spinitsystems at the ITMC: Smart production and validation as textile topics of the future

Intelligent textiles and mass customisation are the themes discussed at the ITMC, which is held every other year. This year, specialists from industry and science met for the conference’s sixth edition in Ghent, Belgium, from 16 to 18 October. Other subjects discussed included nanotechnology and the regular topics Manufacturing & Design and Recycling.

Mayer & Cie.’s Michael A. Tuschak had much to report on Advanced Manufacturing. He presented the leading knitting machine manufacturer’s new spinning and knitting technology. spinitsystems is a smart approach that combines in one machine what used to be the separate processes of spinning, cleaning and rewinding. In relation to the manufacturing process spinitsystems offers considerable advantages in respect of space and energy requirements while reducing textile manufacturers’ capital investment costs. “Smart production,” he said, “does not automatically have something to do with robots.” 

The subject that brought spinitsystems to the ITMC was, however, something different. “Validation of fabrics, and of course our Spinit Single Jersey in particular, is what brought us to this conference,” said Tuschak, who is in charge of spinitsystems marketing and sales. Reliable and standardised quality control of Single Jersey knitwear was an issue that concerned the entire industry. Major retailers already used standardised quality checks in procurement to assess the softness of a fabric, for example. “The reliable fulfilment of these requirements by our machines is a basis for guaranteeing success for our customers and thereby for our business,” Tuschak said.


As the conference venue for discussing textile issues of the future the organisers had chosen a historic location. Het Pand is a former Dominican monastery in the historic city centre that has served the University of Ghent as a cultural and congress centre for over 20 years. The city’s textile tradition is at least as old as the monastery. Ghent was an important cloth centre in the Middle Ages when trade with England flourished. “The venue and its history were a magnificent backdrop for the conference,” Michael A. Tuschak concluded.