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Based on clients’ feedback, the company has increased its product offering, marking further strides towards the goal of becoming a comprehensive solution provider.

13th June 2019

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wattwil

Sports/​Outdoor, Clothing/​Footwear, Industrial

Saurer’s draw frame Autodraw. © Saurer

Saurer’s motto for ITMA 2019, which starts in Barcelona, next week, is to be the driving force behind the company’s customers’ creations – from yarns to garments, tires and artificial turf. “For Saurer, this year’s exhibition marks the beginning of a new era. Over the past years, we have committed ourselves to gaining insight into our market and truly focusing on our customers’ needs. Based on our clients’ feedback, we have increased our product offering, marking further strides towards our goal of becoming a comprehensive solution provider,” the company explains.

“In response to customer requests, we now offer all staple fibre spinning solutions. Saurer's overarching mill management system ties our offerings together: it allows all our customers to gain a detailed overview of their operations and makes optimisation easier.”

“While our E³ (energy, economics and ergonomics) principle still forms the basis of our design philosophy, we are now focusing on adding intelligent technology. Our machines’ self-learning features optimise the speed to suit the material being processed. The Saurer products within a given system can be linked, which saves on labour and makes production processes more efficient and less wasteful, with a major impact on profitability.”

Data analysis made easy

Saurer’s clients can benefit from Saurer’s mill monitoring system Senses to analyse production, quality and machine data. As an added advantage, this system is also compatible with third-party machines. Users can tap new optimisation potential by controlling the production process and making it more transparent.

Clients will also have the option of linking Saurer’s machines and the new laboratory equipment from its Autolab series, which premieres at the exhibition, to the software platform. The powerful combination of analytical capacity gives the user a clear picture of all the processes making up their operation in real time, the manufacturer explains.

Increased automation

“As vital yarn characteristics are already determined during the preparation of the raw material, we set ourselves the goal to be able to control and manage the entire process, ensuring best sliver quality for the five end-spinning processes,” the company says. “With the addition of the new innovative Autocard and the draw frame Autodraw, we have further extended our spinning product portfolio.”

The company has also integrated automation technology in its embroidery machine. The new Automatic Rear Carriage adjustment helps in reducing the machine setting time while the intelligent thread watcher SmartMon drives the precise and fast detection of yarn breaks, on both shuttle and needle side, which drastically lowers mending costs. Saurer's twisting machines will also feature an integrated device that measures tension and monitors yarn twist in industrial and carpet yarn as well as tire cord and staple fibre.

Celebrating anniversaries

“This ITMA is also a special one for us, as several product lines as well as our service offering are celebrating anniversaries. The TechnoCorder has been in existence for 20 years, we launched the first Saurer ring-spinning machine 70 years ago and entered the embroidery sector one-and-a-half centuries ago with a manual machine. Over the decades, we have continuously adapted our products to ensure we are at the cutting edge of innovation,” the company adds.

Experts take the stage

On the occasion of these festivities held at ITMA 2019, Saurer will be hosting a number of specialists, who will provide insights into its sector, including:

  • Prof Thomas Weide, from Hochschule Niederrhein, Mönchengladbach, who will speak on Development in modern spinning technology
  • Thomas Fröis, CEO of the start-up Textible and winner of the Futurezone Awards 2017 in the category Start-up of the Year. He will reveal how he built a successful business with his products, manufactured using shuttle embroidery
  • Dr Uwe Möhring, Managing Director of the renowned TITV Greiz, the Institute for Special Textiles and Flexible Materials, will hold a presentation entitled New opportunities with embroidery in the field of smart textiles
  • Daniel Bücher, researcher at ITA, RWTH Aachen, will talk about Artificial Intelligence ”’ decision systems for textile applications
  • Dr Walter Arne, Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern, and Erik Bell, ITA, RWTH Aachen, will present the latest on Digital twins ”’ how to improve package dyeing

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