The Rupp Report: ITMA 2015 Preview For SSM

By Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

ITMA 2015 in Milano is getting closer: It starts November 12, 2015. All exhibiting companies are performing their final homework. One of the companies that did their homework was Switzerland-based SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler. Here is its preview for ITMA.

SSM will launch eight new products and a total of 14 applications will be showed. The company claims that “a totally new platform will be presented to the public for the first time.”

SSM claims it is the inventor of the electronic yarn traverse system. With the introduction of the new Xeno-platform, SSM wants to demonstrate its leading position on the market. Six new product launches in the winding and doubling segments and two in false-twist and air-texturing are showed for the first time. Machines for the following applications will be on display:

  • New Dye Package Winding/Rewinding;
  • News Assembly Winding (doubling);
  • New Air Texturing;
  • New False Twist Texturing;
  • Sewing Thread Finish Winding; and
  • Conventional Covering.

Modular Winding Machine Platform

The new SSM modular winding machine platform Xeno is said to combine dye package winding, rewinding and doubling applications with three different winding technologies. The machine is available with counter rotating blades — Xeno-BW — with friction drive system — Xeno-FW — and with high quality SSM yarn guide system — Xeno-YW. With the new platform, SSM claims to be able to offer the three winding technologies for assembly winding as well — Xeno-BD, Xeno-FD and Xeno-YD. Complying with the growing automation demand due to increasing labor costs, all the Xeno machines can be equipped with an automatic doffer system. Another advantage and benefit of the Xeno platforms is the enhanced Digicone 2 winding algorithm, which is said to enable a 10-20 percent increase on dye package density with the same dyeing recipe. SSM point out that the platform will be manufactured 100 percent in Switzerland for highest demands and quality.

Technical Yarns In The Focus

The unique characteristics of tailor-made high performance yarns are helping such yarns to substitute other classical materials in large range of applications, says the company. Thereby the usage of technical textiles and consequently their consumption are continually increasing. The SSM Duro-TW precision winder for all technical yarns up to 50,000 dtex claims to offer “a new level of flexibility and winding quality in one machine; thus ensuring the fulfillment of all customer requirements.”

The assembly winder Duro-TD allows the plying of multiple ends/yarns; independently of them being of the same type or completely different. Optional intermingling is said to guarantee loop-free twists as well as optimal unwinding during twisting. The ability to run closed precision winding enables higher package densities, thereby increasing the knot-free length.

More New Equipment

From SSM Giudici the brand new TG2 machines will be shown. The TG2 platform is the next step of the well introduced TG1. It comes with an individual, frontal doffing system to allow double-sided concept of the machine, which means one full package and one empty tube in the cradle whilst a package is being processed.

The SSM Giudici TG2-FT false-twist texturing machine is said to combine a proven texturing path along with a spacing saving machine design. The result is a machine for the cost efficient production of high quality polyamide (PA) — down to 7 dtex — polypropylene (PP) as well as fine count polyester (PET) yarns. In combination with the TG2-FT the TG2-AT will be shown as well.

The SSM Giudici TG2-AT air-texturing machine is designed for the cost efficient production of high quality air texturized yarns made of POY or FDY PET, PA and PP, ranging from fine to medium final counts.

Sewing Thread Finish

The SSM TK2-20 CT/KTE will be exhibited for Sewing Thread Finish Winding. It claims to set market standards in combining the established performance of the well-known Thread King series with the functionality and operational comfort of modern control and drive technology. The TK2-20 says to “stand for first-class unwinding properties and fulfils the highest yarn processing requirements.” Besides of the cone winding (CT) the latest technology for Kingspools (KTE) will be shown. The TK2-20 KTE is a fully automatic Kingspool winder which certainly is the most flexible sewing thread finish winder for bonded filaments in the market. Thanks to the fastflex electronic yarn guide system, customers can change the traverse length, the spool size as well as the crossing ratio without big efforts.

The SSM Giudici NOVA-CS will be shown for the first time in Europe. It claims to “take the advantage of the disappearance or difficulties of European CCY machine producers to become niche leaders in the high-end segment.” The single covering machine is designed for the production of high quality elastic single- covered yarns ranging from fine to medium final counts.

Besides of the presented application, SSM offers the new X-Series (PSX-W/D, PWX-W and TWX-W/D) for Dye Package Winding/Rewinding and Assembly Winding as well as the well-known machines for Air Covering, Draw Winding and Yarn Singeing.

SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG will present its products in Hall 2, Booth A101/102.

November 3, 2015