Belgium-based Picanol NV’s flexible OptiMax rapier machine features a modular design. Therefore,
functional groups on the machine are completely separate both electrically and mechanically. One
functional group can be exchanged for another without having to modify or rewire the machine.
Functional groups are easily changed, such as from dobby to jacquard or from single beam to split
beam, as may be necessary to handle sudden changes in demand.
For high-speed leno weaving the OptiMax can be equipped with an OptiLeno module. To convert
the machine to cam box operation, the module is removed and can be stored for later use. It takes
about four hours to convert the machine as well as to put the module back into operation, according
The company reports the conversion option is a convenient solution for weavers who do not use
the high-speed leno system year-round. Whereas the traditional leno system, based on leno heddles,
is also very easy to change, it does not offer the OptiLeno’s high-speed potential. Before the
OptiLeno option became available, some weavers may have refused leno orders because the traditional
production speed was less than half that of their other style. OptiLeno is used mainly to produce
open fabrics made with multifilament, polypropylene tape, monofilament or glass fiber. Picanol has
delivered the first modular OptiLeno installation for fine E-glass styling, ranging from 34 to 300
Tex. The module can be stored with the warp ends still drawn in the module, enabling faster
start-ups when it is refitted on the machine.
February 16, 2010