Mehala has over the years positioned itself as one of the most organized and dedicated suppliers to the garment and textile industry. It occupied the biggest booth in the GTE fair displaying some of the key technologies. Displaying its products through a large screen projection, it made a very forceful impact on the visitors. Not only the visitors but also the brands under Mehala banner were extremely satisfied with Mehala’s efforts to attract visitors and make their presence a success.
INA – Providing the Industry with Most Effective Hanger System
With more than 20 years of professional research experience in garment machinery equipment, Twin Star Group of Singapore has now become a modernized and large-scale integration international group actively involved in scientific research, product enhancement and international trades. From its vast canvas of products, those that were being promoted in the expo included the intelligent hanger system, intelligent boxing transport system, computerized storage system, hanger transport system (both electrically as well manually operated), data tracking system and time study system.
The benefits that are possible through these systems are numerous starting from 30% – 70% productivity increase to 50% reduction in handling time. These systems make real time line balancing possible, enable the users a better quality control, ensures less work in process and a better shop floor control.
“These systems are an upgraded version of our earlier models. The hardware as well as the software have been added up with a whole new set of features which will help the customers achieve an optimum utilization of resources,” Ronny Timuari, Sales Director, Twin Star Group commented on the product display.
“INA has always been committed to providing the industry with the highest quality and most effective system,” he further added.
The EA6 is INA’s most Complete Feature Hanger System. It has features of multilayer storage, capability of managing many styles and colours, an automatic balancing device ensuring high productivity, abundant report formations of product information and forecast and the ability to estimate production potential.
Meanwhile the EA1 is a Compatible Feature Hanger System that automatically reads and preserves data when electricity is cut off and calculates pay reckon by the piece. It can be moulded into a U-shape design as well as a bridging design. The BC6 model on the other hand is an Intelligent Boxing System in which the transportation medium is a box instead of a hanger. It can be used for single piece flow as well as bundle production system for the manufacturing of shoes, socks, hats, gloves, bra, bags etc.
Another interesting system is the CSS which stands for Computerized Storage System working on the principle of inserted directive dividing the produce style-wise, colour-wise and number-wise and automatically putting it into the warehouse along with generating storage report forms.
Yet two more feathers in INA’s cap are the data tracking system and the time study system which are the two most important systems to meet the growing needs of the industry, providing detailed and real-time information essential to the modern management of today. Built and equipped with the RFID technology, the data tracking system is a simple, affordable and effective solution to providing a better way of managing bundle garment production. The time study system records the precise and real-time of each operator in the production of the garment. Thus it enhances the management’s ability to track the whole manufacturing process as well as to achieve balance in the production planning.
INA customizes its products according to the needs of the factory and ensures that the installed system layout enables high productivity in a small space.
Siruba – Very Price-competitive and Operator-friendly Feature machines
Siruba which symbolizes superior quality of manufacturing in Taiwan has developed many new models and new series in a very short time which is the result of their ‘innovation’ focused strategy.
The BT290 series, a new line of electronic buttonhole, button stitch, and bar-tack machines by Siruba comes with a unique feature in which the motor carries the 4 in 1 function of driving trimmer, presser foot, wiper and thread tension device with high stability and less noise. The cam of thread tension can be adjusted to control the timing of thread tension and trimming. The thread holding function enables to avoid skipping of first stitch, reduce mistakes and save time along with easy adjustment and maintenance. Thread Breaking Detector makes the sewing action stop immediately if the breaking happens during sewing. The sewing continues after threading again and this helps in reducing the defective rate.
The other new introduction in the fair was the direct drive interlock and overlock machines of the 700KD/988D series. This series comes with a patented highly efficient and energy saving direct drive design. The sealed needle bar design enables dust free and oil leakage free needle section. The new double lip type wiper is added to support the original double wiper. The direct drive mechanism prevents overdoing of differential feeding. Its low axis knife holder prevents cloth rolls up after trimming. This series also comes with numerous other user-friendly features starting from needle bar height adjustment without opening the machine to 5 cm height sewing area offering better cloth movement. With such new machines to draw visitors, Siruba was successful in its endeavour by getting 30 new customers.
“Our machines are of a very competitive price with operator-friendly features while the speed and quality is as good as the other good brands in the market. This strategy of maintaining a good balance between the price and quality gives us an edge among the customers,” Ken Liu, Area Manager, Siruba revealed.
Duerkopp Adler – Concentrating on products in demand in Indian markets
“The high number of visitors and the growing interest in our product range has exceeded expectations,” Karin Brinkmann, Area Segment Manager Garment, Duerkopp Adler stated proudly. “We have a very wide product base but we are concentrating on those products in this exhibition that are in demand in the Indian market, the most popular product being the newly designed sewing unit for piped pockets,” she further added.
The 745-Speed Pocket applicable for the hind trouser double welt pocket is characterized by a very good price/performance ratio. It has three standard laser lights for precise and fast loading of the cut panels. Using the latest step motor technology for seam length and corner incisions, it guarantees maximum precision when manufacturing trouser pockets. The sewing unit is specialized in run-stitching of rectangular openings of piped pockets, flap pockets and welt pockets. The 745 Speed Pocket is equipped with a downholder and a pocket bag clamp. The new pincer stacker allows easy stacking of trousers parts. Nine pre-programmed seam lengths can be called up via the control. The compact sewing unit fascinates for its easy maintenance and high efficiency producing between 1,600 – 2,400 pockets per 480 minutes.
This machine also promises extremely short cycle times for maximum productivity as well as the shortest training period thus giving an excellent value for money.
“The showcased product range and the appealing presentation of Duerkopp Adler was appreciated by many visitors. The choice of machines on display exactly met the requirements of the visitors. We are very positive that through the contacts made in this fair, we will lead to good business in the coming weeks and months. Many customers in the fair discussed their plans to extend their production and invest in new production technology,” Karin concluded about the expo.
Topcut-Bullmer – Excellent engineering, reliability with low running costs
Topcut-Bullmer, well known for its excellent engineering and reliability coupled with the lowest possible running costs presented its high performance cutter Premiumcut in the show. Fabric cutting has always required guaranteed accuracy, optimized material usage and the ability to cut on demand.
The Premiumcut cuts the components straight from the roll in whatever quantity is required. It is fully capable of handling heavy as well as delicate fabrics, awkward shapes as well as large easy cuts. The machine can be equipped with camera matching options for checks and stripe matching.
The standard equipment includes a base module cutting head which independently supports the most important inserts such as pneumatic high stroke tool, electric high vibration tool and electric rotary tool. A pen and laser pointer are part of the base module-configuration. Depending on the application, there are 7 additional module extensions available.
The Premiumcut is enabled with a special conveyor belt to operate ultra sonic knife. With a maximum cutting height of up to 10 mm; it is a highly useful tool for the cutting of woven and non-wovens, technical textiles, composites, rubber, a wide range of synthetic materials, etc.
Assyst – Enhancing design development, manufacturing process through ‘Vidya’
Assyst, a leading worldwide provider of PLM, CAD/CAM, 2-D/3-D design and cost-optimization solutions that simplify and enhance the design development and manufacturing process in the retail and sewing goods industry, demonstrated its 3-D visualizing system, Vidya which is a virtual sample fitting solution that eliminates the need for multiple fit samples.
The visitors got a professional presentation on morphing the 2D patterns onto a 3D avatar in the desired size and fabric in a variety of poses. Fit problems or issues with drape were immediately apparent and a tape measure and virtual pins provided the Vidya user with familiar tools to make alterations and view their effects. This software can be used to check pattern pieces using 3D visualization to detect any possible flaws prior to the initial cut. Material characteristics and fabric types are stored in a database for easy access. The system is designed to eliminate the high costs associated with creating prototypes, and the digital images can be shared with partners internationally.
“Basically the collection, development, profits from faster and more seamless processes, and items of clothing and drafts can be tested as digital designs on the virtual model,” said Thomas Baur, Director, Sales International, Assyst.
There seems to be various applications for this software starting from sample development stage, made-to-measure mass production to retail services.
“This software has scope in mass production as it has a regular size program, and the body measurements taken up through 3D scanning can be used to apply the difference in measurements to the regular size patterns. The system will then automatically generate patterns for the particular body size,” explained Thomas Baur of Assyst.
“The software will one day find its way into retail,” Baur further added. “If a lady today walks into a store to buy a pair of jeans, she has to try 6 to 8 pairs on an average before she can find the right fit for herself. But with the help of this software which will have all the information of all the sizes of each brands, the lady will just scan her body and our solution will tell her which size of which brand will suit her body best and in this scenario she will just need to try on 2 pairs of jeans before she finds the perfect fit. This type of technology can also be used in a different way by taking the body scan of the customer and then putting different garments on this 3D image of the customer enabling him to see how well the colour, style and fit is suiting him.”
Human Solutions – Compact for wide applications displays 3D body scanner
Today’s apparel supplier must look for new ways to offer his customers top-quality goods at highly competitive prices. Production at different sites both domestically and abroad, pricing pressure, expanding expectations from customers, and ever-decreasing time cycles for collections are only a few of the challenges which must be met head-on within the next few years.
With its three spheres of competence – measurement, simulation and integration – Human Solutions sets the apparel industry standards for the virtual realization of the human being – and consequently for correct fit, quality assurance and cost-efficiency.
As one of the world market leader for body scanning, the Human Solutions Company showcased its 3D body scanner in the exhibition. With the help of this scanner, highly accurate methods for the acquisition of body dimensions have been developed. The body scanner’s optical triangulation process by Human Solutions is currently the most accurate method of measurement in the world. It enables the contact-free and fully-automated acquisition of more than 140 body dimensions and an exact, three-dimensional image of the human body. The scan time per person lasts for less than 10 seconds, from head to foot.
This data can then be used for a multitude of purposes. A measurement program in Germany known as SizeGermany used this body scanning technology to measure a representative cross-section of the entire population. This program helped in updating body dimension tables, with result that the garment sizes now correspond to the proportions of today’s human being and manufacturers can optimize their cut designs. It also incorporated the background information of the measured test persons so that in future this will enable manufacturers to selectively address demands for style, design and fit.
“We are in talks with few institutes for a sizing survey of the Indian population as well as in varied applications like mass customization and retail services,” said Dr. Jochen Balzulat, President, Human Solutions of North America, Inc. A lot of organizations have problems with fitting, thereby building losses in the revenues because they are holding inventory they do not need. “This is specifically true for very high volume garments like military uniforms or very expensive equipments like body armour.
So we have a system with the scanner where the soldier can be scanned and a format is printed with the list of garments he shall receive with the suggested size,” said Dr. Jochen Balzulat, explaining the use of 3D technology elaborating with an example of its application.