Saurer: Automation innovations

Automation innovations

Equipped with SynchroPiecing, each AutoBD rotor-spinning machine can run up to 1,500 piecings/hour fully automatically, which means that there is hardly any dependency on staff availability (Source: Saurer)
Equipped with SynchroPiecing, each AutoBD rotor-spinning machine can run up to 1,500 piecings/hour fully automatically, which means that there is hardly any dependency on staff availability (Source: Saurer)

At the ITMA Asia + CITME in June 2021 Saurer AG, Arbon/Switzerland, will show its newest automation solutions, both within the machines and extending across entire textile mills. The company is meeting the growing demand for cost-effective automation both in spinning and twisting/cabling mills. The E3 attributes – energy, economics and ergonomics – are enhanced with intelligent technologies, which address pressing issues related to labor and ergonomics.

Staple fiber processing
The new Autocard was developed to create further value in the fiber preparation chain. The machine’s higher carding area means 18% higher output and even cleaner sliver. It also features LED lights for intelligent operator guidance. Can changes are carried out during full production without slowing down the speed of sliver delivery.

The new generation ring-spinning machine Z 72XL from Zinser Systems offers low energy consumption, optimal user-friendliness and flexible automation solutions. It now also comes with the new compact device system Impact FX pro, designed especially for the medium and fine yarn-count range for yarns with lower hairiness and greater strength, making it ideal for weaving and knitting applications.

With the Autoconer X6 winder, Saurer is on track towards customized automation in package winding. State-of-the-art RFID technology, sensor-controlled functions and smart control systems make continuous automation progress possible. Furthermore the new open prism technology that offers improved splice quality, handling and maintenance will be introduced.

At Schlafhorst Systems for open-end spinning, clever automation solutions are what unites the Autocoro 10, Autoairo and AutoBD. Autoairo and AutoBD are being shown in Asia for the first time. The Autoairo air-spinning machine with its unique automation is characterized by high yarn quality and productivity, coupled with low spinning costs. The well-proven innovations SynchroPiecing and Multilot enable seamless lot changes. The AutoBD gives spinning mills the freedom to choose the degree of automation and productivity potential of the rotor-spinning machine. All automation modules can also be easily retrofitted. SynchroPiecing minimizes the need for operators and offers high productivity even with challenging raw materials. Customers can also fully automate the removal of packages and the insertion of empty tubes.

Twisting and cabling portfolio
The latest generation of CompactTwister, the series 8 from Volkmann Systems, is characterized by high quality of twisted yarn, flexibility and energy consumption.

The CableCorder CC5 from Allma Systems is the 5th generation of the direct cabling machine for tire cord and industrial yarns. Advantages are lower energy consumption, a smart spindle concept, modern quality monitoring, improved ergonomics and innovative data management. With up to 200 spindles, the CC5 with the new spindle gauge 400 saves space.

Automation Solutions
The Saurer Automation Solutions provides intelligent and individual automation solutions for twisting and spinning mills that increase the efficiency of machine loading and package transportation, allowing for substantial time and cost savings along the entire textile value chain.

The new Shop Floor Senses Element for the mill management system Senses enables customers to optimize processes in their production plants by reducing the walking distances of machine operators. Using the Recipe Senses Element, customers can import all the machines’ production settings into Senses and ensure that they are configured in such a way that results in optimal production and quality. This guarantees fast and reliable lot changes.

Laboratory equipment
The Autolab ET measures yarn hairiness completely automatically by means of a modern, integrated laser sensor. In addition to determining the overall hairiness, the hair length is also classified automatically. All relevant parameters for slivers, rovings and yarns can be determined with a single testing device, thus ensuring optimal running behavior for the spinning machines.

Components for staple fiber processing
The Accotex product line introduces the new apron for air-spinning. Higher delivery speeds in air-jet spinning have led to higher demands on the elastomer components in the drafting system. Saurer has developed the NO-6270 KN, a new state-of-the-art compound for air-jet spinning.

The new high-performance spindle from the Texparts product line, with a reduced wharve diameter of 17.5 mm, is based on the well-proven CS1 S silent spindle-bearing unit and offers a long service life and operational reliability. Outstanding running properties up to 30,000 rpm and an energy saving are the key performance factors of this new spindle. Combined with zero underwinding system Spinnfinity, they are the perfect match for automated and efficient ring spinning.

Components for filament processing
The powerful motor-driven texturing units FTS525M from the Temco product line are suitable for yarn running up to 1 000 m/min. Despite the wide speed range, the FTS unit impresses with a lower noise level and energy consumption. Thanks to its high flexibility, direction of the yarn twist is easily changed and no adjustment of the cooling plate is required for S/Z production.

CoolFlow Texturing Discs from the Temco product line optimize the air stream and demonstrably improve heat transfer due to the special design of the discs. This results in less swelling as well as a significant reduction in disc load at process speeds of up to 1,000 m/min, thus extending the service life.

In the Fibrevision product line, an upgrade option will be shown for tension monitoring with the market-leading Fraytec FV1 and FV2 systems for broken filament monitoring for technical and industrial yarns. The upgrade is straightforward with available sensor ranges of 0-500g or 0-1 000g depending on the application.

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