Progress needs new ideas, know-how, equipment and plenty of room to develop, which is why Karl Mayer recently opened a new Development Center in Japan.
Setting up the modern building was part of a restructuring program implemented at Karl Mayer’s site in Fukui, Japan. The restructuring and modernization program involved setting up a Center of Excellence at subsidiary Nippon Mayer between 2014 and 2016 for developing double-bar raschel machines and conducting research on new innovations in the textile sector.
Nippon Mayer was able to demonstrate what it has to offer at an in-house show from March 1st to 3rd. This customer event is one of a series of celebrations, which are being held to mark the 80th anniversary of the Karl Mayer Group, and the occasion was used to officially open the recently completed Development Center. This get-together, together with the inauguration ceremony, tour of the company, machine show and workshops, was extremely well attended.
A selection of double-bar raschel machines formed the focal point of the well-attended technical presentation. Specialist machines for producing seamless articles are ideal for manufacturing sportswear and apparel, and can produce various patterns. The presentation of this innovative technology led to intense discussions, especially among sportswear manufacturers.
The HKS 4-M EL generated a great deal of interest. In full view of impressed visitors, this high-speed tricot machine was demonstrated producing a multicolored garment piece featuring various designs with non-stop changeover facility.
The DS OPTO demonstrated next to the tricot machine also attracted the attention of observers. This direct warping machine produces patterned sectional warp beams (SWBs), which enables the HKS 4-M EL to achieve its full performance potential. The DS OPTO operates in sectional warping mode when producing colored SWBs at a high level of efficiency, as well as when processing short warps for developing new products.