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    • Picanol NEWS PICANOL NEWS SEPtEmbEr 2009 www.pic anol.be 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 Performance Partnership guarantees improved weaving results, p. 10
    • SUmO
    • SEPtEmbEr 2009 Picanol NEWS 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 2 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 benefits. All the advantages of a Switched Sumo Reluctance Motor The Sumo motor is a Switched Reluctance N Resolver R 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.
    • SEPtEmbEr 2009 Picanol NEWS 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 4 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 market share 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 exhibition Picanol at techtextil mumbai 10-12 October 2009 Bombay Exhibition Center, Hall 1, booth E14 6 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 TENT G PA DIN PEN 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 optimum economy. Working principle 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. Advantages - Monitoring and managing of the air consumption - 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 unnecessary costs. AirMaster is avaible for all OMNIplus and 0,5 Nm3/h OMNIplus 800 airjet weaving machines. 1,6 Nm3/h 2,55 Nm3/h 6 Nm3/h
    • SEPtEmbEr 2009 Picanol NEWS 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 8 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 air consumption. 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. 4400 euros. 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 technicians.
    • SEPtEmbEr 2009 Picanol NEWS 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. 10 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.
    • P@rtsLine The streamlined e-solution for your spare parts business The P@rtsLine internet application lets you check details and order the latest spare parts and Weave Up products with just a few clicks. It shows you all the current promotions and enables you to look at spare parts details, manage your own parts lists, request quotations and place orders. Never before has managing your spare parts business been so user-friendly. Managing parts lists With the parts lists management tool you can create new parts lists and edit existing ones. You can upload your own MS Excel parts lists directly into P@rtsLine. Your list is instantly converted into a P@rtsLine list with the corresponding part numbers and quantities and is ready for further editing or saving. Search function The search function enables you to search for any spare part using the part number or its description. Our database contains more than 40,000 different spare part items. For any selected part, you can request a detailed breakdown indicating whether a certain part is a stock or a discrete part, which gives an idea of its availability. The detailed view can also contain a picture for easy reference, which helps Requesting quotations and placing orders to avoid ordering wrong parts. P@rtsLine automatically guides you through the different steps of quotation and order creation. The ‘Check price & availability’ button immediately gives you the correct price of your selected parts, together with availability information.
    • SEPtEmbEr 2009 Picanol NEWS History Busy managing parts lists and sending orders, and no time to keep track of all your activities? Don’t worry! P@rtsLine keeps track for you. 12 Clicking the ‘History’ link gives you a clear overview of your sales orders. All details such 13 as the date of request, origin and status are indicated. Repair Do you have an item that needs to be repaired? With P@rtsLine you can create your own repair order. Just look up the part numbers in our database and add them to your list. After sending the order, you are instantly informed of your sales order number and the RMA number (Return Material Authorization). By including this RMA number on your shipment to Picanol, we have all the information needed and your parts are directly transferred for repair. P@rtsLine is an essential tool for the modern weaving mill, enabling you to organize your spare parts business more efficiently. Ask your local agent or sales manager for more information, or write to partsline@picanol.be to request your personal ID and password. www.picanol.com
    • Technical fabrics 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.
    • SEPtEmbEr 2009 Picanol NEWS Conversion to light rapiers 14 15 ‘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
    • Customer focus The Nile Linen Group - Egypt Household textiles 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
    • SEPtEmbEr 2009 Picanol NEWS High-tech Steel Heddle® harness frames For high-speed weaving and weaving without center support! Yarns of all varieties, fine and coarse, High-tech production process … for the natural and synthetic, run through your most reliable weaving performance frame. With blinding speed the frame Steel Heddle® is the leading supplier of long- weaves your fabric, a thousand picks per lasting high-performance frames. Through minute, in consistent quality. The stress our sophisticated and unique production and vibration it endures is enormous. process, maximum precision and most Yet, if it is a Steel Heddle® frame, long- accurate dimensions of the harness frames are 16 lasting, perfect weaving performance is guaranteed. The result is a high-quality and guaranteed. Meter after meter. Saving reliable Steel Heddle® harness frame, giving 17 your time, your investment and your 100% satisfaction, meter after meter. profit. High level performance … at blinding speeds Steel Heddle® airjet and rapier frames are well- known for their distinctive features. These include the patent-pending glued heddle rod and the patented flexible corner connection system (R-flex) for less frame breakage, as well as the unique and patented integrated heddle damper for less heddle vibration. These features allow highest weaving speeds on narrow widths - over 1200 rpm - as well as the best weaving performance on wide widths, even without center support, up to 540 cm! Take your profit! You too can achieve successful weaving by choosing the right and reliable accessories. Higher fabric quality, productivity and cost savings are possible on any airjet or rapier weaving machine with GTP – Steel Heddle® accessories. GTP … the true Textile Partner With over 110 years of expertise in developing innovative weaving accessories for technical textiles and other textile segments such as leno and narrow fabric, GTP can help you to get best 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 sales@globaltextilepartner.com.
    • Customer focus 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
    • SEPtEmbEr 2009 Picanol NEWS 18 19 If you want to receive the following issue of Picanol News, please fill in this form and return it to us. Mr./Mrs.: Company: Job title: E-mail address: Postal address: Please fill in and return by mail to Picanol News, Ter Waarde 50, 8900 Ieper, Belgium or by fax to +32 57 222 001, or send your request and contact details by e-mail to info@picanol.be. Please keep me on the mailing list for the paper version of Picanol News. Please put me on the e-mailing list for the electronic version of Picanol News.
    • Picanol News is the newsletter of Picanol nv Ter Waarde 50 BE-8900 Ieper Belgium Tel. + 32 57 222 111 Fax + 32 57 222 001 www.picanol.be www.picanolgroup.com info@picanol.be Chief editor: Erwin Devloo Subscriptions: Picanol News is free; if you want to be added to our mailing list, please fill in the subscription form and return it to us, or subscribe on-line at www.picanol.be.