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ASPEX Incorporated Participates in ITMA 2019 Barcelona show

ASPEX Incorporated Participates in ITMA 2019 Barcelona show

Update: 28/6/19

Aspex Inc. has recently participated at ITMA in Barcelona with resounding success. Customers have shown keen interest in the latest developments announced including their new multiscanning inspection. Multiple customers visited including some that have used the SpinTrak system for more than 20 years and indicated their satisfaction about it’s performance and usefulness to their process control.


ASPEX INCORPORATED is pleased to announce their participation in the upcoming ITMA show from 20 to 26 June, 2019 in Barcelona Spain. They will be participating in Hall 7 and Stand C 117 demonstrating their latest SpinTrak Spinneret Inspection technology for filament, fiber and nonwovens producers.

Founded in 1978, Aspex Incorporated is the original designer and manufacturer the of the SpinTrak™ Automatic Spinneret Inspection System. The SpinTrak™ family of Spinneret inspection systems are specifically designed to inspect all types of extrusion dies/spinnerets used in filament yarn, staple fiber, spunbond, meltblown and spunlace applications. Over 500 SpinTrak™ Spinneret Inspection Systems are operating in all major textile producing countries in the world. SpinTrak™ enjoys a very big marketshare in the fiber/filament industry and is also used by leading machinery and spinneret companies.

“Aspex Incorporated is a unique company because we were the first to introduce a reliable working system into the market several years back and considered the standard in the industry. Years of working closely with key machinery and spinneret companies has provided Aspex valuable know-how for optimizing the performance, reliability and accuracy in the SpinTrak™. Huge importance in the design of the SpinTrak™ is to be able to perform continuously and accurately in a harsh plant environment. SpinTrak™ systems have a reputation for reliable performance and have proven to work well for an extended number of years. Aspex customizes each SpinTrak™ to offer the most economic solution and maximum performance for their specific process application. Every plant has different processes, specialties, capacity, etc. », stated Gerald Henrici, the company President. Aspex Incorporated now operates three locations to better support their ever expanding market place. New features on the SpinTrak™ will be demonstrated including their latest multiscan technology and a new marking system.

Aspex Incorporated operates their Head Office and factory in New York, USA. They have regional offices in Mumbai and Shanghai to support service and sales worldwide along with a team of agents in most major markets.

See our stand Design here

ASPEX INCORPORATED/USA HISTORY & SpinTrak™ KEY FEATURES

ASPEX INCORPORATED/USA HISTORY & SpinTrak™ KEY FEATURES

1) Some new features which aids in finding deep dirt inside the capillary, wear inspection (subject to spinneret condition), and skewness inspection.

2) Sub-capillary inspection of complex capillaries (not round) shape is one of our strongest features. For example, if we want to inspect trilobal capillaries, then our field of view (FOV) is higher than round capillaries because manufacturing tolerances for non-round capillary shapes are more than round capillary shapes. This explains why it is important to inspect non-round capillaries more accurately. The larger the FOV (more no. of pixels) – the lower the pixel to micron ratio is which provides more accurate measurements.

2a) For example, in trilobal capillaries, there are 3 legs and each leg plays very important role. Therefore, the SpinTrak™ makes more than 30+ measurements (ie. leg length , leg width , angle , radius of every leg).  All geometric measurements are made in the same inspection time like a round capillary. In other systems, many do not make sub-capillary inspection.

2b) In hollow capillary shapse (2C,3C or 4C), we consider every C as separate capillary. 2c) SpinTrak™ can inspect 4 capillaries separately in 1 counterbore and can also inspect 4 different capillary shapes in single spinneret.

In the last 15 years, Aspex inc. gained experience inspecting many new shaped spinneret designs with new or unique capillary shapes.  Some of them are expensive spinnerets ($20,000 / piece). This experience and industry cooperation helped accelerate improvements and new inspection capabilities in the SpinTrak™ system.

3) Having sold more than 500 machines in 30+ countries, Aspex has a very large global presence and SpinTrak™ usage in a wide range of applications.

4)  An important reason the SpinTrak™ has gained wide acceptance and sold in 30 + countries is it operates on a platform of menu driven user friendly software which is available in many popular languages where the  It requires almost zero maintenance with very low spare parts consumption. There is no need to purchase extra spare parts with the machine.

5) At this moment, SpinTrak™ measurements are considered as the “Bench mark” and “trusted” spinneret inspection system by end users and major Spinneret suppliers. SpinTrak™ systems are used by these spinneret manufacturers just to check quality of their new spinnerets.

6) As a testimonial to being the leader in the industry competitors try to emulate, the US court has issued an injunction against one of the competitors who violated our secrets and confidential information. This means that they can also do the same with customer.   In contrast Aspex Incorporated respects confidentiality and secrecy with their customer base like a trusted partner (like spinneret design , their know-how of production ,etc.).

7) The  SpinTrak™ system motorized zoom is offered on the B40-HS model. This means that no operator presence is required for adjusting the zoom level.

7a) The camera for the B40-HS is @1.4 megapixels. This provides a platform for a highly accurate system.

8) It is possible to inspect different spinneret types at a time. For example, Both spinnerets can be different spinneret type (with different no. of capillaries , different capillary size). This is applicable for up to 10 locations.

9) They use very low quality calibration scale and I strongly feel that it’s just for show and they also do not do calibration before inspection. Whereas , Aspex uses very high standard calibration scale (reticle) which is fitted into glass so that temperature variation does not affect. Their calibration scale is open to environment. This means that tool which they use itself is not accurate.

10) In some plants (for example, in China and India) , the customer returned competitor demo systems after trying them and bought SpinTrak™ because of their performance experience. Some positive feedback about the SpinTrak™  compared to competitor trials included the reliability of the software and the accuracty (especially important for smaller capillaries).

11) The important inspection measurements of the SpinTrak™ are based on sub-pixels & sub-microns. This means that our accuracy & repeatability is much better.

12) The first machine for inspecting a fiber spinneret was sold in 1992 & it is still working. This itself speaks about Aspex’s commitment to the product quality and industry support.

Aspex Incorporated  has become the standard known in the industry for Automatic Spinneret Inspection

Aspex Incorporated has become the standard known in the industry for Automatic Spinneret Inspection

Aspex Incorporated has become the standard known in the industry for Automatic Spinneret Inspection having achieved sales in more than 30 countries.  Aspex Incorporated has provided their systems in a number of types of manufacturing processes including synthetic fiber (virgin and/or recycled content), filament, BCF carpet extrusion, aramids (and high tenacity) applications, spunbond and meltblown nonwovens extrusion and other applications. Aspex Incorporated offers industry leading technology for inspecting the latest and most advanced capillary shapes. They offer advanced software solutions for inspecting the latest in spinneret designs for higher value added and special products. These include spinnerets with complex geometric layouts, (many times containing different non-round capillary shapes), higher numbers of capillaries and overall spinneret capillary density.

Testifying to our expertise, technology and industry recognition, our SpinTrak™ Spinneret inspection systems have been supplied to and delivered by major well known European machinery manufactures for new projects, and used for in-house inspection by several well known spinneret suppliers in the industry

To produce such a wide variety of advanced image processing systems, Aspex employs attentive sales people, experienced design and software engineers, and skilled production personnel. We are all committed to enhancing our reputation as the source for expertise and excellence in the design, development, and manufacture of image processing systems.  Most recently Aspex has launched their latest multiscan scanning option for certain model greatly increasing throughput capacity on certain models.

Aspex Incorporated  achieves a major order of 6 SpinTrak™ systems from Bhilosa Industries, India

Aspex Incorporated achieves a major order of 6 SpinTrak™ systems from Bhilosa Industries, India

Bhilosa Industries recent expansion project at Naroli Silvassa is one of the most prestigious projects that the industry has witnessed in recent times. The New setup is planned to be state of the art and will deploy high quality machinery and equipment from around the globe. Aspex Incorporated is proud to be associated with Bhilosa Industries in this new growth venture.

Bhilosa Industries has been associated with Aspex Incorporated since its inception and has historically relied on the SpinTrak™ automatic spinneret inspection system as part of their standard and “must-have” instrumentation.

For this expansion project, Bhilosa Industries has placed orders with Aspex Incorporated for supplying 5 units of SpinTrak High speed automatic spinneret inspection for the POY production and 1 unit for the PSF production.

The new production units of Bhilosa are scheduled to be fully operational from fourth quarter of 2017.

Manual vs. Automated Spinneret inspection systems Which is right for my plant?

Manual vs. Automated Spinneret inspection systems Which is right for my plant?

By Shoshana Biro, Software Engineer, Aspex Incorporated

Although the Spinneret appears to be essentially a simple, precisely-made extrusion die, it is one of the most critical elements of fiber making. Since they are at the very heart of the fiber-making process, plugged, dirty or damaged Spinneret capillaries can have a large impact on overall plant profitability.

Cleaning failures, damage from handling, and wear from polymer flow are the primary causes of poor Spinneret quality. Since these are everyday problems, inspection is a necessity to prevent less-than-perfect Spinnerets from being installed. There are several possible choices of inspection systems, of varying levels of sophistication. How does one select the system most efficient to their plants needs?

Systems can be categorized in many ways, but that most directly related to cost and plant productivity issues is automation. Manual systems range from the purely optical (microscopes, optical comparators and hand-held magnifiers) to video based microscopes that display a magnified image on a television monitor. On these systems the operator generally moves the Spinneret from capillary to capillary using hand-operated positioning knobs while looking at a magnified image of the capillaries. These systems rely on the operator’s ability to find hard-to-see defects among the hundreds or thousands of capillaries viewed each day. The subjective judgment of the operator is the deciding factor as to how many capillaries are defective, and until which point it is acceptable to use the Spinneret in production. In these systems, small quantities of dirt will remain undetected. In addition, the inspections are often compromised by time pressure due to the Spinneret being urgently needed. As a result, random inspection of a few capillaries rather than a complete inspection may be done, or the inspection may be stopped before finishing. Since defective capillaries are easily missed, the entire process is highly fallible.

While the initial cost of these systems is moderate, labor costs tend to be high, especially when there are many capillaries to inspect or production requires large numbers of Spinnerets to be inspected. These factors, when combined with lost productivity, can make the true cost very high.

Fully automated systems rely on computer-based machine-vision technology to reliably and objectively inspect every capillary. The capillary pattern for each Spinneret type is stored, as are pass/fail criteria that are used to judge a clean capillary. Using a motorized table the computer automatically moves the microscope from capillary to capillary while making inspections. The measured results are then compared by the software to the predefined standards and the Spinneret is determined to have passed or failed the inspection. The system also allows the operator to automatically go back to just the defective capillaries for re-cleaning and reinspection. During the inspection process itself the operator is free to do other jobs, minimizing labor costs.

Although the initial cost of these systems is significantly higher than manual systems, the advantages provided in having every capillary inspected in an objective and measurable way rapidly amortize the investment due to the improved efficiency of the plant, with higher first-quality product yield, longer spinpack life, fewer spinpack start-up failures, as well as savings on inspection labor and overtime. In addition, automatic systems can allow for the tracking of Spinneret history, which will point out problem Spinnerets, track Spinneret wear, and indicate the efficacy of the cleaning operation. By analyzing stored test results it is possible to create and evaluate “what-if” scenarios that can help to increase overall plant yield and quality, and reduce customer damage claims. Of course, buyers must be certain that the software they are receiving has all these capabilities, as some may not.

An example of this type of system is the SpinTrak™ Spinneret inspection system by Aspex. The system is fully automated, operates unattended, tests 100% of the capillaries, inspects as quickly as 3 capillaries per second and both provides several repeatable measurements of every capillary and stores them for either future comparisons or export to spreadsheets via the LAN. The benefits of these capabilities and the long lifespan of the SpinTrak™ system is the reason that the SpinTrak™ systems are now found in many plants around the world and why every SpinTrak™ owner with multiple plants has ordered additional units for their other plants.

When making the decision of which type of system to purchase you must consider all of the costs involved. Making the decision based only on initial price may cost much more in the end. You must try to evaluate all of the cost factors involved: labor, the risk of spinpack start-up failure, spinpack lifespan, cleaning expenses, transportation and product quality. While these expenses will vary from plant to plant, the total benefits offered by automated inspection usually far outweigh their higher initial cost.

Growth of the fiber market growing and production beginning to shift

Growth of the fiber market growing and production beginning to shift

By 2001, with the growth of the fiber market and production beginning to shift to countries with lower cost labor, Aspex Incorporated surpassed sales of more than 100 systems worldwide. Many of the earlier SpinTrak™ systems supplied in developing markets were transferred or purchased by larger companies from Western Countries who invested in new plants in lower cost developing countries. Additionally, SpinTrak™ systems were being recommended or supplied by well known machinery or engineering companies building the new plants.

Success and experience in the filament and fiber industries”  to “Aspex Incorporated  introduces a Floor Standing SpinTrak™ Model for Spunbond, Meltblown and Staple fiber Die Inspection

Success and experience in the filament and fiber industries” to “Aspex Incorporated introduces a Floor Standing SpinTrak™ Model for Spunbond, Meltblown and Staple fiber Die Inspection

Having gained success and experience in the filament and fiber industries, Aspex Incorporated developed a series of larger Floor Standing Models to accommodate the large Spinneret dies used in the nonwovens spunbond process.. The first unit was delivered to a major nonwovens producer in the USA in 1995. The SpinTrak™ Floor Standing Model was designed to accommodate both large spunbond dies and the smaller meltblown dies which most customers use on their lines. The SpinTrak™ has been supplied by 3 well known Spunbond machinery manufacturers and/or recommended to their customers. Aspex Incorporated enjoys a very high market share of new projects in this industry segment.