Stäubli, a leading high-speed textile machinery manufacturer, will be demonstrating its latest automation solutions for the hosiery sector at next month’s ITM exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey. The D4Sautomatic toe-closing device will be presented on a circular sock knitting machine, so that visitors can experience how the time consumption in the sock knitting process can significantly be reduced.
“As an industry partner, Stäubli constantly analyses customers’ most important needs and integrates solutions in the development of its new products. Working in this way, we offer an extensive machinery range that provides mills with increased advantages in terms of reliability, long service life and versatility in application,” the company explains. The D4S is a fully automatic toe-linking device for sock knitting machine, based on an idea for automatically linking socks directly on the knitting machine, so that no operator intervention is required. It is available for sock knitting machines with a diameter of 3½” to 4½” and from 8 to 19 gauges. “Once the D4S is installed on a knitting machine, adjusting to different gauge ranges is fast and easy. The D4S represents a quantum leap for knitters who want to excel in the hosiery market,” the manufacturer explains.
Some of the key benefits of the innovative device, according to the company, include significantly higher productivity in sock manufacturing, short idle time of the machine for removal of the finished knitted socks, and rapid payback thanks to price/ performance ratio. The machine is also easily adaptable to various diameters. The innovative device was developed by Stäubli in 2016 and was later introduced by an Italian sock knitting machine builder Rumi for the company’s single cylinder sock knitting machines. Headquartered in Pfäffikon, Switzerland, Stäubli was founded in 1892 and is a leader in the manufacture textile machinery, including machines for weaving, jacquard patterning, weaving preparation, as well as automation solutions and accessories. With its Deimo knitting solutions, Stäubli is also a leading manufacturer of drive and control systems for a wide range of applications in the knitting and hosiery industries.