MMS at Texprocess 2019

With the new machines packed the MMS team set off from Leeds to Frankfurt for the 2019 Texprocess exhibition. Along with the lorry full of machines we hopefully set off in the 1964 mini cooper which again was to form the centre piece of the exhibition stand. Remarkably the trip went without incident although the clutch was almost non-existent on arrival after some back street starting and stopping.

At the show we exhibited the new MK 18 ECO which is the latest version of the proven Mk 18. With an eye on the environment and also running cost the Mk 18 has been fine tuned to reduce waste to a remarkable 8mm per button. In terms of efficiency this means that 1,000+ extra buttons can be wrapped from the standard sized cone of thread. Along with the thread saving power and air consumption have been reduced as has cycle time meaning that this machine is the most cost effective of its type to use.

Since wrapping buttons on shirts is becoming the norm and each shirt has many buttons a new level of automation is required in order to make the wrapping process cost not prohibitive on regular priced shirts. Wrapping buttons one or two at a time is obviously not ideal therefore a new automatic feeding machine has been developed by MMS. This machine is the MK 22. Unlike any other machine the sewn buttons can be loaded into a magazine which are then automatically fed through the machine where perfect operator free wrapping takes place on a continual basis. These Mk 22 machines were shown on the exhibition stand working in tandem. The operator simply feeds the shirts into each machine on a continuous basis and since it is not necessary to wait for the button to be wrapped before taking this out and loading the next the output per operator doubles over a conventional single operator / single machine set up. Of course another significant advantage of the Mk 22 is that there is no actual operator leading each button to the wrapping position and therefore quality is not determined by the level of training and competence. on the Mk 22 after a few minutes of training anyone can load the magazine and the wrapping quality is then absolutely consistent.  

These two machines did not fail to impress both existing and new customers who visited the MMS stand. Although we would have liked to think that they were the stars of the stand the Mini probably again stole the show with many people wanting to purchase it there and then!  

(PS the mini did not let us down on the trip back but now is awaiting a new clutch).

Thank you to everyone who visited us.

Frankfurt Texprocess 2017

Centre stage of the MMS UK exhibition stand at Frankfurt Texprocess was a shiny red 1964 Mini Cooper S which we drove from the UK along with a van full of button wrapping machines. The Mini is of course an impressive piece of design and we were taking a risk having such an icon on the stand in case the machines paled into insignificance. This was a calculated risk however as this show was the first time our latest MK 22 had been shown anywhere in the world. The MK 22 is the first fully automatic magazine fed button wrapping machine and is the latest machine to come from the development department of MMS UK. We need not have worried as each and every person to view the machine at the show expressed the same view that this was a revolution in the button securing world since every previous machine had to have each button loaded manually. The two MK 22 machines drew large enthusiastic  crowds eager to see them running without an operator present. By the end of the show it was a close call as to whether it was the Mini or Mk 22 that had been photographed more!

Alongside the MK 22 we exhibited our MMS TF button wrapping thread which continues to be a hugely attractive option for all MMS machines around the world due to the high quality and low price. Of course the highly regarded MK 18 was also displayed on the stand along with the semi automatic MK 6. Hung on the walls were the MK 10 and MK 11 machines which are fondly remembered by many as being quality machines from the MMS factory from years gone by.

Thank you to all for visiting us and we hope to see you soon.    

PS. the Mini made it back to Leeds with just a blown wiper motor.

MMS at Techconfex exhibition – 2016

On the 13 – 14th April MMS button securing products were displayed on the stand of leading Polish distributor Contec at the Techconfex exhibition which was in the lovely city of Lodz in Poland. The ‘Manchester’ of Poland was a fitting place to exhibit our latest generation MK 18 automatic button wrapping machine. This machine was extremely well received by the Polish customers who all appreciated the significant benefits of the machine not least the thread savings that it provides. The latest 2016 version of MMS button wrapping thread was also on display. Following the fair significant demand is being filled for both machines and thread. 

On the 27 April we were back on the road again to display our equipment and thread at the Tuyap fair in Istanbul. Our Turkish distributor Erbil Makina did a fantastic job presenting our BAT 18 special button attaching machine which is the perfect solution for jacket, coat or leather production due to its versatility and price advantage. Also on display were our MK 6, MK 18 and MK 18S button wrapping machines. Visitors from all over Turkey as well as many countries around the world were eager to see the latest button attachment and securing products on display. Of course the latest button wrapping thread from MMS was greeted enthusiastically as this was the first time it had been exhibited in Turkey. 

MMS button wrapping Thread

MMS button wrapping thread goes from strength to strength. The significant extra number of buttons per cone has reduced costs significantly especially when used on the latest generation Mk 18 wrapping machine making the process of button securing viable in all garment types rather than just on the higher price point garments.

Our MMS TF thread is available in 70 colours but now on 22g and 220 cones. The larger cones offer a cost saving and of course the benefit of fewer cone changes should regular colour changes not be required. 

McNair recognizes the brilliance of MMS button attachment

When a shirt button came loose on a tester’s shirt three years ago we wanted to know what we could do about it. Small things make a big difference when you’re trying to make the best mountain shirt in the world.

As has so often been the case we didn’t have to look beyond Yorkshire to find world class skills to solve the problem. There’s a company called MMS in Guiseley, just twenty miles away. That’s where we met a very clever and very unassuming man called Mason, an inventor and industrial designer.

We learned that as ‘make do and mend’ became a thing of the past, most of us lost the will or ability to sew a button back on and high quality shirts were being returned all over the world because of buttons falling off.

Twenty years ago, Mason who was already well-known in the world of attaching buttons was approached by a Swiss thread maker who with a chemist had developed a type of rubber thread that could be melted over a conventional thread to keep it in place. At that time a Victorian method called frapping was still being used. This essentially meant wrapping some thread around the shank and then sewing it through the shank a few times. Although this had become automated in the 80’s it was still far from perfect.

Mason then developed the machine to wrap and melt this elasticated thread around the shank of the button. It’s called Thermo Fusion Wrapping. It takes around a second and means your McNair buttons will never fall off. Mason’s Wrapping Machines are a brilliant invention made in Yorkshire that sell all over the world. Hmmm, that sounds familiar.

Prince of Wales tries out MK 11

On a recent visit to a UK shirt factory Prince Charles was offered the opportunity to use the MMS Mk 11 automatic button wrapping machine to secure shirt buttons. He soon picked up the technique and was able to operate the machine with aplomb!

The MK 11 is the core model in the MMS button wrapping machine range and it was designed and built in the UK factory of MMS.