ITMA 2015 Guide of novelties and enhancements (Part II)

ITMA 2015 Guide of novelties and enhancements (Part II)

Today, Textile Future is presenting the second part of the ITMA 2015 guide with the sectors Weaving ; Knitting and Hosiery; Nonwovens; Finishing, Printing & Dyeing, Software & Textile Chemicals; Parts and Components, aas well as plant optionions

Additionally we present again the interactive floor plan, as well as the general plan of the halls of ITMA in Milan (see below) for your further perusal.




Crealet – We drive you to success

A qualified and reliable partner for innovative solutions, CREALET will present itself at ITMA (Hall 1 Booth H105) under the motto “We Drive You to Success” as a specialist for warp feeding

CREALET’s reliable products and innovative solutions are applied in warp let- off and cloth take-up systems as well as in specialized weaving machine manufacture. With these products, worldwide customers are securing a decisive edge in tough competition: from perfectly tailored “UpgradePackages” for weaving and warp knitting machines to comprehensive conversions of weaving machines for specific market requirements.

CREALET is now promoting its new offer in specialized weaving machine manufacture: Crealet together with IQ–SPS is building specialized weaving machines for wide technical fabrics. These textiles are used in trade fair construction, stage technology as well as in film and photo studios. Additional applications include woven agro and geo textiles.

In the specialized weaving machine manufacture, CREALET is taking on the electronic warp supply of the warp beams integrated in the weaving machine and is manufacturing additional sub-units for the warp supply from the creel or from additional warp beam stands.

Furthermore, CREALET’s sales organisation will be made available for global marketing. The first installed machines for these fields of application are operating to the customers’ utmost satisfaction. Additional concrete projects are in progress.


CREALET-Engineering: Crealet’s product range is used on narrow and wide weaving machines as well as on warp knitting machines and can be classified into the following groups: Electronic let-off and cloth take-up devices; Warp beam device on weaving machines; Warp beam stands for additional warp beams behind weaving and warp knitting machines; Warp feeding devices between the creel and weaving machines; Electronic selvedge yarn spool controls; Tyre cord sub-units consisting of the feeding unit and batch winder.




Lindauer DORNIER puts “Green Machines” in the limelight of innovations

Lindauer DORNIER GmbH displays at the ITMA in Milan a multitude of innovations and new machine concepts for particularly sophisticated fabrics. Under the motto “The Green Machine” this family enterprise from Lake Constance, which manufactures all its machines exclusively in Germany, presents comprehensive solutions for sustainable technologies

With this guiding principle DORNIER is not just hinting at the well-known green varnish of the weaving machines but, above all, at the “green effect” of the fabrics they produceLuftwebmaschine A1 AWS_6_S_G16_Herrenbekleidung. These fabrics are vital for many “green technologies” in almost all sectors with products such as finest filters to purify water or air, airbags and antiballistic structures for protection of life and limb, glass or carbon fibre composites to reduce moving masses and the CO2 emissions. In all these sectors the DORNIER “Green Machines” are indispensable for the production of high-precision fabrics. Especially in these areas, where the highest requirements are placed on quality, DORNIER weaving machines unfold their unique performance.

This is achieved thanks to the quality of manufacturing, the inventiveness of our developers and engineers as well as the culture of close communication with our customers.

In addition to the focus placed on the production of technical textiles to improve sustainability, the German machine manufacturer also presents newest developments for the applications home textiles, clothing and technical textiles.

Greiferwebmaschine_P2 TGP_6_S_G18The highlight of the 400 m2 DORNIER exhibition stand is a new generation of rapier weaving machines – the P2 – that will be revealed to the public for the first time. Further DORNIER exhibits are an air-jet weaving machine A1 and two rapier weaving machines P1 in their respectively latest version. At the stand of Stäubli an air-jet weaving machine A1 in Jacquard version and at the stand of Bonas a rapier weaving machine P1 with a directly mounted Jacquard machine are displayed.

With regard to the ITMA slogan “Master the Art of Sustainability” Peter D. Dornier, Chairman of the Executive Board, says: “For our company sustainability has been a philosophy for more than 65 years, not just a fashionable trend. At our site, we respect and support ecosystems and nature. As a family enterprise we cherish values such as confidence and respect. Against the background of claims for more sustainability in textile production, we feel it is important to point out which enormous contribution modern technical textiles do make to the environment. Woven high performance filters for instance, due to their importance for pure air and clean water, cannot be appreciated highly enough. In this aspect, our customers with their Dornier weaving machines make an excellent contribution to environmental protection. There is much room for improvement as we willshow with the help of our “Green Machines” and, above all, with the new rapier weaving machine P2.

Together with our customers we want to unlock this potential. Furthermore, Dornier weaving machines also offer numerous innovations for even more quality in conventional areas such as home textiles and clothing”.

Jakob Müller will present its lastest innovations for narrow fabrics

The Jakob Müller AG will present its latest innovations and systems in Hall 3 Booth D110.

The following products are in the focus:

•          MÜGRIP® MBJ6 – rapier label weaving machine for labels and pictures with cut selvedges, linked with optional MÜCAD DIRECT TRANSFER softwareSCH3

            Pattern: satin label with 3D effect, 50dtex in warp and weft, on average 229 picks / cm

•          MÜJET® MBJL6 – air jet label weaving machine for labels and pictures with cut selvedges, linked with optional MÜCAN SERVER software

            Pattern: high quality fashion taffeta label, 50 dtex in the warp, 30 and 50 dtex in the weft, on av-erage 534 picks/cm

•          NH2 53 6/27 S2 SNO2B – electronically controlled, narrow fabric needle loom for light- to medi-um-weight, elastic and non-elastic narrow fabrics with unlimited repeated             lengths

•          NHJM2 53 6/42 Z4 – electronically controlled, narrow fabric needle loom for Jacquard-patterned articles with a warp effect and unlimited repeat lengths

Linked with optional MÜCAD DIRECT TRANSFER software

•          COMEZ ACOTRONIC 8B/600 – electronic crochet knitting machine using compound needles for ribbon, laces and technical articles

•          COMEZ TESTRONIC 1600/EL – electronic crochet knitting machine for the production of fabrics for outerwear and technical uses

•          MÜPRINT MDP3 E – ink jet direct printing system for elastic and non-elastic narrow fabrics

•          MFR1.5 50/100 – single or double end machine for light- to medium-weight, elastic and non-elastic ribbons and tapes

•          UV60-RS for the measuring and winding of belts, safety belts, narrow fabrics and tubular goods

•          MÜCAD workstation – Including MÜCAD Basic, MÜCAN Server, MÜCAD Direct Transfer

Founded in Switzerland in 1887, Jakob Müller AG is the world’s leading company with regard to technology for the manufacture of woven and knitted tapes and webbing, woven ropes, woven labels and technical textiles, printed narrow fabrics, dyeing, make-up and winding machinery. The Müller supply programme covers all the needs of the ribbons and narrow fabrics industry from individual yarn pro-cessing up to the finished, made-up product.


Picanol with wider variety of new airjet and rapier weaving machines

The year 2015 sees Picanol celebrating 40 years of manufacturing rapier weaving machines with the global launch of its new OptiMax-I and TerryMax-I machines. A further highlight at the upcoming fair will be the TERRYplus Summum.



To ensure it places maximum focus on its weaving machines capacities, Picanol will be presenting its machines in a brand new booth design at the ITMA fair. Its new booth will Picanol-at-Staubli-OMNIplus-Summum-4-J-190-african-damasthave a special zone situated in the centre that will be occupied by an OMNIplusSummum airjet weaving machine with new features. Picanol will have ten weaving machines on displayat its booth (Hall 1 Booth D 101) and will be weaving a wide array of fabrics including shirting, denim, terry and automotive right through to technical fabrics.

 In addition, a Picanol OptiMax-I with jacquard will be on display at the Bonas booth and an OMNIplus Summum will be demonstrated at Stäubli’s booth.


Stäubli shows an exstensive range of textile machinery

At its large 1000m2 Booth B111/112 (Hall 1) Swiss Stäubli will be showing a selection of its most modern products from its extensive range of textile machinery. This includes cam motions, electronic dobbies and Jacquard machines with harnesses as well as weaving preparation systems with automatic warp drawing-in and warp-tying machines

At the same booth a new carpet weaving machine developed by Stäubli’s business unit Schönherr carpet systems will demonstrate its capabilities. Exclusive carpet samples will be presented.

Customers interested in technical textiles can get an overview of the entire range of Stäubli machines, which enable the production of the most complex fabrics.

Additionally, at booth B102 in Hall 7 Stäubli and its business unit DEIMO knitting solutions and drive systems will exhibit state-of-the-art electronic drives and control solutions mainly for knitting machines.

Stäubli 1Among the products being exhibited at booth B111/B112 in Hall 1 are: Three complete Jacquard installations on weaving machines will be demonstrated: As an impressive premier, visitors can see the production of African damask at high speed on a type SX Jacquard machine equipped with a specific harness with 12,696 cords in conjunction with an air-jet weaving machine operating at a rate of approximately 950 weft insertions per minute. The weaving machine and the Jacquard machine are both operated by individual electronically synchronized drives, which is a special feature of this set-up.

The second noteworthy installation features the new LXL Jacquard machine with 11682 hooks and Stäubli harness. This machine is particularly suitable for large-format applications and will be weaving an OPW airbag (one piece woven airbag) on a 280cm wide reed. 

The third installation consists of a rapier weaving machine and a LX Jacquard machine with a Stäubli harness producing extraordinary fantasy lady wear with remarkable designs.

At another demonstration stand the new LX12 Jacquard machine for weaving narrow fabrics such as ribbons and labels will be shown with 192 hooks and harness with 8 repeats.

Visitors can also see the highly regarded UNIVALETTE Jacquard machine in operation, developed particularly for weaving name selvedge.Stäubli 2

As usual, the Stäubli booth features two levels. From the upper level, visitors can closely observe the Jacquard machines in operation.

The third generation of Stäubli’s rotary dobbies, the S3060/3260 series, can be seen with many application examples at tStäubli 3he Stäubli stand and the booths of many other weaving machine manufacturers. This new generation of rotary dobbies reaches new heights of performance and reliability.

To complete the presentation of Stäubli shedding systems, a cam motion of the refined positive type 1600 series is also being demonstrated at the booth.

Weaving preparation systems business unit has furnished hundreds of dependable workhorses to weaving mills worldwide and is now launching two additional products at ITMA. The SAFIR S60 is being demonstrated drawing in a four-colour 175cm-wide warp with Nm 135/2 and Nm 170/2 cotton yarns without a lease.

The mobile SAFIR S40 drawing-in machine can be observed in a surprising display. The warp-tying process will be demonstrated with two warp-tying machines: MAGMA for technical and coarser yarn counts and the proven TOPMATIC for standard applications, handling even the finest yarns.

The Stäubli business unit Schönherr carpet systems boasts another spectacular product launch: Visitors can discover the new ALPHA 500 carpet-weaving machine in operation, weaving different types of carpets. Carpet samples showing off with recently developed effects like the “Traditional carpet effect” or the “Magic Weft Effect 3”, produced on ALPHA 400 and 500 carpet-weaving machines, can also be admired at the booth.

Visitors interested in technical textiles will have the perfect opportunity to talk to our experts and discover an interesting display explaining the TF weaving system, launched in spring 2015. TF is a complete weaving system with a maximum of modularity, ideally allowing individual configuration. The TF system, developed and produced by Stäubli, is designed to fulfil specific needs of future-oriented weavers of new fabric types such as heavy multilayers, multilayers with new types of structure and material mix, reinforcing fabrics for lightweight applications and spacer fabrics. Visitors will see astonishing fabric samples.

Separate booth no. B102 in Hall 7: With its business unit Deimo knitting solutions and Deimo drive systems, Stäubli is showing its latest developments on two sock-knitting machines. Also to be seen are a variety of servo motors, electronic control solutions, input/output devices and related programming tools mainly for the textile industry.

Additional examples of Stäubli products can be seen during ITMA Milano at various stands of Stäubli partners in numerous applications with Jacquard machines, dobbies and cam motions.


Van de Wiele Group’s tour of novelties

To see what the group Van de Wiele, Bonas, Titan Baratto Cornely (finishing machinery), ROJ iro, Cobble (tufting) (all Booth Hall 1 Booth C101), and ProTechna, Memminger Iro (both Hall 5 Booth B 121) and Superba (Hall 4 Booth B 102)  have to offer, please click here to take a tour:


Knitting and Hoisery


Comez shows warp crochet knitting systems

Comez, belonging to Jakob Müller Frick, presents in Hall 3 Booth D110 its newest warp crochet knitting systems COMEZ ACOTRONIC 8B/600 – an electronic crochet knitting machine using compound needles

CIT1This is a high-efficiency, electronic crochet knitting machine that employs compound needles for the production of a wide range of ribbons, lace, technical and medical textiles, both elastic and non-elastic. Compound needles make the machine highly versatile, as in addition to classic synthetic yarns (polyester, polyamide) they allow the processing of natural yarns (cotton, wool) and special fibres (Kevlar, fibre glass, carbon) in the warp.

The machine comes in several gauges, from 10 to 20 npi, has a 600mm working width and is fitted with eight weft bars with electronic control, which can effect weft movements of up to 34 mm. The mechanical control of the triple-lever weft device is utilised for continual weft movements (without pattern) of up to 50mm and the control of the heddle bar for elastic threads. This enables users to disconnect up to three bars from the electronic control and operate them by means of the weft device levers.

A supplementary warp tube bar with electronic drive (BPO/STR-600) can be supplied on request. This has an electronic drive that allows the creation of various knit constructions in the warp (open lock-stitch, closed lock-stitch, etc.) that lend the fabric a lock-stitch character. More complex knit constructions (e.g. double lock-stitch) are also possible using the BPO/STR-600 together with the standard warp bar, which is driven by special cams (TRICOT/S). The machine is supplied with one feeder for elastic threads, one feeder for non-elastic threads, one feeder for warp threads and electronically controlled finished product takedown. On request, additional feeders fitted with electronic controls can be mounted on the machine for elastic or non-elastic threads.

The electronic drive applied to the feeders and the finished product takedown provides the possibility of varying stitch density values (stitches/cm) in a single product, as well as different values for weft/warp feeding and elasticity.

The COMEZ ACOTRONIC 8B/600 is fitted with the DATA CONTROL CONTROLLER, which manages all essential machine functions, monitors production data and enables the realisation of lengthy pattern repeats. Indeed, the number of lines available for each pattern is virtually unlimited. Exclusive PC textile software completes the patterning and programming.

The machine can be fitted with the electronic, DLT/EL long throw device that can control up to three weft bars and allows the production of fabrics with long weft movement of up to the full working width along with the possibility of single pick control. In order to guarantee constant warp feeding tension, an electronically driven positive feeder can be used, which allows the setting of the quantity and tension of the yarn to be fed to the needles.

In the case of warp yarns in particular, it is possible to use beams that require little space and ensure the starting steadiness of the yarns. Beam supports are available for positioning on the machine base or at a distance.

Also in the focus will be the COMEZ TESTRONIC 1600/EL – an electronic crochet knitting machine for the production of fabrics for outerwear and technical uses. This is an electronic crochet knitting machine for the production of a wide range of fabrics for outer-wear, accessories (e.g. scarves and shawls) and fabrics for technical uses. The unsurpassed versatility of this machine creates enormous long pattern repeat capacity using yarns of all types and counts. The machine is thus able to produce bouclé, plain and openwork knitted fabrics and offer dimensional stability, elasticity and an output rate that cannot be matched using other knitting machines. The machine comes in gauges of 5, 10 and 15 npi, has a 1,620mm working width and can employ either latch or bearded needles. It is fitted with seven weft bars for electronic control for movements of up to a maximum of 150mm, and with a warp heddle bar with electronic drive, for movements of up to a maximum of 30 mm. The machine can be equipped with the electronic DLT/EL long throw device, which can control up to three weft bars to produce fabrics with long weft movement of up to 1 metre. It features progressive and gradual electronic control and can perform weft movements of up to 1 metre, with “1:1” needle spacing. Several textile products can be produced with the DLT/EL device such as baffle nets for making big bags, wide fringes with single weft and a number of other types of fabrics. The takedown and eventual feeders are electronically controlled, allowing for variations in stitch density and yarn feed to create special effects. In order to guarantee constant feeding tension, electronically driven shafts positioned on a beam-carrier are used to control the rotation speed of the beams, thus allowing the setting of the tension of the warp and weft ground yarns.

The COMEZ TESTRONIC 1600/EL is fitted with the DATA CONTROL CONTROLLER, which manages all essential machine functions, monitors production data and enables the realisation of lengthy pattern repeats. Indeed, the number of lines available for each pattern is virtually unlimited. In addition, exclusive PC textile software carries out patterning and programming.

Karl Mayer with trend-setting new innovations

KARL MAYER will be showing that it stands for trend-setting new innovations in warp knitting and warp preparation – an image which the manufacturer emphasizes by a fresh, modern appearance at the trade fair and by a new corporate design

Karl Mayer ITMA_PreviewIIMore specifically in Hall 5 Booth C 101 the company will be showing a new HKS 2-SE high-speed machine with a unique performance profile. An important feature is the Low Energy Option (LEO) as a contribution to sustainability. Right from the very first glance, this new machine looks innovative, thanks to a completely revamped, modern machine design that focuses on ergonomics. This new corporate look will be standard on all future developments. KARL MAYER will also be showing the HKS 4-M-EL high-speed tricot machine. Equipped with EL control, this new tricot machine is a flexible, highly efficient all-round machine.

Lace manufacturers, in search of completely new looks, will definitely get their money’s worth – thanks to a multibar raschel machine equipped with fall plate, in a working width of 242″ and thanks to another lace machine for producing lace bands and outerwear.

Innovative newcomer for manufacturing technical textiles is a new generation of the tried and tested HKS MSUS machine, based on the Wefttronic® concept.

Karl Mayer has developed two new innovations with the focus on flexibility for the warp preparation sector: a sectional warping machine which can be extended from a standard equipment into a weaving preparation machine for special applications, and a warp sampling machine with a previously unreached working width, thus, opening up new applications. Another highlight is the size box making a contribution to the subject of sustainability in sizing, and an innovative technology for the denim dyeing sector, that are setting new standards in terms of product quality.

Alongside all these new technical developments, it will be demonstrating that it has extended its all-round technical customer support services on a modular-based concept. The new features for more user benefit especially include offers for even more efficiency and performance of services and spare parts procurement. Besides, three innovative online shopping facilites for mobile phones – the apps KARL MAYER CHECK PARTS and KARL MAYER CONNECT as well as the SPARE PARTS WEBSHOP – ensure a short track to KARL MAYER.

Mayer & Cie. GmbH & Co. KG with new circular knitting machine for knitting and spinning all in one

Circular knitting machines that spin as well: A new technical approach by Mayer & Cie. makes it possible. The knitting machines from the VDMA member still need prefabricated yarn to do their work – the end product from the spinning plant. But with Spinit Systems, the new generation of machines from the SME in Albstadt only require the intermediate yarn stage, so an entire process step can be omitted. The first “ready-for-sale” model of the Spinit machines will be unveiled at ITMA 2015 in November in Milan. 

Two years ago, Mayer & Cie. GmbH & Co. KG launched a comprehensive energy management project, which is planned to last a total of four years. We intend to completely modernise our infrastructure, parts of it are rather outdated. The most important objective is to save energy. Our goal is to consume significantly fewer resources, meaning power above all, for each machine we make.

The company started by modernising the entire heating system. It completely renewed the air conditioning plant we use to generate our process cooling media and replaced all the piping.  Efficient pipe insulation and modern switching equipment has allowed us to cut down on several cooling units. Air conditioning systems are big energy consumers; we expect to manage with about half of them in future. So there is potential for substantial savings here, which should translate into several hundred thousand euro in lower energy costs over the next few years. In order to minimise heat loss, we are currently in the process of insulating our buildings.

Mayer & Cie. plans to generate enough electricity and heat to cover its needs. Depending on capacity, it will install one or two combined heat and power units in the near future.

The topic of sustainability not only affects its internal operating infrastructure, but also its products, of course. Shortly  the company will launch a new generation of circular knitting machines, fitted with its proprietary Spinit technology. Spinit is a neologism created by combining two English words, spin and knit.

The innovative feature of this method consists of integrating a part of the spinning process in the machine, before or during the knitting process. The normal sequence of events is that finished yarn runs into the circular knitting machine and is processed there. But Spinit starts working with the semi-finished, “flyer” yarn, the yarn that has just left the pre-spinning machine, which is called the flyer.

In order to turn the semi-treated yarn into finished yarn, it needs to pass through ring spinning machines, for example, which take up space and use a lot of energy. Not any more with Spinit. The semi-treated yarn is 3 to 5 mm thick, and now it passes straight into the circular knitting machine, where it is spun and then knitted. The entire machine park involved in this process is no longer part of the plan. A company that carries out the entire manufacturing chain from treating the cotton to the knitted product needs up to 40 percent less space to do the same job. That is the really huge advantage of this technology.

It goes without saying, investments in machinery are cut dramatically. But at Mayer & Cie. some deliberate calculations were made: What does a kilogram of fabric cost normally, and what does it cost with Spinit technology? With Spinit, we can save as much as 25 %. For example, depending on the energy and labour costs in a given country, one kilo of knitted fabric can be up to a quarter less expensive than the same item made conventionally.

Mayer & Cie. GmbH & Co. KG is a member of the Blue Competence-VDMA Initiative, and takes responsibility for meeting durable sustainability criteria and standards. Besides investing in the energy management project the company is also extremely committed to improving the performance of its products. Every machine type that will be exhibited at the ITMA is 10 – 25 % more powerful. This means that these produce significantly more for similar energy consumption. Thus the company can further extend its lead over its competitors. What Spinit is concerned, all of the employees are working at full speed, so that by the time it is unveiled at the ITMA, the new development will be ready for sale. Incidentally, Mayer & Cie. always displays its Blue Competence membership at trade fairs like this. It is well received by visitors.

A great deal has changed in this respect over the last five years. The word “sustainability” is heard everywhere, even coming out of countries where you would not expect it. We think of Banglades

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