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Heimtextil to Premiere Live Digital Textile Production Chain

Messe Frankfurt is heightening Heimtextil’s digital print technology experience.

The tradeshow company will debut the “Digital Textile Micro Factory” for the first time in hall 6.0. Messe Frankfurt, in collaboration with the German Institute for Textile and Fibre Research and other industry representatives, established this presentation, which will feature a live showcase of a digital production chain. Benefits of the Micro Factory include optimal material consumption, higher flexibility for producers to react to market needs and quicker processing time for orders for digital printing.

“With the ‘Digital Textile Micro Factory’, we’ll be revealing a model of the future. It enables individualized products to be manufactured in a competitive, regional way to meet demand through the digital networking of automated processes”, said Heimtextil manager Sabine Scharrer. “The possibilities are almost limitless and we’re proud to be able to implement this project with our partners.”

Due to the presentation, the digital print technology segment will be placed in a more central location of the exhibition site. Hall 6.0 is next to the “Theme Park” trend area, which features the latest technology developments for attendees. At the Micro Factory, leading printer manufacturers will have the opportunity to present their textile segment innovations to attendees in a larger space.

While visiting the “Digital Textile Micro Factory”, attendees will be able to experience the textile production process from design to confection in an interactive environment. Attendees may walk through the Micro Factory and observe different stations that represent the textile production manufacturing process. At each station, experts will explain operation activities and technical details.

Heimtextil partner Printcubator will manage the first station, which is where designs are selected and prepared for textile production. Textiles are then printed using the digital printing procedure at the second station, which is run by hardware and software partners, including Ergosoft, Mimaki and Multiplot. At the third station, the textiles are digitally cut by machinery from partnering company Zünd. Automatic identification then sews the cut textiles together at the last station, which is sponsored by Heimtextil partner Juki.

After the tour ends, attendees are then brought to a shop window display, where students from the Strzemi?ski Academy of Art ?ód? and MOME Moholy-Nagy Kunstakademie, Budapest demonstrate possible applications for textile printing beyond the apparel industry, including home décor products.