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Picanol Introduces OMNIplus With Sumo Drive Motor

Picanol, Belgium, has introduced the OMNIplus the next generation in its line of Omni air-jet weaving machines. While continuing to offer flexibility with regard to frequent style or warp changes, the OMNIplus improves on this feature, while providing higher quality at lower cost as well as more manageable, user-friendly operation.At the heart of the OMNIplus is its Sumo (SUper MOtor) drive motor. Based on switched reluctance technology, the Sumo drives the machine directly, without clutch-and-brake units, varying the speed by electronic control to suit the filling material and the weave structure.The flexible insertion system and Picanols Quick Style Change system, which enables a style change to be achieved in less than 30 minutes, also contribute to the versatility and manageability of the OMNIplus. Many parameters can be set by the weaver, and the machine parts are easily accessible.Higher quality of finished product is achieved thanks to the motor, the rigidity of the machine, the pneumatic pick finder and the microprocessor-controlled start and stop algorithms. Yarn-friendly insertion as well as electronic control of the harness-crossing position, crossing position of the rotary leno and the selvage further ensure quality.The OMNIplus also reduces weaving costs. The reduced drive train and the Sumo main motor help to reduce energy consumption by 15 to 20 percent. With fewer parts to repair or replace, there is less maintenance and downtime. Air consumption is lowered considerably due to a reduced pressure drop in the air distribution system and to the design and control of the main and relay nozzles. 2000