Melco modular multi-head embroidery
In 2003, Melco introduced the principle of modular production
to the embroidery world and stopped to produce conventional
multi-head embroidery machines. This was the result of Melco’s
quest to offer its customers the most productive, flexible and
easy-to-use embroidery equipment. To this day, this switch to
the modular system has proven extremely successful and there are
a lot of very good reasons for it.
A modular embroidery system combines the advantages of
conventional multi-head machines with the advantages of
conventional single-head machines. This is done by connecting
between 2 and 30 single-head machines in a LAN-network and
controlling them with a single computer. This allows group
machines with one click to load the same design and setting on
all machines, just like on a conventional multi-head machine -
making set-up times as short as possible. It also allows every
machine produce independently, just like a single-head machine -
meaning that whenever one machine stops, all other is still
Apart from the significant savings in downtime, the modular
multi-head embroidery machine Melco EMT16plus brings many more
advantages to help your business succeed in today’s embroidery
market. Nowadays, order sizes are shrinking while the number of
orders is increasing and customers are expecting fast delivery
at competitive prices.
With independent machines, it is now possible to run at much
higher speeds of up to 1500 SPM because, unlike on a traditional
multi-head machine, only one hoop has to be moved. This is much
lighter and can thus be done much faster. Therefore, rather than
stopping the machiner during production, a thread or needle
break will only stop one machine - and there is a rush to fix
it, as the rest of the production is still up and running.
Augustin Dahler, Marketing at Melco stand at FESPA 2017.
It is also possible to remove a machine from a large order at
any point to use it for rush jobs or sampling - no need to turn
off any heads. The operator can have every machine produce a
different job or group them to produce large orders - thus the
production adjusts to your needs.
The modular system allows an operator to use exactly as many
machines as needed for a job. Even small orders become
profitable - no heads need to be turned off, instead, they can
run another job already. When a customer orders 6 pieces to be
produced on a conventional 4-head machine, two heads will have
to be switched off for the second production run. However, with
a modular 4-head system, the two heads can already start with
the next job-meaning you will not have to hope that your
customer places an order in multiples of your amount of heads in
order to work efficiently.