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Headed for the Next Benchmark

Remscheid, May 27, 2011 – To be a "solutions supplier" means to make life easier for customers and to make their success a top priority. Oerlikon Barmag, the world market leader in the field of spinning installations for man-made fibres such as polyester, nylon, and polypropylene as well as for texturing machines, meets this challenge. More than 1,600 employees around the world work every day to create innovative technologies that set new standards – for the customers' progress.

New Yardstick for Efficient Filament Production: WINGS FDY

The spinning installation WINGS (Winding INtegrated Godet Solution), which integrates the drawing unit into the winder and thus enables a low building height, improves the energy balance by about 25 percent even for POY production (polyester, polyamide) and is easier than ever to operate. Now Oerlikon Barmag is offering the WINGS technology for FDY (Fully Drawn Yarn), too. This was achieved by modifying the FDY process and adapting it to a machine that can be operated from the floor, as well as developing and improving various components. The result: The drawing unit and winder can be operated by one person; production sequences, slew rate and energy consumption reach a significantly better standard than conventional FDY systems. This results in even more efficient and profitable FDY production with the proven yarn quality. Around 5,000 WINGS FDY positions have been sold so far, and the first have been installed already. "WINGS FDY is well on its way to becoming what WINGS POY already is: a benchmark for filament production. Our competitive advantage has grown with this innovation," ensures Stefan Kross, head of the Oerlikon Barmag business unit.

Evolution in Texturing: eFK
Oerlikon Barmag's fundamental principle is innovation through evolution: The modular texturing machine eFK is the advancement of its successors such as FK6-1000, MPS and Cocoon. It retained proven elements such as the winder, the pneumatic yarn placer, the ease of handling and the energy efficient godet technology; but with the new modular design, the system moves to the next step in technology, with greater efficiency and ergonomics. The eFK aims to meet essential market requirements at a good cost-benefit ratio: A wide range of variations and options allow adaptation to nearly all production needs having to do with texturing, including those of DTY (Draw Textured Yarn) products. And at the ITMA Barcelona 2011 the next milestone will be introduced: The automatic texturing machine eAFK for even greater quality, efficiency and productivity.

Entering the Carbon Age: WinTrax Fibre Winders
Whether automobiles, airplanes, wind turbines, racing bikes or tennis racquets – light and super-stable carbon fibres are the material of the future for more and more applications. An example: The weight of heavy batteries is balanced with chassis made of carbon fibres in the production of electric vehicles. With the WinTrax, Oerlikon Barmag has developed a winder designed for economic winding of high-quality carbon fibres. Flexibility, perfect package composition, easy operation, minimal maintenance – these benefits have made both the manual and automatic models of WinTrax a worthwhile investment, with the Asian and Russian markets leading the way.

Cutting Edge: Technical Yarns
Oerlikon Barmag considers itself the market leader in the field of technical yarns, too. Various solutions are amongst the most productive and flexible concepts in the global marketplace. The range of applications is wide, reaching from tyre cord, tarpaulin, conveyor belts and geo-textiles, to airbags and safety belts. Regarding space saving, the equipment is state-of-the-art: The new 6LA spinning pack makes a technical yarn machine 25 percent more compact than systems with conventional metal powder filtration – with more than three times the filter area. And with its own engineering, Oerlikon Barmag offers solutions along the entire production chain for the trend geo-textiles.

Emphasis is Always on the Customer: From R&D to Support and Service
Making customers successful with innovations – at Oerlikon Barmag this begins with a clearly defined long-term development strategy tailored to the customers and market, concrete concepts regarding machine technology of the future, and the shortest possible research and development phase. The Oerlikon Barmag technical training centre in Remscheid contributes by acting as a greenhouse for the leading technologies of tomorrow. Customers can use it, too. And with its engineering services, the company also creates optimal solutions along the entire textile supply chain for each customer and provides comprehensive Support and Service. But there is one thing that always stays the same, according to Stefan Kross: "The motto: 'Time to market' always applies."

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