Automatic Needle Exchanger
AUTEFA Solutions, well-known for its turn-key lines and individual machines such as cards, crosslappers and needle looms, expands its product programme by taking over the Automatic Needle Exchanger, with which the company can offer customers an efficient and economical unit for exchanging needles.
The device is based on the development of a consortium of companies, under the leadership of CU4Motion GmbH and was presented to the public at ITMA 2011 for the first time. It has been developed continuously since then and trimmed for industrial suitability in manufacturing enterprises, says AUTEFA.
The takeover negotiations between CU4Motion GmbH and AUTEFA Solutions have been
successfully concluded this month.
Dr. Stefan Schlichter, managing director of AUTEFA Solutions, says: “We are very satisfied with
the cooperation with CU4Motion. With the Automatic Needle Exchanger CU4Motion has
developed and built a perfect service machine.
"It was of major importance for us that the Automatic Needle Exchanger can be universally used for all practicable applications required from our customers and does not only cover inserting needles into new needle boards. It is about time that the hammer as the main tool disappears from the needle workshop.”
The features of the Automatic Needle Exchanger (www.cu4motion.com) are:
· Universal application for all needle boards and needles
· Use of different needle designs, needle types and needle densities even in one
· A gentle treatment of the needle boards enables an extension of the service life of
the needle boards, as they will not be damaged any more when worn or broken
needles are exchanged.
· The system is capable of detecting also damaged/broken needles as well as
contaminations by fiber dust.
· Since the actual operation of exchanging needles is happening without the direct
involvement of personnel and an entirely encapsulated environment the system is
offering an extreme high safety level.
Roberto Rahn, one of the shareholders of CU4Motion GmbH, says:“After the great and positive
feedback at ITMA 2011 our development team has been successfully oriented on the
achievement of a high reliability and has optimized the processing speed as well as the
robustness of the individual functions. As a result of these efforts we could redesign
important individual processes, what has led to an other patent application.
In Autefa Solutions we have found a partner who will successfully establish the
Automatic Needle Exchanger in the market.”