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19th March 2019, Stockholm

Eltex takes quality to the next level

Unlike scanning inspection systems, each individual yarn position is monitored in real time. © Eltex

Unlike scanning inspection systems, each individual yarn position is monitored in real time. © Eltex

Beta testing of the latest advanced version of the Eltex Eye yarn fault detection system for tufting machines is currently underway at the plant of a major high-end carpet manufacturer in the USA. “Such companies are typically manufacturing very expensive carpets made in a myriad of patterns and if faults are allowed to occur they can be very expensive to mend,” said Brian Hicks, Managing Director of Eltex of Sweden, the developer of the technology.

“If all goes to plan – and all the testing results are very exciting so far – we will be unveiling the latest version of the Eltex Eye at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, from 20-26 June.”

Comprehensive system

The latest advanced tufting machines, he explains, put significant limitations on the space that is available for yarn fault detection systems, and the Eltex Eye is comprehensive, with each yarn individually controlled for a 100% detection of every tufting yarn break and end out.

Eltex Eye system installed on an artificial grass manufacturing machine. © Eltex

Eltex Eye system installed on an artificial grass manufacturing machine. © Eltex

“Unlike scanning inspection systems, we are monitoring each individual yarn position in real time,” said Mr Hicks. “As a consequence, we have concentrated on the further miniaturisation of our sensors. Our sensors are usually fitted between the feed rollers and the needles and based on the well proven piezoelectric principle. Their special compact design already enables them to be fitted on machines with gauges as dense as a tenth of an inch.”

All of the data from the sensors is processed by a master control unit which provides stop and warning light indications to the extremely user-friendly operator terminal in response to any detected yarn fault.

Trans-Atlantic service

Eltex reports major gains with its first generation Eltex Eye in the carpet and artificial grass manufacturing sectors in recent years. “We have been cementing our position in this industry over the past few years and I believe that the system we introduce at ITMA 2019 will take yarn fault detection to a whole new level of security and quality assurance for tufters,” added Mr Hicks.

The Eye for tufting uses the Compact yarn sensors. © Eltex

The Eye for tufting uses the Compact yarn sensors. © Eltex

The USA remains the world’s epicentre for carpet tufting, and Eltex customers are served there from the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary in South Carolina. Western Europe, however, still has a strong manufacturing base, particularly in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, while Turkey dominates in woven carpets.

With its research and development work primarily carried out at its headquarters in Osby, Sweden, the company’s manufacturing plant has been located at Templemore in Ireland since 1976, providing significant advantages in terms of high flexibility and logistical services to customers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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