3. Can you tell us about the new Metris brand you recently launched for digitalisation and automation?
Andreas Lukas: Metris is the ANDRITZ technology brand that encompasses a whole range of digital products and IIoT technologies under one roof. All of them essentially serve the purpose of smarter production and service by networking machine technology, process steps, manufacturers and customers in a meaningful way. The heart of the Metris technology is Optimization of Process Performance (OPP). Metris OPP improves production systems by analyzing a huge amount of data collected throughout the systems. The result is minimized production losses, and customers can save a lot of money in their daily operations. The Metris product portfolio is extensive and offers unique opportunities to prepare and accelerate optimization and maintenance activities, for example with remote diagnostics via Internet access. This reduces cost-intensive, on-site service and also speeds up access to spare parts via the upcoming, comprehensive Metris sparepart catalog. Machine operation via Augmented Reality solutions is another Metris element. ITMA visitors will learn more about the ANDRITZ Metris solution during the ANDRITZ presentation at the Nonwovens Forum organized by EDANA on June 21.
4. What were your company’s biggest achievements over the past 12 months?
Tobias Schäfer: In the past year, we were able to successfully establish new developments on the market and improve our market position in numerous technology areas. And in order to strengthen this market position, one of the most important achievements in recent months has been the successive renewal of our production and assembly equipment. This investment supports our high quality standards as well as our technical capabilities, such as shortening of delivery times.
Regarding exciting new products, we must mention our new Raconip TT textile calender. This calender sets new standards in terms of versatility and user-friendliness. Or our developments in needlepunch with special needlelooms, such as the SDV needleloom for the production of velour products that are widely used in the automotive sector.
In particular, more efficient production design and sustainability are two essential, general characteristics of our developments across all areas. Our activities focus on the success of our customers in the marketplace.
We have also further refined our air-through bonding technology, which is particularly suitable for the production of hygiene products such as baby diapers. In the air-through bonding sector, ANDRITZ runs a pilot plant together with CETI (European Center for Innovative Textiles) that is available to all customers as a test facility. Another achievement is our dedication to the production of geotextiles based on our needlepunch technology. Not only does the customer receive a solution that is specially tailored to his markets, but everything also comes from a single source. From opening and blending to carding, crosslapper, drafter, needleloom and winder, including stenter, ANDRITZ delivers each element to the customer – fully compatible and precisely matched. This is where enormous savings potentials lie, even in the planning stage.
And finally, one more achievement: In the spunlace process, ANDRITZ has strengthened its leading position thanks to the new important contracts relating to ultra-light products used in hygiene applications. Furthermore, the innovative Spunjet process makes a real difference compared to standard spunbond fabrics, providing more softness and bulk.