Textile technology by Acker
Cooperation project advances textile technology innovations.
The thermal post-treatment of textiles ensures that the material shrinks in a controlled manner after production and also gives the textile a defined grip. We are currently testing ways of optimising thermosetting in textile technology in cooperation with the Institute for Textile Technology at the RWTH Aachen University. The first results have shown that innovative systems offer decisive advantages.
Intensive cooperation with the research department
The research project with the RWTH Aachen University explores new methods for thermosetting technical textiles using infrared radiation. Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Kristina Simonis and Isa Bettermann M. Sc. from the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University provide scientific support. Compared to classic gas heating, the advantage of this method is that thermosetting textiles is particularly safe. Up to now, the manufactured textiles have usually been treated on a 60-metre-long tensioning frame in a separate second process. The aim of our joint project is to integrate thermosetting in the actual production process of textiles. This will help to save time, space and energy. We have already successfully tested the system prototype.
"We are pleased to be involved in the further development of a highly efficient manufacturing process in the textile industry as a research partner," explained Peter Stiefel, Managing Director of Acker. "The innovative system development promises maximum quality as well as increased efficiency in textile technology."
Note on grants
The project is funded by ZIM (the German Central Innovation Programme for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses) of the German Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy.