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Karl Mayer Introduces JL Machine Series, New HKS 3-M And ProCad Warpknit 3-D

Germany-based Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH — a manufacturer of warp preparation, warp-knitting and raschel machines — has added three new products to its lineup.

The company has extended its Jacquardtronic® Lace knitting series of machines with the addition of two new models: the JL 73/1, which is the basic version with 68 pattern bars; and the JL 83/1, which can be extended to 78 pattern bars. Both machines have a variable shog line configuration, which allows technical flexibility to maximize patterning possibilities, and each features new components and a modified needle motion, allowing the machines to operate at speeds of up to 500 revolutions per minute (rpm). In addition, the JL 73/1 and JL 83/1 have new technical features including servo-motor-driven pattern bars, electronic fabric takedown and batching, and a modern operator console with touchscreen.

An upgraded HKS 3-M is the latest addition to Karl Mayer’s range of high-performance tricot machines. Starting in January 2009, this high-speed, three-bar warp-knitting machine will feature a completely revised pile mechanism — a pile sinker bar constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic. Depending on width and gauge, the new HKS 3-M can reach rotational speeds of up to 2,000 rpm, increasing pile fabric production performance by as much as 25 percent. The HKS 3-M now can be ordered pre-equipped with the pile mechanism; or, the mechanism can be configured to be retrofitted on existing machines.

Karl Mayer also now offers the ProCad warpknit 3-D system from Texion Software Solutions, the newest software in the ProCad family. The system allows users to rotate their drafted constructions in every direction and enlarge or reduce them simply by using a mouse, so they can evaluate their designs from the first stage of development. Because the system enables such a detailed simulation, there’s no need for trials on a machine, according to the company, which notes the software is especially useful in calculating specifications for technical textiles. The system also can be used to train new users of the technology.

October 1, 2008