Five guide bars, countless shoe fabric patterns

KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH

"Five guide bars, countless shoe fabric patterns" by KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH

New shoe fabric patterns and more – the COP 5 M-EL is extending the design portfolio of tricot machines

KARL MAYER presented its five-bar tricot machine, the COP 5 M-EL, to the wider public at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018 in Asia for the first time. The former COP 5 version has been combined with KARL MAYER’s EL pattern drive in this model to create a tricot machine capable of producing an extensive range of patterns. Its performance was demonstrated at the in-house show held at KARL MAYER (CHINA) at the same time as the fair and was a complete success. The visitors were particularly impressed by the possibilities it offered to produce shoe fabrics. A coarse machine gauge was developed at KARL MAYER to produce a multifaceted collection for this particular end-use.

The articles in this collection for use in tough, hardwearing sports and leisure shoes feature stylish, graphic patterns with a contrasting, two-tone coloured effect. Two fabric samples are shown in the pattern part of this issue. Polyester was used to produce all the types: a textured, spin-dyed black yarn was used in ground guide bars, GB 1, GB 2 and GB 3, and a smooth, semi-matt, raw-white version was used in GB 4 and GB 5. The pattern is based on a 1 in/1 out threading arrangement in GB 4 and GB 5. Openings of different sizes can be produced in the ground by varying the lapping. The wide variety of motifs is produced on the ground pattern during production and protrude clearly from the ground as a result of the spin-dyed yarn. A fully threaded pillar stitch in GB 1 increases the stability of the fabric. At the same time, the underlaps of the other guide bars are protected in order to improve the abrasion resistance.

The patterned fabrics weigh approximately 300 g/m². They are produced in a gauge of E 20 and can be worked at an exceptionally high operating speed. The COP 5 M-EL has a maximum speed of 1.200 min-1.

As well as shoes, the COP 5 M-EL in a gauge of E 28 can produce sports goods, apparel fabrics and other semi-technical textiles, such as upholstery fabrics, automotive textiles and coating substrates.

The electronic guide bar control, in combination with the five guide bars, gives this all-round machine maximum flexibility.

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About KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH

KARL MAYER is a machine builder with real passion. This family run company was founded in Obertshausen in 1937 and manufactures both warp knitting machines and warp preparation systems; it is now the world leader in these sectors. The company currently employs roughly 2,000 workers worldwide, of which approx. 1,300 work in Germany and 1,100 in Obertshausen. It operates subsidiaries in Japan, Italy, England, China, Switzerland and the USA, and supplies machines and equipment to customers all over the world. For all of them, KARL MAYER represents the highest level of quality and technology, an image that this company, with its total commitment to first-class workmanship and its constant search for innovative solutions, quite rightly deserves.