Picanol Introduces Cordless Air-jet Weaving Feature

Picanol NV, Belgium, has launched a feature for air-jet weaving machines that enables weaving
without the filling catch cord. The fully automatic Cordless feature has a mechanical clamp at the
right-hand side of the machine that moves along with the reed. Picanol reports tests conducted on a
range of fabrics have indicated the Cordless design improves filling tension evenness, reduces air
consumption, improves selvage quality, enables increased speeds on delicate yarn and significantly
reduces filling waste when weaving with elastic yarns.

The Cordless feature is linked to a central microprocessor that processes data from sensors
and detectors on the weaving machine, enabling real-time calculations and adaptations to the
system’s valve timings. Picanol also reports the Cordless feature is compatible with all types of

July/August 2010