SNS Nano Fiber Technology LLC
is a producer of specialized nanofiber matrices. Using proprietary technology, self-supporting nanofiber mats can be fabricated. Particles can be entrapped in the nanofiber matrix or encapsulated within the nanofibers. Nanofibers can also be spun directly onto a substrate, such as a nonwoven, netting or perforated film.
SNS has been certified to the ISO 13485:2003 (w/Design)
and ISO 9001:2008 (w/Design)
standards. We partnered with Smithers Quality Assessments, www.smithersregistrar.com
, an accredited quality and environmental management systems certification body, to achieve our certification.
SNS Nano Fiber is part of a family of companies, which includes Struktol Company of America (www.struktol.com
), Schill+Seilacher “Struktol” GmbH (www.struktol.de
) in Hamburg, Germany, Schill+Seilacher GmbH (www.schillseilacher.de
) in Böblingen, Germany, and Struktol Canada, Limited. Utilizing Struktol’s experience with additives and the polymer expertise of the University of Akron, we have developed a unique niche that did not formerly exist within the realm of nanofiber production.
History of SNS Nano Fiber Technology
SNS Nano Fiber Technology was founded in January 2007. It originated as a result of a cooperative effort between the University of Akron and Schill & Seilacher, a German family-owned chemical company with a history of innovative research. Schill & Seilacher also owns Struktol Company of America, a global company producing additives for the rubber, plastic, and wood composite industries. Struktol Company of America is located just north of Akron, in Stow, Ohio.
During a quarterly visit, representatives from Schill & Seilacher were informed about an interesting project underway at the University of Akron. Scientists from the Department of Chemistry and the Polymer Science Institute were working together and had developed a very unique material using the electrospinning process. They succeeded in incorporating large particles (average diameter of 150-200 micron) into the nanofiber matrix, a feat which had not been accomplished before. A variety of additives were used, but the material containing superabsorbent particles in particular showed much promise for a variety of applications; thus it was the first to be further optimized for eventual commercialization.
In the beginning, the main goal of SNS was to scale up the process of electrospinning in such a way that large particles could be added directly to the spinning solution in order to achieve optimal dispersion. Once this goal was achieved, further development and optimization of the process was necessary.
In late 2009, in response to a rapidly growing interest in its nanofiber products, it was determined that a continuous production line was necessary in order to provide a more efficient process and a higher capacity. This scale-up required a larger facility, which led SNS to its new home in Hudson, Ohio.
SNS remains at the forefront of nanofiber technology, developing additional nanofiber materials and exploring new markets. The tradition of innovative research and tailor made solutions that has always been the focus of Schill & Seilacher continues on with SNS Nano Fiber.