IRG Meltspinning – Industrial research in progress
On April 21, 2016, the kick-off meeting of IRA, the Industry Research Group Meltspinning was held at the ITA Institut für Textiltechnik (Institute of Textile Technology) of RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany. The IRG represents a consortium of companies and the ITA, which runs application-related and industrial-aligned fundamental research. The idea is to systematically address technological, economic and strategic issues in the field of meltspinning
The target group of the IRG Meltspinning is companies along the entire process chain – from plant manufacturers over polymer proto chemical fibre producers. In joint decisions, the members of the IRG determine a research topic which will be investigated. The results are exclusively available for the companies participating in the IRG. Furthermore, half-yearly meetings provide the possibility for all members to network and to define upcoming steps in the research project.
The research is fostered by the members of the IRG. In return, the companies obtain an exclusive access to the research results beside the possibility of joining the half-term meetings.
The ITA presents the platform for the IRG and implements the industry-related fundamental research in meltspinning. At present, six companies are members of the IRG:
• Reifenhäuser Reicofil, Troisdorf/Germany
• Oerlikon Barmag, Remscheid/Germany
• Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik, Mönchengladbach/Germany
• NV Michel Van de Wiele, Kortrijk/Belgium
• DSM, Heerlen/Netherlands and
• Heberlein AG, Wattwil/Switzerland
Other companies are welcome to join the IRG Meltspinning – please contact Inga.Noll@ita.rwth-aachen.de. The members of the Industry Research Group define the topics to ensure an industry-related targeted research. Thematically, the IRG will investigate the modelling of the meltspinning process in the long run. The superior aim is to develop a self-optimized meltspinning process, which allows drawing a conclusion from the spinning parameters to the filament’s characteristics. The subject area for the first year of IRG is the field of measurement and sensor technology for the spinning process.