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Competence of KARL MAYER with regard to bionics - KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH

Nature is a rich source of inspiration for the development of technical solutions which are being created within the framework of bionics. In order to make middle-class and industrial users aware of the end-use potential of this innovative scientific discipline, the series of events 'Bionics in operation' was started in 2011. The initiator here was the Hesse-Nanotech action line in the Hesse Ministry for Industry and Commerce. The Hesse bionic network was built on account of the positive response of those taking part, and this is now being taken over by an organization comprising those interested in bionics. In the course of this series of lectures highly-qualified experts will introduce F&E projects on the themes surfaces, lightweight constructions and structures, materials, drives and sensors. Additionally 'Bionics in operation' should lead to sustained linking: regional companies, scientists, economic patrons and engineers, and other users of bionics have the opportunity to exchange details of experience and carry out joint projects. Following observation of the way that a shark's skin functions, new synthetic materials have been developed which reduce the aerodynamic resistance when used in the swimsuits of leading sportsmen. The swimsuits create a time advantage of up to 1.5 seconds over a 100-metre section for the wearer in a race. High-performance warp knitting machines from KARL MAYER were used to produce the specialist textiles for the swimsuits on the basis of a shark's skin. Other textile machines from KARL MAYER are used to produce Velcro fasteners for baby nappies – an application where the Velcro takes on the main role – and warp-knitted spacer fabrics with numerous functions. The Institute for Textile and Engineering Technology (ITV) has developed a composite material with special insulating properties from the spacer fabrics, using polar bear fur as an example, and used the innovative material in its low-energy building, the 'polar bear building'. In addition the ITV has launched a project for producing fog collectors for obtaining water in the desert. How things are going was shown by the desert cage Onymacris. The ITV has developed three-dimensional warp-knitted fabrics and nets which, using the survival artist as an example, convert fog into water. The textiles used here were manufactured on KARL MAYER machines.