An FET-200LAB wet spinning system, which will play a major part in advanced materials research to support sustainable growth and development, has been installed at the University of Manchester/UK. Here, the research program will be conducted by The Henry Royce Institute, which identifies challenges and stimulates innovation in areas ranging from biomedical devices through to plastics sustainability and energy-efficient devices.
FET-200 Series wet spinning systems are part of the range of melt spinning equipment from Fibre Extrusion Technology Ltd. (FET), Leeds/UK. It is a laboratory scale system, which is especially suitable for the early stages of formulation and process development. It is used for processing new functional textile materials in a variety of solvent and polymer combinations.
In particular, the FET-200LAB will be utilized in trials for a family of fibers made from wood pulp, a sustainable resource rather than the usual fossil fuels. Bio-based polymers are produced from biomass feedstocks such as cellulose and are commonly used in the manufacture of high-end apparel. The key to cellulose and other materials like lyocell and viscose is that they can be recycled, treated and fed back into the wet spinning system for repeat manufacture.