At the leading textile machinery exhibition ITMA 2023 in Milan/Italy from June 8-14, 2023, sustainability will be the overarching theme shaping the presentation of Karl Mayer Group, Obertshausen/Germany. The focused stand concept relies on minimal material consumption for the wall and floor structures through the use of many modular and reusable components.
A compact sustainability gallery will feature elements including an example of the circular economy of material from the warp knitting sector, a 3D-knitted garment with extremely low-waste production, and a technical warp knitted grid fabric that offers two environmental benefits in one: not only is it made from natural fibers, but it is also used as a carrier material for CO2-effective vertical urban greening. Another feature of the sustainable innovations collection revolves around production technology: For the denim industry, a solution for indigo dyeing that has an extremely low carbon footprint will be shown.
Virtual collection by Stoll, created with k. innovation Create Design (Source: Karl Mayer)
Under the motto “Master the Change – profitable, flexible, sustainable”, solutions and innovations are provided to answer customers’ key questions, including: “How can I deal with the increasing pressure to be more sustainable?”
One potential way forward for warp knitting is shown by a new fall plate raschel machine, which – thanks to specific modifications – is suitable for processing staple fibers.
A high-performance tricot machine operates using an energy-efficient direct drive. The energy consumption can be checked through newly developed monitoring. In addition, the machine uses pattern data from the cloud rather than pattern discs, thereby reducing its material and transport intensity. A warp knitting machine with weft insertion demonstrates how an optimized weft carrier can save waste in the weft yarn, and the ADF model from Stoll requires less energy thanks to a range of targeted design changes.
Digital solutions also contribute effectively to increased sustainability and economic efficiency at the same time. As an example, the latest innovative design software for flat knitted textiles – k.innovation Create Design – can interact with any 3D software. Thanks to this connection, realistic 3D renders can be created, thereby enormously reducing the need for physical patterns and by extension, lowering material consumption.