Victory Spinning Mills of Veppadai near Erode in South India has ordered nine more Autoconer 6 machines. A long-standing customer of Schlafhorst, the company is one of the spinning mills that have been using the new Autoconer 6 since the beginning of this year. The automatic package winder has generated such enthusiasm among the decision-makers in the expanding sales spinning mill that they have once again opted for the world's most modern automatic winding machine for the latest expansion stage. Victory Spinning Mills was established in 2003, employs 850 workers and has specialised in the production of high-quality viscose yarns for weaving and knitting. 30 % of the yarns produced are processed in the company's own weaving mill. The spinning mill manufactures 13,000 tonnes of ring yarn per year both in the form of single (Ne 20 to Ne 40) and plied (Ne 20/2 to Ne 40/2) yarns. These have been sold mainly in India to date, but now Victory Spinning Mills wants to gain a foothold in the lucrative export market, and so it has enlarged its ring spinning mill by 12,000 spindles to over 60,000 spindles in all. When it came to making the necessary adjustments to the winding capacity, the decision was a swift one.
"We're an expanding company with a clear strategy. We are updating our stock of machinery constantly, so that we always produce yarn using the latest, most efficient technology," says spinning mill director Balachandar Thanavelu. "This is why we choose the Autoconer for our winding mill." Hitherto 14 Autoconer X5 type RM machines with 70 winding units have supplied high-quality packages. At the start of the year, Schlafhorst delivered the first three Autoconer 6 type RM machines, also with 70 winding units. "Following installation, it proved to be the case that the new automatic package winder is 6 % more productive than its predecessor as well as using 8 % less energy," says co-director P.S. Sundaram. "Such an output is unsurpassed, and so we decided to use the Autoconer 6 in the new, automatic linked system also. We want the best and most innovative engineering so as to be flexibly equipped to handle all process sequences and requirements."
The innovations on the Autoconer 6 are impressive. The highlights are as follows: The new suction tube, which works with SmartCycle and the intelligent vacuum control system to increase productivity and conserve resources at the same time; a reduction in red light events, additional and repeat cycles; reduction in the vacuum from 35 to 25 hPa; and noticeable compressed air savings with the new MultiJet. There are two key reasons why the company has now decided in favour of an automatic linked system. On the one hand, the labour market in the dynamic textile region of Erode and Pallipalayam is much stretched. On the other hand, Victory Spinning Mills is keen to reduce manual material handling as a whole so as to achieve an even higher quality for export. "Packages from the Autoconer 6 are the quality benchmark across the globe," says Balachandar. "We are now ready for the global market. Together with Schlafhorst's Customer Service, which is able to support us with its textile-technological know-how in the face of all challenges, we will be successful in implementing our new export strategy."