Spinning mills looking at carbon tubes to save on energy

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October 22, 2015 Coimbatore, Oct 21:

A transformation seems to be in the offing with the textile spinning sector looking at ways and means to conserve energy. From LED lamps to roof-top solar, the mill sector jumped the gun as many units felt that the energy saving would be phenomenal.

And now, their attention has turned to carbon reinforced composite of spindle and drums.

Indian Texpreneurs Federation (ITF) Secretary D Prabhu told BusinessLine that a good number of ITF members inked an agreement with Mantex for exclusive use of Mantex tubes in its ring frames.

The Federation it is learnt has placed order (on behalf of its members) for one lakh tubes.

We were impressed when Atul Guglani, Managing Director of Mantex, made a presentation here recently highlighting the effectiveness of using carbon composites in the spindle of textile mills.

Citing a study, he (Guglani) said that 40 per cent of the power in a ring frame was due to the weight of the spindle. If this could be reduced from say one kilogram to 600 grams, the power consumption would drop by half.

All it takes is a carbon composite of a spindle with the aluminium for a power saver spindle. The same applies for drums in winding machines, as both are power guzzlers, Guglani told the audience.

Our members were quite impressed, Prabhu told BusinessLine, adding the proposition seemed sustainable, environment friendly as well.

(According to Mantex MD, the companys composite tubes are fully recyclable).

The carbon composite tubes are expensive, but if a spinning mill decides to change to carbon tube along with ring, then the return on investment can be recovered in 12 months. The savings could be huge. A good number of ITF members are looking to give into this, Prabhu said.


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