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Picanol Unveils OMNIplus 800

Picanol NV, Belgium, has introduced the OMNIplus 800 air-jet weaving machine. The new machine is entirely modular, enabling operators easily and efficiently to convert and adapt the machine, and insert extensions as needed, according to the company.

The OMNIplus 800 features a shortened, more slender insertion cone; reduced weft-yarn load, which permits higher production speeds; and new 16-hole relay nozzle valves that enable short reaction times, reducing the amount of air required.

The machines frame and moving parts feature balanced, robust construction. New hybrid harnesses are made of aluminum with carbon-fiber reinforcement. The Sumo motors short drive train assures vibration-free operation, according to the company. The Optispeed feature enables speed patterns to be programmed according to yarn quality, number of harnesses and pattern.

The machine also features automated programming. From the terminal screen, the operator may access shed formation, insertion, pick density and warp tension values. Electronically controlled motor speed has eliminated the need for a frequency converter, thus reducing power consumption. Machine adjustment for higher fabric quality also may be controlled electronically while the machine is in operation. An Ethernet connection is available to connect the machine to a corporate network.

Other OMNIplus 800 features include Picanol's Quick Style Change system, rapid width reductions, a microprocessor for setting shed and selvage crossing times, quick fastenings for warp beam and cloth roll, and fast frame connections.

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