ITA RWTH Aachen: Image processing system allows high cost savings – ITA- and LfB-researcher win ICPRAM-Best Student Paper Award

January 16-18 2018, Madeira, Portugal. The researchers Marco Saggiomo, Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA), and Marcin Kopaczka, Institute of Imaging & Computer Vision of RWTH Aachen University (LfB), developed an image processing system for weaving machines that provides comprehensive benefits for woven fabric producers. It enables the weaving machine to detect faulty pickings autonomously and leads to cost savings of at least 2,210 euros p.a. for each weaving machine in comparison to manual faulty picking repairs.

The researchers won the “Best Student Paper Award” of the 7th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications/Methods (ICPRAM) for their joint paper on “Fully Automatic Faulty Weft Thread Detection using a Camera System and Feature-based Pattern Recognition”.

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IVGT co-organises 1st International Spinners Seminar - Cotton Contamination 





On 20th March 2018 IVGT, ITMF (International Textile Manufacturers Federation) and FIBRE (Fibres Institute Bremen) are organizing a spinners seminar, on the day before the International Bremen Cotton Conference. The Topic is “Proper handling of contamination in cotton”. Even with modern techniques cotton stickiness, foreign fibres and seed-coat fragments are found along the textile process. What is the current status and what can be done, are topics of the discussion panel with international expert from production, textile machine producers and research institutes as well as from cotton producers.
Agenda and Information:
Kindly pass this information on to your members as well as your network contacts. The seminar is free of charge.


Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences: Narrow fabrics conference reminder

We cordially invite you to attend the International Week of Narrow Fabrics and Smart Textiles,
which will take place in Moenchengladbach/Germany on February 19th to 23rd, 2018.
The following events will take place, which you can attend separately:
February 19th, 2018        Braiding Patterning Course
February 20th, 2018        Braiding Colloquium
February 21st, 2018        Narrow Weaving Colloquium
February 22nd, 2018       Smart Textiles Colloquium
February 23rd, 2018       Weaving Patterning Course
Many exciting presentations in the field of braiding, narrow fabric weaving and smart textiles are waiting for you (registration fee 205 €/1 day; 320 €/2days; 410 €/3days).
You may also have the possibility to display your own products by renting a booth. Above that, an International MatchMaking Event will take place.
Please find the preliminary program here.
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Centexbel: International conference on a circular economy for textiles and plastics - CALL FOR PAPERS 

Centexbel cordially invites you to submit your abstract for lectures and/or poster presentations in the field of one of the following topics:

  • Recycling
  • Reuse
  • Design for recycling
  • Design from recycling
  • Processing and sorting techniques
  • Business models
  • Circular economy
  • Waste reduction

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ITA RWTH Aachen: Environmentally-friendly research at the ITA - Projects included in exhibition of KlimaExpo.NRW

ECOTRM, FlaxWrap and BleNaBis: These abbreviations show leading research by the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University. The projects concern themselves with environmentally-friendly alternatives for everyday materials. The researchers were able to convince the KlimaExpo.NRW of the projects which were recently incorporated into the nationwide exhibition about climate protection.

Even though all of the projects conduct their research in different fields, they find common ground in terms of climate protection. The ECOTRM-project develops a climate-friendly alternative to reinforce concrete, whereas the research in the FlaxWrap-project concentrates on the production of 100 percent bio-based natural fibre reinforced plastics. The BleNaBis-project develops a climate-neutral carpet fibres.

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