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Saurer's Autocoro 8 raises productivity by double-digit
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Jul '14
While the economic efficiency of conventional belt-driven rotor spinning machines has been pushed to the limit over the years, the Autocoro 8 from Schlafhorst has been surprising the industry with double-digit productivity increases for the last three years. 
 
The Autocoro 8 thus has the potential to radically alter the competitive situation in rotor spinning. Schlafhorst's Autocoro machine has dominated the market for rotor spinning machines for 35 years. However, the success of the Autocoro 8 outstrips that of its predecessors.
 
Although the latest machine generation has only been on the market for three years, Autocoro 8 spinning positions now account for 30% of all spinning positions delivered by Schlafhorst in the last ten years. "Our customers have recognised that the Autocoro 8 has shaken up the rotor spinning market," says Jan Röttgering, CEO of Schlafhorst. 
 
"Double-digit cost reductions are being achieved in many areas with the Autocoro. These are on a scale that hasn't been witnessed in the industry for decades. The Autocoro 8 is a real game-changer."
 
35 years ago, Schlafhorst's Autocoro machine revolutionised rotor spinning thanks to the complete automation of the spinning and winding process. In particular, spinning mills that produced large quantities of so-called commodity yarns took advantage of the substantially lower total cost of ownership (TCO) of the Autocoro to increase their efficiency.
 
Now the single spinning position technology marks a paradigm shift that will change the industry, for it is this innovative technology that enables the big standard yarn spinning mills above all to cut their production costs per kilogram of yarn considerably. The huge boost in productivity that the Autocoro 8 facilitates with its high rotor speeds is especially striking.
 
18% more weaving yarn at 160,000 rpm 
The Moldavian textile company Tirotex, based in Tiraspol, spins its weaving yarns on Autocoro 8 machines at a rotor speed of 160,000 rpm. This has smashed the barrier of 150,000 rpm, which was regarded as insurmountable in practice for over 20 years. Tirotex has thus achieved a productivity increase of 18% compared with the previous Autocoro 480 machine. The yarn strength and elongation are above the minimum requirements of the company's own weaving mill and below the 25% characteristic curve of Uster Statistics.
 
High-speed yarn of premium quality is the strategy with which Tirotex aims to expand further on the global market in the future. With the Autocoro 8 it is a realistic goal, because this machine is designed technically for even higher speeds than 160,000 rpm. Tirotex is developing its competitiveness in a targeted manner. The vertically integrated company is already one of the major players in Europe, with an annual production capacity of over 200 million square metres of finished materials and wovens.
 
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