NCRC Partners Center of Excellence has
Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center (NCRC) at NC State University
opened its new Partners Center of Excellence at a gala ribbon
cutting and dinner on May 28, 2002. Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi was
master of ceremonies and stated, "This new state-of-the-art
Melt Spinning and Hydroentangling facility symbolizes and shows
the resilience of the nonwovens industry not only in North Carolina
but in the world". The new $12 million facility is the most
comprehensive nonwovens and composite lab in the world.
Marye Anne Fox and Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies,
Charlie Moreland, cut the ribbon surrounding the new pilot facility.
Behnam Pourdeyhimi, TATM Professor, Director of Nonwovens
Cooperative Research Center
were recognized during the dinner and program. Nordson Fiber Systems
was recognized for their contribution of the Meltspinning systems.
Hills, Inc was recognized for the proprietary polymer distribution
system that enables the melt spun fibers to be formed in bi-component
cross sections. Innovent was recognized for the donation of a
proprietary 3-dimensional forming drum. Fleissner was dually cited
for their contribution of the AquaJet hydroentangling unit, as
well as Sponsorship of the Grand Opening Event. Rockwell Automation
participated in Partnering by supplying process control hardware
and software including an umbrella control system for both meltspinning
and hydroentangling. Russell Corp has supplied a Trutzschler card
for the operation. PGI has donated a bi-component monofilament
spinning range as well as a small spunbond tower for pre-screening
of polymers. Finally, Freudenberg Nonwovens, NA made a significant
cash donation to the NCRC Partners Center of Excellence. Cotton,
Inc was the co-Sponsor of the Grand Opening Event. Approximately
170 industry, faculty and administration guests were present for
the unveiling of the new Center.
is near completion and 4 separate construction and electrical
contractors are on site. Completion is expected by June 30, 2002.
NCRC will debug and start up the processes over the following
6 to 8 weeks. The Hydroentanglement section will be available
for trials in August and the Melt Spinning sections will be available
for trials in September.
EACH PHOTO TO SEE LARGER VIEW.
Left to Right)
Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies, Charlie
Moreland; NCRC Director, Behnam Pourdeyhimi;
NCSU Chancellor, Marye Anne Fox.
Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and Behnam Pourdeyhimi with NCRC
Opening of NCRC Melt Spinning and Hydroentangling facility
Partners' Dinner in the College of Textiles Atrium.
Center of Excellence
1017 Main Campus Drive
NC State University
Raleigh, North Carolina