Karl Mayer bestowed with  iF DESIGN AWARD 2016 for KAMCOS® 2

Karl Mayer not only focuses on improving the performance features of its textile machines, it also concentrates on continuously upgrading the machine handling – and this company has developed some exceptional solutions. For example, Karl Mayer has been awarded the iF DESIGN AWARD 2016 for its KAMCOS® 2 user interface system, and consequently the iF label as a symbol of outstanding design

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This user interface was presented to the market for the first time at ITMA 2015. For more than 60 years, this award has been a globally recognised symbol of exemplary design. It is awarded each year by iF International Design Forum GmbH, Hanover. The number of entrants for this year’s competition was extremely high, and the role of the international jury of high-ranking experts was to award the coveted quality seal in seven disciplines from among more than 5,000 applications from 53 countries! KAMCOS® 2 was entered in the section of Communication – Apps/Software – and won the award.

The jury was impressed by the optimised user interface design of KAMCOS® 2, which focuses on the user. In the past, it was simply a question of operating the machine, but nowadays it has be handled intuitively. “Our concept is based on a system of simple, easy-to-understand, practical handling operations. During the development process, we therefore concentrated, on the one hand, on visualising the processes, which were not consequently designed from a technical standpoint but footing on the machine’s operating sequences on site. The operator is assisted and  guided through his daily jobs – from entry of the yarn into the machine to production of the final fabric. On the other hand, we looked at established user practices, i.e. at the types of hand movements and swiping features used on smartphones and tablets,” explained Oliver Krakow, the Senior Manager Electrical Engineering R&D Department.

The operating concept, with process-oriented main navigation systems, made via a modular arrangement and a uniform interface for the various types of machines. This applies to every area – from warp knitting, through warp preparation, to the production of technical textiles. For specific configurations, the contents of the production side can be adapted to the requirements of the user roles or machine features. To avoid any operator errors, monitoring algorithms have been integrated, and access is controlled via an RFID data chip with a specifically authorised access key in each case.

Interaction is easy-made by functional and animation features. Oliver Krakow explained this by saying: “When designing the screen changes, we avoided sudden jumps and went in for smooth transitions instead.”

Extending the functions to mobile devices complements the project. In this way, KAMCOS® 2 enables data to be accessed remotely by mobile devices using the KARL MAYER CONNECT app.

As well as the user interface with its exceptional design, KAMCOS® 2 provides all the performance features of a modern automation platform. All the functions of modern textile machines can be fully integrated. This is based on the principles of an efficient, real-time data bus. The integrated elements include the Laserstopp yarn monitoring system for the instant detection of yarn breakages and rapid machine stoppage, a newly developed camera monitoring system for inspecting the textile web, and a new machine lighting system with status indicator for providing information on the operating status.

The development of KAMCOS® 2 was a high-priority, interdisciplinary project carried out by KARL MAYER. A large team of mechanical engineers, software developers and automation engineers from various business units and locations worked flat out to present to the market the first machines equipped with this new automation platform in time for the ITMA trade fair in November 2015. These were the high performance tricot machine HKS 2-SE and the new WEFTTRONIC® HKS weft-insertion machine. Following the successful premiere, the specialists still have plenty to do. “The roll-out of KAMCOS® 2 to all our tricot machines will begin on 1 July,” said Oliver Krakow when speaking about the next stage. “We also intend to extend the concept by additional functions that are applicable to our other machine ranges.” For the moment, the senior manager development department is delighted that the company has been awarded the iF DESIGN AWARD 2016. “This award has made all our hard work and effort worthwhile, and will help us to communicate the advantages of KAMCOS® 2 to the market.”


India ITME Society bestowed with the Royal Show Category Award

India ITME Society was nominated and qualified for the award under “Royal Show Category”.  The award was constituted by Exhibition Showcase, supported by Government of India Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, National Skill Development Corporation (N.S.D.C.), IndianExhibitions Conferences & Events Services Association (IESA), Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA), Indian Industries Association (IIA) & hosted by India Expo Mart, Noida.

ITME 4award-1India ITME Society was shortlisted out of the 7 nominations.  The award function was held on 23rd January 2016 at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida.

Apart from the above award won by India ITME Society, Ms. Seema Srivastava, Executive Director also has won an individual award under the “Leading Ladies of Industry” Category.

Both the awards are matter of pride and achievement for the India ITME Staff and the members of our industry. This award function is expected to telecast on 13th & 14th February 2016 at 3.00 pm. on Bloomberg News channel.

India ITME Society is now gearing up for the 10th India ITME a mega Event to be held in Mumbai from 3rd – 8th December 2016 at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center.

Another service offered by India ITME Society is an 24 x 7 online networking platform IIN Zone where companies can register for promotion & lead generation worldwide.

Completing 37 years of service, India ITME Society has also launched Global Textile Technology & Engineering Show (GTTES) to be held alternatively with India ITME series.  GTTES is to be region specific and sector specific business platform focused on customized business solution.  The 1st edition of GTTES was held on 20-22nd January 2015 in Mumbai with Weaving, Fiber & Yarn sector & Waste Water Technology customized of textile industry as focused sector.

The Chairman and the steering committee members of India ITME Society express sincere thanks to all the members and associates for their unstinted support and pledges continued quality services to the industry.   


Avery Dennison Materials Group EU Headquarter with ‘Very Good’ BREEAM certificate

Avery Dennison has brought its sustainability vision to life at its new EU headquarters and Research & Development center in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands. The long-term leased building acts as the European hub for the global Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) Materials Group business – a leader in labelling, packaging, and graphics solutions. A BREEAM(1) ‘Very Good’ certificate was awarded at a ceremony on December 10, during a celebration for all of the partners involved in the building’s design and construction. The building is located in the BioScience Park in Oegstgeest, which is among the top five science parks in Europe.

Avery-Dennison-HQ-CertificateAngelo Depietri, vice president/general manager Avery Dennison Materials Group Europe, said that Avery Dennison aims to break through conventional patterns of thinking and stretch existing boundaries in its drive to improve environmental performance: “Our sustainability vision involves thinking about much more than our own operations. We work to support sustainability initiatives with our customers, our partners, and across the wider community. This new building was conceived from the very start to create a place where our employees could collaborate, innovate, and inspire our customers – and also to offer exceptional performance with resource and energy consumption.”

A whole range of sustainability features have been brought together to merit the tough BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating. The headquarters has energy efficient ground-storage heating and cooling, heat-reflective glass, elevators that recover energy, motion-controlled lighting, FSC-certified timber, and more than 100 birdcages on a sedum-covered green roof.

Depietri said that none of the many sustainability measures implemented have compromised function: “We now have a 12,000m2 sustainable building that can accommodate up to 450 people, including a 1,600m2 state-of-the-art Research & Development center for further product innovation.”

Leading architectural firm Paul de Ruijter, developer OVG Real Estate, construction company J.P. van Eesteren all worked with Avery Dennison to build the innovative, contemporary and technologically advanced building with the goal of creating a space that fosters collaboration, innovation and productivity.


Coen van Oostrom, CEO of OVG Real Estate, said, “Avery Dennison has worked with experts todesign a building that prioritizes comfort, health and productivity for end-users. It is one of the first companies in the Netherlands to create a combined office/ Research & Development center with ‘Very Good’ BREEAM certification, and the criteria developed and implemented during this project are now standard for other lab buildings seeking BREEAM certification. It underlines Avery Dennison’s commitment to working more sustainably, and preparing a legacy for future generations.”

Depietri said that Avery Dennison is fully committed to making a contribution to a more sustainable future: “We think it’s important to lead the way on this crucial issue, and to challenge ourselves and others to do everything possible to protect our environment. Not only are we now operating from one of the most sustainable properties in the area, but we are also working hard to drive sustainability gains across our entire supply chain.”

BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It addresses a number of life cycle stages such as New Construction, Refurbishment and In-Use. The focus on sustainable value and efficiency makes BREEAM certified developments attractive property investments and generates sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them.

Large format printed artwork using Epson technology wins ACE Award

A stunning piece of contemporary art installed on the west wall of St Michael’s Church, Camden, ‘HS’ has won the ACE Award for Art in a Religious Context. Designed and created by artist Maciej Urbanek, the large-scale artwork measures more than 60 sqm and was printed using an Epson large format printer and media.

The ACE Awards were set up in 2003 to draw attention to standards in religious art and design and celebrate the successes and diversity of architectural andACE-Award-image artistic projects in religious buildings throughout Britain. The winners of the 2015 Awards were announced at a reception held in the remarkable setting of King’s College Chapel, London.

A graduate of Goldsmiths College and the Royal Academy of Arts, Maciej is currently Photography Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools, while still developing his art practice producing large-scale printed works. He was introduced to Epson within the RA Schools’ Epson Digital Media Suite and has used Epson materials and equipment since he was a student so knows the technology well.

“Epson were very generous in offering me the use of their print facility at Hemel Hempstead in order to produce the 27 pieces that make up the installation,” says Maciej. “Not only did they provide their facilities but also their expertise. It simply wouldn’t have been possible without their help and support.”

The large scale photographic work impressed judges with its ‘drama and theology’ and its ability to ‘speak mysteriously and powerfully’. Maciej says: “I’m delighted with the finished piece and the fact that it has created a focal point for the whole community to enjoy. I’m also very happy it has won the ACE Award!” 

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