SPESA and Messe Frankfurt Announce Texprocess Americas 2023 Innovation Award Winners
Shining light on the industry’s cutting-edge advancements many of which might go on to be revolutionary solutions that shape the future of sewn product industry, the Innovation Awards 2023 revealed the front-runners of innovative textile technologies. “We are happy to bring the Innovation Awards to the US editions of Techtextil North America & Texprocess Americas which will enable and encourage new market developments and is a testament to the ingenuity and vision of the brands participating at these shows,” says Kristy Meade, Vice President of Technical Textiles & Technology Shows for Messe Frankfurt, Inc. “Through the Innovation Awards, our efforts are aligned towards bringing revolutionary solutions to the forefront of the industry and creating a market for new developments,” said Michael McDonald, President of SPESA. “While the award-winning technologies will create market opportunities and boost business, the commitment to product excellence and market innovation that the award winners and everyone who submitted entries have shown is what will drive market impulses.” The winners of the Innovation Awards were officially announced at a Press Conference on the first day of the event.
New Concept Winner Henderson Sewing Machine Co. Inc. and Matsuya R & D for the development of “The Intelligent Robot Sewing Machine with Digital Image Processing System”. The system is a new concept developed by Henderson and Matsuya R&D for the development of the ‘intelligent robot sewing machine’ with a digital image processing system. The system uses a specialized camera capable of capturing more than 1,000 frames per second and a set of image-processing algorithms to detect where the threads are. At the same time, Matsuya built robotic manipulators to mimic the way sewing machine operators use their fingers to handle fabric. The robot performs each task, including cutting, sewing a seam, adding a sleeve, and quality inspection. Each step of the way, computer vision guides the fabric.
New Technology Winner Sewn Products Equipment Company and Svegea of Sweden for the development of “SVEGEA EC-450XF”. The EC-450XF is a Euro-Collarette fully automatic cutting machine used in the garment industry for cutting collarettes or collar pieces. Collarettes are fabric pieces that are used to create collars on shirts, blouses, and other garments. The collarette cutting machine is designed to precisely cut collar shapes from fabric or textile materials. It typically consists of a cutting table or platform where the fabric is placed, and a cutting mechanism that moves along the fabric to cut out the collar shapes. The cutting mechanism can be automated or manual, depending on the specific machine model. Using a collarette cutting machine helps in achieving accurate and consistent collar shapes, saving time and effort compared to manual cutting methods. It ensures uniformity in the collar pieces, which is important for maintaining quality standards in garment production. A new design of the secondary cutting assembly allows the cutting head to be oriented horizontally or vertically. The EC 450-XF cuts up to 7 bands simultaneously with the standard 6-knife configuration. The bandwidth is simply and easily adjusted, similar to that of the venerable EC-300 series machines.
New Application WinnerPathfinder Cutting Technology for the Development of “FabricPro: Revolutionizing Fabric Spreading with Innovative Safety Features and Improved Operator Ergonomics”. The FabricPro is a reliable and robust assembly that allows an automated spreading solution for fabric rolls weighing up to 120 kg. (264 lb.) and provides tension-free material spreading and perfect edge alignment. The FabricPro is available in various widths to best suit any application. Widths up to 1800 mm and 2200 mm are available as standard. Other widths are available on request.
New Product Winner Stratasys for the development of “Stratasys J850 TechStyle direct-to-textile 3D printer”. The Stratasys J850 TechStyle is a 3D printer designed specifically for direct-to-textile printing. It is a product offered by Stratasys, a leading manufacturer of 3D printing solutions. The J850 TechStyle leverages PolyJet technology, which enables high-resolution printing with vibrant colors and smooth surface finishes. With this printer, users can create complex textile prototypes, designs, and patterns directly onto fabrics, allowing for rapid iteration and customization in the textile industry. The printer is capable of printing with a wide range of materials, including various flexible and rigid photopolymers. It offers multi-material and multi-color capabilities, allowing for the creation of intricate designs and realistic prototypes. By combining traditional textile production processes with 3D printing technology, the J850 TechStyle aims to streamline the design and development process, reduce costs, and enable greater design flexibility and innovation in the textile industry.
New Approaches on Sustainability & Circular Economy Winner Henderson Sewing Machine Co. Inc. and Twine Solutions Ltd for the development of “Thread Digital Dyeing System TS-1800” is an on-demand sustainable thread dyeing system and a digital dye-to-match color application. The system continuously dyes a single raw off-the-shelf white thread to any requested length and in any color, with a choice of millions of colors and shades as well as color gradients. The system does not require any water and eliminates thread waste, making the process significantly more sustainable. Dyeing thread with Twine’s TS-1800 also eliminates volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the energy consumed in daily logistics and conventional procurement processes.
New Technologies on Sustainability & Recycling Winner Dürkopp Adler GmbH for the development of “M-TYPE DELTA e-con”. With the new DELTA e-con, it is possible to save 25% of the power consumption compared to other digital competitor machines*, while the sewing results are raised to an even higher level. Thus, the fully digitalized DELTA platform sets new standards in the medium-heavy application range. The sophisticated sewing kinematics in combination with the programmable control elements enable perfect and reproducible sewing results - even in particularly demanding materials. At the same time, the DELTA actively supports the sewing process and makes production workflows much better, faster, and more effective.
New Technology & Digitalization Winner SEDDI for the development of “SEDDI Textura: Real Fabrics Digitized Brilliantly with AI”. Textura, SEDDI’s first product, revolutionizes how users create and scale their library of virtual fabrics. It uses Artificial Intelligence to generate realistic digital fabrics based on real textile mechanical and optical data, machine learning, and years of research into the physics of textiles. Users can upload fabrics from any scanner to the cloud and see how they drape and move on digital forms. Time-consuming and wasteful physical sampling will soon be a thing of the past. SEDDI is giving the fashion industry the ability to own its own web 3.0 journey with eco-friendly digital workflows that make it more efficient, sustainable, and equipped to break the costly buy-try-return cycle.