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New Autoconer X6 for process automation

The new Schlafhorst’s Autoconer X6 represents a quantum leap in process automation, according to the manufacturer.

24th July 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Übach-Palenberg


The machine represents a future-orientated direct link to the ring-spinning process with the integrated online quality monitoring system SPID. © Saurer GroupThe new Schlafhorst’s Autoconer X6 represents a quantum leap in process automation, according to the manufacturer. With its Bobbin Cloud material flow system based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, the Autoconer X6 takes a step towards automation in the winding field.

“This E³-certified machine is distinguished by even lower resource consumption and increased production. With its outstanding winding technology, the Autoconer is and remains the globally recognised benchmark for quality yarn and package production,” the company adds.

Automation 4.0 with Bobbin Cloud

Characteristic features of the Bobbin Cloud include the decentralised processing aggregates and the material flow designed in a round loop. Like during a pit stop in Formula 1, the bobbins and tubes automatically move to the processing aggregates positioned along the guideways. In order to increase cycle speed and capacity, several bobbin preparation stations, which operate in parallel, can be installed. The winding units are supplied with prepared bobbins directly from the Bobbin Cloud. The entire circuit functions as a material storage area.

Bobbin Cloud and radio frequency identification technology mean unique material flow management and maximum process reliability. © Saurer GroupThe new optical tube inspector with infrared sensor is another important feature necessary for increased process reliability, the manufacturer adds. Through noncontact scanning, it reliably detects single yarns and all yarn structures even at high cycle rates.

“Bobbin Cloud and RFID technology form the basis for a future-orientated direct link between Autoconer and ring spinning machine. A key feature is the integrated online quality monitoring system SPID. This means every spinning mill now has the opportunity to establish its quality level at the highest standard. Optimum machine networking and more intensive process automation are becoming the new standard,” the company explains.

Up to 20% lower resource consumption

A comparison between the performances of the 5th and 6th Autoconer machine generations highlights the impact of process automation, according to Schlafhorst. The Autoconer X6 is also said to offer attractive energy consumption reductions of up to 20%, which is mainly due to its high energy efficiency. All components and functions have been optimised in terms of this. These measures include improved aerodynamics in the airflow, state-of-the-art drives with high efficiency levels and the unique Power on Demand vacuum control.

Functional design, smart technologies – for ergonomic use of personnel and high-performance, resource-saving production capability. © Saurer GroupEnergy Monitoring, which continuously monitors compressed air and energy consumption online, helps the operating personnel to optimise winding processes in an energy-efficient manner and thus reduce costs.

“But above all, the Autoconer X6 conserves the most valuable resource, the yarn, through perfectly coordinated winding and cycling processes,” the company says. “Here, Schlafhorst achieves unique improvements with a complete comprehensive solution. The upper yarn sensor, aerodynamically optimised suction nozzle, SmartCycle with intelligent cycling sequence and SmartJet in the doffer work in perfect harmony.”

Up to 6% higher productivity

The Autoconer X6 has been consistently designed for maximum economy. Extra-long machines with up to 96 winding units increase productivity per square metre, according to the company. The Bobbin Cloud is said to supply all winding units along the entire length with material at the highest cycle rates.

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