What remains of ITMA 2019? A recap of impressions from the world’s largest show for textiles
Visits to trade fairs still seem to be the means of choice if you want to gain a complete overview of the market. A few weeks ago, ANDRITZ Nonwoven returned from ITMA 2019, the world's largest trade show for textiles and apparel technology, with a large number of visits from existing customers and prospective new customers who were able to gain an overview of ANDRITZ's range of products and services on the 220 sqm of exhibition space. Also visually, the needlelooms for special applications were a central focus of ANDRITZ's presence. The SDV needleloom, which was exhibited in industrial size at the ANDRITZ booth, attracted a lot of attention. With the help of Augmented Reality, the machine was brought to life without increasing the noise level inordinately. Numerous videos of live operations with the corresponding additional information provided the visitor with an in-depth view of this ANDRITZ technology, which is one of the leading elements of modern needlepunch lines worldwide.
Another focus, of course, was the teXcal Raconip TT textile calender, which was a new addition this year, specially developed for further processing of technical textiles. The new textile calender impresses with its ultimate profiling, user-friendly operation, and the innovative Raconip deflection-controlled roll. In the sum of its features, the teXcal Raconip will not be called a revolution for technical textiles by its developers for nothing. Here you can read more about the teXcal Raconip TT.
With the advancing success of its wetlaid technology, ANDRITZ has focused its latest development in this area on a line concept for the production of glass fiber composite products. All elements of the line come from ANDRITZ, from stock preparation to the winder. ANDRITZ's former technology is one of the most sophisticated solutions currently available and provides the basis for the very high manufacturing quality.
Those visitors who left the ANDRITZ booth impressed were also those who witnessed ANDRITZ's own IIoT solution Metris and the opportunities for manufacturers in the textile and nonwoven sectors to implement digitization in process technology. The Augmented Reality already mentioned is one of its element. This technology focuses on showing the information in context, which can be quite difficult for complex mechanical parts and is thus very useful. This also includes data analysis by applying analytical methods, providing profound insights into how manufacturing can be optimized, what errors can be expected, and – on the basis of this forecast – when there is a risk of machine failure.
During the EDANA Forum on June 21 at the ITMA, ANDRITZ once again dedicated its presentation to the topic IIoT and with Metris presented to a selected audience what should be state-of-the-art in digitization for industrial companies today. The feedback was great and lively discussions followed.
The fact that ANDRITZ Nonwoven chose the right focus at this year's ITMA is demonstrated by both the quantity and the quality of the discussions. The metatopic of digitization is of particular interest to many visitors. Nobody wants to be the last to invest in this area. For this very reason, ANDRITZ not only expects an increasing demand for its machine technologies, but also increased optimization due to Metris.
If you are looking for more impressions of ITMA 2019, take a look at our ITMA 2019 photo gallery.