Interview with Mr. Rolf Strebel

Mr. Rolf Strebel
Mr. Rolf Strebel
Stäubli Group
Stäubli Group

“Production units need to streamline their operations, using automated machinery to maintain repeatability & reproducibility...
Stäubli is an innovative mechatronics solutions provider with dedicated divisions in textile, robotics, and connectors. Started as a small workshop in 1892 in Horgen, Zurich, Switzerland, today the company's business portfolio cuts across with its presence is 25 countries, and agents in 50 countries; worldwide. It is one of the world's leading manufacturers of cutting edge textile machinery. Passion for quality, duly supported by the industrial experience of its leaders had been, and is, the driving force of its success, and development. A highly qualified CEO, Mr Rolf Strebel has more than 30 years of professional experience. A result focused, and effectual leader with proven abilities of keen analysis, insights, and team approach to drive organizational improvements, Mr Strebel leads the company as CEO since 2007. Acknowledged nationally for ground breaking efforts in organizational effectiveness, he is also a prolific researcher, and an expert facilitator. In a special session with Fibre2Fashion, Mr. Rolf Strebel talks about the revolutionary makeovers in the textile machinery sector, and his company's sustainability mission.

Fibre2Fashion featured an interview with you back in 2007. Mr. Rolf Strebel, we welcome this opportunity to interact with you again. To start with, Stäubli had an amazingly long journey of 120 years. Tell us about the revolutionary makeovers in the textile machinery sector during this span.

It is with pleasure that I answer your questions and would like to thank you for inviting me again to share our views with your global audience. Stäubli has indeed enjoyed a long history and has seen many industrial changes over the span of its existence. Traditional values such as providing our global customer base with innovative products and services, continuity and high quality offerings have brought about some quantum leaps and major technological breakthroughs: To name a few:
  • Offering mechanized and automated beam knotting and tying solutions for the first time some 80 years ago.
  • Bringing out new shed forming solutions with, for instance, the rotative mechanism of dobby machines some 30 years ago.
  • Guaranteeing new design opportunities with electronically controlled Jacquard machines since the eighties of last century.
  • Introducing process-controlled and fully automated drawing-in machines with our DELTA machines in 1991.
  • Offering single-end or hook control with individual stepper drives on Jacquard machines with our UNIVAL line in 1991.
  • Briefly discuss Stäubli’s automation steps for streamlining warp preparation operations in India.

    A major achievement and breakthrough in India was the introduction of the first automatic drawing-in machines during the nineties. This helped our customers to close a major gap from a fully automated process in the area of warp beam preparation with e.g. sectional or direct warping to add the automated drawing-in to avoid the manual drawing-in process. Today`s drawing-in machines with either the Delta- or Safir-lines enable 5 – 10 times the number of ends drawn compared to manual operations during the same amount of time. On top of this, our beam knotting- or leasing machines facilitate the effectiveness of weaving and warp beam design capabilities.

    “Warp preparation technology helps in improving throughput times, quality and responsiveness in cloth and fabric manufacturing.” How successful is Stäubli in this process?

    As far as India is concerned, Stäubli has already installed Drawing-in machines with the major weaving companies. The benefits of automatic drawing-in installations are not just in the area of warp preparation as you correctly point out, but also in the weaving process. The better the quality of a warp, the better the weaving efficiency will be. Stäubli offers a system whereby the drawing-in process starts from a warp beam, automatically drawing in ends into drop wires, healds and reeds with a fully automated quality control system to safeguard the proper sequence of warp patterns, colours or different yarns. Stäubli is the only company offering this fully integrated drawing-in system.

    You said Stäubli has successfully integrated drawing-in system. What point of quality management do you have to meet the growing market need?

    It is my firm belief that quality starts with the ability of Stäubli to quickly satisfy our customers` needs, their production requirements at highest efficiency rates and lowest possible cost. In this sense, the reproducibility of drawing-in and weaving applications is the key to our customers. Down times have to be kept to an absolute minimum and be supported through our global service network to help our customers with preventive maintenance schemes. Furthermore, proximity to our global customers is valued highly within our company. More than 80 % of our corporate output is managed through our own company organizations in key markets. Our customers speak with our own Stäubli personnel who is trained and well versed to help out wherever there is a need for support.
    Published on: 26/03/2012

    DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in this column are solely of the interviewee, and they do not reflect in any way the opinion of Fibre2Fashion.com.

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