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Itema to launch new developments for denim weaving

Itema will exhibit at the ITM 2018 trade show, which takes place from 14-17 April at the Istanbul Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center.

4th April 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Colzate


Itema, a leading provider of advanced weaving solutions, including weaving machines, spare parts and integrated services, will exhibit at the upcoming ITM 2018 trade show, which takes place from 14-17 April at the Istanbul Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center.

Turkey and the surrounding area represents one of the most strategically important regions in the world for Itema. “Present in these markets for more than 30 years, Itema’s technology is well represented and loved by customers as confirmed by the excellent 2017 sales results,” the company explains.

In the largest booth in the weaving hall, Itema will display four weaving machines: one airjet and three rapier looms, including a new market launch featuring innovative devices. Furthermore, the company will highlight benefits and latest developments in its OEM spare parts in a dedicated corner.


Itema chose ITM as the official stage to introduce to the market the second generation of the company’s denim-dedicated rapier weaving machine, the R95002denim. The new machine is set to define a new benchmark in denim weaving delivering benefits to denim weavers guaranteeing cost savings, superior fabric quality and outstanding user-experience.

“The weft insertion system achieves here the highest performance levels in terms of fabric quality and components wear resistance, both key targets when it comes to denim weaving. The new SK UltraLight rapiers, specially designed to meet specific indigo fabric needs, feature a revolutionary design, which ensures their reduced dimensions and maximum lightness,” explained the manufacturer.

Redesigned and optimised, the tape-hook system provides the remarkable benefit of significantly extending components’ lifetime. Great strides have also been made to guarantee an outstanding user-experience, such as the optimised machine ergonomics with a lowered front frame to facilitate loom accessibility, the new ergonomic rapier opener and the new Itema Textile Help dedicated to denim fabrics, a troubleshooting software that provides real-time support to the weaver.

Itema R9500 terry. © Itema

Saving is the crucial point of the R95002denim, according to the manufacturer. The optimisation of the main mechanical components allows a considerable energy consumption reduction, and the machine is also equipped with a new device that eliminates the waste selvedge on the left-hand side of the fabric, thus leading to “unparalleled savings”.


The R9500terry – at ITM in dobby version – represents a best-seller carrying on the rich heritage and reputation in terry weaving of historic Sulzer, Vamatex and now Itema brands. The Itema positive pile back rest roller is said to guarantee a significant optimisation of the pile warp tension, reducing the friction during cloth displacement.

Driven by a single motor, the new pile formation unit is designed to ensure an easy pile height setting directly from the user interface, guaranteeing superior fabric quality due to the pickper-pick loop adjustment and cloth displacement up to 28mm, leading to endless creative possibilities. The new ground back-rest roller, equipped with light weight cylinders and a load cell to control the tension, drives the yarn movement facilitating the shed formation.

“This innovative winning trio of advanced devices featured on the R9500terry provides unparalleled textile quality and utmost versatility,” said the company. Furthermore, the R9500terry on show feature a 380cm weaving width which is an undeniable unique proposition of Itema being the only weaving machine supplier to provide this version in the market.”


The A9500 on display at ITM is enjoying a boom in demand. The A9500 is designed for high productivity, whilst ensuring reduced levels of energy consumption and guaranteeing air savings, as well as top machine reliability.

A popular recent trend to weave stretch and super stretch fabrics with dedicated weft yarns inspired Itema to create and patent the innovative BLC – Brush Lycra Clamp – nozzle to weave elastic weft yarns. Thanks to the BLC nozzle, the weft is held without movable parts to ensure superior fabric quality and reliability. Another Itema patented feature – the ELD Electronic Leno Device – with its innovative design, self-cleaning and no need to wind the leno spools, provides a perfect leno binding even at highest speeds, whilst reducing significantly operational costs.

“Thanks to the electronic NCP New Common Platform, the new benchmark for reliability and easy control of all the technical parameters, the A9500 provides immediate, easy and perfect control of the weft insertion parameters,” commented the company. “Courtesy of the Itema customer OZ-Eli, the A9500 will run a typical Turkish apparel style demonstrating real production speed and performance just as experienced in customer’s mill.”

R9500 wide version for curtain fabrics

The last machine on show at ITM is the wide version of the Itema R9500. The R9500, fully loaded with Itema devices, comes directly from Berteks Tekstil, leading producer of high-quality curtain fabrics.

The Motorized Weft Cutter, an Itema innovation designed more than 15 years ago, is designed to ensure superior textile efficiency due to the possibility to set independent cutting times for each weft, leading to utmost versatility and reduced fabric waste. “The Itema SK Rapiers coupled with the Motorized Weft Cutter make the R9500 by far the most versatile and flexible rapier machine on the market,” concluded the manufacturer.

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