The transformation from manual to automatic processes in the textile industry has often boosted new developments for yarn processing and production. Several industry-leading exhibitors demonstrated their intelligent solutions at ITMA 2019. Thanks to the cutting-edge technologies of the solutions, the improvements in yarn quality and production efficiency can be reached.

Fadis unveils new air texturing machine for diverse end uses

Debora Carabelli, Managing Director at Fadis S.p.A.With 400-square meter booth at the exhibition, Italian manufacturer Fadis S.p.A. exhibited a wide range of winding machines which are designed to process all types of yarns.

“We brought 17 machines and 144 configurations to Barcelona this year,” introduced Debora Carabelli, Managing Director at Fadis S.p.A. during an interview with CTA.

“One of the highlights we are introducing is SINCRO MULTIPLA AQUAJET. It is a brand new air texturing machine for FDY/FOY/SDY – PA, PES and PP yarns for different end uses such as active wear, underwear, knitted fabrics, carpet backing, outdoor and upholstery.”

According to her, flexibility is one of the strategic pillars of Fadis. “Thanks to our ‘open platform’ concept, we provide a customized machine to meet all customer’s requirements, while the customers can modify the machine whenever new market demands arise.”

In addition, she mentioned that a fundamental aspect of sustainability is the compact size of the SINCRO PLUS range, resulting in lower investment in premises and electricity, as well as reduction of shipping costs.

Carabelli said Fadis is an export-oriented company. Over 90% of our machines are exported to around 70 countries all over the world, where Asia is our biggest market. “We sell to China, Bangladesh, South Korea, Pakistan, etc. However, 2019 is not a good year and the industry is experiencing a difficult moment. We hope that the situation will get better after ITMA.”

She was satisfied with the company’s performance over the years. “From ITMA 2011 to ITMA 2019, our sales have increased by around 150%. Over the last 8 years, we have invested a lot in automated technologies and intelligent machines. R&D is very important for us so we invest 6% of our turnover in this,” she underlined.

GIESSE presents energy-saving spinning machines for chenille and high-bulky yarns

Luca Sostegni, President, GIESSE s.r.l., in front of OPTIMA eco Plus.At the booth, Luca Sostegni, President, GIESSE s.r.l., introduced two highlighted exhibits: OPTIMA eco Plus chenille yarn machine and ROTOsoft high-bulky yarn machine.

OPTIMA is a spinning machine designed to produce standard and slub/flamè chenille yarns. Sostegni highlighted that the OPTIMA eco version features motorized spindles which reduce the electricity consumption of the machine up to a 40% than the standard version of the OPTIMA.

The motorized spindle of the OPTIMA model - eco does not have transmission belts, idlers and bearings to transmit the motion to the spindles, so maintenance is almost close to zero in addition to having a very high precision of rotation of the spindles.

On the other hand, ROTOsoft is a spinning machine built to produce high bulky yarn. The machine can work from roving to one color or two colors, thanks to the increased diameter stripping roller can treat long and short fibers with the same quality. Its individual motorized spindles allows minimum energy consumption.

Sostegni said the market is changing and moving to China and India. Over the years, GIESSE has made its presence in Indonesia, Spain, Italy and Turkey. Among them, Indonesia is the biggest market for GIESSE, accounting for 30% of the sales. The company also has an agent in Shanghai, China. “We target to enter new markets in the future, such as Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Pakistan,” he pinpointed.

Since Chinese customers are very price-sensitive, he said the company planned to reduce the cost of machines by assembling the machines locally. “We hope to bring more customized and innovative machines to China. We believe our innovative machines will be the first choice for the customers there,” he said.

SSM: Asian market looking for automated and interconnected machines

Davide Maccabruni, CEO, SSM.In general, digitalisation of factory and interconnectivity are what customers looking for today, pointed out Davide Maccabruni, CEO, SSM, at ITMA 2019.

The industry is moving towards the direction of smart factory,” he highlighted. “Customers want to have standard, reliable technology with customised interface. This is a new way of doing business. We have to enhance our traditional business with new features that are important to our customers. It requires a little change of mindset.”

“For example, providing the standard interface enables individual customers to achieve the digitalisation that they want to have. The customers can program the machines and monitor remotely,” he said.

In addition, Maccabruni believed that R&D is an endless effort because technology moves very fast today. “With continuous technological advancement, the industry tends not to have a long development cycle. More researchers on the software and IT aspects have been recruited in order to keep pace with the developments.

Given the importance of smart factory, SSM showed several new product launches for the first time ever at the show in Barcelona. Large interest was generated by the powerblade winder and the backpressure system preciforce, which had their world premieres.

As introduced, the backpressure system preciforce is designed for a guaranteed package consistency. The precise density control ensures that an optimal package can be produced, which leads to improved properties in the subsequent process. This feature will be optional available for selected XENO machines only.

Furthermore, SSM combined the advantages of blade winding and electronic yarn traverse into powerblade: exclusively available on XENO-PB. With the SSM XENO machines, producers got the right tool in their hand for a perfect winding result and maximum productivity.

The new technologies are expected to be popular in Asia as the region is upgrading in automation, digitalisation and interconnectivity. They allow users to reduce reliance on labour, so they would be very popular, in particular in South East Asia,” he said.

Savio exhibits high tech and Industry 4.0 solutions

A press conference was held at Savio’s booth.Italian manufacturer Savio exhibited in Barcelona its innovative, highly automated, energy saving and Industry 4.0 solutions at the booth.

Savio’s Polar Evolution and EcoPulsarS winding machines can easily process these special and challenging yarns, thanks to special splicing and tension control devices for ensuring perfect joints and perfect package shape, while always monitoring off-standard values.

Meanwhile, the requirement for integrated automation in the spinning process is still increasing, because of yarn quality and productivity advantages that such solution offers. Mills request fully automatic link solutions to replace freestanding winders and ring spinning frames (RSF) without doffing devices.

This integrated automation drive has led Savio to offer customers new bespoke link solutions, compared to the classic 1-to-1 configuration, to increase this direct feeding flexibility to/fro winder.

The latest solution from Savio is Multi Link that connects multiple ring spinning frames to one Savio winder, becoming a tailor-made circuit to link two or three RSFs to one winding machine. A special iPeg tray guarantees the circulation of RSF bobbing to/from winder. This solution optimizes space, reduces energy-consumption and production costs.

This automatic bobbin transport shortens servicing paths for the operators and allows an ergonomic material flow. The costs for production, space and energy are reduced, while keeping the quality consistent even with long and multi-connected machines.

BTSR offers improved solutions for yarn control

Tiziano Barea, President & CEO, BTSR International.BTSR showcased its top seller yarn constant tension feeder ULTRAFEEDER2 with a new innovative yarn “storage and release” solution at the show.

The patented UNICO2 device is applied on ULTRAFEEDER2, which is specifically designed for hosiery and knitting applications to automatically compensate sudden and high yarn absorption variations, by featuring both positive yarn constant tension control and yarn storage and release capabilities.

Among the main benefits, UNICO2 guarantees top quality standards for textile products, by allowing the machine to operate at max speed/efficiency ratio. In addition, the device comes with graduation compression function for unlimited new product styles and fashion features capability.

Tiziano Barea, President & CEO, BTSR International, told CTA that the brand new products on display received good response from visitors.

People are looking for hi-tech products for their firm’s future. In China, there are different levels of customers. Some are more concerned about the price, but more and more our customers in China are looking for quality and we think this is the future,” he explained.

He mentioned that although the China market has slowed down, there’s still great interest in new innovations, which can help customers reduce cost and increase ROI.

Talking about the development of knitting industry, he said: “Knitting technology offers a lot of new applications, such as the technology for knitting shoe uppers. These created new opportunities for everybody.

Mesdan showcases yarn splicers and testing equipment in two halls

(From left) Gianbattista Guarnerio, Area Manager, and Luka Lalevic from the Sales Department of Mesdan.Mesdan S.p.A., an Italian manufacturer of yarn splicers, knotters and laboratory testing equipment, presented its advanced solutions in two halls at the show this year.

As introduced by Luka Lalevic from the Sales Department of Mesdan, one of the highlights at the booth was the new hand-operated air splicers MOISTAIR 6981A/E - 6982A/E. They endowed with precise water-moistening dosage, double joining blast and characterized by outstanding versatility spanning from pure cotton to pure synthetics.

MOISTAIR 6981A/E is suitable for single and plied cotton, blends and synthetics and core yarns, with medium/fine counts while MOISTAIR 6982A/E is ideal for the coarse cotton counts, particularly for multi-fold yarns.

Another highlight was the latest generation of the semi-automatic tensile tester Tenso-Lab 4. The new model is distinguished by its new hardware which provides high sensibility and robustness, direct-drive ball bearing screw and low speed operation.

In addition, the new tester is equipped with new open software that is easy to operate, allowing SQL database and standard Ethernet machine connection to data export.