Two years ago, Fibre Extrusion Technology Limited of Leeds, England introduced the FET-200 Series, a new pilot and small scale production line for wet spinning technology. At ITMA Barcelona 2019, FET launched its new Laboratory scale version, which is particularly suitable for the early stages of formulation and process development.
The FET-200 LAB can be used for a wide variety of different fibre types, ranging from systems based on corrosive aqueous salt solutions such as alginate fibres through to acidic systems like engineered silk and also systems using flammable, toxic solvents such as UHMWPE.
Each type of wet spun fibre requires a unique processing route: first to produce and meter the dope solution, then to coagulate the filaments and finally to dry and draw the yarn to develop its tensile properties. FET has the expertise to design and manufacture systems to meet these challenges and can configure a complete processing line or specific elements as required.
Apart from the configuration, the equipment is scaled to the output required and the specific type of fibre to be produced.