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Special Feature | June 2016

Indonesia's spinners to meet the perfect match for quality

The vibrant spinning industry of Indonesia is the perfect match for the USTER® TESTER 6. The world’s most advanced quality measuring system is the gateway to Total Testing, while the integrated Assistant Q support feature guides mills to the best quality and profitability choices for targeting high-end textile applications. Agansa Primatama demonstrated these benefits directly to the spinners at the Indo Intertex event.

“Indonesia’s spinners are very ambitious. Many of the mills are aiming to supply the high-quality market segment,” says Djendjen Halim, Director at Agansa Primatama, one of the country’s foremost agents for textile machinery and technology.

After its launch at ITMA 2015, USTER® TESTER 6 has already attracted immediate global interest – including an order for three systems by one of Indonesia’s leading textile producers, Indorama Corporation. Now, the agency has arranged for the latest innovation in yarn testing to be introduced to a wider audience of spinners with a special presentation of the USTER® TESTER 6 at Indo Intertex 2016 in April.

Sensor innovations

When it was first exhibited publicly at ITMA in Milan last year, USTER® TESTER 6 introduced an array of ground-breaking new features. It represents a significant step forward in terms of accuracy, the range of measurements provided and the user-friendly interpretation of quality data. Innovative sensor technology is at the heart of the USTER® TESTER 6.

The novel digital CS capacitive sensor delivers its results – including the famous CVm ‘USTER value’ – with unprecedented speed and reliability.

Another vital yarn quality parameter, hairiness, is covered comprehensively by the USTER® TESTER 6. The latest Sensor HL, for hairiness length classification at speeds of 800 m/min, complements the established hairiness Sensor OH. Together, they offer spinners a total picture of yarn hairiness, for the first time ever.

Made for Indonesia

The Indo Intertex exhibition was staged in Jakarta from April 27-30 with the theme ‘Be Ready with More Market Opportunities Ahead’. This objective fits perfectly with the benefits of the new Total Testing Center, which is incorporated in the USTER® TESTER 6. The route to Total Testing is through the USTER® QUALITY EXPERT quality management tool.

Starting with the precision laboratory test results from USTER® TESTER 6, the system integrates in-process information from yarn clearers, which monitor 100 per cent of production at the winding machines.

The Total Testing Center then takes spinning mills to the next stage, with detailed analysis of all the data and expert interpretation – giving practical advice and options for specific improvements. Importantly, this takes account of quality requirement, so that mills can make informed and risk-free decisions on every aspect of the yarn manufacturing process.

A suitable slogan for the USTER® TESTER 6 might also be ‘designed for Indonesian spinners’ – since many of its new features do not require highly-trained operatives: “Our customers observe that finding knowledgeable staff becomes harder every year,” says Halim. Assistant Q is the built-in support service which solves this problem perfectly for spinners. Backed by 65 years of USTER expertise, Assistant Q checks all measurements and proposes a checklist of solutions for any quality issue it finds – akin to hiring a new staff member with all the know-how a mill could need.

Seeing is believing

Visitors at Indo Intertex did see a live presentation of the USTER® TESTER 6 at Agansa’s booth. After the show, the motto for spinners was ‘Seeing is Believing’ as they were invited to book in for detailed tests with their own yarns at the Agansa HQ in Bandung.

“We are proud to present the USTER® TESTER 6 at the exhibition and later in our showroom, as we are convinced that innovative solutions such as this are the key to a prosperous future for the textile industry in Indonesia,” says Halim.

Agansa is also able to maximise the impact of the benefits of USTER® TESTER 6 by organising tailored training sessions in the local language, targeted at the needs of both the customer and of the local market. Well-trained staff completes the circle for the USTER Total Quality Testing concept for Indonesia – making the ambitions of the spinning mills an achievable reality.

For further information:
Edith Aepli
Uster Technologies AG
Sonnenbergstrasse 10
CH - 8610 Uster / Switzerland
Tel: +41 43 366 38 80
Mob: +41 79 916 02 91
Email:
edith.aepli@uster.com

USTER® TESTER 6 triumphs at Red Dot Design Award 2016

Success at the first attempt in a prestigious international design competition was rooted in USTER’s commitment to both innovative technology and elegant styling in its quality testing and monitoring instruments. The new USTER® TESTER 6 earned the Red Dot Design Award 2016 for its ideal blend of impressive functionality with distinctive looks – now taking its place alongside other outstanding products in the Red Dot Design Yearbook.

For yarn testing instruments, function comes first. And USTER® TESTER 6 fulfills this priority in every way, through comprehensive, precise and fast measurement capabilities.

But then – perhaps akin to an individual looking to buy a new car – factors such as shape, colour and brand image can also come into play for the textile mill customer.

Unique instrument, unique look

The USTER® TESTER 6 is the pulse of a new generation in yarn testing. The high accuracy and reliability of its measurements are crucial in assuring the commercial value of spinners’ products. This sixth generation of the USTER® TESTER incorporates the USTER® QUALITY EXPERT, an essential tool for quality management, creating the brand-new Total Testing Center. Accurate laboratory test results from the USTER® TESTER 6 are the starting point for total testing. This data is combined with real-time information from yarn clearers monitoring 100 per cent of mill production.

The underlying principles of precision and reliability in its operation are also reflected in the quality materials and high standards of manufacturing applied in its construction.

An important element of USTER’s product development strategy focuses on creating a unique and distinctive style. Specifically, this means instruments and components are deliberately designed to incorporate special shapes and profiles that are unique. This policy has been in place since at least 1987, when the USTER® TESTER 3 became the first instrument to feature a distinct ‘rounded’ appearance. It continued with the curved front section of the USTER® TESTER 5, establishing a clearly-recognisable look which sets the USTER® evenness testers apart from others.

“Functionality, reliability, accuracy and user-friendliness have always been the top priorities in USTER product development, and this approach continues now and in future. However, we also admit that it’s our ambition to manufacture the best-looking instruments too,” says Gabriela Peters, Product Manager – Yarn Testing, Uster Technologies.

What customers want

Just as with a new car, mill managements are proud of their purchases in yarn testing instruments: there is always an emotional element in the choices they make. Laboratories worldwide feel the satisfaction that USTER® TESTER 6 confirms their status in the industry, as a major player for whom quality is paramount.

In fact, elegant design has been integrated into USTER product developments for decades. The brief is to combine aesthetics with user-friendly ergonomics, so that creations – however stylized – will never detract from the primary needs of functionality and usability. Now, that style commitment has been formally acknowledged with the Red Dot Award 2016 for industrial design. But USTER customers will already recognise the same style concepts in products such as the USTER® QUANTUM yarn clearer.

Excellence has its reward

Only products which stand out strongly for their design excellence can earn the sought-after quality seal from the international Red Dot jury, inaugurated in 1955. For the 2016 awards a total of 5,214 products and innovations entered from 57 countries. Professor Dr Peter Zec, Founder and President of the Red Dot Award, says: “With their performances, the Red Dot winners not only demonstrated an extraordinary design quality, but they also showed that design is an integral part of innovative product solutions.”

The Red Dot product design competition this year saw 41 experts from all over the globe gathering in Germany at the end of February. The jury members included ICE and Transrapid designer Alexander Neumeister, fashion icon Jimmy Choo and automotive design legend Chris Bangle. During the jury session all entries were examined on site.

Products were registered in 31 categories: from consumer electronics, furniture, jewelry or watches to interior decorations and lab technology. Global brands such as Google, Apple, Sony, LG, Philips, Kartell or Artemide regularly submit entries, but 2016 was the first time that USTER has put forward a product for consideration.

Night of honors

A glamorous award ceremony and after-show party will be held on July 4, 2016, with 1,200 guests expected to see the winners receive their certificates. Their products will also be exhibited in the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen (Germany).

Winners of the Red Dot Design Award 2016 will also be set down for posterity in the Red Dot Design Yearbook 2016/2017. In this publication, the USTER® TESTER 6 is described as follows: “Gloss and matt chrome finishes together with black components reflect the technical dimensions of the tester.”

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