Navis TubeTex founded in 1929, is a leader in finishing machinery for the global textile industry. Based in Lexington, North Carolina, USA, the company designs, engineers and manufactures the world’s leading machinery for the global knit, woven, nonwoven, technical and geotextile industries.
Navis TubeTex has trained sales and service centers around the world to offer dedicated machinery solutions with exceptional services to meet your company’s production and processing needs. The company’s team of expert engineers and sales associates work with you on a solution that fits your economic budget and ecologic environment to ensure a successful implementation of the latest technology.
Today the company is flourishing through an ever increasing commitment to organic growth of new technologies and products with a special focus on ‘green’ technologies that decreases water, chemical and energy usage for its customers.
We interviewed Jeff Dixon, the company’s International Sales Director, for our American Special File. Dixon, gave information about the TM-100 kompat which is the main product they sell to Turkey market and answered our questions.
The TM-100 provides total control of shrinkage, yield and width. The TM-100 can produce residual length shrinkage values down to 3% and below by tumble-dry testing on cotton, viscose, lycra, and many other high fashion blends. The TM-100 incorporates many engineering breakthroughs that translate to faster changeover for fabric styles and higher quality finishing while reducing running cost. The machine will produce high quality outerwear and apparel knit fabrics with a softer hand, superior shrinkage control, width control, and yield control.
- Compaction rates up to 25%
- Advanced roll technologies
- Sensitive fabric entry system
- Closed loop oil heating system
- Low carbon footprint
The compaction section utilizes two rolls and one heated shoe to present the fabric into the compaction zone. A feed roll overfeeds fabric while the slower retard roll holds the fabric in the compaction zone. By decreasing the retard roll speeds, the machine operator can reduce the length shrinkage and increase compaction up to 25%.
Fabric Width Control – Bilateral Spreader
Fabric width is controlled just prior to entering the compaction zone with the Bilateral Spreader. The Bilateral Spreader maintains fabric width via input by operator selectable width sensors.
Closed Loop Oil Heating System
The closed loop oil heating system uses plant steam to heat a closed loop to heat the shoe and feed roll. Separate control loops for the feed roll and shoe ensure that each loop maintains uniform temperature. The closed loop oil heating system set up is environmentally safe and efficient.
What global markets does your company serve, and what are your expansion plans?
We serve all markets that have an active textile industry. We are particuarly strong in Asia, the America’s, and Europe. We are currently growing in Africa and will continue to add resources and structure in that market.
What have been your company’s biggest achievements over the past 12 months?
At ITMA 2019 in Barcelona we launched our latest design improvements to the Tandematic product line as well as Consultex spray systems. We acquired those two companies in early 2018. We also released our new patent pending Air-Lok system for energy savings on the entry of stenter frames.
What were the biggest challenges you faced while perfecting the technology?
The biggest challenge is always managing the day to day activities and orders while at the same time focusing on the development of a new technology.
How is your company approaching the demand for ındustry 4.0 solutions?
All of our machines and all of our new developments are Industry 4.0 compliant.
What trends are you currently seeing in the textile machinery industry?
The biggest trend we see is rapid development of new technologies that improve the sustainability and environmental impact of our industry.
If you assess in terms of export markets what is the importance of Turkey for your company?
Turkey is an important market for us as it is a large market with many factories. There are many forward thinking companies that are willing to invest in high technology equipment and not just looking for cheaply made and poorly designed machinery.
Could you share us your first half of 2019 export figures?
We are a private company and do not share figures, but we can say that our first half exports are more than 25% higher than the prior years figures.
How is the demand of Turkish companies to your products?
There are definitely Turkish companies that are interested in and buy our products. As mentioned, these are the forward thinking companies that produce high quality textiles.
What are your most demanded products?
We have so many products that is very wide spread. But in general I would say compactors and stenters are our biggest sellers.
Did the ITMA 2019 meet your expectations?
Navis TubeTex, succeed at the show in ITMA Barcelona with great response and traffic. Navis TubeTex presented the newest developments including the Consultex Print Preparation Lines, Tandematic Trim Systems and the all new N-Dura stenter with EQ Airflow and Patent Pending Air-Lok system resulting in the most productive & energy efficient stenter.
Navis TubeTex sold of the Navis TubeTex TM-100 to a top Colombian textile company, shipping directly from ITMA to Colombia. Also, the sale of the Navis TubeTex Pak Nit e3+ to M. N. Dyeing in Bangladesh.
Can you give information about your 2019 targets and investments?
We can’t give any figures, but our investments continue to be in developing new technologies that improve sustainability for our customers (less water, less chemicals, less energy).
Interview: Dilek Hayırlı