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New vertical machine embroiders fabrics lengthwise
Nov '11
He has literally turned the traditional way of embroidering a fabric on a machine upside down. He is the inventor of a vertical computerized embroidery machine, which does the embroidery lengthwise instead of doing it more than a century old technology of widthwise.

“When each and every process of the fabric textile value-chain like weaving, processing or cutting the fabric is done lengthwise, why should embroidery be done widthwise”, asks Mr Raj Kumar – Director of Nantex Machineries Pvt Ltd, who has designed the new technology after three years of painful research.

Mr Rajkumar has over 19 years experience in the textile industry, particularly the embroidery sector. He started his career at a young age as CAD designer and his last designation was Vice-President (Product Development) at Pioneer Embroideries Ltd.

Mr Rajkumar who gave a presentation on his new invention on day-1 of the International Conference on Manmade Fibre Textiles spoke exclusively to fibre2fashion on the sidelines of the conference and shared his pains and efforts in designing the machine.

“I set up Nantex Machineries to produce various types of textile machineries. Since India does not have patents to modern embroidery textile technologies, as well as the current technology employs a lot of manpower, I dreamt of designing a textile machine through research and development, in order that buyers would not need to import them from other countries, particularly China.

“When working in the embroidery machine industry, several people whom I met, spoke of the technologies they sought in an embroidery machine like reducing manpower, embroidering the fabric lengthwise, reducing the space required by current technologies, etc.

“Now I have designed a computerized electronic embroidery machine, which can attain speeds of 350 rpm, occupies very less space and employs fewer people. Secondly, in the current technology, the embroidery is done widthwise, while the machine I have devised a machine does it lengthwise”, he informs.

He continued, “When embroidery is done lengthwise, one can incorporate numerous designs, while there are lots of limitations when embroidering widthwise. When a fashion designer uses the current embroidered designs, the designer has to design and cut the fabric lengthwise, while the embroidery is widthwise.

“The same lacuna applies to the home furnishings industry, where the embroidery needs to be done lengthwise, which is the main reason why, one does not find embroidery in home furnishings”, he explained.

“While, the conventional embroidery machine needs a height of two storeys and a big floor, this machine has a height of just seven feet nor does it need a foundation. 2-3 employees can run 10 of these machines, while the conventional machine needs 6-7 workers in a shift. For the cost of one conventional machine, an embroiderer can buy eight of my machines”, he said with conviction.

“The advantages of this new invention are that, it needs low capital investment, less labour, yarn and fabric waste is minimal. The total cost savings can amount to between 20-25 percent by investing in the embroidery machine”, he sums up by saying.

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