"Several hundred yarns can be fed from the creels during the warping process compared to only a few weft insertion yarns during weaving," explained Brian Hicks, managing director of Eltex. “In 2015 we decided to broaden our portfolio and move into multiple end application in the warp preparation in response to customer demand. It’s obviously a much different process, but we completed development in Spring 2018 and in less than a year have had better than expected demand from a diverse sub-set of markets, with a first full installation already operational at a premier UK fashion customer.”
With warping that can operate at speeds of 500 metres a minute, the yarn tension values from all yarns are continuously updated and displayed on a screen. Tension values outside the warning level are indicated both on the sensor’s LEDs and on the screen. It is possible to expand a sector of the display to have a detailed view including the position ID and the cN value for the yarns in this sector, Eltex said in a press release.
“Tension monitoring for multiple ends has been a great challenge to achieve but we’re confident the system will generate a lot of interest at ITMA 2019,” Hicks said. “Perhaps the biggest challenge of all has been getting such a comprehensive system – with a sensor for each individual yarn – down to an acceptable price for the industry, but I’m happy to say, we’re there now. The Eyetm will allow mills to greatly reduce problems, not only when warping, but also in the subsequent weaving or tufting processes.
Eltex is a member of TMAS – the textile machinery association of Sweden which will have a significant presence at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona.
"The latest technologies being developed by Eltex perfectly illustrate how Sweden’s long tradition and history of textile production are being combined with a good climate for innovation,” said TMAS secretary general Therese Premler-Andersson. “There will be many more innovations on show from our members at ITMA 2019.” (RR)
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