Meet the winners of the first-ever InnoTex awards and explore their success journey
The textile professionals R. Pothiraj, Dhivagar and
Raj Kumar are the winners of the first-ever InnoTex 2018 awards. The awards, recognising innovation for the textile and garment manufacturing industry, is an initiative of Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), while Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA) has been the knowledge partner of the same. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation presented the awards to the winners.
The jury members for the awards included Shekhar Agarwal, Vice Chairman, RSWM Limited; Bharat Bhushan Modi, VP, (Weaving), D’Décor Home Fabrics; Neelabh Dalmia, Director, GHCL; and Prof. R.S. Rengasamy, Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi.
Applications for innovation were sought in the field of designs, methods, processes, products and costs in ginning, spinning, weaving, knitting, processing, garmenting and technical textiles from all over India and abroad as well. A total of 10 innovations were shortlisted after two rounds of jury’s evaluation. R. Pothiraj of VKS Textiles, Coimbatore received the first prize for his innovation on ‘32 per cent Reduction in Energy Consumption in Running Airjet Looms’. Talking to Apparel Online, he shared, “I focused on six different areas and one of the most important point was the use of low-pressure compressor sources from Japan. The compressors normally available in India give 360 cubic feet per minute (CPM) while the compressors used by me give 440 CPM.”
Dhivagar, Maintenance Officer, Pallavaa Group, Erode and winner of ‘Zero Defect of Spandex Misplating in Knitted Fabric’ informed, “In the process of knitted fabric, spandex misplating is a major issue. To overcome this, we used a ceramic guide but quality issues were still there.
And finally fixing a hook in lycra guide, these quality issues were also resolved.” Raj Kumar, Director, Nantex Machineries, Gurgaon got third prize for ‘Computerised Vertical Embroidery Machine’. With lot of R&D, Raj Kumar invented the world’s first-ever Vertical Computerised Embroidery Machine, which does lengthwise (along with grain line of fabric) embroidery instead of widthwise. This machine occupies very less space, includes low maintenance, is easy to use and employs fewer people compared to the conventional machine. Nantex Machineries has many installations of these machines.
Winners and candidates who reached the final round of InnoTex awards along with the jury members and CITI team