Let’s stay in the finishing process.
Mr. Mestermann, company Mahlo develops and produces measurement
and control equipment for the textile and nonwoven industry. A
basic idea of Industry 4.0 is collecting and processing data for
better production results. How is Mahlo addressing this issue?
Mestermann: A new platform from Mahlo realizes these ideas of
industry 4.0 with digital technologies. In the digitization
concept for all Mahlo products, the functionalities are grouped,
optimized and standardized as "services". This results in
modular hardware and software function blocks that can also be
retrofitted. There are modules e.g. for the acquisition and
processing of measured values, for control tasks or for the
long-term archiving, data logging and analysis.
Why should manufacturers and
finishers of textile fabrics invest in your solutions?
Mestermann: Our new platform makes it easier for customers to
use data in a meaningful manner to optimize their processes.
Networking of Mahlo devices with each other and with other
systems ensures consistent data exchange and enables the
bundling of information as a basis for process improvement.
Higher machine availability through remote maintenance via
better product quality by adaptive control or flexible data
analysis as the basis for better decisions provide immediate
Rainer Mestermann, Managing Director, Mahlo.
Can you quantify the benefits,
Mestermann: One example is the control module in our weft
straighteners. Together with a renowned university, the
distortion control was revised and digitized. Optimized hardware
and software resulted in a faster and more efficient controller.
Evaluations confirmed by customers prove that the control module
regulates 20% faster and more precisely than before. Better
straightening results reduce the production of second-choice
goods and the need to pass the same fabric through the stenter
Gentlemen, thank you very much for
this discussion. More than 200 VDMA member companies will
exhibit at ITMA end of June. We are eagerly looking forward to a
fantastic and successful ITMA in Barcelona.
With more than 3,200 members based in Germany and other EU-/EFTA-countries,
VDMA is the largest network organization for mechanical
engineering in Europe. VDMA was founded in November 1892 and is
the most important voice for the mechanical engineering industry
today. It represents the issues of the mechanical and plant
engineering sector. VDMA has representative offices in Berlin
and Brussels as well as liaison offices in important foreign
markets and successfully accompanies its members in global
markets. Expertise and support concern e.g. law, taxes, markets,
economy, energy, environment, research, production,
standardization, technology policy, management competences,
benchmarks, training. In total, approximately 500 VDMA employees
work for the members worldwide. The textile machinery part of
VDMA represents some of the leading textile machine companies