Textile Technology section
Italy to host ITMA 2023
The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, Cematex, Zurich/Switzerland, has announced that the world's largest textile and garment technology exhibition ITMA will return to Milan/Italy, for its 19th edition. The exhibition will be held at the Fiera Milano exhibition center from June 8-14, 2023. Fiera Milano, which also hosted ITMA 2015, beat 2 other short-listed bidders out of an initial list of 9 venues.
The ITMA has been held every 4 years since 1951. The next exhibition will be held from June 20-26, 2019 in Barcelona/Spain. Space at ITMA 2019 has sold out and new applicants are being put on a waiting list. The exhibition has attracted over 1,600 exhibitors to showcase their latest technologies and sustainable solutions for the entire textile and garment manufacturing value chain, as well as fibers, yarns and fabrics. For further information: www.itma.com for more information.
Pfaff: increased performance with reduced rejects
The new sewing machine KL 110 with Vision System has been shown by the supplier of sewing technology Pfaff Industriesysteme und Maschinen GmbH (Pfaff Industrial), Kaiserslautern/Germany, at the Texprocess North America in Atlanta, GA/USA, in May 2018. It is a CNC sewing unit with rotating sewing head (sewing area 2,500 x 1,000 mm) for servo-motorically controlled sewing of free programmable decorative seams. Equipped with Vision System, the sewing unit is predestinated for top-stitching partially perforated materials made of leather and PVC in the automotive interior sector.
The intelligent Vision System, equipped with up to 4 cameras, among other things compensates tolerances that arise in the seam contour as a result of material shrinkage and tolerances when punching the perforation. It compares the image of a master part with the image of a part clamped in the sewing template. The complete seam design is then automatically corrected in the sewing program based on the individual measurement points. The machine achieves a maximum speed of 2,800 stiches/min with a maximum stitch length of 12 mm. Electromagnetic thread trimmer for upper and lower thread and upper thread monitor is standard equipment of the machine.
Mouvent: strategic partnerships
On May 28, 2018 Mouvent, a joint venture between the manufacturer of packaging and labeling plants, Bobst Group SA, Lausanne/Switzerland, and the provider of inkjet solutions, Radex AG, Grenchen/Switzerland, announced strategic partnerships with the principal distributors of textile printing solutions in Italy, Turkey, India and China.
Especially the marketing of the textile printer TX801 is to be pushed forward: the compact TX801 prints with up to 8 colors with productivity up to 200 m²/h. The TX801 uses a compact proprietary print engine based on Mouvent Cluster technology, delivering a very good print quality at high speed, precision and scalability, and with an optical resolution of up to 2,000 dpi. Knitted, woven and nonwoven textiles with a maximum fabric width of 1,820 mm, with roll diameters of up to 400 mm can be processed.
Due to the importance of the Italian market, a direct sales and service organization was established there under the management of Francesco Aprile. In Turkey, Mouvent is partnering with PSC, a company founded in 2001. In 2003, the company started to sell and support digital textile solutions for the textile industry. In China, Jet Tech will represent Mouvent textile printing solutions. For India, Mouvent chose Fortuna Colours & Prints LLP, Gurugram/India, as its partner
Microban: UK team expanded
The supplier of antimicrobial, odor control, and surface modification technologies Microban International, Ltd., Huntersville, NC/USA, has added 2 new members to its team in Melton Mowbray/UK: Graham Harvey as built-in international group director; and Kimberley Cherrington as field marketing manager, Europe and Asia.
As built-in international group director, Harvey will work to strengthen the sales activities in Europe, Asia and South America by working closely with regional leaders and teams to develop and execute plans.
As field marketing manager at Microban, Cherrington is responsible for developing and executing marketing programs for the built-in business in Europe and Asia. She will play a crucial role in supporting existing customers and building the pipeline for business units in Europe and Asia, collaborating directly with business development to interface with customers and prospects.
Schoeller: cooperation with Südwolle Group
The coldblack technology by textile producer Schoeller Textil AG, Sevelen/Switzerland, has been specifically optimized for use on knitted and woven fabrics so brands can now expand their product application uses. Under the sun, textiles with coldblack heat up less and stay cool to the touch. The manufacturer of worsted products Südwolle Group, Nuremberg/Germany, has also recognized the ideal combination of merino and coldblack.
coldblack technology from Schoeller supports the natural properties of wool which already has lower heat build-up, and reliably reduces this even more when exposed to the sun. Together with the help of Südwolle Group, the finish has been optimized specifically for the use in merino apparel. The yarn manufacturer chooses coldblack for a variety of uses, especially for knitting and weaving yarns for sports and outdoor apparel and develops such products individually according to its customers’ requirements.
Mahlo: automatic weft straightener for Ulster Carpets
The manufacturer of measuring, control and automation systems Mahlo GmbH & Co. KG, Saal a.d. Donau/Germany, installed a special weft straightener at Ulster Carpets, Craigavon/Northern Ireland (UK).
The Orthopac CRVMC is for high mechanical load comes in wide working widths and is therefore especially suitable for carpets and technical textiles. The innovative positioning drive makes sure that the contact between rollers and web is ensured at any time, irrespective of the web construction. During the straightening process the force applied to the fabric will be always distributed over the entire width. All the collected relevant data can be used for internal and external statistics, resulting in a higher transparency and a better total quality control.
Ulster Carpets provides carpets for hotels, cruise ships and domestic living rooms.
ACIMIT: new skill sets required for Industry 4.0
Partnerships between technology suppliers and textile manufacturers have become an essential component in providing solutions to the needs of fast-fashion and increasingly more significant e-commerce retail channels. Alessandro Zucchi, president of the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT), Milan/Italy, reiterated the inevitability of the digitalization process regarding the entire textile industry while presenting the latest figures for the sector for 2017.
The digitalization of production processes requires a whole new set of skills, and consequently new training solutions. The declaration of intent launched by the trade association is essentially to strengthen the current link with educational institutions.
In 2017, production of Italian textile machinery rose by 8%, for a value of €2.4 billion, while exports grew by 7% (€2 billion). Production benefitted from a growing demand abroad, as well as the crucial recovery of Italy’s domestic market, mainly due to the boost generated by the fiscal incentives for the digitalization process of the companies.
Garmon: young designer awarded with week of training
The supplier of chemical solutions for the apparel industry, Garmon Chemicals, Serravalle/San Marino, jointly hosted the “Cotton Creation Era - Denim Creative Design Award Ceremony” at Naked Hub in Shanghai/China. Together with Cotton Council International (CCI), Washington, DC/USA, the manufacturer of prepared-for-dye garments Cottonsmith LLC, Vernon, CA/USA, and the College of Fashion and Design, Donghua University, Shanghai, Garmon presented innovations to define the value of cotton in denim.
For this event, Cotton USA, a trademark of CCI created opportunities for the integration of upstream and downstream supply chains, demonstrated design and fashion trends of cotton innovation and cotton apparel, creating high-quality cotton garments.
A competition for young designers saw contestants from the Donghua University contribute design works that express the multi-dimensional interpretation of cotton and its unique style. Garmon Chemicals awarded Jingtian Wang as the best student with the most promising design proposal in the fashion contest, with a week of training in The Italian Job Lab in Italy.
Empa: new sensor can “feel” clothes
For the development of textiles the properties of textile surfaces should be predicted exactly. Researchers of Empa, Dübendorf/Switzerland, in partnership with colleagues from the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse/France, have developed an analytic instrument made of optical sensor that objectively evaluates the tactile properties of textiles.
To enable the sensor to detect the tactile properties of a surface, the researchers took the human fingertip as a model: concentric grooves in the micrometer range cover the optical polymer fibers. If the fibers are subjected to mechanical stress when touching a textile surface, the intensity of their light transmission changes. The sensor would render surveys with test persons which are notoriously subjective.
Pegas: part of global nonwovens holding
The investment company R2G, Prague/Czech Republic which owns majority interest in the nonwovens producer Pegas Nonwovens a.s., Prague, and First Quality Enterprises, Inc., Great Neck, NY/USA, has announced that the 2 companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which R2G will acquire 100% of First Quality’s nonwovens operations in the USA and China. The transaction is expected to be completed early in Q3/2018.
Pegas, with operations in Europe and Africa, will continue to supply nonwovens to First Quality’s US absorbent hygiene division which manufactures premium infant care, adult incontinence, and feminine hygiene products for the retail and health care markets. This strategic acquisition will expand R2G’s presence into North America and Asia.