Picanol produces 50,000th
Sumo main motor, p. 2
Picanol at Techtextil
Mumbai 2009, p. 7
Advanced airjet technologies:
the Adaptive Relay Valve Drive
and the Airmaster, p. 8
weaving results, p. 10
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Picanol produces 50,000th Sumo main motor
Since 2000 all Picanol weaving machines
have been fitted as standard with the
Sumo main motor. The Sumo motor drives
the machine directly, without belt
transmission or clutch and brake. Its speed
is variable and is electronically set and
controlled. Automatic pickfinding and slow
motion are also driven by the same motor.
Picanol recently shipped its 50,000th Sley 3
weaving machine based on this extremely
versatile SUper MOtor. To mark the
occasion, here we take a closer look at its
All the advantages of a Switched Sumo
The Sumo motor is a Switched Reluctance N Resolver
Motor. This type of motor has wound field
coils for the stator windings, as in a DC motor.
The rotor however has no magnets or coils Imagine
attached. The rotor of the motor aligns itself as The Sumo direct drive technology swept away
soon as the opposite poles of the stator become a whole lot of difficulties and costs related to
energized. When the windings are energized in the older technology it replaced, namely the
the correct sequence full rotation of the rotor is asynchronous motor and clutch combination.
achieved. This sequence can also be reversed to
achieve motion in the opposite direction. Imagine a greatly simplified drive train,
reducing the number of gears, bearings and
Real technological breakthroughs are marked sealing rings by a factor of 40% and resulting
by substantial benefits for users and customers. in 25% lower energy consumption. Imagine
Think of the introduction of reliable jet eliminating all wearing parts in the drive train,
engines in civil aviation: this technology reducing the maintenance cost by 20 to 40% as
made it possible to reach far-away destinations there are no more V belts, timing belts, chains,
faster, cheaper, more reliably and with more friction brakes, clutches, frequency converters,
comfort. For the airliners, it greatly reduced cooling fans or auxiliary motors for slow motion
operating costs and opened up a host of new (a typical clutch-brake combination costs more
opportunities. Today, air travel is unthinkable than 1000 euros to overhaul every 5 years).
without jet aircraft.
A similar kind of breakthrough was achieved Simply set crossing times and speed
with the introduction of the Sumo direct drive changes from the display
main motor back in 2000. At first there were Imagine a machine where crossing timings are
many disbelievers, as people did not fully set from the display and where no more pulleys
understand its impact on the field of weaving. need to be changed in order to switch to another
Although it was introduced as an option by the machine speed: with the Sumo the intermediate
end of 1998, Picanol soon decided to make the gear between motor shaft and harness drive can
system standard. be disconnected while the Sumo motor slowly
turns a couple of degrees forward, changing the
crossing timing while engaging again. It takes
just 14 seconds, You may ask, how does this technological
compared with marvel function, and how exactly are these
about 20 minutes breakthroughs achieved? More than 1,400
or so with the customers have already discovered the benefits
old technology. and use them to their advantage every day. They
The same applies to also realize that their installed base of weaving
speed changes, which machines has a higher re-sale value thanks
are carried out from to the Sumo direct drive at the heart of their
the display immediately, whereas changing investment.
speed pulleys takes more than 15 minutes at
best. Furthermore, with the Sumo it is possible Even more versatility and higher
to program the speed according to the weave productivity
pattern, opening up a wide range of possibilities The Picanol weaving machines are very versatile
to improve weaving efficiency and productivity. in that many different yarn types and yarn
counts can be used. The Sumo motor further
Save thousands of euros on parts extends this versatility, making it possible to
Imagine not having to keep parts for slow continually adapt the machine speed pick by
motion, slow motion chains, pickfinding motors pick to match the strength of the filling yarn.
on the dobby or expensive frequency converters, Thanks to this system it is no longer necessary
because they are all replaced by the Sumo direct to keep the machine speed continuously low if
drive, representing several thousand euros worth there is one weaker filling yarn in the fabric.
of stock items.
On an ordinary rapier weaving machine, for
Sumo direct drive technology offers a whole instance, if a 6-color pattern contains one
range of new features and advantages, and the weaker yarn, this determines the machine speed
list is still growing as customers venture into and the other five wefts run at the speed of
new markets. the weaker yarn. With the Sumo on the other
hand, this single weft is treated gently at a
Take full advantage of electronics lower speed, and after its insertion the machine
Imagine being able to let the machine returns to full speed production. All this takes
determine its own optimum speed, depending place in just a few milliseconds. Or in terms
on insertion parameters, thus increasing your of degrees, during the 60° that the gripper is
production by at least 5% on average! Imagine outside the shed the machine speed can jump
being able to stop the machine always at the up or down by 300 rpm! In most cases the
same preset position, regardless of pattern, speed variations don’t have to be so big, so even
thanks to the Sumo actively increasing or with 25° of turn the machine is able to reach
decreasing power during stopping. This makes standard speed with 100% accuracy, digitally
starting marks easier to solve, since the stop and controlled.
start behavior of the machine is not influenced
by wearing parts such as brakes, clutches or V Furthermore, the tedious job of changing
belts. pulleys is now a thing of the
past. The motor runs from
Cut down the costs of airco slow motion to top speed by
Imagine further reducing the heat load of the simple electronic control: no
weaving room by connecting the oil circuit to a more pulleys needed! With a
water cooling unit. Thanks to the fact that the frequency inverter, the speed
lubrication oil passes through the unique double variations are limited to about
Sumo motor housing and through the dobby, 20%.
up to 60% of the heat from the machine can be
evacuated outside the weave room at low cost,
making it possible to reuse the existing airco
installations designed for older (and slower)
machines, cutting airco costs by a factor of 2.
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Less electronics maintenance
Picanol is a leader in weaving machinery
electronics. We made sure that the Sumo drive
was designed for industrial use. The Sumo easily
withstands fluctuations in supply voltage and
frequency. In fact the design itself has nothing
to do with voltage or frequency, so these cannot
have any effect on the working of the motor.
A conventional motor with frequency inverter
is controlled by the continuous opening and
No separate motors for slow motion or closing of two switches in series. If the moment
pickfinding of switching is disturbed even slightly, the
Separate hydraulic or electric motors are no switches close at the same time, causing a short
longer required for slow motion or pickfinding. circuit and making the control box burn out.
Slow motion now simply means that the main Unfortunately this is a common problem with 5
motor runs at a slow speed. There is no need frequency inverters. The Sumo on the other
to disengage clutches or gears. For pickfinding hand controls the speed by opening and closing
the motor is simply moved so the gear on the just one switch and is protected by a passive
motor shaft runs freely in the gear that drives element, a 100% short circuit-proof control.
sley and gripper, and engages only with the gear
on the cam, dobby or jacquard shaft. There is no The stator and rotor construction of the motor
reed movement, which significantly reduces the is also quite different from conventional
number of marks in the fabrics. systems, and furthermore results in safer
operation. The windings of the stator coils on
Higher fabric quality the Sumo are parallel, not overlapping as with
With the Sumo motor, a speed change is not conventional motors. With a conventional
spread over several picks, as is the case when motor, the mechanical vibrations caused by the
using a conventional motor with frequency running of the motor make the windings rub
inverter. So there is no unwanted variation in against each other. This wears out the insulation
pick density anymore. With the Sumo, a speed and leads to breakthrough. Or in other words, a
increase within a pick will never affect the conventional motor is liable to burn out.
appearance of the fabric.
Even more cost savings
No more starting marks Inverters are slow compared to the Sumo,
The Sumo also brings the era of starting marks and relatively expensive to use. An inverter
to an end. The electronic control makes it consumes about 10% more energy while it is
possible to manage the characteristics of the activated! By using the Sumo you save 10%
motor during start and stop. The conventional energy, and another 10% when comparing to a
clutch/brake system causes a rather drastic conventional motor with frequency inverter. In
transition to standard speed, due to opening all, you gain up to 20%!
and closing of the clutch or engaging the brake.
With the Sumo, there is no more clutch, no With the Sumo, it is possible to vary the speed
more brake, no more transient peaks. The stop for every pick, continuously. This doesn’t
and start are nice and smooth. cause overheating. We tested this: an OptiMax
with Sumo motor running at 400 rpm with
amplitude constantly varying between -200 and
+200 rpm every 4 picks took more than 5 hours
before its oil temperature increased by 1°C!
The Sumo motor is oil cooled, so there is no
fan causing dust to accumulate or disturbing
insertion with its airflow.
Picanol India builds up
A year and a half after being set up in permanently in India. Indeed, this initiative by
January 2008, Picanol India is now well Picanol indicates its intention to stay in India
established with three branches offering for ever! In today’s uncertain climate, customers
a comprehensive range of services to are reassured by having a local partner they can
the Indian textile industry. “I am very rely on.
happy that we have managed to build
such a solid organization and get up to In the meantime, market penetration has
full speed in the space of a year,” says improved dramatically as the Picanol India
Mr. P. Kasiviswanathan, Head of Indian team is dedicated solely to Picanol products.
Operations. India became a top market for Picanol in 2008,
thanks to the unwavering faith shown by Indian
The head office is located in Delhi, with two weavers despite the difficult economic climate.
other branches in Mumbai and Coimbatore
respectively. In addition there is a residential Technological evaluation of Picanol’s latest
service engineer covering Gujarat, with three OMNIplus 800 and OptiMax airjet and rapier
people available around the clock stationed in machines has shown beyond doubt that they are
Ahmedabad. Sales in Gujarat are handled from versatile and flexible to meet the ever-changing
Delhi. The total strength of Picanol India is 30 demand. Faced with an uncertain future in
people, all of them very experienced. Hence it is which we must expect the unexpected, this
a small but highly efficient organization. flexibility and responsiveness are all-important.
Each office is staffed by sales and service people In 2008 Picanol took orders from India
catering to the respective region and also ready for about 700 machines in spite of the
to move all over India if need be to deal with recession that started in the middle of 2008
any service calls. Picanol India additionally and continued into 2009. The Picanol
supplies GTP accessories such as heddles, India team continued its efforts with major
droppers, reeds etc. for all types of weaving groups in getting orders in 2009 as well. P.
machine. Kasiviswanathan emphasizes: “The major
positive point is that Picanol's market share has
Having a dedicated organization to serve the improved dramatically in India, both in airjet
Indian market offers many advantages for and in rapier looms. This shows continued
customers in terms of speed and quality of acceptance of our brand name in the Indian
service. Offers for spare parts are made the same textile industry, and I am very happy with
day from the Delhi office for all customers the team effort delivered by my Picanol India
in India. Also, offers for the machines are members within such a short span of time.”
issued from India now, thus ensuring greater
responsiveness to market demand. The electronic print repair team
The head office has a full electronic repair
station. Electronic prints sent for repair are taken
based on priority so that no machines are idle
due to prints.
The basic approach of the Picanol India team
is to act as a solution provider for customers,
not just selling machines. Customers for their
part are appreciative of Picanol being present
The Picanol India team on the
occasion of the ITMA Bangalore SEPtEmbEr 2009 Picanol NEWS
Picanol at techtextil mumbai
10-12 October 2009
Bombay Exhibition Center, Hall 1, booth E14
Picanol will present its latest weaving advice and installation of machines for more 7
solutions for technical fabrics at Techtextil demanding fabrics do not pose any difficulties.
in Mumbai, from 10 to 12 October 2009.
Certainly for weavers who want to get As a frontrunner in innovation when it
the most out of technical fabrics, Picanol comes to textile machinery, Picanol dedicates
weaving machines provide the platform for 30% of its product management capacity to
staying ahead. Techtextil Mumbai is a good technical textiles. An equal part of the R&D
opportunity to discover what Picanol has to effort is devoted to novelty applications.
offer specifically for this niche market. New developments that serve real customer
requirements can be brought to market very
In 1995 Picanol re-entered the specialty markets rapidly.
with a tire cord airjet weaving machine built at
Günne, Germany. This development came after In the last couple of years, Picanol has
a 10-year period of redefining Picanol's strategy developed technically advanced solutions in
based on two new technologies: airjet and fast fields such as tire cord, conveyor belts, canvas,
rapier. Between 1975 and 1985, Picanol slowly industrial glass, monofilaments, decatizing
abandoned the highly successful flying shuttle cloth, one-piece-woven airbags, awnings,
technology. spinnaker, medical textiles, coating fabrics,
high-speed leno weaving, car seats etc.
In an established market dominated by a
small number of players, a new entrant has to Picanol always pays attention to user-
formulate its own strategy. Picanol decided to friendliness and modularity, and indeed it
use its proven strengths to be successful in the pioneered the Quick-Style-Change system.
demanding field of technical textiles.
With the present OMNIplus 800 and OptiMax
Technologically, the OMNIplus 800 airjet and platforms, customers are not left floundering
the OptiMax rapier platforms are both state- when market requirements change. These
of-the-art and very recent in comparison with platforms are highly modular, so that when
competitors’ machines. Picanol also has a much e.g. jacquards are needed instead of dobbies,
more extensive customer base, as it produces this and similar retrofits can be done without
about five times more units per year than its much effort. In the latest development, a rapier
closest competitor and has been in business machine weaving leno fabrics can be converted
for over 70 years. Weavers venturing into new to standard harness movements in a matter of
markets particularly appreciate the excellent hours.
price/performance ratio for their upcoming
investments when choosing Picanol.
As for services, our local staff too are continously
trained on new developments, so that technical
Airmaster saves costs on
OMNIplus and OMNIplus 800 airjets
Compressed air accounts for a significant
share of the fabric cost on airjet machines.
AirMaster enables weavers to keep
this cost under control, with real-time
measurement and monitoring of air
consumption. AirMaster makes it possible
to fine-tune machine performance, for
AirMaster is a software module which allows air
consumption measurement as well as leakage
and clogging detection. AirMaster processes the
information from an electronic air consumption
meter. This meter is available in either an
integrated version or a stand-alone tool version.
Besides real-time air consumption measurement,
AirMaster can also carry out a testing procedure
during which all insertion elements are checked.
- Monitoring and managing of the air
- Maximum air consumption for a specific style
can be set
- Possibility to fine-tune the air consumption
- Detection of leakages or clogging, allowing
the user to carry out timely repair and avoid
AirMaster is avaible for all OMNIplus and 0,5 Nm3/h
OMNIplus 800 airjet weaving machines.
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Adaptive relay Valve Drive (ARVD):
another energy saving feature on
OMNIplus 800 airjets
Adaptive Relay Valve Drive (ARVD) At each insertion cycle, the winding timings
automatically adapts the closing timing of from the prewinder are compared with a
the relay nozzle valves to the behavior of reference value by the machine's microprocessor.
the filling yarn. Instead of applying one Since the filling insertion speed varies from one
setting for all the different picks, ARVD pick to another, it is not necessary for the relay
applies the best relay valve timing for each nozzles to blow for the same amount of time at
individual pick, thus reducing the overall each pick. Consequently, the machine adapts
air consumption. the closing timings for the relay nozzle valves
automatically. For a fast pick, the relay nozzle 9
valves do not stay open very long (yellow blocks
on the insertion graph). For a slow pick, the
relay nozzles stay open longer (yellow + black
blocks on the graph). This is done from the
second relay nozzle valve onwards. The black
area on the insertion graph shows the saving on
The decrease in air consumption reduces the
energy cost. The example shows the savings per
machine per year, depending on the reduction
gained by ARVD. Below is a graph that shows
the savings based on the following data:
- 0.0655 EUR/kWh
- 95% Overall efficiency
- 7800 working hours per year
On this graph different lines are given. Each
line represents a percentage saving on air
consumption: 8, 10, 12% etc. If we draw a
vertical line from an air consumption on the
X-axis (e.g. at 80 Nm³/h) we get an indication
of the yearly saving in euros at the point where
this vertical crosses the lines of different ARVD
percentage savings. The value of the yearly
saving in euros can be read on the Y-axis. For
example, a vertical through the 80 Nm³/h value
on the X-axis crosses the blue line (10% saving)
at the value corresponding to savings of approx.
Fewer filling stops
Because of less blowing on the filling yarn,
there are less broken picks.
An additional advantage is that the type of
filling stops changes, so that Pick Repair
Automation (PRA) has a higher success rate!
New Performance Partnership
guarantees improved weaving results
Various weavers have recently joined us in
a Performance Partnership. They achieved
a significant improvement in weaving
performance right from the start, with a
big increase in A-grade quality cloth and
improved machine efficiency. Picanol is on
the lookout for more partners.
The new partnership concept guarantees a
win-win situation for both sides. The customer
and Picanol share common goals: the customer
wants to improve his output, while Picanol
wants to ensure that the customer obtains
maximum benefit from Picanol's high quality
of design and manufacture, in order to secure
investments in Picanol machinery. To this end,
both parties take initiatives to increase the total
first-quality output of the customer's weaving
mill. A key aspect of the program is that the
results have to be measurable: the improved
performance is defined in terms of average
machine efficiency and output of A-grade fabric
per unit of time.
The new Performance Partnership concept takes
the form of a service level agreement between
a weaving mill and Picanol. The desired
outcome of the agreement is clearly defined
beforehand, and the performance-based terms
of the agreement reflect the willingness of both
customer and Picanol to meet those targets.
The agreement typically runs from one to three
months, and is supported by up to three Picanol
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Case study Improving a small group of machines
Situation: a Central American customer, Once the technician has audited the condition
running more than 100 OMNI and OMNIplus of the machines and captured the situation in
machines, weaving denim at 700 rpm. In clear data, he can make the first improvements
close cooperation with the customer, we were on a small group of machines. After two
able to raise the efficiency by 5% and the weeks the new situation is evaluated and the
amount of A-grade by 22%. This was achieved results are compared with the target figures.
by first carrying out an extensive audit on a Adjustments may be necessary at this stage
limited number of machines, which took two to ensure that all subsequent targets are met 11
weeks. Armed with the results of this audit, according to schedule.
we starting working on a limited number of
machines over a period of one month, proving Extending the improvements to all
our ability to raise the quality and quantity of machines
the output. Once this was successful, in close Upgrading the overall situation in the weaving
cooperation with the customer we drew up an mill starts with a roll-out of improvement
action plan for applying the program to the actions on all machines. In this phase the
entire mill. Picanol technicians focus on training the
operators: the Picanol support for weaving mill
We then started an extensive training program personnel is vital, to ensure that the improved
for all people in the mill, in which the mill results are sustainable. At a later stage,
personnel learned to implement the Picanol improvements can be made to the organization
improvements on all the machines. This took of the mill.
about another month.
Final evaluation and follow-up
This all-in approach resulted in a weekly benefit After implementing all improvements over
for the customer of more than USD160,000. the whole mill, the final situation is evaluated
The payback period was less than one month! and compared with the targets. To ensure that
the improvements are sustained over time a
How we do it concluding visit is planned two months after
Capturing the needs of the customer the final evaluation. A report is submitted to
During the first phase, the Picanol people the customer, including the final figures, the
set out to capture the needs of the customer, conclusions of the performance partnership and
in order to focus on the areas that bring the an overview of further improvements that may
most benefit. The most crucial step in the be possible.
service partnership is to estimate the possible
improvements. This is done by an experienced
Picanol technician, based on data collected
during an audit and on the experience of the
auditor. The result of the audit is a brief report
covering the condition of the mill and of
the machines, an overview of the parameters
measured, an estimate of the possibilities
for improvement (which are the base for the
performance-based terms of the agreement) and
a proposal for an action plan.
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your spare parts business
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Busy managing parts lists and sending orders,
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More modular systems on
OptiMax flexible rapier machines
OptiMax, the most advanced flexible
rapier machine, is built to a modular
design. This means that functional groups
on the machine are strictly separate,
electrically and mechanically. One
functional group can be swapped for
another without having to drill holes or
rewire the machine. For the weaver this
makes it easy to change functional groups,
for example from dobby to jacquard or
from single beam to split beam. Such
changes may be necessary to cope with
sudden changes in demand.
For high-speed leno weaving the OptiMax This comes in very handy as many weavers do
weaving machine can be equipped with not use the high-speed leno system all the year
an Optileno module. To convert it to e.g. round. The older leno system, based on leno
cambox operation, the module as a whole is heddles, is also very easy to change, but lacks
removed and can be stored for later use. The the high-speed potential of the Optileno. In
conversion takes about 4 hours. The same time the past, some weavers have refused leno orders
is needed to put the Optileno module back into because the production speed was less than half
operation. that of their other style. Not any longer with
Optileno! Optileno is mainly used to produce
open fabrics made of multifilament, PP tape,
monofilament or glass fiber.
Picanol delivered the first modular Optileno
installation for fine E-glass styling, ranging
from 34 to 300 Tex. The module can be stored
with the warp ends still drawn in the module
for faster start-ups.
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Conversion to light rapiers
‘Conversion to light rapiers’ is a WeaveUp Advantages
Value Pack for GTM, GTXplus, Gamma • Thanks to their simplicity in construction
and GamMax rapier weaving machines. and operation these grippers require no
It allows problem-free conversion from settings, fewer parts and are less expensive
existing to light grippers. The light rapiers than the previous ones.
can be used for practically all types of • Less weight (15%), resulting in less wear and
filling. The Conversion to light rapiers kit tear on all the drive components.
is complete: it contains a set of grippers • Smaller in size than the previous grippers,
and tapes, drive wheels, openers and allowing smaller shed size.
slide. • Due to the unique construction of the left
hand gripper, the filling entry is smooth and
simple, requiring less filling tension.
• The filling clamping zone is small, super-
polished and thus very effective for the
majority of filling types.
• Excellent proven performance.
New, light rapier head:
new design, smaller, lighter,
special surface treatment
Standard rapier head
New, light rapier head:
new design, smaller, lighter,
special surface treatment
Standard rapier head
The Nile Linen Group - Egypt
Nile Linen is a fully vertically integrated
textile mill, from yarn to finished shop-
ready product, specialized in household
textiles. As such it is a leading exporter of
bed and table linen fabrics. This relatively
young company was founded in 1996 by
Said Ahmed, who started as a trader in
textile goods. He was very successful and
decided to start producing his own fabrics
instead of buying them in.
Nile Linen is located in the Ameriyah Free
Zone, near Alexandria, which means that its
activities are 100% export-oriented. It has
more than 80,000 square meters of production
facilities including weaving preparation,
weaving, finishing and dyeing, confection and
packing. About 1200 employees ensure an supplies two main market segments, namely
output of more than 100,000 running meters the hospitality market, where its products go
daily which go directly to the customers’ to 5-star hotels, and the retail market, where it
shelves. Under the company’s expansion plans supplies major department stores.
the annual production will be increased from
the current 24 million running meters to 30 In the weave shed there are 230 weaving
million. machines (all Picanol) producing top quality
household fabrics. Nile Linen and Picanol go
The new generation of Mr. Said’s family is set back a long way, and the company now has
to assure a successful and sustainable future for a large variety of Picanol weaving machines,
Nile Linen: with his son Ashraf Said Ahmed in ranging from Gamma to GamMax. It recently
charge of sales the company is gaining market re-confirmed a new order for 18 Optimax rapier
share, and helped by a young and aggressive weaving machines equipped with electronic
team it is enjoying year-on-year growth of jacquard. The airjet weaving section is equipped
20-25%. with the latest OMNIplus 800 machines.
A wide range of counts is used, from coarse to Picanol is honored to be the preferred supplier
fine threads up to Ne 100/1, both in warp and of Nile Linen, the largest private producer of
in weft. Egyptian long staple cotton, sometimes household fabrics in Africa and Europe.
in combination with polyester, delivers the
kinds of fabrics preferred by luxury and
up-market brands around the world. Nile Linen
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allow highest weaving speeds on narrow widths
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performance out of your loom in a cost-efficient
matter. With more than 2000 valued customers
around the globe and sales & service offices in
the biggest textile markets worldwide, GTP
proves to be a true partner. You can find the
GTP representative near you on
www.globaltextilepartner.com or contact us at
Fabrica da Pedra S/A - Brazil
Da Pedra’s Executive Director, Mr. Joaquim Lyra
When Europe was on the verge of the first expanded over the years and now disposes of
world war, in 1914, a textile mill called one of the most performing vertically integrated
Cia. Agro Fabril Mercantil was founded at textile chains in Brazil: from bale opening to
the other side of the Ocean. It was located finishing and confection.
in the first industrial zone of the Brazilian
Northeast, in the arid region of Alagoas. Today some 22.800.000 m² of high end fabric is
The company’s first spools came from produced each year – a line of products totally
Finland and its raw material - cotton - from adapted to the needs of the bed linen, tablecloth
Egypt. Later on, the plant started to use and shirts manufacturing industry. The finished
locally produced Seridó cotton. products find their way to luxury home deco
stores, not only in Brazil but also all over
With the expansion of the company, the Mercosur and Europe.
small and quiet village of Pedra became more
prosperous. Telegraph stations were installed, One of the secrets for this success is the constant
runways built, and the first cars appeared. quest of da Pedra for quality on all levels and
During its first year, the company employed stages. As such, the company holds the
over 800 men and women and produced a daily ISO 9002 certificate and has a quality audit
output of over 2,000 bobbins of threads for team continuously working on opportunities for
sewing, lacework and embroidery. Gradually it improvement: personnel training, qualification
increased its production and started supplying & motivation, certification of suppliers, cost
the Latin American markets, including evaluation of non-conformity, process control,
Argentina, Chile and Peru. etc.
In 1992, the Carlos Lyra Group became Picanol is proud to take the weaving part in
the major shareholder of this textile plant this textile production chain for its account.
facility. Dr. Carlos Lyra renamed the company 55 Picanol OMNIplus 800 airjets in weaving
FÁBRICA DA PEDRA S/A Fiação e Tecelagem, widths of 280 and 340 cm produce fine percale
in homage to Vila da Pedra. Today it can at an efficiency of 96% and above.
look back on almost one century of being the
Brazilian benchmark in household textiles.
Where in the beginning the activities were
mainly in the field of spinning, da Pedra
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