ITMA 2019: Saurer Powers Customers’ Creation Through Its Innovative Solutions


Saurer’s innovations have been the driving force behind its customers’ creations – from yarns to garments, tires and artificial turf. For Saurer, this year’s exhibition marks the beginning of a new era – the company has increased its product offering, marking further strides towards becoming a comprehensive solution provider. Saurer now offers all staple fibre spinning solutions. Saurer’s overarching mill management system ties its offerings together: it allows customers to gain a detailed overview of their operations and makes optimisation easier.

While the E³ (energy, economics and ergonomics) principle still forms the basis of its design philosophy, Saurer is now focusing on adding intelligent technology. With this, the machines’ self-learning features optimise the speed to suit the material being processed. The Saurer products within a given system can be linked, which saves on labour and makes production processes more efficient and less wasteful, with a major impact on profitability.

Data analysis made easy
Whether they are in spinning, embroidery or twisting, users can benefit from Saurer’s mill monitoring system Senses to analyse production, quality and machine data. As an added advantage, the system is also compatible with third-party machines. Users can tap new optimisation potential by controlling the production process and making it more transparent.

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Clients also have the option of linking the machines and the new laboratory equipment from Saurer Autolab series, which premieres at the exhibition, to the software platform.The powerful combination of analytical capacity gives the user a clear picture of all the processes making up their operation in real time.

Increased automation as a vital concept
As vital yarn characteristics are already determined during the preparation of the raw material, for  Saurer the goal then is to be able to control and manage the entire process, ensuring best sliver quality for the five end-spinning processes. With the addition of the new innovative Autocard and the draw frame Autodraw, the company has further extended its spinning product portfolio.

Saurer has also integrated automation technology in its embroidery machine. The new Automatic Rear Carriage adjustment helps in reducing the machine setting time while the intelligent thread watcher SmartMon drives the precise and fast detection of yarn breaks, on both shuttle and needle side, which drastically lowers mending costs.

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Sensors are fundamental to any data collection effort. Saurer’s twisting machines will also feature an integrated device that measures tension and monitors yarn twist in industrial and carpet yarn as well as tire cord and staple fibre. This innovation is unrivalled on the market.

A time for festivities
Several of Saurer product lines as well as its service offering are celebrating anniversaries. The TechnoCorder has been in existence for 20 years, the first Saurer ring spinning machine was launhed 70 years ago and the company entered the embroidery sector one-and-a-half centuries ago with a manual machine. Over the decades, Saurer has continuously adapted its products to ensure they are at the cutting edge of innovation.

Experts take the stage

  • Thomas Weide, whose subject area is Textile Technology of Spinning, is from HochschuleNiederrhein, Mönchengladbach, and will speak on “Development in modern spinning technology” (11:30 on 21 June).
  • Thomas Fröis, CEO of the start-up Textible and winner of the Futurezone Awards 2017 in the category Start-up of the Year. He will reveal how he built a successful business with his products, manufactured using shuttle embroidery (11:30 on 22 June).
  • Dr Uwe Möhring, Managing Director of the renowned TITV Greiz, the Institute for Special Textiles and Flexible Materials, will hold a presentation entitled “New opportunities with embroidery in the field of smart textiles” (16:00 on 22 June).
  • Daniel Bücher, Researcher at ITA, RWTH Aachen,will talk about “Artificial Intelligence ‒ decision systems for textile applications” (11:30 on 25 June).
  • Dr Walter Arne, Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern, and Erik Bell, ITA, RWTH Aachen, will present the latest on “Digital twins ‒how to improve package dyeing” (16:00 on 25 June).
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