The end of spring and autumn as we know them…
As summer is drawing in fast, weather forecasts connected with climate change are ballooning—some envisaging a catastrophe, others less pessimistic. “Up to now it’s been raining day in, day out, so this summer is going to be scorching hot”. “Snow in February means a fine summer”, a proverb goes; another counters, “a warm spring leads to a cool summer”.
Indeed, the last century saw a gradual rise in global mean temperature—especially summer averages. You probably recall how in 2003 even many Alpine resorts registered unheard-of high temperatures: up to 38 °C in Aosta, a town surrounded by snow-clad four-thousanders on three sides. Conversely, in other years we had abnormally long rainy spells, as in 2014, when the Azores High never extended to our region.
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These are just a couple of extreme examples of the greenhouse effect, which is leading to a tropical-like climate and higher humidity in larger swathEs of the planet. As everybody says, true autumn and spring seems to have disappeared.
Now, what has that to do with our company?
Of course, this is not going to turn into a dissertation on climate change. We merely wished to remind you that erratic seasonal temperature and humidity values are a fact. Such issues do affect the textile industry in general, and a company like ours in particular: to us, accurately measuring humidity levels, both in the environment and while processing fibres, would be imperative anyway, and even more so when you consider our commitment to streamline the production flow. In other words, a simplistic approach along the lines of “but we’ve always done it this way” just wouldn’t do anymore.
Forces in the field
We previously described our Sfera Plus control system for driers and stenters, conceived to run the entire production process unsupervised, thereby ensuring high quality and greater money and energy saving.
This time we would like to introduce Hygro Faster EKV: a handy, portable ergonomic tool to measure the amount of moisture in fabrics or in the air.
The device is built around a microprocessor capable of running no fewer than 14 different programs, each designed to fit a given kind of fabric.
This tool can also print out the results and exchange data with any PC via a specially developed software.
In combination with Hygro Faster we also supply a number of different probes, designed for specific purposes.
So what are the hottest topics going to be?
– Energy saving;
– Reducing water consumption;
– Abating air pollutant emissions;
– Reducing production waste;
– Faster data processing;
– Higher setting rates;
– Automation, together with less need for human supervision
– An optimized workflow.
No pun intended… but moving from climate and temperature changes to a list of our unswerving commitments is meant to convey our dedication to the development of a business model focusing on high efficiency and waste minimization overall, as achieving success while protecting the environment is our fundamental goal.