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Uster presents new fabric inspection solutions at ITMA

Aug '19
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At ITMA, Uster presented new fabric inspection solutions – Uster Q-Bar 2 and Uster Fabriq Expert, to support textile mills in delivery of desired roll quality using best technology available for monitoring and improving production at earliest-possible stage. They will locate any defects quickly, identify root causes and initiate corrective action.

The expertise of EVS technology – with intelligent visual detection and fault-recognition algorithms – is now enhanced by Uster's overall experience in quality management systems for wider textile industry, said Uster in a media statement.

Uster Q-Bar 2 represents the next generation of the original on-loom monitoring and inspection system, offering user-friendly design and operational improvements for weaving. An inspiring Uster design built on years of EVS experience brings many advantages, including indication of the defect location, and better access to make maintenance tasks easier.

The Uster Q-Bar 2 is positioned immediately behind the reed on each machine – the ideal location for earliest detection of fabric defects. This means the operator can respond quickly to alarms and stop signals, to correct problems immediately and prevent quality issues from continuing, thus minimising material waste. A red LED guides the operator to the exact position of defects, and lights at the side of the unit show system status.

Fabric faults are categorised and saved, creating a 'defect map' for each roll which can be recalled and reviewed later via the intuitive touchscreen. The system reduces the need for post-weaving inspection for most applications.

The advantage of Uster Q-Bar 2 is the rapid stop of weaving when it identifies a defect – before it reaches the critical size for the subsequent processes.

Uster Fabriq Expert is the key to early detection of quality issues, based on comprehensive quality data gathered during on-loom inspection of fabrics. It provides weavers with an overview of their entire installation, via Uster Q-Bar 2 systems fitted over each machine. The quality data can be used to compare the performance of the same styles on different machines. Another benefit is an indication of when to replace spare parts, preventing faults which could occur with worn-out parts.

This knowledge is a considerable scale-up on the 'normal' weaving operator's ability to feedback observations over several looms. The whole-mill picture from Uster Fabriq Expert makes the results more representative of the true picture in the mill. It follows the Uster 'Think Quality' concept – supporting customers to make informed decisions for long-term business success through increased productive efficiency and effective quality management.

Combining the industry-leading technology of automated vision-based inspection with Uster’s unrivalled stature in quality management systems and services creates the perfect 'dream team' for fabric manufacturers. They can now have access to highly-effective automated fault detection, as well as total transparency of weaving quality performance, provided during on-loom inspection. Uster Fabric Inspection offers real benefits for weavers in terms of both customer satisfaction and their own long-term business success.

Uster is the world's leading provider of quality management solutions from fibre to fabric. It provides high-technology instruments, systems and services for quality control, prediction, certification and optimisation in the textile industry. This includes systems for quality management, laboratory testing and in-line process control for fibres, staple and filament yarns, fabric inspection as well as value-added services. (PC)

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