Manmade Fibers Segment

In 2007 Oerlikon established and then launched, in the form of its WINGS concept, a completely new generation of yarn winders for use in manmade fiber spinning facilities. It has since sold more than 12000 WINGS POY spinning systems (pre-oriented yarn) for use in the manufacture of polyester.

With the development of WINGS POY 1 800, the Manmade Fibers Segment has further refined the successful concept. In one significant modification to the predecessor model WINGS POY 1 500, the so-called span bed was lengthened from 1.5 meters to 1.8 meters. As a result, 12 winders could be installed in the unit instead of 10. This means that producers can increase their yarn production by 20 % – although the unit has only been extended by just 30 centimeters. The manufacturers of manmade fibers, like polyester and polyamide, face tremendous cost pressures. For this reason, such a surge in productivity is a very convincing sales argument to them. This new unit enables them to produce measurably more yarn on the same amount of factory space and sustainably improve their efficiency in the process.

Companies that produce manmade fibers require very robust and high-precision technology because this process is done at the very limits of what is physically possible. The filaments produced by WINGS have a diameter of just 0.0045 millimeter – about 50 times thinner than a strand of human hair. The fibers are wound at 300 kilometers per hour, roughly the speed of a Formula One race car. One winder, weighing 15 kilograms, holds a filament that is 20 million meters in length – enough to cover half the world. Another impressive feature is the extremely low weight of the fibers: They tip the scales at just 0.21 gram per 10 000 meters. A fiber that ran between Oerlikon’s Group Headquarters in Pfäffikon to the Manmade Fiber Technical Center in Remscheid, Germany, would weigh just 15 grams.

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