TMAS @ Techtextil: Localized and automated te...
TMAS @ Techtextil

Localized and automated textile manufacturing

Aautomated technology (Source: Eton)
Aautomated technology (Source: Eton)

At the forthcoming parallel Texprocess, Techtextil and Heimtextil shows in Frankfurt/Germany from June 21-24, 2022, members of the Swedish Textile Machinery Association (TMAS), Stockholm/Sweden, will be showcasing a range of solutions aligning with the growing trend for more localized and automated textile manufacturing.
Eton Systems AB will be unveiling its latest Ingenious software solution which further enhances the company’s Opta Unit Production System (UPS) introduced in 2021. These systems help producers across the world to reduce repetitive manual tasks and increase efficiency, which evens out some of the differences between production in high and low-cost countries, making reshoring a feasible option.
The Dye-Max spray dyeing line from Imogo AB has the potential to slash the use of fresh water, wastewater, energy and chemicals by as much as 90% compared to conventional jet dyeing systems. It is capable of carrying out the application of a wide range of fabric pre-treatments and finishing processes, providing users with unbeatable flexibility in production.

Dye-Max spray dyeing line (Source: Imogo)
Dye-Max spray dyeing line (Source: Imogo)
ACG Kinna Automatic AB specializes in automation solutions for filled products such as quilts, pillows and mattresses and there will be live demonstrations of robotics in action. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the company drew on all of its automation know-how and extensive network of contacts to build a new nonwovens fabric converting and single-use garment making-up plant in a matter of weeks, in order to supply the Swedish authorities with urgently-needed medical gowns.
Localized textile production is also booming, and technology by Coloreel AB enables the high-quality and instant coloring of a textile thread while it is actually being used in production and can be paired with any existing embroidery machine without modification, while also making it possible to produce gradients in an embroidery for the first time. Advanced rapid color formulation software and high-speed drive technology allow a single needle to carry out what it previously required many multiples of them to do – and with much more consistent stitch quality. By instantly coloring a recycled white base thread during production, color changes along the thread can either be made rapidly from one solid color to another, or gradually, to make smooth transitions or any coloring effect desired. This provides big benefits when it comes to sustainability and design creativity.
Svegea of Sweden AB will be promoting its latest EC 300 collarette cutting machine. This machine is used by garment manufacturers around the world for the production of tubular apparel components such as waistbands, cuff and neck tapes and other seam reinforcements. With its E-Drive 2 system and fully automatic FA500 roll slitter, the EC 300 has an output of around 20,000 m/hour.

EC 300 collarette cutting machine (Source: Svegea)
EC 300 collarette cutting machine (Source: Svegea)
The advanced yarn tension monitoring technologies of Eltex of Sweden AB meanwhile play an essential role in rectifying defects in  weaving, tufting and composite reinforcement operations. With the EyE for the warping process, the yarn tension values from all yarns are continuously updated and displayed on screen. In addition, tension values outside the warning level are indicated both on the sensor’s LEDs and on the screen for complete quality control. No fabric can be woven without the appropriate and correct tension.

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