With more than 9000 components, and at 7m long, The Iguana is one of the largest machines of its kind in the world. Revolution Fibres operations manager Brent Tucker says while the company has been producing nanofibre for almost a decade, The Iguana enables a greatly increased production capacity
“The Iguana is a fantastic collaboration between the best Kiwi minds from the science and engineering worlds,” he says.
Stafford Engineering cofounder Roger Evans says most of its clients know what they want to produce but don’t have the expertise to build it themselves.
“For us a machine is a machine and in the case of Revolution Fibres, they had a very good idea of what they wanted,” he says.
The nanofibre manufacturing process starts with fishing company Sanford supplying hoki skins, from which pure collagen is extracted. Using the process of electrospinning The Iguana transforms the collagen into nanofibre.
During the process natural ingredients such as kiwifruit and grapeseed are infused.
Nanofibres — measuring between 100-500 nanometres in width (a human hair is 50,000 nm wide) — can create vast changes in mechanical strength, reactivity, and, in the case of skin care, absorbency.
The Iguana creates rolls of anti-aging activLayr. The unique process is a commercial secret and detailed photos of the machine operating are not permitted.