ITMA BARCELONA

Into the heart of the machine

A visit to the Oerlikon’s Virtual Showroom in Hall 2 is well worth making for a complete overview of the extrusion spinning process. The company’s extraordinary 3D graphics can take you right into the heart of the machine, for views it’s not even possible to achieve with the actual machine. With a 65% market share, Oerlikon Neumag is the leading global supplier of systems for BCF carpet...

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Olé to the new rag and bone men!

I’m old enough to remember the ‘rag and bone men’. In the north of England, they used to scour the streets on their horse and carts in search of old clothes. This was in the 1970s, when that region still had a very vital textile industry. As a kid I was happy to trade my family’s old cast-offs for a balloon. Now the rag and bone men are back, and in fact, can be considered ‘eco...

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Software, automation and savings

Savings in energy, water and waste – this is clearly the key theme of ITMA 2011 here in Barcelona. The BLUecoMPETENCE initiative by the textile machinery branch of Germany’s VDMA, for example, is all about ecological design and energy efficiency, and one company responding to it in a big way is Trützschler. The new Trützschler Nonwovens Streamliner drum dryer, for example, achieves much...

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Festival, football and ITMA

How does anyone ever get anything done here in Barcelona – especially at the weekend? Normal rules such as when to go to bed don’t seem to apply and there is always so much to do and see – especially with this ITMA coinciding with the weekend’s Festa de La Mercé, in honour of the city’s patron saint. Last night – along with around 70,000 other fans – I was privileged to see the...

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Doing the maths on nonwovens

In an interesting presentation at today’s Research and Education platform, Dr Simone Gramsch of the Fraunhofer Institute of Industrial Mathematics spoke of her work on the optimisation of needlepunched nonwovens. Using advanced algorithms, she and her team have developed software to calculate the ultimate positioning of needles in a needle board, based on a whole range of influential...

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Round table talks up green prospects

Perhaps you wouldn’t expect the director of materials research from US outdoor brand Patagonia to be scouring the weaving hall (Hall 4) for new engineering advances? Surely that should be left to his textile suppliers? But wait a minute, here he is at ITMA talking to around 200 delegates at a round-table discussion on sustainability organised with the help of Textile Exchange. He revealed...

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ITMA – Barcelona September 2011

ITMA Barcelona is one of the largest textile machinery exhibition in throughout the world. Held at Barcelona International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Spain, the event is aimed towards providing an entrusted podium for displaying latest innovations, products etc. of the respective sector. ITMA, the world’s largest international textile machinery, is recognised as the...

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