Textile Technology section
TMAS: Swedish machinery companies at Heimtextil 2020
The decision by Messe Frankfurt, the organizer of the annual Heimtextil exhibition for home textiles, to significantly expand its focus on textile technologies in 2020, has received an extremely enthusiastic response from members of the Textile Machinery Association of Sweden (TMAS), Stockholm/Sweden.
At Heimtextil 2019, TMAS member ACG Kinna Automatic AB, Skene, generated a significant buzz with live demonstrations of its new robotic pillow filling system and will provide details of how it has been further developed over 2019. It has the ability to fill and finish some 3,840 pillows per 8-hour shift, resulting in significant savings in both labor and energy for busy home textile businesses.
Meanwhile, in Q1/2020, ES Automatex Solution AB, Sparsör, the specialist in automated cutting, sewing and folding equipment, is planning to launch another innovation in advanced manufacturing for the bedding industry. They have developed a new fitted sheet machine which is able to sew 90 corners and the elastics simultaneously, in a single operation.
3 further TMAS members will be exhibiting for the first time at a joint stand at the show. IRO AB, Ulricehamn, will be providing information on new introductions to its product range, including the ZTF Zero Twist Feeder which keeps yarns or fiber tows constantly stretched to avoid the risks of any snarls or twisting and the ATC-W advanced tension controller for constantly regulating weft feeders at high speeds.
Eltex of Sweden AB, Osby, will focus on its advanced systems for the sewn products sector, including the UPG-Stitch thread break sensor, which is based on the piezoelectric principle and is suitable for all types of yarns while being insensitive to dust, dirt and humidity variations. The Eltex thread sensor is meanwhile designed to monitor up to 6 intermittent running threads on automatic sewing machines. The eyelets are scanned electronically and it detects both broken and continuously moving threads, allowing yarn movement to be precisely monitored even at low yarn tension.
Svegea of Sweden, Uddevalla, designs, manufactures and installs bespoke bias cutting, roll slitting and rewinding and inspection machines. The company’s complete Bias System includes a tube sewing unit a bias cutter/winder for opening up previously-formed tube material – spirally on a bias – and strip cutter.
Circular woven materials are fed to the cutter via the revolving winder to be slit at angles, so that both the warp and weft of the weave are skewed at specified angles. This allows the slit fabrics to drape and form much more easily to complex shapes, with a range of potential applications in areas such as indoor and outdoor furniture, as well as bedding etc.
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ACG Kinna: new robotic pillow filling system
At the Heimtextil fair on January 8-11, 2019 in Frankfurt/Germany, the textile machinery manufacturer ACG Kinna Automatic AB, Skene/Sweden provided live demonstrations of its new robotic pillow filling system which has the ability to fill and finish some 3,840 pillows per 8-hour shift. This is a considerable improvement on what is currently possible with either manual or semi-automatic systems, resulting in significant savings in both labor and energy.
The technology is based on 2 robotic arms from Fanuc K.K., Oshino/Japan, which have been specially modified by ACG Kinna with advanced gripping tools and seaming and labelling devices. The pillows are automatically sealed with either single or double lockstitch seams and labels can be attached without interrupting the flow of the system.
ACG Kinna is teaming up with fellow specialist in filling systems Borsoi Srl, Vittorio Veneto/Italy, and carding supplier Card Clothing and Services Inc., Huntley, IL/USA, for the provision of completely automated lines under the motto ‘From the Bale to the Box’. The 3 companies are combining their textile machinery know-how into fully-engineered automated solutions for pillows, quilts and mattress pad production.
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