How we work
Production ProcessSampedro’s production process is semi-vertical, which means the company has practically all production sectors at its disposal, except for spinning and some finishing services such as carding.
All our pieces are created, designed and developed in this workshop. Always cutting-edge, and always trying to anticipate the latest trends, this is where our creative and technical staff create and develop designs for prints and Jacquard weaves, colours and finishes, always with a focus on an objective or a solution. In this regard we are never satisfied: a new design, a special yarn, a colour that has never been dyed before, a new twist, a different wash, a new blend of fabrics. We create, develop, test and produce. For us, the sky’s the limit.
The entire production cycle begins here. Before the yarn is placed onto the looms, we have to prepare it for use in the weaving process. This is where the warp is produced which, later during weaving, will create the fabrics. It’s equipped with a two sectional warping machine, a direct warper and sizing machine and winding machines.
This is where the fabric is produced, now housed in a modern department in a building built specifically for this purpose. It has 60 machines consisting of 25 Jacquard and 35 Dobby looms. The ID process of the articles produced is supported by CAD systems which enable the design work for Jacquard and Dobby to be carried out. It also has an online system to control and monitor production for real-time control of the department’s performance.
This weaving support department allows us to detect possible defects at an early stage of the production process, thus enabling us to correct them on the loom. At this stage the inspection is done manually.
This is a colour laboratory equipped with a set of machines that give us great flexibility of processes, pre-treatment operations and dyeing. In this department Sampedro carries out yarn-dyeing on cheese bobbins, terries and fabrics in exhaustive dyeing or semi-continuous. Depending on the type of raw material we work with, we use vat dyes, reactive dyes, vat/disperse dyes, reactive/disperse dyes.
In this department we use chemical processes to give the fabrics all the desired features and finishes, both functional and aesthetic.
We can divide this activity into two basic stages:
- Chemical finishing, Sampedro has two stenters with 4 and 8 drying fields, respectively.
- -Physical finishing, fabric finishing is not complete without the important phase of calendering. This is where the final look of bed sheets and tablecloths is improved, making them softer and more lustrous. - Tambler is applied to terry towelling/waffle fabrics and improves the touch and appearance of these items, making them bulkier and softer. - Finally, compression - usually referred to as Sanfor - is applied to fabrics when we want to improve properties such as the feel and dimensional stability of the fabric without adding chemicals such as resin.
This ensures that all items produced and finished in Sampedro undergo rigorous inspection that ensures their degree of compliance. All defects will be reported at this stage in order to facilitate cutting and making up, but also to maximise the use of the fabric and prevent defective items being produced. This department is equipped with four machines to inspect the fabric and one fabric-folding machine.
Much of the actual making-up service is currently carried out externally. Basically only cutting operations are carried out at Sampedro. The company has a machine for quilting and making eiderdowns, and some sewing machines to produce small orders and samples for customers.
The quality laboratory is involved in all stages of the textile process but is not, on its own, part of it. It exists alongside production to ensure and control the quality of the materials and processes through physical and chemical testing.
“We are proud of the work that we have inherited and are helping to consolidate and we retain, with some vanity, the loyalty we have maintained since the very early days - namely our commitment to satisfying the most demanding customer."