Lab Scale Equipment

electrospinning2Through the Fiber Science Lab, NWI offers researchers students and clients the ability to characterize polymers and additives along with lab-scale fiber, web formation equipment. The lab was developed for both characterization and evaluation of polymers and additives for meltspinning via meltblown, spunbond and various nanofiber production technologies. The lab-scale equipment often serves as a precursor to work performed on the nonwoven pilot equipment. In addition, the Coating and Lamination Lab at NWI offers small-scale pilot equipment for coating and lamination research and small runs.

If you have questions or would like to discuss a custom project, please send an email to NWI questions.

Polymer Characterization Equipment

  • Instron CEAST, Smart Rheo 2000 – Dual Capillary Rheometer
  • Instron CEAST, 7026 Melt Flow Tester – MVR, MFR
  • Capillary Rheometer-RH7-2 (Rosand)

Fiber Extrusion and Web Formation Equipment

  • Hills LBS-300 Research Line
    • Multifilament spinnerets with orifices to produce the following external fiber cross sections:
      •  Solid round
      • Hollow round
      • Trilobal
    • Multifilament bicomponent fiber spinning with metering/distribution plates to produce the following internal fiber cross sections:
      • Sheath/Core
      • Side x Side
      • Tipped Trilobal
      • 16 Segment Pie
      • 36 Islands-In-the-Sea
    • Monofilament extrusion capabilities for extruding, water quenching, and winding homopolymer and bicomponent
    • Meltblown dies for extruding homopolymer and bicomponent meltblown fibers
    • Spunbond open systems aspirator for high speed stretching of spun fibers along with spunbond fabric forming, calender bonding, and winding equipment
  • 25 cm Elmarco Nanospider
  • 38 cm (15 in) Biax Meltblown Research Line
  • 12.5 cm (5 in) Meltblowing Line with Reicofil and Biax Meltblowing Dies

Coating and Lamination Equipment

  • 75 cm (30 in) Rollmac Custom Coating Line
    • Knife Coating (over air, over roll, reverse roll)
    • Padding
    • 2 UV Stations for grafting and curing
  • 90 cm (36 in) Klieverick Powder Applicator and Lamination Calendar

The Lab Services also offers three-dimensional deep molding and post fiber drawing