogeneous splice of material without interfering knots.
Retech has the technology to achieve impressive specifications for filament yarns, drawing and stretching fibres to perfection. Top heated godet rolls – many customised – are developed for high- performance fibres. Temperatures up to 400°C can be achieved. Combining the right settings andwide speed ranges for each specific process results in unique end-products.
Fabric producers of high-end applications must avoid any quality risk. Yarn producers are well aware of this responsibility, so they use precision package winders for technical yarns, developed by Rieter’s subsidiary SSM. Taking yarns from ring twisting bobbins, its specialist finish winders can produce coarse-count
Switzerland is the hub of innovation and Swiss Textile Machinery members are definitely the first call for partners seeking consultancy, components and machines. Members already work closely with industry-oriented, non-profit research institutions, building relationships to explore the unlimited future potential in the expanding world of technical textiles.
Automotive and communication technology are already important industries for Swiss Textile Machinery members, along with well-known technical textiles markets in sectors such as medical, transport and construction. Smart-wear is already noted as a field with significant potential. Naturally, members are constantly investigating other possibilities. Innovative Swiss textile machinery is already applied in energy (batteries), and plastics.
At first glance, motorists might fail to notice many of the technical yarns ‘hidden’ inside their cars. These products have functions such as providing stability with hardly any weight, or absorbing tensile forces at defined elongation. This kind of controlled elongation behaviour, for example, arises from the choice of textile material and the special construction of the yarns used.
Such specifications make twisting and cabling machines essential for the automotive industry. Saurer offers ideal machines for the production of technical yarns made from a variety of feed materials in a very wide yarn count range. They are needed for vehicle products such as tire carcasses, toothed engine belts, seat belts, airbags and lorry tarpaulins, the release added.
Technical yarns also play a surprising role in mobile devices. Tapping, scrolling and swiping are second nature for billions, with phones and a plethora of other lifestyle essentials. Yet, how many people would know that the touch-sensitivity we take for granted on these screens is largely made possible by twisted glass fibres. Bräcker, part of Rieter’s components business, offers a well- balanced selection of vertical sinter metal rings and nylon travellers for glass fibre twisting, so that mills can achieve the highest levels of productivity and quality.
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