Aachen - The Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University has installed a Biaxtronic Co high performance warp knitting machine as it looks to produce a range of semi-finished products.
Technical textiles play a central role in all areas and application fields of the ITA. Between 1999 and 2011 the ITA Construction Composites research group developed more than 500 textile reinforcement structures for concrete structures with the help of the current in-house machine from Karl Mayer Malimo.
Now, with the procurement of the latest high-performance warp knitting machine which is equipped with a course-oriented weft-insertion system, the institution is now looking to further develop reinforcement structures for concrete matrices. Furthermore, the new machine will also be used for the development of functional samples/prototypes in other application fields such as the production of hybrid knitted fabric structures over a nonwoven substrate and the manufacture of unidirectional (UD) fabrics for fibre-reinforced plastics and plain knitted fabrics for thermal textiles in the mobility sector. Further applications include the reinforcement of wound dressings in the medical textiles sector.
The new machine platform comes with new features which open up new research avenues for the ITA and its research partners.
The possibility to feed in base substrate will allow ITA to fundamentally research applications in the field of geotextiles. The installed Karl Mayer Command System KAMCOS also includes an ethernet interface for integration into an existing network, which fulfills the requirements for research topics in the field of Industry 4.0, inline quality control, sociology, networking of the process chain etc.
The newly developed electronic guide bar control system and the possibility to vary process parameter inline will also improve the product quality substantially and help in producing locally adapted tailored textiles.
"The ITA thrives on the development of new innovative technologies and products, which mainly result from bilateral research projects between industry and universities," the ITA said. "Thus, with the acquisition of the Biaxtronic Co, ITA is looking forward to undertake collaborative projects with national and international partners in the coming years."
The ITA said plans to unveil the Biaxtronic Co on 21st January 2021 at a one-day industry event in Aachen.
The purchase of the Biaxtronic Co is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.