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Right on time for K 2019 and the Open House in Troisdorf, construction work and installation work was completed to fully modernize the largest research and development center for plastics extrusion technology. Inhouse and customer applications are further developed under real production conditions using the latest plastics extrusion technology and extensive know-how.
Investment in the future: High-tech in a pleasant atmosphere
The center houses seven high-tech lines at the latest state of the art for the development of blown film, cast film, polishing sheet, and nonwoven products. The new conference rooms directly adjacent provide a pleasant atmosphere for visitors and customers to view the test lines at close quarters. A special highlight: The conference rooms match the design and architecture of the main building – a miniature version, so to speak, with variable room layout equipped with modern media technology. One of the highlights is the digital connection between the lines and the Reifenhäuser Digital Business Platform. “Visitors more or less sit in the ‘control tower’ and can switch to any of the lines in the hall,” say Ewald Hamm, Head of the Technology Center.
Visitors and customers can experience production in operation, conduct trials, and develop line layouts and recipes in tune with their requirements in consultation with the Extrusioneers from Reifenhäuser. Sales Director Eugen Friedel summarizes the underlying philosophy, “For us, listening carefully to the customer is just the start of a good consultation. We provide our customers with support until they can start up production with certainty and as agreed.“
EVO Ultra Flat: Laser measuring system for extremely flat film
Among the machines and lines at the new Technology Center, Reifenhäuser presents a world first: a laser measuring system that detects film topography to ensure extremely flat film. The system measures film flatness in a closed loop automatically and continuously optimizes production parameters. This guarantees both high energy efficiency and high process reliability. It achieves a visually excellent end product while significantly reducing the use of glue, raw materials, and ink. Customers who use EVO Ultra Flat in their production are certified by Reifenhäuser and receive a quality seal. “The technology has become a genuine competitive advantage for users,” says Eugen Friedel.
High-tech and highlights at the Open House and at the trade show
Visit our Open House at the Troisdorf location and experience our high-tech lines live at the Reifenhäuser Technology Center on October 17, 21, and 22. At K 2019 in Düsseldorf, we are exhibiting 15 innovative highlights on the topic of the Circular Economy instead of working lines. Has this aroused your curiosity? Then we look forward to your visit at our booth in Hall 17, Booth C22 on October 16 to 23.
Reifenhäuser Technology Center – Facts and Figures
Machine hall “Reifenhäuser Lab” l
- Modernization 2019
- Equipped with the latest generation of lines for the production of blown film, cast film, polishing sheet, and nonwovens
- All lines equipped with the new Reifenhäuser IoT Gateway
- Total surface area: 5000 square meters, 25 meters high (Film Technology Center: over 2000 square meters)
Conference rooms “Reifenhäuser Cube”
- up to 7 conference rooms totaling 125 square meters
- Ground floor: 3 fixed rooms
- 1st floor: variable room geometry (1 large and 4 small rooms)
- Equipped with media technology and linked to all lines in the Technology Center (Performance Cockpit)
- designed to simulate the headquarters
About the Reifenhäuser Group
With its highly specialist business units, the Reifenhäuser Group 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 1,600 employees, Reifenhäuser has the world's largest network of expertise in plastics extrusion technologies. The CEO of the Group is Bernd Reifenhäuser.