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Quality Control At ITMA

What to look forward to in quality control<

Chuck Norton, Assistant Editor.

l In this final series of preview articles on ITMA 99, ATI takes a look what some of the key machinery manufacturers in the quality control area will show in Paris.A-DBarco NV Automation, Belgium, Hall 2/1, Stand C 55 (spinning), Hall 4, Stand B 19 (weaving), Hall 6, Stand A 36 (finishing), will show its Sycotex system for weaving as in a client server architecture, using Compaq AXP computers based on Windows. For spinning, the company will show its Cotton Sorter for the blow room, which detects in real time foreign material in cotton and removes it. For dyeing and finishing, Barco will show its Sedomat 3500 system with flat LCD screen and VGA resolution, the Sycotex CIM system for dyeing and finishing, and the Eye-Opener system for color matching.Datacolor International, Switzer-land, Hall 7/3, Stand K 10, will showcase its latest innovations in color measurement and matching, laboratory dyeing and dispensing, production, color quality control and communication. The company will emphasize its Colorite technology, which offers the textile industry a new standard for the electronic visualization and communication of color, according to Data-color. Also, the company will display laboratory dyeing equipment, which simulates and duplicates the dosing characteristics of producing dyeing of textiles.Dent Instrumentation Ltd., United Kingdom, Hall 2/2, Stand E 50, will introduce a new range of advanced sensing systems, including the new Reflex sensor which can detect yarns such as five dtex elastomeric at very low speeds; a creel bar sensor, a contactless device with fast response, 10 milliseconds, if required, microprocessor control for the counting of ends and the indication of a broken yarn; and a first break detection system for multiple end take up winders with the potential of including self diagnostics for early warning of problems.E-LElbit Vision Systems (EVS) Ltd., Israel, Hall 3, Stand D 19, with show its I-Tex automated fabric inspection systems. The company will show its I-Tex 2000 automatic inspection system with Shade Variation Analyzer which can inspect fabrics up to six meters wide at speeds up to 300 meters per minute. EVS will also show its Loomtex automatic on-loom inspection system, which recognize defects as they occur on the loom. Loomtex can also be tied together into a centralized control system, according to the company. EVS has more than 200 installations worldwide in a variety of applications including greige, knits, technical, dyed and finished fabrics, denims and prints. Fabrics used in safety applications including airbags and tire cord are also inspected with I-Tex systems.Fortechnology Inc., Norwood, Mass., Hall 2/2, Stand D 36, will show its new Fort600 for instantly measuring the moisture content of yarn. The company will also show the Fort2000 for conveyor moisture measurement. HunterLab, Reston, Va., Hall 7/3, Stand N 02, will exhibit the ColorFlex system, a low-cost, bench-type, color measurement spectrophotometer. The company will also show the UltraScan XE spectrophotometer with EasyMatch formulation and quality control software. In addition, the LabScan XE and MiniScan Plus spectrophotometers will be on display.James H. HealandCo. Ltd., United Kingdom, Hall 7/3, Stand K 05, will show several new machines including its new bench-top tensile tester. The Titan machine is designed for the full range of tests such as tensile strength, grab, seam slippage, tear strength, button attachment strength, peel bond and cyclic. The unit has a maximum tensile capacity of 3,000 Newtons and is controlled by a desktop PC.Lawson-Hemphill, Central Falls, R.I., Hall 7/3, Stand K 01a, will show new equipment and improvements to existing equipment as well as new software for various products. The exhibit will concentrate on three areas: testing for synthetic fibers, testing for cotton spun yarn and testing for elastomeric yarns. Complete new equipment which will be on display includes an FST-2000 (Forced Shrinkage Tester), a new instrument to measure simultaneously shrinkage and shrink force of yarn, tire cord, synthetic staple yarns and others. This unit has been developed in conjunction with one of the leading U.S. staple fiber producers. The company will also show a Package Density Analyzer. A prototype was shown during ITMA 95 in Milan, and the complete product is now being sold worldwide. Other equipment will also be shown.Lenzing Instruments, Austria, will exhibit in Hall 7/3, Stand K 06.Loepfe Brothers Ltd., Switzerland, Hall 1, Stand C 01 (spinning), Hall 4, Stand C20a (weaving), will show an electronic yarn clearers; the MillMaster quality monitoring system based on Windows NT; electronic yarn clearers with foreign fiber detection and laboratory functions; as well as, weft detectors, weft thread brakes, and weft stop motions.Loptex Srl, Italy, Hall 1, Stand D 11, will show machinery to detect and reject contamination in natural fibers as the fibers are conveyed pneumatically through opening room duct work. The Loptex Sorter has been commercially proven in many installations throughout Europe, the Far East and Latin America, according to the company. Loptex describes it as as a simple, rugged system that can operate at high efficiency with minimal parts and utility costs.P-TPinter SA, Spain, Hall 2/2, Stand D 21, will show an ends down detector with stop motion for ring spinning frames, an elastic filament detector and its latest generation V roller guide for core spun yarns.Premier Polytronics Ltd., India, Hall 7/3, Stand N 09, will show Premier Tester 7000, Premier Tensomaxx 7000, Premier RapidCon, Premier High Volume Fiber Tester HFT 9000, Premier High Volume Fiber Tester Automatic HFT 9000, Premier Rapid Tester, Premier Fibro Span 910, Premier Micro 3000, Premier Sirolan 3000 Color Clearers.Protechna, Germany, Hall 7/2, Stand A 40, will show opto-electronic thread control systems for warp knitting and Raschel machines, warping and sizing machines, weaving machines, and circular knitting machines. For warp knitting and Raschel machines, the company will show the Laserstop yarn end break detector, the Scanner MWF computer-controlled scanner, the PR 2000 winder, the new Datatex production data recording system and the new Camstop CCD camera system.For warping and sizing machines, Protechna will show the Mono Warpstop single head yarn inspector, the Duo Warpstop dural head yarn inspector, the FSG opto-pneumatic end break detector, and the new Camscan II computer-controlled CCD camera yarn sheet monitoring system. The Laser Loomstop computer-controlled warp stop motion system will be shown for weaving machines. The new NK 4020 computer-controlled needle scanner will be shown for circular knitting machines.Streat Instruments, New Zealand, Hall 7/3, Stand N O1, will show moisture measurement and control technology including the Drycom 200 on-line dryer moisture control system, the Spraycom 2000 moisture spray controller and the Labcom 2000 of-line moisture measurement system.Strandberg, Greensboro, N.C., Hall 7/3, Stand F 05, will exhibit new additions to its line of computerized portable and on-line instruments and controls for yarn manufacturing, warp sizing, and fabric dyeing and finishing, including carpet and nonwovens. The instruments measure a number of production parameters including: moisture, wet pickup, stretch, shrinkage, fabric width, pick count, course count, seam detection, squeeze-roll pressure, area weight, yarn beam and package hardness, chemical concentration of liquids, and solids concentration of liquids.Superba, France, Hall 7/3, Stand L 06, will show Yarntester: an automatic, computerized multifunctional robot for the yarn control (from 6 up to 200 tex). The company will also show Slirotester: a capacitive evenness tester for slivers, roving and yarns.TEXTECHNO Herbert Stein SmbHandCo., Germany, Hall 7/3, G 04, will show the FAVIMAT robot. This automatic fiber tester is capable of determining, on the same fiber, tensile properties such as breaking strength and elongation; mechanical crimp properties, percent crimp, crimp stability and number of crimps, and fiber denier. Up to 450 fibers can be fully automatically fed to the tester from magazines in fiber storage.U-ZZellweger Uster, Switzerland, Hall 1, Stand D 21, will show the Uster Quantum Clearer, the unique range of yarn clearers; Uster Fabriscan automatic fabric inspection; Uster IntelliGin gin process control and Uster Tester 4 yarn evenness testers. The stand will feature a number of real time demonstrations by Zellweger Uster staff from around the world. The company will also demonstrate an on-line internet connection to their large product information and application database, as well as large screen video demonstrations. Zellweger Luwa will also be exhibiting their range of textile plant environmental control products nearby.Zweigle Textilprufmaschinen, Germany, Hall 7/3, Stand G 03 will show its OASYS fabric simulation system, Stick-Slip friction tester F 460 for sliver and roving, F 427 strength testing machine for yarns and light fabrics, D 305 fully automatic twist testing machine, Superordinate Evaluation System for laboratory data. Other products to be exhibited include the Electronic Yarn Reel L 232, Electronic Roving Reel L 202, Hairiness Tester G 566, Yarn Friction Tester G 534, and Sample Card Winding Machine V 702.PSP Marketing - Adapting To The Climate Of ITMA '99In a time of market consolidation and with an emphasis on efficiency, PSP Marketing, Charlotte, N.C., is making it easier for international textile companies to do business in the United States.PSP has a sales and technological staff to sell machinery and provide after-the-sale assistance to the buyer. With ITMA approaching, much of its attention has been placed on getting itself and its customers ready for the last ITMA of the millennium.PSP is expecting this ITMA to bring a wave of machinery that will cut down on the amount of time it takes to get material to the consumer. With many refinements in the linkage of equipment, there is the hope to greatly increase the response from idea to execution. This ties into the emphasis and importance on high quality that is foreshadowing the atmosphere of ITMA.PSP began getting as much information as possible to their customers, according to Peter Philip, vice-president of PSP. One of the ways they accomplished this was through visits to Europe to obtain information on new products. (See the PSP Marketing insert in the May issue of ATI).Among the companies PSP represents that are showing new products at ITMA (with Hall and Stand numbers) are: Loptex Srl, (1 D 11); Kinder, (7/2 D 30); Tecnorama, (7/2 J 02); Techno-Bio, (7/2 E 22a); Zonoco, (3 D 15); Costa, (7/1 F 21); A.T.F., (3 B 19a); Electro Jet, (1 G 12); Xorella, (1 G 45); and Then CKM/tdS, (6 A 19).Customers going to the show will look for machinery that will reduce manufacturing cost, says Philip. Companies will be looking for more value and less production cost. Americans may not be as apt to buy like they did before they are taking ITMA seriously.PSP is going to have eight people going to Paris. They have been attempting to make as many appointments in advance to make reaching them much easier. While PSP will have 11 customers with booths at ITMA, it plans to take advantage of forefront technology to stay in touch with one another and with its customers. Through the use of pagers and handies (hand-held phones), representatives will be able to keep in touch at all times. They also plan to have nightly meetings to stay abreast of all current situations.Philip feels that there may be a decrease in U.S. participation at ITMA due to several factors. This is partially based on the decreases in mill participation at the last ATME (American Textile Machinery Exhibition) in Greenville, S.C., in 1997.Another factor that may limit spending by American companies is the timing of the show. According to Philip, there is a poor business climate in the textile industry right now. Along with the problems in Asia and Brazil, the seasonal timing has played havoc on machinery buyers. With the show taking place at mid-year, and with a 4- to 6-month lead time on capital equipment, many buyers have delayed making decisions until after ITMA.

May 1999