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A hearty balance of comradeship and professionalism was the motto at
the RIETER stand – dominating the daily performance and Sales of RIETER.
During the day interactions with clients from all over the globe dominated the scene,
including Mega Textile nations such as Turkey, Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan,
Evenings were closed with a Happy Hour, during which refreshments and
snacks were served by attentive RIETER staff and locally hired Milanese Italian
All was extremely well organized by Event Management under the leadership of
RIETER s Markus Baumli, who spared no effort to exhibit RIETER as a dominant
and visionary manufacturer and Systems supplier.
The absolute new speed ( reliable speed ) on ITMA 2015 was presented by PICANOL,
renowned Belgian manufacturer of weaving looms.
With operating speeds of 2015 (!!) incredible picks / min rotating speed, Picanol had
drawn the most visitors on any loom manufacturers stand.
Observing its OMNI looms one could watch a superior airjet loom running on 1600 mm
working width operating at continious 90 % efficiency.
What was outstanding was the relative low vibration levels, as well as relative low noise
level at this speed. 2015 picks relate to 3224 m/min weft insertion rate,
which amounts to absolute breathtaking speed..
TSUDAKOMA was the second racehorse of looms which performance went well after the
THIS PICANOL AIR JET OPERATES AT 2015 PICKS PER MINUTE. IF ANYONE ASKED ME 30 YEARS AGO IF SUCH SPEEDS ARE REALISTIC, ONE WOULD HAVE ANSWERED IMPOSSIBLE.
TO BE FAIR IN OUR JUDGEMENT ONE MUST ADD TSUDAKOMA OF JAPAN, WHO AGAIN SHOWED OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES ON SPEED. ALTHOUGH TSUDAKOMA OPERATED AT HIGHER SPEEDS THAN PICANOL, WE NOTICED AT FIRST FREQUENT STOPPAGES BY TSUDAKOMA. THEIR TECHNICIANS WERE ALL BUSY TRYING TO SORT OUT WARP PROBLEMS. ON THE SECOND DAY HOWEVER, ITS MACHINE WAS WORKING WITHOUT FRQUENT STOPPAGES. WHATEVER THE REASON WAS, I WOULD STILL GO FOR PICANOL. I BOUGHT OLDER PICANOL LOOMS FOR MY PREVIOUS EMPLOYER, WHO, AFTER 20 YEARS STILL USES THEM. IN FACT THEY ARE THE ONLY LOOMS STILL PERFORMING IN HIS SHED.
ITMA has ended on a mixed note for most firms and participants. Though there seemed to be lots of interest, one has to analyze the purchase order and order confirmations first, before we can make a firm assessment.