California based vertical textile mill Texollini established in 1986 was designed to be among the most technologically advanced knitting mills and fabric suppliers in America. Amit Bracha, president and chief operating officer said the textile mill have five reasons to invest in new technology, as it will yield an environmental benefit. It will meet the stringent regulations or to save water in one of the reasons for making investment.
By saving water, you will be saving energy and also saving chemicals, said Bracha.
Sometimes a company invests in new machinery simply to replace existing worn-out machinery. Or the company is looking to realize a boost in efficiency at the mill. Technological developments can also spur investment.
And the fifth reason is to improve the quality of the fabric produced, said Bracha.
The new machines are more diversified. Because of improvements in design, the machines are capable of producing a wide range of fabrics.
Texollini has been in an ongoing investment phase that included spending $2 million on new equipment over the last year. The 27-year-old vertical mill recently installed new circular knitting machines, new dyeing machines and new finishing machines in the companyâ€™s 250,000-square-foot factory in Long Beach.
The knitting machines are installed in climate-controlled clean-room environments to ensure the fabric is free from foreign fly lint.
Two years ago, Texollini purchased a winding machine that allows the mill to calculate the exact amount of yarn needed for each production run. By using just the amount needed, Texollini ensures that the remaining yarn is free from contaminants.
Research and investment are ongoing efforts for the mill. Lab dips are done using a robotic machine that determines the precise formula needed, which is sent to the dyeing machines. Dye and chemicals are automatically fed into the dyeing machines. The mill also has several small sample machines for small runs as well as a â€œsuper-dip machineâ€ for prototypes or small orders for photo shoots.
Texollini is a vertical operation that knits, dyes, prints and finishes its textiles. Everything is completely made in the USA, completely under one roof, Bracha said.
The mill supplies fabrics for the activewear, swim, ready-to-wear and lingerie markets. Texollini also produces technical fabrics for the military as well as medical, safety and other industrial applications. Yarns are sourced from all over the worldâ€”including the U.S., Europe and Asiaâ€”depending on the customerâ€™s needs and requirements. They have total control over all the raw materials.
In the Texollini warehouse, each box of yarn is given a unique barcode, which allows the company to track the yarn through the production process. If thereâ€™s a problem at any stage, Texollini can use the barcode to trace it back to the exact shipment.
To help designers and manufacturers develop fabrics, Texollini has created a menu of options that includes all the fibers offeredâ€”including Tencel, DuPont Sorona, Repreve, Protura, Dri-Release, Coolmax, Emana and Celliantâ€”as well as special finishes such as anti-static, anti-microbial, enzyme, silicone, brushing and sueding, nano-silver applications and UV protection.
There is a menu detailing Texolliniâ€™s print capabilities as well, including pigment, resist, disperse, puff, glitter, metallic, and burn-out and block-out printing. The company also offers fluorescent and glow-in-the-dark printing.
Fabrics can be pigment printed in-house. Texollini customers can bring their own print or search through the millâ€™s print library. For digital and sublimation printing, the company sends the fabric to a third party. For companies looking to source and produce locally, Texollini provides referrals to factories in the area.
In the quality-control department, technicians perform the standard industry tests for shrinkage, crocking, pilling, stretch and recovery. Fabrics can also be sent to a third-party lab for certified testing.
They provide full testing results with every production lot whether itâ€™s 100 yards or 50 yards, Bracha said.
To keep customersâ€”and potential customersâ€”apprised on the latest developments at the mill, Texollini sends out a monthly newsletter outlining new qualities, added capacity, testing methods and trends.
Texollini shows at the Los Angeles International Textile Show, Texworld USA in New York and Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City.
According to Sherry Wood, the companyâ€™s director of merchandising, when Daniel Kadisha, Texolliniâ€™s chief executive officer, opened the company in 1989, much of the millâ€™s fabrics were cotton and cotton blends. As the company grew into a vertical operation its offerings diversified. Today, Texollini offers more than 5,000 fabrics and new styles are introduced monthly.
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