VDMA: Original Technology Makes the Difference

ITMA Asia + Citme 2018, Asia’s foremost trade fair dedicated to textile machinery, is once again marked by a significant presence of German companies both in their number and in the quality of their technology. Visitors to the fair would have an opportunity to appreciate the high level of technology being proposed by more than 100 exhibitors from Germany, including more than 80 VDMA member companies.

VDMA: Original Technology Makes the Difference

They cover nearly all different machinery chapters with a focus on spinning, nonwoven, weaving, knitting, warp knitting and finishing. The overall exhibition space occupied by German machinery manufacturers is more than 7,000 square meters, confirming Germany’s leading position among exhibiting foreign countries. The German exhibitors increased their booth space by approximately 15 % compared to 2016.

“Choose the original – Choose success” was the message of the VDMA Textile Machinery at this trade fair. On the occasion of the VDMA press conference on the opening day of ITMA ASIA, Ms Karin Christine Schmidt, Technical Director VDMA Textile Machinery, emphasised: “Copycat machines may look similar to the systems they are designed to emulate. But only originals do not simply follow but are pacesetters of technological progress.” Original technology is a keystone of innovation. It has the potential to successfully turn visions of entirely new possibilities in the textile production into reality.

During the press conference, 18 spokespersons of renowned VDMA member companies showed how original technology can indeed play a major role in China’s and other Asian nation’s efforts to increase the resource efficiency of the textile industry and to interconnect information technology and manufacturing processes.

Topics of the companies included automation, performance improvement, quality, sustainable solutions (raw material, energy, water saving), Industry 4.0 (in China called intelligent manufacturing), digital AR/VR services, platforms and software.

Most Important Strategic Step: Karl Mayer Digital Factory

Karl Mayer, Antonia Gottschalk:  “Digital solutions considerably extend the possibilities to enhance the efficiency of our customers‘ production processes. This is the reason why Karl Mayer set up its own software start-up company, as most important strategic step in this respect, namely the Karl Mayer Digital Factory. The newcomer’s main objective is a rapid and flexible development of efficient digital solutions for the clients‘ benefit, solutions which will be offered under the company’s own, new umbrella brand.

Mahlo, Stephan Kehry : “Mahlo: Efficiency and sustainability boost with Industry 4.0.“

Monforts, Jürgen Hanel : “Monforts is ahead of progress in the Internet of Things / Industry 4.0 Technology by using latest interface and visualization technology with slider function for machine operation. This system can also be connected to a so called WebUI where current production parameters are monitored on mobile devices via remote service. The proven teleservice is also based on remote service, updated and extended to predictive maintenance possibilities helping to reduce machine standstill.”

Trützschler, Dr. Dirk Burger: “The optical Wastecontrol sensors developed by Trützschler control the quality of the waste. Therefore, 0,5 – 1 % of good fibres can be saved – without neglecting the cleaning effect. This results in significant annual savings: With only 0.5 % waste savings, more than 100,000 US$ have already been saved on raw materials.”

André Imhof , Autefa Solutions: “Economic sustainability is an integral part of all our development efforts. Autefa Solutions V-Jet and Square Drum Dryer SQ-V supports customers to keep or extend their leadership in the highly competitive Spunlace market.”

Küsters Textile, Marcel Moser: “Efficiency in production is like the interest rate on your bank account. The higher the more.”

Mayer & Cie., Michael Tuschak: “We are the first manufacturer to have dared to merge spinning, cleaning and knitting in one machine. That brings about several advantages, both from the environmental and process technology perspective.”

Chinese Market is the largest spinning market in the world

Groz-Beckert, Marcus Reichardt : “In terms of profitability/productivity and environment the litespeed® plus needle stands for cost reduction, significantly increased efficiency and a reduced CO2 footprint. In detail this can result in reduced power consumption, machine temperature and oil consumption, and can enable maximum possible machine speeds.”

Brückner, Gunnar Meyer: “Zero emissions in our new production plant – zero emissions in your machine.”

Saurer, Martin Küppers: “Chinese Market is the largest spinning market in the world.

Therefore Saurer has brought an abundance of innovations along the textile value chain to ITMA Asia. Innovations in automation, in intelligent solutions and for improved yarn and sliver quality.”

Neuenhauser, Wilhelm Langius: “Automation + Industry 4.0: For increasing demands for flexible and efficient production in textile mills, Neuenhauser offers customized automation solutions focussing on industry 4.0.”

Oerlikon Manmade Fibers, André Wissenberg: “We want to become the textile machinery construction trendsetter for digital technologies. The first steps on this journey have already been taken. The Plant Operation Center (POC) for process monitoring enables the collation of existing production data in a central location and to make these data available. HMI based services such as process monitoring via a service online app on smart phones and tablets were introduced as well as an assistance system based on mixed-reality glasses (Microsoft HoloLens).”

Andritz: “With the Andritz air-through-bonding technology customers pave the way for top-class hygiene nonwovens”

Textechno, Dr. Stefan Fliescher: “Textechno’s automatic testing systems for natural and synthetic fibres as well as spun- and filament yarns are essential basics for an optimised production process. This flexibility and the combination of several test methods in one tester minimises raw material waste, ensures highest productivity, proves the quality of your products and hence grants economic benefits.”

Weko, Benjamin Ziel: “Since 65 years WEKO provides solutions to apply liquids and powders contactless without waste. Weko offers to his customers the results of constant development, bringing modern solutions for actual requirements. Fabrics with low added value and also high technical webs benefits from our technologies, reducing customers process costs and increasing competitiveness by the Triple C Effect: Contact free application (as less as possible), Chemical savings (exactly where they are needed) bringing Cost reduction (as well a production increase).”

Herzog, Dr. Janpeter Horn: “Quality, innovation and reliability as reasons to choose the original – Original German Braiding to rely on”.

Kaeser Kompressoren, William Ou : “Most air compressor systems in China are high energy consumption, low efficient and low reliability, which also means huge potential for energy saving. As the largest and most successful air compressor manufacturer in Germany, with the innovative and efficient air compressor energy saving solutions, Kaeser will help Chinese industry reduce energy consumption and achieve low-carbon and environmental protection.”

Lenze, Anda Sun: “The textile producers are increasingly requesting digitalised machines and services from the OEMs. We expect that in 5 years, more than 80% of all machines will be communicating with the cloud. Lenze already supports the OEMs with industry-proven IIoT solutions today.”