Developments in Machinery World

Excerpt: Here are the News and Developments from the Machinery World

ITMA speakers platform feature presentations by invited industry experts for the first time

An exciting and diverse panel of industry experts has been invited to share future trends, rare insights and strategic solutions at the ITMA Speakers Platform. This is the first time that experts from non-exhibiting commercial organisations have been invited to participate.

The Speakers Platform is part of the ITMA Innovation Lab, a special feature launched to promote innovation excellence in the textile and garment industry. At a time when the industry is facing massive disruption, intense competition and global challenges, the owner of ITMA, CEMATEX - the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, strives to add greater value to participants' experience at ITMA 2019.

Mr Fritz Mayer, President of CEMATEX, explained: “It is critical for the global textile, garment and fashion industry to collaborate and to share perspectives and best practices. In the past, the Speakers Platform featured only presentations by Research and Innovation Pavilion exhibitors.”

He added, “As the world trends towards Industry 4.0 and grapples with sustainability challenges, we would like to offer ITMA as an inclusive platform for all stakeholders to converge and work together to address the challenges we face in today's rapidly evolving world. Hence, we have invited non exhibitors, as well as all ITMA exhibitors to add greater vibrancy to the Platform.”

By having industry experts who are not ITMA exhibitors to give their presentations, CEMATEX hopes to encourage cross-pollination of ideas and spotlight best in class solutions. The invited industry speakers will join ITMA 2019 exhibitors selected to make their presentations based on these themes:

  • Innovative Raw Materials & Manufacturing Technology
  • Strategic Business Innovation through Automation & Digitalisation
  • Technical Textiles Innovations and Manufacturing Technology
  • Sustainable Textile & Garment Manufacturing in the Circular Economy

Response from industry professionals has been positive. Well-known experts who have confirmed their acceptance to speak include Yoel Fink, CEO of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA). He will address the topic, 'Textile Sensors - Applications and Market Growth'. Other renowned speakers are:

  • Lutz Walter, Director Innovation & Skills, EURATEX, will present 'Towards a 4th Industrial Revolution of Textiles & Clothing - Strategic Innovation & Research Agenda: Results in Practice & Way to Go'.
  • Rakhil Hirdaramani, Manufacturers Committee Chair, World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) will provide insights on 'Digitisation & Realisation of Data of the Shop Floor'.
  • Navaid Baqai, Director, Global Textile of Cotton Council International (Cotton USA) will speak on the 'Impact of US Cotton and Its Technical & Financial Performance.
  • Peter Sestic, Lead Development Engineer, Sigmatex UK, will highlight 'The 'Breakthrough Aerospace Materials' Project (BAM) on Development of 3D Woven Textile Composites in the Aerospace Industry'.

On the sustainability front, leading industry practitioners will share their viewpoints and solutions:

  • Sophie Mather, Strategic Director, The Microfibre Consortium will share advice on 'Prevention of Microplastic Release into the Aquatic Environment during the Washing of Synthetic Clothes: Results of the Cross Industry Agreement CIA)'.
  • René Bethmann, Innovation Manager (Materials & Manufacturing), Vaude, will share 'Vaude Expectations from Raw Materials Suppliers in the Sense of Sustainability'.
  • Natalia Papu Carrone, Research Analyst, Textiles Programme, Circle Economy, will update on 'Towards a Zero Waste Textiles industry: The End-of-use Value Chain'.
  • Roian Atwood, Director of Sustainability for Wrangler and Lee Jeans, will provide details on 'Engaging the Global Supply Chain to Drive Greater Social & Environmental Performance'.
  • Lisa Rosengren, Head of R&D Raw Material, Fristads AB, will speak on 'Measuring the Total Impact of a Garment – Environmental Product Declaration'.

Finance forum

As a value-add to ITMA participants, professionals from the finance industry have been invited to share their expertise at the Speakers' Platform. Mr Charles Beauduin, Chairman, ITMA Services, said: “Finance and managing risk are critical to the success of any business. At a time when the textile and garment sector is undergoing major technological transformation, businesses are faced with the challenge of finding sources to fund investments in new technologies, including green solutions. At the forum, participants will be able to get practical advice which will help them make better financing decisions.” To be held from 21 to 25 June, the Speakers Platform will also feature panel discussions. Interested participants can get programme updates from itma.com and the app.

A.T.E. launches Automation division for textile mills

Textile mills continuously seek to automate their processes and upgrade their machine and process controls so as to produce with better quality and lower costs. In some cases, they accomplish their goals through the purchase of new equipment, or through machinery overhauls with new parts. In other cases, the path to improvement requires a tailor-made approach – as the mills have machines that are in generally good mechanical condition, but need new kinds of control, or add-on systems for automation. Such customised projects in textile mills require to be executed by reliable partners with in-depth textile knowledge. As a direct response to customers' requests that A.T.E. help them improve the performance of their installed machines, A.T.E. has launched an Automation division under its TEG (Textile Engineering Group) business unit.

A.T.E., endowed with deep domain knowledge in textile engineering and textile processes, has built-up a team of experts to undertake automation and upgrade projects. Machines are upgraded using modern retrofits and the latest software, resulting in significant improvement in the performance of these machines, both in terms of productivity and quality.

A.T.E. can undertake machine upgrade/automation of the following range of textile machines:

  • Weaving preparatory: Sizing and warping machines

 Processing: Stenter/merceriser/dyeing ranges/pad dry/pad steam, etc.

 Denim: Denim processing lines

 Synthetics: POY/FDY winders, extruders, PSF lines, bale press, chip conveying and drying

Apart from custom machine upgrade/automation, the Automation division has also in its portfolio some productised solutions, such as a fancy yarn system – Fancy Spin – to add value to yarn, which would help mills realise higher value for their yarn. Another such productised system is the pre-reduced indigo dosing systems for denim manufacturing (bulk as well as portable). These dosing systems help in maintaining consistent quality without any shade variation along millions of meters of denim produced and also help in reducing the load on the wastewater treatment plant.

“We have a team of experts with long experience in executing such projects smoothly. Customers can count on us for excellent support at all times of the project execution, and also post execution”, said Mr Vikas Banduke, Vice President – Automation, who is responsible for this new business at A.T.E.

Superba's new MCD/3 space dyeing machine at ITMA 2019

Superba, a Vandewiele company, will introduce the latest version of its MCD/3 space dyeing machine for carpets at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona from June 20-26, along with further new developments in heat-setting, texturizing and winding technologies.

Suberba leads the field in heat-setting machines, having installed more than 350 of its TVP3 lines for all types of carpet yarns, whether polyester, polypropylene, polyamide PAN, wool or blends. A further 80 LV3 models for acrylic yarns are also now successfully running at carpet plants around the world.

The latest MCD/3 space dyeing machine is meanwhile capable of handling a layer of 72 ends with an unequalled range of spot length – especially for the ultra-short spots of below 25mm.thus enabling “one-pile/one-color” process on the carpet.

In combination with a TVP3 heat-setting line, it can space dye polyester or polyamide yarns with up to six colours and also allow special dyeing effects such as bi-colour printing to be achieved. For acrylic yarns, the MCD/3 can similarly be combined with Superba's new high capacity DL/5 setting line.

Further synergies are possible with Vandwiele weaving or tufting machines, with all technologies now being equipped for machine-to-machine interaction and learning, as part of the company's comprehensive TEXconnect programme. The company's sensors, software programmes and servers have become increasingly sophisticated and the real-time data from different machines – across connected manufacturing sites and across different countries and even continents – can be collected and shared.

Digital models of both machines and production processes can be created and analysed for the optimisation of production settings, to vastly improve scheduling and planning and also make considerable savings on raw materials and energy.

For carpet manufacturers, all of this is leading to the creation of truly Smart Factories.

Further Vandwiele innovations to be unveiled by the company at ITMA 2019 will include:

  • The new RCE2+ Rug and Carpet Expert weaving machine – a truly digital workhorse, with all yarns continuously controlled and measured and the difficult bobbin changes of the past completely eliminated due to Vandewiele's latest Fast Creel,.
  • The new VSi32 Velvet Smart Innovator jacquard, in combination with the latest Smart Creel, for the production of Italian velvet – combining the potential of flat woven jacquard fabrics with pile yarns leading to the potential for the creation of whole new range of fabrics for the home and for fashion.

  • The INCA (interlacing by non-continuous air) system for BCF extrusion systems – a new method for intermingling BCF yarns which greatly improves tangle knot uniformity for significant cost savings.
  • The Vandewiele Cobble Colortec L+, which is now the most versatile tufting machine available on the market.
  • A range of jacquards from Vandewiele Bonas, demonstrated across ITMA 2019 above flat weaving machines from the industry leaders, as well as Vandiele's own RCE2+. - The completely revised Titan 5540 carpet finishing machine from Vandewiele Titan, which is now able to accommodate carpets with straight, round and complexly-shaped corners simultaneously.
  • The Vandewiele Protechna Arraycam 5420 optical inspection system which is suitable for monitoring standard fabrics on all common tricot warp knitting machines.
  • The latest IRO-ROJ weft insertion technologies. Superba is at stand D206 in Hall 6 at ITMA 2019, while the Vandwiele Group's main stand is in Hall 4, stand A206, at ITMA 2019.

Further information from Vandewiele NV Marketing & Communication Michel Vandewielestraat 7 BE-8510 Kortrijk (Marke) Tel : +32 56 243 211; Fax: +32 56 243 540 marketing@vandewiele.com; www.vandewiele.com

CHTC Fong'S ITMA 2019 product preview

For the textile industry, one of the most important events ITMA taking place from 20th to 26th June 2019 at Barcelona, Spain. CHTC Fong's International Company Limited will present the latest new technology at Hall 2, Stand D101 together with its subsidiaries. We will show the latest Innovative and flagship products namely Fong's, Then, Goller, Monforts, Monforts Fong's And Xorella (Hall 6, Stand D203).

THEN SMARTFLOW High Temperature Dyeing Machines, Fong's TECWIN High Temperature Dyeing Machine and ALC Automatic Liquid Chemical Weighting and Dispensing System, GOLLER KNIT MERC Mercerizing Compartment, MONFORTS FONG'S MATEX ECO APPLICATOR, MONFORTS Montex Stenter and TexCoat, and XORELLA Control Unit will be showcased in upcoming ITMA Barcelona 2019. We are pleased to welcome you to visit and know more about our Smart Dyeing and Finishing Innovations.  

Then Smartflow

Hydraulic High Temperature Piece Dyeing Machine

Then Smartflow TSF is designed to achieve the lowest possible energy and water consumption rates available on the market for jet dyeing, with achievable liquor ratios for a full load up to 300kg with a reduced kier volume and a liquor ratio down to 1:3.5 for cotton and 1:2.5 for synthetics.

Fong's Europe has a number of patents pending on the innovative new features of this machine, including the Smartflow's fabric transport design. This is based on a smart, winchless fabric transport system which eliminates the need for a loading rope, and a circular plaiter with programmable rotation speeds which provides full filling of the drop zone. The chambers can accommodate variable loads in terms of both weight and material type down to 40kg for extremely flexible processing, and each Smartflow TSF unit can be equipped with up to 8 chambers, in order to fully maximise productivity, while taking up to 40% less floor space than competing systems. The newly-developed nozzles and reel-less transport in combination with smart controlled circular plaiting and variable chamber adjustment provide even fabric treatment without entanglements and the highest loading capacity with the lowest kier volume. Another innovation is the new bath preparation unit (BPU) and its patented satellite tank. As the process times of jet machines have been continuously optimised over the past few decades, they have required an increasing number of service tanks for dyes, auxiliaries and hot water, adding both expense and additional space requirements. New BPU and satellite tank, with its automatic dosing and mixing programmes, working in combination with the THEN temperature management system, ensures the recipes are supplied in exact quantities, with dyes and auxiliaries well diluted and heated to the required temperature extremely rapidly. Then Smartflow allows fully reproducible processing with the optimised use of raw materials, water and energy, for perfect dyeing every time. Hydraulically driving the fabric without the use of a transport winch opens the door to reducing the tension during treatment and results in the highest relaxation of stretch and spandex fabrics.  

Fong's ALC

Automatic Liquid Chemical Weighting and Dispensing System

Fong's ALC Automatic Liquid Chemical Weighting and Dispensing System realizes unmanned dispensing according to the instructions fed from the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system using advanced computer control technology. By means of precision mass flow-meter and metering pump, the liquid chemicals are accurately and precisely delivered and weighed from storage tanks, and with the application of valves and pipe network connections, the chemicals are accurately and rapidly distributed to the designated dyeing machine in the most effective way. With the efficient cleaning function after each delivery, not only is the operation efficiency of the dyeing plant improved but also it avoids human errors. Thus, dyeing quality is guaranteed.

Fong's Tecwin Series

High Temperature Piece Dyeing Machine

Tecwin High Temperature Dyeing Machine, with its premium quality and focus on “Lower Cost, Higher Quality and More Eco-friendly”, injects infinite vitality to the textile industry. Fong's Tecwin is designed to satisfy the ever-changing market demands. The reliability and versatility of the machine are improved. Tecwin is equipped with several patented designs:

  1. Combined Air and Front Spray Nozzle – It increases the degree of dye liquor interchange before passing through the main nozzle. Moreover, Optional blower is equipped. High pressure aerodynamic flow in spray nozzle is provided to resolve the special fabrics that demand high quality.
  2. Automatic Adjustable Nozzle - Adjustment of nozzle setting is automatically done by means of motor drive system, and hence manual changing of nozzle is not required.
  3. Liquor Dispersion Storage Chamber- This is a uniquely design chamber for providing a better liquor dispersion effect.
  4. Upper and Lower Overflow
  • Lower Overflow: Maintaining pump operation with low water level to prevent disturbance caused by rinsing at a high water level.
  • Upper Overflow: This is adopted for conventional overflow rinsing function.

Furthermore, the dye liquor separation is specially designed in TECWIN. With the use of the variable loading storage chamber, the dyeing operation can be performed more smoothly and fabric patterns can be more organized, which eventually leads to a lower liquor ratio.

Goller Knit Merc

Mercerizing Compartment

Goller will show a compartment of its Knit Merc mercerizing machine. Goller new knit mercerizing was developed to achieve highest quality mercerizing of knit fabrics with lowest tension and upmost best dimension stability (< 3%) over the fabric width for perfect dyeing results.

This new mercerizing compartment is the result of our consequent R&D developments and follow up of our latest “Sintensa Cyclone” drum washing compartment`s for highest washing efficiency with lowest tension.

Fabric content 8,4 mtr. in impregnation compartment plus 4 mtr. in first chain section which gives a production speed of 25m/min by 30 sec dipping time.

  • Dry on wet mercerizing
  • Cold or hot mercerizing
  • Inlet with scroll roller and slat roller for fabric guidance
  • Tandematic uncurler in front of rubberized de- airing roller
  • Grooved bottom roller with 320mm
  • 600 mm perforated upper drums
  • Automatic tension regulation
  • Low liquor content integrated lye tank with circulation and Auto filter
  • 8ton high efficiency squeezer on exit before chain section
  • Cast iron pin chain with edge sensors, Tandematic un-curler and overfeed device
  • Driven belt arrangement for fabric support
  • Overflow wires incl. circulation and filtering for stabilizing
  • 5ton squeezer at exit of chain field

Monforts Fong's Matex Eco Applicator

With technology support by A. Monforts in Germany and high production capacity in China, there are more than 3,000 sets of Monfongs stenter frame as well as other ranges in service for customers since its establishment in China in the Year 1999. From launching the cutting-edge stenter frame range Montex 6500 in 2010, this new model machine has attracted wide attention in the industry and is in service to main textile base worldwide, such as India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Central and South America and South-east Asia, which led to a substantial market share and first-class reputation for Monforts Fong's expansion in the overseas market.

The cutting-edge fabric processing applicator – Matex Eco-Applicator

The conventional process of drying the fabric with wet pick up in Stenter process will cause large heat energy consumption, particularly it needs to heat up and evaporate water from the fabric. Our Eco-Applicator will be different from the tradition way but to be the solution to save the energy from this part of processing.

Minimum liquor application device with driven liquor rollers. The alternative to padding. For energy-conscious and cost-cutting drying. Reduced liquor content for lower remaining liquor in the trough. Universal application: Liquor application to one or two sides or different liquor application on front and reverse side.

Monforts Montex

DYEING-, Finishing- and Compressive Shrinking Machine Manufacturer A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, in line with its continuing theme to providing solutions for both economy and ecology will be showing a wide range of advanced innovations and developments at ITMA'19 in Barcelona, Spain including exhaust air cleaning and heat recovery with automatic cleaning for its thermo treatment machines.

Furthermore it continues to offer the best technology in the marketplace including new improved features:

  • New patented sealing devices at inlet and outlet Monforts “bionic fin®” for less heat loss and improved energy efficiency. - New integrated, modular “Eco Pack” unit for individual configuration with heat recovery module, exhaust air cleaning module, UV-zone module for odor remove. For achieving no visible smoke coming out of the stack.
  • New energy improved stenter design measures with improved sealing of the chamber and preheating of the combustion air option. All measures together lead to overall reduced energy consumption of the app. 13% (depending on the process).
  • Smart sensors in the stenter allow monitoring of the complete machine bay a digital twin. Maintenance can be further optimized and productivity improved.

TexCoat coating unit

Monforts Texcoat coating machine is for multi-functional coating purpose, which integrates knife coating, magnetic roller coating and rotary screen printing. The multi-functional coating could be adapted to a wide range of applications for different fabrics and finishing demands. The control panel allows ease of mastering the control of all operation for the machines. The machine would be equipped with optional coating roller for knife over roller (CFK) which processes for highest accuracy. It is equipped with a fully integrated PLC control.

Monforts Smart Order

Monforts would show New Internet platform (Webshop) for easily identifying and ordering wear & spare parts with user-friendly visualization (specific to the respective machine).

Smart Support App

Monforts would release New Monforts app for direct communication of the customer to the Monforts service organization with new, advanced tools and functions to be used with smartphones (Chat, Video, White Board, Laser Pointer functionality, Teleconference).

Xorella

ESTABLISHED in Switzerland in 1967 Xorella has stood at the forefront in yarn conditioning and heat-setting ever since. Superior technology, reliability and precision were the foundation for the success throughout more than 5 decades. About 1.700 machines were sold to customers all over the world up to now. Since 2002 Xorella is a member of the CHTC Fong's Group. With the XO Smart and complemented by XO TREND since ITMA 2015 in Milano. XO SELECT series launched at ITMA 2007 in Munich demands of our worldwide customers can be satisfied from small capacity and manual handling to fully automatic vessels integrated in transport automation and packing systems from various suppliers. All machines feature the energy saving XO-heating system and can optionally be equipped with the waterless vacuum system XO Ecopac for maximized savings of precious resources.

Xorella has listened to customers' input and reengineered the controller and its software. At ITMA 2019, Xorella released the latest generation hardware and software as well as visualization have been redesigned with a clear concept in mind: Easy operation even by less experienced staff in the mills. There is a clear structure on all screens and the use of text was minimized. At the right side actual hazards are displayed with pictograms (such as high temperature in the picture below).

Further information from: Ms. Kelli Mui Marketing Executive Fong' s National Engineering Co., Ltd. Level 13, Tower 2, KCC, 51 Kwai Cheong Road, Kwai Chung, NT, Hong Kong Tel. : (852) 2943 8379 Email: kmuiwy@fongs.com

The steam challenge- how to make the best out of older drum dryers

Maintaining the running cost of a plant at a low level is often the difference between profit and loss. By saving the excess energy which is normally wasted during the drying process on a drum dryer, the mill profits twice: In the first place by the simple savings of energy; and secondly, by maintaining a constant moisture level. The latest Mahlo Atmoset shows how.

When integrating a drum dryer into a continuous open width range (Pre-treatment, Washing, Mercerizing, Pad Steam…) it's always the highest speed combined with the heaviest fabric that determines the number of drums. In many cases - especially at older installations - there's no opportunity for any control of this process. This means the production process of every fabric - no matter how light it is – runs with the same drying capacity.

The result: a constant waste of steam and over-dried fabric. But what does this mean in particular? Let us focus on the steam consumption first. With a given potential of the boiler house, the drum dryer needs to share the source of the steam production with many other machines on the production floor: dyeing machines, washing machines, steamers. They all require energy. Especially on a Monday morning the different production units are fighting for the first place in the battle for steam whilst heating up. This is exactly the time when the first production loss of the week takes place: When the dyeing machines cannot heat up fast enough because all the steam is consumed by an oversized drum dryer.

Once the dryers have reached the operating temperature, the next problem occurs: every piece of fabric, no matter which weight, will get the same amount of heat - most of the time, too much of it. As a result, a lot of over-dried fabric will end up in the trolley or the A-frame behind the dryer. As cylinder dryers mainly are used for cotton fabric, the hygroscopic properties of the cotton fibre are kicking in. This means, the over-dried fibre is getting back moisture from the environment. The normal water content of cotton is 8.5%; if exposed to a very moist environment, this value may even rise. Consequently, the outer layers of the fabric on the A-frame or the trolley may have moisture of probably 10%, whilst the core of the batch still remains over-dried with 0% residual moisture.

The problem becomes evident once the next padding step takes place. Between the outer layers of a lot and the layers near the core, there may be a gap of 10% residual moisture, if the process has not been controlled. If padding softeners or other auxiliaries, this situation only leads to a waste of chemicals; but if a Cold Pad Batch application takes place after the uneven drying, this will result in an uneven dyeing for sure.

Summary: Having a controlled moisture management at the cylinder dryer is not only saving a lot of expensive energy, it also serves the aim for a constant and reliable production output, with lower fabric seconds. A closed loop between the residual moisture of the fabric and the performance of the different cylinders therefore makes a lot of sense and can help to save a lot of money. And that is exactly what the Mahlo Atmoset accomplishes.

Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG belongs to the worldwide leading manufacturers of measuring, control and automation systems for the textile and finishing industry as well as the coating, film and paper sector.

A.T.E. offers the entire range of world class textile processing solutions including effluent treatment plants and other utilities from leading global players. With 80 years of experience in serving the Indian textile industry, A.T.E. is renowned for its deep domain knowledge and impeccable customer service. Forther information from Marketing & Public Relations Stephanie Marchsreiter Phone: +49-9441-601-115 E-Mail: stephanie.marchsreiter@mahlo.com www.mahlo.com

A.T.E. Enterprises Private Limited (Agent in India) Phone: +91-22-6676-6100/200 E-Mail: Processing@ateindia.com www.ategroup.com

Record-breaking weaving technology from Bonas

At the ITMA 2019 textile machinery show in Barcelona, Spain, from June 20-26th, Bonas will reinforce its position as the leading supplier of shedding systems to both the flat weaving and carpet weaving industries worldwide.

A total of ten jacquards will be operating on advanced weaving machines throughout the show, six of them in operation at the main Vandewiele stand A206 in Hall 4.

A multitude of colours in both warp and weft can be expertly intertwined to produce top quality flat woven carpet, as will be demonstratedby a Bonas Si21 on top of an Itema R9500-2 rapier machine.

Another Si21 on top of a PicanolOptimaxrapier will prove the smooth and low vibration running of this 21,504 hook jacquard at high speeds, even with high density fabrics of 112 ends/cm and unbalanced designs.

Both jacquards are driven by the revolutionary Smart Drive, directly mounted to the loom and eliminating the need for a gear box.

Bonas will also demonstrate the maximum jacquard terry weaving flexibility with a 7,680-hook Si8 on display over a 340cm Dornier LTNF terry air jet loom, weaving top quality terry. Terry fabrics on a rapier loom will bealso demonstrated at the Picanol booth (Hall 4, stand B101) with a 6,144-hook Si6 on a 260cm TerryMax.

“Total flexibility in both warp and weft is no longer a dream with the end-to-end control thatBonaswill show with the successful Ji5 on a 190cm Smit ONE, without a warp beam,” says the company. “This provides total flexibility in weft and warp yarn composition, raw material and thickness and is now within your reach as offered by the Smart Creel. Difficult yarns in weft and simple yarns in warp without compromising on creativity allows you to always run at full speed without warp breakages or tension problems. Individual warp end control gives free rein to your wildest creativity.”

SiR and SiV models will be working above the latest Vandewiele RCE+ Rug and Carpet Expert and the VSi32Velvet Smart Innovator weaving machines being introduced at ITMA 2019. Elsewhere at ITMA 2019, a Ji2-14 with 2,688 hooks will be on display at the MEI booth (Hall 4, stand B106) weaving labels, and a Ji5-18 with 5,184 hooks will create a four-repeat furnishing fabric on a 340cm R9500-2 loom at the Itema stand (Hall 4, stand C101). A 27,648 hook Si27 will also be working at the Smit stand (Hall 4, stand D107) on top of a 360cm GS980 weaving high quality table linen. Over 128,000 micro-selector sensors will be actively powering these Bonas advanced jacquard systems at ITMA 2019.

Further information from Vandewiele NV Marketing & Communication Michel Vandewielestraat 7 BE-8510 Kortrijk (Marke) Tel : +32 56 243 211; Fax: +32 56 243 540 marketing@vandewiele.com www.vandewiele.com

Sintex goes with A.T.E. for the green field project in textile processing

Sintex Industries Ltd, a well known textile group in Gujarat, India, has recently set-up a greenfield processing project for processing cotton and linen, both in yarn and fibre, with a capacity of 30 tons/day at in Amreli district .The project is currently under execution. Sintex has entrusted a significant responsibility to A.T.E. for this new project. A.T.E. is a single window solution provider for all textile processing machinery needs in India, and has unparalleled domain expertise in the field. A.T.E. represents some of the world leaders in the processing equipment segment and offers innovative technology solutions and world class after sales services. This project includes machines supplied by some of A.T.E.'s principals, namely Fong's, China, Stalam, Italy and Color Service, Italy. Fong's, the market leader in package dyeing machines, has supplied 47 bulk production machines and 15 lab scale package dyeing machines. Stalam, well known for its RF driers, has supplied 7 machines for drying yarn and fibre. The project also includes a fully automatic dyes and chemicals dispensing solution from Color Service, Italy, a world leader in the field of dispensing systems. This is one of the largest package dyeing projects executed by A.T.E. The project is now under commissioning and the initial trials have shown encouraging results, with the commercial production set to commence soon. A.T.E. and Sintex have decades long business relationship. A.T.E. recently worked with Sintex in executing several huge spinning projects, and this new yarn dyeing project is set to be the next milestone in A.T.E.'s long association with the Sintex group.

A.T.E. and LUWA mark a decade of working together

In 2009, A.T.E., a leader in textile engineering, joined hands with LUWA, a global leader in industrial air engineering, to provide humidification solutions to the spinning and weaving sectors in India. A.T.E. and LUWA are backed by eight decades of experience in their respective fields, and LUWA has also been a solution provider to the Indian textile industry for over 25 years.

LUWA stands for well-engineered, innovative systems, plants, and solutions for textile and other industries, always conforming to Swiss standards. In textile air engineering, they offer solutions for humidification, air-conditioning, filtration & waste handling requirements. LUWA offers complete and comprehensive services ranging from consultancy covering conception to manufacturing, installation, maintenance, and warranty services. LUWA is a trusted name for it's over 1,000 customers in India.

Over the years, LUWA became the first time introducer of many new types of equipment, which subsequently set the standard as the optimum way to run a mill. For example, prefabricated air handling units in India have become very popular, which LUWA had introduced more than 20 years ago. LUWA is well known for its maintenance friendly rotary air filter with the suction nozzles mounted outside the filter drum; and for high-speed air washers made of non-corrosive material, with reliable high efficiency direct driven axial flow fans.

LUWA built its reputation in India with the spinning sector. However, apart from spinning, LUWA also has a huge presence in the weaving sector. One of its most popular offerings is the LoomSphere. The LoomSphere system has been developed to reduce energy consumption by means of direct air introduction focused on the production area where high humidity is required at the warp. The main advantage of the LUWA solution is the laminar flow air direct displacement air outlet. The LUWA air outlet placed on top of the loom provides laminar low speed airflow to the warp by means of a filter mat placed inside the outlet. The laminar flow assures a steady airflow without turbulence that causes induction of air mixed with low humidity ambient air. If instead, a high-speed air outlet is used, the humidity at the warp becomes neither controllable nor stable, which would adversely affect the quality and steadiness of the fabric.

Mr P.K Singh, President, Luwa India says “With A.T.E., we found the right partner, which complimented our line of business. Our customers are our strength and we found similar philosophy in A.T.E. which is the major reason behind our successful partnership in India”

A.T.E. has been in the forefront of the Indian textile industry providing latest technology solutions and serving as a one window solution provider across the textile value chain. A.T.E., with its strong sales network, customer relationship and industry knowledge, has been a perfect partner for LUWA over a decade.