Toyota and Shima Seiki celebrated successful partnership at ITMA
During ITMA there was a celebration of a successful partnership in finding solutions between Japanese Toyota and Shima Seiki. We publish a snapshot from the ceremony at the booth of Toyota on November 12, 2015. It was destined to the noteworthy fact that Shima Seiki’s is a brand new design system called APEX-T, was developed in collaboration with Toyota Industries Corporation that offers design solutions for use with the leading weaving machine manufacturer’s air jet looms.
Toyota has preenterd a new Air Saving technology that has been jointly developed by Toyota and Swiss Uster Technologies. The system, called ALPIN, optimises the valve timing to reduce overall air consumption.
APEX-I is a brand new design solution system, develovped in collaboration with SHIMA SEIKI. The system support highly efficient design and pattern creation with drawing, and direct integration with Toyota Air Jet Looms.
RX300 MOSAIC YARN device creates designs by alternating one colour and the other evenlty with a combination of various slub pattern.
The Factory Management System is designed for ring spinning operation with USTER SENTINEL, which consissts of End break sensors. Roving stops, and an Optimisation system,
The Auto Lap Piecer TCO-ALP is a newly develped system that boasts the shortest piecing time in the indurstry for greater labour savings and utmost efficiency.
One trend is a cost oriented demand that a customer purchase a cheaper machine and produce for a short period of time and then replace it again. Another trend is quality or productivity oriented demand when a customer wants high technology and automation with leads to producing a higher volume of products.
As to Toyota Machinery’s results, 2015 will reach the same level as in 2014. The Chinese market is slightly decreasing and this impacts the entire Asian market. If this trend is to continue, it will become a worse market globally in 2016. But Toyota’s activity will continue, and by improving products and services, no matter how the market is fluctuating.
As to Toyota’s European business, traditional markets like Turkey, Italy, Spain, Germany and France are remaining on the strategic radar. In general, the European markets (including Turkey) are moving more and more towards value added products, with quick response rates and concepts suach as custom made mass production. It is clear that Toyota’s target is to provide customers with innovative high tech solutionas to enable them to always stay ahead of the market.
To the aspect regarding competition with weaving from sectors such as knitting, nonwovens and digital printing, the answer is that the company does not see any mega-trends away from weaving towards alternative fabric cnstuctions, such as nonwovens, 3D printing, etc. However, one should never underestimate the power of innovation at Toyota, and the company is permanently monitoring new market trends and future technical possibilities.