“The mega trends of digitalisation and sustainability are changing the world as we know it. As an innovative global market leader, we see these changes as an opportunity for our customers. At ITMA Asia + Citme, we showed our visitors how Karl Mayer is implementing these strategic themes, digitalisation and sustainability by delivering integrated solutions offering a wide range of advantages,” says Karl Mayer’s Managing Director, Arno Gärtner. Karl Mayer launched a new umbrella brand, offering innovative digital solutions known as the Karl Mayer Digital Factory, which was introduced last year. A look at Karl Mayer’s Cleaner.Productions also were on the cards. Other highlights include a performance show of the latest generation of machines, a fashion show showcasing deco- rative, trendsetting fabrics, and a presentation of the Technical Textiles centre of excellence.
For the first time, Karl Mayer presented its own solution for net- working its machines. This digital solution provides its customers with transparency in real time regarding the performance of their machines, and can be used in the company’s own network with very little modification.
Karl Mayer showed the TERRY. ECO concept for the environmentally friendly production of terry goods, the core element of which is the TM 4 TS-EL machine. Depending on the type of product being produced, this cotton terry warp knitting machine can produce up to 250 % more fabric and consumes approximately 87 % less energy per kg of textile than air-jet looms. Sizing can be dispensed with, which reduces energy, water and effluent loads. The TM 4 TS-EL showed at Karl Mayer’s in-house show in Changhzou.
With its PROSIZE® sizing machine, Karl Mayer is offering weav- ing companies involved in the production of terry goods a sizing machine based on the concept of sustainability. With this machine, the sizing agent is applied by a highly efficient, intelligent pro- cess. Compared to conventional methods, this reduces the con- sumption of sizing agents by up to 10% and reduces bath volumes.
A reduced size consumption also means less energy consumption when preparing the chemicals and for desizing. Also, less effluent is produced. The core element of the PROSIZE® system, the VSB Size Box, showed in Shanghai.
THE LATEST GENERATION OF MACHINES
For the first time, the widest highspeed tricot machine in the world, the HKS 3-M, 280″ demonstrated to the public in operation at the exhibition. This new machine delivers maximum flexibility for the usual product repertoire. Unlike previously, articles of different widths and also more fabric webs can be produced simultaneously on just one machine.
Karl Mayer also showcased the ISODIRECT direct warping machine – a world first with a unique cost:benefit ratio. This all-round machine can process every type of staple-fibre yarn and produces high-quality beams at warping speeds of up to 1,000 m/min-1.