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Factory Tales: A video documentary on super performance digital printing machine

The colossal Japanese train look-alike machine came into the camera with its innate glory

Textile Today is now functioning as an effective Innovation Hub and working for disseminating factory knowledge, promoting innovations & best practices and branding Bangladesh all over the world. To make the knowledge more effective, accessible and enjoyable to the audience, Textile Today Innovation Hub (TTIH) has taken a new initiative of walking the audience in factories with videos packed with knowledge, industry expert interviews and process descriptions that are catered for the viewers with utmost care.

With that objective in mind, TTIH has published their first Factory Tales video episode on their YouTube channel which was filmed in Robintex, a pioneering textile factory.

As a Factory Tales team member, I am going to walk you through the ‘Behind the scenes of our very first episode.

Factory Tales team, get, set, go!
On the 7th of September, the Factory Tales team checked in Robintex premises at 11:00 am and the representatives of the Robintex embraced the team with care.

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Figure 1: Shooting the introduction of the Factory Tales first episode. Photo courtesy: Author.

After the initial ice-breaking and introduction, wasting no time, the team appeared at the walkways of Robintex for an intro of the video. With a mic in hand, Sanjoy Saha, the chief presenter stood with his full confidence and on the other end Ashraful Alam, the videographer, stood focused with his camera. With the direction of Rahbar Hossain, Factory Tales Coordinator, the first-ever intro of Factory Tales video documentary rolled out.

In front of the machine
After shooting the intro, Factory Tales Team went to cover the main focus of the video – MS LaRio, a digital single pass AOP printing machine, only one in Bangladesh. The colossal Japanese train look-alike machine came into the camera with its innate glory.

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Figure 2: MS LaRio, Robintex’s single-pass digital AOP Printing machine.

Shooting the step-by-step process

Being a complex machine of 204 heads, the working process of this machine may seem difficult for an outsider. To make the process crystal clear to mass people, the TTIH Factory Tales team requested Md. Shariful Islam, Senior Vice President, Dyeing and Printing to describe the full process of reactive printing with MS LaRio.

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Figure 3: Md. Shariful Islam (first from the top) and Md. Nasimuzzaman Nasim described to us the process sequence of MS LaRio and the ‘Operational Wi-Fi remote control respectively.

Shariful walked us through every step from preprocessing to the printing machine, its different parts, functions and finishing processes in a very easy way which appeared to be extremely helpful for any viewer wanting to learn about digital AOP printing in the future to come.

Md. Nasimuzzaman Nasim, Junior Vice President, Digital Printing-MSL Unit, took the responsibility to describe the ‘Operational Wi-Fi remote control’ where he can control all the operations of the machine with a tab in real-time.

Message from the Managing Director and the Director of Robintex Group

To make the Factory Tales video complete for the viewers, we took the interview of the minds behind investing in such an expensive machine.

Regarding the reason behind bringing MS LaRio to Bangladesh, Sakhawat Abu Khair Mohammed, the Managing Director said, “In Robintex, our motto is to invest in machines that are environment friendly and productive.  Ms LaRio is not an exception to our motto.”

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Figure 4: Sakhawat Abu Khair Mohammed, the Managing Director of Robintex Group sharing his thoughts about MS LaRio and its environmental and energy efficiency aspects.

Regarding the environmental and energy efficiency aspects, Sakhawat said, “We can save up to 95% of water and 20-30% electricity consumption compared to the conventional printing.”

The environmental aspect is crucial but what about its production? To clarify this, he said, “The productivity is also much higher.  The more colors we use in conventional rotary printing, the slower it gets. But here, we can run any number of colors at 25-70 meters per minute.”

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Figure 5: Robin Razon Sakhawat, the Director of Robintex Group sharing the marketing prospects of MS Lario m/c.

After asking Robin Razon Sakhawat, the Director of Robintex Group about the marketing prospect of the machine, he said, “Initially we had really small machines. So, there were some limitations on the capacity of the orders that we could take. Now that we’ve invested in a bigger machine, we’re getting a very good response from our buyers. Right now, the order situation is evolving. Every month we’re getting more and more orders. The local market is also very strong in this sector. The response that we’re getting from all the buyers is fantastic so far!”

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Figure 6: Kazi Farhan Hossain Purba, sharing his insights about the differences between conventional rotary printing and MS LaRio.

I also had a part in the video!

As the continuation of Textile Today Innovation Hub’s ‘Setting Transformation Blueprint (STB)’ project, four projects are running in Robintex. One of the projects is about a comparative study between conventional AOP and Digital AOP printing which I’m carrying out proudly and diligently as a Transformation Leader (TL) with the industry representatives and Textile Today’s continuous support. As I have worked closely with MS LaRio, I had to describe my findings in front of the camera for the viewers.

After taking all the interviews, B-rolls and footage, we went home with golden memories for making educational content that will help the AOP printing enthusiasts in years to come.

Conclusion
Robintex Group believes in new environment-friendly technology which will help our upcoming generations. Like Robintex, we have a lot of exemplary factories in our country which are maximizing their profit, minimizing energy consumption, carbon footprint and taking care of the environment with their best practices, latest technologies and ideas. TTIH Factory Tales is ready to embark you all to those factories with the great video journeys packed with adventure and learning opportunities.

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