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<i><b>ATI</b></i> continues its coverage of technical innovations and refinements at ITMA '99.

ATI continues its coverage of technical innovations and refinements at ITMA '99. Bruckner Trockentechnik GmbHandCo. KG presented an entirely new stenter generation with split-flow air circulation system. The split-flow system gives a separate and precisely adjustable supply of circulating air to the upper and lower nozzles by having two speed-controlled fans in each half of any one compartment. This concept gives the user increased performance, reduced energy consumption, gentle air impingement and homogeneous circulating air flow, according to the company.Bruckner also introduced the Witro relaxation dryer. It features one fabric passage and upstream stenter zone. The machine has a low-tension fabric transportation system and is designed to process delicate or critical fabric styles.The Scout open-width washing and bleaching range was also shown for the first time. It has high washing efficiency with low water, energy and chemical consumption. It is designed to process delicate fabrics made of viscose, cupro, Lycra® or lyocell.Datatex AG showed TIM (Textile Integrated Manufacturing) release 6.0, an ERP solution specialized for the textile and apparel industries. New functions introduced with this release include: order acceptance scheduling, year 2000 compliance, parallel accounting in euros and local currency, and electronic business on the internet.At Datatex we have been working hard on all fronts in the development of the new TIM functions demonstrated at ITMA, said Roberto Crovetto, marketing manager. We are very happy with the results obtained, and we are sure to increase them in the following months.Elbit Vision Systems Ltd. (EVS) exhibited its I-Tex 2000 fabric inspection system and Loomtex, an automatic on-loom fabric inspection. The I-Tex 2000 is an automatic inspection system designed to automate the fabric inspection process. The system can run at speeds of up to 300 meters per minute, according to the company.The Loomtex system, which is currently in final development and field test stage, brings the inspection process much closer to the weaving process.Erhardt + Leimer GmbH demonstrated all of its automation solutions for the first time as an integral part of a running machine line. Several completely new systems were shown. These new systems were: the ELSIS automated fabric inspection system combined with the ELMARK default marking system; the FE 80 digital wide band sensor; the ScanTech TMS 50 basis weight and thickness measurement system; the ELMETA digital metal detector and the ELSMART digital segmented roller guide system.The ELSIS automated fabric inspection system uses OptoLine HS, a camera inspection system, to recognize contamination and holes in the fabric. The ELMARK marking system pinpoints fabric faults and allows for quick fabric quality evaluation.The ELFEED digital controlled tenter in-feed system was also popular with visitors to the Erhardt + Leimer stand. ELFEED has the following features: digital sensors, pneumatic motorized edge spreaders, and patented trimmer and web tension control system.Fiber Controls Corp. exhibited its Snowbreaker bale-opening machine with single or double opening head design. The machine can process up to 4,000 pounds of material per hour. This is a versatile design suitable for small to medium production runs. It can be used to feed intimate blending lines by addition of weigh pans or feed cards directly by adding shaker chutes. Snowbreaker was introduced last year, and there are now 100 units installed worldwide.Fongs National Engineering Co. Ltd. displayed several new machines at ITMA 99 including the GN6-Super high-temperature dyeing machine, the MK88 high-speed dyeing machine and the MK8C double-rope soft dyeing machine.The GN6-Super high-temperature dyeing machine is designed for 100-percent cotton fabrics with fast dyeing cycles with reactive dye. It incorporates a number of innovative features, which enable it to shorten the entire dye cycle, according to the company.The MK88 high-speed machine is designed for dyeing light or delicate woven fabric such as taffeta and satin.The MK8C double-rope soft dyeing machine is designed for processing knit fabrics with a soft uniform hand. It also has large fabric loading capacity.Groz-Beckert KG showed its patented KN 10 maintenance-free, high-performance steel and plastic composite needle. These needles are as insusceptible to contamination as conventional full-shank needles, according to the company. In addition, these needles have all the productive advantages and capacity of low-profile meander-shape needles.James HoldsworthandBrothers Ltd. exhibited its complete line of flexible and metallic card clothing as well as the 200 series cotton grinder, 200 series metallic cleaner, 200 series lightweight, flexible tension head and 200 series mounting equipment.The patented Sliver Knitting Ring was the big attraction at the Holdsworth stand and is expected to increase company sales by about 20 percent in the next three to four years. The Sliver Ring has had a tremendous impact on plain and jacquard fur fabric production worldwide and has opened up extensive new markets for the 209-year-old family firm.Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG showed a new generation of automatic weft control and quality monitoring systems, the 10a series including the FMC-10a, the QMS-10a and the CIS-10a. All of these are based on the well-known Orthomat family.Common features include improved signal generation and analysis. All component parts are networkable. Scanner assemblies, straighteners and PC communicate via Ethernet, reducing time and money spent in wiring on site. By selecting the appropriate IP-address, the visual display can be routed to any PC on the client companys network. Settings can be altered and recipes can be created in the same way.The new user interface comprises a 15-inch TFT-display with touch screen. The size and location of the touch pads are tailored to meet on-site requirements. Menu prompts enable operators to react instinctively and audio responses are available to provide additional user assistance, according to the company.Karl Mayer Textil-maschinenfabrik GmbH exhibited 18 machines at two stands in Paris. Several new machines were introduced. The HKS 4 tricot machine was shown with a maximum speed of 1,500 rpm. The machine is designed to produce a wide range of products including automotive textiles, sportswear and technical fabrics.The RS 2 (3) MSU raschel machine was shown with a width of 213 inches. It has servomotor control for gentle processing of weft yarns. The machine produces technical fabrics and has a top speed of 1,400 rpm.The RJWB 4/2 F-NE-Cliptronic® machine is designed to make bodywear and ladies outerwear with relief-like pattern effects.A. Monforts Texilmaschinen GmbH launched its new Montex 5000 stenter at ITMA. It offers improved ease-of-use and drying performance that is up to 18 percent better than the previous model.The Monforts Interknit Line for nonstop finishing of knit fabrics was also introduced at the Paris show. The main advantages of this continuously operated finishing line are single operator control and nonstop finishing possibilities.The companys Ecobleach® process for desizing and bleaching in one application was shown at ITMA as a market study. In-depth field tests for this system are planned.Morrison Textile Machinery showed its all-new MICRO-SAT bleach saturation system. MICRO-SAT was designed to address the industrys need for devices to add into current installations for automation and chemical savings. The system uses an operator-friendly digital PLC or PC controls for mixing and dosing. Liquor is fed on a mass throughput, semi-continuous demand basis, eliminating periodic titration.Morrison also unveiled its new RBM-SF, engineered for both tolerance-critical compressive shrinking and high-speed hand enhancement. Productivity improvements include a new entry that is more adjustable for fabric style changes, redesigned blanket pressure and tension controls, and the visibly new change is its steel frame, configured to ensure the shortest rubber blanket change time.Morrison displayed two sizes of the all-new M-washer. Performance features include a dual-purpose serpentine counter-flow baffling with counter-current wash-water flow coupled with fabric wiping action. An optional internal nip is available to further increase wash efficiency.Although the total show attendance was flat, traffic at the Morrison stand exceeded the 1995 ITMA, said John M. White Jr., company president. The industry seems focused on finishing for value-added enhancements, flexibility and cost savings. More companies visited with higher-level people.NoyVallesina Engineering SpA shared details about its PET polycondensation plant. This simple design made of only three reactors allows NoyVallesina to own the cheapest PET plants in terms of investment and throughput ratio and maintenance cost worldwide, according to the company.In addition, the compactness of the design allows savings also on civil works and steel structures. The 3-reactor polyester technology is a proven technology that can produce up to 480 tons per day with direct spinning lines for staple and continuous filament for fiber grade applications and up to 600 tons per day for bottle grade applications.Schaetti AG showed for the first time a double-dot suction device to make a double dot with a paste base and scatter coated nylon powder on fabrics. This is mainly for very light garment interlinings with weft insert and nonwoven interlinings. The company also showed a scatter-coating head for an automatic powder-feeding system and a powder distribution device for the scatter-coating head. The double-dot suction device drew the most attention at the Schaetti stand.Schaetti has also announced a partnership between itself and Bostik Ltd. Schaetti will now market Bostiks fusible powders worldwide excluding America. Bostik Europe had been Schaettis sole supplier for polymers. Visitors to the Schaetti stand at ITMA were very positive about this development. Schaetti also said that it had some problems with the infrastructure of the Paris exhibition. The company found the loudspeaker announcements and the strikes during the show particularly annoying.Sclavos International exhibited its Venus dyeing machine with AquaChron in two new versions: Smart and XI. Venus is equipped with the companys Twin Soft Flow dyeing system. It is a two nozzle high-flow low-pressure (0.18 bars) that is said to overcome the fundamental drawback of conventional jet dyeing systems.The Venus with AquaChron Smart can, without human interference, monitor, control and interact with all process parameters such as liquor ratio, process times, water and steam supplies, speed and revolution, according to the company.TEMCO Textilmaschinen-komponenten GmbHandCo. KG showed several innovations for man-made fiber manufacturing including: the covering spindle PCS (power controlled spindle), WIN-OLT Process monitoring system, and several new tangling jet designs.The new covering spindle PCS (power controlled spindle) is single-motor driven and position-related controlled. In the foreseeable future the company expects this new concept will have a similarly successful breakthrough like the single-motor drive in the case of the MSE covering spindle.The WIN-OLT process monitoring system was also shown for the first time. This system enables machine operators to detect in a simple and easy way irregularities in the production process, and to intervene accordingly, taking any necessary corrective steps. The WIN-OLT system is based on the Windows user interface.In the field of tangling jets, TEMCO presented several innovative products at ITMA 99 for the first time including: new ceramic inserts with Y-orifice for LD 22 Y, anti-torque jet type LD 6 for anti-snarling effect on texturing machines and new CI-jet in open/close system for continuous interlacing yarns.Otto Zollinger Inc. showed its complete line of yarn tension control devices for 80 textile application areas. The company had three new innovations to show visitors: the OZ Quickset, the OZ 2000 T and the 0Z Transfer Tail Holder. The company has patents on all three.The OZ Quickset allows users to quickly and easily dial in up to five tension settings without re-threading the yarn. The OZ 2000 T is designed for carpet warping and tufting creels. The unit is said to increase tufting production from 10 to 35 percent. Each percentage point can be worth up to $50,000 per year to the carpet maker, according to Zollinger. The 0Z Transfer Tail Holder securely holds the yarn transfer tail out of the way, preventing tangles and ensuring a clean transfer between packages.Our system works on any yarn regardless of size, twist, fiber type or color, said Otto Zollinger, company president. We improve quality and productivity by controlling yarn tension.

December 1999



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