Automated solutions for quality satisfaction
USTER® fabric inspection solutions cover the value chain from weaving to finishing. The ingenious design of USTER® Q-BAR 2 and USTER® EVS FABRIQ VISION fits every production line – delivering the right quality, while reducing waste and optimizing fabric yield.
USTER’s Think Quality approach now takes in automatic fabric inspection, bringing much-needed precision and security to demanding technical textiles applications – and to all weaving mills where quality matters. Quality standards everywhere are increasing all the time: in sectors such as the automotive industry, zero-defect levels are already mandatory. Applications such as airbags, headliners, upholstery and tire cords require flawless quality, continuously. But there are also many other textile industry segments which must fulfill the expectations of demanding customers. In today’s production environments, automated quality solutions are essential.
Automation: for trust and profitability
USTER offers two systems, ensuring that fabrics meet the quality standards required to protect fabric makers and finishers from costly claims and damaged reputations.
Both systems also add valuable extra benefits. The USTER® Q-BAR 2 fabric quality monitoring system prevents waste, while the USTER® EVS FABRIQ VISION fabric quality assurance system significantly improves first-quality yield for all applications. USTER® Q-BAR 2 and USTER® EVS FABRIQ VISION make a real impact on the business success of users – a fact confirmed in numerous installations worldwide. Across a range of different applications and businesses, these users share a common verdict: automated solutions for fabric inspection have earned their trust.
Quality and minimum waste
USTER® Q-BAR 2 is attracting attention through its elegant and slim design, developed for simple installation on existing weaving machines. It represents the latest generation of on-loom monitoring and inspection systems, offering operational improvements for weavers. Positioned directly above the reed on each machine, USTER® Q-BAR 2 is ideally located for earliest detection of fabric defects. This allows the operator to respond quickly to alarms and stop signals. Correcting problems immediately prevents quality issues from continuing, minimizing material waste.
USTER® Q-BAR 2 categorizes and saves fabric faults, creating a ‘defect map’ for each roll, which can be recalled and reviewed later via the intuitive touchscreen. The system offers different classification possibilities and allows rolls to be categorized according to number, size and position of defects, as well as customer criteria. It also grades rolls automatically. In summary, USTER® Q-BAR 2 reduces the need for post-weaving inspection for most applications.
Neps (microscopic view)
Vital data, right instrument
Established in 1957, USTER® STATISTICS are a vital source of quality data for the textile industry and are now newly available as an app. The value of USTER® STATISTICS 2018 is acknowledged worldwide, allowing yarn producers and their trading partners to compare quality levels objectively against global market standards. Testing thousands of samples each year during past decades allows USTER unique market observations – enabling it to adapt the scope of the Statistics accordingly.
For testing and analyzing the critical fiber raw material parameters for cotton spinning, the USTER® AFIS PRO 2 is the right instrument. It operates with unmatched accuracy and speed to measure fiber neps, seed coat neps, short fiber content, fineness, maturity, trash and dust – all of which influence yarn performance in manufacturing. That’s why USTER® AFIS is the industry standard for process optimization in spinning mills – proven with more than 1,200 installations worldwide.
Optimal laydown recipe
The combination of textile know-how, current statistical data and advanced technology is the basis for consistent yarn quality, despite changing conditions and new trends. David McAlister, Product Manager Fiber Lab, Uster Technologies, says: “We could consider the laydown mixes used in yarn spinning as a ‘recipe’ and fiber quality parameters as the ‘ingredients’. We would then aim to adjust the ingredients to keep consistency in the recipe. With USTER® STATISTICS 2018, we can determine the relationship of fiber properties to yarn properties and from that we can learn how to adjust the ingredients of the recipe for optimal performance. This is important for cotton, as it is not always possible to obtain the same or similar fiber qualities year-in and year-out.”
The new USTER® NEWS BULLETIN No. 51 covers more trends in more detail under the title `USTER® STATISTICS 2018 – The industry’s quality language enters a new dimension´.
Click here for free download available. Readers will also find the section on `What’s New´ in USTER® STATISTICS 2018 very informative.
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