08. July 2019 | Technology & Machinery

Reicofil scores points with spunbond fabric made from post-consumer waste

Spinnvlies mit Reicofil Technologie
Experts inspect nonwoven quality in Reifenhäuser technical center.
Source: Reifenhäuser
As a material for hygiene and packaging products, spunbonded fabric can help save up to 50 percent of the semi-finished material previously used, while simultaneously improving product properties. This is made possible thanks to Reifenhäuser Reicofil spunbond technology. Reifenhäuser's systems and components can also process post-consumer waste.

Dr. Andreas Rösner, Strategic Product Development at Reifenhäuser Reicofil, is an expert in sustainability and energy efficiency: "Our latest machine generation RF5 can produce nonwoven with attained quality. At Reifenhäuser we are continuously working to enable our customers to manufacture innovative plastics extrusion products in a way that conserves resources. Our lines equipped with BiCo-technology exactly fit to this claim.

Benefits of spunbond technology
Reifenhäuser Reicofil supplies spunbond lines predominantly for the hygiene market can produce spunbonded fabrics and SMSs with minimum grammage, extraordinarily high homogeneity, and a very low, specific energy consumption. In the Reicofil spunbond process, the conversion of granulate into nonwoven takes place in a single production step. As Dr. Rösner explained: "Our Reicofil spunbond technology works with a closed cooling and stretching system. This means that the filaments only come into contact with the surrounding air just before their homogeneous discharge."

Spunbond fabric made from post-consumer waste
Using a higher proportion of recycled materials in the product perfectly combines cost efficiency and ecological sustainability. "At Reifenhäuser, we do our part to support the circular economy. Of course, a lot of attention is devoted to inline recycling capacities so that, at best, no waste is generated during production." explained Dr. Rösner. "Using our technology, cleaned PET flakes made of post-consumer waste can directly be processed with no loss of quality in comparison to virgin material. Due to the fact that the line enables PETs and polyolefins to be processed, the potential product diversity is increased, and production costs and handling are hugely reduced. Our customers demonstrate the economical processability of recyclates, biodegradables and PCW-flakes with their innovative solutions" added Dr. Rösner.

Using experience and expertise together
At its Troisdorf location, the market and technology leader in spunbond lines operates the world's largest research and development center for nonwoven production. While their own lines continue production, customers can use the technology center for their development, with the assistance of the Reicofil experts.

"With our cutting-edge RF 5 line technology and our expertise in extruder development, screw design, and production, we are the perfect partner for innovative spunbond products for the hygiene and packaging market – not only with PCW recycling," stated Dr. Andreas Rösner.

From October 16 to 23, at the K 2019 in Düsseldorf, the company will be demonstrating how to further develop products using the latest RF5 and RF Smart technologies.

K 2019: Hall 17, stand C22
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