Machine operation gets close to ‘child’s
play’ with the Monforts Qualitex 800
Qualitex 800 control system from Monforts is available on line
to make operation of the company’s finishing machines ‘childs
Access to the internet is turning everyone into an instant
handyman and when a job around the house needs doing, YouTube is
the place to go to for demonstrations and instructions from
experts, just as Wikipedia has become the default source for
information. Previous obstacles to knowledge such as language
and access to specialist manuals are fast disappearing as a
The same instant connectivity and easy distribution of
know-how is changing the face of industrial manufacturing,
making the operation of complex machinery much simpler and
cutting down the required training periods, while at the same
time, reducing the chance of human error.
This is certainly the case with the latest Qualitex 800
control system which has been introduced by Monforts to make
operation of its finishing machines as close to ‘child’s play’
as is possible.
This highly advanced system is available for the automatic
and continuous operation of the company’s Montex stenters,
Thermex and E-Control continuous dyeing ranges, Monfortex and
Toptex shrinking systems and Eco Applicator and texCoat coating
The Qualitex 800 has all the intuitive features operators
will be familiar with from touchscreen smart phones and tablets
to make navigation extremely easy and cut down the time required
for becoming familiar with the system.
Operation is via touchscreen and wheel effect selection and
the dashboard can be individually configured to meet the exact
needs of an operator’s tasks.
All parameters for setting up a machine – the working width,
the chamber temperatures, drive selections and energy settings –
can be pre-selected to a comprehensive range of stored and
well-proven recipes specific to the weight, construction and
fibre content of the individual fabric being processed.
The machine can then be set to ‘Monformatic Mode’ to allow it
to operate automatically, based on maximized pre-set values in
respect of parameters such as machine speed, fabric dwell time
and the fixation temperature for specific finishing operations.
A series of checks and balances has been built in for both
the machine and the operator, with actual performance constantly
compared to the pre-set values and compensatory measures
introduced either automatically or by simple manual
All machine parameters are stored for further evaluation and
the creation of historic trend charts and any potential problems
are flagged up by instant alarms for later performance analysis.
If a problem occurs that is serious enough to lead to a
potential downtime in production, more help is at hand via the
Monforts Teleservice portal. With this service, companies can
enter into internet conferences with Monforts specialists in
Germany, with video, audio, chat or whiteboard problem solving
available, and all documentation in respect of operation,
maintenance and wiring diagrams can be accessed.
If necessary, the E-CAD drawings and the spare parts
catalogue can also be remotely consulted and a camera can be
called up at any time for remote visualization of the individual
machine and its parts.
The Monforts Teleservice also allows operating data to be
acquired for historic analysis and production batch comparisons,
with a nine-parameter cost breakdown allowing mills to carry out
highly accurate financial forecasting and keep a tight rein on
With the Qualitex 800 and Monforts Teleservice all data and
communication can also be accessed away from the mill too, via
common mobile devices, as components in an overall service
intended to very rapidly and efficiently turn machine operators
into experts and allow for uninterrupted, trouble-free