From Idea to the Finished Product

In line with our Stage Gate Process, we accompany our customers and partners from the idea to the finished product. In a first meeting between our project team and the potential customer, we discuss and analyze existing products and their field of application.

In a second step, we adjust the possible room for improvement with the technologies of Norafin. Usually the process encompasses different steps. It starts with the new product idea, leads over to the feasibility study and the R&D work in order to end with the design of the prototype and the serial production. Due to this well-structured project approach, we can draw from our experience gained beforehand and build our new findings on an already strong, but constantly growing knowledge base.

How We Proceed

A project team per field of application develops product as well as project ideas relevant to the market to the point of product readiness. This could comprise an offer for implementation, a hand sample, a trial on the production facility, or the development of further prototypes. The project team accompanies this process from the product idea to its market readiness and supplies the customer with all necessary details concerning delivery specifications, availabilities, product specifications, and all further information crucial for the reliable observance of delivery dates.

Additionally we develop new ideas internally within our R&D team. Through market observation and continued expertise, constant projects with research institutes and business partners, as well as through the influence of our Norafin employees and the Norafin environment. We concentrate on finding sustainable solutions realizable with our Norafin potential.

In close cooperation with internal experts, the project managers of our R&D department are also concerned with the continuous enhancement of our technologies, the analysis of resources and their minimization of wastage, the advancement of sustainability within our organization, as well as with internal process optimizations.

Our Current Projects

TexPCB (2017-2019) Development of flexible, nonwoven-based printed circuit boards based on renewable raw materials

In cooperation with Frauenhofer (IZM) in Berlin and ESYS GmbH, Norafin develops a flexible printed circuit board based on silver nonwoven. The printed circuit board is thin, light and flexible, it can be fire retardant, waterproof or breathable.
This has a decisive advantage over thin polymer films, which currently dominate the market. Conductive paths of the flexible printed circuit boards of silver nonwoven do not break.
The sustainability aspect also comes into play with this project. The electrical connections are made environmentally friendly by ultrasonic welding, the silver can be recovered.
Flexible printed circuit boards are particularly useful in the field of "smart clothing", in which rigid circuit boards can often have a disturbing effect.
Within the framework of the research project further product development results. These include a flexible measuring device for inaccessible fluid levels, a "smart mattress" with which, for example, movements and positions of patients on a screen can be made visible as well as the development of flexible nonwoven heating systems.

Our project partners:

Fraunhofer IZM

 

Esys GmbH

Project executing organization: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Smart Textiles

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Your contact person for this project:
Norafin Friedhelm Jacobi

Friedhelm Jacobi
Project Manager Research & Development

T:+49 3733 5507 259
M:friedhelm.jacobi@norafin.com
SiNergy (2017-2019) Development of silicon-based anode materials for secondary batteries with high energy densities

Partnering with the University of Freiberg and the Helmholtz Institute for Resource Technology (HZDR) Dresden-Rossendorf has allowed development of a nonwoven fabric containing silicon crystals instead of carbon particles. They serve as an anode for the absorption of Li-ions and at the same time ensure the electrical conductivity of the nonwoven. The silicon crystals are to make Li-ion batteries with much higher storage capacity (e.g. in the field of motor vehicles) possible.

Our tasks in the "SiNergy" project are:

  • To find suitable fibers which, when processed into a nonwoven fabric, provide a sufficiently large surface for attaching the silicon crystals.
  • Fibers must be long-term resistant to common electrolytes and must not be destroyed by the constant charging and discharging currents.
  • Silicon particles must be firmly anchored to the fibers so that they remain firm despite permanent expansion and shrinkage.
  • Fibers must be electrically conductive so that the electrons can be moved with sufficient speed.

Our project partners:

TU Bergakademie Freiberg

 

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Project executing organization:

Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB)
Your contact person for this project:
Norafin Friedhelm Jacobi

Friedhelm Jacobi
Project Manager Research & Development

T:+49 3733 5507 259
M:friedhelm.jacobi@norafin.com
Nanofilt (2017-2019) Development of supramolecular nanofiber textile composites for novel, highly efficient filter media for particle removal from gases, aqueous systems and petroleum

Together with the partners DWI, Votech, Hanse Fine Chemicals and the University of Bayreuth, we work on new filter media, which are supposed to make the filtration of nanoparticles from gases and liquids more effective and cost-efficient than is currently possible with conventional filter media.

Our task in this project is to retrofit an existing filter nonwoven with the finest fibers by automatically growing it afterwards between the already existing fibers of the nonwoven and thereby making the filter nonwoven correspondingly more efficient. This fiber growth greatly reduces the pore system of the base fabric and significantly improves its filter properties.

Our project partners:

VoTech Filter GmbH

 

Hansa Fine Chemicals GmbH

 

Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH

 

DWI – Leibniz-Institut für interaktive Materialien

Project executing organization:

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Your contact person for this project:
Norafin Friedhelm Jacobi

Friedhelm Jacobi
Project Manager Research & Development

T:+49 3733 5507 259
M:friedhelm.jacobi@norafin.com
MultiFUN (2017-2019) Development of a multi-functional filter for the cleaning of exhaust gases in high-tech processes

This project contains the development of a nonwoven, loaded with different adsorbents to remove/capture critical pollutants and particles in process air. Packed in a multilayer filter cartridge this loaded nonwoven can remove a variety of pollutants and particles.

The following key aspects of this development are relevant to us:

  • three-dimensional, sustainable loading of basis nonwovens
  • selection of the deployed adsorbents/adsorbent combinations and catalytic acting nonwovens
  • development of a manufacturing process for adsorption acting and catalytic active nonwovens
  • manufacturing of demonstrator structures
  • development of new recipes for basis nonwovens

Our project partners:

ULT AG Umwelt- und Lufttechnik

 

Fraunhofer IWS

 

SEMPA SYSTEMS GmbH

Project executing organization:

Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB)

Overview of the Project "MultiFUN"

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Your contact person for this project:
Norafin Tobias Thiem

Tobias Thiem
Research & Development Project Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 262
M:tobias.thiem@norafin.com
InnoExpert (2017-2019) Development of completely new, durable materials and technologies for the manufacturing of nonwoven based composites

Especially in the fields of electromobility and the automotive industry, the demands for lightweight and sustainable structures are growing. The novel composite structures shall be produced through injection die molding, winding, pressing, laminating, and pultrusion by adjacent pressing operation.

In the scope of this project, composite-based nonwovens shall be characterized and compared to solutions currently available on the market. Therefore, highly efficient methods of production should be used, and new future-oriented short scale basis technologies developed and tested. The objective is to determine in which technologies it is worth investing in, to cope with custom and environmental requirements.

Project executing organization:

Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB)
Your contact person for this project:
Norafin Henri Dallongeville

Henri Dallongeville
Research & Development Project Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 269
M:henri.dallongeville@norafin.com
NF-Schlichte (2017-2020) Surface modification for better adhesion of natural fiber with (bio)epoxyd

Our project partners:

Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.

 

Ecco Gleittechnik GmbH

Project executing organization:

Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen (AiF)

Overview of the project "NF-Schlichte"

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Your contact person for this project:
Norafin Tim Natzschka

Tim Natzschka
Research & Development Project Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 294
M:tim.natzschka@norafin.com
Sound absorber (2018-2021) Development of elements with low thickness for the absorption of preferably low-frequency sound waves based on nonwoven structures for the overall improvement of offices.

Our project partners:

TU Dresden – Institut für Textilmaschinen und textile Hochleistungswerkstoffe (ITM)

 

TU Dresden – Institut für Akustik und Sprachkommunikation

 

ERGO Umweltinstitut GmbH

Project executing organization:

Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen (AiF)

Overview of the project "Sound absorber"

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Your contact person for this project:
Norafin Tim Natzschka

Tim Natzschka
Research & Development Project Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 294
M:tim.natzschka@norafin.com
ThermoPre Plus (2018-2021) Research and development of a production technology for process-reliable processing of load-capable effiLOAD preforms for high-temperature-resistant interior applications

Our project partners:

Hegewald & Peschke, Mess- und Prüftechnik GmbH

 

Hörmann Rail & Road Engineering GmbH

 

Renolit SE

 

Cetex, Institut für Textil- und Verarbeitungsmaschinen gGmbH

 

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.

Project executing organization:

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Overview of the project "thermoPre plus"

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Your contact person for this project:
Norafin Tim Natzschka

Tim Natzschka
Research & Development Project Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 294
M:tim.natzschka@norafin.com
Norafin Gully system

Since May 26, 2004, rainwater drained from streets in Germany must no longer be routed through the sewage treatment plant. Problems in the separation of rainwater arise, for example, by vehicles whose pollutants are released and flushed from the street into the gully. Thaw salts in winter also pose a challenge for scientists.

The Norafin Gully system is based on adsorption and complex binding of pollutants. The organic pollutants are adsorptive bound in activated carbon, the metallic dissolves pollutants with the help of heavy metal binding fibers. Light metals, such as sodium are thereby little or not tied, which guarantees the functionality of the system even in winter months.

The gully cleaning unit consists of individual segments, which are filled with sorbents (e.g. activated carbon). The boundaries of the segments form nonwovens made of heavy metal binding fibers. Particles as well as dissolved pollutants are thus successfully removed from the rainwater.

Our cleaning system meets the specifications of the German Institute for Construction Technology and can be used in every season – in any weather conditions.

Your contact person for this project:
Norafin Friedhelm Jacobi

Friedhelm Jacobi
Project Manager Research & Development

T:+49 3733 5507 259
M:friedhelm.jacobi@norafin.com

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