On April 25, Uster Technologies announced the successful acquisition of Elbit Vision Systems (EVS), a world-leading high-technology supplier for automated vision inspection in the textile industry. Since then, both organizations have been working to integrate EVS into the Uster Group. This phase was completed on October 1, when EVS started operations under the name of Uster Technologies Ltd., based in Caesarea, Israel.
The EVS fabric inspection systems are now presented under the Uster brand, with new names: Uster EVS Q-Bar (fabric quality monitoring system), Uster EVS Fabriq Vision (fabric quality assurance system) and Uster EVS Fabriq Shade (fabric shade optimization system). They also have a new look – the distinctive and award-winning dark-red and grey Uster design – confirming the identity of the fabric inspection systems at a glance.
Automated inspection from Uster delivers major benefits for fabric producers, according to the company. The three solutions provide both quality assurance and optimization of fabric yield in the final product. The high-tech inspection technology means fabric producers depend less on human judgment and can produce consistent, reliable quality. Uster fabric inspection brings the "Think Quality" approach to fabric production.
In the mill, the Uster approach starts with the principle of avoiding off-quality at the earliest possible stage. Here, the Uster EVS Q-Bar detects faults during manufacturing, preventing long-running defects. This early control reduces material losses and removes the need for manual inspection after production. It’s the basis for constant and reliable quality, enhancing the mill‘s market competitiveness.
For optimum quality, a consistently high rate of defect detection is required. Uster EVS Fabriq Vision ensures reliable monitoring, using automated control during intermediate and final inspection – eradicating the need for manual inspection. The system’s ability to capture any visible defects allows fabric yield to be optimized and prevents claims.
For dyed fabrics, color consistency is vital – from beginning to end and from side to side of a roll, as well as between different rolls of the same lot. Uster EVS Fabriq Shade monitors shade variation in almost any process where color is critical. It allows fabric producers to deliver a constant shade in the end product, preventing second quality and keeping customers satisfied.
Uster EVS Fabriq Vision and Uster EVS Fabriq Shade also provide a number of options for improving process efficiency, while also optimizing fabric yield. Features such as the infrared marker, the cutting-table control and the laser pointer underline the superior technology of Uster systems. Smart automation, process optimization and user-friendliness all lead to the goal of managing a textile mill with quality in mind.
“The integration of EVS into the Uster Group is recognized as a synergetic acquisition adding value to Uster's offer of expertise and services. Additionally EVS is for us an opportunity to explore business in additional textile fields,” says Thomas Nasiou, Uster Technologies CEO.