More and more TCO 12 combers are now operating in India – and that success had to be earned. Customers in the Indian spinning industry want to experience real-world results from innovations on the shop floor. The rising popularity of the Trützschler comber TCO 12 is a powerful indication of how our machines meet these expectations by providing outstanding quality and productivity.
When Trützschler launched its first comber TCO 12 in India in 2017, it faced some major challenges. Local and international competitors were fighting hard to win market share, while spinners in the Indian market wanted to get real-world and first-hand experience of the Trützschler technology before they believed in the value of Trützschler combing innovations like servo drive, twin drive or autoleveller.
Vardhman Group, a leading textile conglomerate in India, was one of those customers and is now also among a growing group of Indian companies that is using comber machines from Trützschler. The company is always open to trying the latest technological innovations. In this spirit, Vardhman decided to buy its first Trützschler combers in 2017.
The customer tested the machine for two years at its site in Madhya Pradesh, comparing the quality and productivity against machines from other providers. Based on this trial, Vardhman was confident about the technology and performance of the TCO 12 – and ordered a combing set for its new spinning plant in Budhni, which serves its Vardhman Fabrics unit.
Another generation of innovative combing
In 2020, Trützschler boosted its portfolio of combers by launching the next-generation “Type-2” machines. These new combers were developed in response to experience and insights from our customers’ sites. They offer a range of new features that improve on the “Type 1” machines launched in 2017. This includes:
- Simplified changing of the detaching distance, within just a few minutes.
- A new and easy-to-use comb brush setting mechanism.
- A new top comb locking system.
- The option to select a detaching curve, for higher speeds.
- A special handle to lock and open the detaching unit with one hand.
- Modified doors and covers for better accessibility and aesthetics.
The machines have now been running at the Vardhman Fabrics site in Buddhi for almost a year. Technological reports for Ne 20s to Ne 30s showed that the machine comfortably achieved benchmarks for quality and productivity at high nip rates of 500 and more.
“The TCO12 is a futuristic design,” said Mr. T. C. Gupta, Chief General Manager of Vardhman Fabrics unit. “It presents special features where manual intervention is significantly reduced.”
Mr. Harsh Mani Tripathi, Senior V.P., Vardhman Fabrics, added: “We supported all of these trials and shared our valuable input to make it a success. Vardhman Fabrics appreciates that the machine is good in terms of technology – and is also very stable, even in varying RH/Ambient conditions.”
The Trützschler comber machines used by Vardhman Group also feature a special auto-greasing device. This automatically applies grease to all of the components that require it, which makes sure all necessary points on the combing head are always greased accurately and at the right time.
“At Vardhman, we appreciate this unique and innovative design feature,” said Mr. S. K. Nagar, Chief Manager. “Manual greasing means applying grease to 70 points within the machine. We always saved this time and effort”
More innovations coming soon!
The road to success, as the saying goes, is always under construction. In line with this saying, Trützschler’s team is now working hard to develop even more features that add value for customers in this market. This includes the 1,200-milimeter Jumbo Can, as well as the Auto LAP transportation system and the flexibility to use different technological components.
All features are part of the company’s long story of responding to challenges by creating innovative solutions. And the next chapters in that story could be the most exciting ever…