Lecture for textile experts of the future

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.


Works council and employees have donated

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.



The goal of Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG is to make nonwovens production even more efficient and at the same time increase product quality. At the SINCE in Shanghai, our trade fair team will therefore be presenting the latest developments in process and quality control for nonwovens until 13 December.

Discussions at stand 1A 26 will therefore focus primarily on the Qualiscan QMS-12 quality measurement system. Depending on the sensor type, the modular system can record important influencing variables such as basis weight, thickness and moisture across the entire fabric width. Up to five sensors, which traverse robustly constructed measuring frames, continuously collect data and transmit it to the interfaces. This enables manufacturers of nonwovens to continuously check and regulate their product specifications. 


“The interesting discussions with experts about constantly growing demands on goods and thus production are one reason why SINCE is one of our fixed dates,” says Area Sales Manager Clemens Kaplan, who together with his colleagues from the Mahlo Rep Office Shanghai is in charge of the exhibition stand. All important industry representatives and machine builders are present at the fair. This shows that 30 years after its debut, SINCE has established itself as an important and influential nonwoven exhibition in Asia.


SINCE 2019

11 – 13 December in Shanghai, China


Welcome to SINCE! Don’t hesitate to visit our booth 1A 26. Experience first-hand the latest developments and technologies in the nonwoven market.


Asia’s biggest nonwovens exhibition

The worldwide demand for nonwoven products has been rising constantly over the last decades. One reason for that: nonwovens are variously applicable in different industrial branches. Asia has conquered the top position in nonwoven-production with a market share of 42 percent – with increasing tendency. The nonwovens sector therefore is promising and sustainable.

SINCE is the leading industrial platform for nonwovens in the Asian market, where leading experts from all over the world get together to learn more about the latest technologies and progresses. As many as 25 000 visitors gather information about new markets and applications in the nonwoven industry during four days. 450 exhibitors are waiting to exchange experiences with experts, intensify existing relations and get new contacts.

More about SINCE:

Measurement and quality control

We’d love to welcome you at our booth 1A 26 at SINCE Shanghai from 11-13 December. The exhibition takes place at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre.

We offer solutions for nonwovens and technical textiles. No matter if online measurement and control systems for grammage, material moisture, product temperature or thickness: With Mahlo you definitely get the right measurement system to control your product continuously and in real time.


Saal mechanical engineer honours jubilees 2019

“We want to say thank you for your services and commitment to Mahlo.” Managing Director Rainer Mestermann addressed these words to the six employees celebrating their anniversaries in 2019. 

On this occasion, the company had invited the guests to a Bavarian veal sausage breakfast in the canteen. In the convivial round, one or the other anecdote from the time at Mahlo is told. After all, after so many years in the company, you experience a lot together. Four colleagues have been loyal to Mahlo for ten years, and one has been with the company for 25 years. The front-runner with 40 years of service is colleague Helmut Gaßner from production. 


“Most of them have spent their entire working life at Mahlo. This is impressive and a good sign for us as employers,” says Mestermann. In addition, the knowledge of our long-standing employees is one of the most important pillars of our success. The chairman of the works council, Matthias Ziegler, and the responsible managers joined him unreservedly. In recognition of this, each jubilarian received a small present.



Mahlonese cycle several hundred kilometers

The AOK participation campaign “Cycle to work” was again a complete success this year. 27 Mahlonese – four more than in 2018 – pedalled diligently during the campaign period from May to August. Not only did they do something for their own health, they also made a contribution to climate protection. Managing Director Rainer Mestermann and Deputy Chairman of the Works Council Thomas Heller expressed their thanks for this sporting commitment. They presented the participants with a foldable backpack for their next cycling excursions.

Mit dem Rad zur Arbeit” is a hands-on campaign of the AOK Bayern in cooperation with the Allgemeinen Deutschen Fahrrad-Club (ADFC). This popular event, which attracted more than 200,000 people from all over Bavaria this year, has been going on for 19 years now.

11.11.2019 MAHLO AT THE SINCE 2019

German machine manufacturer presents quality measuring system for nonwovens

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nonwovens production than at Asia’s largest trade fair for nonwovens “SINCE”? From 11 to 13 December 2019, over 500 exhibitors are expecting trade visitors from all over the world. Mahlo GmbH + Co KG will present the latest developments in the field of quality measurement on running webs at booth 1A 26. 

“Nonwovens production is also becoming increasingly important in China and throughout Asia,” says Mahlo’s China representative Frank Fei. “We want to support the manufacturers in optimizing their production processes and thus also the end product”. Together with his colleagues, he will present the product range of the German mechanical engineering company. The focus is on the Qualiscan QMS quality measurement system. The modular system, which also comprises sensors and measuring frames, measures, records and controls critical parameters such as basis weight, moisture content or layer thickness over the entire fabric width. Depending on the application and task, different measuring methods are used. The choice includes near-infrared measurement, white light interference or X-ray and beta radiation. Thanks to this broad portfolio, Mahlo offers tailor-made solutions for almost all requirements.

For Fei, the advantages of quality control are obvious: “If critical parameters are systematically controlled and regulated, this results in a higher fabric quality”. This means fewer rejects and less consumption of raw materials. This not only saves time but also money for the customers.


Christina Gerl has started her apprenticeship as an industrial clerk 

This is me

I am Christina Gerl, 16 years old and graduated from the State School of Economics in Abensberg in July 2019 with the secondary school leaving certificate. On September 2nd I started an apprenticeship at Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG as an industrial clerk.

In the 9th grade I visited several companies with different professions to find my dream job. Among other things, I did an internship as an industrial clerk at Mahlo.The internship gave me a good insight into the everyday working life of an industrial clerk and into the company. After a week at Mahlo, it was clear to me – this is where I want to start!


Mahlo GmbH + Co KG is a family business and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of measurement, control and automation systems for the textile and finishing industries as well as for the coating, foil and paper sectors.

My 1st working day

On my first day, I was very excited. Our trainers Eva-Maria Markl and Andreas Beil picked us (11 trainees in total) up in front of the head office and introduced themselves together with the CEO Rainer Mestermann and the trainers of different departments in the innovation hall. In this hall, for example, our machines are tested for reliability during test runs or presented to customers. To loosen things up, we played a game after the getting to know each other round. Our trainers told us what we would expect from our training. We were also allowed to share what we expect from the training and what goals we have. Finally, we took a tour of the administration building and then went to our departments – mine is the Technical Documentation/Marketing department.

The Introductory Days

On the second day, there was again a lot of new information for us. First we went to our departments. Before the lunch break, the works council and the JAV introduced themselves to us. Afterwards we were instructed in the general safety regulations. After our lunch break in the canteen we visited the company museum, which was dedicated to Dr. Heinz Mahlo. He founded the company in 1945 and developed the principle of the automatic straightening machine that Mahlo still uses today. We then took a tour of the production area.

The 1st and 2nd year apprentices, the trainers and the marketing employee Stephanie Marchsreiter took a trip to the Super Bowl in Regensburg on Wednesday. Arriving there, we split into different groups and started bowling right away. We had a lot of fun and got to know each other better.

From day to day also the excitement becomes less before the work. Every day at half past seven I clock in, go to my workplace, switch on the computer and complete the tasks. But back to the introductory week: On the fourth day of the introductory week, we were instructed in the fire protection regulations. Later, Mr. Beil showed us the rest of the production area. This gave us an insight into how the machines are produced from start to finish.


Good Prospects

At the end of the 1st week I got to know all the commercial apprentices in a round of introductions. Altogether we are 7 commercial apprentices (3 boys, 4 girls). They are all very nice and told us about their experiences, how the first days with them were in the company and in the vocational school. After the break we met with our trainers to discuss the overall impressions of the whole week. Afterwards we had a barbecue together with all trainees (1st – 4th year of apprenticeship). We were also able to get to know them better.

My overall impressions of the 1st week couldn’t be better. I do not regret it in any case to have begun my training here. We newcomers have been welcomed nicely by everyone. We also get along very well with each other and, for example, meet every day for lunch in the canteen. After my training, I hope that I will be able to work for Mahlo for many years to come.

Now, for me and Nina (trainee from the 1st year as an industrial clerk), the vocational school has already started. We are both eager to get to know our new classmates, our new teachers and our new school better.


Measuring and control technology made in Germany for efficient production

From 25 to 28 November, Shanghaitex will gather decision-makers from the textile industry in China’s metropolis Shanghai. Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG, market leader for straightening machines, has been a reliable partner to the industry on the world’s largest market for textile machines for years. At stand W2 D17, the German machine manufacturer will be presenting the latest developments in the field of straightening and controlling on running web, together with its long-standing sales partner Kuantex.


“We offer solutions for obtaining high-quality goods with a more efficient production,” says Clemens Kaplan, Area Sales Manager East Asia at Mahlo. Visitors to the stand can expect an insight into the broad product portfolio of Mahlo systems. At one of the largest Asian trade fairs for textiles, the automatic straightening system can of course be seen. The Orthopac RVMC-15 weft straightener is the latest generation of a successful product that combines decades of experience with the latest technology. The opto-electronic scanning for distortion detection with oscillating lens and newly revised digital signal processor is probably the most sensitive and versatile system on the market. Arranged on a carrier bridge, several sensors, evenly distributed over the width, detect the position of the weft yarn simultaneously at different points. The scanning system recognises and analyses the angular position of weft threads, stitches or tufting rows. An intelligent control algorithm with self-optimization function, together with the hydraulic or electric roller positioning adapted to it, ensures that all fabric distortions are reliably removed. With its new generation of 15 machines, Mahlo is also responding to customer demands for increased connectivity of its machines. mSmart is the name of the German technology leader’s concept, which defines the digital environment. “Our systems generate data that the customer can immediately use to control goods on-line. In addition, these values are stored in our new data management system and can be retrieved at any time in order to optimize processes and minimize weak points in the process,” explains Kaplan.

Regulated yarn density for uniform basis weight

Visitors to the Mahlo and Kuantex experts will also be able to learn about the latest process for online control of the number of weft threads/meshes rows, which also determines and balances the basis weight. The FAMACONT PMC-15 uses a sensor to measure the yarn or stitch density and compares it with the target value stored in the recipe data management system. The detected deviation of the yarn density from the nominal value is used to fully automatically regulate the advance during the pinning process on the stenter frame. The so-called feed-forward control ensures a constant yarn/loop row density and a uniform basis weight. The special feature: the system can analyze both warp and weft yarns. Depending on the fabric speed and fabric type, the opto-electronic TK sensor can detect up to 220 threads/cm, the camera sensors CK and CK HF up to 270 threads/cm depending on the design. The Famacont PMC will be running live at Shanghaitex. That is: Prospective customers can let their goods samples examine directly from place.

Growing market for technical textiles

“In addition to classic woven fabrics, technical textiles are also becoming increasingly important on the Chinese market,” says Kaplan. Therefore, special systems for this sector will be presented at booth W2 D17. The Orthopac CRVMC-12 and the Orthopac GRVMC-15 are designed for particularly high mechanical loads. The Qualiscan QMS-12 quality measuring system for measuring basis weight, thickness or moisture also reinforces every textile production line. At Shanghaitex, Mahlo will present the Webpro XS-II, the most compact of its measuring frames.

The experienced experts on site will explain which solution is the right one for the customer’s application. In this way, production processes can be effectively improved.


Mahlo starts at the world’s largest plastics trade fair K

Since yesterday, the K in Düsseldorf – the world’s largest trade fair for plastics – has opened its doors. On the second day, our competent trade fair team awaits visitors from all over the world at Stand G21 in Hall 10. They will have the opportunity to find out about the latest developments from Mahlo for applications in plastics production and processing.


Producers want to check and, if necessary, regulate the coating application of their product or determine the moisture content of a film? Mahlo has the right solutions. For example, the Infrascope NIR sensor, which is part of Mahlo’s Qualiscan QMS quality measurement system, can be seen in live operation. The infrared sensor measures coating, moisture and individual layers without contact and without affecting the product. We will also be showing the Optoscope WLI sensor at the trade fair. It uses white light interference and is particularly suitable for transparent films and coatings. Visitors have the opportunity to inspect and analyse samples they have brought with them directly on site at the Demo Tower.

You have further requirements or are looking for solutions to improve your production processes? No problem: Ask our experts at K!


Mastering the challenges of the plastics industry together

Worldwide known, at home in Germany. What applies to the K Show, which takes place from 16 to 23 October in Düsseldorf, also applies to Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG. The mechanical engineering company from the Bavarian hall will be presenting its renowned solutions for quality control and regulation of critical process parameters at Stand 10G21 at the world’s most important trade fair for the plastics industry. 


“The challenges for the plastics industry continue to grow,” says Matthias Wulbeck, Area Sales Manager QMS at Mahlo. “Manufacturers should produce more effectively and save resources at the same time”. To make this possible in practice, Mahlo offers concrete solutions with the Qualiscan QMS quality measurement system. The modular system, which is also composed of sensors and measuring frames, measures, records and controls critical parameters such as basis weight, moisture or layer thickness over the entire fabric width. In this way, the energy efficiency of the production systems can be drastically increased, the raw material costs can be optimized and production can be more sustainable.

At the Mahlo booth, visitors can get to know the latest developments “made in Germany” from the comprehensive sensor portfolio. In live operation, the experts will be demonstrating with measurements on various product samples. One sensor used is the Infrascope NIR sensor, which uses infrared radiation to determine measured values. It monitors the absorption of infrared energy of all components on or in the material web in the near-infrared range. “By evaluating different absorption spectra, the moisture content as well as the basis weight of different other materials in the web can be determined simultaneously,” explains Wulbeck.

Answers to challenges in plastics processing

The Optoscope WLI, on the other hand, uses the white light interference method. It can measure minimal application quantities down to 0.4 µm and is therefore the optimum solution for particularly thin layers where other systems reach their limits. In addition, the latest version of the Optoscope WLI offers an even wider range of coating thicknesses thanks to a high-resolution and highly sensitive spectrometer. “The continuous further development of the sensor has ensured that even more accurate measurement results can be obtained,” says Wulbeck. As a representative of the various measurement frames of the Qualiscan QMS system, Mahlo introduces the Webpro XS-II. The measuring bridge is the most compact version of the O-frame. Installation is therefore possible even in confined spaces.

A visit to the Mahlo stand is therefore worthwhile for the trade fair visitors, because: “With our systems, which we would like to explain to the audience at K in more detail, we would like to provide answers to important and urgent questions for the world of plastics processing”.