Lecture hall instead of machine hall: As guest speakers at lectures at the Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX) and the Northern University Bangladesh, representatives of the German mechanical engineering company Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG introduced the students to the requirements and solutions of modern textile production. In the future, the connection to one of the most important textile markets in the world is to be further strengthened.
“No excuse for distorted fabric” was the striking title of the lecture prepared for the students by Head of Sales Thomas Höpfl and Area Sales Manager Adnan Andac. At BUTEX, Prof. Md. Abdul Kashem, Vice Chancellor, and Prof. Dr. Shaik Md. Mominul Alam, Head of the Department of Textile Machinery Design & Maintenance welcomed them. At the Northern University the experts from Germany were joined by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Anwar Hossein, Prof. A. Y. M. Abdullah, Chairman of the Northern University Bangladesh Trust and Prof. Dr. Engr. Md. Humaun Kabir, Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Data-based production as a solution
Together, they showed the 300 or so future leaders how modular process control can be the answer to current challenges in the industry, such as rising costs for raw materials and personnel. “In the age of Industry 4.0, data-based production is indispensable,” was Höpfl’s central message. Mahlo has therefore developed the mSmart digitalization concept. Höpfl and his colleague Andac explained the principle in a practice-oriented way, using the production steps around the stenter as an example: “Without measurement and control systems, textile finishing is like a black box. The user is solely dependent on his experience. However, if he uses suitable sensor technology, the processes become transparent and can be controlled effectively”. Mahlo uses its automatic straightening system to eliminate residual distortion. The yarn density sensor Famacont PMC regulates yarn density and basis weight to minimize residual shrinkage values. Process control systems such as the Permaset VMT measure the fabric temperature and thus regulate the dwell time. If the producer still monitors residual and exhaust air moisture, he prevents the fabric from overdrying, for example, and thus saves a considerable amount of energy.
Textiles in the age of Industry 4.0
“Since all Mahlo machines are networked in the mSmart environment, the user receives all the essential data at a glance, anytime and anywhere,” says Adnan Andac. This enables a quick reaction based on the latest values. Process control thus not only helps to save resources, but also to make the machinery easier to handle. “And those responsible have more time to concentrate on other projects.” The interested questions and discussions at the end of the lecture showed that the topic had hit the nerve of the students.
The over 5,000 students at BUTEX and the Faculty of Textile Engineering at the Northern University of Bangladesh are part of the most important industry in their country. “The large number of students alone shows the importance of the textile sector”, Höpfl knows. This is why the company was very pleased about the opportunity to get in touch with young professionals of such an important market. The Mahlo representatives therefore expressed their great thanks to Tun H. Kyaw, CEO of their long-standing service partner Tootal Quality Resources Ltd, who had established the connection, as well as to the responsible persons of the two universities.
A cheque for 300 euros is the result of a collection campaign organised by the works council of Mahlo GmbH + Co KG. In the pre-Christmas period, the employees of the mechanical engineering company collected for a donation. Now the sum was handed over to the Prälat-Michael-Thaller-School.
Headmaster Wolfgang Niemitz received the cheque from BR chairman Matthias Ziegler and works councilor Barbara Ipfelkofer – representing the Mahlo staff. Niemitz was pleased to say that the money could be used to do a lot of good: “With it, for example, we support pupils in taking part in excursions that would otherwise not have been possible due to their personal situation”. Alternatively, equipment or teaching materials could be purchased.
The Mahlo works council is certain that the donation is a perfect match for the Prälat-Michael-Thaller-School. The private special educational support centre, based in Amberg and with branches in Biburg, Mainburg, Mitterfecking and Rohr, offers children and young people a diagnosis-guided, differentiated range of services, which extends to diagnostic and support classes, school-preparatory facilities and day care centres.
~ Chosen as an A-List Company for “Climate Change” for a Second Consecutive Year ~
Toyota Industries Corporation (President: Akira Onishi) was selected for the A-List, for the second year in a row, in the surveys on climate change conducted by CDP. Toyota Industries made the A-List, the highest evaluation, as a company of particular merit in activities that include the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and measures to alleviate climate change. The ratings were formally announced on January 20 at the CDP 2019 Japan Report Launch.
At the Report Launch, Hiroaki Matsuda, Executive Officer at Toyota Industries, described the company’s aim to contribute to the achievement of CO2 zero emission society by 2050. And he commented we would like to accelerate our environmental conservation efforts, including the development of environmentally friendly technologies, with the keyword of “clean zero emissions” in Toyota Industries’ Vision 2030 (formulated in 2019).
Toyota Industries Group formulated its “Ideal state in 2050” in March 2016 and, based on this, consolidated its activities for the five years from FY2017 to FY2021 in its “Sixth Environmental Action Plan,” which is currently implemented on group wide basis.
The Group is driving the following initiatives based on the above plan:
1. Reduction of CO2 emissions by 10% by FY2021 compared with FY2006 (Toyota Industries)
2. Reduction of CO2 per unit by 26% by FY2021 compared with FY2006 (Toyota Industries Group)
Toyota Industries is deploying various energy-saving initiatives towards achieving these specific goals throughout Toyota Industries Group. This includes introducing the use of carbon-neutral biogas at its lift truck production plant in Sweden in 2019, in order to attain zero CO2 emissions at all its plants overall. We believe that receiving the highest rating for the second year in a row means that these initiatives have been recognized.
In the future, Toyota Industries Group will continue to tackle climate change as a key issue. Furthermore, the company will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society through global environmental conservation activities.
*CDP is a global not-for-profit charity launched in the U.K. in 2000 that promotes reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and protection of water resources and forests by companies and governments.
In 2019, CDP conducted surveys and evaluations of major global companies on behalf of 525 institutional investors (total assets under management: 96 trillion U.S. dollars) and 125 companies and organizations (total procurement expenses: 3.6 trillion U.S. dollars).
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Since 01.02.2019 the new website www.Textile-Makerspace.com is online. With Textile Makerspace, KARL MAYER presents a platform for innovative, textile applications that have been developed using state-of-the-art technologies – keyword 3D Printing, Smart Textiles, Wearables & Co.
KARL MAYER is stepping up its activities in synergistically linking the textile sector with new technologies, and has launched a new platform, which can be found at www.Textile-Makerspace.com. The aim of TEXTILE MAKERSPACE is to bring together innovations from both areas. In this case, with its specialist expertise and networks, KARL MAYER sees itself as an intermediary and instigator. “The TEXTILE MAKERSPACE should make space for trying things out, for developing, and for innovative thinking – in the textile industry as a whole, but also in other sectors. In this case, the main focus is on exchange and interaction. We want to make contact, exchange knowledge and use synergies – in other words, we want to build our own community,” says Michael Kieren, one of the initiators of TEXTILE MAKERSPACE. The aim is to come up with new developments, some of which have already been set in motion. Smart textiles, wearables and 3D-printed garments have already been at the focus of trade fairs and other events for some time now. KARL MAYER started development work in this field last year with TEXTILE CIRCUIT.
TEXTILE CIRCUIT is the first topic to be covered by TEXTILE MAKERSPACE. It demonstrates the possibilities of incorporating electrically conductive yarns into warp-knitted textiles directly on the machine. Functional elements, such as sensors, conductors and coils, can be incorporated very easily, without any additional production steps or compromising the textile characteristics. This has led, for example, to the development of comfortable cuffs for controlling robots and textile charging stations for inductively charging smartphones. Michael Kieren, together with the Product Manager, Sophia Krinner, presented these types of systems for the first time at the specialist IDTechEx Show! in California, USA, in November 2018. The products being shown generated a great deal of interest. Michael Kieren sees a particular potential here for sportswear brands. The TEXTILE CIRCUIT and TEXTILE MAKERSPACE were also the topic of many conversations held at the leading trade fair for the sports sector, ISPO, which was held in February 2019 in Munich.
The subject of additive manufacturing is on the agenda for the next stage of the TEXTILE MAKERSPACE platform. The aim is to combine the possibilities offered by 3D printing with textile technology – in order to design and functionalise textiles individually. The impetus for bringing together new and traditional production disciplines at KARL MAYER was a workshop entitled, “Additive Manufacturing for the Textile Industry”. The event was held on 11 January 2018 at the company’s headquarters in Obertshausen. The concept was a great success. Another event will be held on 13 May 2019, the day before the Techtextil exhibition opens. One of the topics will be TEXTILE MAKERSPACE. Other promotional events for the platform are the next Techtextil fair in Frankfurt, but especially ITMA, which is scheduled to take place from 20 to 26 June 2019 in Barcelona.
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