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Superba

<i>For Its KLP Automation Robot</i>

 Superba S.A., Mulhouse, France, receives ATIs Innovation Award for its KLP Automation Robot that allows for the first time to close the automation loop in carpet yarn manufacturing.Introduced at ITMA 99, the KLP was originally designed to be a winder-unloader and packer for Superba-specific equipment only. However it has already created so much interest that customers are eager to use the it. The KLP is one of the top representatives of the new generation of textile equipment, which is high-tech, automated, and dramatically enhances product quality and production consistency. Superba Once Again First

Superba has an impressive track record for being first in the industry with several of its machines. The KLP continues the companys innovative tradition and is the result of Superbas experience in the carpet yarn market. The KLP robot benefits from all advantages that automaton brings with it. This includes the savings of manual handling at the exit of carpet yarn heat-setting lines or dyeing lines.Until now, the removal of the bobbins from an automatic winder had been performed via a conveyor belt. An operator had to remove the bobbins manually stage by stage, knot the ends, stick a pre-printed label inside the tube, and place the bobbin in a cardboard box, or on a pallet. Function DescriptionThe KLP robot is a reliable and safe sliding overhead robot, with never touch the yarn handling for maximum quality achievements. The KLP takes the packages from the exit position of the winding machines.Its first operation is to go to one of the three positions per machine where a package can be located. The second operation is to measure the diameter of the package, to determine the center of the tube to be picked up, and to determine the matrix for palletizing. The robot then unloads one package, stops for a second over the tail cutting device (just in case that there is a long tail), and takes the package to the AHD, Superbas knotting and labeling machine for bobbins after the heat setting process.As soon as the package has been taken from the BLA (automatic winder for carpet yarns) conveyor, the conveyor restarts automatically to present a new package to be unloaded.After that, the robot travels to the exit of the AHD and packs the package onto the pallet. When the layer is full the robot puts the separator over the packages before restarting the palletizing operation again. When the pallet is complete, the robot signals with an illuminated lamp for replacement of the pallet.If the AHD communicates a rejection of the package, this package will be set aside and not packed.  Automation Is RealityThe automation of heat-setting and dyeing lines was, for a long time, on the wish-list of mills in this manufacturing field. Now, with the KLP, the complete automation process is offered by automatically knotting, labeling and packing the bobbin into cardboard boxes or placing it onto pallets by means of a robot. Even the position of the knot can be easily found later on.The labeling features real-time data for each individual bobbin, based on the on-line data provided by the heatsetting or dyeing line PLC.For packing, the KLP offers a programmable matrix and number of layers and separator insertion.The KLP offers the immediate connection to two winders with automatic doffing.Superba emphasizes that the KLP allows a quick start-up of new machinery and helps in maintenance savings later on. Success Around The CornerEven though the KLP is stll considered to be a brand new machine, first installations are already going into Europe. In the United States, the KLP will have its official debut at the beginning of 2000.


November 1999



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