Pinter to launch next-gen spindle monitoring system with Industry 4.0 capabilities

The Pinter Group has through its innovative range of products been able to make deep inroads into several key global textile markets. It is lining up an interesting mix of products, including an exciting new launch, for the forthcoming ITMA 2019 event.

From left, Mr. Ramon, Director Manufacturing, Pinter FA.NI India, Mr. Josep Torrent, Chief Operating Officer, Pinter Group, Spain, Mr. Adria Serra, Chief Executive Officer, Pinter Group, Spain, and Mr. R. Soundararajan, Director Operations, Pinter FA.NI India

We caught up with Mr. Josep Torrent, COO, Mr. Adria Serra, CEO of the group, and Mr. R. Soundararajan, Managing Director of Pinter FA.NI Asia Private Ltd., the group’s Indian subsidiary, based out of Coimbatore, to find out what’s instore for the visitors at ITMA 2019.

Mr. Adria Serra explained: “This time we have a space of 250 sq. m. We will be showcasing five machines. There will be a fashion corner where we will display finished fabric for visitors to see the effects that we provide. There is a space for meetings and the rest of the stall will be used for exhibiting our machines which will be, a new type of mosaic, a machine with TRI core, a machine equipped with mosaic for wool and the fourth machine is the latest version of our ‘fancy tops’ machine. We have changed the insertions and adapted it for the cotton market. The machine’s speed is also higher now.

The highlight of the show will be the latest version of our spindle monitoring system that we will be displaying at the event. As it is well known that the Pinter Group has been a pioneer in this field, we will be presenting a system with new sensors, called ‘OPTIFIL’. This system is equipped with Industry 4.0 capabilities. In fact, everything that we are developing in recent times goes in this direction, to maintain what are known as ‘smart factories’. The trend had already started in the automobile industry. In textiles, the technology was a late entrant. This is an exciting launch with many possibilities.”

Adding to the point, Mr. Soundarajan mentioned: “Last year we have sold 1.8 million spindle monitoring systems and roving stops worldwide, which is a testimony to the leadership position that we enjoy.”

Pointing out the key benefits that Pinter has accrued over the years by participating in ITMA, Mr. Torrent explained: “We want our customers to know that we are a very innovative company and give solutions for core yarn attachments, monitoring systems, slub and color yarn attachments. Besides we also benefit from the orders that we are able to book at the event.”

Continuing further he said: “People come to the event specifically to see the latest in each field and once they see that we have what they wanted, they end up making a purchase decision at the event. So the event not only helps us strengthen our brand image, but also to get orders too.”

Adding to the point, Mr. Soundarajan said: “In ITMA 2015 held in Milan, the Pinter stall was adjudged the best innovative stall and was appreciated by top Indian companies.”

Speaking about his expectations from the premier textile trade show, Mr. Torrent said: “We hope there will be a good number of Indian visitors. Since the event is taking place in Spain, we also expect a lot of visitors from South America, which is also a very important market for us. Visitors are expected from Bangladesh, Turkey and some parts of Europe, which earlier didn’t have much presence in the textile industry. We hope that that there is good footfall and a lot of people learn about our innovations.”

Listing down a few key factors that make Pinter Group’s products stand out from the crowd, Mr. Torrent mentioned: “Our products are robust, we make military electronics and driver mechanics. Everything that we make is robust. Regarding service, we are in Spain, Italy, India, China, etc. Almost all major textile markets globally are covered by our engineers. Our R&D team gets feedback from the market and develops innovative products. We have our exclusive R&D set up in two locations, Spain and Italy. In Barcelona, Spain, we do most of the mechanical components. We have two facilities in Italy for software and research on electronics. We invest heavily in R&D and it has been one of the corner stones of our success story over the years.”

The group’s strong focus on aftersales service can be gauged from the fact that it has set up a separate company, namely, Pinter Service India Private Ltd., for the purpose in India. Mr. Soundarajan while going into this detail, said: “We have around 22 engineers operating out of India and one in Bangladesh. All these engineers handle installation and service calls in neighbouring countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Egypt and Turkey, whenever required.”

“We are keeping the same level of sales from the previous year. We have not grown but been able to maintain the same turnover. Globally we have done well in markets like China. We have also grown in smaller countries like Uzbekistan,” added Mr. Torrent.

“Visitors can take a closer look at our products at Hall-5, Stall No.A-209 at the event. We welcome them to experience the latest in technology and innovation”, he signed off.

MAHLO THRILLS AT CHINAPLAS

Strong interest in non-nuclear sensors

The Chinaplas lives up to its name as the leading fair for plastics and rubber in the Asian area. The rush of visitors is huge; the halls are full with interested experts and potential clients for the exhibitors. The Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG at booth 5.1 S01 can feel that, too. There, the machine builders’ motivated trade show team presents the Qualiscan QMS system for measuring and controlling important process parameters such as moisture, basis weight and thickness.

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“The first day has brought a whole string of promising talks”, Sales Director Thomas Höpfl resumes. Extremely high is the demand for measuring sensors that manage without radioactive emitters. At Chinaplas, Mahlo showcases the Infrascope NIR as well as the Optoscope WLI from its broad sensor portfolio. While the Infrascope NIR uses infrared light to determine basis weight and moisture, the Optoscope WLI works with white light interference in order to measure thickness and coating thickness down to 0,4 µm. “Depending on the application, our clients have way more possibilities with Mahlo”, Höpfl explains. They could get fathom them in a personal interview.

For that, Chinese speaking clients are mostly served by Mahlo’s China Representative Frank Fei and his team. With its representative office in Shanghai, they are the highly competent, local contact point regarding web gauging systems.

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The Chinaplas itself is a meeting point for guests from all over the world. “Of course, the majority of visitors at our booth are from China. But we also have welcomed prospects from South East Asia, Israel and the Middle East”, says Höpfl. Now, they are looking forward to the remaining trade show days and more promising interviews.

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15.05.2019 TECHTEXTIL WITH PROMISING START

Mahlo-solutions on display until 17 May

On May 14, the Techtextil in Frankfurt has started its new edition. Until May 17, Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG invites for an exchange of expertise at booth 3.0 B42. On the exhibition space, the newest Mahlo systems for technical textiles await the visitors. They can see the thread and mesh density measurement Famacont PMC-15 as well as a model of weft straightener Orthopac CRVMC-12. With its solutions Mahlo hits the clients’ nerve: high-quality goods due to a more efficient production.

Mahlo Sales Director is therefore pleased with course of the fair so far: “The expert audience at Techtextil is always well-versed in interested in new trends and technical possibilities. We have conducted several intense talks so far.” Now they are looking forward to more successful days.

Visit the Mahlo team at booth 3.0 B42 up until 17 May!

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KARL MAYER was the meeting-point for the sector at Techtextil

KARL MAYER was exhibiting as an innovative driving force and business partner with a wide range of products at Techtextil, held 14. – 17. 05 .2019 in Frankfurt
KARL MAYER was presenting itself to visitors as an innovative player in the sector involved in a broad portfolio of activities at Techtextil, which was held from 14 to 17 May 2019 in Frankfurt. The company’s stand quickly became a real magnet for the public. In the first three days alone, roughly 140 conversations worthy of being recorded were held. Most of the visitors came from Europe, particularly from Germany, but many visitors were also welcomed from Turkey, India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and the USA. The level of interest from Korea was also surprisingly high. Many of the Korean technologists also had a stand themselves at Techtextil, with the aim of strengthening their export business with Europe, and they were able the gather information about the latest innovations on KARL MAYER’s stand. A delegation of representatives from well-known federations and companies from the Chinese textile and nonwovens sector also visited KARL MAYER’s exhibition stand.

Exchanging ideas and information at the highest level

The conversations covered a wide range of issues. “Many players in the technical textiles sector are involved in niche segments; they supply quite specific products and came to us with very specific questions,” said Jochen Schmidt, the Managing Director of KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH, after the fair. Stephan Fichtner from the Application Technology Department confirms this: “We had some in-depth, technical consultations on Wednesday and Thursday especially.”

As well as these technical exchanges, many informative conversations took place, mainly with newcomers to the sector, regarding the company KARL MAYER and the production capabilities of its machines. Many traditional textile producers are still in search of new business areas, and received some useful impulses from KARL MAYER. This textile machinery manufacturer is an expert in areas that include technical textiles, composites and nonwovens. As well as offering production technology, it also comes up with innovative textile product developments. Examples of the latest trend themes were on show during the fair. A team of experts was on hand to provide more detailed explanations and to answer any questions.

Added value through digital solutions

KARL MAYER was also exhibiting its digital brand, KM.ON, together with its various product offerings. Rapid reaction to customer needs and market demands is also becoming increasingly relevant in the technical textiles sector. KM.ON’s digital solutions help its customers to network their production and make it more intelligent. This system generated a great deal of interest on the stand. “The huge demand and conversations with our enthusiastic customers have shown once again that we have scored a direct hit with KM.ON and our systems, and we can offer them real added value,” says Maximilian Kürig, the Managing Director of KM.ON GmbH. Most of the partners in this mutual exchange of ideas came from companies involved in textile production and finishing. The themes included networked, more efficient, lean production, new business models, Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence.

A successful in-house show was held as a parallel event

To coincide with Techtextil, KARL MAYER was also showing a model in its new RACOP-NW series at an in-house show at its nearby headquarters in Obertshausen. This raschel machine for web bonding, and examples of products, such as a thin textile incorporating electrically conductive yarns, generated many conversations regarding its market potential. The discussions focused on conductive and heatable textiles for the automotive sector, furniture upholstery, smart textiles and interior design applications.

Ulrike Schlenker

PRKARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH

Brühlstraße 2563179 Obertshausen

Know-how improves a company’s profile

Second workshop entitled, “Additive manufacturing for the textile industry”, brought all of KARL MAYER’s technologies together on 13.05.2019

The second workshop, “Additive manufacturing for the textile industry”, showed once again that looking beyond the boundaries of technology creates synergist effects and generates ideas for new products. This series of events was begun successfully in January 2018 and was continued on 13 May 2019. The next event was again organised by the Textilforschungsinstitut Thüringen-Vogtland e.V., TITV (Textile Research Institute Thuringia-Vogtland) and held at KARL MAYER in Obertshausen. “We see real potential in the new technologies. As one of the leading, global textile machinery manufacturers, we believe, therefore, that we have a responsibility to promote their development,” said Arno Gärtner, the CEO of KARL MAYER, in his welcoming address. Opportunities have opened up in the areas of design, construction and product characteristics especially, as well as by shortening the value-added processes and bringing them closer to the consumer. Roughly 80 guests were keen to learn more about the opportunities on offer. They came from companies involved in conventional warp knitting, textile machine building, filament production and the manufacture of 3D printers, as well as from institutes and universities. The guests also included users of textiles and 3D printing processes. The extensive programme of papers certainly gave them their money’s worth. The nine speakers were experts in industry and research, and presented papers on process, machine and materials technology used in 3D printing, and also showed the results of research into end-uses.

During the workshop, KARL MAYER also presented its new TEXTILE MAKERSPACE. Like the workshop, the aim of this innovations platform is to bring together the two worlds of additive manufacturing and the textile industry – a goal that was achieved perfectly on 13 May. The guests listened with great interest to the words of Michael Kieren, the chief organiser of the TEXTILE MAKERSPACE, who spoke on the opportunities and initial results of this new platform for pioneering companies. In particular, these include the customised incorporation of electrically conductive yarns on the warp knitting machine, and the 3D printing of warp-knitted textiles. “In particular, 3D printing is an area in which many companies have already been actively engaged to some extent,” says Michael Kieren, when speaking about the conversations he had had with participants of the workshop in the TEXTILE MAKERSPACE. “Most of their ideas have been directed at products with a unique selling point, but could be transformed just by using suitable technologies.” KARL MAYER would be involved in this process as an expert partner.

Chinese delegation visits innovation leader for information

KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH was delighted to welcome a large number of visitors to Techtextil. Renowned representatives of associations and companies from the Chinese textile and nonwovens sector came to the KARL MAYER stand on 15 May 2019 to get to know the important player in the composites and technical textiles sector. The following day, KARL MAYER was given further insights into the company during a factory tour of the Chemnitz site, a journey through the world of applications for the manufacturer’s machines and a presentation of the latest developments. In particular, the innovative weft insertion machine WFTTRONIC® 2G and a new system for the production of thermoplastic UD tapes were crowd-pullers. “Many of the guests were really interested and had numerous technical questions,” said Marcus Kube, COO of KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH, summing up the event. The get-together underlined the company’s position in the market and helped to advance the subject of technical textiles.

Finally, Marcus Kube travelled with the Chinese delegation to Dresden to visit the venerable city and the Technical University of Dresden. KARL MAYER Technical Textiles has been working together with the Technical University of Dresden for a long time, for example on the subject of textile reinforced concrete.

The next generation of the KARL MAYER Academy

New premises and a new profile for the KARL MAYER Academy in Obertshausen

Progress through training – especially in the warp knitting sector. Alongside its high-tech machinery, KARL MAYER is also offering its global warp knitting customers extensive know-how and expertise to enable them to optimally use the technical possibilities offered by the machines. This company has been running its own training centre for imparting knowledge and know-how for more than 50 years. The KARL MAYER Academy now operates at locations in Germany, China and India, and is extremely successful. Every year, more than 200 students are trained at the headquarters in Obertshausen alone.

The KARL MAYER Academy moved into its modern training centre at its headquarters in April 2019, and the training courses started up in the following May – with a tried-and-tested concept but at a completely new level. “We are now offering our customers courses to qualify them for manufacturing in a digital world, thus giving them the key to success in the future as well,” says Arno Gärtner, the CEO of KARL MAYER. Furthermore, the KARL MAYER Academy, with its bright, open architecture, is a place that will provide inspiration, “Our guests will feel comfortable here and will be able to get to know each other and exchange ideas,” says Arno Gärtner. Learning will become a real experience and a guarantee of the future success of KARL MAYER’s customers.

From left to right: Oliver Mathews, the Vice President Sales and Marekting of the Warp Knitting Business Unit, Arno Gärtner, the CEO, Dr. Helmut Pressl, the CFO, and Christine Wolters, the Head of Corporate Communications at KARL MAYER, at the handover of the new premises to the KARL MAYER Academy

Modern rooms, first-rate equipment, the latest technology and up-to-date knowledge

The KARL MAYER Academy welcomes its guests in Obertshausen in a hall covering an area of 755 m², which offers a bright, learning-friendly atmosphere, modern architecture and technical equipment that has taken a quantum leap forward in terms of quality. Three separate classrooms, equipped with top-of-the-range training equipment, are available for efficiently providing training in small groups.

Specially designed high-tech production machines in the HKS series are available for practical training. “We have invested extensively in the machinery. The more the users understand the possibilities offered by our sophisticated technology, the more benefit they will gain from it,” says Christine Wolters, the Head of the KARL MAYER Academy. The training machines all offer the latest high-tech features, especially with regard to the drive, control and patterning technology. They can also be used to demonstrate the possibilities offered by the digital production of warp-knitted textiles.

The new KARL MAYER Academy also gives an insight into the digital features of KM.ON, and these systems extend the possibilities of increasing the efficiency of the customers’ own production processes. The training machines in the Academy are networked via k.ey – an industry PC combined with the relevant software – and provide access to KM.ON’s secure cloud systems.

Top-of-the range technology for learning and testing covers the entire production process, including warp preparation. A brand-new DS OPTO is used to demonstrate the possibilities of synergistically combining sectional warping used in warp preparation for weaving and direct warping used in warp preparation for warp knitting. This universal, hybrid principle provides maximum flexibility and economic viability when processing beams for warp knitting.

The Academy also profits from being close to the KARL MAYER Development Centre. If there is a demand for market-related courses on special machines equipped with the latest technology, the models in the innovation centre can be used for short-term training.

With its overall concept and equipment, the new premises of the KARL MAYER Academy will provide the know-how and expertise on both the theoretical and practical production of warp-knitted textiles for today and tomorrow. The foundations for additional E-training are also laid here.

Being creative – by exchanging ideas and testing in relation to production

The TEXTILE MAKERSPACE is located very close to the KARL MAYER Academy. The company’s own innovation platform is based on exchanging information and exploiting synergistic effects. It is available to creative pioneers in the textile and new technologies sectors, and provides space for testing, developing and lateral thinking. Its aims are to develop new applications even outside the traditional textile machinery sector, to act as the starting point for new ideas, and to produce the first visualisations of products. “Genuine, new textile applications are generated in an efficient, uniform process in our TEXTILE MAKERSPACE – from the initial thought process to the prototype. This enables product developers to arrive at innovative end-uses much more quickly,” says Michael Kieren, the main initiator of the TEXTILE MAKERSPACE. The proximity to the KARL MAYER Academy ensures that ideas are developed to suit the possibilities offered by industrial production. Fabrics with individual and extremely end-use-specific requirements in terms of yarns, patterns and characteristics can be tested on the production machines used for training, using all the company’s expertise

Michael Kieren and the MAKERSPACE community have already put some new developments in motion. Smart textiles, wearables and 3D printed garments have been the focus of various trade fairs and events for some time now.

ENVIRONMENT – CLEANER.PRODUCTIONS

Warp knitted alternatives to save water for an environmentally friendly textile production

CLEANER.PRODUCTIONS are intelligent, end-use applicable concepts as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional production methods.

Environmental protection is an important topic for KARL MAYER, and sustainable production is becoming increasingly important in textile production and therefore also at our customers as well as all textile producers. That is why our support is made up of efficient machines that score highly in terms of environmental protection through the latest technological innovations.

Our latest environmental contribution CLEANER.PRODUCTIONS stands for zero water pollution compared to other production methods especially water jet looms. This protects sustainable resources while contributing to a cleaner environment. 

Warp knitted fabrics – ecological advantages for production

Warp knitted fabrics score points, not only with regard to their variety, but also in relation to their ecological benefits.

NO WATER POLLUTION

No water pollution during the production process on TM 3 machines, this also means that no of the sizing agent PVA* is drained. (*Polyvinyl alcohol)

HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY

This warp knitting machines operate at an impressive level of efficiency – with a speed of 2.000 rpm, the TM 3 has a daily production rate of about 3206 sqm/d – one waterjet weaving machines produces only 12 % of a TM 3

LOWER ENERGY CONSUMPTION

The total energy consumption to produce the same amount of fabric is 2,7 times less than with waterjet weaving.

LESS FACTORY SPACE NEEDED

By using Warp Knitting instead of Waterjet Weaving less than one third of  factory space is needed. This means a 3 times higher GDP value per square meter of factor space (for the same output as with waterjet weaving). It means also less amount of sealed industrial land surface, and less investment cost for purchasing the land!

TRICOT MACHINES – your environmental  friendly alternative compared to water jet loom machines 

TERRY.ECO

Sustainable Production of Terry fabrics. See below how you can save up to 30% of cost with the production of warp knitted terry instead of woven and at the same time contribute in preserving the planet for our children.

KARL MAYER offers a complete range of machines for the production of warp knitted terry fabrics:

  • Warp knitted machines with online brushing
  • Warping machines for filament yarns
  • Warping machines for staple fiber yarns

KARL MAYER is launching KM.ON – a new brand for delivering digital solutions at a market leader level – and is also showcasing its own software start-up

Conquering the digital world – with KM.ON

On 15 October 2018, KARL MAYER is unveiling its new digital brand at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018 in Shanghai. KM.ON stands for “digital driven innovation”. This brand brings together the digital solutions portfolio of the KARL MAYER Digital Factory, a new software start-up, and the entire KARL MAYER Group.

KARL MAYER is systematically driving the topic of digitisation forward in order to seize the opportunities offered by the upheavals of our time. “Digitisation is a basic component of our company strategy. With our corporate start-up, the KARL MAYER Digital Factory, we have a software company at our disposal that can act quickly and customer-oriented on the market. Another integral part of KARL MAYER’s digitisation strategy is its participation in ADAMOS, a strategic alliance of German global market leaders in machine construction and the Software AG. On the basis of the ADAMOS technology, and as part of this network for developments, KARL MAYER is living up with the product portfolio of the new KM.ON brand to its claim of being a global market leader also in terms of digital Solutions,“ says KARL MAYER’s Managing Director, Arno Gärtner.

The KARL MAYER Digital Factory is a pioneering company operating alongside this innovative market leader. It employs a team of software specialists and technology experts in a new, creative environment away from the main company headquarters. When speaking about the objectives, Maximilian Kürig who, together with Antonia Gottschalk is one of the managing directors, says, “This new venture should develop efficient digital solutions quickly and flexibly for the benefit of our customers and deliver them under its own, new umbrella brand,” since “Digital solutions are expanding the possibilities of considerably improving the efficiency of our customers’ production processes and giving them unparalleled competitive advantages.”

KM.ON’s digital portfolio of services will support customers in selected areas and is made up of eight solution categories. k.ey – a conventional industry PC together with an appropriate software – provides access to the solutions. The platform of hardware and software can be installed easily and links the machines securely to the protected cloud. This is based on the expertise gained by participating in ADAMOS with regard to the use of an open IIoT environment which is specifically focused on the needs of machinery and plant construction. This enables the benefits of KM.ON to be exploited easily and securely.

 

At ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018, the system, which is made up of eight KM.ON solution categories, together with the first apps and solutions covering the three areas of Management, Maintenance and Service, are being presented.

  • k.management enables the customer to look at the current production process, regardless of location and in real time. The production data are displayed clearly on a dashboard. This simple way of delivering information improves process transparency and acts as a valid database for decision-making and planning. These advantages are based on KARL MAYER’s own system of machine networking.
  • The solutions in the k.maintenance category are designed to support customers in their own maintenance operations. As the first solution, KARL MAYER is showcasing the CHECK PARTS app for testing the authenticity of the spare parts, with expanded functions. Above all, the scan-to-order feature is new and makes it even easier to order spare parts online. Automatic data transfer improves the customers’ day-to-day operations when ordering on site, as well as for warehousing.
  • k.service’s product world will, in the long term, include all the functions that manage the communication between the customer and KARL MAYER, should the client require assistance. The ability to make contact quickly, together with efficient communication procedures, guarantees a high level of machine availability. In Shanghai, KARL MAYER is showcasing the latest developments in this system, which is based on the tried-and-tested CONNECT app.

Steps will be taken in the near future to expand the offers of KM.ON. Other solutions and the expansion phases for existing products are already being planned, e.g. in the areas of data analysis, condition monitoring and the digital machine logbook.