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14.06.2022

Members of TMAS at Texprocess, Techtextil and Heimtextil in Frankfurt

ACG Nyström, a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association, will demonstrate the automated Talon 75 multi-ply cutter at the forthcoming Texprocess exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, from June 21-24.

The Talon 75 is capable of cutting up to 7.5cm of compressed materials common to the sewn products and technical textiles industries. The machine is engineered to automatically pull stacked material plies from the spreading table to a modular, bristle-block conveyor bed for reciprocating knife cutting of patterns. Precise system operations with state-of-the-art motion control communications offer an industrial-strength solution.

Industry 4.0 ready
Eastman’s Talon multi-ply cutting systems are Industry 4.0 ready and equipped with the latest in condition based predictive maintenance technology. Their robust design utilises motors and amplifiers that automatically detect changes in critical components to notify operators well in advance of maintenance prompts. Also on display in Frankfurt will be Eastman’s ES-960, a material spreader capable of fast and easy spreading heights up to 20cm.

ACG Nyström, a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association, will demonstrate the automated Talon 75 multi-ply cutter at the forthcoming Texprocess exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, from June 21-24.

The Talon 75 is capable of cutting up to 7.5cm of compressed materials common to the sewn products and technical textiles industries. The machine is engineered to automatically pull stacked material plies from the spreading table to a modular, bristle-block conveyor bed for reciprocating knife cutting of patterns. Precise system operations with state-of-the-art motion control communications offer an industrial-strength solution.

Industry 4.0 ready
Eastman’s Talon multi-ply cutting systems are Industry 4.0 ready and equipped with the latest in condition based predictive maintenance technology. Their robust design utilises motors and amplifiers that automatically detect changes in critical components to notify operators well in advance of maintenance prompts. Also on display in Frankfurt will be Eastman’s ES-960, a material spreader capable of fast and easy spreading heights up to 20cm.

Members of TMAS will be showcasing a range of solutions aligning with the growing trend for more localised and automated textile manufacturing at the forthcoming Texprocess, Techtextil and Heimtextil shows which are all taking place in Frankfurt from June 21-24.

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TMAS / AWOL Media

(c) Oerlikon
Das neue Stapelfaser Technikum in Neumünster
13.05.2022

Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions auf der Techtextil 2022

  • Nachhaltige Infrastrukturlösungen, Sicherheit im Straßenverkehr und Gesundheitsschutz

Auf der diesjährigen Techtextil informiert Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions das Fachpublikum über neue Anwendungen, spezielle Prozesse und nachhaltige Lösungen rund um die Produktion von technischen Textilien. Unter anderem stellt das Unternehmen eine neue Technologie zur Aufladung von Vliesstoffen vor, die in punkto Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit neue Maßstäbe setzt. Vom 21. bis 24. Juni stehen in Halle 12.0 Airbags, Sicherheitsgurte und Reifencord, aber auch Geotextilien und Filtervliesstoffe und ihre vielfältigen Anwendungen im Fokus der Gespräche.

  • Nachhaltige Infrastrukturlösungen, Sicherheit im Straßenverkehr und Gesundheitsschutz

Auf der diesjährigen Techtextil informiert Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions das Fachpublikum über neue Anwendungen, spezielle Prozesse und nachhaltige Lösungen rund um die Produktion von technischen Textilien. Unter anderem stellt das Unternehmen eine neue Technologie zur Aufladung von Vliesstoffen vor, die in punkto Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit neue Maßstäbe setzt. Vom 21. bis 24. Juni stehen in Halle 12.0 Airbags, Sicherheitsgurte und Reifencord, aber auch Geotextilien und Filtervliesstoffe und ihre vielfältigen Anwendungen im Fokus der Gespräche.

Mehr Polyester für Airbags
Airbags sind aus dem mobilen Alltag nicht mehr wegzudenken. Hauptsächlich bestehen die verwendeten Garne aus Polyamid. Durch die immer vielfältiger werdenden Airbag-Anwendungen und auch die immer größer werdenden Systeme wird heute je nach Einsatzanforderungen und Kosten/Nutzen-Abwägung oft auch Polyester eingesetzt. Vor diesem Hintergrund leisten die Technologien von Oerlikon Barmag einen wertvollen Beitrag. Neben hoher Produktivität und geringem Energieverbrauch überzeugen sie besonders durch stabile Produktionsprozesse. Darüber hinaus erfüllen sie alle hohen Qualitätsstandards für Airbags, die - wie fast alle anderen textilen Produkte im Fahrzeugbau - ein Höchstmaß an Sicherheit für die Insassen gewährleisten müssen. Und das ohne Funktionsverlust bei jedem Klima und überall auf der Welt für die gesamte Lebensdauer des Fahrzeugs.

Bitte anschnallen!
Sicherheitsgurte spielen eine entscheidende Rolle beim Schutz der Fahrzeuginsassen. Sie müssen Zugkräfte von mehr als drei Tonnen aushalten und sich gleichzeitig im Notfall kontrolliert dehnen, um die Belastung bei einem Aufprall zu verringern. Ein Sicherheitsgurt besteht aus etwa 300 Filamentgarnen, deren einzelne hochfeste Garnfäden aus rund 100 Einzelfilamenten gesponnen sind.

Unsichtbar, aber unverzichtbar - Verstärkung von Straßen mit Geotextilien
Aber nicht nur im Auto, auch darunter entfalten technisch Garne ihre Vorteile. Niedrige Dehnung, ultrahohe Festigkeit, hohe Steifigkeit - technische Garne bieten hervorragende Eigenschaften für die anspruchsvollen Aufgaben der Geotextilien, z.B. als Geogitter im Tragschichtsystem unter dem Asphalt. Geotextilien haben üblicherweise extrem hohe Garntiter von bis zu 24.000 Denier. Anlagenkonzepte von Oerlikon Barmag stellen gleichzeitig drei Filamentgarne mit je 6.000 Denier her. Durch den hohen Spinntiter können weniger Garne kosten- und energieeffizienter auf den benötigten Geo-Garntiter zusammengefacht werden.

hycuTEC – technologischer Quantensprung bei Filtermedien
Mit der Hydrocharging Lösung hycuTEC bietet Oerlikon Neumag eine neue Technologie zur Aufladung von Vliesstoffen für eine Steigerung der Filtereffizienz auf über 99,99%. Für den Meltblownproduzenten bedeutet das eine 30%ige Materialeinsparung bei signifikant gesteigerter Filtrationsleistung. Beim Endverbraucher macht sich dies in einem Komfortgewinn durch den deutlich reduzierten Atemwiderstand bemerkbar. Mit einem bedeutend geringeren Wasser- und Energieverbrauch empfiehlt sich die Neuentwicklung darüber hinaus als zukunftsfähige, nachhaltige Technologie.

Neues Hightech Stapelfaser Technikum
Auf rund 2.100 m2 wurde bei Oerlikon Neumag in Neumünster eines der weltweit größten Stapelfaser Technika errichtet. Ab sofort stehen die state-of-the-art Stapelfaser Technologien auch für kundenindividuelle Versuche zur Verfügung.

Bei der Planung und Auslegung des Technikums stand die Optimierung von Komponenten und Prozessen im Fokus. Besonderes Augenmerk wurde dabei auf eine einfache und zuverlässige Übertragung von Prozess- und Produktionsparametern der Technikumsanlage auf Produktionsanlagen gelegt. So ist der Aufbau der Faserbandstraße modular gestaltet. Alle Komponenten können variable miteinander kombiniert werden. Umfangreiche Set-up Möglichkeiten liefern detaillierte Erkenntnisse für den jeweiligen Prozess unterschiedlicher Faserprodukte.

Das Technikum ist außerdem mit zwei Spinnpositionen für Mono- und Bikomponenten Prozesse ausgestattet. Für beide Prozesse werden die gleichen, runden Spinnpakete eingesetzt, die sich durch sehr gute Faserqualitäten und -eigenschaften auszeichnen und mittlerweile auch in allen Oerlikon Neumag Produktionsanlagen mit großem Erfolg eingesetzt werden. Zusätzlich wird die Spinnerei noch um Automatisierungslösungen, wie beispielsweise Düsenwischroboter, ergänzt.

Weitere Informationen:
Oerlikon Neumag Techtextil
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Oerlikon

16.03.2022

TMAS: TEXO AB sees Demand for Compfelt Weaving Looms

TEXO AB, a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association, is currently seeing a surge in demand for its Compfelt weaving looms for press felt base fabrics.

“These are far from standard machines,” explains TEXO President Anders Svensson. “Off-the-shelf industrial weaving machines generally range in their working widths from 1.9 to 3.2 metres, with those purpose-built for technical applications such as geotextiles extending to wider widths of six metres and beyond. Meanwhile, one of the machines we have recently successfully delivered and commissioned has a working width of 23 metres and is not even the widest of the many such machines the company has engineered and delivered worldwide since its formation.”

A second recently-delivered line has a more modest working width – in relative terms – of 13 metres.

TEXO AB, a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association, is currently seeing a surge in demand for its Compfelt weaving looms for press felt base fabrics.

“These are far from standard machines,” explains TEXO President Anders Svensson. “Off-the-shelf industrial weaving machines generally range in their working widths from 1.9 to 3.2 metres, with those purpose-built for technical applications such as geotextiles extending to wider widths of six metres and beyond. Meanwhile, one of the machines we have recently successfully delivered and commissioned has a working width of 23 metres and is not even the widest of the many such machines the company has engineered and delivered worldwide since its formation.”

A second recently-delivered line has a more modest working width – in relative terms – of 13 metres.

Paper machines
The demand for such machines comes from the suppliers of paper machine clothing (PMC) to paper mills, who in turn operate colossal machines for paper manufacturing.
On of the largest paper making machines is currently believed to be located on Hainan Island off the southern coast of China and is 428 metres long – roughly the length of four football pitches. Naturally, such machines require equally large-scale components, which is where TEXO comes in. All paper machines require a regular supply of PMC fabrics which are employed in three separate areas of the paper machine – the forming section, the press section and the drying section.

Press felts
TEXO Compfelt weaving machines are specifically employed for the production of endless (tubular) woven base fabrics for the press section of paper machines, where water is mechanically removed from the newly formed sheet of fibres. In the simplest press, the sheet is carried by the PMC fabric between two rolls, where water is squeezed out by the application of load and pressure. This can also be assisted by the use of vacuum and heat. The PMC fabrics here need to be replaced regularly, with a maximum lifespan of six months.

Press felts have become increasingly sophisticated over the years, consisting of complex woven base structures which are subsequently combined with nonwovens via needlepunching on equally huge machines. The woven base fabrics are primarily made from polyamide for its strength and hygroscopic and elastic properties.

Dobby harness
“A major refinement of the machine has been the ability to equip it with up to 24 dobby harness frames to meet the demand for sophisticated structures from the PMC manufacturers. Although the PMC business represents a small proportion of the total cost of manufacturing paper, it can have a significant impact on the quality of the paper, the efficiency of a machine and machine production rates.”

Another significant development has been that of a self supporting base pre-filled with concrete, which has eliminated the need to dig out foundations in a plant to support the machine.

Retrofits
TEXO’s looms are built to last, but technology moves forward, and the company is also currently active in the retrofitting of existing machines built as far back as the 1970s.

Integration
TEXO has also just integrated its offices and production centre at its base in Älmhult, Sweden, to create a unified 5,000 square metre site.

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TMAS / AWOL Media

ANDRITZ auf der JEC World 2022 (c) ANDRITZ AG
16.03.2022

ANDRITZ auf der JEC World 2022

Der internationale Technologiekonzern ANDRITZ wird auf der JEC World 2022 in Paris, Frankreich, vom 3. bis 5. Mai seine Spezialmaschinen für die Nadelvliesproduktion (einschließlich des Portfolios für Anwendungen im Bereich Carbon) vorstellen.

Erfahrung und Wissen
ANDRITZ entwirft, entwickelt und konstruiert Sondermaschinen für sehr spezifische und sensible Anwendungen wie Luft- und Raumfahrt, Eisenbahn und Militär. Daher kann das Unternehmen maßgeschneiderte Maschinen mit perfekten Lösungen anbieten, egal ob sie für Prototypen oder für die industrielle Produktion benötigt werden.

Hochqualifizierte Ingenieure
In immer anspruchsvolleren Märkten helfen die qualifizierten ANDRITZ-Ingenieure und -Techniker den Kunden, das Beste aus ihren Investitionen herauszuholen. Die Vielfalt der Fälle, mit denen sie täglich konfrontiert werden, ermöglicht es ihnen, sowohl die Leistung als auch die Qualität je nach den verwendeten Fasern, der Herausforderung und der Endanwendung des Kunden zu optimieren.

Der internationale Technologiekonzern ANDRITZ wird auf der JEC World 2022 in Paris, Frankreich, vom 3. bis 5. Mai seine Spezialmaschinen für die Nadelvliesproduktion (einschließlich des Portfolios für Anwendungen im Bereich Carbon) vorstellen.

Erfahrung und Wissen
ANDRITZ entwirft, entwickelt und konstruiert Sondermaschinen für sehr spezifische und sensible Anwendungen wie Luft- und Raumfahrt, Eisenbahn und Militär. Daher kann das Unternehmen maßgeschneiderte Maschinen mit perfekten Lösungen anbieten, egal ob sie für Prototypen oder für die industrielle Produktion benötigt werden.

Hochqualifizierte Ingenieure
In immer anspruchsvolleren Märkten helfen die qualifizierten ANDRITZ-Ingenieure und -Techniker den Kunden, das Beste aus ihren Investitionen herauszuholen. Die Vielfalt der Fälle, mit denen sie täglich konfrontiert werden, ermöglicht es ihnen, sowohl die Leistung als auch die Qualität je nach den verwendeten Fasern, der Herausforderung und der Endanwendung des Kunden zu optimieren.

Carbon-Expertise
Die Erfahrung mit leitfähigen Fasern ermöglicht es ANDRITZ, Herausforderungen zu meistern und Zugang zu neuen Produktentwicklungen zu erhalten. Die Expertise des Unternehmens liegt im textilen Know-how sowie im tiefen Verständnis der damit verbundenen Randbedingungen. Dazu gehören Krempel-/Kreuzlegerverfahren für Vliesstoffe aus recycelten Carbonfasern, die als Rollenware oder in gestanzter Form geliefert werden können.

Unkonventionelle Vernadelung für Endanwendungen
ANDRITZ stellt sich den Herausforderungen der Kunden und bietet innovative Lösungen und Know-how im Bereich der geraden und mehrachsigen Vernadelung, welche die Verfestigung von Fasern auf flachen oder nicht flachen Oberflächen (z. B. abgerundeten Formen) und sogar von bis zu 350 mm dicken Schichten ermöglicht. Neue Entwicklungen werden dank der hervorragenden ANDRITZ-Versuchsanlage ermöglicht.

Unterstützung und Entwicklung
Das ANDRITZ-Needlepunch-Technikum in Elbeuf, Frankreich, ist für Besucher geöffnet. Innovations- und Anpassungsfähigkeit sind die Merkmale, die ANDRITZ zum bevorzugten Partner bei der Suche nach originalen, effizienten und zuverlässigen Lösungen im Interesse der Produktivität und einer hochwertigen, modernen Konsolidierung machen. Da bei solch sensibler Entwicklungsarbeit die Geheimhaltung eine zentrale Rolle spielt, garantiert ANDRITZ selbstverständlich immer ein Höchstmaß an Vertraulichkeit.

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ANDRITZ AG

(c) Automatex / TMAS
03.03.2022

Automatex: Full automation from the roll to the finished product

Automatex, a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association, has recently supplied a number of its latest Industry 4.0-enabled automatic fitted sheet systems to customers in Europe.

The Automatex model FDC-77735-B90D-EC system enables the full production and folding of six fully-fitted sheets per minute – approaching 3,000 an average shift – overseen by a single operator and eliminating many of the repetitive cut and sew operations of the past. Elastics insertion –  usually a highly complex labour-intensive task – can be on all four sides of the sheet, two, or simply within the corners, depending on customer specifications.

Fabric is fed directly from the roll, with precise edge guiding and tension control, into a length-wise hemming and elastics insertion section with adjustable tension devices, before being measured and cross cut in an accumulator. It is then transferred to the cross hemming section, again with elastics insertion.

Automatex, a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association, has recently supplied a number of its latest Industry 4.0-enabled automatic fitted sheet systems to customers in Europe.

The Automatex model FDC-77735-B90D-EC system enables the full production and folding of six fully-fitted sheets per minute – approaching 3,000 an average shift – overseen by a single operator and eliminating many of the repetitive cut and sew operations of the past. Elastics insertion –  usually a highly complex labour-intensive task – can be on all four sides of the sheet, two, or simply within the corners, depending on customer specifications.

Fabric is fed directly from the roll, with precise edge guiding and tension control, into a length-wise hemming and elastics insertion section with adjustable tension devices, before being measured and cross cut in an accumulator. It is then transferred to the cross hemming section, again with elastics insertion.

A side drop forming unit pre-forms the sheet before it is transported by a multi-axis clamp conveyor system to the corner sewing section, consisting of left and right overlock sewing heads. Here, the corners are robotically sewn at 90 degrees and labels are also attached when specified.

Further customised systems for folding are also supplied as required.

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TMAS / AWOL Media

25.10.2021

TMAS members showcase sustainable finishing technologies

Members of TMAS – the Swedish textile machinery association – are proving instrumental in pioneering new sustainable processes for the dyeing, finishing and decoration of textiles.

The wasteful processes involved in these manufacturing stages are only one component in the development of viable circular supply chains for textiles that are now being established in Sweden.

At the recent Conference on Sustainable Finishing of Textiles, held across three separate afternoons on September 30th, October 1st and October 7th, delegates heard that Sweden will introduce extended producer responsibility (EPR) for waste textiles and clothing at the beginning of 2022, ahead of the adoption of a similar European Union-wide EPR system in 2025.

New fibers
Swedish companies are also active in the development of new fibers derived from waste clothing, building on the country’s legacy leadership in pulp and paper production.

Members of TMAS – the Swedish textile machinery association – are proving instrumental in pioneering new sustainable processes for the dyeing, finishing and decoration of textiles.

The wasteful processes involved in these manufacturing stages are only one component in the development of viable circular supply chains for textiles that are now being established in Sweden.

At the recent Conference on Sustainable Finishing of Textiles, held across three separate afternoons on September 30th, October 1st and October 7th, delegates heard that Sweden will introduce extended producer responsibility (EPR) for waste textiles and clothing at the beginning of 2022, ahead of the adoption of a similar European Union-wide EPR system in 2025.

New fibers
Swedish companies are also active in the development of new fibers derived from waste clothing, building on the country’s legacy leadership in pulp and paper production.

At the Sustainable Finishing of Textiles Conference, however, it was said that all of the environmental gains made by such sustainable new fibers can potentially be cancelled out in the further processing they are subjected to – and especially in resource-intensive conventional dyeing, finishing and decoration.

TMAS members Baldwin Technology and Coloreel have both developed solutions to address this issue.

TexCoat G4
During the conference, Baldwin’s VP of Global Business Development Rick Stanford explained that his company’s TexCoat G4 non-contact spray technology significantly reduces water, chemistry and energy consumption in the finishing process. It consistently and uniformly sprays chemistry across a fabric surface and applies it only where needed, on one or both sides.

Instant coloring
Coloreel’s CEO Mattias Nordin outlined the benefits of his company’s technology which enables the high-quality and instant coloring of a textile thread on-demand and can be paired with any existing embroidery machine without modification. This enables unique effects like shades and gradient to be achieved in an embroidery for the first time.

TMAS: Swedish Group ACG turns 100 (c) Ismail Abdelkareem, ACG Goup
ACG’s Reimar Westerlind and Thomas Arvidsson at the company’s head office in Borås, Sweden
16.08.2021

TMAS: Swedish Group ACG turns 100

It is exactly 100 years ago on August 17th this year that Carl Axel Gustafsson returned from the USA to Sweden with a significant agency agreement from the Boston-based sewing machine leader Reece.

Back in 1921, Reece, along with its competitor Singer, entirely dominated the buttonhole machine market and were the world’s only manufacturers of these machines for jackets, trousers and coats.

Gustafsson’s license enabled his new company A C Gustafsson to become one of Europe’s first leasing organisations, hiring out Reece buttonhole machines and receiving payment per sewn buttonhole stitch.

This business thrived for many decades and formed the basis for the entire ACG Group as it exists today.

Forty years later, on September 2nd 1961 to be precise, Reimar Westerlind walked out of a restaurant after a long and enjoyable lunch with someone he’d never met before, having signed his intention to buy a company he knew nothing about on an improvised contract written on the back of a menu.

It is exactly 100 years ago on August 17th this year that Carl Axel Gustafsson returned from the USA to Sweden with a significant agency agreement from the Boston-based sewing machine leader Reece.

Back in 1921, Reece, along with its competitor Singer, entirely dominated the buttonhole machine market and were the world’s only manufacturers of these machines for jackets, trousers and coats.

Gustafsson’s license enabled his new company A C Gustafsson to become one of Europe’s first leasing organisations, hiring out Reece buttonhole machines and receiving payment per sewn buttonhole stitch.

This business thrived for many decades and formed the basis for the entire ACG Group as it exists today.

Forty years later, on September 2nd 1961 to be precise, Reimar Westerlind walked out of a restaurant after a long and enjoyable lunch with someone he’d never met before, having signed his intention to buy a company he knew nothing about on an improvised contract written on the back of a menu.

“What I didn’t know then was that my dining partner was the family lawyer of Carl Axel Gustafsson,” Reimar explains. “I had no money and knew nothing about the textile industry and I also quickly discovered the business was not doing so well at that time and tried to get out of the agreement, but he insisted I honour it. He told me he had money and would back me, but I’d have to work hard and pay him back in full.”

Reimar certainly took that advice, and at the age of 92 still travels to his office every day to oversee the operations of the diverse companies now operating under the ACG umbrella.

Although textiles remain the bedrock of the business, under Reimar Westerlind’s management, ACG Group has branched out into many other fields of activity over the past 60 years, and its diversity has also led to some highly unexpected developments.

Like many other European manufacturers, ACG also began to expand beyond its traditional borders from the 1970s onwards – initially into the former Soviet Union and subsequently establishing subsidiaries in Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, the Ukraine and Denmark.

TMAS member imogo develops new sustainable spray application technologies (c) TMAS
The roundtable discussion, Sustainable Finishing Methods in Textile Finishing, during ITA 2020.
16.11.2020

TMAS member imogo develops new sustainable spray application technologies

In a roundtable discussion during the recent Innovate Textiles & Apparel (ITA) textile machinery exhibition, imogo Founding Partner Per Stenflo and representatives from a number of like-minded European companies discussed the opportunities for new spray application technologies for the dyeing and finishing sector.

These technologies can achieve tremendous savings for manufacturers compared to traditional water-intensive processes it was explained at the event, held online from October 15-30th.

Pioneer
imogo – one of the latest companies to join TMAS, the Swedish Textile Machinery Association – is one of the key pioneers in this area with its Dye-Max system. Dye-Max spray dyeing technology can slash the use of fresh water, wastewater, energy and chemicals by as much as 90% compared to conventional jet dyeing systems. This is due to the extremely low liquor ratio of 0.3-0.8 litres per kilo of fabric and at the same time, considerably fewer auxiliary chemicals are required to start with.

In a roundtable discussion during the recent Innovate Textiles & Apparel (ITA) textile machinery exhibition, imogo Founding Partner Per Stenflo and representatives from a number of like-minded European companies discussed the opportunities for new spray application technologies for the dyeing and finishing sector.

These technologies can achieve tremendous savings for manufacturers compared to traditional water-intensive processes it was explained at the event, held online from October 15-30th.

Pioneer
imogo – one of the latest companies to join TMAS, the Swedish Textile Machinery Association – is one of the key pioneers in this area with its Dye-Max system. Dye-Max spray dyeing technology can slash the use of fresh water, wastewater, energy and chemicals by as much as 90% compared to conventional jet dyeing systems. This is due to the extremely low liquor ratio of 0.3-0.8 litres per kilo of fabric and at the same time, considerably fewer auxiliary chemicals are required to start with.

Obstacles
Such technologies, however, face a number of obstacles to adoption and during the ITA discussion it was agreed that 2020 has not provided the ideal climate for adventurous investors. “The textile industry is quite conservative and is definitely in survival mode at the moment and it is not the time to be a visionary,” said Stenflo. “Day to day business is about staying alive – that’s the reality for many of our customers.” Nevertheless, all of the panellists agreed that sustainable production will remain top of the agenda for the textile industry in the longer term and spray technologies for dyeing and finishing processes will be a part of it.

“Any investment in something new is a risk of course, and we have to be able to explain and convince manufacturers that there’s a good return on investment, not only in respect of sustainability, but in terms of making good business sense,” said Stenflo. “Here we could use the help of the brands of course, in putting pressure on their suppliers to be more sustainable. Governments also have a role to play, in providing incentives for producers to move in the sustainable direction. Sustainability alone will never cut it, there has to be a business case, or it won’t happen.”

Marketing
The marketing of sustainable new fibers is comparatively easy for the brands compared to explaining the difficult textile processes and the chemistries involved in fabric and garment production, he added.

“These fibers, however, currently go through all the same dirty processes that we need to get away from, so it must happen,” he said. “In developing our technologies, it has been important for us to avoid disrupting existing supply chains, stick with using off-the-shelf chemistries and dyes, and involve the dye manufacturers who are an essential part in how operations are driven today. “In fact, collaboration across the entire textile supply chain – from the brands right back to the new technology developers – is essential in moving the sustainability agenda forward.

Business models
“We are also looking into new business models in terms of how to reduce or lower the thresholds for investment and minimise the risk for the manufacturers who are looking to be the innovators,” he concluded. Also taking part in the ITA roundtable discussion were Simon Kew (Alchemie Technology, UK), Christian Schumacher (StepChange Innovations, Germany) Tobias Schurr (Weko, Germany), Rainer Tüxen (RotaSpray, Germany) and Felmke Zijilstra (DyeCoo, Netherlands).

European innovations
“It’s fantastic that all of this innovation is taking place in Europe based on established know-how and forward thinking,” said TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson.

“Spray application technologies are a perfect illustration of how new digital technologies can lead to more sustainable production, in this case by replacing water-intensive processes with the highly precise and controlled application of dyes and chemistries as vapour.
“There was a major project by the Swedish research organisation Mistra Future Fashion recently, involving many brand and academic institute partners. The project’s Fiber Bible 1 and 2 reports conclude that it’s very difficult to make assumptions that one fiber is better than another, because it’s so much about how fabrics and garments are being produced from them. The study also found that 55% of the chemicals used in a garment comes from the dyeing. This is where a number of TMAS companies can make a difference.
“An organic or recycled cotton t-shirt is not automatically more sustainable than a conventional cotton t-shirt, or even one made from synthetics – the alternative fibers are a good start but you have to consider the entire life cycle of a garment, and that includes the smart technologies in textiles production.
“TMAS members – backed by Swedish brands and advanced research institutes – are playing an active part in pushing forward new concepts that will work, and I have no doubt that digitalisation now goes hand in hand with sustainability for the textile industry’s future.”          

TMAS members ready to support digital textile transformations, post Covid-19 (c) TMAS
TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson.
08.07.2020

TMAS members ready to support digital textile transformations, post Covid-19

  • Members of TMAS – the Swedish textile machinery association – have adopted a range of new strategies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting manufacturers of textiles and apparel to adjust to a new normal, as Europe and other regions emerge cautiously from lockdown.

“Many European companies have been forced into testing new working methods and looking at what it’s possible to do remotely, and how to exploit automation to the full, in order to become more flexible,” says TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson. “Others have been taking risks where they see opportunies and there’s a new sense of solidarity among companies.

“It’s extremely encouraging, for example, that over five hundred European companies from across our supply chain are reported to have responded to the shortages of facemasks and PPE – protective personal equipment – by converting parts of their sites or investing in new equipment.”

New supply chains

  • Members of TMAS – the Swedish textile machinery association – have adopted a range of new strategies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting manufacturers of textiles and apparel to adjust to a new normal, as Europe and other regions emerge cautiously from lockdown.

“Many European companies have been forced into testing new working methods and looking at what it’s possible to do remotely, and how to exploit automation to the full, in order to become more flexible,” says TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson. “Others have been taking risks where they see opportunies and there’s a new sense of solidarity among companies.

“It’s extremely encouraging, for example, that over five hundred European companies from across our supply chain are reported to have responded to the shortages of facemasks and PPE – protective personal equipment – by converting parts of their sites or investing in new equipment.”

New supply chains

Amongst them are TMAS members of the ACG Group, who quickly established a dedicated new nonwovens fabric converting and single-use garment making-up plant to supply to the Swedish health authorities. From a standing start in March, this is now producing 1.8 million square metres of converted fabric and turning it into 692,000 finished medical garments each month.

“In 2020 so far, we have seen new value chains being created and a certain amount of permanent reshoring is now inevitable,” says Premler-Andersson. “This is being backed by the new funding announced in the European Union’s Next Generation EU plan, with €750 billion marked for helping industry recover. As the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has stressed, “green and digital” transitions hold the key to Europe’s future prosperity and resilience, and TMAS members have new solutions to assist in both areas.”

Remote working

Automated solutions have opened up many possibilities for remote working during the pandemic. Texo AB, for example, the specialist in wide-width weaving looms for the paper industry, was able to successfully complete the build and delivery of a major multi-container order between April and May.

“Our new Remote Guidance software now makes it possible for us to carry out some of the commissioning and troubleshooting of such new lines remotely, which has been helpful” says Texo AB President Anders Svensson.

Svegea of Sweden, which has spent the past few months developing its new CR-210 fabric relaxation machine for knitted fabrics, has also successfully set up and installed a number of machines remotely, which the company has never attempted before.

“The pandemic has definitely led to some inventive solutions for us and with international travel currently not possible, we are finding better methods of digital communication and collaboration all the time,” says Svegea managing director Hakan Steene.

Eric Norling, Vice President of the Precision Application business of Baldwin Technology, believes the pandemic may have a more permanent impact on global travel.

“We have now proven that e-meetings and virtual collaboration tools are effective,” he says. “Baldwin implemented a home office work regime from April with only production personnel and R&D researchers at the workplace. These past few months have shown that we can be just as effective and do not need to travel for physical meetings to the same extent that was previously thought to be necessary.”

Pär Hedman, Sales and Marketing Manager for IRO AB, however, believes such advances can only go so far at the moment.

“Video conferences have taken a big leap forward, especially in development projects, and this method of communication is here to stay, but it will never completely replace personal meetings,” he says. “And textile fabrics need to be touched, examined and accepted by the senses, which is impossible to do via digital media today. The coming haptic internet, however, may well even change that too.”

Social distancing

The many garment factories now equipped with Eton Systems UPS work stations – designed to save considerable costs through automation – have meanwhile benefited from the unintentional social distancing they automatically provide compared to factories with conventional banks of sewing machines.

“These companies have been able to continue operating throughout the pandemic due to the spaced nature of our automated plant configurations,” says Eton Systems Business Development Manager Roger Ryrlén. “The UPS system has been established for some time, but planned spacing has proved an accidental plus for our customers – with improved productivity.”

“Innovations from TMAS member companies have been coming thick and fast recently due to their advanced know-how in automation concepts,” Premler-Andersson concludes.  “If anything, the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic have only accelerated these initiatives by obliging our members to take new approaches.”

Compact II (c) Owl Media
Compact II
03.03.2020

Eltex of Sweden AB reports success with its Eye Compact II yarn

A close eye on quality with the Eye Compact II

Eltex of Sweden AB, a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association, reports solid success with its Eye Compact II yarn monitoring system for carpet tufting machines, since its launch at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona last June.

The sensor units of the Eye Compact II,Brian Hicks, Eltex CEO explains, have been successfully miniaturised to approximately a third of the size of those with the established Compact system, allowing them to be mounted on the very latest high speed tufting machines that are graphics driven, with limited space at the puller rollers.

Early stage prevention
Unlike the sensor systems that are employed at later positions on tufting machines – in order to detect faults in the formed fabric – Eye Compact II technology is about prevention at an earlier stage, through the detection of missing yarns.

A close eye on quality with the Eye Compact II

Eltex of Sweden AB, a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association, reports solid success with its Eye Compact II yarn monitoring system for carpet tufting machines, since its launch at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona last June.

The sensor units of the Eye Compact II,Brian Hicks, Eltex CEO explains, have been successfully miniaturised to approximately a third of the size of those with the established Compact system, allowing them to be mounted on the very latest high speed tufting machines that are graphics driven, with limited space at the puller rollers.

Early stage prevention
Unlike the sensor systems that are employed at later positions on tufting machines – in order to detect faults in the formed fabric – Eye Compact II technology is about prevention at an earlier stage, through the detection of missing yarns.

Critically, the sensors need to be installed after the last puller roller and before the tufting needles, because otherwise the roller could still be feeding yarns that will not been successfully taken by the needles. This is only possible with the extremely slim Eye Compact II units, which can also be positioned either above or below the rollers.

Guarantee
Another benefit is that the sensors can be arranged more closely together, with each of them monitoring 16 yarn positions, and their robustness ensures that once fitted, there is little the technicians or operators need to do.

Automatic
The Eye Compact II system easily learns pattern changes and displays the number of yarns involved to the operator for confirmation, and different parameters for different yarns groups can also even be set if required. With its research and development work primarily carried out at its headquarters in Osby, Sweden, and North American sales and service operated from its subsidiary in South Carolina, the manufacturing plant of Eltex has been located at Templemore in Ireland since 1976, providing significant advantages in terms of high flexibility and logistical services to customers on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

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The SFL-2000 is the result of a four-year development project (c) AWOL
10.02.2020

ACG Kinna and ACG Nyström teamed up with Juki Corporation


In the latest technology innovation from members of TMAS (the Swedish textile machinery association), ACG Kinna and ACG Nyström have teamed up with Juki Corporation – the world’s leading sewing machine manufacturer – in the development of a new automated line concept that can considerably speed up the production of finished filter bags.

Woven or nonwoven filter bags employed in a wide range of industrial processes may be under the radar as products, but they represent a pretty significant percentage of technical textiles production.

According to a recent report from BCC research, a leading US analyst covering this sector, industrial filtration represented a $555 million market in 2019 and some of the key areas where such filter bags are employed include:


In the latest technology innovation from members of TMAS (the Swedish textile machinery association), ACG Kinna and ACG Nyström have teamed up with Juki Corporation – the world’s leading sewing machine manufacturer – in the development of a new automated line concept that can considerably speed up the production of finished filter bags.

Woven or nonwoven filter bags employed in a wide range of industrial processes may be under the radar as products, but they represent a pretty significant percentage of technical textiles production.

According to a recent report from BCC research, a leading US analyst covering this sector, industrial filtration represented a $555 million market in 2019 and some of the key areas where such filter bags are employed include:

  • Metal fabrication, with effective filtration required for manual and automated welding, thermal cutting, blasting and machining, especially for coolant filtration.
  • The process and energy industries, including foundries, smelters, incinerators, asphalt works and energy production plants.
  • Other key manufacturing fields – often where dust is generated – including the production of timber, textiles, composites, waste handling and minerals, in addition to chemicals, food production, pharmaceuticals, electronics and agriculture.

Line integration
The new SFL-2000 line is the result of a four-year development project between Juki Central Europe, headquartered in Poland, and the two ACG companies.

It is capable of handling a wide range of different filter media, and as an all-in-one solution, can produce high quality and accurate seams to pre-defined parameters, with optional modules allowing for customised constructions.

 

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(c) Covestro
16.10.2019

Covestros INSQIN® hilft der Autoindustrie, für die Passagiere von morgen zu planen

Die Automobilindustrie setzt auf Innovationen als Treiber für zukünftiges Wachstum. Die INSQIN® Technologie von Covestro trägt dazu bei, Qualität, Design und Funktionalität der Fahrzeuginnenausstattung zu steigern, um sicherzustellen, dass Kunden und OEM-Partner zukunftssichere Technologielösungen anbieten können, die ein Höchstmaß an Stil und Komfort gewährleisten.

Mobilitätstrends wie Elektroautos und Carsharing sowie die Verschärfung von Vorschriften zu VOC-Emissionen und Nachhaltigkeit definieren die Rolle und Funktion von Fahrzeuginnenräumen neu. Mit INSQIN® können jetzt eine Vielzahl von beschichteten Textilien und neuen Materialien verwendet werden, um ein stilvolles Fahrerlebnis zu schaffen. Die wasserbasierte Polyurethan-Technologie ermöglicht flexible, anpassungsfähige und haltbare Beschichtungen mit einem erstklassigen Erscheinungsbild. Diese einzigartigen Produktmerkmale unterstützen die Leistung auch in den dünnsten Schichten.

 

Die Automobilindustrie setzt auf Innovationen als Treiber für zukünftiges Wachstum. Die INSQIN® Technologie von Covestro trägt dazu bei, Qualität, Design und Funktionalität der Fahrzeuginnenausstattung zu steigern, um sicherzustellen, dass Kunden und OEM-Partner zukunftssichere Technologielösungen anbieten können, die ein Höchstmaß an Stil und Komfort gewährleisten.

Mobilitätstrends wie Elektroautos und Carsharing sowie die Verschärfung von Vorschriften zu VOC-Emissionen und Nachhaltigkeit definieren die Rolle und Funktion von Fahrzeuginnenräumen neu. Mit INSQIN® können jetzt eine Vielzahl von beschichteten Textilien und neuen Materialien verwendet werden, um ein stilvolles Fahrerlebnis zu schaffen. Die wasserbasierte Polyurethan-Technologie ermöglicht flexible, anpassungsfähige und haltbare Beschichtungen mit einem erstklassigen Erscheinungsbild. Diese einzigartigen Produktmerkmale unterstützen die Leistung auch in den dünnsten Schichten.

 

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(c) IRO AB
05.07.2019

IRO AB: Zero twist for composite fabrics guaranteed

IRO AB, a member of the Vandewiele group, reports strong interest in its ZTF Zero Twist Feeder introduced at the recent ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, particularly from companies involved in the growing market of textile reinforcements for composites.

In the weaving of fibres such as carbon, glass and aramids, as well as thermoplastic tapes for highly-engineered composite fabrics, it is essential that there is no twist in the feed, which this new machine absolutely guarantees.

“The ZTF Zero Twist Feeder keeps the tape yarns or fibre tows constantly stretched to avoid the risks of any snarls or twisting,” explains Sales and Marketing Manager Pär Hedman. “During ITMA 2019 I spoke to many companies interested in this new machine, which will be supplied in bespoke versions specific to the individual needs of each customer and the intended end-use.”

IRO AB, a member of the Vandewiele group, reports strong interest in its ZTF Zero Twist Feeder introduced at the recent ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, particularly from companies involved in the growing market of textile reinforcements for composites.

In the weaving of fibres such as carbon, glass and aramids, as well as thermoplastic tapes for highly-engineered composite fabrics, it is essential that there is no twist in the feed, which this new machine absolutely guarantees.

“The ZTF Zero Twist Feeder keeps the tape yarns or fibre tows constantly stretched to avoid the risks of any snarls or twisting,” explains Sales and Marketing Manager Pär Hedman. “During ITMA 2019 I spoke to many companies interested in this new machine, which will be supplied in bespoke versions specific to the individual needs of each customer and the intended end-use.”

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(c) COMSAT
04.07.2019

COMSAT opts for the Eltex EyETM

COMSAT is equipping its latest Tecmat sectional warping machine for weaving preparation with the new Eltex EyETM yarn tension monitoring system.

Unlike yarn tension monitors that are fitted solely on the weft insertion systems of weaving machines, the new Eltex technology is for the warping process prior to weaving – and instead of monitoring only the tension of the six-to-eight yarns fed by the weft insertion system the Eltex EyETM keeps a close eye on literally hundreds.

“Several hundred yarns can be fed from the creels during the warping process compared to only a few weft insertion yarns during weaving,” explains Brian Hicks, managing director of Eltex. “Tension monitoring for multiple ends has been a great challenge to achieve for us, but this new system generated tremendous interest at the recent ITMA 2019 textile machinery show and we already have systems in operation and orders on hand. The EyETM allows mills to greatly reduce problems.”

COMSAT is equipping its latest Tecmat sectional warping machine for weaving preparation with the new Eltex EyETM yarn tension monitoring system.

Unlike yarn tension monitors that are fitted solely on the weft insertion systems of weaving machines, the new Eltex technology is for the warping process prior to weaving – and instead of monitoring only the tension of the six-to-eight yarns fed by the weft insertion system the Eltex EyETM keeps a close eye on literally hundreds.

“Several hundred yarns can be fed from the creels during the warping process compared to only a few weft insertion yarns during weaving,” explains Brian Hicks, managing director of Eltex. “Tension monitoring for multiple ends has been a great challenge to achieve for us, but this new system generated tremendous interest at the recent ITMA 2019 textile machinery show and we already have systems in operation and orders on hand. The EyETM allows mills to greatly reduce problems.”

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