Karl Mayer : Warp knitting patterning from th...
Karl Mayer

Warp knitting patterning from the cloud

Kay Hilbert, Product Owner Global Tricot Machines at Karl Mayer (Source: Karl Mayer)
Kay Hilbert, Product Owner Global Tricot Machines at Karl Mayer (Source: Karl Mayer)

Digitalization offers new possibilities in warp knitting which Karl Mayer is using to offer its customers a wide range of advantages for their business. Coordinated innovation activities are offered in 3 areas: Care Solutions, Digital Solutions and Smart Machine.
Smart Machine comprises special functions that are backed by the company’s expertise and enable customers to maximize their productivity. In addition, higher reproducibility of quality is possible. A first solution for this is SwapKnit. The new patterning concept from the Karl Mayer Group, Obertshausen/Germany, manages completely without pattern discs, but still enables the high operating speeds typical of mechanical guide bar drives. The basis for this is the networking of the machine via the k.ey device with the KM.ON cloud of the Karl Mayer Group.

SwapKnit can be used for the production of new or tried-and-tested articles with pattern repeats of up to 36 stitch courses. The required lapping data is acquired in Karl Mayer's Webshop Spare Parts and loaded directly from the KM.ON cloud. This enables pattern changes in a matter of seconds. The precision of the information for controlling the guide bars has remained unchanged.
The first tricot machine with SwapKnit function is the HKS 3-M ON. With the electronic curves and a likewise electronic high-performance drive for the guide bars, the newcomer achieves a speed of up to 2,900 min-1.
SwapKnit offers a new flexibility in patterning and is offered for this purpose in the variants SwapKnit 36 and SwapKnit 36 Flat. SwapKnit 36 is based on the principle of the pattern disc: The customer purchases a single lapping for each ground guide bar, but uses the Webshop Spare Parts. SwapKnit 36 Flat provides a whole selection of lappings for a flat rate. The library of electronic pattern discs used for this purpose offers all the lapping variants available at Karl Mayer. The compilation can be used on a machine selected for SwapKnit 36 Flat for a certain period of time, and can also be obtained easily and quickly from the Webshop Spare Parts.
If an article is created from the available lappings, the settings required for this, such as fabric take-up speed, yarn run-in and camera alignment, can also be saved. In the case of a repeat job, all relevant data is loaded automatically.
»The simple article changeover, completely without manual intervention, is very well received by customers. Every action means work and the risk of errors. «
Kay Hilbert, Product Owner Global Tricot Machines at Karl Mayer


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