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

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
TexBATT (2019-2021) Development of an anode with three dimensional active particles loaded in a textile structure for the use in the 3rd generation battery technology.

Our project partners:

Fraunhofer IWS

 

Haver & Boecker OHG

 

TU Dresden - Institute for Inorganic Chemistry I

 

Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (STFI)

Project executing organization:

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

 

Overview of the project "TexBATT"

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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
ConText (2019-2022) Textile surfaces for electrical supply, information technology communication and intuitive interaction with IoT devices in the smart home.

The aim of the project is to develop so-called Connecting Textiles. These are to form a safe, robust and electromagnetically environmentally friendly textile-based IoT infrastructure for smart wallpapers and textile surfaces in general. IoT devices such as temperature sensors can be supplied with cable-based power via these surfaces in the living area. The devices can also communicate via this and, thanks to their flexible design, enable intuitive and individual configuration of Smart Homes. The contacting of IoT devices via the surfaces is simple and intuitive. The textiles in turn enable connection to standard Smart Home protocols. Various haptic interaction patterns such as touching, stroking or stretching can be used to configure interactions and thus form the basis for intelligent interactive assistance.

Our project partners:

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFK)

 

Robert Bosch GmbH

 

Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF)

 

Fraunhofer-Institut für Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung (IFAM)

 

Peppermint Holding GmbH

 

Innovative Living Institute GmbH & Co. KG

Project executing organization:

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
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
HyprSTEP (2019-2022) Development of novel hybrid process based on graphene modified smart textile filters and polymer membranes for advanced wastewater treatment.

The transmission of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the hydrological cycle is one of the most critical issues for the global water security. Among others, ineffective wastewater treatment processes in sewage plants are responsible for contamination of water. To overcome these challenges, “HyprSTEP” project focuses on the development of a novel hybrid process based on a treatment of wastewater utilizing smart textile filters combined with membrane bioreactor (MBR). Important innovation steps are adsorptive and biocidal graphene-based coatings, which are applied on tailor-made textile filters and polymer membrane surfaces. The application of graphene will lead to the development of smart textile filter with self-cleaning properties. The optimization of polymer membranes and the tailor-made engineering of the MBR plant are also necessary. The project strives to demonstrate a strong increase in efficacy as well as profitability of the novel wastewater treatment processes.

Our project partners:

Atec Automatisierungstechnik GmbH

 

PolymemTech Sp. z o.o.

 

TU Warschau

 

Hohenstein Textile Testing Institute GmbH & Co. KG

Project executing organization:

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

 

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
3D-PAKtex (2020-2022) 3D functional nonwovens with integrated gas sensor technology for emergency forces' protective clothing.

During a fire, many toxic gases develop, to which firefighters are exposed. These include so-called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). These carcinogenic substances adhere to soot particles, which can penetrate protective clothing and skin, thus entering the bloodstream and accumulating in body fat. Studies have shown an increase in cancer incidence in this occupational group.

The aim of the 3D-PAKtex project is to improve the personal protection of the emergency services from soot-borne PAH. The core element is innovative nonwovens coated with adsorbing materials for these hazardous substances and which, by being functionalized, enable permanent protection. These textiles are intended to supplement existing protective clothing by providing quickly and easily replaceable inner layers. In order to monitor the protective effect, specific sensor systems are implemented and integrated into the functional nonwoven fabric. Via a communication interface, the task force can also check the remaining capacity to bind the pollutants during fire fighting.

Our project partners:

Hubert Schmitz GmbH

 

ATS Elektronik GmbH

 

Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik (IWS)

 

JLM Innovation GmbH

Project executing organization:

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

Andy Schuffenhauer
Research & Development Project Manager

T:+49 3733 5507 240
M:andy.schuffenhauer@norafin.com
CORONA-FUNKFFP2 (2020-2022) Development of a functionalized and sustainable FFP2 mask with a high wearing comfort.

Wearing face masks is one of the most important measures in the current fight against the worldwide SARS Covid-19 pandemic. In various areas of our daily life as well as in medical facilities, people are obliged to wear certified, medical protective masks, mainly FFP2 and FFP3 masks. In most cases, these are for single use and cause huge quantities of textile waste.

The aim of this project is to develop face masks with antibacterial functional structures based on the new „Solvent-Detergent-Mechanism “, and with a new breathing outlet. These masks shall be easily sanitized, or respectively sterilized, by using superheated steam (120-140°C), while maintaining the filtration effect to the greatest possible extent.

Besides the reconditioning of these masks, the following aspects are crucial:

  • enhancing the filtration effectivity for liquid aerosol components and finest particles
  • high air permeability (low respiratory resistance during inhalation: ∆p< 1,5 mbar, with Q= 95 L/min and during exhalation ∆p < 1,5 mbar, with Q= 160 L/min)
  • internal mask desinfection of liquid droplets and particles fixed on the nonwoven material
  • environmentally friendly waste disposal through composting
  • printable protective masks

Project executing organization:

Projektträger Jülich | Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
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

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