Makers are adopting systems that enable greater productivity and cost savings.
Textile machines from India are boasting more advanced features amid suppliers' efforts to boost exports. The latest releases come with microprocessors, CNC systems and other technologies that increase processing capacity and optimize raw material usage. Several also lower downtime, defect rates and maintenance expenses.
In addition, many makers have jumped on the 'green' bandwagon by adopting cleaner production techniques. New designs often provide more energy and water savings as well.
Dynamic Autolooms India Pvt. Ltd, which offers rapier and shuttle weaving machines, is currently customizing models for low-speed applications. The maker aims to achieve greater precision, prevent reverse slippage of fabrics and reduce downtime during style changes.
At Om Sai Engineering, a supplier of textile processing equipment, R&D efforts revolve around automating the water level maintenance of dyeing machines. The company's product range comprises semi- and fully automatic systems for coloring yarn hanks and packages.
Jupiter Engineering Co. has incorporated programmable logic controllers in its dyeing, warping and sizing lines. At present, the company is working on cutting the maintenance cost of its models.
To support performance upgrades, some manufacturers are sourcing electronic components from Germany and other overseas providers. A number are working with foreign counterparts and clients to develop new technologies.
Dhall Enterprises & Engineers Pvt. Ltd has technical collaborations with companies in Brazil and the US. These partnerships have enabled the enterprise to release advanced lines such as laser cutting and CNC weaving machinery.
The company's selection also includes cold pad batch dyeing equipment. The system is considered more environment-friendly than traditional coloring machines since it uses less power, water and chemicals, and lowers effluent volume.
By incorporating newer technologies in their products, many enterprises are eyeing increased shipments to Sri Lanka and other neighboring countries that are textile manufacturing hubs. A few are targeting greater penetration of Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North America and Europe.
Dhall, for example, is anticipating at least 50 percent growth in exports in 2011. The company expects Bangladesh, Turkey, Nigeria and Southeast Asia to be the major drivers of sales.
Some makers are also exploring opportunities in the domestic market, projecting demand to rise as textile suppliers take advantage of the government's Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme. Launched in 1999, TUFS encourages investment in modern production facilities through subsidies and loan interest reimbursements.
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