On January 21, 2021, the Institute of Textile Technology of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), Aachen/Germany, plans to unveil a new warp knitting machine, the Biaxtronic CO of the Karl Mayer Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Obertshausen/Germany, with a one-day industry event in Aachen.
With the procurement of the high-performance warp knitting machine with course-oriented weft-insertion system, further development and production of reinforcement structures for concrete matrices are aspired. Furthermore, the new machine will also be used for the development of functional samples/prototypes in other application fields such as:
• production of hybrid knitted fabric structures over a nonwovens,
• manufacture of unidirectional (UD) fabrics for fiber-reinforced plastics and plain knitted fabrics for thermal textiles in the mobility sector,
• reinforcement of wound dressings in the medical textiles sector,
The new machine platform comes with new features which open up new research avenues for ITA and its research partners. The possibility to feed in base substrate will allow ITA to fundamentally research applications in the field of geotextiles.
Also, the installed Karl Mayer Command System “Kamcos” includes an ethernet interface for integration into an existing network, which fulfils the requirements for research topics in the field of Industry 4.0, inline quality control, sociology, networking of the process chain etc. The newly developed electronic guide bar control system and the possibility to vary process parameter inline will improve the product quality substantially and help in producing locally adapted tailored textiles.