Data can boost spinners’ profits: here’s the proof

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Uster shares raw material management know-how

Raw material management has a high priority for Uster Technologies. That’s clear from FiberQ – part of the new Uster 360Q suite of pioneering solutions for excellence in textile manufacturing. And it’s underlined by a second webinar pointing the way from raw material data to profits, scheduled for early November.

Fluctuations in raw material prices and quality are constant headaches for spinners. And volatile market demand for yarns adds to the pain. Market conditions are unpredictable, so the big challenge is to implement reliable planning for cotton sourcing and yarn production, to cover all scenarios.

Raw material management challenge

Efficient raw material management can be the basis for profitable mill operation. The recipe involves minimized raw cotton inventory to combat price fluctuations, combined with the state-of-the-art raw material management to make maximum use of those valuable stocks. And the vital ingredient is reliable data. Of course, reliable data comes only from accurate measurement. It then requires proper analysis and decision-making. Until now, this was a human task – usually time-consuming, with a high risk of mistakes and a low level of optimization. Increased sampling could enable better visualization of cotton quality, but that likely requires even more data analysis and interpretation. This is no longer a problem, since Uster FiberQ solution allows cotton classification data from HVI to be automatically uploaded to the Uster 360Q Platform. From there it’s easy to create optimum laydowns. “Even without large raw material inventory and with basic textile know-how, mills can achieve consistent and reliable laydowns for long-term quality consistency and trouble-free production,” says Stratos Fragkotsinos, Head of Product Management for Mill Management Solutions at Uster Technologies.