Specialized in yarn and fabric dyeing, drying and finishing machines, Dilmenler adds rotation printing technology to its production line with Phoinix Rotary 4.0, developed jointly with MBK. Completing its machine network, Dilmenler now continues its production with the latest innovations.
The Austria-based company MBK, which has more than 25 years of experience in the field of rotation printing technology, engineering and work force, and Dilmenler, jointly developed Phoinix Rotary 4.0. Presented for the first time at ITM 2018, the machine incorporates breakthrough capabilities for process monitoring, system analysis and sustainability thanks to its greatly simplified and minimized mechanical structure, two large touchscreen tablet screens on each printing station and full Industry 4.0 configuration.
We held an interview with Servet Sırataş, Sales and Marketing Manager of Dilmenler, for the “Digital Printing Technology” file in the last issue of this year. In the interview, we talked about Dilmenler’s activities and its joint efforts with MBK.
Dilmenler is one of the leading exporters of Turkish textile finishing machinery. Dilmenler added Phoinix Rotary 4.0 to its production line, which was developed in cooperation with MBK and produced for the first time in Turkey. Can you tell us about these two companies, your decision to make joint production and the features of this machine?
Dilmenler Makine, the leader exporter of Turkish textile finishing machinery, and the Austrian mechatronics engineering specialist MBK Maschinenbau Kufstein Gmbhestablished, established a partnership in 2015 to design and develop a rotary printer concept with its innovative technology introduced to the market under the name of Phoinix Rotary 4.0. For Dilmenler Makine, a company specialized in the production of yarn and fabric dyeing, drying and finishing machines, the addition of rotary printing technology to its production line was a new step towards the completion of its extensive production network. Dilmenler is now able to offer a range of dyeing, finishing and printing technology from a single source thanks to this new product.
MBK Maschinenbau Kufstein is a company specialized in mechanical and electrical design and engineering. Precision machinery parts such as rotary printhead units used in the new Phoinix printers are manufactured by MBK in Austria. MBK has an engineering and workforce with more than 25 years of experience in rotation printing technology. The company’s latest innovation, the new Phoinix Rotary 4.0 rotation printer, was co-produced by Dilmenler and MBK, and presented for the first time at ITM 2018. It gave the visitors at ITM the impression of a distinct and radical design, both electronically and mechanically, with a new and unique look. Offering state-of-the-art human machine interface, Phoinix Rotary 4.0 incorporates breakthrough capabilities for process monitoring, system analysis and sustainability with a greatly simplified and minimized mechanical structure, two large touchscreen tablet screens on each print station, and a full Industry 4.0 configuration.
Phoenix machines are able to print on all kinds of fabrics such as knitting, woven, nonwoven and technical textiles, and use all common dye types. The mechanical printing platform structure and the dryer section of the machine are manufactured at Dilmenler’s huge campus in Çorlu/Turkey. The worldwide projects for new printers are being carried out and completed through Dilmenler’s organization network. Local sales and after sales support is provided by Dilmenler’s technical service points with its experienced representatives in 38 countries.
Dilmenler has been operating in textile finishing machinery for more than 30 years. How did you decide to shift to rotary printing from the finishing industry?
Dilmenler and MBK complement each other. Dilmenler is a company producing dyeing and finishing machines and bleaching, steaming, drying, ram and sanforizing machines. Dilmenler only lacked the production of printers, and this gap was filled by MBK. We have seen the market capacity in the field of rotary printers and have taken this step to assess the potential there. We planned to re-enter the market by producing a premium rotary printing system in order to contribute to the development of printing technologies and to offer new technologies and solutions in this field. This is how Phoinix was born.
Can you tell us about the market dominance, targets and export figures of Dilmenler in the Turkish and global markets?
We have been producing textile dyeing and finishing machinery for nearly 40 years. We see it as our goal to work not only in our country, but also with companies in the global market textile and introduce to them the best products we make. Today, I can say that we have achieved this goal. Our export target for 2018 was 70% of the total manufacturing, and we achieved to make it 78%. As a result of the recession in the domestic markets and the necessity to reach new markets, this result has enabled us to produce more. According to the data from the Turlish Exporters Assembly, Dilmenler Makine was the #663 company among the top 1000 which made the most exports from Turkey in 2018, and ranked in the 16th place in the machinery and parts category. This year, we can proudly say that we have raised the bar even higher and achieved our goals. We see it as another objective to contribute to our country’s economy by reducing the import of textile machinery. As a Turkish manufacturer, this responsibility lies with us and all domestic machinery and parts manufacturers like us. We hope that within a few years, both Dilmenler and other textile machinery manufacturers will further reduce imports of machinery.
How is your company approaching the demand for Industry 4.0 solutions?
We manufacture our Rotary Printer in coordination with MBK as an Industry 4.0 product. We aim to meet customer needs with fast production and operation by producing smart and advanced technology machinery. Thanks to its smart system, the Phoinix Rotary 4.0 rotary printer knows what to produce at what stage, at what speed and what needs to be done. It also minimizes the consumption of fabric, electricity, dye and so on.
What is Dilmenler doing to adopt a sustainable approach in production?
For us, the most important rule of sustainability is discipline. We maintain this by segmenting our production line and without compromising on the quality management system. For the last three years, we have been working with a people-oriented mindset to ensure that our department members participate periodically in vocational and quality assurance trainings. We know that sustainability in quality is one of the most important elements in production. We attach great importance to this criterion since we are a company aiming for the better in every machine.
Can you tell us about your plans for the next few years?
We have been working and investing in new markets for many years. At this point, we can say that Dilmenler started to reap the fruits of its investments for years. As Dilmenler, we offer services to textile companies with our representatives in 38 countries. We can say that Dilmenler is everywhere in the textile industry. We always aim to provide a faster and high quality service to our customers. For this purpose, we arrange trainings and seminars regularly to inform our representatives on the innovations we have made on our machines. By adopting this working style, we aim to increase the quality of service provided to our customers by making our representatives more technically knowledgeable and to raise the bar higher for our export figures. We ensure the continuity of innovations in the machinery with our joint R&D activities with universities. For this purpose, we want to reduce the water consumption of our machines that use water in their working environment, to make our ecosystem more livable, to expand our product range and to produce machines that our customers need in line with their processes. As a result of these activities, our mercerizing, continuous bleaching and steaming machines that we added to our production line for home textiles, which we established at Menderes Tekstil’s facility in Denizli are working successfully. Then, we established the same line for Halmer Tekstil in Denizli and consolidated our success. We aim to increase the diversity of such projects and gain more experience on machines and processes.
Interview: Kübra Karaca