19. March 2018 | Research & Development

Acker cooperates with the research department

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. Optimised processes for thermosetting in textile technology are currently being developed within the scope of a cooperation project between Acker Textilwerk GmbH and RWTH Aachen University. The first promising results are already available.

Intensive cooperation with the research department

The research project 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 the project is to integrate thermosetting in the actual production process of textiles. This will help to save time, space and energy. The prototype for a corresponding production system has already been developed and successfully tested.

"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."

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.
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