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Wednesday, May 29, 2002
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IEW unveils low-cost shuttle-less loom
`Sitra-Ganga' shuttle-less loom, the low-cost model weaving machine, introduced by Industrial Engineering Works, Bangalore.
COIMBATORE, May 28
AN improvised shuttle-less `rapier' loom model, which can be fitted with dobby and colour selectors, has been introduced by the Bangalore-based Industrial Engineering Works (IEW), a textile-machinery manufacturing unit.
The new weaving machine has been developed with the technical knowhow extended by the South India Textile Research Association (SITRA) through a Textile Ministry sponsored R and D programme.
The new rapier loom named 'Sitra-Ganga' SR 2002 which runs on clutch and brake-driven mechanism with a reed space of 76'' at 180 rpm is expected to meet the technological needs of the weavers in the decentralised powerloom sector as the improvised model is a simple plain weaving machine with one-step above the technology level of the weaving machines now widely being used in the major cloth weaving centres.
The shuttle-less loom with a provision for an 8-colour pick-and- pick and jacquard can be used to produce lower cloth width up to 45'' also.
The base model 'Sitra-Ganga' plain single colour weaving machine would cost around Rs 2.5 lakh and the machine with the optional dobby units would cost around Rs 3.25 lakh, according to Mr.B G Krishnamurthy, Managing Director of IEW.
IEW, which has already been producing the 'Ganga' model plain weaving machines for the past two decades, unveiled the new model loom at the recent technological conference of SITRA here.
Besides the new technology adds-on incorporated in the Sitra-Ganga' machines, the additional selling point for the IEW's new looms will be the likely inclusion of these models in the list of looms that will be eligible under the Textile Ministry sponsored TUFS scheme.
In that case, the buyers of these looms would be eligible for an upfront capital subsidy being allowed for installing them under modernisation scheme under the TUFS.
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