At Techtextil and Texprocess, the textile and apparel industries displayed their most progressive side and even in challenging times still inspired a positive mood throughout the sector as a result. Record numbers of exhibitors and the highest levels of international participation to date have once again confirmed Frankfurt as the sector’s global marketplace.

With a total of 1,818 exhibitors from 59 countries and, in all, some 47,000 trade visitors from 116 countries, the two biggest editions of Techtextil and Texprocess ever to be held, ended in Frankfurt recently. Accordingly, for four days, the Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre once again became the leading international platform for users of technical textiles from the widest variety of sectors, as well as for manufacturers of apparel, fashionwear, upholstered furniture and leather products.

“Over the last four days, Techtextil and Texprocess have brought together the entire world of textiles and their areas of application in Frankfurt. This double-barrelled trade fair had, in particular, three major things going for it: A larger number of top decision-makers, higher levels of international participation and a greater degree of satisfaction amongst exhibitors than ever before. Both exhibitors and visitors were extremely well prepared and actively took advantage of what was on offer at the two fairs, in order to drive their business forward in focussed ways,” says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

Techtextil scores highly for visitor quality and variety of users

“We were thoroughly inundated on the very first day, particularly with international visitors. On top of our already high proportion of existing customers, we got lots of new contacts during the course of the trade fair,” says Dr. Günther Gradnig, Managing Director at Sattler Pro-Tex GmbH. The response of exhibitors to the high levels of technical expertise amongst the visitors has been extremely positive. “The nice thing about Techtextil is that the visitors you meet are 100 per cent specialists. The discussions we have had have been exclusively on a technical level – and a very high level at that. At the end of the day, this provides the foundation of good business,” confirms Jörg Perwitzschky, Director of Marketing at Bayern Innovativ, speaking of visitor quality.

Performance, functionality, and smart textiles – in abundance

There was, amongst other things, strong representation at Techtextil for suppliers of fabrics for functional apparel and of smart textiles with integral lighting, heating and sensory functionality, which are used in sportswear, fashionwear, outdoor clothes and workwear. With these products, companies like Schoeller, Freudenberg, RUDOLF and Lenzing attracted designers, product managers and buyers from a host of well-known clothing manufacturers. “We had loads of people at our stand, who were looking for specific things, including many well-known brands such as Alpha Tauri, Mammut, North Face and Tommy Hilfiger,” confirms Hendrikus van Es, Head of Protection Textiles and Member of the Senior Management Team of Schoeller Textil AG. There were, moreover, numerous exhibitors for accessories and components including, for instance, international market leaders for zip fasteners, YKK. “Visitors came from all over the world, from the US, Pakistan, Asia, even Columbia. We are fantastically satisfied with the show,” says, for example, Jan Cees van Baaren, Sales Manager at YKK.

Texprocess a huge boost for the sector

“Texprocess has inspired a very positive mood amongst suppliers. The manufacturers of sewing and apparel technology and of machinery for the processing of technical textiles and leather, have been reporting a certain reluctance to invest amongst their customers, caused by, among other things, current international trade barriers,” says Elgar Straub, General Manager of the Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies (TFL) division of the VDMA (Association of German Machine and Plant Manufacturers). “We look towards the future with a great deal of positivity.”

Texprocess was also all about digital solutions for the sector – from fully networked production lines in the form of microfactories and machines capable of autonomous learning to cloud-based collaboration between designers, product developers, manufactures and retailers across national boundaries. “Digitalisation and interlinked networks in the sector are gaining traction and have now reached as far as the retail shop,” says Straub. “An effect that we summarise as Impact 4.0, the direct effects of Industry 4.0.” It is something Alexander Behm, Product Manager Technical Textiles at H Stoll AG & Co. KG also confirms, “I think that, in the not too distant future, things will go more and more in that direction and, in partnership with software suppliers and machinery manufacturers for other stages of the work, will eventually include the entire process chain.” These particular knitting machine manufacturers showcased the 3D knitting of shoe uppers in the Digital Textile Micro-Factory at Techtextil and Texprocess.

Gemini CAD Systems were manifestly delighted with their own micro-factory: “With our ‘Pixel to Product’ concept, we were able to clearly show our many visitors the benefits of made to measure garments and the end-to-end workflow to produce them. The connection to the clothing and fashion industry plays a very important role for us. That is why we will a show micro factory in July with several partners at the world‘s largest trade show for sustainable fashion, Neonyt, during Berlin Fashion Week,” says Luca Traian, CEO Gemini CAD Systems.

Textile industry and textile processers increasingly committed to sustainability

With ‘Sustainability at Techtextil and Texprocess’ both trade fairs concentrated the focus on the approaches that its exhibitors are adopting to sustainability issues. A dedicated exhibition guide took visitors straight to the relevant exhibitors. Marc W Lorch, CEO of Zwissler Holding AG: “For us, the sustainability focus at this year’s Techtextil was extremely important. We have our own Sustainability Manager, who consistently takes care of this matter and its ramifications in all areas. We not only talk about sustainability – we live it. We have been preparing ourselves for this appearance for a long time in the run up to the show and have also involved our customers and suppliers.” And, for the first time, there were, in 2019, two winners of the Techtextil Innovation Award in the sustainability category. The next Techtextil and Texprocess will take place from 4 to 7 May 2021.

Texprocess Forum: Expertise for the textileprocessing industry and trade

Digitalisation and sustainability were the dominant subjects at Texprocess Forum. Accordingly, Messe Frankfurt brought part of its Fashionsustain conference from Berlin to Frankfurt for the first time. Sustainability was the driving force for innovation, inter-connected textile processing, e-commerce and the next steps in the direction of Industry 4.0.

Focus on sustainability and conference première in Frankfurt

Within the framework of the Texprocess Forum, Messe Frankfurt brought an offshoot of its Fashionsustain conference to Frankfurt on 14 May. Fashionsustain is part of Neonyt, an event hub specialising in sustainable fashion during the Berliner Fashion Week. The innovative conference format adds pioneering, sustainable textile innovations to the dialogue and uses synergistic effects in the sector to revolutionise processes and production flows. The superordinate question, ‘Is Sustainability the Key to Textile Innovations?,” were discussed in round table sessions with key players, such as Lenzing, Perpetual Global and Procalçado S.A. A keynote lecture by Micke Magnusson, Co-founder of the Swedish “We are Spindye’ start-up, addressed the economic need for sustainable business models and give action impulses.

Subsequently, fibre manufacturer Lenzing, embroiderymachine manufacturer Santoni and shoe-component manufacturer Procalçado S.A. presented an innovation roadshow entitled ‘The Future of Eco-Conscious Footwear Manufacturing’. The road show was supported by the Texpertise Network of Messe Frankfurt. It illustrates sustainable shoe manufacturing and shows how a sustainability revolution in the fashion and textile industry can become reality today. The panel discussion was chained by Marte Hentschel, Founder of Sourcebook, the B2B network for the fashion industry.

Additional contributions about sustainability at Texprocess Forum were given, inter alia, by GSM Global Sustainable Management GmbH on the recycling economy and its integration in the product-development process, textile manufacturer Vossen GmbH on vegan textiles and investment company Triple Tree on sustainable CSR management and audit solutions for complete transparency.

Impact 4.0: What comes after Industry 4.0? Which changes triggered by Industry 4.0 are already part of the value chain? This was the main question of the thematic block organised by the VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies association on the afternoon of 14 May and discussed in two round-table sessions by Andreas Faath, VDMA Forum Industry 4.0, Dr Yves-Simon Gloy, Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitute.V., Dr Klaus Hecker, VDMA Organic and Printed Electronics Association and spokespeople from DESMA Shoe Machinery, Efka, Frankl und Kirchner and Expert Systemtechnik.

Digitalisation, product development, quality and environmental management

The subjects selected by DTB – Dialogue Textile Apparel – for the Texprocess Forum on 15 and 16 May spotlight those parts of the textile process chain most affected by digitalisation. With Holger Knapp, CEO of the Deutscher Fachverlag publishing company in the chair, Hans-Peter Hiemer of B4B Solutions opened proceedings with a keynote address on the digital transformation of the fashion business. This was followed by a panel discussion entitled ‘Old hands, reckless young people – how to get the best from your team with 3D!’ with Professor Michael Ernst of Germany’s Niederrhein University, Dr Andreas Seidl of Human Solutions and other experts.

Thereafter, digital solutions for the fashion trade, e.g., digital showrooms and sales tools, were the focal point of contributions by MobiMedia and Assyst GmbH. Lectra discussed ways to fashion on demand, Sys-Pro looked at omni-channel solutions and Avalution GmbH at avatars in the digital development of apparel. In its contribution, the Hohenstein Testing Institute considered whether virtual prototypes are also suitable for resale products while WKS Textilveredlungs GmbH asked how quality assurance can go together with shorter lead times. Trade visitors also looked forward to contributions by PTC on product lifecycle management, by S.HE Business on ecommerce, by Spedition Barth & Co on automatic flatgoods stores, by EFIT e.V. on care labelling as a sign of quality and by zExur on qualitative colour measurement with multi-coloured textiles.

Individualisation and networked production In the panel discussion organised by the World Textile Information Network (WTiN) on 17 May, Coloreel, the winner of the 2017 Texprocess Innovation Award, introduced its revolutionary thread colouring technology, the German Institute for Textile and Fibre Research, Denkendorf, spoke about micro-factories in the textile industry, KSL discussed sewing robots and WTiN looked at the influence of Amazon on investment, patents and the future.

At Techtextil and Texprocess, the textile and apparel industries displayed their most progressive side and even in challenging times still inspired a positive mood throughout the sector as a result. Record numbers of exhibitors and the highest levels of international participation to date have once again confirmed Frankfurt as the sector’s global marketplace.

With a total of 1,818 exhibitors from 59 countries and, in all, some 47,000 trade visitors from 116 countries, the two biggest editions of Techtextil and Texprocess ever to be held, ended in Frankfurt recently. Accordingly, for four days, the Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre once again became the leading international platform for users of technical textiles from the widest variety of sectors, as well as for manufacturers of apparel, fashionwear, upholstered furniture and leather products.

“Over the last four days, Techtextil and Texprocess have brought together the entire world of textiles and their areas of application in Frankfurt. This double-barrelled trade fair had, in particular, three major things going for it: A larger number of top decision-makers, higher levels of international participation and a greater degree of satisfaction amongst exhibitors than ever before. Both exhibitors and visitors were extremely well prepared and actively took advantage of what was on offer at the two fairs, in order to drive their business forward in focussed ways,” says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

Techtextil scores highly for visitor quality and variety of users

“We were thoroughly inundated on the very first day, particularly with international visitors. On top of our already high proportion of existing customers, we got lots of new contacts during the course of the trade fair,” says Dr. Günther Gradnig, Managing Director at Sattler Pro-Tex GmbH. The response of exhibitors to the high levels of technical expertise amongst the visitors has been extremely positive. “The nice thing about Techtextil is that the visitors you meet are 100 per cent specialists. The discussions we have had have been exclusively on a technical level – and a very high level at that. At the end of the day, this provides the foundation of good business,” confirms Jörg Perwitzschky, Director of Marketing at Bayern Innovativ, speaking of visitor quality.

Performance, functionality, and smart textiles – in abundance

There was, amongst other things, strong representation at Techtextil for suppliers of fabrics for functional apparel and of smart textiles with integral lighting, heating and sensory functionality, which are used in sportswear, fashionwear, outdoor clothes and workwear. With these products, companies like Schoeller, Freudenberg, RUDOLF and Lenzing attracted designers, product managers and buyers from a host of well-known clothing manufacturers. “We had loads of people at our stand, who were looking for specific things, including many well-known brands such as Alpha Tauri, Mammut, North Face and Tommy Hilfiger,” confirms Hendrikus van Es, Head of Protection Textiles and Member of the Senior Management Team of Schoeller Textil AG. There were, moreover, numerous exhibitors for accessories and components including, for instance, international market leaders for zip fasteners, YKK. “Visitors came from all over the world, from the US, Pakistan, Asia, even Columbia. We are fantastically satisfied with the show,” says, for example, Jan Cees van Baaren, Sales Manager at YKK.

Texprocess a huge boost for the sector

“Texprocess has inspired a very positive mood amongst suppliers. The manufacturers of sewing and apparel technology and of machinery for the processing of technical textiles and leather, have been reporting a certain reluctance to invest amongst their customers, caused by, among other things, current international trade barriers,” says Elgar Straub, General Manager of the Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies (TFL) division of the VDMA (Association of German Machine and Plant Manufacturers). “We look towards the future with a great deal of positivity.”

Texprocess was also all about digital solutions for the sector – from fully networked production lines in the form of microfactories and machines capable of autonomous learning to cloud-based collaboration between designers, product developers, manufactures and retailers across national boundaries. “Digitalisation and interlinked networks in the sector are gaining traction and have now reached as far as the retail shop,” says Straub. “An effect that we summarise as Impact 4.0, the direct effects of Industry 4.0.” It is something Alexander Behm, Product Manager Technical Textiles at H Stoll AG & Co. KG also confirms, “I think that, in the not too distant future, things will go more and more in that direction and, in partnership with software suppliers and machinery manufacturers for other stages of the work, will eventually include the entire process chain.” These particular knitting machine manufacturers showcased the 3D knitting of shoe uppers in the Digital Textile Micro-Factory at Techtextil and Texprocess.

Gemini CAD Systems were manifestly delighted with their own micro-factory: “With our ‘Pixel to Product’ concept, we were able to clearly show our many visitors the benefits of made to measure garments and the end-to-end workflow to produce them. The connection to the clothing and fashion industry plays a very important role for us. That is why we will a show micro factory in July with several partners at the world‘s largest trade show for sustainable fashion, Neonyt, during Berlin Fashion Week,” says Luca Traian, CEO Gemini CAD Systems.

Textile industry and textile processers increasingly committed to sustainability

With ‘Sustainability at Techtextil and Texprocess’ both trade fairs concentrated the focus on the approaches that its exhibitors are adopting to sustainability issues. A dedicated exhibition guide took visitors straight to the relevant exhibitors. Marc W Lorch, CEO of Zwissler Holding AG: “For us, the sustainability focus at this year’s Techtextil was extremely important. We have our own Sustainability Manager, who consistently takes care of this matter and its ramifications in all areas. We not only talk about sustainability – we live it. We have been preparing ourselves for this appearance for a long time in the run up to the show and have also involved our customers and suppliers.” And, for the first time, there were, in 2019, two winners of the Techtextil Innovation Award in the sustainability category. The next Techtextil and Texprocess will take place from 4 to 7 May 2021.

Texprocess Forum: Expertise for the textileprocessing industry and trade

Digitalisation and sustainability were the dominant subjects at Texprocess Forum. Accordingly, Messe Frankfurt brought part of its Fashionsustain conference from Berlin to Frankfurt for the first time. Sustainability was the driving force for innovation, inter-connected textile processing, e-commerce and the next steps in the direction of Industry 4.0.

Focus on sustainability and conference première in Frankfurt

Within the framework of the Texprocess Forum, Messe Frankfurt brought an offshoot of its Fashionsustain conference to Frankfurt on 14 May. Fashionsustain is part of Neonyt, an event hub specialising in sustainable fashion during the Berliner Fashion Week. The innovative conference format adds pioneering, sustainable textile innovations to the dialogue and uses synergistic effects in the sector to revolutionise processes and production flows. The superordinate question, ‘Is Sustainability the Key to Textile Innovations?,” were discussed in round table sessions with key players, such as Lenzing, Perpetual Global and Procalçado S.A. A keynote lecture by Micke Magnusson, Co-founder of the Swedish “We are Spindye’ start-up, addressed the economic need for sustainable business models and give action impulses.

Subsequently, fibre manufacturer Lenzing, embroiderymachine manufacturer Santoni and shoe-component manufacturer Procalçado S.A. presented an innovation roadshow entitled ‘The Future of Eco-Conscious Footwear Manufacturing’. The road show was supported by the Texpertise Network of Messe Frankfurt. It illustrates sustainable shoe manufacturing and shows how a sustainability revolution in the fashion and textile industry can become reality today. The panel discussion was chained by Marte Hentschel, Founder of Sourcebook, the B2B network for the fashion industry.

Additional contributions about sustainability at Texprocess Forum were given, inter alia, by GSM Global Sustainable Management GmbH on the recycling economy and its integration in the product-development process, textile manufacturer Vossen GmbH on vegan textiles and investment company Triple Tree on sustainable CSR management and audit solutions for complete transparency.

Impact 4.0: What comes after Industry 4.0? Which changes triggered by Industry 4.0 are already part of the value chain? This was the main question of the thematic block organised by the VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies association on the afternoon of 14 May and discussed in two round-table sessions by Andreas Faath, VDMA Forum Industry 4.0, Dr Yves-Simon Gloy, Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitute.V., Dr Klaus Hecker, VDMA Organic and Printed Electronics Association and spokespeople from DESMA Shoe Machinery, Efka, Frankl und Kirchner and Expert Systemtechnik.

Digitalisation, product development, quality and environmental management

The subjects selected by DTB – Dialogue Textile Apparel – for the Texprocess Forum on 15 and 16 May spotlight those parts of the textile process chain most affected by digitalisation. With Holger Knapp, CEO of the Deutscher Fachverlag publishing company in the chair, Hans-Peter Hiemer of B4B Solutions opened proceedings with a keynote address on the digital transformation of the fashion business. This was followed by a panel discussion entitled ‘Old hands, reckless young people – how to get the best from your team with 3D!’ with Professor Michael Ernst of Germany’s Niederrhein University, Dr Andreas Seidl of Human Solutions and other experts.

Thereafter, digital solutions for the fashion trade, e.g., digital showrooms and sales tools, were the focal point of contributions by MobiMedia and Assyst GmbH. Lectra discussed ways to fashion on demand, Sys-Pro looked at omni-channel solutions and Avalution GmbH at avatars in the digital development of apparel. In its contribution, the Hohenstein Testing Institute considered whether virtual prototypes are also suitable for resale products while WKS Textilveredlungs GmbH asked how quality assurance can go together with shorter lead times. Trade visitors also looked forward to contributions by PTC on product lifecycle management, by S.HE Business on ecommerce, by Spedition Barth & Co on automatic flatgoods stores, by EFIT e.V. on care labelling as a sign of quality and by zExur on qualitative colour measurement with multi-coloured textiles.

Individualisation and networked production In the panel discussion organised by the World Textile Information Network (WTiN) on 17 May, Coloreel, the winner of the 2017 Texprocess Innovation Award, introduced its revolutionary thread colouring technology, the German Institute for Textile and Fibre Research, Denkendorf, spoke about micro-factories in the textile industry, KSL discussed sewing robots and WTiN looked at the influence of Amazon on investment, patents and the future.

In the next few pages we are covering the first
part of Texprocess Technology- Review. In the
next edition of Apparel Views Bangladesh, we will
be covering some of the remaining technologies
that were introduced during the show.


Fashion On Demand by Lectra

Lectra has been awarded by a jury of experts the Texprocess Innovation Award 2019 in the New Process category for its latest ground-breaking offer, Fashion On Demand by Lectra. Fashion On Demand by Lectra automates the entire personalization process, from order reception and product development to the final cutting stages. Resulting from a four-year research-and-development process, the digital solution for on-demand production was developed based on Industry 4.0 principles.

“We are very proud to receive this prestigious award at Texprocess, the biggest international event for all fashion players. Fashion On Demand by Lectra allows companies to produce personalized clothing at the same speed as ready-to-wear and avoid overstocking by producing in precise quantities,” states Holger Max-Lang, President, Northern & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Lectra.

Fashion On Demand by Lectra is available in the form of two packages, one dedicated to made to measure, with pattern adjustments, and the other to customization, with product characteristic alterations. This turnkey solution automates ondemand production right from order reception to production development stages and the cutting room. Companies can define their desired product personalization criteria for each item depending on the package, and launch production processes right from the get-go, without interfering with their standard workflows.

“This innovative cloud-based platform solution ensures efficient made-to-measure and customization production processes and facilitates nearshoring for companies that offer individualized products. This technology is up and running and can be used by the fashion industry on a plug-and-play basis,” say the jury experts. “Since 2011, the Texprocess Innovation Award has been honoring remarkable achievements and new developments in the Texprocess product range under two categories: new technology and new process. The winners are selected based on criteria such as degree of innovation, choice of materials and environmental sustainability.”


CREA Solution presents latest CAD CAM solutions

Crea Solution is the Italian leader company specialised in software, services and IT consulting that provides solutions exclusively dedicated to many industries both in production & sales areas with 2D, 3D CAD CAM auto nesting technologies, made to measure automations, PLM, and in retail with solutions for visual merchandising, pricing and e-commerce. Crea Solution provides big software projects for textile processing industries.

Crea Pattern making CAD Suite & 3D design

Create ™ is the 2D CAD for fast creating and editing patterns. It is possible to create patterns from scratch or to digitize them using the optical pen, scanner or blackboard, with of Survey ™ and Draw ™ modules. Thanks to powerful macro functions it is possible to reduce the work that once took hours in a few seconds, maintaining the same quality of the patterns. With Create you can directly import proprietary formats patterns without having to export them in DXF, with several direct importers, maintaining so all the seam information and internal extensions such as notches, buttons and holes. With Create™ many functions are done automatically to ensure rapid design and high quality of work, with the registry tools you can quickly select names and entities, quickly rename the pieces and manage the history of the patterns (opening and saving intermediate sessions, with previous work recovery). It is also easy to create size charts, generate reports and thumbnails, export to PDF, grade sizes automatically with the Expander™.

Lotta™ + V Stitcher ™

This revolutionary software transform 2D pattern model into realistic 3D clothes. It allows a reduction of time to market by 30 per cent. It boosts the production by 40 per cent cutting down prototyping and gives efficiency to all the production process.

Crea Made to Measure automation: From measurement to cut in 120 seconds

Creafit™ is actually the best automate solution to realize MTM garments that allows to have only 120 seconds from measurements of the client to fabric cut. This software platform takes in charge a MTM garment in the whole Value Chain: From order to delivery. Creafit™ is easy integrated with e-commerce or company portals.

Crea Solution works together with the biggest brands of men’s suits to achieve the same sartorial quality with an automated production. The CAD for the made-to-measure automatically creates the patterns of the garments after taking measurements at the point of sale, thanks to Crea Solution integrated platform. The artificial vision systems are able to recognize mill metrically the plaid and striped fabrics and make an optimal auto nesting taking into account defects and the condition of the fabric, guaranteeing a continuous cycle of cutting. This technology allows a time interval from taking measurements in any one is based on machine learning systems and Artificial Intelligence and is an exclusive patent of Crea Solution.


EFI launches newest version of the Optitex 2D/3D CAD platform

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) has released the newest version of the EFI Optitex 2D/3D CAD platform, creating a more powerful end-to-end digital solution. The new software version delivers key enhancements to Optitex’s industry-leading end-to-end solution capabilities for fashion, apparel and textile, including a new Print & Cut solution that enables printing of all garment patterns on a single roll.

The new software version release made its worldwide debut at Texprocess 2019.

“In order to respond to the fast pace of fashion and changing buying behaviors today, implementing end-to-end digital workflows is no longer a nice-to-have; it is survival. With this new Optitex release, full design-to production preparation can be automated, enabling customers to focus on creativity, to quicken execution, and allow for the customization required in today’s demanding market,” said Amir Lehr, General Manager, EFI Optitex.

EFI Optitex technology addresses retailers’ and brands’ urgent need to bring new products to market faster than ever before. It offers features such as advanced automation tools, including true-to-life fabric simulation, crosssize simulation and multi-colorway-multiangle rendering; new power tools to simplify complex stitching; improved grading; ease of design for bags and pockets; an expanded library of 150 commonly used fabrics; an all-in-one avatar solution; and an improved user interface.

The new Optitex version’s Print & Cut solution for complete garment printing on a single roll enables significant savings in fabric roll inventory, with typically 15-40 per cent greater efficiency compared to traditional methods. Fashion and apparel manufacturers also benefit from an improved nesting algorithm that increases fabric utilization by up to 4 per cent. The new release also enables custom views of designs for consistent and adaptable 3D sample displays for product catalogs and design review meetings, minimizing the need for physical samples and costly photo shoots across the design and production workflow.


Gerber renews entire software portfolio

Gerber showed its innovations to support on-demand bespoke design through production and solutions that can scale from small batch to mass production. The company is pioneering the end-to-end process by providing their customers with a full suite of cutting-edge solutions that increase creativity, productivity and efficiency. Being the industry pioneer and leader since 50 years, Gerber is showcasing how their end-to-end solutions passed a real world test as they reveal the Waldrip Collection. The collection was a collaboration between Gerber and designer Stephanie London. Every piece was designed, developed, and produced with Gerber’s end-to-end solutions. Several garments were produced using Gerber’s unique digital print workflow that enables bespoke garment production with speed and sustainable practices. Other pieces were produced using integrated small batch production workflows, enabling Stephanie to adapt to trends and scale production to accommodate the demands of her consumer, the company said in a statement.

Gerber exhibited the industry-leading integrated end-to-end solution on the market that seamlessly takes one from design to print to cut. It is presenting a number of their latest integrated technologies. These included the newest releases of YuniquePLM product lifecycle management software, as well as AccuMark, the industry-leading pattern design, grading, marker making and production planning software, AccuMark 3D and AccuPlan.

The company showcased how data can be passed seamlessly to the cut room to industry 4.0 enabled smart machines like the Gerberspreader XLs Series and the Gerber Paragon line of multiply Gerbercutters that can process a job with the simple scan of a barcode. In addition to their booth, Gerber is an integral contributor to the ‘Smart Textiles Micro-Factory’. The microfactory, created by Institute of Textile Technology (ITA) at RWTH Aachen University with partners from the industry, is producing a smart pillow from design through production.

“At Gerber, we have always put our customers at the centre of what we do, providing them with industry-leading, innovative solutions they need to meet today’s challenges. This year we are renewing our entire software portfolio through an aggressive product launch schedule, empowering our customers to create and produce in an instant and become a leader in innovation,” Mohit Uberoi, CEO of Gerber said.


3D Innovation Process by Assyst

3D right from the outset, across all process steps – that is the vision of Assyst GmbH, which presented its 3D innovation process at the Texprocess 2019. For the first time, 3D was used throughout the entire creation and sales process of a garment. The advantages of digitalization are more tangible than ever before – and this also convinced the jury of the Texprocess Innovation Award. Assyst, a Human Solutions Group company, has won a Texprocess Innovation Award for its 3D innovation process in the “New Process” category. The company’s end-to-end use of 3D throughout the entire creation and sales process of clothing convinced the Texprocess Innovation Award jury.

3D process for ordering

“Although 3D has been successfully introduced in recent years for product development and also in the first stores, the ordering process today often takes place only with physical samples,” says Dr. Andreas Seidl, CEO of the Human Solutions Group of companies one of which is Assyst GmbH.

“This means lots of travel for personnel, the time-consuming transport of the samples, and very often the lack of a comprehensive and realistic overview of the entire collection.” Assyst shows the possibilities digitalization through 3D opens up for the ordering process, setting new standards in this field through the use of the latest augmented reality (AR) technologies. Assyst’s 3D innovation process is digitalization live. It enables companies to make the right decisions faster and to obtain the customer’s decisive purchasing opinion at an early stage.


Pixel to Product with Gemini

After its spectacular presence at the previous edition of the fair, two years ago, Gemini took things one step further and challenges the industry to go pragmatic, to embrace the technological progress in an efficient manner, based on their immediate and direct impact on costs, production workflows, resources and outcome. With this goal, Gemini was not only an exhibitor at Texprocess 2019 but also an onsite manufacturer, as the team used the first fully operational and deployable microfactory installed in its booth to produce ready-to-wear customized garments. More than just a lecture, a computer demo or a show, the Gemini exhibition brought a proof of hands-on production as well as a visit into the tangible future of the industry.

From Pixel to Product

If mass customization is the trend, then the challenge is to produce unique garments at the cost of a series of garments. Here is the case: you only have a general design and a set of individual measurements of your customers. You need to produce for them on demand, madeto- measure customized garments, with customized digital printed parts. And you want to work fast and efficiently, to meet short deadlines, to deliver the best quality, to keep prices at a competitive level. How to do this? All these? How to transform such orders into a successful, portable business? The CEO of Gemini CAD Systems explains: “The answer is a mix of technologies and features that address each of these needs and create the automation links between them. Gemini offers such a complete solution, which seamlessly integrates our most innovative design and nesting applications, bespoke management tools, 3D simulation, cloud computing, Industry 4.0 communication. This is what its microfactory at Texprocess 2019 demonstrated in a practical manner. To transform the microfactory from a concept into a business reality, it switched from Enthusiasm to Pragmatism, and invited in this project several suppliers of technology who share the same approach and vision. Together, we it showed the first fully operational and deployable microfactory solution for producing on-demand, made-to-measure digitally printed garments,” Traian Luca says.

“Pixel to Product” is the theme of the Gemini exhibition at Texprocess 2019, indicating a complete solution that automates the entire workflow, from digital input les to ready-to-wear products. In the Gemini stand, the microfactory demonstrated all the stages of the production process, from the CAD station to sewing the garments and the preparation for delivery. The focus points of the presentations certainly be the bespoke management applications, used to customize the model as a design, measurements and graphics, as well as the new cloud nesting technology, or the new Industry 4.0 tools for communication between the CAD environment and the sewing or the ironing equipment. The microfactory is ready-tobe- deployed, a project with various and versatile applicability, able to meet one’s expectations in different apparel sectors, from sportswear to high fashion.


IMA high precision cutting and spreading solutions

Since 1977 the name IMA has been synonymous with quality and technological innovation. For 40 years our company has dedicated itself to the production of automated machinery and equipment for the garment industry. Thanks to the dedication of its personnel it has been growing each year and nowadays stand as world leader in the cutting room equipment industry. After being pioneers of digital technology with the creation of the first fulldigital spreading machine we are now pioneers of Industry 4.0 with its latest creation: “Syncro Cutting Room”.

Tempest 919.30 (High precision for small series productions)

IMA Tempest 919.30 is the solution for low thicknesses. Particularly suitable for small series productions, such as samples or prototypes, is the right answer for cutting of light fabrics, adhesives or technical materials. Up to 30 mm compressed lays. Detail of cutting head and front opening movement with access to the mechanism.

  • Cutting windows length: 145*/175** cm
  • Cutting windows width: 180/200/220
  • Cutting thickness 30 mm
  • Environment temperature 10°/50°
  • Humidity (without condense): 30-80 per cent
  • Power plant: 22 Kw
  • Average power consumption: 5,5 Kw/h
  • Pressure: 6 bar
  • Weight: 2500*/2700**Kg
  • Power supply: 400/3 – 50/60 Hz

890 PHOENIX L – Lightness in Spreading

IMA 890L is the revolutionary machine developed and realized thanks to the collaboration with one of our important customers, worldwide leader in lingerie production. IMA 890L is particularly suitable for spreading of light and delicate fabrics, such as lycra, which are really difficult to handle.

The true novelty lies in the feeding system, which always provides the most suitable fabric feeding for a precise and wrinkle free spreading. IMA890L gives you the possibility to set on the touchscreen the spreading and return speed, 30 different acceleration ramps (for spreading with and without end-catchers) for a large numbers of setting.

  • Lay thickness upto 170 mm
  • Spreading speed upto 100 mt/min
  • Capacity upto 70 kg
  • Available fabric width: 180/200/220cm
  • Roll diameter upto 500 mm
  • Progressive adjustable dancer-bar
  • Installed power: 220/380v/3, 50Hz

eurolaser presents cutting laser machine

At Texprocess, eurolaser demonstrated the numerous advantages which laser cutting offers for the textile industry. Clean cutting edges and non-contact technology are the key features. The machines are supplemented with user-friendly automation solutions and extensive software tailored to the needs of the industry.

Cutting Laser Machine 3XL-3200 – Laser processing in new dimensions!

The cutting laser machine 3XL-3200 is the “Colossus” in the eurolaser cutting series. A completely modular concept underpins its cutting laser machines, so that it can always take a flexible approach to your needs. High-quality components ensure reliability, a long working life and guarantee a positive price-performance ratio for the investment.

Laser Cutting System L-1200 – The experience of light speed!

The laser cutting and engraving system L-1200 offers unique precision and cut quality at highest cutting speeds, applicable to any material to be processed by individually choosing the right laser power. All eurolaser cutting systems are available with a laser power from 60 to 600 watt.


Zünd shows advanced digital workflows to reduce production time

The textile industry is in the midst of a digital transformation with value chains that are becoming increasingly interconnected. In this chain of digitalization, automated cutting is an important link. At Texprocess Zünd presented efficient, high-performance automated cutting workflows with state-of-the art software tools that illustrate the breadth of its digital know-how.

As in so many other industries, digitalization has long since made inroads into the textile industry. Consumers are demanding individualized offerings and flexible solutions, tailor-made clothing and furnishings to measure – all at “off-the-rack”-pricing. Design and configuration options are increasingly diverse as manufacturers become more agile and faster to cope with increasing market pressures and ever-shorter product life cycles. To accomplish this, however, manufacturers need appropriate production processes. At Texprocess, Zünd exhibited state-of-the-art digital cutting systems with comprehensive production workflows that cover everything from pattern matching to projection-supported removal of cut parts. Integrated, intelligent, digital – from start to finish.

With an advanced optical system, cutting patterned and digitally printed fabrics is just as precise and easy as cutting non-printed or solid-colored textiles. The software captures the position of the printed image as well as any material defects, reliably detects complex patterns and any material distortions that may have occurred over the entire web. When compensating for distortions, the system perfectly maintains dimensional accuracy of the cut parts and their correct position on patterned fabric. Based on reference points, the software also automatically determines the most efficient parts layout and nesting. Cutting, pattern matching, and nesting occur simultaneously to ensure uninterrupted processing. And in a final step, the removal of cut parts is visually guided with a projection system.

Digital garment manufacturing made possible with digital cutting technology

Zünd cutting systems are a key component of the integrated digital production processes being shown in several microfactories. These all-digital production lines offer garment and furniture manufacturers a perfect way to automate their production processes and at the same time optimize data flow. This results in notably higher throughput, reduced error rates and labor costs, and ultimately, significant competitive advantages. In a production line devoted to technical textiles, Zünd demonstrates integration at an even more advanced level: A Zünd S3 cutter is set up for processing rolled materials, and a robotic pick & place device removes the cut pieces and deposits them in a container which then moves on to the next station in the automated production workflow. Another production line creating fashion uses a Zünd S3 cutter equipped with the Over Cutter Camera OCC. In seconds, the system reads the register marks, retrieves the corresponding cut file, and captures the position of the printed elements in the cutting area.


Caron Italy focusing on advance technology and design

Innovation, passion and a quality product entirely designed and realized in Italy, these are the values on which is based on the exponential growth of Caron Technology, Italian company that from more than 35 years designs and produces spreading and cutting solution for flexible materials on clothing, furniture and technical fabrics sector.

“The strength of our company – explains Giulio Gallo, CEO of the company – is that we’ve never accepted compromises on quality and we’ve always put all our know-how at the service of our customers to create customized, performing and future-oriented solutions. From the beginning we’ve always lived the company as a gym for new ideas and projects, this has allowed us to be protagonists and winners of new challenges and, among other innovations, to file a patent for the automatic identification of fabric defects. We create concepts before thinking about the project.” From here it’s born Mask, the new Caron spreading solution that will be presented at Texprocess 2019. Design and technology are the protagonists of this creation, united for the first time in a new aesthetic concept that fully reflects the Italian attention to taste and beauty.”

Today, thanks to its vast of experience in the design and production of fabric spreading and cutting machines for fashion apparel, furnishing and technical textiles, Caron Technology is able to meet the most various requests of prime industries offering high quality products: That’s why it is considered to be a reliable partner at an international level for all those companies looking for customized, strong and precise solutions, with innovative systems that are able to optimize the efficiency and performance.

Its various and complete range, goes from valued Caron brand automatic spreaders up to a series of equipment made for those who want to focus on a fluid and efficient production cycle, able to guarantee speed and perfection. Thanks to these cutting edge and price competitive equipment exclusively made in Italy, the company is able to succeed on the Italian market, as well as on the most important foreign markets that actually cover 40 per cent of its turnover. Its success stems not only from a continuous research of new usages, but also from its attitude towards our customers. It is always side by side, ready to offer them both, suggestions regarding the optimization of the cutting room as well prompt maintenance assistance.


Eastman Automated and Conveyor Cutting Systems

With over 130 years of experience in the cutting room, Eastman is the premier international manufacturer of manuallyoperated cutting machines; fully automated, computerized cutting systems, material spreading equipment and design software.

Talon 25x™ Cutting System

The Eastman Talon 25x™ is engineered and manufactured in the USA to automatically pull stacked material plies from the spreading table to a modular, bristle-block conveyor bed for reciprocating knife cutting of patterns. Precise system operations with state-ofthe- art motion control communications offer an industrial-strength solution for cutting up to 3cm of compressed material goods. The Talon has been engineered to meet the demands of clients in growing market segments like industrial fabrics and composites industries; customers cutting traditional -as well as- modern technical materials like kevlar, berglass, nonwoven polyesters, foambacked vinyl and other industrial fabrics. Features: Tool Head • The Talon-25x Tool Head, patent pending • Quick change knife and sharpening disc • Reciprocating knife provides precise vertical stroke cutting • Precision knife control software ensures quality cuts from top to bottom ply • Cutting up to 1.18 in. (3 cm) of compressed material • Single coated diamond disc provides the perfect cutting edge. Sharpener can be adjusted to user dened angle • High-speed-single or dual pneumatic drills • Internal crank cooling system reduces heat and wear/tear • Easy access to knife system and assembly parts simplies daily maintenance procedures • Direct drive knife system for fewer moving parts and less wear and tear • Blade wear monitor • Control of corners to minimize fuzing

Conveyor Cutting System

The Eastman Eagle C125 conveyor system boasts supreme capabilities for single-to low-ply cutting requirements. It has the ability to continuously convey rolled material goods with consistent speed and control. Eastman’s gantry and tool head design are engineered to cut the most diverse technical and industrial fabrics available, while exceeding industry standards for accuracy. The robust conveyor design delivers unrivaled levels of material utilization and is often capable of cutting multiple layers without plastic overlay. This computer-controlled cutting system requires minimal operator guidance to automatically feed and spread material to the identified start position.

Exclusive InMotion™ software enables the conveyor to continuously move while the gantry is cutting (option) • Tremendous efficiency for pattern pieces exceeding the table length • Choice of 60 blades, punches and notches

Cutting surface: The cutting surface is a smooth and durable, highdurometer cast urethane conveyor belt suitable for even sticky or downy materials. It has proven reliable for 2,000+ hours of normal operation, with some customers testifying to more than four years of continuous use.

Material hold-down: The C125 is equipped with a self-contained, high-low vacuum system to ensure optimum material hold-down for cutting. Millions of holes are perforated in a random pattern that provides evenly dispersed vacuum low, no matter where you are cutting.

International compliance ratings: The operating computer, and control cabinet are housed in independent enclosures that are sealed to offer dust and water resistant protection in harsh or high particulate environments.

Industrial design for rigorous use

• Advanced electro-pneumatic regulator for precise tool pressure control
• Heavy-duty cable connectors • Hi/Low voltage systematic panel layout for easy troubleshooting


Serkon Makina Denim Cutting machine

The Spirit of Serkon produces technology for Cutting Rooms Made in Turkey and export it to more than 70 countries worldwide. Serkon is the Leading and sole manufacturer of CNC Cutters in Turkey. Besides CNC Cutters, Serkon has wide range of spreaders, exclusive tables, conveyor systems, CAD System, and inspection machines.

DC80 Denim Cutter

A conveyorized cutting table efficiently moves material from the spreading table to the cutter and then moves cut parts onto the bundling area.

Specification

• Conveyorized Automatic Denim & Heavy Duty Fabric Cutting Machine • Cutting height up to 70 mm compressed • Special series with Straight Toothed Rack And Pinion X and Y Axis • Direct Drive Z Axis • Accurate cutting with intelligent knife system • Monitoring of all parameters on display • User friendly keypad & reseller • Intelligent reporting system


Smarter production for cutting industry by Bullmer

Clouver from ProCom GmbH is an Industry 4.0 product for knife, laser, plasma, and waterjet cutting that makes processes more transparent and production more efficient. Clouver links production with its digital image. For example, production processes can be analyzed in detail, hidden production costs can be identified, and bottlenecks can be detected at an early stage. Clouver also provides an OEE* value, which is an indicator for detecting and correcting drops in productivity due to production performance or scrap. This solution also provides the basis for condition-based maintenance. For the machine manufacturer Bullmer GmbH (Mehrstetten/Germany), this is reason enough to offer Clouver as an option for its customers.

Evaluation specific to roles–transparency at all levels

IoT manager Ernst Schmelcher from bullmer emphasizes the advantage of role-specific Clouver evaluations, “Machine operators see the operating and maintenance status of their machine, plant managers have an overview of the entire production area from their office, and decision-makers receive reliable, compact information that helps them with strategic decisions. Everyone gets the information that they need for their work in a clearly arranged form.”

Flexible maintenance planning instead of rigid intervals

One component of Clouver that saves money is the maintenance monitor. It is the basis for demand-related service. Based on operating hours, oil levels, or other criteria, the monitor determines when the next planned maintenance should be performed. Maintenance and repairs can thus be planned more easily and inexpensively than with rigid maintenance intervals. “Usage-based maintenance helps to avoid unplanned downtime,” adds Schmelcher. Machine builders can also use Clouver to compare machines of the same type and to optimize service on the basis of a pool of experience.

Early detection of machine wear and defects

In the future, in addition to data such as cutting distance traveled, more information is used to refine condition-based maintenance. For example, the current drawn by drive motors can provide an indication of wear or imminent defects. Bullmer also wants to make wear parts management easier for end users, because Clouver data can be used to evaluate cutting processes, which enables prediction of knife wear.

Industry expert Schmelcher sees great potential in Clouver: “Clouver can provide relief to machine operators in many areas. The solution provides valuable information for increasing productivity. It could therefore give our customers a competitive advantage.”


Alpha Systems presents Automatic Lace Cutter

Since 1981, Alpha has been a leading firm in Asia for the sales & support of CAD/CAM machinery. Its sales office is located in Hong Kong with the production facility in China. Alpha Systems’ CAD/CAM division has always been able to offer the best products at affordable cost with the best after sales technical support.

Automatic Lace Cutter for lingerie industry

Fully automated, 100 per cent pair matching, no shade variation issues, accurate for every panel irrespective of width and length variations in lace, no lace wastage, less manpower and higher output. Cutting lingerie panels in lace fabric for lingerie industry is a difficult and demanding task due to the nature of lace: Its’ elasticity and variations in width, length and shade in the same roll.

Disadvantages of Conventional Manual Cutting:

In the conventional manual cutting, pair matching is a major challenge. In addition, there are problems of shade variations due to cutting the next pair in another layer. Manual cutting is often defective and involves rework and trimming. It winds up with a lot of material wastage due to end allowance and cutting allowance. The method is cumbersome, slow, and output is low. Added to the cost, is the need for consumables and more manpower.

Advantages of Alpha Lace Cutting System:

  • Its solution is an innovative machine, the Alpha Lace Cutting System, the first of its’ kind, with a laser head and a specialised software to locate the priority points for each panel for accurate cutting. With the help of a camera mounted on the head, its software takes care of these variations when cutting. There are no shade-variation issues as both pairs of a lingerie piece are cut from the same layer, side by side and pair matching is done effortlessly.
  • Range of cutting width: Lace width from 20mm to 350mm can be processed in our standard machine
  • A specialised feeder with a relaxing device feeds the lace from roll form or bale/flat form. The machine is designed in a way that the face side of the lace is always positioned towards the camera for easy identification, irrespective of the lace rolled face up or down
  • Camera positioning: As the camera is fitted to the cutting head, the positioning of cut panel is accurate every time
  • A built-in paper feeder feeds a layer of paper for better camera recognition of certain dark colours as and when necessary
  • Perfect Pair Matching: As pairs are matched in the same layer, there is no issue of shade variation
  • The Alpha Lace Cutting System: Fully automated, no wastage of expensive laces, single operator meaning less manpower, efficient, fast and higher output (800-1,200 lingerie pcs per 8 hour shift).

FKgroup presents Spreader with Cradle and Automatic conveyor cutting system

FKgroup has been a top reference company for analysis, planning and automation for the cutting room since 1961. From Bergamo, heart of “Made in Italy” textile production, to all over the world, FKgroup carries its brand name with the most eminent Italian and International brands in textile production in all its segments, from Fashion to Home Textile, and from Automotive to Composites Fabrics.

Spreader with Cradle 590 E-70

Automatic spreading machine with unique design cradle feed, with manual operation through “twist and go” handle, and automatic operation with interactive digital control, for straight and reverse rolls. Spreading planning with steps. It’s provided with “tension free” spreading control for all fabric types from Lycra to denim, from jersey to technical textiles by specific devices. • Spreading speed with short acceleration and deceleration digitally adjustable • Automatic electronic control of fabric tension • Brushless main motors and service motors asynchronous type with variable speed • 4 wheel-drive machine • Cradle with alternate belts for rolls of Ø 50cm, up to 100cm as optional, and max weight 70kg. • Cutting device with/without catcher and mobile catcher • Operator platform • Lay’s maximum height 18cm (14cm with zig- zag) • Selvage alignment with infra-red technology • Automatic stop of end fabric • Partial and total lays counter per colour • Lay thickness measured with infra-red technology

Super Jeans

Automatic conveyor cutting system specially designed for Jeans. It’s capable of accelerating working cycles through both speed and productivity, applying a mix of technical characteristics and innovative materials that enable reaching cutting performances never achieved before. Cutting head designed for cutting high lays of denim, but also suitable for other types of hard materials. • Just Cut: the simple and intuitive software makes all cutting parameters setting fast and safe • Eco Power vacuum system that guarantees considerable power saving • Patented high speed sharpening system • Mectronics Blade Sense: automatic knife deflection correction • Patented multi-type knife lubrication system (wax, silicon oil or soapy water) • Vortec: Refrigerated air blade cooling device • Patented rotating mass with cooling • Strengthened cutting head in aluminium and steel • Automatic lubrication of the blade piston • Quick Release Vacuum: System to reduce cutting window advancement time


Beginning of new era of industrial sewing with Dürkopp Adler

“With our groundbreaking new M-TYPE DELTA sewing system, we redefine industrial sewing and enable solutions that were previously unthinkable,” says Dietrich Eickhoff, CEO of the Dürkopp Adler Group, at the world premiere at the Texprocess 2019 in Frankfurt: “The sewing machine becomes an assistant, partner, helper and communicator. This is a significant difference to all previous machine concepts and offers an incredible number of new possibilities!”

The new M-TYPE DELTA sewing system is a fully digitized industrial sewing machine for materials such as leather, upholstery and technical textiles. Thomas Brinkhoff, Director of Marketing Dürkopp Adler Group, explains, “We produce the perfect seam with this machine, whatever the situation, without the need for conversion.” This is ensured by the new smart sewing kinematics, which immediately achieve the best sewing results without having to mechanically change the machine.

The training of the operator is reduced to the absolute minimum, because the machine shows the user with video support what to do and how to do it right. With sophisticated sensor technology, the M-TYPE DELTA ensures that virtually no loss of valuable materials occurs through bad stitches or missing threads.

An integrated usage- or time-controlled maintenance assistant indicates upcoming work. Service work can be documented in the machine and retrieved at any time. This reduces machine downtime to an absolute minimum.

Next level of IoT solutions

With QONDAC, the Dürkopp Adler Group presents the most efficient production optimization system for the textile industry at Texprocess. Machine and process data are the key to effectively increasing productivity and enabling new business models. The customizable network solution QONDAC captures meaningful performance data of all connected machines in real time, controls the automated setting of workstations and enables an extraordinary increase in productivity and quality in the shortest possible implementation time. It is the only provider that is able to network machines of any age or design, demonstrating this live with a digitalized production chain of sewing and welding machines from its own group of companies. What’s new is the possibility of streaming work instructions with image and video support at sewing workstations to suit the work process on the screen, while also carrying out correctness checks on the use of the right materials. Production changes are radically simplified and made safer.

Sewing Technology

In addition to the world premiere and Industry 4.0 innovations, there are of course plenty of interesting new and further developments in the sewing and welding technology of the corporate brands Dürkopp Adler, Pfaff Industrial and KSL:

In the apparel segment for the production of premium sports jackets, class 756 A will be showcased with new applications for continuous zipper processing in exchange with outer jacket breast welt pockets.

For automotive interior applications, the M-TYPE Premium range has been supplemented with 877 and 878 roller presser feet. In the shoe segment, Dürkopp Adler introduces the new class DA 888-M with slim post and new short thread trimmer. The new shoe post bed machines 1571/1574/1591 from PFAFF are equipped with electronic thread tension at the fair.

Dürkopp Adler also has a new zigzag machine in their program: The DA 525i also has an XXL hook for effective working with little bobbin change). With EASY FLEX, those attending the trade fair are presented with a concept which permits customers to easily (EASY) and flexibly (FLEX) produce pocket style kits for the PFAFF 3589 themselves, at a minimal cost.

CNC turning heads and robotic technology

The sewing expertise of PFAFF INDUSTRIAL and the handling know-how by KSL are united in this robot case study for the three key work processes (hemming, decorative stitching, attaching pockets) in the production of jeans pockets. Using the latest and most precise robot and control technology, entire processes are automated and operator interference is reduced to a minimum. New and trendsetting of this robotics case study: The placement (insertion + removal) and the automatic seam tracking (curved seam) is realized with ONE robot cell.

KSL is exhibiting two automated CNC sewing units, in the form of the KL 110 und KL 311, which have a 360° rotating sewing head for perfect seams during multi-directional sewing. The KL 110 is equipped with DACcad Professional. Using DACcad, complex seam designs can be created, machine set-up costs can be reduced, and the quality of individual material holders can be increased. The KL 311 is presented together with the novel Vision System. During the sewing process, the Intelligent Vision system compensates for tolerances which have been developed. These arise due to the shrinking of materials and tolerances, including during the punching of perforations. Specifically, the Vision system compares an image of a master example with the image of the piece mounted in the sewing template. By means of individual measurement points, the entire seam pattern is automatically corrected within the sewing programme. Process reliability is significantly increased, waste is reduced.

With the KL 500 robotic unit (with KL 558 sewing head) KSL is presenting a complete 3D sewing cell, as used in production plants for the manufacture of vehicle dashboards all over the world. Using this unit, entire dashboards are stitched with high efficiency, process reliability and repeatability. The unit includes robot, a Vision system, component holders, rotary indexing table, sewing heads (2-needle double chain stitch – special post), protective fence concept etc.


JUKI displays wide range of sewing machine

Juki will once again take part in Texprocess in Messe Frankfurt and 2019 saw its largest booth ever with more over 80 different machines on show. It segmented different machines into the follow groups allowing visitor to see them in use for practical applications.

Smart Line 2 – Workwear: The 2nd JaNets smart line exhibited the production and staffing benefits of the shop floor control system. Through JaNets you can track and monitor the entire production floor – this allows for problems to be highlighted fast and fixed faster. JaNets can use line balancing to ensure that even when there is unexpected issue the factory makes the best decision to minimize the knock on effects. Similar to the first smart line the system is used in combination with Juki digital machine but also some automatic solutions specific for the Workwear industry. All of the line solutions together display a best in class production process.

Simple Line – Polo Shirts: Juki’s new Simple Series combines the Japanese quality one expects from the name Juki but with an economical design. Its engineers have managed to remove some features seen on high-end models such at the DDL-9000C and LK-1900BN, while maintaining the highest quality seam. It has combined the new simple series machines with some others in a showcase of polo shirt production.

Apparel Line – Shirts and Workwear: Other apparel solutions not seen on the other lines were shown here on a range of applications from a newly launched straight seamer to automatic solutions that far outpace that of manual operators. With a combination of digital solutions and tried and true Juki sewing machines this line was one of the first stops for customers at the show.

Jeans Line: From functional medium weight overlocks to automatic pocket attachment machines, all the latest solutions for jeans production were seen there. Its digital MS- 1261 and MEB-3900 was present showing how fast changeovers between jeans designs can be carried out effortlessly. A handful of automatic solutions specific for jeans production also exhibited in this line. The new SIA 8 head embroidery machine created beautiful customizable designs to complement the full line of jeans solutions on show.

Sportswear, Underwear and Swimwear Line: Non-sewing solutions are becoming more and more popular in recent years. In this section of the booth, there were industry’s finest solutions for tape bonding, seam welding and hot pressing. It exhibited multiple solutions and methods within each machine type. As well as the new non-sewing solutions, there will be a section of sewing machines and dye-sublimation printers giving you a full view of the solutions possible in these production areas.


Specialised industrial sewing machines by MMS

MMS UK was established in 1994 to provide sales and service of specialised industrial sewing machines and associated products to the industry. In order to ensure that all products are of top quality and a fast and efficient service can be maintained all development and manufacturing takes place in its factory which is located in Leeds, UK. Since the company was formed it has specialised in button attachment and security. It is therefore able to offer a solution to virtually any button issue and can assist in ensuring that reliable and efficient button attachment can be achieved without the need for unreliable and slow hand sewing. Together with its highest quality TF thread in 70 shades as the ideal partner for its range of machines it is able to offer the ultimate solution to prevent button loss. Its high speed wrapping and heat fusing machines are the ultimate solution.

With the new machines packed the MMS team set off from leeds to Frankfurt for the 2019 Texprocess exhibition. Along with the lorry full of machines it hopefully set off in the 1964 mini cooper which again was to form the centre piece of the exhibition stand. Remarkably the trip went without incident although the clutch was almost nonexistent on arrival after some back street starting and stopping.

At the show, it exhibited the new MK 18 ECO which is the latest version of the proven Mk 18. With an eye on the environment and also running cost the Mk 18 has been fine tuned to reduce waste to a remarkable 8mm per button. In terms of efficiency this means that 1,000+ extra buttons can be wrapped from the standard sized cone of thread. Along with the thread saving power and air consumption have been reduced as has cycle time meaning that this machine is the most cost effective of its type to use.

Since wrapping buttons on shirts is becoming the norm and each shirt has many buttons a new level of automation is required in order to make the wrapping process cost not prohibitive on regular priced shirts.

Wrapping buttons one or two at a time is obviously not ideal therefore a new automatic feeding machine has been developed by MMS. This machine is the MK 22. Unlike any other machine the sewn buttons can be loaded into magazines which are then automatically fed through the machine where perfect operator free wrapping takes place on a continual basis. These Mk 22 machines were shown on the exhibition stand working in tandem. The operator simply feeds the shirts into each machine on a continuous basis and since it is not necessary to wait for the button to be wrapped before taking this out and loading the next the output per operator doubles over a conventional single operator / single machine set up. Of course another significant advantage of the Mk 22 is that there is no actual operator leading each button to the wrapping position and therefore quality is not determined by the level of training and competence. On the Mk 22 after a few minutes of training anyone can load the magazine and the wrapping quality is then absolutely consistent.


New range of sewing machine from PEGASUS

PEGASUS participated in a joint booth together with Brother Industries, Ltd.’ overseas sales company, Brother Internationale Industriemaschinen GmbH, and an automatic sewing unit manufacturer based in Europe, in order to develop PEGASUS’ total proposals. As per the company this participation provided a sufficient showcase of its products to users in the fastest growing markets in recent years, Turkey, Eastern Europe and North Africa, as well as in European countries, with their excellent quality and fashion sense.

FS703P-A-G2Wx460/PD23/PL/PP3A LaRgo»

The FS700P series equipped with a right and left independent differential feed adjustment mechanism Oil Barrier type, 4- needle, feed-off-the-arm, interlock stitch machine for flatseaming

  • Seaming on functional fabrics that have varying degrees of stretchability, such as mesh fabrics and stretchable fabrics that are employed for sportswear and similar garments
  • The differential feed ratio can be adjusted separately, in order to respond to operations in which the machine is used to sew right- and left-hand side fabrics that have varying degrees of stretchability such as mesh fabrics and stretchable fabrics, and/or curved lines
  • The operator can handle the right- and left-hand side fabrics easily, without worrying about the different stretchability. The LaRgo achieves uniformly and beautifully finished products, regardless of the skill of the operator. These features reduce the operator’s burden drastically, and also help increase productivity
  • Thanks to the air-controlled presser foot pressure (PP3A), the uniform and minimum possible presser foot pressure is always achieved according to the fabric and fabric weight being used
  • Thanks to the air-controlled engagement pressure of the knives, the engagement pressure is reduced, compared to conventional knives. This feature dramatically increases the durability of the knives

TML326-01X2080/Y2200 – 2-needle, post bed, double chainstitch machine *Under Development

  • 3D sewing, such as sewing interior automotive trimmings (instrument panels, door trims, seats, etc.) and sewing furniture, bags, shoes, leather products, etc.
  • Frequent replacement of the bobbin is eliminated by changing from the conventional post bed lockstitch machine to the post bed double chainstitch machine. Therefore, on this newlyintroduced post bed double chainstitch machine, continuous sewing is possible until both the needle and looper threads are used up. This feature increases production dramatically
  • Thanks to the unison feed feature (top feed, bottom feed and needle feed), this machine is suitable for sewing extra heavy weight fabrics
  • The distance from the center of the needle bar to the right side of the arm is 350 mm. The space around the arm bed is large, so handling the material is easy. This feature increases productivity.
  • Beautiful stitches without any twists are produced when this machine sews interior automotive trimmings

W562PV-05CX364BS/FT9K/Z017/Y2181 – Oil barrier type, interlock stitch machine for sewing belt loops

  • Sewing belt loops for jeans, pants, and similar garments
  • The fabric edge trimmer (FT) trims the edges of the fabric (both sides) during sewing, producing a clean finish on the edges of the fabric. Fabric scraps can be used effectively. The FT device is detachable
  • The needle bar include a special designed oil seal and bushing, exerting dramatic “Oil Barrier” effectiveness, preventing oil leakage and oil splashes
  • The needle bar stroke can be changed according to the fabric