New Loepfe product boosts weaving productivity

New Loepfe product boosts weaving productivity

Loepfe Brothers has announced the launch of its new WeftMaster SFB – the first of several of planned launches featuring latest technology products aimed at maximising productivity in weaving mills.


The WeftMaster brand carries with it a long heritage of international success and reputation for Swiss engineering quality. The WeftMaster SFB weft thread brake has now been upgraded with new electronics to control up to four brakes. Designed for fitting to projectile and rapier looms, the WeftMaster SFB controls the tension for all yarn types, thus minimising weft thread breaks. Braking start is optimised through precise projectile detection allowing increased loom speeds and promoting higher output. The WeftMaster SFB brakes also feature reduced yarn abrasion and higher wear resistance.

Loepfe’s Head of Products & Solutions Guido Wieland, commented: “Today, it’s all about productivity and maximising return on investment. The WeftMaster SFB helps our customers in the technical textile business to increase production while, effectively, prolonging the life of their original equipment. We know there are still many owners of mechanically-braked weaving looms out there, so would urge them to contact us – there’s never been a better time to adopt a well-proven and reliable electronically-controlled solution!”

Loepfe CEO Dr Ralph Mennicke added: “Despite the continuing COVID-19 crisis, a few months ago we announced our intent to transform the company and bring new products to the market. While our transformation is already well-advanced, many congratulations to the whole Loepfe team for their excellent work to facilitate the launch of the new WeftMaster SFB product today. We are all very excited about this and other upcoming product launches. Our customers can soon expect more new best-in-class products to support them as economic recovery gets underway.”

Loepfe Brothers has established itself in the field of optical yarn clearers with pioneering achievements. Today Loepfe is recognised worldwide as the specialist for integral quality control systems. Fifty percent of the worldwide yarn production is monitored by Loepfe yarn clearers. The Loepfe headquarters are in Wetzikon/Switzerland near Zurich where the company employs close to 150 people. The Swiss production location guarantees stability and reliability. All Loepfe products are developed and manufactured in Switzerland. Loepfe quality is based on the employees’ unique knowhow and over 65 years of experience.

Loepfe invests systematically in research and development of state-of-the-art technology, with its understanding of the complex requirements of the textile industry. Loepfe lays the foundation for the international success of its textile quality assurance systems with sustainable products and highly personalised customer service. Loepfe is represented in all important textile markets via an international network of 90 agents and service representatives in 70 countries worldwide. Loepfe offers training and further education and ensures efficient local quality management at senior level.

Savio Group is the world leader in the yarn finishing sector, operating in the design, manufacturing and distribution of winding machines, quality control devices and electronic boards for the textile industry. It has factories in Italy, China, India, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. Established over a century ago, Savio has evolved over the years through intense R&D, highest manufacturing flexibility and high quality standards. Global dimension, extreme flexibility and productive excellence are Savio’s principal strategic assets, while the group continuously reviews, renovates and consolidates its leadership to reflect changing world market needs over time.