During the Shanghaitex fair, KARL MAYER invited its customers and other interested textile companies to see its innovative machine concepts and textile applications at an inhouse show. The event took place from 25 to 28 November 2019 at KARL MAYER (China) in Changzhou.”

At its in-house show, KARL MAYER showed its state-of-the- art machines, including three world firsts. The machines being premiered are a double-bar raschel machine, whose optimised cost: Benefit ratio should appeal to shoe fabric producers in particular, a direct warping machine for efficiently processing elastane for the mid-range segment, and a raschel machine, which put producers of patterned lingerie fabrics in the commodity segment one step ahead of their competitors. Furthermore KARL MAYER displayed a three-bar HKS model with electronic guide bar control and integration in the world of KM.ON at the first time in Asia. Another feature of the show is the latest warp-knitted home and household textiles that offer advantages over woven fabrics. In Changzhou, a modern machine with weft insertion were producing net curtains featuring the popular woven look. The TERRY.ECO, a concept for the sustainable production of terry goods, and the associated TM 4 TS were also presented. A textiles and applications show were rounded off the presentation for the warp knitting sector. This showcased terry goods in a range of different designs, as well as ultra-fine, smooth lingerie fabrics with integrated, decorative lace at the edges.

KM.ON’s innovative, digital product range were also presented to demonstrate how these well-thought-out products can give its customers market advantages. Well-thought-out machine systems for direct warping, sectional warping and sizing in the mid-range segment are also being shown for the warp preparation sector. The textile innovations and machine developments in the field of technical textiles appealed mainly to suppliers in the construction sector and producers of interlinings.

Production of tricot fabrics by using electronic guide bar control and digital solutions

As innovation in the field of tricot machines, KARL MAYER presented the new HKS 3-M-ON, 218,” which offers the same performance in terms of speed as the current HKS 3-M with Npattern drive but with electronic guide bar control. Patterns can be changed quickly by ordering the required lapping from KARL MAYER’s Webshop Spare Parts and loading the data from KM.ON cloud directly onto the machine. Thanks to the electronic guide bar control article can be changed without the previous mechanical handling. The machine can work patterns with repeats of maximal 36 stitches. In doing so no tempi change is necessary. The advantages for the customer: Significantly reduced downtimes caused by pattern changes and thereby considerable increased productivity, short response times to changing market requirements and no costs and delays due to delivery times associated with pattern discs.

An efficient way of producing smooth raschel fabrics with lace-like decorative effects for lingerie

KARL MAYER launched the RJ 5/1, E 32, 130″, a new commodity product line for producing stylish lingerie items. Jan Hippich, a Portfolio Manager at KARL MAYER, is expecting the south Chinese market in particular to invest in this sector. There is a high demand there for lingerie items made from smooth, raschel-knitted fabrics with lace-like decorative bands – marketed under the term, “Seamless”. The making-up costs are also low. The fabrics produced on the RJ 5/1 are made from simple elastane and the type of lapping means that they are resistant to the slippage effect typical of the stretch material. The edges of the fabric do not have to be hemmed, and the consumer is happy with the comfort, since there are just a few seams at the leg and arm openings.

Other advantages of the RJ 5/1 are its exceptional cost: benefit ratio and broad production repertoire. “Basically, conventional products for the RSJ sector can also be produced,” says Jan Hippich. New developments in the multibar lace sector are also perfect for producing seamless lingerie. A wide variety of yarns can be used for producing different designs using the multibar technology. Fine fabrics produced on an ML 41 in a gauge of E 32 will be presented at the show.

More technology choices for producers of shoe fabrics

The RDJ 6/1 EN is being launched especially for producers of stylish shoe fabrics. This double-bar raschel machine is designed to produce engineered spacer textiles, and delivers a high performance for a reasonable purchase price. With its optimised cost: benefit ratio, this new machine is intended to bridge the gap between the established models with piezo jacquard technology. Compared to the RDPJ 7/1 EL, the price is more attractive, the speed is higher, and the production repertoire is only slightly smaller. Up to 90 percent of the jacquard shoe fabrics currently being manufactured can be produced. More guide bars, EN drive and a well-thought-out yarn feed system to the jacquard bars increase the design possibilities compared to the RDJ 5/1, and enable the patterns to be changed easily.

Net curtains with the look of woven fabrics and the production advantages of warp-knitted fabrics

KARL MAYER has developed magazine weft fabrics with a trendy look for the net curtain sector. One of machines for doing this was being presented at the in-house show. The new WEFT.FASHION TM 3,130″, E 24 produces fine fabrics with a woven look, and uses fancy yarns to create visual effects. Warp knitting is much more efficient than weaving. An expensive and time-consuming sizing process does not have to be carried out, and magazine weft fabrics are extremely slip-resistant.

Warp-knitted terry fabrics trump their woven counterparts A TM 4 TS, E 24, 186″ is being presented for producing

terry goods extremely efficiently. The output of this triedand- tested tricot machine may be as much as 250 percent higher than that of comparable air-jet looms, and the energy consumption is approximately 87 percent lower, since no compressed air is required. Furthermore, no sizing process is needed, which reduces the environmental loads and costs considerably as a result of the sizing chemicals, effluent and energy consumption. The TM 4 TS is also flexible. It can process staple-fibre and filament yarns to produce a variety of terry goods, including double-face fabrics with an absorbent cotton inner layer and a soft, cosy, outer layer made from microfibre yarns. It can also produce fabrics having different weights.

New machine for the efficient warping of elastane for the mid-range warp knitting sector

The new ISO ELASTIC 42/21 focuses on the requirements of customers operating in the mid-range segment and delivers a high-quality appearance, low space requirements and an excellent cost: benefit ratio. This new machine is particularly interesting for producers of stretch velour fabrics, as well as for modernisation projects. In terms of its features, speed and flexibility, the ISO ELASTIC 42/21 is very different from the DSE HH 50/32 for the premium market. This new machine concentrates on one type of beam. The finest gauge of the 132″-tricot machine on which the beams are processed, is E 36 or E 24. The price is also aimed at the standard sector. There are no compromises as far as the operation, reliability and product quality are concerned.