Several industry-leading exhibitors demonstrated their intelligent yarn processing solutions at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018. Thanks to the cutting-edge technologies of the solutions, the improvements in yarn quality and production efficiency can be reached.

World premiere of the new drum winder from SSM

Mr. Davide Maccabruni, CEO of SSM.SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG from Switzerland unveiled the new drum winder CWX-W at ITMA Asia 2018. It is an extension of application on the XENO-platform and the X-Series launched in the past two years.

With the new drum winder, the power consumption per spindle is 35 watt, depending on parameter settings. The newly developed and single controlled motor enables energy efficient rewinding of cones used in the weaving, warp knitting and circular knitting process. CWX-W is also available for assembly winding as CWX-D.

SSM’s machinery caters for various applications and technology levels. It was the first time that the company exhibited together with Rieter on the same booth, where there was also an information corner on yarn processing machines.

SSM was acquired by the Rieter Group in 2017 and deeper synergies between the two are being evaluated. “Hand in hand, we have more and more projects and products based on customer specific requests,” said Mr. Davide Maccabruni, CEO of SSM.

He pointed out that energy saving is one of the machine development trends in the industry, in addition to automation, interconnectivity and flexibility. For further growth, SSM will consolidate its existing business and grow into new applications.

Mr Maccabruni commented that the China market is shifting towards automation, niche products and filament. The Asia market as a whole is “very good and important” to the company, and Mr Maccabruni described the progress in the region so far as “satisfactory”. The megatrends of digitalization, ageing population and growing middle-class needs would also bring opportunities for future expansion, he added.

Rieter unveils autoleveler draw frame RSB-D 26

For spinning preparation, Rieter’s autoleveler draw frame RSB-D 26 made debut in Shanghai, featuring high quality, low production costs, and easy operation and maintenance.

The group’s new Digital Spinning Suite platform makes it possible to operate and control spinning mills with just a few clicks. The platform with the Rieter rotor spinning system was presented; in 2019, this solution will also be available for ring, compact and air spinning systems. From mid-2019, the existing Rieter digital systems UPtime and SPIDERweb will also be migrated to the Digital Spinning Suite.

UPtime optimizes the maintenance of spinning mills in terms of predictive maintenance. Based on the monitored parameters and big data analytics, the system collects performance-critical data, identifies deviations including causes and indicates potential future errors or failures.

Mesdan’s splicing and testing solutions produce defect-free fabrics

Mr. Dejan Lalevic, Sales Director of Mesdan S.p.A.Mesdan S.p.A., a member of Savio Group, presented a wide range of splicers for different fibers and testing equipment for quality control.

As introduced by Mr. Dejan Lalevic, Sales Director of Mesdan S.p.A. at the exhibition, the company’s splicing solutions in both hand-operated and automatic versions aim to improve production efficiency, increase yarn quality, optimise yarn clearing performances, widen machine versatility and reduce waste. The ultimate goal is to produce defect-free fabrics.

For the testing equipment, Mr. Lalevich introduced that one of the highlights at the exhibition this year is AQUA-LAB, an innovative instrument based on low frequency microwave technology designed for fast and accurate assessment of regain, moisture content and commercial weight in textiles. It allows high volume control of moisture throughout every stage of the textile chain.

He commented that automation is definitely one of the technology trends for the industry. “Apart from saving cost, automation can help to prevent human mistakes and enhance productivity.”

“Besides, more and more Chinese customers are trying to reduce carbon footprint in the production and they are searching for energy-saving machines. In this aspect, many of our machines have received ‘Green Certified’ labels from ACIMIT (the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers), showing the high energy and environmental performance of our products.”

To Mesdan, China is a significant market in Asia and the demand is increasing every year. “Besides China, we are also supplying to other Asian markets, such as Bangladesh, Vietnam and India,” he said.

In terms of the development, he revealed that the company has a stable growth every year and he is optimistic for the market situation in the coming years. 

L.G.L. Electronics: higher automation of yarn feeders in demand in China

Mr. Alberto Savoi, Sales, L.G.L. Electronics (Hangzhou) Co. Ltd.About 2,000 units of MINI+ yarn feeders from L.G.L. Electronics were in operation on the fairground of ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018, but the supplier expects the device to be increasingly replaced by an upgraded version E Compact in China.

At present, Chinese knitting machinery makers and customers of L.G.L. Electronics are mostly using the MINI+ yarn feeders, which need more worker intervention than the newer model E Compact, according to Mr. Alberto Savoi, Sales, L.G.L. Electronics (Hangzhou) Co. Ltd.

E Compact features reduced weight and power consumption. It can measure and elaborate yarn consumption of all feeds. Signalling lights are visible from all angles and the yarn tension sensor is remotely programmable. The optional electronic brake “ATTIVO” enables programming and keeping constant the desired tension with full and empty bobbin.

Mr Savoi said that demand from knitting machinery makers has been growing as a higher level of automation is being sought for the machines.

The company is in cooperation with more Chinese machinery builders these days. ”Machine makers in China are improving the quality of their products, especially circular knitting machinery. In the past, machine makers promoted their products with lower prices but now they aim for more stable performance,” he said.

Although E Compact has been widely adopted in Europe, the market for it in China has just started.

L.G.L. established its subsidiary in Hangzhou, China, in 2004 to optimize the production, sales and after-sales service for Far-Eastern markets. Its feeders can communicate with Windows and Android systems thus enabling the immediate detection of any alarms. 

Fadis: Chinese market accounts for 30% of global sales

Ms. Debora Carabelli, Managing Director at Fadis S.p.A.At the combined show, Italian manufacturer Fadis S.p.A. exhibited a wide range of winding machines which are designed to process all types of yarns.

“Over 90% of our machines are exported to around 70 countries all over the world, where Asia is our biggest market. We sell to China, Bangladesh, Korea, Pakistan, Vietnam,etc. Among them, China and Bangladesh are the top two markets for us in Asia,” said Ms. Debora Carabelli, Managing Director at Fadis S.p.A. in an interview with CTA at the show.

“We doubled our sales in the past four years. China contributed greatly on it, accounting for around 30% of our global sales,” said Carabelli. “This year, our sales increased 5%, comparing to that of last year. However, I expect the global and Chinese market will be a little bit quieter next year.” 

According to her, flexibility is one of the strategic pillars of Fadis. “Due to the ever-changing trend nowadays, we have to adapt to the market very quick. We have developed a series of highly automated and low power consumption machines to meet the requirements of our customers.”

One of the examples at the booth is the SINCRO PLUS, a new high density electronic yarn guided precision winding range, which represents a new concept of winding platform. It provides high versatility with the possibility of processing parameters through the Touch Screen industrial PC.

In addition to compact and efficient double side design, the range is equipped with the company’s electronic online yarn tension control system and online density control technology. It also does not require additional fan or cooling system, resulting in less enery and maintanance materials consumption.

Furthermore, she revealed that the company is going to launch three new winding machines at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona. 

RITE: Automation is the trend to move forward

Mr. Emiliano Tognon, Sales Manager of RITE S.R.L.The Italian textile machinery producer RITE S.R.L. presented a wide range of products for textile processing at the exhibition.

Mr. Emiliano Tognon, Sales Manager of RITE S.R.L., told CTA in an interview that automation is the trend to move forward. “Our Re-Flex W winding machines, which offer very high performance in the dyeing process, are completely all electronics. With the all-automated control system, we can check the parameters on computer and control the tension of yarns. The machines can also save time and power consumption, as well as enhancing efficiency,” he said.

He said that RITE yarn electronic tension controller, which called “Computerized Active Roller”, gives the key advantage to constantly control and set the winding yarn tension, with a resolution of 0,1 grams during the entire winding process, independently from the variation of tension coming from the feeding bobbin.

The winding tension is constantly controlled by an electronic sensor put on each single winding spindle. The sensor is linked to a motorized feed roller and its rotation speed is continuously synchronized and adjusted by the yarn tension controller in order to maintain the same tension in output.

In addition, the range features no variation of density between bobbins and high precise metering of bobbins. It also ensures minimum number of breakages during the winding process.

Speaking on the market development, he admitted that China is a significant market for the company. “We have about5 million of turnover and China accounts for 15-20% of it. We are convinced that China offers landed opportunities for small companies like us because our tailor-made machines can really help the Chinese customers who have special requirements. Large companies may not able to customize the machines according to their needs.”

He further disclosed that the company is now working on a new patent-pending machine which will be showed at ITMA next year in Barcelona, Spain.

Ratti Luino provides tailor-made solutions for niche market

Mr. Marco Pedroni, Area Manager of Ratti Luino S.r.l.Ratti Luino S.r.l., with its RATTI and OMM brand names, is an Italian company producing twisting and covering machines.

Under the name of RATTI, the company produces a range of two-for-one twisting machines for natural silk, continuous artificial and synthetic filament, with different lines of textile machines for sewing and embroidery threads, covered yarns, technical yarns and fancy yarns. For the brand name OMM, a complete range of covering machines for both elastic and rigid yarns is provided.

Mr. Marco Pedroni, Area Manager of Ratti Luino S.r.l., told CTA that the TFO twister model R326N for the processing of synthetic and artificial yarns is the best-seller in China. It has two completely independent decks, two motors and independent controls. The section length of 1830mm allows three different gauges, depending on the type of spindle used. A wide range of spindles for cops are also available, granting the twister a high flexibility.

He said that customization is gaining significance nowadays and it helps the company to get a foothold in the market. “We can satisfy the demand of the niche market where customers are looking for something very special. We collect feedback from the customers and provide tailor-made solutions for them. For example, last year, we developed a new covering machine for the processing of carbon fiber. This is a special request from one of our customers.”

Alongside the R&D department, the company operates a textile laboratory, which is daily occupied with testing new twisting processes and improving quality. “The laboratory and R&D are the heart of the company. We engaged heavily on R&D - around 30% of our turnover was invested on this.”

Speaking on the market distribution, Pedroni underscored that China is the number one market for the company. “It is a huge market and we observed that Chinese customers are looking for high quality and high technology products. In 2017, 50% of our turnover came from China. Moreover, we are also expanding our presence in other Asian markets such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, etc.” 

Savio way for Industry 4.0

Mr. Fulvio Galetto, Regional Sales Vice President, Savio Macchine Tessili S.p.A.

The Italian manufacturer Savio presented its smart industry solution – Savio Winder 4.0 for textile mills at the exhibition.

As introduced, Savio Winder 4.0 represents an important step towards a wide digitalization process, being a solution for intelligent networking of machines in the spinning or winding room.

Savio winding machines can be equipped upon request of smart industry solution for connectivity, data management, remote machine set up and operator real-time interactivity. All these features enable customers to control overall equipment effectiveness, increase workforce efficiency, and maximize quality and working time.

At the booth, one of the highlights on display was theEco PulsarS automatic winding machine. With its sustainable eco-green advantage, the machine replies to the market demand of energy saving, including room air conditioning, together with improved production performances, high quality packages and automated solutions.

The individual and independent suction unit per spindle of the machine represents a real breakthrough versus the conventional system. Each unit operates at an ideal suction values without influencing the rest of the spindles. This means thatno more compromises in balancing the suction as in conventional centralized systems, in which the fan is permanently in operation.

Since suction is generated only when needed, customer can save up to 30% of power, while a better efficiency, a smoother winding process and overall better package and yarn quality are achieved as well.

EcoPulsarS combining all new features and design has created an environment in which each part of the machine can operate at its optimum level. The new Controlled Cut System, Yarn Tension Control System, Waste Collection System and Upgraded Splicing Solutions, each contribute to the overall reduction of noise and process downtimes.

In addition, the Savio Direct Link System (I/DLS) solution, for linking the ring spinning frames (RSF) to the winders, enables a fast and efficient direct feeding of bobbins, along with the full interfacing flexibility with all kind of RSF.

From RSF bobbin to the final package, the yarn is processed untouched and with zero transit time, ensuring maximum quality, less material handling and no chances of contamination.

The demonstration of the electronic winder at the booth.

Simet’s electronic winding solution suitable for delicate yarns

Simet S.r.l. presented its electronic winder model SE at the booth. The winder with grooved drum is suitable for small production of fine and delicate yarns, such as cashmere and mohair.

As introduced, the counterweight and cone holder sliding are adjustable in each head, allowing a homogeneous density and ensuring good results in all working processes.

In addition, it is possible to adjust the speed (from 200 to 1200 mt/min) and the radial anti patterning system. The motorized waxing device ensures a uniform distribution of the wax. The yarn tensioner is motorized and self-cleaning. Yarn passages protected by ceramic, avoid any rubbings harmful to the yarn quality.

The company said that the high quality of the materials used in the building process makes the machine more solid and lasting in time. The maintenance is made easily and only the normal cleaning is usually requested.