Dornier Delivers 50,000th Rapier Weaving Machine

Germany-based air-jet and rapier weaving machine manufacturer Lindauer Dornier GmbH recently
delivered its 50,000th rapier weaving machine. The machine was produced at Dornier’s main factory
in Lindau, and reportedly was delivered to a leading global technical weaving company that will use
it to manufacture woven reinforcement fabrics.

Dornier delivered its first rapier weaving machine in 1967. The company reports its machines,
which are utilized in numerous technical woven-fabric fields, are able to gently process brittle,
fine individual-count continuous filament yarns in a variety of patterns. The machines’ features
include low weft pick-up speed of the rapier; soft clamps and precise center transfer for safe weft
insertion through the shed; the ability to process yarns without shed guide components; and digital
warp control to minimize tension throughout the weaving process.

Over the years, Dornier has made continuous updates and improvements to the machines. One
significant development is the Dornier DuoColor waste-saving device, which reduces selvage waste of
weft yarns used in technical applications by up to 70 percent.

October 21, 2008