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IDEA 22: Reifenhäuser Reicofil shows broad portfolio of high-performance and sustainable nonwovens

Recyclable cast film/nonwovens
RF5 Composite

Nonwovens line specialist Reifenhäuser Reicofil will present its portfolio of high-performance and sustainable nonwovens under the slogan "Living Nonwovens" at IDEA 22 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida from March 28 to 31, 2022 (booth 3801).

"We offer the appropriate line technology for almost any application. From soft and bulky High Loft nonwovens, sustainable and bio-based fabrics to high barrier nonwovens with optimized properties and reliable filter characteristics to nonwovens made from post-consumer waste. With our current RF5 machine generation, we are also setting the benchmark in terms of quality, performance, availability, efficiency and machine intelligence."

Markus Müller
Vice President Sales & Marketing Reifenhäuser Group.

In terms of sustainability, Reicofil offers various approaches to save fossil raw materials, such as the processing of bio-based raw materials as an ecological alternative - for diapers, for example. Here, the topsheet material, made of bulky, soft, and industrially compostable High Loft nonwovens, meets maximum hygiene requirements. For industrial applications, high-strength nonwovens can be processed even from up to 90% PET flakes from post-consumer waste. This is how Reicofil shows perfect ways to combine sustainability and high-performance nonwovens.

Another highlight is the so-called BiCo technology. In this process, two different raw materials are combined in one fiber in the spunbond process, creating a bimetal effect and causing the fiber to crimp. This opens the door for manufacturers to completely new product properties that are unattainable with monofibers.

Nonwoven-film composites with exceptionally low grammage

For the medical sector, Reicofil will showcase its leading solutions for high-barrier medical protective clothing and - together with its sister business unit Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating - the pioneering Ultrathin Coating production process, which enables customers to produce film-nonwoven-composites more cost-effectively and thus competitively. The Corona pandemic and current supply bottlenecks have exposed the dependence of companies on global supply chains. This situation is both a warning signal and an opportunity to fundamentally strengthen local semi-finished product production. The jointly developed process achieves significant cost savings and easier line maintenance by eliminating the need for hot melt adhesives. With the patent-pending Ultrathin Coating technology, producers reduce film grammage by 66 percent. Thanks to the perfectly compatible combination of Reifenhäuser nonwovens and extrusion coating lines, customers thus receive seamless semi-finished product production.

Smart digitization with full data sovereignty

With the c.Hub, the new data platform of the Reifenhäuser Group, Reicofil offers its customers a digitization solution that is tailored to the requirements of nonwovens production. Customers can securely connect, centrally store and easily analyze data from their Reicofil machines, peripherals, ERP and MES systems via the c.Hub middleware. Together with various software bundles, c.Hub is offered as an on-premise solution. It can be deployed locally and remains under the full data sovereignty of the user.  Via the web-based ExtrusionOS user interface, customers can keep an eye on their production and the status of their machines wherever they are. The ExtrusionOS software packages offer transparency from the first to the last meter, faster defect troubleshooting, and complete traceability of key quality parameters.

LAMICOR-CL Laminator: The heart of the Ultrathin Coating extrusion coating line.

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Customers use Reicofil technology to produce nonwovens from biobased raw materials, for example for use in diapers.

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The latest machine generation RF5 sets benchmarks in terms of quality, performance, availability, efficiency, and machine intelligence.

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About the Reifenhäuser Group

The Reifenhäuser Group together with its highly specialized business units is the leading provider of innovative technologies and components for plastics extrusion. Founded in 1911, the company is a global supplier of high-tech solutions. With its technologies and the know-how of its 1,750 employees, Reifenhäuser has the world's largest network of expertise in plastics extrusion technologies. The CEO of the Group is Bernd Reifenhäuser.