TMAS: Textile Machinery Association
A focus on customer service, aligned with the drive to
constantly innovate, has long ensured that the member companies
of TMAS – the Swedish texile machinery manufacturers’
association – stay well ahead of the curve.
“All of the Swedish textile machinery companies are doing
really well in major markets such as Europe, China, India and
the USA,” says TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson.
“They are now gathering forces to prepare for the most important
show – ITMA 2019 in Barcelona in June. I expect to see new
players and partnerships as we enter the industry 4.0 era for
real. We are ready to display an even higher degree of the real
time monitoring of processes, automation, flexible customisation,
and the incorporation of robots into production lines. Our
customers expect a lot of in terms of knowledge and our ability
to customise and offer turnkey solutions.”
TMAS Secretary General, Therese Premler-Andersson.
One ACG Gruppen company moving rapidly forward with new
innovations in this area is ACG Kinna, which at ITMA 2019 will
be providing dramatic live demonstrations of its new robotic
pillow filling system. This has the ability to fill and finish
some 3,840 pillows per eight-hour shift, which is a considerable
improvement on what is currently possible with existing systems,
resulting in significant savings in both labour and energy for
busy home textile businesses.
“There has been much talk about the potential of Industry 4.0
enabled by advanced software, but I believe we are at the
forefront of pioneering it in the textile industry,” says ACG
Kinna CEO Christian Moore. “The use of robotics is now standard
across many industries dealing in solid goods, but the handling
of soft materials such as textiles is a little more complex.
Nevertheless, we have already begun commercial shipments of our
new system and we believe it will make a real splash at ITMA
“Successful Swedish brands such as IKEA and H&M ensure that
we are constantly on our toes and this latest technological
breakthrough from ACG Kinna Automatic is a good example of how
Industry 4.0 is helping our companies to further develop their
products,” adds TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson.
“The latest Eton Systems concepts for fully automated work flows
in finished garments and textile-based products are another
strong example of this.”
At ITMA 2019, Eton will be demonstrating a complete material
handling solution with advanced software providing real-time
information covering every aspect of the process.
“Our systems are a natural fit with the major Industry 4.0
networked manufacturing plants that are now being constructed
worldwide for sectors such as the garment and home textiles
manufacturing and automotive industries,” says Eton’s Sales and
Commercial Director Roger Ryrlén.
Some of the TMAS innovations to be introduced at
ITMA 2019 (clockwise from top left) – Texo AB
wide-width weaving technology, Baldwin’s new TexCoat
G4, the latest bias cutting system for technical
textiles from Svegea, Eton’s advanced material
handling solutions, the Eltex EYE yarn fault
detection system on a synthetic grass line, and
robotic handling from ACG Kinna.
“At the last ITMA in 2015 in Milan, there was much talk about
Industry 4.0 technologies but certainly from the perspective of
TMAS, ITMA 2019 will be the place for concrete solutions as to
how data and the new tools we have available can be exploited to
the full,” says Therese Premler-Andersson. “There is already
much more networking between the companies, with software very
much the enabler and common interfaces bringing ideas closer
together. We are greatly looking forward to further exchanges of
ideas when meeting with customers old and new in Barcelona.”
Members of the Textile Machinery Association of Sweden
present at ITMA 2019: ACG Kinna Automatic AB (H3 - D239),
Baldwin Technology AB (H2 - A204), Eltex of Sweden AB (H4 -
B102), ES Automatex Solution AB (H3 - C250), Eton Systems AB (H2
- A214), IRO AB (H4 - A206b), Svegea of Sweden AB (H3 - D250)
and Texo AB (H5 - A101).