The new eAFK Evo texturing machine from the machine and system builder Oerlikon Barmag, Chemnitz/Germany, a subsidiary of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, which was unveiled at the ITMA trade fair in Barcelona, has proven to be a breakthrough in the manufacture of yarns. This is evidenced by filament yarn producer, Unifi, Inc., Greensboro, NC/USA, who placed a significant order for these machines on the first day of the trade fair.
Unifi collaborated with Oerlikon to develop a specially-designed eAFK Evo pilot machine that has been operating for the last 8 months, using it to manufacture various Unifiber virgin and Repreve-branded recycled polyester and polyamide yarns.
Oerlikon is exhibiting a configuration of the eAFK Evo texturing machine at the ITMA designed for the cost-efficient production of commodity yarns. At just 4.7 m in height, this compact machine still comes with a 4-deck winding system. The most important foundation for both machines is the 300 mm-long EvoCooler with its active cooling technology. The EvoCooler’s controllable cooling unit opens a huge production window, with titers ranging from around 35-350 dtex and including microfilaments; combining it with the EvoHeater increases texturing speed by about 20%. The EvoCooler also enables very even yarn dyeing and provides significant benefits using no additional energy compared to current offerings. With the optimized, energy-efficient EvoHeater and its connected peripherals, the machine offers up to 25% energy savings.