The shoe industry is driven by short collection cycles and enormous pressure in terms of time and cost. In order to make processes faster and save on labor, Karl Mayer Stoll Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Reutlingen/Germany, and Desma Schuhmaschinen GmbH, Achim/Germany, have joined forces for a joint project.
The 2 partners have developed an integrated solution that enables innovative shoe models to be manufactured using a highly efficient process with Stoll flat weft knitting and Desma direct sole attachment technology. The process starts with the production of seamless, 3D-knitted uppers, which are then hardened in order to activate the functional yarns woven into them, before being attached directly to dual-layer sole constructions. This minimizes lead times in the development and production process and allows the machine settings to be adjusted for optimum product quality without any additional investment.
The footwear is manufactured using the ADF 330-32 ki BcW flat weft knitting machine from Stoll. It interacts with a number of different knitelligence components to provide an efficient, automatic and fully digitalized production process. It can also handle a wide variety of designs. With technology such as inverse plating, Stoll-ikat plating and Stoll-weave-in Technology, it can incorporate a wide range of knitwear looks and all the components of the upper directly into the fabric, thus speeding up the making up process. The ADF machine is also notable for its 36" working width and optimized dimensions.