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ATME-I 2000 Exhibitor Overview

Exhibitors offer new products, services at textile show.

Exhibitors offer new products, services at textile show. Following is a look at some of the companies that exhibited at the American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International 2000 (ATME-I). Obviously, space does not allow a comprehensive review of every display. ATI selected a representative list of companies to interview in order to provide its readers with a feel for the offerings at the exhibition. Some major exhibitors are not listed here, such as Rieter, Suessen, Saco Lowell and Murata; they will be covered in a separate article about spinning technology to appear in next months issue. Other companies Dilo and Fleissner, for example will be covered in an upcoming nonwovens roundup. Barmag AG/Saurer Group, Germany/Switzerland (American Barmag Corp., Charlotte, N.C.), presented for the first time the new Automatic Winder babyASW. This winder, which will be used primarily for technical yarns, specifically targets the markets of Mexico and South America. The dimensions of the babyASW are much smaller than those of the regular ASW winder. It features a camshaft traverse system, a string-up device with package protection function and a counter for current yarn capturing. Options include machine frame and unheated godets, yarn sensors and yarn cutters, spin-finish and intermingling equipment, and a cradle.Belmont Textile Machinery Company, Mount Holly, N.C., exhibited its new EW1000 winder for the carpet industry. By means of a new traverse cam-and-dog assembly, winding speeds of up to 1,100 meters per minute (m/min) can be achieved. A new overfeed system guarantees perfect tension control independent of speed and fiber type. The EW-1000 is compact and features a modular design that is expandable up to 72 spindles in 12-spindle increments. An electronic touch-screen panel regulates winding speeds, displays production efficiency and monitors winder operating parameters.The company also showed the new Rototwist yarn twister that produces 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, or 6-ply yarns in one pass. It is designed for continuous operation to run up to 600 m/min, and it offers the feature of alternating S+Z twists that are carefully tacked through a servo-controlled air jet. The machine can be installed in line with existing heat-setting equipment, or as a stand-alone Rototwist system. Belmont Textile Machinery also presented a new prototype of a package knotter and placement robot that was designed for auto-doff winders.CMD Systems, Charlotte, N.C., provides consulting services to textile manufacturing and distribution organizations in computerized Enterprise Resource Planing (ERP) systems. The company assists small and large textile and apparel manufacturers and distributors in the selection, design/ modification and implementation of software and hardware for ERP and supply chain management systems.Datatex USA, Alpharetta, Ga., a supplier of specialized ERP systems for the textile and apparel industries, featured its Textile Integrated Management (TIM) software for network-oriented applications in AS/400 environments. Datatex announced that, to date, it has implemented 250 systems in large- and medium-sized textile manufacturing plants in 30 countries. Datatex provides software modules, designed specifically for the modern textile mills, for sales, manufacturing, planning, and inventory and purchasing. Datatex claims its software will optimize the use of manufacturing resources, continuously monitor contribution margins, provide basic quick-response capabilities, improve customer service, reduce waste and reduce work-in-process and finished goods inventories. 
Electro-Jet S.A., Spain (PSP Marketing, Charlotte N.C.), introduced the new Roving Bobbin Stripper for spinning installations. The machine uses compressed air to open and remove remaining fiber and roving pieces from the bobbins. Since this is a modular system, there can be from one to as many as required stripper heads installed. The system consists of the TAB-System for roving bobbin transport, and the TAC-System for bobbin transfer. Fiber-optics sensors ensure all material is removed, and other special sensors detect any misalignment to avoid damages that could be done to the bobbins or the bobbin hangers. After the cleaning process, the bobbins are automatically integrated into the clean roving bobbin supply.Electro-Jet exhibited for the first time in the United States a manual system for ring-spinning bobbin cleaning, model MLB. An automatic version is available that consists of a CT sorting unit; the MLB cleaning machine; and a JET-1, JET-2, or JET-3 laying machine. The system works with any kind of bobbin without specific adjustments. 
Fehrer AG, Spinning Machinery Division, Austria (Symtech Inc., Spartanburg, S.C.), promoted its DREF 2000 friction-spinning machine with extended yarn applications. The machine expands the scope of yarn-friction spinning in the medium-yarn-count range and the coarse count range. The machine shown at ATME-I produced yarns for secondary carpet backings, filter cartridges, blankets, cleaning rags and mops, and FR fabrics. The use of synthetic fiber waste materials was demonstrated for use in combination with yarns for blankets, upholstery, filler yarns for ropes, carpets and many other applications. FranklandThomas Inc., Greenville, S.C., a long-time supplier of Nippon Nozzle Co. Ltd. spinnerets and manmade-fiber spinning accessories, has added Sue® Seki separator rolls, HSGM heat cutters and Seydel stretch tow breakers to its offerings.Heberlein Fiber Technology Inc., Switzerland (Heberlein North America Inc., Greenville, S.C.), exhibited a wide range of its components for processing and finishing of synthetic yarns. The company builds core elements for synthetic-fiber spinning machines. This includes high-performance interlacing jets that enable todays high-process speeds in spinning, drawing and false-twist texturing. Heberlein also offers air-texturing jets for the production of Taslan® textured yarns with spun yarn character, at speeds of up to 1,000 m/min. The company offers friction discs made of special materials that guarantee durability and a long life span at high texturing speeds.IKOS Inc., Charlotte, N.C., develops software for ERP and consults on the installation/implementation of its software in a manufacturing environment. The company featured its Locator® software that gives manufacturers a competitive edge in warehouse management through production automation, reduced workforce, reduced rework, just-in-time (JIT) management, real-time information, Internet connectivity, B2B communications and inventory accuracy. Additionally, IKOS demonstrated its Resource Management Solution, software assisting management in resource allocation decisions; IKOS Scheduler; and IKOS Logger all of which permit management to manipulate the schedule for and track the material flow through a product or project management situation. Industrial Air Inc., Greensboro, N.C., presented filtration systems ranging from integrated air systems to air washers; fiber and waste separators; custom HVAC systems; and bag, drum and roll filters. Among the newest offerings from Industrial Air is the S series drum filter, which is constructed of steel perforated panels bolted together to form a cylindrical, horizontal rotating drum. The arrangement allows even air distribution across the fabric-filtering media. When bolted together in multiple sections, these panels form a rigid cylindrical truss member that eliminates the need for a continuous center support shaft, thus facilitating maintenance. The drum is cleaned by a series of vacuum nozzles located on the outside of the cylinder, allowing convenient media inspection.Industrial Air has also introduced a new Hi-Vac sleeve receiver that has 400 percent more screen area than standard 30-inch flat-screen receivers.J. D. Hollingsworth on Wheels Inc., Greenville, S.C., promoted its metal clothing wires for opening, carding and yarn-spinning applications. The company claims that the Mastersteel wire is the longest-wearing wire available for high production cards in 1-meter (40-inch) width, with good performance for every fiber type. The other wire type, the Enhanced Point Wire, allows for a wider setting between the doffer and the cylinder on high-production cards, thereby reducing the risk of facing. It has controlled points that pick up fibers efficiently from the cylinder and is available in non-serrated and serrated finishes and in a variety of sizes.Jomar Software Corp., Charlotte, N.C., presented the Web-based e-TPF software that offers textile-specific applications. It is suitable for controlling textile processes and tracking from fibers to the finished fabric. The e-TPF software is integrated with JAVA and Web Server technology. For example, the weaving and knitting systems software is designed for the assignments of warp/section beams to a knitting or weaving schedule by individual beams, or number of ends. The system allows warps to be matched by style, number of ends, weight and length. It also supports process control for the width and length fabrics have to be cut, slit or rolled. The Jomar e-TPF is available for spinning, warping, weaving and knitting, dyeing, finishing, cut and sew, and converting processes, among others. 
LTG AG, Germany (LTG Inc., Spartanburg, S.C.), showed the improved Versa Drum Filter VDF-16, which now features 16 larger drums. A further improvement is that the filter medium can be changed in approximately 15 minutes. All mechanical parts are on the clean side, which makes it easy and clean to service the filter. The VDF also features continuous-suction cleaning of the internally loaded filter drums. The capacity is up to 35,000 cubic feet per minute (cfm) for cotton-opening and carding applications, and 60,000 cfm for general room filtration. The VersaDrum Filter is a compact filter unit.LTG also had on display a large Tangential Fan that delivers a sheet of air flow and can be used in a large variety of applications such as heating, cooling and drying, with an even air flow over large surface areas.LTG promoted once again its diffuser systems type WDA/WDB for direct conditioning of weaving machines. Company officials said the system is simple and, therefore, very competitive in relation to installation and operating costs. A few months ago, LTG Inc. changed its philosophy to turn away from providing complete turnkey projects in the United States. The company now offers its technology to other vendors and fulfills orders for customer-installed equipment. 
Luwa Bahnson Inc., Winston- Salem, N.C., displayed its new Dust Separator III, model DS-III. The DS III reduces space requirements and improves ease of maintenance. It is the final element in removing dust from textile and nonwovens processes. The vertical design of the filter cartridges provides more efficient pulsing of dust. In extra-heavy fiber loading, an optional screen sleeve is mounted around the cartridges. Extra-wide cartridge spacing prevents bridging of fibers. The special cone in the center of the cartridge enhances the automatic cleaning by compressed air. This provides a longer cartridge life and reduced service requirements. The discharge air can be returned either to the room or to the central filtration system.Luwa also exhibited the latest version of its Multi Drum-Vac® (MDV), the 9-foot-diameter MDV that supplies spinning-production applications with up to 50,000 cfm of air, and ambient filtration up to 70,000 cfm.N. SchlumbergerandCie, France (N. Schlumberger USA Inc., Fort Mill, S.C.), showed the latest version of its CF-60 series double-sided ring- spinning frame that is specifically suitable for the production of semi-worsted lines of carpet and rug yarns, upholstery yarns, knitting yarns and technical yarns. It covers a yarn-count range from Nm 2 to 20/24 and can be equipped with an automatic doffing system.NSC also exhibited the latest version of its tandem chain gill, the TM/GC 15 RE with an electronic autoleveller. It is designed for integration in compact spinning lines for the production of carpet, upholstery and hand-knitted yarns. It features bi-directional control through touch-screen dialogue, electronic draft adjustment and other advanced features that allow production speeds of up to 550 yards per minute (500 m/min).Network Systems International Inc., Greensboro, N.C., offers the turn-key Net Collection, an enterprise-wide suite of ERP solutions designed to enhance management planning and control in complex process and distribution centers. The software includes modules covering enterprise demand management, time-phased resource planning, supply-chain advisements and monitoring, distribution center authority and executive information analysis broken down into task-specific sub-modules governing the major steps involved in producing and delivering textiles, apparel and made-up items. At ATME-I 2000, Network Systems introduced four new functions for its netCollection suite: netCashController, netSalesExec, Tracking Portal and UltraClient. The first three apply to specific management areas, while the fourth allows access to all functions of the complete software package over the Internet using a standard Web browser. This allows away-from-home access and control over internal systems and provides remote sales personnel and customers with ready access to sales order and delivery information without additional connection costs or special software.Pneumafil Corp., Charlotte, N.C., presented the Everclean® Rotary Pleated Belt Filter (RPB) that filters air more thoroughly than conventional tandem filters, according to company officials. The RPB filter consists of a number of filter cells. Each cell is comprised of an endless pleated filter-media belt, looped between two pulleys. Unfiltered air enters the unit parallel to the filter cells and passes through the straight sections of the belt loop. Larger fibers collect on the outer edges of the pleat, and smaller particles build up on the media surfaces between pleats. The clean air continues between the two sides of the cell into a plenum in back of the filter and then exits. Pressure drop across the media is constantly monitored by a dual set-point Dwyer Photohelic gauge. When the high point is reached for a given cell, that cells belt begins rotating around the pulleys, and a stationary suction plenum underneath the cell is activated. As the belt moves around the lower pulley, the pleats open up and air flow through the media is reversed, allowing the pleats to be easily vacuum-cleaned.Pneumafil promoted the compact modular system utilized by its conditioning units. This system facilitates movement during installation or relocation.OMM/Fillattice SPA, Italy (Fillattice Inc., Charlotte, N.C.), exhibited the OMM type SPE covering machine for the production of Fillattice spandex yarn. The machine offers several features, including the new SX spindle type, an electronically controlled take-up, and an electronically controlled traversing device that assures excellent quality without any mirror effects. The machine is available with a wide range of heads and a spindle gauge of 200 or 265 millimeters. 
Otto Zollinger Inc., Spartanburg, S.C., displayed its full line of yarn controls. The O-Z® Yarn Control System provides constant, uniform tension with no adjustments; reduces yarn breaks; increases quality; increases production; reduces maintenance; allows easy package transfers; and does not restrict speed, according to the company.Roberts, CurryandCo., Greenville, S.C., is a management-consulting firm specializing in the textile and apparel industries. Its experience and expertise cover all facets of textile operations with heavy emphasis on productivity improvements, management systems, technology assessments, marketing, human resources development and total quality management (TQM). Additionally, the organization is well-versed in many apparel operational issues. 
Rosink GmbH, Germany, exhibited the RK-W-235 rectangular can coiler with automatic can changer. Rosink states that the RK can coiler is the worlds first self-contained rectangular can coiler. Conveyor belt and calender rollers are independently servo-driven. The coiler operation is synchronized electronically with the host machine. There is no mechanical interface, gearbox or chain drive. A coiler-head dust-extraction system is included. Rosink RK can coilers are adaptable to the Rosink can-transport system. The company also offers round can coilers, carriers and can-changer systems for new cards and as retrofits for older cards.SAP America, Newtown Square, Pa., teamed with its textile-industry specialist, Prescient Consulting, Atlanta, to introduce the Prescient-designed textile-industry-specific version of SAPs R/3 ERP software. Building on the recent success of SAPs Apparel and Footwear Solution (AFS), the partners are extolling the virtues of the software, which is composed of modules specifically designed to address issues in management of the textile supply/value chain. SAP has considerable experience in supply-chain management controls and has partnered with Prescient to bring industry expertise to the design, installation and implementation of the R/3 system for textiles.Savio Macchine Tessili SPA, Italy (American Savio, Spartanburg, S.C.), showed the Orion Automatic Winder and the Geminis Twister. The Orions key feature is its electronically controlled computer aided package (CAP) that prevents any patterning of the yarn on the package. The Orion winder surpassed all early predictions for incoming orders between the introduction of the machine at the International Textile Machinery Exhibition (ITMA 99) and ATME-I 2000, according to company officials. Savio received the ATI Award for Innovation in 1999 for this machine. Since then, the company has expanded the application and model range of the Orion winder. Orion M is a model with manual feeding and doffing; Orion L features manual feeding with automatic doffing; Orion E is a fully automatic version; and Orion I is the linked version of the series.SML Lenzing, Austria (Tex America Inc., Charlotte, N.C.), promoted its product line that includes extrusion technology for the plastics and textile industry, BCF spinning technology and FDY spinning technology. SML is a member of the Starlinger Group, Austria, which has more than 35 years of experience in developing, designing and manufacturing extruders. SMLs Austrofil® BCF spinning system offers minimum floor space, high crimp contraction, good crimp stability and low shrinkage. For Austrofil® FDY spinning, SML offers the MT version for the production of continuous filament with medium tenacity, and the HT version for the production of continuous filament with high tenacity of up to 8.5 grams per denier, both in the yarn- count range of 200 to 1,600 denier.TextileWeb.com, Greensboro, N.C., featured its new relationship with VerticalNet, the Philadelphia-based backer of 57 new economy enterprises. TextileWeb is focusing its current efforts on expansion of its trading platform, which covers textile materials from fibers to sewing supplies. The company is adding services to its website, which now features access to databases for services in consulting, marketing and investment banking.The Dock, Los Angeles, is introducing a website/database for trading textile machinery. Target customers are traditional machinery dealers and individual companies looking to buy, sell or trade used textile equipment. The Dock does not require it be included in all purchases/sales transactions. The site establishes contacts and is willing to be involved in negotiations and financing, but The Dock also is willing to allow the principals to conclude a deal without its involvement. Revenue is gained from advertising, sale of home pages to active buyers/sellers and from the fee charged if The Dock is included in a purchase negotiation. 
Truetzschler GmbH, Germany (American Truetzschler, Charlotte, N.C.), presented its newly enhanced high-production card, the model DK 90. A new equipment kit specifically designed for synthetic fiber applications has considerably improved productivity and efficiency for man-made fiber processing. New also is the linking of the DK 903 with the integrated draw frame (IDF) that was originally shown in Paris as a prototype. Depending on the final application, it offers the possibility of bypassing one draw-frame passage and, in some cases, even two draw- frame passages. The new production-ready equipment from Truetzschler helps to improve the economy of the yarn preparation room.Also displayed in the booth was the HSR 1000 draw frame with rectangular can-delivery system. Up to 50 kilograms (approximately 110 pounds) of draw-frame sliver can be smoothly coiled into these rectangular cans, which are designed for use at roving machines. Also new is the Securomat SCFO, which is a multifunctional machine for fiber preparation. It ensures an intensive dedusting of the cotton through the use of an integrated camera system that detects and separates foreign particles.U.T.I.T Textile Division, Wagner Automation, SPA, Italy, displayed cone-cartoning automation systems. The U.T.I.T. line provides an example of a fully integrated, automated packaging system. All stages of the process, collection of cones from the link-cone winders, checking and labeling of individual cones, conditioning, carton placement taping and palletizing are executed automatically without intervention by human operators. The line permits the collection of cones from various cone winders that produce yarns of different counts. Dedicated control software allows the simultaneous management of control, packaging and palletizing of different yarn counts, while maintaining independent management of each count during the whole cycle.Xorella AG, Switzerland (PSP Marketing Inc., Charlotte, N.C.), exhibited the Contexxor® Compact Unit LTC-S for yarn conditioning. The rectangular shape of this new machine permits optimized utilization of space for the yarns inside, lower space requirements for the mill and shorter processing times. It also has low energy consumption because of the new ECO system. Xorella received the ATI Award for Innovation after ITMA 99 for this technology.Zellweger Uster, Switzerland, (Zellweger Uster Inc., Knoxville, Tenn., and Charlotte, N.C.), showed the Uster® Afis Pro, Uster Tensorapid 4 and Uster Tensojet, the most technologically advanced fiber- and yarn-testing equipment the company has available. With its new Windows-based software, Uster Afis Pro offers up to 50-percent-faster testing speeds than its predecessor. It integrates new reporting and diagnostic software for graphical comparison of fiber quality to Uster Statistics, thus contributing to a more efficient use and control of the raw material in the production process.The Uster Tensorapid 4 improves quality and process control with its increased yarn-quality evaluation capabilities. New are sensors for denim fabrics and technical yarns; and warning and control limits can easily be configured. The equipment facilitates new test procedures, especially in the areas of strength testing and filament yarns.The new Uster Tensojet 4 is the latest generation of the high-performance tensile testing installation for effective and mill-oriented yarn quality control.New, as well, is the Uster HVI Spectrum, which represents the companys new generation of bundle- fiber testing. Features include completely automated sampling, accurate and precise cotton fiber maturity index, and drastically reduced sample and laboratory conditioning requirements. Complete automation reduces operator influence to a minimum. Additional new features include automated calibration checking, accurate short-fiber index, automatic moisture measurement of samples and quality control tools.  Editor's Note: Executive Editor Jim Phillips, Senior Technical Editor Eric Vonwiller, Fibers Technical Editor John E. Luke, Spinning Technical Editor Dr. William Oxenham, and Nonwovens Technical Editor Richard G. Mansfield contributed to this article.

December 2000