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Groz-Beckert Displays Latest Textile Machinery at ITMA

Groz-BeckertGroz-Beckert showed its textile innovations at ITMA 2019. The leading textile and garment technology exhibition was held from June 20-26, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain. Groz-Beckert is a provider of industrial machine needles, precision parts, and fine tools as well as systems and services for the production of textile fabrics. 

All six product areas at Groz-Beckert were on exhibit, as were services that span multiple areas, such as the Groz-Beckert Academy and the Technology and Development Centre (TEZ) in the booth's Innovation Hub. This hub gathers the absolute latest innovations from the various company areas, with a dedicated presentation zone for each product segment. The entire diverse range of Groz-Beckert products can thus be presented in a tremendously compact space – both in the real and virtual worlds. Augmented reality offers the chance to achieve new perspectives and unprecedented insights into the product catalog, according to Groz-Beckert. 

The Academy's training program reflects Groz-Beckert's dedication to sharing knowledge, passing along practical wisdom and building expertise. Visitors to ITMA were able to see the major upgrades coming to the Groz-Beckert Academy, and even help steer those changes. 

The TEZ works to implement customer plans and visions through a pool of experts, machines, tools, and measurement devices attuned to the needs of the knitting, weaving, felting, tufting, carding, and sewing fields. The knitting area had several product innovations in store. This starts with the SAN SF, Groz-Beckert's new special application needle for use with large diameter circular knitting machines. At the circular knitting exhibit, guests could examine the needle in extra detail using an augmented reality environment. The Innovation Hub also spotlighted an infographic with a detailed overview of the properties and benefits. The flat knitting area presented two different innovations: fine gauges and technical textiles. 

In the legwear field, the ITMA saw the debut of a new needle for sock machines intended for use under heavy loads. An augmented reality station was available at the legwear exhibit, giving a detailed look at its technical properties, and a short film on the needle's advantages was shown at the Innovation Hub. Together with Santoni, Groz-Beckert's ITMA booth presented two generations of sock machines completely equipped with Groz-Beckert needles and system parts. 

The weaving exhibition zone presented the latest generation of drawing-in machine, the WarpMasterPlus. For spun lace customers, Groz-Beckert had its HyTecP jet strips. They possessed a much greater hardness compared with conventional jet strips. In the area of felting needles, GEBECON and EcoStar needles and their patented geometries were the focus of an augmented reality presentation using an acrylic model of a needling machine. 

The Tufting exhibition zone revolved around the growing quality demands for product quality by customers. Groz-Beckert showed which tool modules are best suited to tackle these challenges. The Groz-Beckert InLine card clothing series for the nonwovens industry was also displayed. The carding area of the exhibition featured virtual versions of the new series of stationary and revolving flats, the improved cylinder wire and a new doffer wire. 

The sewing area presented its special application needs for the most challenging applications: the SAN 10 and the SAN 10 XS. On behalf of the sewing area, the Innovation Hub presented its INH Quality Management (Ideal Needle Handling). The patented process offers smooth and time-saving handling of broken and damaged sewing machine needles during operation.

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