Meet the win­ners of the first-ever In­noTex awards and ex­plore their suc­cess jour­ney

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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

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