The 2.5-millionth Autoconer winding unit
Scheibe, Expert Communication Winding, Schlafhorst Subsidiary of
Saurer Germany GmbH & Co. KG
The 2.5-millionth Autoconer winding unit was put into
operation in 2017. This record, unmatched in the sector, is
another milestone in Schlafhorst's successful company history
and shows how much trust the textile industry has in its
technological leadership. For over half a century, the German
textile machinery manufacturer has been determining the
technical and technological progress in package winding with the
The synonym for automatic package
winding for 55 years
With the mass production of the Autoconer in 1962, the era of
automatic package winding began. The sales success was
staggering. As early as the preview three years prior at the
ITMA in Milan in 1959, the revolutionary concept of the
Autoconer sparked enthusiasm among the experts in the textile
industry. Since then, the name Autoconer has been the synonym
for automatic package winding. Today, Autoconer packages are
still the global benchmark for quality and efficiency.
The history of the Autoconer is characterised by a long list
of ground-breaking inventions that have always increased
customer benefits. Every product generation of the Autoconer
exceeded the industry's expectations regarding efficiency and
technology. Revolutionary splicing technology, innovative sensor
technology and control systems, the unique FX technologies and
intelligent automation systems became state of the art, thanks
Autoconer 107 – the dawn of
The first product generation of the Autoconer
radically changed workflows in the package winding sector. In
manual winding, staff had to change the tubes and provide each
bobbin individually, find the upper and lower yarn end, knot
them together and put it in the yarn path. Moreover, the
packages had to be changed by hand. The many manual handlings in
the machine limited productivity and quality. The Autoconer 107
broke these shackles. The circular magazine with automatic
bobbin changing drastically improved its ease of use.
A mechanical yarn clearer, a knotting aggregate and
lastly the package doffer automated the winding process. The
operators were relieved of almost all manual work thanks to the
Autoconer and took on mainly supervisory functions. Automation
was the necessary prerequisite to increase productivity and
quality, as the limiting factors of staff, and therefore the
necessary manual interference, would be removed. Through this,
the package winding sector became significantly more efficient;
it was the breakthrough that changed the labour-intensive
winding process to an automatic one.
The benefits of the Autoconer 107 compared to a manual
winding machine spoke for themselves:
- The manual effort per kilogram was reduced to ¼ of the
previous expenditure that was required
- Production increased fourfold.
- The manufacturing costs per kilogram of yarn (for example
Nm 34) decreased by 40 percent.
Autoconer 138 – the invention of
The Autoconer 107 was produced for over 15 years.
Its successor, the Autoconer 138, astounded the textile world in
1976 with its separate mechanical, electric and pneumatic
functions. But the real sensation entered the market only two
years later. In 1978, the innovative splicer mechanism
revolutionized yarn joining: the splice replaced knots for the
first time. In doing so, quality for subsequent processes was
re-defined. While knots were three to four times thicker than
the yarn and often led to yarn breaks in knitting and weaving,
the splice by Schlafhorst was practically similar to the yarn.
Efficiency in processing increased considerably and the quality
of the finished articles was enormously improved.
Autoconer 238 – the
material flow revolution
In 1987, Schlafhorst brought the Autoconer 238 onto the
market, the first winding machine with single winding unit
drive. This led to increased flexibility and quality in the
spinning mills. In the 80s and 90s, the increase in
profitability in spinning mills was closely linked with the
increasing automation of the process cycles. In 1991,
Schlafhorst went on to develop the revolutionary Caddy transport
system to market readiness. Spinning mills were able to use it
to implement more efficient material flow and automatization
Autoconer 238 / Autoconer System
Autoconer 338 – the trailblazer for
innovations in textile technology
The next product generation, the Autoconer 338,
with new drives and sensors went into production in 1997, while
the starting pistol also sounded for the development of
intelligent FX technologies. This made Schlafhorst the
trailblazer for innovations in textile technology. Autotense FX,
the first online yarn tension control, is still the undisputed
industry benchmark today.
Autoconer 5 – drumless
In 2007, Schlafhorst introduced the textile
industry to the world of digital yarn displacement for
processing bobbins. The Autoconer 5 revolutionized the
production of process-optimized packages with its drumless yarn
displacement system PreciFX. Two years later, Schlafhorst was
once again at the cutting edge of the automatization trend with
the Autoconer X5. Intelligent material flow technologies, smart
package handling with the X-Change doffer and flexible process
optimisation with the Autoconer types RM, D, T and V allowed
each spinning mill to have an individual automation concept.
Autoconer 5 / Autoconer X5.
Autoconer 6 – self-optimising
and E³ certified
The next major leap came in 2015. With the Autoconer 6,
Schlafhorst presented an automatic package winder with self-optimised
process cycles. Maximum productivity, the greatest possible
energy efficiency and the absolute best quality are possible,
practically at the touch of a button. As a result, the newest
product generation is E³ certified because it gives spinning
mills the world over threefold added value in the fields of
energy, economics and ergonomics.
Success in the hotspots of
In its 55-year history, the Autoconer has always celebrated
its success at the hotspots of the textile industry. The first
Autoconer generations were primarily sold in Europe and North
America where the demand for automation of the textile industry
was already quite advanced. Today, the strongest key markets are
in Asia. Schlafhorst presented the 2.5-millionth milestone
winding unit to the Indian textile company Kanchan India Ltd at
the INDIA ITME 2016.
Commodity spinning mills and specialists across the globe are
still optimising their value chain this day with the Autoconer.
"The Autoconer shaped the industry's history", says the
Schlafhorst Product Manager responsible, Peter Gölden. "Spinning
mills have chosen an Autoconer winding unit 2.5 million times.
To grasp that in numbers: the productivity potential behind that
allows to process the production of more than 100 million ring
spinning spindles! This unique trust is a major incentive for us
to continue to sustainably shape the technical progress in the
package winding sector with pioneering innovations in future."