KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH
Bühlstrasse 25
63179 Obertshausen

CFP taps into new opportunities - KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH

KARL MAYER has been quick to recognise the potential of these lightweight, versatile materials, and has been working with carbon-fibre-reinforced plastics (CFP) for many decades. At the beginning of the nineties, the company began the in-house testing of the first warp knitting machines equipped with CFP profiled bars having lengths of up to 7 m, and the HKS 3-M was exhibited at ITMA 2007 as the first model in a new generation of machines equipped with CFP bars. In 2008, KARL MAYER took another step towards consolidating its activities in the field of fibre-reinforced plastics when it set up its CFP Centre of Excellence, thus creating a department that was dedicated to the development of systems-integrated, easily adaptable composite solutions. As well as developing structural components from CFP, this department also designed leaf springs made from glass-fibre-reinforced plastics (GFP) and made them suitable for mass production. The CFP Centre of Excellence is now extending its services to external companies. KARL MAYER’s services in the field of fibre-reinforced plastics include developing components having integrated functional characteristics and complex structures, and with a high potential for replacing conventional products both technically and economically for maximum benefit. The components developed and produced by the CFP Centre of Excellence offer a whole package of decisive advantages. These include excellent fatigue strength and a low density, but especially a specific coefficient of thermal expansion, which can be set in the positive and negative value range, including zero. This is an important factor, particularly when the machine components have to interact precisely with each other under varying climatic conditions. The CFP components developed by KARL MAYER are also designed as plug and play parts. This design concept was developed by liaising closely with the users and with various departments within the textile machine company itself, such as Engineering, Prototype Production, Testing and Mass Production – a one-stop solution that has proved to be extremely effective. With its know-how and technical equipment specialising in fibre-reinforced plastics, this manufacturer has equipped all its high-speed tricot machines with CFP components and, by doing this, has achieved a considerable increase in speed and performance. The raschel machines are currently being fitted with CFR components. The company’s clients are increasingly impressed with the success of this concept. In order to take account of the growing interest of industries outside the textile machine building sector, KARL MAYER added a CFP Laboratory to its CFP Centre of Excellence in the spring of this year.