Since 2008, a combined show known as “ITMA ASIA + CITME” has been held in China, scheduled to take place every two years. Taking off in Shanghai, the milestone event features the unique strengths of the ITMA brand and China’s most important textile event -CITME. This move to combine the two shows into one mega high-quality event is strongly supported by all nine CEMATEX European textile machinery associations, CTMA (China Textile Machinery Association) and JTMA (Japan Textile Machinery Association). The fifth edition of the combined show will be held from 21 to 25 October 2016 at the new National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC) in Shanghai. Leading textile machineries manufacturing companies showcase their latest innovative technologies in this show. Textile Focus technical team is presenting innovative technologies comp anywise.
KARL MAYER offers at this year’s ITMA ASIA + CITME innovative solutions for warp knitting, weaving preparation and technical textiles. This innovative market leader in its specialist fields will be showcasing its advanced products in two places simultaneously: in hall 4.1. on stand A 30 in the NECC and, at the same time, at an in-house show at KARL MAYER (China) in Wujin, Changzhou. A free shuttle bus will transfer visitors between the two locations.
The visitors will be able to see an extensive range of products. The focus of the in-house show will be on the production of lace, and an important new development will be setting new standards for multibar jacquard machines in terms of the cost:benefit ratio. This new machine will be demonstrating its potential by producing a fashionable lace for the outerwear market. The first machines have already been sold. In Wujin, Changzhou, KARL MAYER will also be showing a new double-bar raschel machine for producing fashionable shoe designs, and a direct warping machine for warp knitting with a new, hybrid operation.
Tricot machines will be the focus of the presentation in the NECC. KARL MAYER will be continuing with the generation change that it introduced at ITMA 2015 in Milan. Manufacturers of technical textiles can look forward to seeing some new ideas for lightweight constructions on KARL MAYER’s stand in Shanghai. This company will also be showing a highly efficient sectional warping machine and an innovative sizing system.
Tricot machines: Upgrade rollout
KARL MAYER is currently working on a gradual generation change for its HKS machine series, which will delight its customers. The company will be showing the fourth generation of its HKS 3-M at ITMA ASIA + CITME. These extensive modifications have focused on the ergonomic machine design and the KAMCOS® 2 completely new automation platform. KAMCOS® 2 ensures that the functions of the state-of-the art textile machines are fully integrated. On the latest tricot machines, these include: camera monitoring as standard for complete, all-over fabric monitoring and the early detection of faults; the Laserstopp yarn monitoring system with rapid reaction times; and LED illumination with status display. The KAMCOS® 2 system also acts as the interface to the new KARL MAYER CONNECT app.
And, of course, LEO® is also included in the overall package of innovative machine features. This technology, which has been available in series since the beginning of 2016, can decrease energy consumption for companies by up to 10% compared to the conventional version, and thus reduces costs as well as the carbon footprint. An HKS 3-M, 218″, in a gauge of E 28, will be demonstrating all of these features in Shanghai. Additional to the HKS 3-M KARL MAYER will be showing a further tricot machine in Shanghai.
Warp preparation technology: high performance during sectional warping and sustainability in sizing
KARL MAYER will be offering a real highlight for those visitors specialising in warp preparation for weaving – the ISOWARP. This sectional warping machine operates at an impressive level of performance – the productivity of this innovative machine may be up to 30 % higher during weaving preparation, and the weaving efficiency may be increased by up to 3% compared to other models on the market. As well as being efficient, the ISOWARP is also easy to operate, reliable and accurate. The warped beams are of the highest quality at every length. The reasons for this high performance include a number of innovative technical systems, such as an Ethernet interface for linking up to the network and the KAMCOS® 2 system, which guarantees easy operation.
The second machine being shown by KARL MAYER’s Warp Preparation Business Unit is the innovative HSB size box with prewetting facility. The HSB is the key element of the PROSIZE® sizing machine. It operates with three highly turbulent, uniform application zones and spray bar technology with a subsequent application/squeeze roller unit. Savings can be made in sizing additives, the energy needed for desizing, and effluent loads. It reduces the amount of size required by up to 10% and the size application is also more uniform.
Technical textiles: fully committed to the lightweight construction sector
KARL MAYER’s Technical Textiles Business Unit will be taking a sporty approach to ITMA ASIA + CITME, where it will be showing a high-tech bicycle made from CFP. It will, therefore, be demonstrating its commitment to the lightweight construction sector. When developing its innovative construction technology, KARL MAYER is a real trendsetter – with its bi- and multiaxial machines for producing reinforcement textiles for composites. KARL MAYER can also supply fibre spreading machines to make optimum use of the characteristics of different technical filament yarns, particularly carbon. The machines are tailored to suit the requirements of the customer and are, therefore, often customised machines.
360° support: all-round support using online technology
KARL MAYER has optimised its all-round service and added some new facilities. The result is 360° support. This customer support programme is the most comprehensive in the sector and modular arrangend. The key modules of this 360° support are service, spare parts, textile consulting, the Academy and sales. The new facilities concern the targeted use of online communication, such as the KARL MAYER CONNECT and KARL MAYER CHECK PARTS apps. By using the KARL MAYER CONNECT app, if necessary, the machine operators can communicate, quickly, without any errors, and in a target manner with the KARL MAYER service organization. The machine data can also be accessed remotely.
Textile Focus Technical Team