Swedish machinery companies see major
opportunities at Heimtextil 2020
“Heimtextil is already a huge show, having attracted
well over three thousand visitors to Frankfurt in January this
year, filling all twelve halls of the Messe Frankfurt fair
grounds,” says TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson.
“The expansion of textile technologies at next January’s
Heimtextil can only help further boost this international
community of manufacturers and suppliers for the home textiles
market at all levels, and naturally we want to be a part of it.”
TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson.
The decision by Messe Frankfurt, the
organiser of the annual Heimtextil exhibition for home textiles,
to significantly expand its focus on textile technologies in
2020, has received an extremely enthusiastic response from
members of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery manufacturers
At Heimtextil 2019, TMAS member ACG Kinna
Automatic generated a significant buzz with live demonstrations
of its new robotic pillow filling system and will provide
details of how it has been further developed over 2019, with
several commercial systems now in place.
It 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 either manual or
semi-automatic systems, resulting in significant savings in both
labour and energy for busy home textile businesses.
“We believe many visitors to Hemitextil
2020 who saw the demonstration last year will be astonished to
hear of the potential gains we are making,” says ACG Kinna CEO
Christian Moore. “The use of robotics is now standard across
many industries dealing in solid goods and the handling of soft
materials such as textiles – while a little more complex – is
ACG Kinna CEO Christian Moore.
ACG Kinna Automatic and its partners are
at stand E24 in Hall 11 at Heimtextil 2020.
Meanwhile, in the first quarter of 2020,
Automatex ES, the specialist in automated cutting, sewing and
folding equipment, is planning to launch another innovation in
advanced manufacturing for the bedding industry.
“We have developed a new fitted sheet
machine which is able to sew ninety-degree corners and the
elastics simultaneously, in a single operation,” explains the
company’s CEO Stefan Persson. “It’s a revolution for the
industry and we’re looking forward to telling visitors all about
it.” Automatex is at stand E21, also in Hall 11 at Heimtextil
Eltex managing director Brian Hicks.
Three further TMAS members will be
exhibiting for the first time at a joint stand at the show.
Central to the technologies of both IRO AB and Eltex is advanced
IRO AB has consistently introduced new
milestones in the field of yarn feeding technology for weaving
machines and at Heimtextil 2020 will be providing information on
new introductions to its product range.
These include the ZTF Zero Twist Feeder
which keeps yarns or fibre tows constantly stretched to avoid
the risks of any snarls or twisting and the ATC-W advanced
tension controller for constantly regulating weft feeders at
Eltex is achieving considerable success
with its yarn fault detection and tension monitoring systems
across a range of sectors, including the tufting of carpets and
the creeling of woven materials, but at Heimtextil 2020 the
focus will be on its advanced systems for the sewn products
sector, including the UPG-Stitch thread break sensor, which is
based on the piezoelectric principle and is suitable for all
types of yarns while being insensitive to dust, dirt and
The Eltex thread sensor is meanwhile
designed to monitor up to six intermittent running threads on
automatic sewing machines. The eyelets are scanned
electronically and it detects both broken and continuously
moving threads, allowing yarn movement to be precisely monitored
even at low yarn tension.
Svegea manager director Håkan Steene.
Svegea of Sweden now has over 60 years of
experience in exclusively designing, manufacturing and
installing bespoke bias cutting, roll slitting and rewinding and
The company’s complete Bias System
includes a tube sewing unit a bias cutter/winder for opening up
previously-formed tube material – spirally on a bias – and strip
Circular woven materials are fed to the
cutter via the revolving winder to be slit at angles, so that
both the warp and weft of the weave are skewed at specified
angles rather than just in the vertical and horizontal
directions, as is usual.
This allows the slit fabrics to drape and
form much more easily to complex shapes, with a range of
potential applications in areas such as indoor and outdoor
furniture, as well as bedding etc.
“The ability to produce tubular fabric
which is cut on the bias allows our machine to provide textiles
which not only have improved drape and elasticity properties for
complex and intricate shapes, but also eliminates unnecessary
wastage from the manufacturing process,” says Svegea managing
director Håkan Steene. “Pre-cutting the fabric to a specific
bias reduces extra handling of the fabric in further processes,
saving both production time and costs. We’re looking forward to
discussing the system’s potential in the home textiles market at
“For visitors to Heimtextil 2020, there is
much more to discover about how Swedish textile machinery
innovations can help in the production of high end fabrics for
the home and we extend a warm invitation to all to visit us at
stand E15 in Hall 11,” Therese Premler-Andersson concludes.