The world’s leading textile and garment technology exhibition, ITMA 2019 is gearing up for another vibrant showcase of the latest trends, technologies and materials. The show will be held from 20 to 26 June at Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue. The exhibition will feature over 1,600 exhibitors who will be showcasing their latest technologies and sustainable solutions for the entire textile and garment manufacturing value chain, as well as fibres, yarns and fabrics.
“The response for ITMA 2019 is so overwhelming that we have not been able to meet the demand for space despite adding two more exhibition halls. ITMA is a show for the industry, by the industry. Hence, we are of the opinion that ITMA should feature a wide spectrum of cutting-edge solutions from as many solutions providers as possible, whether established or new-tomarket,” says Fritz P Mayer, President of CEMATEX.
Charles Beauduin, Chairman of ITMA Services, which organises ITMA 2019, elaborated, “As an international platform, our priority is to accommodate as many eligible applicants as possible to participate in the exhibition. It is heartening that the CEMATEX associations are supportive of this approach. Currently, we were only able to accommodate some 1,660 exhibitors from 47 countries on the show floor.”
Federico Pellegata, Director of ACIMIT (Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers), commented, “We understand the space constraints and appreciate that the organising team’s priority is to try to maximise the admission of companies so that ITMA 2019 can be a more vibrant and trendsetting platform that will benefit the entire industry.”
One of the top sectors in terms of space applied is spinning. An exciting sector at ITMA 2019 is printing. Previously part of the finishing sector, printing as a standalone chapter has garnered very strong interest as the industry embraces digital transformation. The number of exhibitors in the printing and inks sector has jumped some 30 per cent from ITMA 2015.
Besides printing, another sector that is undergoing vast transformation and rapid development is the garment making sector. Previously labour-intensive, the garment industry now sees a gamut of solutions utilising artificial intelligence, robotics, vision systems and other advanced automation.
Besides, ITMA 2019 will demonstrate the ‘inventive DNA’ of Switzerland’s machinery producers For textile machinery manufacturers and their customers, ITMA is the ‘greatest show on earth’ – attracting huge numbers of delegates eager to discover the latest technology trends and the newest machinery developments.
The 2019 edition of this four-yearly event takes place in Barcelona in June, and there will again be a strong presence of Swiss textile machinery companies, whose participation at any ITMA is always the focus of enormous visitor interest. The majority of the 63 exhibitors from Switzerland at ITMA 2019 will attend under the organisation of their national representative body, the Swiss Textile Machinery Association (Swissmem), whose President, Ernesto Maurer, promises an exciting and dynamic showcase of genuine innovation, “Swiss machinery manufacturers always provide some of the headline presentations at the big exhibitions,” he says.
“Barcelona this year will be no exception, as our members will certainly demonstrate the power of Swiss innovation, a tradition rooted in our national DNA across numerous ground-breaking inventions in textiles and the wider world.” At ITMA every major sector along the textile value chain will be covered by Swiss exhibits, ranging from fibre and yarn manufacturing through knitting, weaving, nonwovens, dyeing and finishing. In many of these disciplines, such as textile testing and quality control and yarn spinning, Swiss firms lead the world. Tradition provides the essential background to the Swiss innovative spirit, but progress today sees companies which are in the forefront of modern and future trends in areas such as digitalisation, sustainability and energy efficiency, with data handling and interpretation underpinning practically every aspect of their work.
As the textile and garment industry trends towards an integrated manufacturing value chain, many new-to-ITMA solutions providers have been attracted to take part in ITMA 2019; some of them have chosen to co-locate their booths with their industry partners to offer integrated solutions to buyers. Among the new applicants are Borsoi, Bullmer, Card Clothing & Services, Han’s Yueming Laser, Juki, Serkon Tekstil and SoftWear Automation. Successful ITMA 2019 applicants will be receiving their certificate of admission and details of their booth space this month. The show will now occupy all nine exhibition halls at Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue. As a result of the expansion, changes have been made to the sector allocation plan.
ITMA 2019 forums draw strong industry support
ITMA 2019, will be complemented by several key forums, two of which are the ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum and Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum. Fritz Mayer, President of CEMATEX, said: “As technological developments are happening at breakneck speed, and collaboration is becoming increasingly necessary in a globalised economy, the industry has to stay abreast of the latest developments and trends. Hence, ITMA will be staging several forums to help participants be ahead of the competition curve.
“The forums also offer a valuable platform for various associations and professionals to connect and network with the right players. This is especially important as collaboration and partnerships from research institutions to technology, chemical and raw material providers and users are increasingly more critical to business success.”
ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum: The Nonwovens Forum is jointly organised by ITMA and EDANA. To be held on 21 June 2019, it will highlight the latest innovations in nonwovens. The theme of the forum is ‘Nonwovens Manufacturing Processes for the 21st Century: More Flexible, More Efficient, More Sustainable’. Providing the latest industry insights will be keynote speaker David Allan, Editor, Nonwovens, RISI (United States). His presentation is titled ‘Global Trends in Nonwoven Processes under Economic and Sustainability Constraints’. The forum will feature three sessions:
• Circular economy/challenges & opportunities for processing bio-based & recycled materials on nonwovens machinery
• Latest trends and innovation in nonwoven processes – including hybrids and composites
• Innovations in nonwovens technology.
In addition, there will be a panel discussion with experts from leading centres of excellence in nonwovens who will exchange their views on the nonwoven processes of the 2030s.
Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum: The 3rd Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum @ ITMA 2019 on 23 June will focus on the circular economy and resource sustainability strategy and how innovation will drive future industry success. Launched at ITMA 2011, the forum, is an industry initiative that draws lively participation from dyestuff, colour and chemical professionals from around the world. Themed ‘Meeting Resource Challenges in the Circular Economy’, the 2019 forum explores how textile chemicals and innovative and cleaner technologies can help create a more sustainable future for the textile and garment industry. Presentations at the forum are clustered into three sessions:
• Resource management and Industry 4.0
• Responding to sustainability challenges with innovation
• Envisioning the future of the colourant and chemical industry
Chairing the forum is Andrew Filarowski, Technical Director of Society of Dyers and Colourists.
Speakers confirmed for the forum include Christina Raab, Global Implementation Director of The ZDHC Foundation. She will speak on the role of chemistry for circularity in textile, leather and fibre production. She will also elaborate on ZDHC’s approach and tools to drive the transition and uptake of safer and more circular chemistry, as well as the current state and findings of circular implementation projects from the sector.
Another speaker is Dunja Drmac, Sustainability Officer of the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX). Her presentation will enlighten participants on resource sustainability and relevant strategies in the journey towards a circular economy.
In addition to the forums, other knowledge sharing activities include the ITMA Innovation Lab. An important element of the lab is the ITMA Speakers Platform where all ITMA exhibitors have been invited to participate.
In next few pages we are covering some of the latest
technologies that will be on display during the show. In the
next edition of Knitting Views, we will be covering remaining
technologies alongwith ITMA post show report….
ITMA 2019 – TECHNOLOGY PREVIEW
Mayer & Cie. focuses on sport, regeneration & new customer experiences
Mayer & Cie.’s presentation will focus on sport. Sportswear, casual leisurewear, even sports shoes are increasingly made of circular knitted fabrics. According to Euromonitor, the segment grew by around seven per cent per annum between 2013 and 2017. For 2017 the London-based market research group estimated the total market value of the segment to be about $78 bn. “Because we reckon that sports- and leisurewear still has a great deal of potential our new machine developments are mainly in this sector,” says Mayer & Cie. Managing Partner Marcus Mayer, in charge of technical development, summarising the company’s ITMA presentation.
Key demand in the sector is for lightweight synthetic fibres, a steady flow of new patterns, and attractive functionalities, and Mayer & Cie. can already cater for many of these requirements with its extensive portfolio of machines. Lightweight mesh structures, often in demand for running shirts, are a speciality of the IG 3.2 QCe interlock machine, for example, while jacquard machines from the OVJA family are just the job for manufacturing shoe uppers. Higher productivity and significantly shorter set-up times are the advantages of circular knitting over flat and warp knitting machines.
The company is also focused increasingly on sports- and leisurewear with the Spinit 3.0 E spinning and knitting machine, the series production of which has been under way since the end of 2018. Further developments of this machine, which combines in one machine the previously separate processes of spinning and knitting, will be presented at the ITMA.
As peak sporting performances can only be achieved in the long term with adequate regeneration phases, a good night’s sleep plays a decisive part in successful preparation for competitive events. So mattress covers and sportswear have points in common, which is why the company will be targeting that market segment specifically with an ITMA exhibit.
In addition to machine development Mayer & Cie. is aiming for improved customer experiences by means of consistent digitization. Digitization of the company’s extensive customer and machine knowledge is currently under way. Customers will be able to see and test initial results themselves at the ITMA trade fair. “And that is only a foretaste of what lies ahead,” says Sebastian Mayer, in charge of corporate development and digitization at Mayer & Cie.
Striger to present new compact knitting machine
The new Steiger Vega 3.130 compact knitting machine has been specifically designed for technical fabrics. Steiger, which is now part of the Cixing Group – the world’s largest manufacturer of flat knitting machines – celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019 and is still manufacturing at its plant in Vionnaz, Switzerland, as well as in China. The anniversary is one of a number being marked by Swissmem member companies, who between them can draw on a staggering 4,011 years of combined textile machinery know-how.
Steiger, explained Sales and Marketing Manager Carlo Corradi, has recently been experiencing success in the field of knitted preforms for composites, and in one project with the Technical University of Dresden, for example, has successfully developed shaped truck component parts for Volvo. It is also working with a notable luggage brand on a range of the first knitted composite suitcases.
The Vega 3.130, being dedicated for the production of technical knitting, has warp and weft insertion for inlay applications of high performance yarns and a specific cam-box for semi-rigid yarns, as well as adapted sinker kinetics. The distance between the needle-beds can be specifically adjusted and set and other key features include a special take-down for 3D products and a new system of clamp and scissors with a selectable carriage inversion ramp for optimised production. Steiger will be in Hall 8, stand 540 at ITMA 2019 this June.
VEGA 3.130 specifications
• Dedicated for the production of technical knitting
• Specific cam-box for semi-rigid yarns
• Adapted sinker kinetics
• Customized distance between needle-bed
• Take-down for 3D products
• New system of clamp and scissors for the
• Optimized production
• FCI function: Selectable carriage inversion ramp
Shima Seiki to introduce new knitting technologies
Leading computerized knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. of Wakayama, Japan, will be participating in the International Textile Machinery exhibition (ITMA 2019) in Barcelona, Spain this June. Shima Seiki’s unswerving tradition of introducing new technology at ITMA remains intact for 2019. The 566 square meter booth located at Hall 8.0, Stand B106 will feature a comprehensive lineup of brand new WHOLEGARMENT® knitting machines, computerized flat knitting machines, computer graphic design systems as well as various digital solutions making their debut at this ITMA.
Shima Seiki will exhibit at ITMA 2019 under the theme “KNITify the World—Smart Solutions in Textiles.” The theme illustrates the flexibility of Shima Seiki products for catering to various industries in addition to its traditional customer base in the apparel industry. In its approach to presenting new proposals for non-fashion related industries, the company takes on the challenge of knitting what was previously deemed impossible to knit, or what has never even been considered for knitting. Disrupting the conventional perception of knitting through its arsenal of patented knitting techniques combined with cutting edge hardware and software, the company offers the benefits of knitting to prospective customers who are as yet unaware of the true and current potential that knitting possesses. To this end, the latest technological contributions aimed at promoting knitted applications in various fields ranging from fashion, sports, shoes and accessories to medical, automotive, aeronautical and other wearable and industrial textile applications will be displayed at the Shima Seiki booth.
Knitting offers great potential for technical textiles with its inherent characteristics: Stretch and compression. Flat knitting provides further potential as the only textile production method that can shape fabric on the machine. To this end, new knitting techniques such as inlay has gained particular attention for its capability to produce hybrid knit-weave fabrics that allow insertion of technical yarns heretofore considered incompatible with knitting, into existing knit fabrics. These include carbon fibre, monofilament and even metallic yarns. Shima Seiki has even developed a special device for unwinding spools of technical yarn to ease yarn feed for such difficult-to-handle material.
WHOLEGARMENT® knitting maximizes the benefits of shaped knitting even further by expanding that potential to 3 dimensions. WHOLEGARMENT® knitting is capable of producing knitted items in their entirety on the machine, and allows 3D forms and tubing to be produced without sewing. Elimination of sewing allows for faster turnarounds and high potential for on-demand knitting. The seam-free nature also ensures continuity of the fabric, allowing functional yarns such as those made from conductive fibres to wrap around the entire body without interruption for applications in smart garments and wearable technology. 3D knitting provides fit, comfort, lightness and mobility—key factors that make seam-free WHOLEGARMENT® knitwear ideal as wearable technology platforms.
The company will also be speaking on smart textiles and wearable technology at the ITMA Speakers Platform as part of the ITMA Innovation Lab. In addition to machine technology the latest version of the company’s SDS-ONE APEX series 3D design system is presented as an equally important factor in modern day knit production. Flexible knit manufacturing begins with flexible design, and the APEX series offers a fully comprehensive set of tools and functions, as well as the capability for ultra-realistic simulation that realizes Virtual Sampling. When countless variations must be evaluated before arriving at a final design, virtual product samples can be used to streamline the decision-making process by minimizing the enormous amount of resources—time, cost and material—normally associated with producing actual samples for each variation. This allows for more designs and design variations to be considered with much less waste. When approved, the same data can be used to program machines for immediate knitting, significantly reducing lead times.
Aside from the technological innovations in hardware and software that make up the company’s lineup of knitting machines and design systems, the company also provides various IT solutions for assisting its customers in establishing a smart supply chain. In addition to its staf® (Shima trend archive and forecast) web-based product planning tool and Shima KnitPLM® production management and monitoring system, several other digital solutions will be on show for the first time. As such, Shima Seiki sheds its traditional role of manufacturer and becomes a truly full-featured solutionsprovider for the knitting industry. With a fully comprehensive collection of the latest innovative products and services, Shima Seiki technology at ITMA 2019 will demonstrate smart, speedy and sustainable production that further secures its leading role in KNITifying the World.
Stoll to present new Knitelligence® Generation
H. Stoll AG & Co. KG is an internationally operating manufacturer of flatbed knitting machines based in Reutlingen, Germany. The company exports to more than 50 countries all over the world and offers integrated services through affiliated companies, sales and marketing centers and numerous agencies. The Stoll product portfolio comprises 3D knitting machines and patterning software which are used for the production of fabrics for fashion as well as for technical applications. With innovative technical developments and a modern production environment, Stoll enables a broad spectrum of Knitting Trends.
It’s that time again – Stoll will exhibit at ITMA Barcelona! In order to showcase Stoll’s versatility, there will be several topics: The new knitelligence® generation will be presented. In addition to the sectors of technical textiles, fashion & technology and knit & wear, the topic STOLL-knitrobotic® will be presented combined with key components of company’s software solution platform, knitelligence®. Short speeches on various topics related to knitting, technology, and its machinery, services, and software solutions can be expected at a small atrium within Stoll’s exhibition booth. STOLL is looking forward to customers at – booth D201 | hall 8.0!
Karl Mayer will present solutions for warp knitting and technical textiles
Karl Mayer will take its visitors on a voyage of discovery through the textile world of tomorrow. The meeting-point for all this will be at stand 8.0/B107 on the exhibition site in Barcelona. Here, the visitors can expect a display of highly efficient, complete solutions for production, which will give them the edge over their competitors in the long term. The show includes flexible, trendsetting machines with excellent cost: benefit ratios for use in warp knitting, innovations in warp sampling and direct warping for the warp preparation sector, a completely new machine for composite materials, and new products of the software trendsetter of the industry, KM.ON. The subject of “Future in Textiles” will also showcase well-thoughtout textile solutions for modern living and highlight the most important trends of our times – digitisation and sustainability. Innovative warp preparation technology for processing high-quality yarns and a display of exciting fabrics will round off Karl Mayer’s presentation at ITMA.
This innovative show is intended to inspire the sector. “With the innovations that we intend to show at ITMA, we are forging a link from machine building, through applications, textiles and yarns, to the world of digitisation. With our holistic approach, we meet the demands of the upheavals of our time. The nature of production, as well as the use of resources and new technology, and the development of new fabrics and textile materials are all changing radically. These far-reaching changes are throwing up many questions. With the offers of our company, we want to provide our customers with answers and make them confident that their future will be a successful one,” says Arno Gärtner, Karl Mayer’s CEO.
Benninger incorporating the traditional and the modern
In this 2019 ITMA year, Benninger is celebrating its 160th anniversary. This anniversary stands primarily for 160 years of commitment to textiles, but also for 160 years of responsibility towards sustainable textile production. Thanks to consistent innovation and the continuous improvement and further development of its products, processes and services, for the past 160 years the name Benninger has stood for textile finishing plants that are particularly resource-efficient. At this year’s ITMA Barcelona Benninger will be presenting its latest developments:
Salt-free dyeing of woven fabrics and knitwear
Salt-free dyeing without the use of energy is only possible using the cold pad batch (CPB) dyeing process. This process is also becoming increasingly popular in tropical and subtropical regions, which is reason enough for Benninger-Küsters to adapt the CPB systems even more effectively to the climatic conditions. The heart of our CPB system is the Benninger Küsters Dypad, which we will also be presenting again this year at the ITMA Barcelona. The company is the only textile machine manufacturer with the knowhow of the original S-roller technology, which is synonymous with an even dyeing result across the entire fabric width.
The TEMPACTA washing steamer has been especially developed for all low-tension washing processes and is mainly used for diffusion washing (fastness washing). The unit has a consistent counterflow water supply. Online measurement of the degree of contamination regulates the necessary amount of fresh water in order to a.) Guarantee the lowest possible water and energy consumption and b.) Ensure a high reproducibility of the washing result.
Nothing is impossible: Tension-free and crease-free washing of textiles up to 5400mm
The TRIKOFLEX drum washing compartment has the highest mechanical washing efficiency thanks to the double drum technology and the front and back washing technology. Creasefree fabric transport is guaranteed, even with sensitive fabric. In addition, Benninger has developed a cylindrical expanding roller for particularly sensitive textiles for wet and steam applications. The washing compartment is rounded off with the HYDROVAC vacuum-water extraction system. Since each reaction process is followed by a washing process in wet finishing, 70 per cent of the energy consumption is incurred during washing. For this reason, Benninger washing compartments are insulated so that up to 50 per cent of the radiated energy can be saved here.
Benninger Küsters MULITPAD – there’s nothing that can’t be impregnated
The newly-developed Multipad is an absolute highlight with regard to flexible impregnation tasks. The unit is equipped with an optional double impregnation feature and is suitable both for heavy denim articles and for very light knitwear. One of the special applications is over-dyeing and mercerising of denim. The Multipad is also used for cold bleaching and pre-treatment of knitwear.
IoT – networked and informed at all times
The topic of the “internet of things” (IoT) is also becoming increasingly important in the textile machinery industry. True to the principle “trust is good, control is better”, the important operating parameters of the BENNINGER systems are continuously monitored in a closed control circuit. Deviations are detected and corrected immediately. Particularly qualitycritical parameters are forwarded to those responsible by means of modern IoT technologies and an alarm is sounded in the event of limit value violations. A good example of this is the central bearing lubrication on the Benninger Küsters Dyepad: The critical lever bearings of the padder are permanently lubricated, malfunctions are reported and the lubricant is automatically replenished. Another example is online monitoring of the air-conditioned electrical circuit cabinets.
A newly revised maintenance manager provides information about the maintenance status of the system at any time and generates a recommendation as well as a schedule for the next maintenance cycle. Another example of modern process monitoring is the newlydeveloped online measurement of the degree of contamination of the washing water and the resulting optimisation of water consumption.
To give our customers an overview of their production facility at all times, we have further developed the established management information system BEN-iDATA. This allows the customer to query all important machine data, the maintenance status and the ecological footprint of the current production batch at any time and from any place. Last but not least, Benninger has developed an electronic ticket system for service assistance, which transmits diagnostic data at the time of the event to the Teleservice team in our main facility at the customer’s request. This enables us to offer our customers efficient and timely support.
Thies to concentrate on sustainable solutions
Thies GmbH & Co. KG will be present at ITMA, the international textile machinery exhibition in Barcelona. At stand B108 in Hall 2 Thies will be exhibiting its latest products. Thies concentrates on sustainable product solutions and focuses on the development of innovative, intelligent and integrated concepts for yarn and fabric dyeing. Founded in 1892, the family company consequently presents many years of commercial, product and applications experience under the motto “Be The Change”. Selected product highlights are:
The yarn dyeing machine iCone is ideal for bleaching and dyeing fibres in different forms like packages, warp beams, combed tops or flock. With the help of modern flow analysis tools, the pipe systems, the pumps and their impellers have been optimized, reducing pressure losses and power consumption. The iCone offers the ability to dye in a traditional manner by using reciprocating liquor circulation. However, it can also be operated with one flow direction and an ultra-short liquor ratio starting at 1:3.6. The machine is very flexible and matches diverse requirements. The delivery spectrum of the iCone is complemented by the very latest, user-friendly control system. Its “green functions” provide standardized programs for exploiting the optimization potential of different process steps. The iCone can be integrated into existing dyeing facilities without problems. On customer request, the iCone machines can be designed for the operation with existing material carriers and correspondingly for the adaption to existing dryers.
The latest version of the well-established and successful iMaster H2O incorporates various new detail improvements. Many of them were developed in response to suggestions from customers respectively end- users. The iMaster mini belongs to the iMaster family. It is a fully-equipped variant of the iMaster H2O with a loading capacity of 20-80 kg for small production runs and laboratory work. The main advantage is to operate the iMaster mini with the same (parameter) settings as the iMaster H2O production machine. The earlier testing and optimization phase using the iMaster mini has shown that new kinds of fabrics, recipes and processes can be incorporated in the production sequence more effectively and more cost-efficiently. For the treatment of light to medium-weight terry articles, Thies recommends the iMaster F machine. It has loading capacities of up to 400 kg.
The soft-TRD SIII combines perfect fabric running properties with the latest short liquor ratio technology. With liquor ratios starting at 1:5, a variety of sensitive fabrics can be treated gently. The soft-TRD SIII is ideal for finishing polyester fabrics due to the high-performance (kier) temperature regulation.
Dosing- and dispensing systems
For reducing error rates and increasing reproducibility, the automation of the chemical and auxiliaries supply is mandatory. The MPS product family offers a complete solution for fully automated supply of a finishing plant with chemicals, dyes and auxiliaries:
• The MPS-L (liquids) automates the transport of all liquid chemicals typically used in a dye house to the designated destinations in the defined quantities
• The MPS-D (dissolving) is used primarily for dissolving dyes
• The MPS Colourmatic automates and controls the dissolving and supply of powdered dyes. The fully automatic version of the MPS Colourmatic controls the storage, weighing, dissolving and provision of the dyes
• The MPS-S (solids) transfers the solids used in the dye house, such as Glauber’s salt or sodium carbonate, to the dyeing plants automatically
• The MPS-G (gravimetric) offers flexibility, reliability and automation all in a single module. It combines the functions of the systems MPS-L, MPS-D and MPS-S.
Intelligent Control Technology
Thies will be presenting the latest version of the Maintenance Manager, which is inter alia complemented by the module ‘Condition Monitoring’. The software schedules, executes and controls all maintenance and servicing works. It facilitates the procurement of spare parts and provides the technical documentation digitally. At the same time, with the collection of these data Thies lays the foundation for prospective machine learning from customized respectively system- specific history data. Furthermore, Thies is offering a new generation of controllers (T390), which is designed for Industry 4.0-applications as well as for interfacing appropriate MES-systems.
CHTC Fong’s presents wide variety of products
CHTC Fong’s International Company Limited will present the latest new technology at Hall 2, Stand D101 together with its subsidiaries. It 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.
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 per cent 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:
• 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
• 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
• Liquor Dispersion Storage Chamber- This is a uniquely design chamber for providing a better liquor dispersion effect
• 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 per cent) 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 its 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
• 8 tonne 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
• 5 tonne 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. Its 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.
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 odour 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 per cent (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 multifunctional 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).
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.
Imogo to display Dye-Max spray dyeing technology
Imogo is set to display its new Dye-Max spray dyeing technology. Imogo is a Swedish company formed by a team with experience in textile processing technology. Imogo is partnering with ACG Kinna, to build the first Dye-Max line and will be present at the ACG Kinna automatic stand at ITMA, in stand H3, D239. While still at the prototype stage, and with a first full-scale line currently under construction and due to be demonstrated this Autumn before delivery, the Dye-Max nevertheless promises to slash the use of fresh water, waste water, energy and chemicals by as much as 90 per cent compared to conventional jet dyeing systems, Imogo said.
Its application unit consists of a closed chamber containing a series of spray cassettes with precision nozzles for accurate and consistent coverage, in combination with the patented Imogo pro speed valve that controls the volume to be applied. The chamber is equipped with an exhaust system and droplet separator to ensure that the environment around the unit is free from particles.
“The spray cassettes are a key part in the Dye-Max line. There is one set of spray cassettes for each of the three separate dye dispersion feed lines and they can be easily exchanged without the need for tools in less than a minute. This allows for extremely fast changeovers between different colours without the need for cleaning. As the spray cassettes are removable, all maintenance can be performed off line. After applying the dye dispersion the fabric is rolled onto a shaft and moved to the autoclave for deep dye fixation via heat and pressure,” Imogo’s founding partner Per Stenflo said.
“At the same time, the low liquor ratio and the spray process require considerably less auxiliary chemistry to start with, and all of it is used in the process, which also greatly reduces the production of waste water, with only 20 litres being required for wash at changeovers. The low liquid content in the fabric meanwhile minimises the energy needed for fixation,” Stenflo added.
The Dye-Max has a working speed of up to 50m/min with the practical speed determined by the fabric weight and application volume. The application volumes and speeds can be predetermined by running tests in the Mini-Max laboratory unit.
“With the Mini-Max it is possible to run miniature production tests to set the precise colour recipe. This frees up valuable production time by avoiding wasteful pre-runs. The user simply sets the recipe with the Mini-Max and transfers the parameters to the Dye-Max recipe database for the system to be fully production ready,” Stenflo said.
“We have conducted full testing of the system at the University of Borås here in Sweden and we have been more than satisfied with the quality which has been achieved. There can be no doubt that the textile industry will transition to more sustainable production processes and it’s not a question of if this will happen, but what will replace the current established process technologies and how quickly new solutions will be accepted. There is often a hesitancy to be a pioneer in adopting and advocating new technology due to the risks involved, and government regulations and consumer pressure are still necessary to force brands and producers to adopt new technology. It is the willing pioneers, however, with whom we hope to have fruitful discussions at ITMA 2019,” Stenflo added.
Mahlo to present new textile production and finishing systems
Mahlo is set to present new systems and solutions for efficient and high-quality textile production and finishing at booth H2-C203. Mahlo is a leading manufacturer of measuring, control, and automation systems for textiles. Via the Gateway to Industry 4.0, visitors can immerse in the digital world of Mahlo. mSmart is the name of the concept developed by the technology leader from Bavaria, which defines the digital environment. Visitors can test in the mSmart control room how measuring data are saved, logged, and evaluated. The real-time data of all machines displayed come together here, so every change in a machine can be observed, according to Mahlo.
At ITMA, the company showcases latest advancements according to the motto, ‘The Future of Straightening and Process Control’. In live operation, the most recent generations of weft straightener Orthopac RVMC-15 or web gauging system Qualiscan QMS-12, and why they enhance every textile production line, will be displayed. Patcontrol PCS-15 for pattern control and Famacont PMC-15 for controlling weft thread and mesh density which contribute to high-quality textile production and finishing will also be displayed. Interested people can have the operation principle explained with the help of a demo tower and their own or provided fabric samples at the Mahlo booth.
For especially heavy cases, a separate area is reserved at the Mahlo booth. At the Denim-Corner, everything revolves around the rugged cotton fabric. The popularity of denim is constantly rising, with no end in sight. Mahlo will introduce in Barcelona a new high-end-solution for straightening the demanding material at ITMA 2019.
Kern-Liebers Textile to present entire product range
Germany’s Kern-Liebers Textile will be represented at the upcoming ITMA international trade fair for textile machinery, which takes place in Barcelona, this June, by Kern-Liebers Knitting Parts, Saxonia and Leistner. The entire range of the company’s parts and needles will be presented.
Established as a dedicated business unit in 1999, Kern- Liebers Textiles has since then grown continuously. The acquisition of Saxonia Textile Parts, the Bavarian needle plate manufacturer Paul Leistner and Sächsische Nadel- und Platinenfabriken laid the foundation for the companies’ subsequent steep growth, a development complemented by the acquisition of the German needle manufacturer Haase and Kühn.
Under the umbrella brand Kern-Liebers Textiles, the company offers a complete range of needles, components for weft and warp knitting machines. The company also offers a range of products for stenter frames and combing machines. The complete Kern-Liebers range includes more than 55,000 different needles and sinkers.
Casted and plastic blocks for warp knitting
The product range from Saxonia, a leading specialist in accessories for the warp knitting industry, includes needles, guide needles, sinkers and blocks for all warp knitting applications. “Building on our extraordinarily long experience in development, the product range is being expanded continuously,” the company reports.
“Because the warp knitting market is creating more and more complex end products, the technical requirements for these products, and in particular for blocks, are constantly increasing. Meeting these increased requirements again and again presents new challenges for our developers, but it also means that we achieve the highest standards in terms of quality, the lifespan of our end products, and development expertise.”
Needles and parts for CMS machines
Flatbed knitting machine manufacturer Stoll and Kern-Liebers have been working together for decades. This partnership means that Kern-Liebers can offer the complete range of needles and parts for Stoll CMS machines, and all the needles and spare parts meet 100% of OEM specifications, the company says. All components working in the needle bed are therefore available from a single source and are fully compatible with each other. Since 2018, this has also been the case for all holding down sinkers. “Kern-Liebers thus offers the best solution, not only for machine manufacturer Stoll, but also for all quality-conscious end users,” the company adds.
Circular combs for cotton combing machines
Paul Leistner offers a comprehensive portfolio of circular combs for cotton combing machines. “Combs for different machine types of all leading combing machine manufacturers can be delivered,” the manufacturer says.
“Paul Leistner’s special expertise shows in the exact and repeatable configuration of the teeth and the accuracy of densities and projections. Thereby the tops can be kept extremely clean which is a prerequisite for an optimum spinning process.”
SDL Atlas to display newly redesigned instruments
During the show, SDL Atlas will display a variety of newly redesigned instruments, Vortex M6, Martindale, Autoburst and Launder-Ometer® along with their new line of high quality SDL Atlas Test Materials and RemoteAccess, a revolutionary remote instrument monitoring app for tracking real-time testing progress of instruments anytime, anywhere, on the go that works with both iOS and Android platforms.
On display for the first time, the newly redesigned Vortex M6 is now updated with a variety of features designed to increase efficiency and the user experience. The Martindale now features individual station lighting that gives a notification flash of the relevant station along with a beep to indicate the end of a test. The Autoburst is reengineered from the bottom up to provide unmatched performance for hydraulic burst testing for heavy duty samples. Some of the new features include station lighting, full-colour touchscreen control and the flexibility to operate as either a stand-alone instrument or paired with a computer.
The Launder-Ometer has also received a complete redesign adding a full-colour touch screen pre-loaded with standard tests and muti-language interface. It has an automatic door that opens and closes with the press of a button. Sensors automatically stop the rotor from turning when the door opens.
SDL Atlas is committed to providing customers confidence in standard based testing. With offices and experts in the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and China, plus agents serving over 100 countries, SDL Atlas is ready to support its customers with instruments, test materials and services anywhere in the world.
Santex Rimar AG to show felt belt compacting machine
Santex Rimar AG is showing with Santacompact RD their well-known felt belt compacting machine for the finishing of high-quality open-width knitted fabrics. This machine, specially designed for knitwear, enables the highest performance and best fabric quality to be achieved with minimum production and maintenance costs. Santacompact RD is a double felt belt compactor in one line with levelling frame at the entry. This unique design of short and direct feed from the levelling frame into the special designed compacting zones ensures an excellent dimensional stability. Santex Rimar AG will show the latest version with special designed felt belt features to ensure the gentle handling of cotton or cotton blended knits and to maximise performance.
The Santacompact RD provides the best dimensional stability for the finishing of high quality open-width knitted fabrics. Suitable for fabrics made of natural and man-made fibres it provides the minimum possible residual shrinkage values in the compacting zones and delicate handling of fabric through the machine.
• Excellent dimensional stability of fabrics. Tensionless and distortion-free processing through pinning, equalizing frame with individual chain drive and specially new designed chain, condensate-free, motor driven middle support, compact and efficient moistening using V-steam-box, specially designed felt belts in the compacting zones
• Tensionless and distortion-free pinning with short, direct and crease-free feed into the compacting unit
• Condensate-free steam box with compensation for different widths, completely corrosion-resistant version
• Specially designed elastic felt belt in both compacting units
• Heatable smoothing and shrinking rollers for a soften fabric touch
• Specially designed chain, lubrication-free, low maintenance. Stainless steel chain rails – high strength and light weight – reduced power requirement
• Completely electronically controlled with the latest automation technology, using load cell, PLC, user – friendly touch screen
• Digitally controlled shoe adjustment in the compacting zones
• V – steam-box: Most efficient, automatically adjustable for different widths, 100 per cent coverage and moistening of fabrics easy to clean
• Inbuilt manual weft straightener for correcting the skew on the fabric
• Integrated control panel at the entry of the machine for efficient space utilization, compact machine design
• Specially designed compacting zones, overfeed (pinning) zones
• Easy maintenance, better accessibility of mechanical components
• Left and right chain speeds can be adjusted relative to each other to help when straightening the weft
Xaar to introduce 5601 Printhead
Xaar, a world-leader in industrial inkjet printing, will introduce the Xaar 5601 printhead to the textiles market at ITMA 2019. Displaying on stand C205 in Hall H3 as part of Xaar’s range of printhead solutions for the textile sector, together with a variety of stunning textile samples, the Xaar 5601 will also be incorporated in a technology demonstration on the stand of a leading digital textile printer manufacturer.
The Xaar 5601, with 5680 nozzles, sets new standards in digital textile printing with its market-leading print quality and productivity – up to 80 linear metres of textiles can be printed per minute. Exceptional colour uniformity and repeatability are ensured through Xaar’s AcuDrp Technology alongside tight colour-to-colour registration, thanks to the Xaar 5601’s unique Z-profile. Unparalleled usability is also provided with a number of alignment features that enable quick and easy Plug & Print installation with no mechanical adjustment required. Xaar’s TF Technology ink recirculation further minimises any downtime whilst optimising print quality. The Xaar 1201 printhead will also be on display. Its high print quality, compact design and ability to jet 1, 2 or 4 colours makes it a versatile option for a wide range of small and mid-range scanning textile applications.
Jason Remnant, Head of Product Management says, “As the leading textile and garment technology show ITMA 2019 is the ideal forum in which to introduce the Xaar 5601 and our range of printheads for the textiles sector. We are extremely excited to be working with a leading OEM in the textiles market who will soon be making their announcement. I look forward to visitors to the show being able to see the versatility of Xaar’s printheads for textile printing and learn how they can get ahead and achieve more with Xaar’s technology.”
Brückner presents drying, coating and finishing solutions
For 70 years, Brückner has been the worldwide partner for all companies which are drying, coating and finishing webshaped materials: Whether clothing fabrics, nonwovens, carpet, glass or coatings – the variety of materials to be processed has never been limited. Today, it is no longer just a question of machines, but rather of automation and control systems. The topic of digitization and Industry 4.0 opens up completely new possibilities for increasing productivity, reducing the use of resources and improving quality. In addition, an increasing shortage of skilled workers can be addressed by more intelligent software. The company has invested, developed and implemented a lot in this area in recent years:
• Intelligent assistance systems monitor the machine settings in the background and provide the machine operator with information on how to run the system even more productively and consuming less resources. Studies have shown that optimizing production parameters can increase production speed by up to 40 per cent and/or reduce energy consumption by up to 30 per cent
• A newly developed simulation tool helps to optimize existing recipes. The many machine parameters to be set have been reduced to the essentials and can in future be calculated automatically on the basis of the textile key data
• For the service, there is a new maintenance tool that proactively gives the machine operator or maintenance department service instructions that can be tracked in a logbook. In future, a newly developed online service platform will support our customers with all service inquiries. The technicians communicate directly with the customer via video conferencing – partly with augmented reality. Documents such as circuit diagrams or maintenance manuals can be viewed and explained together and spare parts can be ordered directly. For regular maintenance processes, photo or video illustrations can be stored in local language. Technically caused downtimes can be significantly reduced by these new systems. This increases system availability and thus productivity
• The exchange of machine data with higher-level control station or ERP systems is easily possible with OPC-UA. This allows to rationalise processes in the textile factory and to monitor the quality.
In addition to these efforts in the field of automation, Brückner also demonstrates the great diversity of their experience and product portfolio. This diversity and consulting competence have been built up over many years of innovation. For example, Brückner has invested a lot in the denim sector and has also increased its personnel. The German market leader offers integrated finishing systems for pigment dyeing, synthetic resin finishing and coating: All components from the entry area, padder, IR pre-dryer, minimum application unit, coating unit, stenter, curing / hotflue, cooling, to the exit area are available from the market leader and systems supplier Brückner.
Top-dyeing or finishing of both sides of the fabric is usually carried out with the Brückner padder. One-sided functionalization or dyeing is carried out with the minimum application unit. The experts from BRÜCKNER answer any question and are happy to explain the advantages of the respective processes.
Particularly noteworthy is the economical finishing with minimum application technology and another important component in the finishing of denim fabrics is the proven Brückner Sanfor line POWER-SHRINK, which will be presented at this trade fair. The company can offer new concepts in the field of continuous dyeing. The continuously improved Power-Infratherm IR predryer has heating and cooling times of less than 5 seconds. The stripe-free drying burner segments made of special metal fibre and the large temperature control range ensure the consistent and reproducible high fabric quality.
The Brückner Power-Colortherm Hotflue ensures uniform drying of the fabric over the entire width of the chambers. Even with narrow fabric webs on a wider machine, the dyeing results are optimal. Due to the symmetrical design and the invertercontrolled fans, the uniform air distribution through the upper and lower nozzles makes a volume adjustment via mechanical flaps superfluous. Optionally available are patented, driven special spreading rollers for crease-free operation with sensitive fabrics (stripe satin / percale / weft-elastic fabric) as well as a highly effective, fully automatic roller cleaning system.
The company also has something new to offer in the field of multilayer stenters. Multi-layer stenters are mostly used where little space is available. They are suitable for finishing woven or dimensionally stable knitted fabric, nonwovens, needle felt, technical textiles or for the wool industry. With the new Brückner Power-Frame VNE multi-layer stenter, only one machine operator is required, as the entry and the exit are on the same machine side. This applies both to the version with two and with six fabric passages.
The new VNE machine concept offers the highest possible power density on a small floor space or a long air flow section in a very confined space. The dryer itself is equipped with BRÜCKNER’s patented split-flow air circulation system and the alternating arrangement in each half compartment additionally ensures optimum and uniform air circulation and thermal treatment of the fabric. Another advantage is the completely lubricant-free fabric transport chain of the multi-layer stenter, because in this version there is absolutely no oil in the dryer interior.
Baldwin to launch non-contact precision application system for fabric finishing
Baldwin Technology Company, a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association, will launch the TexCoat G4. The TexCoat G4 is the next generation of Baldwin’s revolutionary non-contact precision application system for fabric finishing, offering resource efficiency and sustainable production. The system enables a continuously high quality and productive textile finishing process with zero chemistry waste and drastically reduced water and energy consumption. TexCoat G4 will be demonstrated by Baldwin in hall H2, stand A204, at ITMA 2019.
“We are immensely proud to launch the TexCoat G4 at ITMA 2019,” said Eric Norling, Vice President-Precision Application Segment, Baldwin Technology. “This is an opportunity to experience an innovation that drastically improves both the process and product quality, while saving time, valuable resources and contributing to a sustainable future.”
The non-contact spray technology brings numerous advantages compared to conventional methods of applying finishing chemistry. The chemistry is uniformly distributed across the textile surface and is applied only where it is required – on one or both sides of the fabric. This is highly beneficial e.g. when applying water repellents on laminated fabrics, as it eliminates the problem of chemistry affecting the quality of the adhesion layer. Furthermore, the non-contact technology eliminates chemistry dilution in wet-on-wet processes, allowing full control of maintaining consistent chemistry coverage rates. Additionally, with no bath contamination during the finishing process, there is zero downtime during colour or fabric changeovers.
The TexCoat G4 significantly improves sustainability, leading to increased profitability. 100 per cent of the over sprayed chemistry is recycled and 0 per cent chemistry is wasted during changeovers of chemistry, colour or fabric. As only the necessary amount of chemistry is applied to the fabric, a reduced wet pick-up level of 50 per cent can be achieved, further leading to a 50 per cent reduction of water and energy consumption. The low wet pick-up levels together with a single side spray application enable combined processes and can completely eliminate drying steps, e.g. for laminated fabrics and in the finishing of upholstery textiles.
“One of the biggest challenges facing the textile finishing industry is the environmental impact in terms of energy, chemical and water consumption, with continuously increasing environmental legislations and consumer demands to meet,” said Norling. “Since the TexCoat G4 reduces both water and energy consumption and has zero chemistry waste in changeovers, a significantly more sustainable finishing process is achieved.”
The TexCoat G4 offers the possibility of unprecedented tracking and control of the finishing process to secure a consistent quality. Changeovers are easily and quickly performed thanks to the recipe management including automated chemistry and coverage selection. Furthermore, the system offers automated speed tracking, fabric width compensation, real-time monitoring possibilities to track system uptime, performance, and chemistry usage, as well as active care alerts, according to a BaldwiN.
The technology can process a wide range of low-viscosity waterbased chemicals, such as water-repellants, softeners, antimicrobials and more, in wet-on-wet applications and lamination processes. Additionally, the system is completely sealed, encapsulating all aerosols and thereby securing a healthy working environment for the operator.
SSM to present new textile machines
Scharer Schweiter Mettler (SSM) is set to display its trend-setting, breakthrough technologies in hall 6, booth C201. The leading textile machinery company, based in Horgen, Switzerland, is a subsidiary of the Rieter Group.
SSM will continue their tradition of displaying breakthrough technologies such as preciforce (self-regulating pressure force system for the SSM XENO platform) and powerblade. The SSM XENO series are the modular winding machine platform, available with all three leading SSM winding technologies – extended with the powerblade, combining the advantages of blade winding and electronic yarn traverse, the company said.
SSM is the world’s leading supplier of precision winding machines in the fields of dyeing, weaving and sewing thread preparation and enjoys success in individual segments of filament yarn production.
Latest innovations in textile finishing from CIBITEX
Established in 1975, Cibitex srl is a highly specialised Italy-based manufacturer of textile finishing machinery, providing state-of-the-art consulting, pre and post-sales services. Cibitex designs its own products and select the best raw materials and components, with efficiency, reliability and ease of use. It spends all its efforts to be a sustainable company, it manufactures efficient technologies that reduces power consumption and allows environment and save money. During ITMA 2019, you will find two different Cibitex stands, so you will be able to see the latest innovations in its range of textile finishing machinery.
• In the Hall 1 it will show you the latest version of the singeing unit, with increased singeing power. Furthermore, there will be the possibility to see the potential of an integrated software system installed on its machines.
• In the Hall 3 the company will be proud to show the extraordinary quality of the compact and modular systems for pre-and post-treatment of inkjet printed fabrics.
All machines completely designed and manufactured in Italy according to the highest quality standards.
Stäubli will exhibit new weaving and knitting solutions
Stäubli will be showing a selection of its latest products from its extensive range. Many machines will be displayed in operation at two separate booths: Weaving solutions at booth C201 in Hall 4, Knitting solutions at booth B212 in Hall 8.1.
With core competencies in shedding (cam motions, dobbies, and Jacquard machines) and weaving preparation (drawing-in, leasing, and warp-tying machines) Stäubli plays an important role in the design and quality of woven end-products. Based on over a century of experience in the traditional textile industry and its continuous R&D activities, Stäubli constantly offers new and improved high-performance systems and solutions for processing fabrics for fashion, home textiles, automotive, protection, carpeting, and highly complex technical textiles. Visitors to the booths will learn how Stäubli solutions can boost their weaving performance and overall mill efficiency. Besides offering many decisive functional advantages, the machines promise maximum service life.
SAFIR S60 automatic drawing-in system with Active Warp Control features
The SAFIR series of drawing-in systems offers unique advantages thanks to AWC (Active Warp Control), Stäubli’s exclusive yarn-repeat management system. Visitors to the booth will quickly see how the precision of this ingenious technology leads to more first-quality output, supports on-time delivery, and boosts the overall productivity of the weaving department.
LXXL Jacquard machine featuring a revolutionary electronic concept
The LXXL machine boasts a large format (up to 25,600 hooks, or 51,200 hooks in a tandem installation), completing the full range of LX/LXL series machines for flat, terry, and velvet fabrics. All the machines in this series feature lifting motions that ensure precise shedding geometry and absolutely vibration-free movement even at high speeds. The optimally coordinated kinematics of all moving parts within the machines and the directly mounted components such as the drives enable routine weaving of very heavy fabrics.
Stäubli recently developed a revolutionary electronic concept that perfectly integrates the constraints of high-speed weaving and the significant number of hooks to be lifted. At this year’s ITMA, visitors will learn about the functional principle of this concept and find out how it enhances the reliability and longevity of the LX/LXL/LXXL machines. Three complete Jacquard installations will be shown at the booth. One of them features the LXXL model, with a 20,480-hook format, for weaving dense upholstery fabric.
LX32 Jacquard machine for narrow fabrics and labels
Stäubli’s broad range of Jacquard solutions includes the LX12/ 32/62 models for producing narrow fabrics such as ribbons and labels. These machines are versatile, easy to adapt, and allow optimal location in relation to the perforated board – all of which enhances the quality of narrow fabrics. Available for all types of needle looms, this series enables high-speed weaving and promises long-lasting performance.
New powerful tribological solutions from Klüber Lubrication
Klüber Lubrication is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of speciality lubricants, offering high-end tribological solutions to virtually all industries and markets worldwide. Most products are developed and made to specific customer requirements. During its 90 years of existence, Klüber Lubrication has provided high-quality lubricants, thorough consultation and extensive services, which has earned it an excellent reputation in the market. The company holds all common industrial certifications and operates a testing section hardly rivaled in the lubricants industry. Klüber Lubrication, set up as a retail company for mineral oil products in Munich in 1929, is today part of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities SE & Co. KG, a Business Group of the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim. Klüber Lubrication has about 2,000 employees in more than 30 countries.
Textile machines are composed of very complex and sophisticated mechanical components. Speciality lubricants make a major contribution to increasing the efficiency in production. Moreover, they are a key to more energy efficiency and sustainability. At the ITMA 2019 Klüber Lubrication will be showing not only its high-quality speciality lubricants but also the automatic lubricant dispensers of the Klübermatic series as well as the services it provides to increase energy efficiency.
KlüberEnergy – Reduce energy costs and increase sustainability
In addition to forming a major part in operating costs, energy consumption also negatively affects the carbon dioxide footprint of a company. With KlüberEnergy Services, Klüber Lubrication offers comprehensive advice on the tribological systems used in the textile industry and helps realise energy saving potentials. “We do not only support our customers in reducing their energy costs but also in keeping their CO¬2 footprint low,” explains Christian Forster, market manager textile industry at Klüber Lubrication.
Klübermatic – The right lubricant at the right place at the right time
Excessive or insufficient lubrication of components are among the most common errors occurring in lubricant use. The automatic lubricant dispensers of the Klübermatic series enable a reliable and precise lubrication, especially in the case of friction points that are difficult to access. The automatic lubrication systems do not only prevent overlubrication of components and hence minimise the risk of fabric contamination, but they also help counteract premature wear of machine parts due to insufficient lubrication while extending maintenance intervals and reducing production losses.”
Under the motto “We make your favourite pieces last longer” the experts from Klüber Lubrication will be pleased to answer all questions about tribological solutions, energy efficiency and sustainability at the ITMA 2019 in hall 8.1, stand A 209.
Icomatex presents latest innovations in drying, heat setting washing & coating
At ITMA 2019, Icomatex S.A. the textile machinery manufacturer placed in Barcelona will showcase the latest innovations in their drying, heat setting washing and coating, machines and will be pleased to welcome all visitors at Hall 2 Stand C103. Icomatex will present the last model of the Stenter IC10 Run+ with a washing unit Icowash at the entry of the line. This kind of washing units is perfect for customers who need to remove oils from the fabric before the heat setting process. Icomatex will also show to visitors the Icowash Knitwash 2 washing box for knitted fabric with double motorized drums, sprays and load cells to control the tension of the fabric.
Another machine that will be in their stand is the Coating Machine Model IC801AC for coating on air or on cylinder with the latest Systems with PLC and servo control for high precision needs. On the other hand Icomatex will present at the ITMA2019 the ecuval project for the saving of 70 per cent to 100 per cent dyeing water.
The ECUVAL is a machine for the treatment of wastewater from textile dyeing and subsequent reuse of treated effluents. This project was carried out together with the research institute Intexter from the University Politècnica de Catalunya and co-financed by the European Union within the Eco-Innovation initiative of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program, CIP.
It is an ecological technology based on an innovative system that combines electrochemical techniques with UV irradiation allows an economic saving of between 70 per cent and 100 per cent of water and up to 100 per cent of salt, besides being respectful with the environment.
Icomatex S.A. wants to take advantage to inform you with pride that has recently moved to its new facilities at Viladecavalls factory close to Barcelona with more than 10.000 m2 of production area. It is consequence of the significant demand that the company has noticed since the commercialization of its new Stenter IC10 Run + model, the company is in an expansion process and is carrying out the implementation of Lean Manufacturing System, which aims to double its production within a few months.
BUSI demonstrates advances in hosiery knitting technology
As the demands of the sock and hosiery markets continue to evolve, Italian sock knitting machine manufacturer Busi Giovanni has made considerable advances in developing new technology and upgrading its existing models. Brescia-based Busi Giovanni has now completed its range of medical hosiery machines with the addition of the 5-inch diameter model, adding to the existing 4 and 4 ½ diameter models on both the Busi Medical and the Busi Medical Terry, while the RIMAGLIO toeclosing device is available for each diameter and gauge, up to 400 needles for the 5 inches.
Busi Medical is a high production single cylinder knitting machine, equipped with dial needles for the production of medical compression socks in Compression Classes 1, 2 and 3. This is the only medical machine in the market able to knit true rib, as well as embroidery patterns in 5 colours plus the ground. The machine is equipped with full electronic control and features two feeds, for plain and rib fabric, as well two more feeds for inlaying the elastic.
The compression graduation is achieved both through the automatic stiffening that can be activated on all step motors the machine is equipped with, and by managing the elastic tension and quantity fed into the machine. Needle selection is performed by nine piezoelectric actuators that allow the machine to knit plain or rib fabric in 1×1, 3×1, 5×1, etc. and embroidery patterns on a mock rib base with 5 colours per course plus the ground with elastic in one feed.
The Medical Terry model is a high production single cylinder sock machine with latch needles in the dial to enable it to produce true rib, plain stitch and terry medical compression socks, again with compression class 1, 2, 3 and it is provided with full electronic control. Sharing the same features as the Busi Medical, this model also has the terry device which enables the fully automatic switching from plain stitch to half terry and to full terry.
Advantages with respect to similar machines currently available in the market the Busi Medical offers:
• True Rib
• Up to 5 pattern colours plus ground
• Rimaglio automatic stitch-by-stitch toe-closing device Advantages with respect to similar machines currently available in the market the Busi Medical
• True Rib
• Up to 5 pattern colours plus ground
• Both sandwich Terry and selected Terry
• Rimaglio automatic stitch-by-stitch toe-closing device
Further machine developments from Busi include the addition of 4.5 inch diameter model for the bestselling model J-TERRY, making this machine even more complete to make larger sizes. The J Terry is a high production single cylinder sock machine equipped with latch needles in the dial and with a device for the selection of the terry loops to enable it to produce socks for men and children with true rib and selected terry. The machine is provided with full electronic control.
The terry device enables the fully automatic switching from plain stitch to half terry and to full terry while there is also an option for a terry device that enables the machine knitting the sandwich terry and the normal terry in the same sock without any mechanical change. This latest development allows for the pattern in the heel to be knitted in up to four colours plus the ground and knitted either on a terry base, or on a flat-stitch base.
The J Terry can be configured in diameters: 3¼, 3½, 3¾, 4 and 4 1/2 ins. Available needles range from 84 – 240 in gauges 24, 36, 48 or 54G. Optional extras for the J-Terry include Busi’s renowned Rimaglio device for classic linking and a universal sinker cap for conventional/sandwich terry.
Software: Busi Giovanni has also launched the new Busi Control Tower. This development gives Busi’s customers a new and more user-friendly interface, making easier to understand the overall status of the machines. Working with a well-known database language, it is also easy for every company to build custom made data query. Together with Busi Control Tower, the company developed a new board that can be used for helping the interface with Lonati’s production control software. This solves an issue for those customers who were faced with a dilemma of investing in Busi machines and adding them seamlessly to their existing bank of Lonati models. Here Busi worked closely with them, developing bridging hardware and software, which ensures that the customer can run, control and monitor their new Busi machines alongside their existing models, without any issues or problems whatsoever, using the same software on both types of machines. The brand new Busi Control Tower and the interface for Lonati’s Nautilus therefore solve the problems for both, a new machine facility or expanding a machine facility adding BUSI.
LGL to demonstrate latest yarn feeding solutions
Italy’s LGL will showcase a wide range of its latest solutions for yarn feeding and tension control on knitting and weaving machines, as well as other application fields at the upcoming ITMA exhibition. On show for knitting customers will be the Twin, an electronic positive feeder with yarn retrieving function, which is suitable for naked and covered elastomers as well as for rigid yarn. This system is modular with up to 4 feeders able to be stacked and also includes a yarn measurement system, offers a quick reaction to speed variations of the machine, a ceramic tensor sensor ensuring precision, accuracy and quick response, maximum torque also at low speed and low power consumption. Also on show will be the Reel, a retrieving device for excess yarn to be installed at the output of different types of feeders; either positive or negative such as EcoPower 2 and Ecompact 2. This system is designed to keep yarn tension constant between feeder and machine.
The Reattivo, meanwhile, is a fast, electronic brake that keeps the required tension on the yarn, correcting the variations very quickly. Here, the linear motor, which has permanent magnets, operates the TWM brake coaxially and ensures equal and constant braking all over the spool body at 360° degrees. This LGL patented system is said to be especially suitable for linear machines.
LGL will also be exhibiting the latest upgrades to its well established yarn feeders which offer smaller dimensions and reduced weight compared to previous models, something which LGL says is important on machines with a high number of feeders.
The new Ecopower 2, for example, has a motor with 74 per cent higher torque for the 57V DC version. With this system, there is no increase in power consumption compared to previous model, Ecopower. It has a load cell with variation of inductance and is said to be robust, reliable and resistant to chemical agents. It is also available in 24V DC and with the Attivo electronic brake. The new Ecompact 2 also has a motor with 74 per cent higher torque for the 57V DC version, a load cell with variation of inductance and is robust, reliable and resistant to chemical agents. With this system, the yarn consumption function measures the yarn consumption of all the feeds while the yarn tension sensor is remotely programmable by laptop. The Ecompact 2 is also available with the Attivo electronic brake.
The company notes that in line with the latest technology trends, it is focused on interconnections to factory IT systems with the remote loading of instructions as well as automated integration with the factory logistics system, or with the supply network and / or with other machines of the production cycle.
“Our yarn feeding systems are controlled by a Personal Computer that allows the use of all the features of the machines and puts them in communication with the company network; they have a simple and intuitive interface to allow their use,” LGL says. “The interfaces are designed on Windows and Android platforms to allow management via tablet or smartphone.”
The company is also keen to highlight its commitment to sustainable production. “For a long time LGL is committed to the development of technology with low environmental impact,” the company says. “Since 2009 LGL electronic feeders are Green Certified granting high efficiency and a drastic reduction of energy consumption. The development of every new device implies the challenge to further reduce power consumption compared to the previous one, a goal achieved by our new products on show at ITMA 2019.”
SPGPrints’ rotary screens & digital inks
SPGPrints will showcase the latest innovations in both conventional and digital textile printing for the fashion and the home-furnishing industry. Looking for either a conventional or digital textile printing system, SPGPrints is the printing partner that can help you find all the essentials you need.
At one of the largest booths of ITMA Barcelona 2019, you’ll be able to see the latest conventional and digital printing solutions. On top of that, the company gives you the unique chance to visit its innovative rotary screen and digital ink experience centers at the stand and witness the story behind both SPGPrints’ products with your own eyes.
What technologies form the foundation of its innovative rotary screens? How are they made and why are they designed the way they do? At its rotary screen experience center, you’re not only able to learn the answer to these questions, but it also gives you the opportunity to actually see, hear and experience why its rotary screens are unique in its kind.
And it does not stop there. At the digital ink experience center at its stand, it also takes you behind the scenes of the production of its high-quality digital inks. How is it possible that they deliver unrivalled image quality? Discover the answer to that question at its ITMA 2019 stand.
SPGPrints would like to welcome both their loyal customers as well as newly interested people to their 1500 m2 stand at ITMA Barcelona to see for themselves how SPGPrints can be their all you need in printing partner while enjoying a typical Spanish happy hour.
X-Rite Pantone to show colour expertise
ITMA is the trendsetting textile and garment technology platform where the industry converges every four years to explore fresh ideas, effective solutions and collaborative partnerships for business growth.
The hardest part is turning an idea into reality, isn’t it? But how can you achieve colour consistency and process efficiency across your global colour supply chain when everyone is using different materials and different processes? As a specifier, you need to communicate your colour right and use the perfect solutions when specifying materials for a project. You are constantly striving to ensure consistency of design quality and colours.
At Hall UL, Stand C109, its colour experts will show you how to provide your colour workflow and achieve colour accuracy the first time. It will also be offering hands-on demos of its textile matching equipment and one will be able to purchase Pantone guides onsite!
Discover Total Appearance Capture! The TAC™ Ecosystem is an award-winning appearance solution that enables an unmatched level of realism and efficiency in digital material capture and 3D design.
Bring product designs to life with digital material representations that have the same visual appearance characteristics as their physical counterparts. Accurately and consistently share material appearance information across every step of the product development process to reduce design approval cycles and accelerate time to market.
Efficiently capture physical materials for use in virtual environments.
The TAC7 Scanner efficiently measures and stores colour, size, texture, gloss, transparency, and other appearance characteristics for even the most complex materials. Scanned results are captured and shared via an Appearance Exchange File (AxF), a vendor neutral file format that is easily accessed by most major Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Computer- Aided Design (CAD), and state-of-the art rendering applications. The result is highly accurate files and reduced time for manual adjustments.
Create and manage one single library of digital materials
The PANTORA Material Hub is a desktop application that lets you store, edit and share digital files across all of your PLM and CAD systems applications. The result is consistent material renderings from design to production and point of sale.
Reduce approval cycles leveraging an immersive 3D visualization environment for evaluation of material appearance.
The Virtual Light Booth provides an unparalleled ability to accurately compare physical and digital material samples under the exact same perceptual conditions – from illumination to contextual to observational factors. The technology enables designers to make more informed material selections, reduces approval times, improves product quality, and accelerates time to market. Its booth will display workstations including formulation, quality control and lighting, and also our brand-new Total and Appearance Capture technology.
Epson to display the latest digital textile printing innovations
The Japanese company, together with its For.Tex. and F.lli Robustelli subsidiaries, will display the latest digital textile printing innovations and trends at the 18th edition of ITMA – the key world exhibition dedicated to digital textile printing. The Japanese pioneer in digital textile printing technology Epson, with its For.Tex and F.lli Robustelli subsidiaries, will display (at Hall 3 – Stand C210) the latest innovations and solutions for the textile market. For.Tex provides dyes, thickeners and products for pre/posttreatment of fabrics and F.lli Robustelli is a leading company in the engineering and production of textile printers.
ITMA 2019 will be an opportunity for Epson to show its unique Total Solution, a turnkey, integrated system for the textile printing world. Total Solution helps operators seize digital textile market opportunities. The all-inclusive textile digital printing system features Precision Core printheads which are a state-of-the art textile printing technology. Genesta inks have been developed to offer their maximum results using Epson technology and fabric treatment expertise. This system finds its maximum expression in Monna Lisa series, the successful range of industrial printers and a reference for the high-quality textile printing sector.
At the stand, you will experience stateof- the-art Epson technology for Direct to Fabric printing and for the sublimation printing. “Our ITMA 2019 presence confirms Epson’s commitment to the continuous high-quality ink and printer development,” states Paolo Crespi, Direct to Fabric Sales & Marketing Director EMEAR & Americas. “Our goal is to become an indispensable technological partner in the high-quality textile printing sector. This includes the DTF market, we developed by launching Monna Lisa together with our partners of excellence F.lli Robustelli and For.Tex. The sublimation solutions where Epson is recognised in every market segment, is part of our complete offer for the printing sector.”
The sustainability issue is a focus for market consumers and operators in the textile industry as well as for ITMA, “Innovation for industry sustainability.” Inkjet printing is a sustainable alternative to traditional printing. The advantages are not only financial and organisational but also ecological. Today’s fashion industry is increasingly sensitive to sustainability issues and is finding in digital textile printing a powerfulally, so that an increasing amount of fabrics are printed using this technology.
Kornit presents Single-Step Industrial Solution for Digital Direct-to-Fabric Printing
The innovative technology addresses the growing need for on-demand textile design and production Kornit Digital, a global market leader in digital textile printing innovation, has announced the introduction of the new Kornit Presto, the only industrial single-step solution for direct-to-fabric printing. The Kornit Presto solution eliminates the need for pre and post treatment of fabric and allows for highquality printing on an extraordinarily broad variety of fabric types and applications. The Kornit Presto does not consume water in the printing process, making it the most environmentally friendly solution available for direct-to-fabric textile printing today.
The new Kornit Presto comes with the ground-breaking NeoPigment Robusto, the best Pigment-based ink available in the Industry. Implemented into the renowned Kornit NeoPigmentTM process, the Robusto provides above industry standard wash and rub results and exceptional colour fastness across a wide fabric and application range. The Robusto enjoys faster physical and chemical bonding characteristics, enabling a significantly shorter curing time, while providing industry-leading quality and a wide colour gamut. The NeoPigment Robusto ink was developed with sustainability priorities and is Eco Passport and GOTS V5 approved.
The Kornit Presto solution suits a wide range of business and application needs in a variety of industry segments, including fast growing segments within the on-demand fashion and home décor markets. It is a highly productive solution, available in multiple configurations and able to print 450 sq mtr per hour.
Gart Davis, CEO at Spoonflower, the world’s first web-based service for custom, on-demand fabric and design creation and a long-time Kornit customer, commented, “We were thrilled to be able to test the new system and found the Presto to be in a class by itself; it prints beautifully on all kinds of fabrics, in a single-step, with an environmentally friendly dry process, and now at a multiple of productivity. Its partnership with Kornit continues to be fundamental to its mission to make custom fabric accessible to designers, creative individuals and small businesses all over the world. We can’t wait to get going.”
Kerry King, Senior Vice President of R&D at Spoonflower, added, “The unique integration of the pre-treatment step into the printing process enables a level of efficiency that’s key to our web-to-print business.”
Omer Kulka, Kornit’s VP of Marketing and Product Strategy, also commented, “Kornit is on a mission to reinvent the textile printing industry with gamechanging sustainable technologies for growing market segments. It continues to see demand growth for on-demand production in fashion and home décor. This revolutionary technology is further proof of Kornit’s commitment to address the textile industry’s most urgent needs.”
Twine to launch digital thread dyeing system
Twine Solutions, an Israeli technology start-up, will officially launch its digital thread dyeing system, which dyes raw and off-the-shelf white thread, during live demonstrations at the ITMA 2019 show. Twine’s system digitally dyes white thread from different manufacturers that can be used for a range of applications, such as apparel, activewear, shoes, accessories, home decor, vehicle upholstery and more.
“Our Twine Digital Thread Dyeing system unleashes the power of thread, at the touch of a button. The fast-paced digital transformation of the textiles industry is challenging both for production and its environmental impact. We are excited to bring solutions that will have much needed and crucial economic, social and sustainability benefits,” commented Alon Moshe, Twine CEO and Co-Founder.
Twine will be exhibiting at Hall 3, where visitors will be able to see the systems digitally dyeing various thread types, including Coats thread. The strategic partnership between Twine and Coats was announced last November and will include future capabilities of Twine’s system, to feature inbuilt colour software, integrated with Coats ColourStitch. Coats will also be represented on Twine’s booth at ITMA. “This is yet another step in reinforcing the joint work on the future technology for the textiles industry,” the company says.
Twine will also showcase its digital colour matching mobile application. The SnapMatch application captures an image of a sample using a mobile device and Twine’s proprietary algorithms analyse the colour immediately and accurately, according to the company. The user then sends the captured colour to the TS-1800 system for immediate thread dyeing in the desired colour.
Twine’s products create a virtual inventory, with any colour and any length needed, reducing stock management, inventory and deadstock costs. Twine’s sustainable digital waterless thread dyeing process is also said to save 70 litres of clean water per 1 kg of dyed thread. The process also reduces waste and emissions. “In many of the industry sectors today up to 50 per cent of dyed thread is disposed of before even being used. Twine’s system dyes exactly the amount you need when you need it, in a highly sustainable process,” the company explains. Twine Solutions was founded in 2015 in Israel by brothers Alon and Erez Moshe. It is based in Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv, an innovation hub for digital printing.