A 36-roller raising machine manufactured in 1918 has recently been delivered to its final retirement home – as a historic showpiece at the Monforts Advanced Technology Centre (ATC), Mönchengladbach/Germany. The machine remained in operation at a plant in Poland up until early 2000 and has now been handed back in full working condition to its manufacturer, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach.
The raising machine was introduced by Monforts at the end of the 19th century and represented a game-changer at that time, due to the use of low friction ball bearings for its raising rollers. This greatly reduced the wear and maintenance of the raising rollers and was a first for the market.
Visitors will be able to see this example of Monforts Industry 1.0 engineering and compare it to the latest Industry 4.0 features of the latest finishing lines at the ATC.
Despite any current travel restrictions, the Monforts ATC is fully operational for industrial-scale trials which go beyond lab or pilot plant testing, to be run by highly experienced staff on behalf of customers.
Since its opening in 2013, over €3 million has been invested in equipment at the ATC, which over an area of 1,200 m², houses 2 full finishing lines, engineered to accommodate an extremely diverse range of processes based around the industry-leading Montex stenter, in addition to a Thermex range for continuous fabric dyeing and the newly developed CYD process for yarn dyeing.