ITMA 2019, as a hotbed of innovation in textile and garment manufacturing, is a key event for the industry. It brought together leading manufacturers and suppliers from across the supply chain to showcase their novel solutions.

Truetzschler presents solutions for spinning preparation, nonwovens and man-made fibers

(Left) Echo Yu, Marketing Specialist, Truetzschler Textile Machinery (Shanghai) and Dr. Bettina Temath, Head of Global Marketing, Truetzschler GmbH & Co. KG.The Truetzschler Group presented intelligent machine technologies, digital solutions and installations for sustainable nonwovens at its booth.

“Cost pressure, personnel bottlenecks and fluctuating raw material qualities are some of the most pressing challenges in spinning preparation,” pointed out Dr. Bettina Temath, Head of Global Marketing at Truetzschler GmbH & Co. KG.

She said, in order to deal with these challenges, Truetzschler counts on state-of-the-art sensor technology and digital integration – and opens up a new chapter in carding technology: The new intelligent card TC 19i automatically and continuously optimizes the carding gap whose setting has a critical influence on quality and performance.

In addition, new cloud-based digital monitoring and management systems provide yarn manufacturers with transparency over all processes in the spinning mill.

“For example, the My Wires app provides information on the status of clothings and service intervals and helps with the planning of reorders,” she said.

As introduced, another highlight at the booth was the Portal Bale Opener BO-P. It allows significantly more bales to be placed side by side and processes them in parallel using two opening rolls. Thus, it results in significantly better blending and higher production.

Meanwhile, Truetzschler Nonwovens presented sustainable concepts tailored to individual customer needs. “The focus is on technologies for the production of biodegradable light-weight webs from renewable raw materials,” she said.

In addition to proven solutions for carded, spunlaced nonwovens made of 100% cotton or 100% viscose, Truetzschler Nonwovens has developed an alternative technology in cooperation with Voith.

“In a wet-onwet process, the web is formed from cellulose-based short fibers suspended in water and then bonded by means of hydroentanglement. The sustainable, high-quality wipes and cleaning cloths that result from this process can be completely degraded by microorganisms in the environment after usage by the consumer,” she explained.

The Man-Made Fibers division presented the new four-end BCF machine MO40, which is based on the proven M40 concept. The symmetrical design in combination with the lamellaless HPc texturing results in maximum yarn and bobbin qualities. As each spinning position produces four BCF ends simultaneously, the machine achieves high productivity at moderate speeds, which ensures a stable process.

BRÜCKNER’s advanced technologies stay ahead of the curve

A BRÜCKNER double-layer stenter POWER-FRAME was highlighted at the booth.BRÜCKNER, the German manufacturer of drying, coating and finishing equipment and technology, presented some automated technologies at ITMA 2019.

Verena Ruckh, Head of Advertising & Marketing Department, BRÜCKNER Trockentechnik GmbH & Co. told CTA, with the focus on digitalization, the company offers new possibilities to increase productivity, reduce investment in resources and increase quality.

“Our goal is to help our customer to achieve sustainability and stay competitive in future. For example with our new developed minimum application unit, our customers can save resources and have lower waste,” she highlighted.

She observed a change for the customer requirements over the years. “Let’s say, ten or twenty years ago, the customers were asking for machines only. Today, in addition to machines, they are asking more and more for technological advice. And this is exactly what we are offering since a long time: technology transfer and training of machine operators, to make sure that our machines run with optimum settings for each process. That is what makes the difference between us and our competitors.”

In recent years, BRÜCKNER has made large investments for new innovation. She gave an example of the intelligent assistance systems which provide the machine operator with information on how to run the system productively and efficiently.

In addition, BRÜCKNER also demonstrated the great diversity of its product portfolio. For instance, the company has invested a lot in the denim sector. An important component in the finishing of denim fabrics is the proven BRÜCKNER Sanfor line POWER-SHRINK, which was showcased at the fairground in model scale. Finishing on a sanfor line provides the fabric with a more stable structure, a smoother touch and minimum residual shrinkage.

The company has a very strong presence all over the world. “Now, the important markets for us include of course India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Far East. Moreover, the rising American market is also significant. And of course we have European customers who are investing in our technologies, especially for technical textiles,” she remarked.

Talking about the recent movements of the company, she said: “Last year, our completely new production facility was officially opened in Germany in order to increase delivery volume, shorten delivery times and keep the quality on highest level. We also established a new representative office in Shanghai, China to enhance the proximity to Asian customers.”

Santex Rimar introduces innovations for technical textiles, finishing and weaving sectors

Simone Rancan, Santex Rimar Group CEO.Santex Rimar Group presented new innovations in all of its segments, from technical textiles, finishing to weaving, exploiting areas where added value can be transferred to its customers.

According to Simone Rancan, Santex Rimar Group CEO, some of the important highlights at the booth this year included the new compactor Sperotto Rimar COMPAS, green sludge dryer Solwa DRYWA and advanced deep learning technologies Santex Rimar Group ATHENA.

“COMPAS, a new open width compacting and finishing machine, is a totally new concept for both woven and knitted fabrics. It will be one of our strong products in the coming years and we’re happy to be in time for this ITMA to show this,” commented Rancan.

He pinpointed that all the main markets put the topics of connectivity and sustainability as high priority.

Many countries are promoting Industry 4.0 concept and giving incentive to companies to develop along this line. “We’re showing the data processing features in our finishing machines, and customers are very impressed by this kind of system,” he said.

We spend about 3% to 4% of our turnover on R&D every year. We’re very proud because what we see today are the results of five to six years of development.”

For Santex Rimar Group, technical textile is best performing sector this year, especially in the US and Europe. Italy alone is growing fast. The Group’s technical textile systems are designed for high quality applications, such as aerospace.

We have interested customers in Asia for technical textiles. We expect more successes in Asia in the coming years as the market looks for higher quality products.

On the other hand, he said, traditional finishing machines are having nice demand still, but the weaving sector is very quiet so far.

Investors are considering where to install their new plants. In the past, they may want to set up plants in China, but now other countries like Mexico, India, Vietnam or Bangladesh will also be considered. Chinese companies also tend to expand along the Belt and Road areas.

“But the textile industry has been moving all the time: from England at the beginning to the rest of Europe; to Asia; and to South America – It is always relocating to the lower cost countries,” he concluded.

Monforts demonstrates simpler and smarter advances

Monforts’ patented Twin-Air system at the booth.A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG demonstrated a range of new advances made possible by Industry 4.0 techniques at the exhibition.

At the company’s booth, visitors discovered the possibilities of ‘digital twin’ capability – now being made available for all Monforts machine systems – and that by exploiting the latest advanced sensor technology, comprehensive technical machine data can now be virtually mapped in the cloud in real time.

The data can be easily accessed using the new Monforts Smart Support and Smart Check apps for an instantaneous status overview.

All specifications relating to machine performance and the production process can be mapped, to enable vastly simplified and targeted analysis for controlled planning and production. Insights harnessed from such analysis can be used to optimise the actual production process.

“Operators and mill managers are informed by Smart Check sensors when maintenance or the replacement of key components will be required, well ahead of time,” explained Monforts Vice President Klaus A. Heinrichs. “Direct access to the integrated Monforts webshop allows users to instantly order such parts when they are needed, virtually preventing machine downtime.”

On request, Monforts can also virtually monitor machine performance and pro-actively alert customers to the need for preventative action. In such cases, however, data is only ever called from the cloud by Monforts when customers have given their full consent, in the interests of data security.

“The Monforts digital twin system and apps are being made available for all of our machine ranges going forward and will make the operations of our customers considerably smarter, and at the same time, simpler,” Heinrichs concluded.

Swiss manufacturers focus on continuous innovation

Cornelia Buchwalder, General Secretary of SWISSMEM’s Swiss Textile Machinery Association.Focusing on continuous innovation, the Swiss companies are working to consolidate their strength in the global market. A total of 65 Swiss-based companies, of which 40 are members of SWISSMEM, participated in ITMA 2019 in Barcelona.

During an interview with CTA, Cornelia Buchwalder, General Secretary of SWISSMEM’s Swiss Textile Machinery Association, commented: “In number, we don’t have that many exhibitors, but if you look at the total space covered by Swiss exhibitors, Switzerland is among the top countries.

“Our members are big players and frontrunners in their respective technology. Many of them show only new innovations or machines with new features.” 

She pointed out that the spinning sector is traditionally the strongest within the Swiss textile machinery industry, For example, Rieter and Saurer who is partly Swiss.

Commenting on the industry trends, she said many of the innovations integrated digitalization and sustainability aspects. “Industry 4.0, as well as learning machinery, would involve many aspects such as a high-level of interactivity of the machines.”

In addition, sustainability is certainly one of the topics to keep an eye on. “In the finishing sector, in particular, our members see a lot of investments from their customers to eliminate negative environmental impact. Many countries are forcing manufacturers to replace old machines with ones that have less impact on the environment,” she explained.

In order to make a difference in the intense competition in the market, she said the Swiss machinery manufacture have to be very fast and innovative. In view of this, SWISSMEM develop a kind of workshop framework, inviting external coach and innovator to run workshops with members to support its members in innovation.