MÖNCHENGLADBACH, Germany — August 16, 2016 — After having worked successfully together during the past year, both companies have signed an agreement on the cooperation in the area of reclycled materials, especially of recycled polyester (R-PET). The cooperation covers BCF lines which produce carpet yarns by spinning recycled polyester or blends of virgin PET chips and recycled flakes.
The overall spectrum of products offered includes a VACUREMA Basic Line and secondary components from EREMA which feed the inline connected symTTex spin positions of Trützschler Man-Made Fibers with a high-quality polymer melt.
For cost reasons, recovered secondary raw materials, such as flakes from used PET bottles, have long been a popular commodity in both the plastic and in the fiber industry. Since the quality of the raw material plays a decisive role when spinning thermoplastic polymers, the bottle flakes have to be treated with special care.
Erema’s VACUREMA technology offers modular solutions with a vacuum reactor, a directly connected single-screw extruder and a high-performance filter for this process step. The high quality of the melt with respect to viscosity (IV value) and purity lays the foundation for top-quality filaments. The upstream processes have little impact on the directly following spinning process, since only small pressure fluctuations occur during backwashing or screen changes.
Trützschler’s R-PET-spinning technology is based on the proven system components for spinning primary chips. The process involves the well-known spin packs and the double-shell godets, the HPc-texturing system and the fully automatic winder.
Existing customers will appreciate the use of the same key components for operation of the R-PET plant. The support of process and product development for recycled polyester through process engineering in Winterthur is part of the package.
Last year, Trützschler and Erema jointly developed a carpet yarn plant for BCF yarns from recycled PET on customer demand. While the reactor, the extruder and the polymer filters were delivered by Erema, Trützschler Man-Made Fibers was responsible for spinning, drafting and winding. The plant is very flexible, so that both yarns from 100% recycled material or blends with PET primary granules can be spun.
Posted August 16, 2016