Karl Mayer Highlighting High-Performance Warp Knits at Techtextil 2019

Karl Mayer will showcase warp-knitted textiles having an exceptional level of performance at Techtextil 2019 (Booth 3.0/E18) from May 14th to 17th in Frankfurt.

On show will be products with integrated electrical conductivity and shaping characteristics from the new Textile MakerSpace platform, an extremely efficient textile solution for protecting buildings, and a completely new generation of warp-knitted spacer textiles.

Karl Mayer is also inviting people to attend an in-house show, to be held at the same time as the fair, at its headquarters in nearby Obertshausen. This event is easily accessible by bus transfer, and will be premiering a new nonwovens machine.

The company is also a trendsetter in the field of digitization. This manufacturer has grouped all of its digital solutions under the KM.ON brand, and will be showcasing this system on its stand at Techtextil.

Textiles with an excellent performance and lower manufacturing costs can be produced by combining the possibilities of additive production with warp knitting technology. Examples of this include warp knits functionalized by 3D printing, and these are being presented at Techtextil.

Electrically conductive textiles are a hot topic at the moment, and can be produced in various ways. The easiest method is to directly incorporate conductive yarns during fabric production on the machine. Textile Circuit, another element of Textile MakerSpace, shows the potential of warp knitting. Conductive zones offering maximum flexibility in terms of geometry, dimensions and location can be produced on Karl Mayer multibar raschel machines. Examples include inductive charging stations and the remote control of robots, and these are being demonstrated at Techtextil.

Double-bar raschel machines have become firmly established in the production of warp-knitted spacer textiles featuring a variety of designs. A new model enables completely new designs to be produced; i.e., warp-knitted textiles with decorative, relief surfaces. Instead of the spacer layer, three-dimensional design elements are worked on the upper and lower sides. The designs can be shaped and positioned almost without any restrictions, and can be combined with openwork designs. This is opening up a new dimension in near-net-shaped production in particular.

A model in the new RACOP-NW series will be demonstrated at an in-house show in Obertshausen at the same time as Techtextil. This efficient nonwovens machine produces stitch-bonded nonwovens from feed webs, a technology that offers many advantages. This process produces nonwovens having textile characteristics, such as elasticity and voluminosity, which is not the case when using chemical bonding agents. Furthermore, considerably less energy is consumed compared to thermal processes. In addition to these general advantages, the new RACOP-NW model offers an exceptional cost-benefit ratio. It is also extremely flexible and can, therefore, be used in a variety of applications. A RACOP-NW, 160″, gauge E 14, will be knitting a fabric for the application area of heating textiles at the in-house show.

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