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Traditional values, innovative spirit: Inman Mills and USTER share a vision of progress

The Uster Group is one of the leading high-technology instrument manufacturers of products for quality measurement and certification for the textile industry. The Group provides testing and monitoring instruments, systems and services that allow optimization of quality through each individual stage of textile production. This includes raw textile fibers to the final finished fabric. The Group’s aim is to forward know-how on quality, productivity and cost to the textile industry. The Group is headquartered in Uster, Switzerland and operates through a worldwide Market Organization complemented by Technology Centers. It has sales and service subsidiaries in the major textile markets and Technology Centers in Uster (Switzerland), Knoxville (USA) and Suzhou (China).

In common, in an increasingly competitive and quality-conscious business, Textile manufacturers and their technology suppliers face many challenges. That’s why it’s important that they share a vision of excellence, which fosters both individual success and technological progress.

Inman Mills, a well-known North American textile producer, produces some of the world’s most advanced fabrics for a wide range of applications. The mill founded in 1901 near Spartanburg, South Carolina, is one of the oldest and most traditional in the world.

“If there’s one thing that we as humans can always count on its change. Inman Mills has a long history of change and adaptation in an attempt to stay ahead of the game,” said Bill Bowen, Vice President of Inman Mills. The company’s tradition relies on the core values and principles that have maintained its position as a key player in an ever-changing industry, constantly adapting and improving to suit the demands of an expanding global market.

Figure 1: INMAN Mills

The road to quality

USTER’s `Think Quality´ approach is an invitation to spinners to follow the USTER route to developing yarn production towards higher customer satisfaction and business success. Aiming to help customers succeed in today’s harsh and competitive market conditions, USTER has evolved this support into a quality-focused mill management approach.

The target is to avoid waste and increase production speed as much as possible, without interfering with the other manufacturing goals. USTER’s mission is to utilize innovative technology to equip spinners for mill optimization at the highest level – without risking claims.

USTER is proud that their customers participate in this philosophy, by continuously raising their awareness of quality – constant quality – in yarn production, embracing both technology and structures for mill quality management. Inman Mills is an ideal example of a mill driving its quality development in parallel with USTER. (See video.) ((link: https://youtu.be/FPM-R7ZAvyA.))Inman uses the USTER® AFIS to carry out checks machine-to-machine, as well as process-by-process, to get the best value out of the raw materials.

“USTER® laboratory equipment allows us to optimize our raw materials but it also allows us to optimize our processing machinery and run it at the highest speed possible – but still produce the right quality,” said Bowen.

 INMAN Mills Laboratory
Figure 2: INMAN Mills Laboratory

Shaping the future together

USTER is appreciative of the role its customers play in bringing innovative technology to fruition in their mills. The Inman Mills approach shows how this works in practice: Bowen said that “We’re really having to push the envelope to meet the high-quality standards our customers expect,” & He added “In order to do that, we invest in the best machinery we can – as well as the best testing equipment that’s available – to allow us to make products meeting customers’ requirements.”

Past, present and future developments by USTER are supporting mill management. The focus is on meeting the needs of management through instruments and systems which provide answers to enable informed decisions. Bowen also mentioned that “We recognize USTER as a leader in defining the future of the textile industry. We trust USTER and follow its development. The past proved that we are right in doing so.”

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