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Special Feature | June 2016

TeraSpin: The choice for high spinning components

What sets a spinner apart from the rest? The answer obviously is the absolutely consistent production of yarns of best quality, year after year. That’s exactly where TeraSpin comes in – in helping spinning mills to produce yarns of finest quality consistently with its high precision spinning components.

TeraSpin came into being in 2011 with A.T.E.’s acquisition of the textile component business of SKF India. SKF had been the last word in precision components for spinning machines for several decades. With TeraSpin this legacy is seamlessly taken forward.

What led to TeraSpin’s rise to emerge as a brand to reckon with for precision spinning machinery components within such a short span of time? The answer is TeraSpin’s unwavering focus on quality – with a target of ‘zero’ defects – and product development through continuous R&D, without resting on the legacy of SKF alone, as well as a no-compromise approach to customer satisfaction.

This has earned TeraSpin the trust of its rapidly increasing customer base, earning it a reputation as a reliable brand – at par with some of those that are best-in-class.

Teraspin’s product portfolio

TeraSpin's product range includes weighting arms, top rollers and cradles for ring spinning and roving frames and spindles and spindle inserts for ring frames:

* Spindles: designed for high production speeds of more than 20,000 rpm
* Spindle inserts : HF 1, HF 100 and HF 21
* Ringframe drafting : PK 2025, PK 2035, PK 1601 and components
* Roving frame drafting : PK 1500 and components

These products are much in demand by OEMs as well as spinning mills for replacement and upgradation in all major textile producing countries like Bangladesh, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Turkey, Vietnam, etc.

Quality – a credo

At TeraSpin, the manufacturing programme and practices are designed to produce high quality products, with quality now an integral part of its shop floor culture. A high degree of automation and a well-trained work-force allows consistent quality on mass scale.

While most manufacturers would be satisfied to produce quality that lies between predefined specification limits, TeraSpin strives for more. It continually seeks to produce as close as possible to exact values as shown in the peaked bell curve of the normal distribution. This is reflected in its goals for ‘zero defects’ and ‘zero customer complaints’. In a nutshell, TeraSpin is driving towards the achievement of Six Sigma quality level for its TeraSpin product range, as opposed to most other manufacturers that are satisfied with just 3-Sigma quality levels.

Obviously, the product performance is best at the nominal/perfect specification and likely to deteriorate as we move away from the nominal specification. As per the Taguchi loss function, the loss to the customer and/or society increases exponentially with deviation from the nominal specification. Thus the TeraSpin components are designed to last longer and deliver better yarns over their entire lifetime.

Product development

Innovation and product development through continuous R&D are other overriding areas of focus at TeraSpin. One such development is a new cradle for ring spinning machines – the ‘Smart’ cradle. It is different from what is available in the market in a number of ways. This cradle can accommodate the change in the length of an apron, thus ensuring uniform tension in the apron. Moreover, for smooth movement of the apron, the contact area between cradle and apron has been minimised. Also the design is such that it facilitates easy removal of apron from the cradle. TeraSpin has also released a completely new speed frame top arm, which has a new cradle for better roving quality, a special finish for longer life, and an ergonomic handle. There are many more such innovations in the pipeline.

Manufacturing facility

TeraSpin’s modern manufacturing plant, built on a sprawling 21,000 sq m plot at Sari, near Ahmedabad in Western India, embodies some unique features to make the ambience conducive for the manufacture of high precision components. Further, being a part of the environment conscious group, A.T.E., the TeraSpin facility encapsulates a number of sustainable technologies and features and will receive LEED certification soon, being green building compliant. TeraSpin is already certified under ISO 14001:2004 Environment Management System, besides ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management practices, and OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health And Safety System.

“Our biggest achievement is the excellent improvement in our product quality. As a result, our manufacturing process rejections have considerably reduced and customer complaints for in-house manufactured products have almost disappeared. This has been possible because of our dedicated focus on quality and our efforts to deploy new initiatives like Lean Six Sigma” said KP Singh, Director, A.T.E. Enterprises, who is operationally responsible for TeraSpin business unit.

With TeraSpin’s unflinching commitment to continuously enhance technology, process, product quality, and services, TeraSpin is poised for rapid scale-up. In TeraSpin one will find a dedicated partner, willing to go that extra mile to keep the customers delighted!

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