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Issue No. 3/2010 e



X-Change – Package doffer with an outstanding performance spectrum Trend towards automation gains momentum SPID for linked systems Autoconer X5, V Zinser Modernisation Kit Tube feeding system CoWeFeed Corolab XQ/XF – The yarn clearing system with a future

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Customers & Markets Oerlikon Schlafhorst and Fruit of the Loom Textile SARL Melike İplik San. Ve Tic A.Ş. (Turkey)

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Technology PreciFX successful in application for S-twist yarns


Info Oerlikon Schlafhorst Customer Support Combining activities at one German plant

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To coincide with the end of 2010, we wish to update you once again. I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for the faith you have shown in us during the fiscal year that is drawing to a close. After a difficult 2009, we experienced a considerably improved economic trend. You are noticing it in the high demand for yarns and textiles, and we are seeing it in a good order intake for new machine orders and in the parts business. The reverse side of the coin shows us all, however, that it is not so easy to raise production from the low level of last year to this virtual explosion of requirements without incurring problems. In spite of extensive restructuring, we have not sacrificed flexibility. What was and still is a problem at present is the supplier market. Here we are making every effort to improve the situation further. And that’s not all. Plans are unfolding in parallel for even more efficient processes and business sequences, and our engineers are working on innovations for the future. The trends show us the way: automation, flexibility, quality and resource awareness. We are happy to take on these challenges. I wish you and your families a good start to ITMA year 2011. Gerard Küsters

Head of Oerlikon Schlafhorst


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X-Change – Package doffer with an outstanding performance spectrum Fast, flexible, smart and individually tailored The “X-Change” doffer with its futuristic design strikes one instantly as one of the key innovations on the Autoconer X5. But it isn’t just setting a trend with its external attractions; it demonstrates its true achievement potential with its outstanding functional attributes. Convincing performance spectrum… The basic data are already right. Packages with a diameter of 70 mm - 320 mm are doffed without any problems. The “X-Change” can process all common tube formats in a tube diameter range of 25 - 95 mm. Not all doffers can do that! The complexity of the doffer has been considerably reduced thanks to its single-motor drives, thereby hugely simplifying operation and maintenance.

Fast… It might be possible to say anything on paper, but at Oerlikon Schlafhorst the doffer is capable of the times and speeds indicated, even in daily operation in the winding mill (doffing time 10 seconds, travel speed 43 m/min). The doffing capacity is considerably higher compared with the preceding model. For you this means that only one doffer needs to be specified per machine in many cases to clear the packages produced (see diagram). Flexible… Capacity alone is not the crucial factor, however. On the contrary, it also offers unique flexibility thanks to many cleverly designed functional sequences. Multifunctional tube handling sounds good and it is! You can process any 5”/6” or 3”/4” package formats using one doffer without having to make any mechanical adjustments to the doffer. Here, too, this means that even if you process

tapered and cylindrical packages (in the 5”/6” format) on one machine, you only need to specify one doffer if its capacity is sufficient. Via the “teaching mode”, i.e. without any hardware layout, the doffer learns to recognise the shape and structure of the tube in one and how it must grip it. This information is then stored in the Informator. Simply by pressing a button at the Informator, you can now select at any time which of the saved tube formats is being processed at present by your winding machine. The doffer remembers and coordinates its functional sequence to the respective tube presented. In keeping with this, the new design of the superstructure means that no mechanical adjustment of the tube magazines is required if the tube format varies. Mechanical adjustments are only necessary if the tube traverse changes from 5”/6” to 3”/4”. Do you have a flexible production programme with changing lots? Here, too, the “X-Change”


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can offer you substantial support straight away. The newly configured doffing process makes automatic lot changing possible without manual winding on onto the empty tube by the operator. As soon as the machine is equipped with bobbins, the doffer commences winding on of the empty tubes from winding unit to winding unit. In this process, the yarn is presented to it from the bobbin by the gripper arm / suction tube in such a way that it only has to grip the yarn and can begin the winding on process immediately. Other doffers first have to fetch the yarn from below at each winding unit, and that takes time. Your Autoconer X5 is back in production in the minimum of time, and in the meantime your staff can be dealing with other jobs. Smart… The “X-Change” can do even more, however. Here our engineers have translated some smart ideas into sophisticated details. The first of these is the “empty tube strategy”. If there is no empty tube for the package doff about to take place, the doffer itself procures a suitable tube from the neighbouring


winding unit belonging to the lot and immediately embarks on package doffing. The waiting time for the winding unit that occurred previously (doffing only commenced after the operator had topped up the tube magazine) is thus eliminated. The extremely positive feedback on the new winding unit display was a reason for adopting this depiction for the new doffer display too. Symbols, pictograms and number codes help staff to make a targeted diagnosis. The electronics are also the same as the winding unit electronics, enabling the electronics cards to be exchanged at short notice.

Yarn feed at the suction tube for secure gripping by the doffer.

Individually tailored… The settings for the doffer parameters are entered centrally at the Informator. Your doffer can thus be adapted very swiftly and individually to your requirements: learning, saving and selecting tube formats and assigning them to the winding unit sections. The position and number of transfer tail windings can be adjusted precisely to match the tube structure and / or the downstream processing requirements. For special requirements it is even possible to place a yarn loop over the tube middle instead of the typical transfer tail, so that the yarn end is especially well covered. Exploit the performance features of the new “X-Change”. As an autonomously operating assistant it supports your staff and offers a superb opportunity to focus on automation of the process sequences precisely where manual doffing took place hitherto.

Secure tube handling, reliable package doffing.

Autoconer X5 New package doffer X-Change with increased doffer capacity Precise, individually

Autoconer 5 - limit running time

adaptable transfer tail.

Increasing package running time

Autoconer X5 - limit running time

1 Doffer is enough

r offe wd f ne o ge nta dva ity a c a Cap

2 doffers required

Everything at a glance – information on the doffer Number of winding units



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Trend towards automation gains momentum Autoconer X5, type V fully reflects the trend The automation of ring spinning machines and package winders is assuming growing importance in many regions. Even in those regions where labour costs are still low, many spinning mills are turning increasingly to modern linked systems such as the Autoconer X5, type V as a forward-looking solution. Arguments in favour of automation – operator-independent, high-quality, efficient The direct link between the ring spinning machine and the package winder already saves around 30 - 40% on staff costs (compared with RM) in practice, and this trend is rising. But apart from economic efficiency, automation offers another convincing argument - quality. The bobbins are transported contact-free, and therefore with the minimum impact on the yarn, from the ring spinning machine to the package winder. The quality of the spun yarn is fully retained. In addition, in an installation linked to the Autoconer X5 V, the yarn quality of each individual spinning unit on the ring spinning machine can be checked and safeguarded at the optimum level by the optional online spindle identification system SPID. The efficiency and safety of the flow of material and process sequence no longer depend on the operators. In automated linked systems, the bobbins are wound into packages “just in time” by direct transfer to the winding machine. These “intact” bobbins facilitate higher efficiency ratings of the package winder on account of greater readying reliability and better unwinding behaviour in the winding process. The production capacities of the spinning and winding machine are coordinated to one another in the optimum manner for greater efficiency, i.e. for more kilograms of yarn each day.

Autoconer X5, type V – the shortest route from the bobbin to the package In the new Autoconer X5, type V machine, the bobbins are supplied to the central readying station once they have been transferred by the CTS to the Caddies of the Autoconer transport system. The number of readying stations and the equipping of these with suitable yarn detachment device types are freely configurable according to the required cycle rates, materials and bobbin structures. The yarn end is deposited securely on the tube tip as a tip bunch, so that it does not get lost during transporting and the winding unit can fall back on it securely when winding on. The material flow to the winding units is demand-led, i.e. when the winding units place a request, they are supplied with the bobbins. To ensure the optimum reliability of supply, 3 reserve bobbins are always available for each winding unit. The transport system has been designed to be extremely thrifty with power (compared with the preceding model, up to 5% of energy costs can be saved). Long sections (bobbin feed, tube return) are managed using a conveyor belt system. Within the winding units and in the central machining centre, mechanical, positive conveying by means of driver plate is used. After the winding process, final treatment is carried out in the machining centre. The tube inspector takes charge of distribution: empty tubes are transferred via the CTS transfer station to the ring spinning machine, tubes with cut-off pieces of yarn are optionally fed to the tube cleaning unit, tubes with yarn remains that can be unwound are fed back into the material flow.

Clearly structured and flexible in specification – the new material flow in the Autoconer X5. BOBBIN / PIECE BOBBIN READYING Yarn seperation

Yarn search Tip bunch winding

Bobbin readying station

Readying station 2 (optional) Tube cleaning (optional)

Tube inspector




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To complement the energy-saving transport concept, the opportunity exists to utilise further energy-saving potential. If the Autoconer X5, type V machine has wound all its bobbins and the spinning machine is still engaged in production of the new take-up, the winding machine can switch to energysaving mode. This means that all belts and units that are not required enter “sleep” mode (e.g. reduction in the power take-up of the suction system). Everything is then reactivated in good time for the transfer of the new bobbins.

Plus points for the installation of a linked system with the Autoconer X5, type V:

The monitoring tasks of the operators are clearly organised and characterised by short distances. The Informator is located directly on the machining centre right next to the CTS transfer station, so the operator is only a couple of steps away from the operating terminal of the ring spinning machine and can quickly survey the production sequences and data of both machines.

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Independence from the availability of trained staff and from labour cost increases Safeguarding of yarn quality due to gentle supply to winding machine No mixing-up of lots Optimum capacity coordination between spinning and winding machine Higher efficiency rating of the ring spinning machine (with SPID) Flexible configuration of the material flow units to satisfy the requirement High cycle rates, reliable process sequences Transparency of operation, Informator as central operating terminal close to the spinning machine Energy-saving mode Online quality monitoring with SPID (optional) PreciFX (option) – unique yarn traversing facility for bobbin processing for individual package quality

Energy-saving transport system, reliable bobbin feed.

Maximum reliability in the new Transparent material flow, short distances.

central bobbin readying station.



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SPID for linked systems Autoconer X5, V Quality assurance before it is too late Trust is good, automated online control is better. Especially if it helps not only to recognise potential sources of faults but also to eliminate them early on. SPID is the (optional) online monitoring system of the Autoner X5 for linked systems, which provides targeted monitoring of the spinning quality at each individual spindle of the ring spinning machine. Spindles that produce faulty bobbins or show a decline in quality can be identified at an early stage while in operation and the cause of the fault can be eliminated in a targeted, preventive intervention. The principle is simple: when transferring the bobbins from the ring spinning machine trays to the Caddies on the Autoconer X5, type V, the built-in chip in the Caddy records the number of the spindle from which the bobbin originates. The clearer in the winding unit assigns its measured yarn quality and clearing data to this number. The operator receives the information about quality data that is outside the set limits or is deteriorating directly for the spindle responsible systematically from the Informator. Quality limits and clearing limits are entered centrally at the Informator via the integrated clearer operation prior to the start of the lot.

The effect is that fault causes can be eliminated quickly and specifically. And because the trend of all quality data is recorded continuously, preventive maintenance can even be instigated deliberately if the level drops. With SPID both the quality level and efficiency can be maintained at a significantly higher level. The ring spinning machine now produces virtually fault-free yarn quality, which can be processed smoothly, thus also maximising the efficiency rating of the package winder and further process stages. This offers an enormous advantage compared with the random sampling of the yarn data in the laboratory that is otherwise the norm. Corrective intervention is then only possible far too late, and the quality is already outside the limits. No specific allocation to the fault source that is at the root of the problem is possible, as this is not known. A tedious search is initiated, and quality declines further in the meantime.

The quality data are recorded online in the Informator Bobbins with quality infringements are removed.

and are available for evaluation.



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Zinser Modernisation Kit Tube feeding system CoWeFeed Clearly more efficiency at the CoWeMat Know-how

More safety and efficiency

CoWeFeed significantly reduces machine operating outlay and eliminates manual tube sorting into boxes. The efficiency of the machine is increased by the reliability of the system.

CoWeMat plus CoWeFeed: maximum productivity

With CoWeFeed, the empty tubes can be supplied unsorted into the feed container of the ring spinning machine. They are aligned fully automatically, taken and placed on bobbin trays, which safely transport your tubes and bobbins. Digitally controlled by means of a user-friendly graphical touch screen. With CoWeFeed, your Zinser ring spinning machine and the production factors time, space, and personnel are utilised much more efficiently. CoWeFeed is particularly attractive for long machines: here too bobbin removal and the feeding of empty tubes are easily implemented between two doffing operations, as the cycle times are very fast.

Cost reduction

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The bobbin tray conveyor belt ensures a reliable and rapid transport of tubes and bobbins The optimum CoWeMat control with graphical interface allows quick and safe operation with short training times Excellent machine availability with higher output Unsorted empty tubes are automatically taken …

Lower personnel, time, space, and material expenditure Replacement of many wear parts included, thus reduced spare part requirements in subsequent years Reduction of down times Abolition of tube boxes

…and also automatically aligned.

We offer: •

Equipping of older CoWeMat generations with bobbin tray belt and CoWeFeed for Zinser ring spinning machines 319, 319L, 320/420, 321/421 and 350/450

Your benefit: Less handling effort • •

Easy and quick handling: time-consuming sorting is dropped Less expenditure: filling and transporting tube boxes is no longer required

For quick production cycles and higher output.



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Corolab XQ/XF – the yarn clearing system with a future Simple – Compact - Precise Yarn faults are a topic that those in the textile business have lived with for generations. Possible complaints about wovens and knits arising from these can become a high cost factor for any company - costs that are a thing of the past thanks to the Corolab XQ/XF sensor system. The Corolab XQ/XF sensor system comprises digital sensor technology that is integrated into every spinning unit on the Autocoro rotor spinning machine. Current clearing information is displayed on the operating and display unit belonging to the system. Receiving the clearing settings requested individually by the user and communicating these to the individual sensors is one of the tasks of this unit. To make the settings easy and compact for the user, Oerlikon Schlafhorst has developed a matrix system for Corolab XQ/XF that can be used universally for the individual yarn clearing sections. This matrix principle is also used for classifying and displaying the yarn faults. The clearing setting and clearing result are accessible to the user at a glance. The clearing parameters can be saved easily in the article memory and are thus always available for later applications. Matrices of the Corolab XQ/XF: • • •

Short fault matrix for the areas thick places, thin places and faults appearing in bulk Long fault matrix for the areas of sliver defects and yarn count faults Foreign fibre matrix for the area of foreign fibres

Defining the clearing limits for the short fault and long fault matrices is generally based on the criteria yarn fault length [mm] and yarn diameter deviation [%], for the foreign fibre matrix on the criteria foreign fibre length [mm] and brightness deviation [%]. The level of clearing is determined precisely by activating individual matrix classes.

Short fault matrix The short fault matrix is divided into the thick place and thin place range. Cleared faults as well as faults remaining in the yarn are recorded in the individual matrix classes. Short, consecutive thick places appearing in bulk can be cleared precisely by additionally activated matrix fields. Long fault matrix The long fault matrix is divided into the areas sliver defects and yarn count faults. Sliver defects, which cause yarn faults up to 10 m in length with a positive or negative yarn diameter deviation, are detected in the ranges sliver thick and sliver thin and cleared. Yarn count faults, which cause yarn faults up to 10 m in length with a positive or negative yarn diameter deviation, are detected in the ranges yarn count thick and yarn count thin and cleared.


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Foreign fibre matrix – Corolab XF (optional) The individual class boundaries are determined specific to the user on the basis of the foreign fibre length and colour deviation. The desired level of foreign fibre clearing is set by activating individual classes. Foreign fibre appearing in bulk can also be cleared by activating within the foreign fibre matrix. The matrix technology permits the production of cleared yarns with targeted orientation to the subsequent textile process stages. Corolab XQ/XF – convincing advantages based on the matrix system: • • • • • •

Simple, accurate, can be learned quickly Matrix principle as the basis for all clearing settings Matrix grading for permanent classification of degrees of clearing High level of flexibility in adaptation to different yarn grades Saving of settings in the article memory Easy transfer of data using a USB stick

Short fault matrix.

Autocoro rotor spinning machines equipped with Corolab XQ/XF – a guarantee of quality and productivity at the highest level!

Long fault matrix.

Foreign fibre matrix.



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Customers & markets

Oerlikon Schlafhorst and Fruit of the Loom Textile SARL Quality and teamwork for a successful future

Ready-made quality textile fabrics from Belcoro yarns In 2003, Fruit of the Loom, one of the most famous producers of T-shirts worldwide, was, for the first time, awarded the Belcoro seal for the “Value Weight" T-shirt line. Belcoro is the quality seal of Oerlikon Schlafhorst for yarns and textile fabrics of highest quality only. In 2009, the fully integrated company switched its production facilities from Ireland to the newly built plant in Morocco. After an extremely short time, the Oerlikon Schlafhorst rotor spinning machines were in perfect working order. Fruit of the Loom not only focuses on the proven Belcoro spinning components, but also continues to invest successfully in the future: Fruit of the Loom has started the systematic modernisation of its Autocoro machines. 2 machines have already been equipped with the Autocoro

“Modernisation Kits Eco Package Longlife Rotor Brake MRPS” and adapter channel plate, and the order to convert two further machines has been placed. The customer’s feedback is very positive. In particular, the elongation and evenness values of the yarn have been significantly improved. Fruit of the Loom praises the much shorter maintenance times because of reduced soiling of the machines and is very satisfied with the extended maintenance intervals. Shortly after the relocation of the plant, BELCORO recertification of the “Value Weight”, “Heavy T” and "Super Premium” T-shirts and sweatshirts took place. The very good test results of the textile fabrics showed that the good cooperation extending over many years between Oerlikon Schlafhorst and Fruit of the Loom is being continued at the new production site as well.

Congratulations Fruit of the Loom on the new BELCORO seal! Handover of the Belcoro certificate The Belcoro certificate was handed over at a ceremony in the plant in Skhirat, Morocco. The entire Fruit of the Loom spinning mill team and the management as well as the Oerlikon Schlafhorst Regional Sales and Service Director Markus Wurster and the Senior Sales Manager Michael Stein attended the ceremony on site. Martin Quigley - Vice President, New Product Development and Manufacturing Quality Fruit of the Loom: “The Belcoro certification and thus the consistent striving for compliance with the Belcoro quality standard ensure that our own high quality standards are observed and that Fruit of the Loom is spinning the world’s best rotor yarns as far as quality is concerned.”

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Fruit of the Loom sets the trend In the new marketing campaign, Fruit of the Loom uses not only the logo “Fruit of the Loom” for the certificated T-shirts and sweatshirts but also the logo “Belcoro”. The slogan “Softer feel for Comfort” that is added to the Belcoro label calls attention to the soft and comfortable character of the textile fabric thanks to the use of the Belcoro yarns. Another highlight is the excellent quality when printing the Belcoro T-shirts and sweatshirts, which is valued not only by Fruit of the Loom customers worldwide. In spite of its 150-year company history, Fruit of the Loom is a company that is constantly evolving. Progress means accepting new challenges and realising these for the benefit of the company. More than 600 people are employed at the Morocco plant and each of them makes a contribution to generating an end product that meets today's quality standards. In doing so, they are supported by the Oerlikon Schlafhorst technologists in teamwork based on partnership. If you need another good reason for buying T-shirts and sweatshirts from Fruit of the Loom, here it is in one word: BELCORO!

Fruit of the Loom's new mill in Morocco.

Become a member of the Belcoro community too! Perhaps YOUR success story will feature here soon – we’d like that!

(from left to right) Fruit of the Loom Director of Textiles, Morocco, Gerard Smyth, Oerlikon Schlafhorst Unionmatex representative Emily Mertz-Seraoui and Oerlikon Schlafhorst Senior Sales Manager Michael Stein at the official handover of the Belcoro certificate in Morocco.



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A recipe for success: quality and process automation Melike İplik San. Ve Tic A.Ş. (Turkey) winds with first linked Autoconer X5 system Melike İplik San. Ve Tic A.Ş., based in Gaziantep, is a very new company that was only established in 2007. Thanks to its consistent quality orientation, however, the company has already built up an outstanding reputation for the production of chenille yarns. 12,000 tonnes of acrylic yarn are produced each year, dyed in the company’s own dye shop and 70% of this is processed directly in the weaving mill belonging to Melike. 30% of production is sold in Turkey and exported e.g. to the USA, Spain, Egypt, Germany and Greece. Each of the workforce numbering around 150 is geared consistently to the successful “Net-Quality” principle, and the entire process sequence is oriented to this too. No matter whether in regard to raw material selection, continuous quality monitoring of the entire process sequence or bringing together the machinery required for production, Melike demands the highest standards in all areas. Also included in the “Net-Quality” principle is the ongoing education and training of its staff as a basic element. Research and development as a whole is targeted to consistent, rising product quality.

From the outset, Oerlikon Schlafhorst has been the supplier of winding technology, because the package quality of the Autoconer is convincing. Up to this summer, 10 Autoconer 338, type D machines were producing the packages for inhouse downstream processing and for sale. Based on the favourable experience acquired with the Autoconer, the management of Melike decided to opt for Oerlikon Schlafhorst again in the capacity expansion planned for mid-2010, this time choosing a linked system. In June, nine brand-new Autoconer X5, type V machines were delivered to Melike. It was the first installation of this new machine type worldwide. Mill director Ergün Yilmaz justifies the decision in favour of the Autoconer X5 linked system thus: “With this highly automated system we have the opportunity to meet the demands for quality at a constantly high level even more reliably while reducing labour costs.” After the first few months in which the machines are now working in full production, the feedback on the new performance features is entirely positive: “Of particular benefit to our “Net-Quality” principle is SPID spindle identification. Quality defects at the ring spinning machine are detected at an early stage and

can be eliminated in a targeted manner. The quality monitoring is integrated directly into the process sequence.” The reconfigured material flow, the new doffer X-Change and the process details and piecing cycles, which have been optimised compared with the Autoconer 338, also increase productivity. The significantly reduced consumption of energy and resources is a convincing factor above all in the overall bill. The employees are extremely satisfied with the performance of the new linked system. They like working with the Autoconer X5, because it makes handling considerably simpler, and operation can be limited almost exclusively to monitoring functions. Investment in future-ready machine concepts such as those of Oerlikon Schlafhorst have always been the top priority for the management of Melike, because its plans for the future envisage further expansion with regard both to the production quantity and the yarn spectrum. But the strict orientation to the “Net-Quality” principle continues to apply to this, because Melike’s claim and recipe for success is to establish itself successfully with top product quality and consolidate its market position further.

Ergün Yilmaz (mill director of Melike, left) and Kemal Ay (Customer Support Oerlikon Schlafhorst, right) are very satisfied with the performance of the new Autoconer X5 linked system.


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PreciFX successful in application for S-twist yarns Bigger format – better unwinding behaviour – less handling We reported on the advantages of processing S-twist yarns with PreciFX on the Autoconer in Oerlikon Schlafhorst Express 3/2009. In this issue, we will demonstrate these advantages once again with reference to results obtained in practice.

The customer was extremely satisfied with the result. The handling times in the knitting process were dramatically reduced, as feeding of the S-twist yarn packages is no longer necessary. This means shorter downtimes for the knitting machines. And the S-twist packages run smoothly.

Increasing efficiency in the knitting mill Less handling during winding - maximised take-up speeds The challenge for the Oerlikon Schlafhorst technologists was to produce packages of the same format for customers both for S-twist and Z-twist yarns. To achieve top quality and dimensional stability of knits, the knitting machine is supplied alternately with S-twist yarns and Z-twist yarns during the knitting process in these applications. This should effectively prevent twisting and the tendency of the knit to twist.

For another customer there were two reasons why the processing of S-twist yarns was very uneconomical. •

• The problem up to now lay in the limiting of the package diameter for the S-twist yarns due to the deterioration in unwinding behaviour in larger diameter ranges. The package weight limit for S-twist yarns was 985 g compared with a weight of 1.89 kg for packages with Z-twist yarn. Thanks to the optimised package build, large-format packages for S-twist yarns with the same weight of 1.89 kg as the packages of Z-twist yarns could be produced successfully using PreciFX. 100% CO of a count of Ne 60 was processed. The following winding parameters were set: PreciFX Package Plus “PreciFX number of groove turns”: Yarn tension (Autotense FX ): Cradle contact pressure: Winding speed:

3.5gg 16 cN 30 N 1,200 m/min

First, the limited take-up speed in downstream processing of S-twist yarns on account of entanglements due to compromises in package build with the drum winding system Second, the excessive amount of handling involved including hardware exchange and the change from right-hand to left-hand winding cradle for processing S-twist yarns

PreciFX is the solution to both these problems. Due to the softwarecontrolled yarn placement and the individual parameter selection (angle of wind, edge and flank configuration, taper and position of crossing point), the package build could be designed so specifically that it proved possible for the first time with this optimised PreciFX package structure to wind the S-twist yarns even in right-hand winding (thus p-winding). The result is that these S-twist yarn packages run smoothly even at considerably increased take-up speeds of e.g. 300-400 to 900 m/min. The customer established delightedly that he has virtually limitless flexibility in the winding mill product programme, as a switch from S-twist to Z-twist yarn or vice-versa is achieved at lightning speed and without much handling effort. And productivity increased dramatically in downstream processing. These results were achieved with a wide variety of yarns e.g. CO, CO compact, modal in various count ranges.


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Oerlikon Schlafhorst Customer Support Electronic repairs and training made in Germany Our new repair shop team in Übach-Palenberg hits the ground running As reported, as part of our concentration of all high-end product lines in one central location, we have brought all repair activities for central Europe and North Africa together in Übach-Palenberg, Germany. Thanks to our proximity to development, production and the central warehouse, we achieve a higher level of availability and our pool system means that we can guarantee a swift return with the majority of PCBs.

What do we offer you? In Übach-Palenberg, specialists carry out repairs on electronic components with the aid of the latest computer programs. They also replace electronic components for all our spinning and winding machines of all product ranges and all machine generations. Our repair shop is an authorised workshop for Bonfiglioli Vectron and your authorised contact for the repair of frequency inverters. Thanks to the pool system for frequency inverters and electronic boards, a quick return delivery can be ensured. Naturally we give you a warranty on all repairs carried out.

And the reality has proved us right. In recent months we have been able to optimise and speed up our reaction times noticeably and we have processed a large number of customer orders efficiently and on time.

(from left to right), Peter Spelten, Dietmar Bovelet (Head of Repair Shop), Sebastian Thomas, Marek Krasinski.

Our repair shop team is ready to help you!


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Do you know about our Training Center in Übach-Palenberg? Optimally trained employees form the basis for the best possible operation of your installation – and thus for maximum profit. Turn your employees into experts. We pass on in-depth knowledge on how to exploit the full potential of the system, along with useful tips and ideas for working with your machines on a daily basis. A deeper understanding of the machine and its assemblies together with expert textile-technological knowledge not only guarantee you uninterrupted operation, but also ensure that your installation retains its value.

Turn your employees into experts too...

Our team offers you basic courses providing the absolutely essential basic knowledge, plus advanced training courses on individual functions and assemblies of your machines. Textile-technological seminars complete the programme, offering basic textile-technological knowledge on spinning and winding technology for the manufacture of quality packages. E-learning – a special highlight Achieving success with Konni A brand new element that we have introduced is interactive learning software for communicating initial basic knowledge about our machines. This offers your employees the opportunity to work through the course contents interactively on the computer in private study. Our mascot Konni guides you through the courses and offers tips and brief summaries. Diligent artwork and the integration of videos on how the individual assemblies work illustrate the contents. Self-testing at the end of each chapter lets your employees know how they are progressing. Each e-learning course ends with an interactive final test and the opportunity to print out a certificate if the course has been undertaken successfully. Our trainers are available to field further enquiries at any time as contact partners. We introduced this interactive e-learning software successfully for our Autoconer service staff in 2010. Any questions?

...our trainers will help you.

Ask our trainers about the new courses!

(from left to right) Bruno Panglisch (Head of Training Center), Marco Jansen, Jörg Tessmann, Christian Pospiech.


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Combining activities at one German plant Oerlikon Schlafhorst’s new head office is growing in Übach-Palenberg Oerlikon Schlafhorst is in pole position globally with its product lines for ring spinning (Zinser), package winding (Autoconer) and rotor spinning (Autocoro and BD). Hitherto the activities of our staple fibre product group were located at five plants: three in Germany, one in the Czech Republic and one in China.

Übach-Palenberg is a unit with direct communication and short command chains. This creates the conditions for optimum synergy formation and a reduction in throughput times in all sections for the benefit of our customers. You’ll find the reoriented Oerlikon Schlafhorst at:

Based on their long history, Zinser, Autoconer and Autocoro have been synonymous with three separate locations in Germany: Zinser with Ebersbach an der Fils, Autoconer with Übach-Palenberg and Autocoro with Mönchengladbach. For around two years now Oerlikon Schlafhorst has been developing, marketing and manufacturing the BD machines for the world market at the central Oerlikon plant in Suzhou, China (relocated from the Czech Republic). The company embarked on the amalgamation of the three German plants in 2009. A large part of the production capacity from Ebersbach and Mönchengladbach had already been relocated to Übach-Palenberg, and the sales-related sections have now also been on site for a short while. Oerlikon Schlafhorst is thereby creating the opportunity to combine all the development, marketing and production workforces of the Zinser, Autoconer and Autocoro product lines. This applies to new machinery and project activities as well as to original parts and service. Oerlikon Schlafhorst in

Oerlikon Schlafhorst Zweigniederlassung der Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG Carlstrasse 60, 52531 Übach-Palenberg, Germany T +49 (0) 2451 905 - 1000 F +49 (0) 2451 905 - 1001 We look forward to welcoming you to our head office soon.

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