“Digital Textile Micro Factory” – new for Heimtextil

Published on : Wednesday, November 30, 2016

heimtextileAt the upcoming Heimtextil, Messe Frankfurt will present the “Digital Textile Micro Factory” in the “digital print technology” segment for the first time in hall 6.0. As part of this presentation, which has been set up in collaboration with the German Institute for Textile and Fibre Research and in partnership with renowned representatives from the industry, a digital production chain will be showcased live on site. From the design and digital printing to cutting and confection, visitors will experience the completely networked production of textiles. Visitors can either discover the Micro Factory alone or take part in one of the free guided tours that take place twice a day in German and English.


‘With the “Digital Textile Micro Factory”, we’ll be revealing a model of the future. It enables individualised products to be manufactured in a competitive, regional way to meet demand through the digital networking of automated processes’, says Sabine Scharrer, Manager of Heimtextil. ‘The possibilities are almost limitless and we’re proud to be able to implement this project with our partners’. Sabine added further.


More space for digital printing

With its new location in hall 6.0, the digital print technology segment will be given more space in a central area of the exhibition site. Leading printer manufacturers from across the world will present their innovations and technologies for the textile segment here. Located right next to the “Theme Park” trend area, hall 6.0 combines inspiration and innovation in one place. With more exhibitors and more surface area than last year, this successful segment will grow for the fifth time in a row at the upcoming Heimtextil. With the “Digital Textile Micro Factory”, the field will see another impressive demonstration of the huge potential of digital printing in the textile segment.


From the design to the finished product

The seamless digital networking of the production steps within the Micro Factory ensures optimal material consumption, quicker processing time for orders and the highest level of flexibility to enable producers to react to market needs in a short space of time. Visitors walk through the Micro Factory following a specified path with various different stations portraying the manufacturing steps undertaken in textile production. Experts are on hand to explain technical details and answer questions. The starting point is the design area where the workflow starts with the selection and preparation of the design. The station is manned by European higher education institutions which are coordinated by Heimtextil partner Printcubator.


The next step shows how the textiles are printed using the digital printing procedure. Manufacturing orders can be combined and printed in a colour binding way using various parameters. The specific know-how is provided by hardware and software partners Mimaki, Ergosoft and Multiplot.


The digital cutting of the textiles is realised at the next station in partnership with the company Zünd. One of the biggest challenges of this production step is the automatic identification of the orders in order to be able to cut various materials in accordance with their specific characteristics and to the best standard of quality.


In the last production stage, the cut textiles are sewn together using automatic identification. The latest machine developments, the recognition of textiles and categorisation as well as the digital networking of sewing machines are presented by the experts at Heimtextil partner Juki.


The tour through the “Digital Textile Micro Factory” ends with a shop window display coordinated by Hochschule Luzern and the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences from Helsinki. As in the first production step, the design area, students from the higher education institutions The Strzeminski Academy of Art Lódz and MOME Moholy-Nagy Kunstakademie, Budapest, support the depiction of this process at this station. The students present possible applications for textile printing in the home textile industry. Visitors to the Micro Factory will get one of the textile products printed on site as a gift.


The “Digital Textile Micro Factory” can be seen at Heimtextil in hall 6.0 at stand B30. The guided tours take place on all the trade fair days in the morning at midday as well as at 4 p.m. on Tuesday until Thursday in English.

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