Simple, lightweight, plain fabrics with elasticity have become indispensable in the underwear and sportswear sector. Karl Mayer’s established 2-bar, high-performance tricot machines have so far included the HKS 2-SE – a high-speed model designed exclusively to produce elastic articles using locknit and double tricot lapping – and the HKS 2-S, which offers greater flexibility in terms of yarns and lapping options, with lower production speeds. The manufacturing repertoire also includes qualities with 2-needle-overlap, and non-elastic fabrics such as embroidery grounds and tulle are also possible.
In order to combine both product variety and speed, Karl Mayer Group, Obertshausen/Germany, has now added another machine to its range of elastane-processing machines – the HKS 2-SE Plus. This builds on the proven basic concept of the HKS 2-SE and, thanks to a modified knitting motion, can be used for both elastic locknit and double tricot, as well as 2-needle overlap. The 2 needles overlap is carried out by the GB 2 ground guide bar, which processes elastane. This results in fabrics with a higher modulus, making swimwear, sportswear and shaping corsets just as much a part of the HKS 2-SE Plus range as fine lingerie qualities.
In terms of speed, the new machine is almost in the same performance range as the HKS 2-SE, and it achieves higher production speeds than the HKS 2-S.
Just like the HKS 2-SE, the Plus variant is offered in gauges E 32, E 36 and E 40, also available with the same stitch density. The working width is 130", which can be extended by 4".