In its new Nonwovens Customer and Technology Center (NCTC) in Egelsbach, textile machine manufacturer Trützschler makes the entire range of innovative nonwovens technology “tangible”. On two modular complete lines, interested parties can develop new products as well as test and validate plant concepts. The basis of the highly flexible, high-performance plant and manufacturing processes is Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) – the end-to-end automation concept from Siemens.
The Trützschler Group is one of the world’s leading textile machine manufacturers, specializing in machines, systems and accessories for spinning preparation, the nonwovens and man-made fibers industries. Trützschler Nonwovens develops and manufactures the core components of efficient nonwovens systems such as bale openers, cards, crosslappers, components for water jet or thermobonding, dryers and winders at the Egelsbach and Dülmen sites. In the new technology center in Egelsbach, customers can test the interaction of all these components in a wide variety of constellations and settings. Trützschler has set up an inline line to make spunlaced or thermobonded products and a spunlace crosslapper line. The mechanical engineer also uses these for his own basic research.
Highly flexible for new products and solutions
Producing many different fibers and nonwovens technically as well as economically optimally requires the highest flexibility of all plant components. Everything must be combined with each other, quickly linked, put into operation, set up, converted and individually adjusted – including special third-party components.
For later use at the customer’s site, the individual training of operators and maintenance personnel as well as worldwide availability of spare parts and support are often decisive for the purchase.
Automation – from a single source
Maximum flexibility in utilization begins at Trützschler Nonwovens with the continuous automation of all system components. State-of-the-art is Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) from a single source – from Siemens. Starting with SIMATIC S7-1500 controllers that can be scaled in terms of equipment and performance, through modular single- and multi-axis inverters from the SINAMICS spectrum to servomotors of the SIMOTICS series that are matched to them. SIMATIC HMI devices are standard for local and central operation and monitoring, from simple panels to high-performance industrial PCs for the convenient analysis of production data. The system components are efficiently networked via Profinet and industrial network technology from the SCALANCE portfolio. Even for low-voltage switching technology and sensor technology, the machine manufacturer prefers Siemens.
This is how all sections can be designed, programmed and diagnosed with a uniform look and feel in the Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal). Making it possible to quickly and flexibly adapt to a wide variety of circumstances.
This includes electrification: together with Siemens, a new medium-voltage switschgear system and a GEAFOL transformer for building technology were also installed, wired and commissioned.
Every user benefits
The end-to-end automation approach from Siemens accelerates product and plant development making it more flexible. The textile machine manufacturer and its customers now have the opportunity to create up to 1,000 new nonwoven products / variants and to realize over 200 new textile technological new and further developments.
With standardized, coordinated automation components from a single source, Trützschler is able to realize customer-specific systems much faster. For maximum productivity, 24-hour support and the worldwide availability of spare parts are available.
“Through the consistent use of Siemens solutions, we were able to realize two highly flexible technology center production lines and to increase the test variance to over 1,000 different nonwoven products/variants.” Bodo Heetderks, Director Nonvowens Technology, Trützschler
“The technology center offers not only us, but above all our customers excellent test possibilities and makes the outstanding product quality of the overall solution transparent, as customers regularly confirm.”Jutta Stehr, Senior Marketing Manager
Efficiency from fiber preparation to winding: End-to-end automation technology from Siemens is the basis for flexible product and plant development at the Textile Fiber Technical Center from Trützschler.