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Inspiring India’s textile leaders of the future
USTER workshop supports development of textile education in India
One of India’s most important centers for textile education is working with USTER to inspire the next generations of business and technology leaders. The DKTE Society’s Textile Engineering Institute, at Ichalkaranji in the state of Maharashtra, was founded in 1982 to address a shortage of technically-qualified personnel in the region. USTER provides ongoing support for DKTE through its Textile Industry Faculty Development Program and recently staged a two-day workshop to update staff on latest technological developments in textiles.
The Indian city of Ichalkaranji is popularly known as the ‘Manchester of Maharashtra'. Textile manufacturing in the area saw “phenomenal growth” in the 25 years up to 1980, but progress was hampered by the absence of a suitable educational facility to train qualified technical staff. So, a number of industry organizations joined forces to establish the Dattajirao Kadam Education Society (abbreviated to DKTE) along with related colleges for textiles and other disciplines.
The DKTE institute now has about 3,000 students and over 400 staff, running degree, diploma and postgraduate courses, as well as fostering links with other educational establishments from primary schools to management and commercial colleges.
USTER’s commitment to education and industry learning matches DKTE’s aim of keeping abreast of today’s technical developments and application possibilities in textiles, so that the next generation of students will be equipped to meet the future challenges facing the industry in global markets. In June, DKTE hosted a two-day development workshop, at which USTER speakers gave details of latest technologies for quality management in fiber and yarn testing and yarn clearing.
About 50 DKTE professors from the different textile departments attended the workshop. USTER representatives were: Iris Biermann, Head of Textile Technology; Muraliganesh K., Manager Product Application; and Sandeep A. Sen, Assistant Manager of Regional Service & Product Application.
In the fiber testing presentation, USTER covered recommendations on best fiber selection and correct laydown techniques, as well as their impact on fiber processing. Speakers stressed the importance of proper fiber testing, in order to predict the characteristics of the yarn being produced.
Yarn testing topics covered fundamentals such as detection of evenness faults and imperfections, with advice on interpretation of diagrams and spectrograms to pinpoint processing errors. The new KBS (Knowledge Based System) for simple and rapid identification of the causes of spectrogram peaks and waves was introduced. The Total Testing Center, including the USTER® TESTER 6 and its latest sensor technology was described in detail, along with the analysis capabilities of Assistant Q and the main functions of USTER® QUALITY EXPERT and USTER® CLASSIMAT 5.
The yarn clearing section featured USTER® QUANTUM 3, with the unique YARN BODY concept for instant visual quality assessment and Smart Clearing Technology for push-button determination of clearer settings.
The professors took an active part in the workshop, with numerous questions to improve their understanding of the technologies. This information will then be presented to the students during lectures to progress the DKTE goal of developing “researchers, technocrats, entrepreneurs and business leaders for an exciting and rewarding career.”