After its reorganisation in 2018, Dürkopp Adler Group comes to Barcelona with a new range of products and brands. While the need to give its competitive strategy a new lease of life and to rejuvenate the staff brought about a change at the top of the most important international subsidiaries, at DAP Italia Diego Leoni, with over twenty years’ experience with the company, was appointed managing director
In 2018, Dürkopp Adler Group went through a major reorganisation, while Dürkopp Adler AG merged and was acquired by ShangGong Europe; international sales subsidiaries were reorganised and 65% of Richpeace’s net assets were acquired. The Group’s manufacturing units were integrated, while pursuing technological innovation and boosting investment in R&D. The yearly turnover increased regularly and high-end products kept a prominent position on the sewing equipment global market.
What’s new at the italian subsiduary
A reorganisation followed by a new range of products and brands available (Dürkopp Adler, Pfaff, KSL, Gemsy, Mauser, Richpeace) helps power up the company, already at the top of the Industry. Not only regarding traditional stitching or sewing: in fact, the Dürkopp Adler Group reaffirms its willingness to reinforce its presence in the textile and apparel supply chain with investments aimed at soldering, cutting CAD and Industry 4.0.
The need to give its competitive strategy a new lease of life and to rejuvenate the staff brought about a change at the top of the most important international subsidiaries: at DAP America, Mariano Amezcua brought its long experience of industrial cutting; at DAP France, the young Alexandre Perc brought its experience in the yarns’ industry; at DAP Italia, the whole team is strengthened by managing director Diego Leoni, for over twenty years with the company, supported by the Italian technical and sales staff, first of all by Doretta Pravettoni and Emilio Ramazzotti. A subsidiary with a new face, though focused on a tested and well organised base: twelve professionals serve customers and dealers, with over 20 million Euros turnover and over 5000 machines moved in 2018.
Some exhibits at Barcelona
ITMA Barcelona is the ideal stage to show some leading industrial sewing/stitching units from the Group.
Just to give an example, Dürkopp Adler 650-10, an automatic sleeve setter, with lubrication free head and crochet, programmable curve-support to improve the head stitching, multi-function graphic display, micron level fullness handling, electronic needle thread tension adjustment.
Dürkopp Adler 650-10, an automatic sleeve setter, with lubrication free head and crochet, a programmable curve.support to improve the stitching, multi-function graphic display, a micron level fullness and electronic needle thread tension adjustmentDürkopp Adler 581 is an eyelet buttonholer, easy and flexible, including seven sub-classes with different under thread trimming and eyelet cutting systems. Main features: high-tech “DAC Comfort”; USB-flash drive data transfer machine to machine; perfect seams even on very fine materials.
From Pfaff comes type 8312, a flatbed ultrasonic welding machine, foot operated, to cut and seal at a variable speed. The machine is equipped with two anvil wheels, one to transfer and the other to cut the material; they are independently adjustable. 99 programmes include power levels, width, speed control.
Dürkopp Adler 756-A is an automatic piped pocket sewing unit, equipped with a “Touchscreen OP 7000” panel; stepper motor driven centre blade with extended flexibility in material use; programmable laser marking lamps in longitudinal directions, programmable needle transport; stepper-motor controlled transport clamp adjustment.
Also worth mentioning: KLS KL 311, an automatic CNC-sewing unit with 360° rotating sewing head; size of the sewing field: 1000 x 1000 mm and automatically liftable sewing head.
An industry 4.0 solution
Dürkopp Adler also develops an Industry 4.0 solution: Qondac, a production monitoring system based on an innovative data transfer protocol, with a top quality and an industrial hardware featuring a very quick transfer speed. «Qondac is something different from existing management systems on the market» Diego Leoni states. «Not only the system can collect and process data and information, but it also builds a starting point to a future integration of all productive resources. Today, the common denominator of all management systems is the ability to change machine parameters, to ask for maintenance, to change manufacturing plans, to organise remote service, etc. However, making machines talk or bring all data into a company management system is not enough: Qondac’s aim is not just a tax advantage. Unlike countless low cost solutions on the market, this solution is new to the Italian scene, both as regards hardware and software. As a unique and complex solution it is just a starting point for those who really go for Industry 4.0».
«Today, it is extremely difficult to compete with some Industry 4.0 solutions that only aim at tax advantages» Leoni adds. «Our mission is to persuade Italian manufacturers that shifting to an Industry 4.0 management system shall not be considered just a cost as against a tax advantage, but as a long-term investment, a basic one towards the development of a production monitoring system».
Where to find Dürkopp at ITMA 2019: Hall 3, Booth E209