Mahlo GmbH honors jubilees
Being loyal to the Mahlo Gmbh for ten or even 25 years is what nine staff members of the machine builder have done. Now, in 2018, they have celebrated their service anniversary. The management said thank you for their merits with a small celebration.
“Your experience, your know-how and your commitment are extremely valuable to us”, emphasized CEO Rainer Mestermann on behalf of all executives at the honoring, for that the jubilees came together in the company’s cafeteria for a joint veal sausage breakfast. The honourees are from several different departments of the machine builder, from assembly over sales to engineering. “Together you have achieved a lot and contributed to Mahlo’s success”, so Mestermann further. After all, the employees are the most important pillar of a company. Matthias Ziegler, chairman of the work council, and the responsible managers also congratulated.
In addition to the breakfast, everyone received a small present by the management. For their future, Mestermann wished the jubilees all the best: “Health and of course joy in your profession.”
Their 10th anniversary celebrated Florian Brandt, Lisa Fischer, Dominic Frank, Barbara Ipfelkofer, Bastian Köhler, Stefan Medek, Norbert Thom und Monika Weingartner. For 25 years of service, Thomas Fischer was honored.
Measure and control technology for Indonesian plastics industry
“You can’t manage what you don’t measure”: This is the motto under which the Mahlo GmbH Co. KG showcases at Plastics and Rubber Indonesia from 14 to 17 November in Jakarta. At booth D1-8101 the German machine builder informs about the latest technology in quality measurement and process control.
“Especially in the coating and extrusion sector, transparent production processes help to save costs and to increase the product quality”, Area Sales Manager Stephan Kehry explains. With the Qualiscan QMS, Mahlo offers a measurement and control system that defines parameter such as thickness, basis weight, density, coating thickness or moisture on running web. Suitable for each application, different sensors and scanners are available. The sensors are traversing constantly across the whole fabric width. In doing so, they measure, record and control the required features. Dependent on application and product, beta-, x-ray-, laser- or infrared-radiators are put to use. “We have scanners that can host up to five sensors”, Kehry further clarifies.
Even for special problems in plastics production, where regular measurement systems often reach their limits, Mahlo offers the right solution. For very thin films, for example, the Infrascope NIR is the perfect tool. It measures the reflection of infrared energy and determines basis weight and moisture at the same time. The beta sensor Gravimat DFI is the specialist for determining basis weight of composites. It is not impressed by uneven and fluttering web – often a problem – and produces precise measuring results.
“Our goal is to compose a system that is exactly what the client needs”, Kehry emphasizes. This way, one can reduce energy and raw material while increasing product quality at the same time. “That differentiates the producer from its competition and ensures a significant degree of sustainability.
Mahlo booth is buzzing
Since 9 o’clock in the morning, all eyes of the textile world are on the ITMA Asia. At the biggest trade show for textile machinery in the Asian region, renowned key players of the textile supply chain inform about their sector’s trends and innovations for five days. That Mahlo GmbH from Germany could not have wished for a better first fair day.
“From the moment of the opening on it is rush hour at our booth”, says CEO Rainer Mestermann, who is on site with a large Mahlo delegation from Germany. On 80 square meters, representatives of textile producers and finishers gathered information on the latest developments of the market leader for weft straightening and process control. “Especially our product film about the newest version of our pin wheel and roller straightener Orthomax RFMB-15, which can be seen on a 4×3 meter screen, has attracted many visitors”, reports Sales Director Thomas Höpfl. The reworked software of machine generation 15 has also sparked the interest. “Our visualization is clear, intuitive and freely configurable.” Where which information is displayed is solely in the hand of the user.
The latest developments of the machine builder have hit a nerve with the expert audience. “We have had many intensive talks so far and are looking forward to more successful days”, the Mahlo officials are highly satisfied.
More news on the ITMA Asia will follow
You can watch our product film of the Orthomax RFMB-15 here
Machine builder takes positive stock after EXINTEX participation
From 2 to 5 October, Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG showcased at EXINTEX in Mexico. Despite difficult conditions, which the textile market in Central America has to face at the moment, Mahlo officials expressed their confidence after the show.
“We were able to strengthen our relations with important clients and had many interesting talks”, confirms Areas Sales Manager Miguel Lessel who was on site together with distribution partners Blutec and Tecnoeuropa. Back to the German headquarter he brings a promising project; more are expected to follow. The automatic weft straightener Orthopac RVMC-15 that detects and removes web distortions has won over the visitors as well as Mahlo’s solutions in process control for a more efficient production. “That’s why we are happy with the course of the show, especially with regard to the slightly difficult market situation.”
The Latin American textile producers have to resist cheaper import competition from Asia. The government supports the sector therefore with different funding programs. Additionally, the growing automotive sector brings new opportunities. “With our modular systems we can find the perfect solution for almost all fields in order to make production processes more efficient and optimize the results.”
EFFICIENCY AND QUALITY ARE MAIN GOALS
Mahlo showcases straightening and process control systems at Exintex
No matter of textile, knitwear or leather: at the Exintex show in Mexico all important branches of the textile industry will come together from 2 to 5 October. The competent audience from all around the world can gather information from Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG at booth 706-711 on how they can get the most out of their production processes.
Area Sales Manager Miguel Lessel, who welcomes visitors at the joint booth with Blutec and Tecnoeuropa, knows the special challenges for the Central American market well: “The climate for textile producers has not always been friendly. Especially the cheaper competition from Asia has bothered the sector.” But for the past several years one could see an upward trend. “To pull ahead of the competitors, producers strive to be more efficient and quality oriented.
Mahlo offers the right solutions to fulfill these goals. The automatic weft straightener Orthopac RVMC-15 detects and eliminates warping on running web with speeds up to 250 meter per minute. For production that means less rejects and therefore lower costs. End user in return gets high-quality products. Contributing to that is also the Famacont PMC for control of weft thread and course density. People interested can hear all about the operating principle with the help of a demo tower and different web samples at the Mahlo booth. Another big topic at Exintex is process control. The modular system Optipac VMC optimizes drying or fixing processes as well as the processes all around the stenter. Translated to the service life of a stenter, the energy costs amount to roughly 10 million euro. With the right straightening ad control technology, up to 30 % of this sum can be saved. The Mahlo team is looking forward to find the best solutions together with their clients.
Mahlo presentation at Spunlace Nonwoven Symposium in Jiangyin
That the Chinese market for nonwoves has explodes over the last several years is not a secret anymore. There is hardly an industrial branch that is not dependent on products made of the versatile fiber, no matter if it’s the hygiene sector, the automotive or the construction industry. In order to be always up-to-date on the technical developments, the China Nonwoven Association organizes a seminar for Spunlace Nonwoven every year. Mahlo’s China Representative Frank Fei also had the chance to transmit his profound expertise to the expert audience.
More than 230 visitors responded to the invitation to Jiangyin City in the Jiangsu province to exchange and collect new knowledge. Among the participants were the organization’s responsible persons, managing directors and technical leaders from nonwoven manufacturers, R&D people in and equipment providers. For them, Frank Fei presented in detail the sensor Infrascope NIR for measuring basis weight, moisture and fiber content from the wide product range of Mahlo quality measurement system Qualiscan QMS-12. The sensor measures the reflection on infrared energy and determines the requested parameters. It can simultaneously measure two values and is suitable for many materials. Due to a very high spectral resolution, the sensor can distinguish between components with very similar IR absorption. And all that works without the use of radioactive isotopes. In addition to that, Fei compared the results of a basis weight measurement on Polypropylene Nonwoven with beta-radiation and NIR. Furthermore, the expert presented how one can improve product quality and lower costs at the same time.
The highly interested audience engaged in a lively discussion afterwards and many seized the chance to talk about how the spunlace nonwoven production in China can be promoted further.
Mahlo is satisfied with CINTE participation
From September 4 to 6, Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG showcases at CINTE Techtextil in China. At the end, the leading German manufacturer of quality measurement systems, process control and weft straighteners is happy with the show’s outcome. “The CINTE might not be one of the biggest fairs in its sector but the quality of its visitors and exhibitors is very high, especially in the nonwoven area”, says Clemens Kaplan, Area Sales Manager East Asia at Mahlo.
The in-depth conversations, which Kaplan as well as China Representative Frank Fei and its team held, revolved around the possibilities of a more efficient and high-quality production and therefore around the Mahlo Qualiscan QMS-12. The quality measurement system can depended on the type of sensor record important parameters such as basis weight, thickness and moisture. Up to five sensors that traverse on sturdy scanners continuously collect data and report them to the interface. That way, nonwoven and technical textile producers can check and control their product specifications at any time. Due to the broad portfolio of sensors, almost every requirement can be covered during the quality-conscious production of technical textiles and nonwovens.
Especially the NIR sensor based on infrared technology appeals to nonwoven producers because it can measure the two most important parameters basis weight and moisture at the same time. In addition to that, importing the NIR is way easier compared to beta or x-ray sensors because it does not emit harmful radiation and is therefore not subject to radiation protection.
“The nonwoven industry in China is market with huge opportunities”, says Kaplan. The state shows immense growth and ambitious plans in this sector. The overall production of technical textiles and nonwovens is set to be more than 22 million tons and 30 per cent of global production in the year 2020.
Area Sales Manager Stephan Kehry reports his impressions from Southeast Asian Debut
Since the ICE show in Munich had become more and more popular, the organizers have expanded their activity radius to Southeast Asia. The Metropolis Bangkok seems to be the perfect location for the coating and converting industry.
Even if it can take hours until the masses of cars move forward several inches in the city center of Bangkok, distances within Asia are relative. Boarding a plane to get to Malaysia, Indonesia or Vietnam is often easier than taking a cap in a city. Therefore, it is only consequential that one city can cover an area which surpasses the economic power of Europe. After all, with India and Indonesia two of the most populated countries are in direct vicinity. And everyone around here is hungry for new ideas and concepts.
Over the last few years, the region has emancipated itself from plagiarism and cheap products. Even though tourists can still buy a Rolex for 20€ but the high priced sector is also occupied by now. These are sectors where quality and reproducibility rank before price. And these companies are growing fast and successfully. The incentive: they want to get on eye-level with the European market, which serves as the ultimate reference. Two things are essential here: transparency and reproducible quality.
Both demands are covered by Mahlo’s broad QMS portfolio. With a multitude of different sensors that are installed in sturdy traversing frames, parameters such as thickness, weight, moisture, air permeability and other important values of the production process can be retrieved quickly and easily. These data is uses to build closed control loops with the application machines and can be made available to top management. According to the motto ‘you can only manage what you can messure’ they are the foundation for crucial strategic and operative decisions.
To choose Bangkok for the first ICE trade show is a stroke of luck for several reasons: first, the exhibition center is right next to the Skytrain so visitors and exhibitors can avoid city traffic. In addition to that, Bangkok is a well-established hub and knows how to host a big trade show.
Febratex attracts numerous visitors
Since Tuesday, the Febratex fair in Blumenau, Brazil has opened its gates for an expert audience from all over the world. At the traditional textile exhibition, the signs point to upswing. The show has begun successfully with a pleasingly high number of visitors, Mahlo Head of Sales Thomas Höpfl thinks.
He is on site together with Area Sales Manager Miguel Lessel to present the broad Mahlo portfolio of straightening technology as well as process and quality control. With its systems for detecting and correcting warping on line at almost every application, like the Orthopac RVMC-15, the German machine builder is a world market leader. Especially interesting for the Brazilian market, which has established itself as the second largest producers for denim: the weft straighteners are available in special versions for heavy goods with high strain.
“Mr Lessel and I had some interesting talks about current projects”, Höpfl describes the course of the first exhibition day. That indicates a trend that the market is on the rise after several difficult years. For the next few days, the Mahlo team is looking forward to meet more expert visitors and to discuss the latest developments at the textile market.