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A Second Look At ITMA

The Paris show was teeming with new ideas and innovations.

A Second Look At ITMA The Paris show was teeming with new ideas and innovations.  Editors Note: This is ATIs second look at ITMA 99 in Paris. Please see the June issue for an exciting first look at major innovations. Also please see the September issue for a more comprehensive look at dyeing, finishing and printing, weaving, knitting and spinning. Dyeing, PrintingandFinishingBabcock Textilmaschinen AG (Moenus Textilmaschinen Group), Germany, presented several new innovations at the Paris show.The Babco-Therm is the first, hot-steam dryer in the world, according to the company. It features continuous dyestuff fixation within 100-percent steam atmosphere.The new Babcock Power-Tex intensive washing unit brings greater cost effectiveness to the processes of desizing, boiling, and demineralization for pretreatment of woven fabrics. Speeds of up to 100 meters per minute can be reached. The machine utilizes hot steam and maximum kinetic energy to reach the best possible effectiveness. 
Babcock's intensive washing machine Spray-Flow has been developed for washing of tension-sensitive and permeable knitted and woven fabrics. The machine has a capacity of approximately 5 meters. It can be used as a single unit, or in combination with several compartments for the pre-treatment or after-treatment of dyed and printed fabrics.The Babco-Star is a new tenter frame generation for knit and woven fabrics. It offers new innovative solutions,which reflect in uniform fabric treatment, improvements in fabric quality and ergonomic improvements for the operator.Brugman, Holland, introduced a new washing concept based on the successful Brubo-Matic washers with extremely short installation time. According to the company, the machine will be delivered to customers pre-assembled and is ready to use as soon as the usual connections have been made.The Brubo-Sat bleaching system has been significantly developed since its initial introduction at ITMA 91 in Hanover, Germany. The applicator unit with the automatic cleaning system offers quick liquor change-over and little waste. Brugmans uniquely integrated and further enhanced machine control system with parallel processing capability can be fitted to any Brugman machine.A. Monforts Textilmaschinen, Germany, showed its new stenter, the Montex 5000 TwinAir Plus. The machine has a completely newly designed stenter chamber, which the company says increase drying by as much as 18 percent and reduce energy consumption.The Montex 5000 also has an erogonomically improved operators platform, incorporating a new adjustable and sliding panel design, offering enhanced PLC control visualization and improved control placement. Other features include computer-designed chain track elements; an optional indirect gas heating system; and a modular Qualitex PLC system. Dornier EcoSqueezeLindauer Dornier GmbH , Germany, introduced its new EcoFix heat setting machine for treatment of circular knit goods of all diameters in round condition. Dorniers patented Circular Expander saves the user several steps compared to the conventional single layer heat setting processes, and achieves more consistent and improved quality values.Dorniers concept of a Circular Squeezing Machine was brand new at ITMA. The company calls it EcoSqueeze. While the unit is not yet available for sale, the company says it offers several advantages.These advantages include treatment of circular goods in round condition, and high efficiency squeezing without selvedge marks and mesh distortion.Dornier further promoted its combined mercerizing and bleaching ranges: EcoMerc and EcoCombine 2-D, which also integrate Dorniers Circular Expander principle.Henkel Corp., Germany, showed for the first time at ITMA its revolutionary ILX Inline Mixer with proprietary software for mixing chemicals. According to the manufacturer, this system offers significant improvements in quality and reproducibility, while reducing cost significantly. Batch-to-batch uniformity and manpower savings are said to be incredible.Krantz Textiltechnik GmbH (Moenus Textilmaschinen Group), Germany, showed its Aero-Dye piece dyeing machine for very light, delicate, open-width woven and knit fabrics, of weights up to 400 grams per meter. It is also suited for tubular goods. Krantz also presented a new compactor for knit goods that is integrated into the companys tenter frame.Kusters GmbH, Germany, presented at ITMA its new and improved machinery program which included the Fiberkleen, a process machine for removing fiber lint of spun yarns, especially for carpets, and permits heat setting in regards to pilling and fuzzing.Kusters Quick Change Fluidyer allows precision dyestuff application for carpet and pile fabrics in respect to color level and reproducibility. Turbo Flush is a high-efficiency washing machine for continuous processes with intensified liquor exchange.Rapid Batch is Kusters new dosing technique for the production of dye preparation baths on the basis of liquid dyes and dye stock solutions. Up to 32 liquid products can be dispensed simultaneously to an extremely high degree of accuracy. The Ultrasonic Laminating Calender is for laminating of the same or different thermoplastics, or non thermoplastic materials.MCS, Italy, showed for the first time its MCS Air-Jet dyeing machine for processing delicate woven fabrics made of viscose/nylon/Lycra®, cotton/nylon/Lycra, Tencel®, blends with linen, and mircofibers. The machine features indirect cooling and overflow rinse. An additional tank for liquor preparation reduces downtime.According to the company, the machine is particularly suitable for sensitive fabrics and works with a liquor ratio from 1:2 to 1:5. It is available in different models with a nominal capacity of 180, 360 and 540 kilograms.The company further promoted the MCS Multiflow, a new, patented single-rope dyeing machine. MCS says that the machine represents a revolutionary concept in rope dyeing with time savings from 40 to 60 percent compared to traditional machines.Multiflow gives excellent results in dye-quality and repeatability, according to the company. Several options, like the Hydrovario adjustable nozzle, a service tank, and a heat-exchanger system are available. The machine is suitable for processing of knitted and woven articles with different weights and fabric structures. New Santex DryerSantex AG, Switzerland, presented its new Santashrink-Combi shrinkage relaxation dryer and thermofixation machine for open knitwear. With some optional equipment, the machine can be used for the shrinkage and relaxation of tubular knits.After leaving the treatment chambers, the knitwear is placed in a tensionless condition on the transport belt, and the plaiter plaits it into the transport dolly.The machine is extremely versatile and can also be supplied with an integrated compacting section at the outlet, according to the company. Santashrink is available in various configurations including the standard, Jumbo and the ITMA-introduced Combi.The new Santaspread steaming and compacting calender offers superior width control through an infinitely adjustable special tubular fabric spreader driven by a variable speed motor.Steaming is accomplished in a condensation-free steam box, while compacting is done through two specially-designed, felt belts with adjustable belt speeds for overfeed. The calendering occurs between the felt belt and heat shrinking rollers.Santex offers various automation stages for this machine, as well as a final inspection unit for the finished fabrics.Further improvements were demonstrated on the Santastretch-Plus hydroextraction, impregnating, and width-stretching machine, and the Santashrink-Standard shrinkage relaxation dryer that offered a 15 percent higher drying capacity and less residual shrink values.According to the manufacturer, the hot seller at ITMA was the new Santaset thermofixation machine for tubular knitwear, offering a pre-treatment that really works. 
Stork, Holland, introduced its Amethyst digital production printer. The company also presented, for the first time, the Pegasus Twin Drive machine.Each printing position now has its own servo motor and direct drive, where the screens are directly driven by their own ring motors.This printing machine has one motor to drive the printing blanket and a second motor (electronically linked to the first motor) to drive the printing positions.The Rhea paste sampling kitchen, the CFL laboratory coater and the CFT coatingandfinishing machine were other Stork novelties. Stork also introduced the advanced texture mapping software packages for the Image 4000 system, which allows pasting of the print designs onto existing photographs, drawings, etc. The company announced a world-wide strategic partnership with the French company, Lectra Systs, one of the world leaders in computer aided design (CAD) and manufacturing systems for apparel, industrial and other textile applications. (See K/A News, ATI June 1999). New Wastewater TechnologySucker Mueller Hacoba GmbHandCo. (Moenus Textilmaschinen Group), Germany, presented the new innovation of the Electrochemical Reduction Dyeing Equipment (ERDE) for a nearly wastewater free dyeing process. This includes the electrochemical reduction of reactive dyestuffs, indanthren, sulfur and indigo for package dye machines, piece dye-, full width- and warp-dye machines. The Electric Dyeing equipment can be connected to existing machinery of any brand without constructive alterations, according to the company.Sucker Mueller Hacoba also presented the new Multicut MC-5 pile cutter for a wide variety of applications (polishing, tigering, shearing), with higher speed. It allows pile cutting without Moirffect.The company promoted an improved version of the TWIN trI 24.2 double drum roller raising machine with improved economical aspects. There are now more raising rollers in contact with the fabric which allows a higher output and better quality than conventional systems. Airflow AFTTHEN Maschinen und Apparatebau GmbH, Germany, introduced its new high-temperature jet dyeing machine, Airflow AFT. The AFT has a larger vessel than its predecessors, and has now has the jet within the dyeing compartment. It features a Teflon bottom, frequency controlled winch drive, a large filter in the air and injection circuit, and a special blower for the fabric drive.The company says that machine maintenance and cleaning is even easier. The unit can achieve extremely good liquor ratios also in the case of small batches. The risk of crease marks is eliminated. The machine can also be used as a tumbler.THEN also introduced the Thenjet II, a horizontal high-temperature dyeing machine for delicate and lightweight knitted and woven fabrics. It offers the best possible relaxation and high pressure with speeds up to 600 meters per minute. The capacity is up to 170 kilogram per storage cell; machines with up to four storage cells are available. The sophisticated Dynamic Quality Control (DQC) System allows highest quality and repeatability of the dye process. The company further promoted its Then Dyehouse System (tdS) for complete dyehouse control, and the Color Kitchen Manager AMC-CMK with automatic chemical dispenser CHD and automatic dissolving station ADS.Zimmer, Austria, introduced its Rotascreen-V printing machine with 26 print stations that work simultaneously, or in the flying change mode. This allows for the machine to print one pattern while a new pattern is set up on the machine. The flying change can be automatically switched between the two patterns without operator assistance. Also new for the company is a printing blanket cleaning system with Rotor-Washer for this printing machine that is totally maintenance free. The Rotascreen-G-Can-Bus features a completely re-designed closed-bearing print-head with three standard roller bearings on the inside and three on the outside. It also features a new belt-drive system.Also new at the Zimmer booth were the sample printing machine Midi-II-R for rotary screen printing, and the end-ring gluing machine EMG for the adhesion of end-rings to rotary screens. Fabric FormingGrob Horgen AG, Switzerland, showed its Grob healds with Optifil thread eyes measuring 5.5 x 1.2 mm and 6.5 x 1.8 mm.These healds are now available with a thread eye of 8 x 2.5 mm for heavier yarn counts and industrial applications. This new dimension lets technical fabrics, wool and denim weavers benefit from Optifils advantages including reduced friction during shed change, optimal guidance of the warp yarn and less size abrasion.A new Grob warp-stop motion for terry towel weaving machines was also introduced. It offers improved function and ease of handling, according to the company. In addition, Grob Horgen exhibited its well-known heald frames, leno harness frames and entire heald assortment.Comez SpA, Italy, emphasized crochet machines at ITMA. The company showed 15 machines of which eight were crochet machines. The new Comez machines have the ability to handle lengthy patterns, repeats.The Comeztronic CT-8 was shown and is the fastest, most productive electronic crochet machine, according to the company. It is completely automatic and has eight electronically driven weft bars. The machine is designed to produce rigid and elastic, laces and bands.The company also showed its CMX mechanical needle looms and CMJ jacquard needle looms for weaving ribbons, laces, intimate apparel articles and technical ribbons.Jacob Muller AG, Switzerland, showed as a revolutionary concept study of its electronically controlled warp crochet knitting machine with weft insertion. It is called the MDR 42. This machine presents a completely new principle of the weft insertion. It features patented linear motors which can drive up to 24 weft bars. The exact stroke control allows it to eliminate empty spaces between the single tapes.A new feature is one electronically controlled warp placing bar for open and closed stitches. The form and function of the very small thread guides mounted on the weft bars are such that they never touch, no matter what type of weave. It is possible to choose any shog movement. The back weave is created by patented weft feeders that catch the pre-positioned weft ends and guide them under the crochet needles. The small, comb-like feeder allows a small stroke of the crochet needles. The weft bars no longer have to move vertically. Bearded needles as well as compound needles can be used.The weft ends are beaten against the cloth fell by a movement of the weft feeder, which is another new technique applied on this machine (a similar method is used for weaving machines). Therefore it is possible to produce articles with a much higher density.Muller did not release the machine for sale at ITMA but officials mentioned that if will be offered to clients next year.Further novelties at the Muller booth were a new run/stitch-proof on the Raschelina RD3 crochet knitting machine with weft insertion, the rapier label weaving machine with vario speed and new rapier heads for speeds up to 750 picks per minute, and the air-jet label weaving machine with enclosed Jacquard and harness feature for significant noise reduction. The machine is capable of insertion speeds up to 1,400 picks per minute.Schonherr Textilmaschinenbau GmbH, Germany, introduced its new Alpha 300 double-gripper carpet weaving machine with a weft-insertion capability of 1,162 meters per minute. With the company's single gripper weaving machine carpet qualities with 750,000 pile loops and more per square meter can be produced. Another novelty on the Schonherr booth was the application of the new electronic Stli LX2490 Jacquard machine with the patented three-position device that permits new versatility in carpet weaving.Sucker Muller Hacoba GmbHandCo. (Moenus Textilmaschinen Group), Germany, showed its new wet-in-wet sizing principle.The Wetsize size vat can be retrofitted to any existing sizing machine and offers up to 50-percent less size in the fabric, easier wash-out, and higher weaving machine efficiencies, according to the company. Sucker Mueller Hacoba also showed the latest version of the Toptronic 2000 sectional warping machine, and the TT-2000 Creel with new thread tensioning device. SpinningArmstrong Textile Products GmbH, Germany, promoted its new generation of Acotex soft cots with several hardness degrees. Depending on the preferred yarn structure, fibers, blends, and counts; Armstrong can provide the cot with the most suitable surface. The company promoted the new J-470 series, which the company says provides excellent yarn quality and extended cot life. Belmont's Rototwist
Belmont Textile Machinery Co., Mount Holly, N.C., demonstrated its complete line of yarn twisting and yarn dyeing technologies for the carpet industry. The company introduced the Belmont Rototwist Process for twisting two- to six-ply yarns in one step. Rototwist offers exceptional economical advantages over conventional methods of combining yarns. The machine can run two three-ply yarns or three two-ply yarns for added styling flexibility.An accumulator allows for continuous operation. Belmont already has one Rototwist machine installed and running.The company also showed its new AD27, a new multi-end winder for use with Suessen heatsetting machines.In addition, Belmont showed its MDS III continuous yarn dyeing system for carpet yarns. The MDS III yarn dye applicator offers full eight-color capability with production rates of more than 12,000 pounds per day, according to the company.The MDS III system microprocessor and operator interface panel can store up to 15 complete patterns, which can be retrieved in as little as five seconds. The MDS III can also produce solid shade yarns without any manual alteration of the machine.Hacoba Textilmaschinen GmbHandCo. (Moenus Textilmaschinen Group), Germany, showed for the first time its new cross winding machines the H 2000 for random winding, and H 2200 P for precision winding. The H2200 P has individual spindle drive, frequency inverter controlled AC motors. The H 2000 has a conventional grooved drum. Both have a straight yarn path with almost no deflection for sensitive yarns.Hacoba also introduced its new generation of sewing thread winders: Thread Master 1050 C for conical spools with mechanical or electronic pattern control, Thread Master 1150 K for king spools with electronic pattern control, and Thread King 1250 C for cones with automatic doffing.Hollingsworth On Wheels Inc., Greenville, S.C., introduced its new doffer and worker wire for cards. The uniquely shaped wire has a beak on its top allows wider settings, provides maximum stripping, and improves transfer efficiencies. It further improves the CV value and enables immediate start-up after installation without grinding. The new Cleanmaster CCL is a patented carding system that replaces the conventional flat top assembly and was shown on a Rieter C50 card. The company claims an amortization period of less than 12 months.Hollingsworth also promoted its Recyclemaster fiber reclamation system, which is a versatile, compact textile waste processing machine.The company also showed the Lintmaster, a high-performance opener and cleaner for raw and bleached cotton. The Mastercard is designed for nonwoven applications and is available in single and tandem versions. Sonoco Shows New Tool
Sonoco, Hartsville, S.C., showed its complete range of technologically advanced textile carriers. The company also demonstrated its latest technology developments including a tube that can handle winding speeds of up to 8,000 meter per minute and a proprietary I.D. stiffness measuring capability.This new measurement technology gives the company a powerful new quality control tool that is more precise and scientific than previous methods.By designing the technology and instrumentation to measure radial crush, our scientists have extrapolated what paper properties are needed to build tubes that wont fail, said Linda Hill, vice president, Global Technology for Sonocos vertically integrated industrial products and paper businesses.This technology breakthrough gives our customers a competitive advantage by reducing core failures, downtime in textile winding and spinning operations and customer complaints.The companys subsidiary Sonoco Crellin International, Greenville, S.C., unveiled three new products at ITMA: two new dye tubes and an interlocking head feature for dye springs and tubes.SSM, Switzerland, presented its new PSD-D Precision Assembly Winder for assembling staple fiber yarns at speeds up to 1,200 meters per minute on packages with high winding density. It features extremely gentle thread laying with counter-rotating blades.The machine layout is single- or double-sided with five individually controlled spindles per section, in sizes from 5 to 60 winding positions (double-sided 2 x 30). The high winding density allows longer running times in twisting and longer knot-free lengths.The DP2-C Digicone Perciflex Aircovering machine was also shown for the first time. The machine is laid out for a new and creative yarn production, for high performance, and automation. The type DP2-S/CS is for covering with staple fiber spun yarns, while the DP2-C is for filament yarns with elastomeric components.SSM also showed many incremental improvements on models of its existing product line.Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Ltd., Japan, exhibited several innovations in the spinning area including the newly developed DX8S-LT single-delivery drawframe with a new auto-leveller that has a high accuracy in measuring sliver conditions and real-time correction.Toyota says that the layout is suitable for single- or twin-delivery, and the maximum production speed is quoted as 1,000 meters per minute. Quality is enhanced through a newly applied geometry to the sliver condensing parts and the use of a parabolically curved tube.Other important improvements were exhibited on the VC5 Comber, the newly developed high-speed FL100 Roving Frame with the new CWC (Clearer Waste Collector) dust and waste collecting system, and the enhanced RX240S Ring Spinning Frame for synthetic fibers up to three inches in fiber length.With the addition of the RX240 S model, the RX series has extended its application to cover a wide range of fiber lengths, from cotton, to wool, to synthetics. The machine features various high-performance devices, such as a waste yarn clearer, and auto roving stop. Man-Made YarnsICBT Groupe, France, showed its new AT 900 air texturing machine with individual working positions and automatic doffing completely monitored through computer. Its drawing zones use motorized hot godets. The machine was shown with four positions, each processing a different type of yarn (polyester, nylon and polypropylene).The company also introduced the JD 1200 high-speed, air covering machine for nylon, polyester and elastomeric yarns. It features an individual position concept and electronic control of all parameters. The machine has a straight yarn path for optimum quality and can produce yarn at about 1,100 meters per minute, according to the company. ICBT also showed the DT 360 E high-speed, take-up, two-for-one twister, the G 316 EM single covering machine and the CDDT 510 ST E direct cabling machine for carpet yarn, as well as other machines.Menegatto Srl, Italy, presented the new Drawinder VSP-DW-DGT, which is capable of speeds up to 4,000 meters per minute. The company claims that this winder can produce absolutely constant thread tension on the spool. Also new is the DGT Spandex covering machine for natural fibers, other staple fibers, or filaments. In addition, Menegatto showed new machines and technical developments like the Maverick Air Jet 2000 air covering machine, the texturing machine TMA 2/3/J, and the new bobbin winder HP with speeds up to 2,500 meters per minute for single- and multi-filament texturized yarn winding.OMM Srl/Fillattice Group, Italy, presented the new BB/VE winder for flanged spools and single yarns, which is designed for constant yarn tension. The latest generation of OMMs spindles feature vibration-free high speeds and a control device to deposit the yarn perfectly onto the spool. Machine settings can be adjusted from a keyboard.OMM showed a new retrofit kit for customers that have already OMM machines to convert from mechanical to electronic traversing. The kit provides all the latest electronic and quality features to the customers.The company also showed a new prototype of its motorized spindle for the ELX/SM covering machine. Initial technical data claim speeds up to 30,000 rpm, and yarn spool weights up to 330 grams.Lurgi Zimmer AG, Germany, presented a completely new spinning system for nylon 6, nylon 6.6 and PET industrial yarns. The BN 210 covers all applications, from air bag yarn to tire cord. Key features are a rectangular spinneret shape and cross flow quenching, bottom loading of the spin packs by means of a semi-automatic spin pack handling device, pneumatic opening/closing of the annealer, and a monomer suction system which is also effective during spinneret wiping.Highlights included further the modified polymers for high-speed spinning processes, a new PTT process jointly developed with Shell Chemicals, advanced performance spinning systems for filaments and staple fibers and modularized filament spinning units. Quality ControlDent Instrument Ltd., UK, introduced a new creel bar sensor for warping and beaming applications. This creel bar sensor is a contact-less device that can respond to broken ends in 10 milliseconds.In the event of a yarn break, it stops off the machine and indicates the position of the break using flashing red lights.The company also showed its new Reflex sensor which can detect yarns as small as five dtex at very low speeds.In addition, Dent introduced a first break detection system for multiple-end, take-up winders that includes self diagnostics for early warning of problems. The first break detector was developed in response to a customer request, according to the company.Elbit Vision Systems (EVS), Israel, showed its I-Tex 2000 automatic inspection system with shade variation analyzer (SVA) which the company says can inspect fabrics up to six meters wide at speeds up to 300 meters per minute.EVS also showed its loomtex automatic on-loom inspection system that can detect defects as they occur on the loom. Loomtex also allows the user to have full central computer control through a single computer with a link to the mills mainframe. 
HunterLab, Reston, Va., introduced its new ColorQuest XE color measurement spectrophotometer for the textile industry.It features diffuse/8° geometry and measures both reflectance and transmittance. The instrument uses double beam optics and a long life xenon lamp, which, the company says, virtually eliminates lamp replacement.The company also announced the addition of Adaptive Clustering capability to the Taper function available for its EasyMatch software. The new Adaptive Clustering feature automatically groups pieces or rolls of fabric similar in shade together. It is a method to shade sort samples into a small number of groups where the samples in a cluster are visually acceptable to each other.Lawson-Hemphill Inc., Pawtucket, R.I., demonstrated its complete line of testing and quality control equipment. The big news here was Lawson-Hemphills partnership with Mansco Products to provide man-made fiber producers with in-line viscometers.The Mansco Products Torsional Oscillatory Viscometer (TOV) system has been manufactured by Mansco for the past three decades but was distributed only to the DuPont Co. as part of secrecy and confidentiality agreements. Now Mansco has a worldwide licensing agreement with DuPont and is offering this technology to fiber producers. The key benefits of these devices are accuracy, sensitivity, cost effectiveness and reliability.Some TOV Viscometer Systems have been operating continuously at DuPont for more than a decade without interruption, according to Mansco Products.Additional new equipment on display included the FST-2000 (Forced Shrinkage Tester), a new instrument to measure simultaneously shrinkage and shrink force of yarn, tire cord, synthetic staple yarns and others. This unit has been developed in conjunction with one of the leading U.S. staple fiber producers. The company also showed its Package Density Analyzer. A prototype was shown during ITMA 95 in Milan, and the complete product is now being sold worldwide. Also Of InterestFortechnology Inc., Norwood, Mass., showed its new compact moisture analyzer its Fort600 system and a working model of an automatic conveyor system for bales, pallets and cartons. The companys moisture/weight measurement systems instantly calculate, display and record the true percent moisture and maximum allowed commercial weight for cones, cartons and bales.LTG Air Engineering Products GmbH, Germany, introduced its new air diffuser for all types of circular knitting machines. It is designed to keep the feedwheel units clean for better quality and better machine efficiency. An air stream is directed specifically towards the friction box and the thread pulleys.A further advantage is the air flow through the machine which keeps the entire knitting machine cleaner, reducing cleaning and maintenance requirements.LTG also introduced its new Compacting Power Screw, type CPS, for compacting and discharge of dust and short fibers in connection with separators, such as cyclones, tubular filters, and other filters. It features a compacting ratio of 3:1, continuous operation, high material capacity, and sturdy construction.In addition, LTG promoted the latest version of its VersaDrum Filter type VDF16, which offers high filter capacity, high air permeability, compact design, and low maintenance.Loptex Srl, Italy, displayed its Jet Sorter. It detects and rejects contamination in natural fibers as they pass through ductwork in the opening room. As fibers pass through the measuring field, they are illuminated from both sides by standard fluorescent lights.Two arrays of photosensors detect the difference in brightness and color between contamination and normal fiber. The contaminated material is then ejected into a waste container by means of high-speed pneumatic valves.Ph. Welker GmbH Machinen-Und Anlagenba, Germany, showed its Vapofix yarn conditional/humidifier and yarn steamer in a vertical orientation. The machine comes in several versions including a conventional horizontal orientation.Its features include self-generated, saturated steam from a satellite energy vessel; high-performance conditioning and steaming; simple and compact design; moderate energy consumption; and low maintenance costs.Neuenhauser Maschinenbau, Germany, introduced its new products for spinning and weaving mills including its brand new overhead cleaner TopDuct 2.The TopDuct 2 offers an enormous increase in air flow, a new drive concept, smooth running especially around turns, decrease of overall height, and reduced maintenance.The new Center Batch Winder allows winding on wagons with removable batch roller; this directly at the weaving machines.Additionally shown was the Conti Winder, a batch winder designed as a tangential winder. The constant fabric tension is controlled by a control unit with integrated torsion spring.For the first time shown at an exhibition was the Cantrac transport automation for sliver cans in spinning mills, as well as the roving bobbin transport system Textra.The Checkn Flow is the new yarn package test unit where the yarn packages are checked continuously in regard to the programmed package characteristics like weight, diameter, material mixture, yarn reserve tail, and shape and symmetry. Superba Shows AutomationSuperba S.A., France, presented as its grand innovation, the fully automated Winder-unloaderandPacker type KLP. The system automatically picks up the package, finds the loose end and attaches the loose end to the correct position on the package. It further prints and attaches a label to the package and finally packs it into a box or places it onto a pallet.This system allows an immediate connection to two winders with automatic doffing. The company says that for the first time this process is totally automated through robots, can handle up to 200 packages per hour, and saves labor with predicted increases in quality.Brand new is also the Ecodye Dyeing Line DL5 for carpet yarns. This new line is 500 mm wide, and features twice the capacity of conventional lines, from 200 to 400 kilograms per hour. According to the company, the new line is suitable for dyeing of nylon, polyester, polypropylene, BCF and spun yarns, and also woolen blends. The high-capacity steaming modules allow short cycle times of only a few minutes.Superba also showed for the first time its Multi Color Yarn Space Dyer for carpet yarns with CDM solid dyeing option. Depending on the set-up it can provide different effects, from solid dye to a knit-de-knit appearance, to a long-space dyed appearance.

August 1999