Textile Technology section
Assyst: Vidya Award 2020 presented in virtual ceremony
The software developer Assyst GmbH, Munich/Germany, a subsidiary of the provider of 3D body scanning and ergonomic simulation, Human Solutions GmbH, Kaiserslautern/Germany, presents the Vidya Award once a year to give young designers the opportunity to intensively work with product development in 3D.
“Karl Largerfeld. A tribute to an icon of the fashion world” was the motto of the Vidya Award 2020, which was open to all technical colleges and universities with a department for textile and clothing technology that uses 3D technology. The garment was to be simulated in pose on an avatar and also sewn.
For the first time, the competition was announced internationally and universities from Switzerland and the Ukraine took part.
1st place was awarded to Natalie Alder from the Swiss Textile College (Schweizerische Textil Fachschule STF), Zurich/Switzerland. She convinced the jury with her outstanding simulation quality and the elaborate production of a reversible upper part, whose particularly accurate processing was praised by the jury. 2nd place went to a joint project by Katharina Pfeffer and Ellen Müller from Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences. The outfit consists of 2 parts, a jacket and a knitted dress, which were also realized to a very high standard in real life.
Uster: fabric inspection systems reduce waste and improve yield
Fabric inspection solutions from the provider of textile testing and quality control solutions, Uster Technologies AG, Uster/Switzerland, cover the value chain from weaving to finishing. The Uster Q-Bar 2 fabric quality monitoring system prevents waste, while the Uster EVS Fabriq Vision fabric quality assurance system significantly improves first-quality yield for all applications.
Uster Q-Bar 2 is developed for simple installation on existing weaving machines. Positioned directly above the reed on each machine, it allows the operator to respond quickly to alarms and stop signals. The system categorizes and saves fabric faults, creating a ‘defect map’ for each roll, which can be recalled and reviewed later via the intuitive touchscreen. It offers different classification possibilities and allows rolls to be categorized according to number, size and position of defects, as well as customer criteria. It also grades rolls automatically.
Uster EVS Fabriq Vision achieves a consistently high rate of defect detection and optimized efficiency in grading by using automated control during intermediate and final inspection – and by creating roll inspection charts. This removes the need for manual inspection. Best results are achieved by the cut optimization software module of Uster EVS Fabriq Vision. This optimizes fabric yield per class, according to the settings. During the inspection process, infrared ink is applied on the fabric. Defect positions are then synchronized with the cut optimization software module. Using the infrared ink marks, the inspection table stops at exactly the right position for each defect, minimizing the risk of errors.
Automatic data analysis by the Uster Fabriq Expert quality system has fully-customizable reports displayed at the on-screen dashboard. It provides an overview of all connected Uster Q-Bar 2 systems. Technical alarms are highlighted to trigger early reactions. Furthermore, smooth interfaces allow users to connect fabric inspection data with existing ERP systems.
Coats: Elcatex optimizes garment costings with GSDCost
As a part of its sustainability and innovation strategy, the vertically-integrated textile manufacturer Elcatex Group, San Pedro Sula/Honduras, chose GSDCost from the provider of software solutions Coats Digital Plc., Uxbridge/UK, to quantify and optimize manufacturing methods and garment costing.
As part of their innovation strategy, Elcatex made the decision to digitalize their garment costing process and standardize their operation in order to reach optimal costing and achieve a high level of manufacturing. Considering the wide range of products manufactured in the factory, it is important for the company to have accurate and consistent information within their business in order to make decisions related to time, cost, capacity and compliance.
GSDCost is a fact-based garment costing and method standardization solution, to be implemented in the industrial engineering department. It is designed to help establish and optimize standard production time, using standard motion codes and pre-determined times.
Oerlikon Manmade Fibers: digitalization helps to avoid errors
Smooth production processes are essential to avoid errors. Digitalization provides valuable support in this regard.
The Smart Factory is also the focus of the Manmade Fibers Segment of technology group Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, as it ensures process reliability. The data are automatically entered into the system and the product assessed at each stage of yarn production at which values and data are recorded – such as during visual inspection and when weighing. In the event of anomalies in the intermediate laboratory and quality checks, this allows yarn producers to intervene in the production process and correct anomalies. Thus yarn manufacturers have a complete overview of the ongoing production process at all times, including comprehensive information on quality and production costs.
As a total solution provider, the Manmade Fibers segment of the Oerlikon group rounds off its Smart Factory concept with the associated services: operation, updates, further development of the software and services are part of the scope of services.
Rieter: strategic partnership with WW systems in Brazil
On November 5, 2020, the textile machinery manufacturer Rieter Holding AG, Winterthur/Switzerland, concluded a license agreement with WW Systems, Santa Catarina/Brazil. The software system OptCotton by WW Systems, that enables an even blend of cotton for the spinning process, will be integrated into its digital spinning suite Essential by Rieter
With its cooperation, Rieter is taking an important step forward in implementing its digital strategy and offering its customers further added value in yarn production.
OptCotton eliminates variations in quality between cotton blends that are being prepared for the spinning process. In this way, standardized quality yarn can be produced efficiently in the spinning process. From the arrival of the bales in the warehouse to their use in the blowroom line, OptCotton manages the entire blending process with no need for categorization. This results in increased efficiency in storage and logistics as well as machine performance.
By integrating this solution, Rieter strengthens its digital spinning suite Essential. The access to bale-related fiber data and raw material information opens up new possibilities for controlling the spinning mill.