Seductive velour for the skin

Ultra-soft stretch velour produced on an HKS-3M brings a touch of cosiness to apparel

The supersoft, stretch, high-end velour fabric on this page is setting the trend in the apparel sector. This cuddlesome textile caresses the skin and body. With its gentle drape, it contours the female form with seductive lines, and its attractive shimmer adds a touch of glamour.

It can be used to produce eyecatching evening wear, which emphasising the body, as well as comfortable lounge wear for relaxing on the sofa. The ultra-comfortable pieces range from silky pyjamas, through tracksuits, to bathrobes and under garments, and have also been acceptable attire for the street since 2017. This casual look is in high demand from both men and women alike, especially during the cold months of the year.

Behind this warp-knitted textile, with its high powers of seduction and exceptional wear comfort, is a machine that delivers maximum performance. The fabric was produced on an HKS 3-M, 280″, in E 32 on KARL MAYER’s stand at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018 in Shanghai. To produce the fabric, ground guide bars, GB 2 and GB 3, worked a counter-notation tricot lapping from polyester, FDY and elastane. GB 1 was also processing polyester. In combination with a textured microfibre yarn as a DTY version, an extra-fluffy surface was produced after raising.

The underlaps made from the microfibre yarns are raised to produce the velour layer – a process that requires experience and know-how. With stretch fabrics in particular, there is a danger that the fabric will tear if the process is not carried out correctly. As long as all the processing stages are managed correctly, a durable, easy-care fabric can be produced. The technology of warp knitting means that the fibres in the pile of the textile have a high pullout resistance, since the pile-forming layer is firmly tied into the ground by stitches. 

KARL MAYER’s textile innovations for the shoe sector

Don’t just stick with what you know – think outside the box

For many years, KARL MAYER has been developing innovative shoe fabrics on its warp knitting machines. A wide variety of textiles, which are setting the trend on the market, can be produced on its high-speed tricot and double-bar raschel machines. The latest developments are aimed at reducing the number of processing steps in the production chain.

Uppers manufactured from a single piece are nothing new. In the sports shoe sector in particular, textile designs, which reproduce the butterfly contours of the entire upper shoe area, are creating quite a stir. KARL MAYER has gone one step further with integrated production. This company uses its double-bar raschel technology to also incorporate the insole directly into the textile product. The covering for the lower area of the shoe is produced during the warp knitting process on an RDJ 5/1 and is joined at the sides with the butterfly shape. A short seam is all that is needed to close the shape of the shoe to which the actual sole is applied directly by injection moulding. This modification to the production process enables making-up costs to be reduced by as much as a third.

But the potential of the double-bar raschel technology is also manifold in terms of design: Different names can be worked to personalise the shoes, as well a different serial numbers and a wide variety of patterns.

The MULTI-MATIC® is quite fashionable in Portugal

KARL MAYER’s warp sampling machine has been successful in gaining a foothold on the Portuguese market

No matter if exclusive shirtings and suitings with multicoloured patterns and in small production runs or high-quality furnishing textiles and upholstery articles with striking designs in large fabric widths – KARL MAYER’s MULTI-MATIC® is always much in demand if it comes to flexibility, quality and efficiency. Compared to present conventional counterparts, this allround machine enables to increase the production of sample warps fourfold and that of plain warps even eightfold. The system provides an automatic colour change: 128 yarn guide fingers are individually controlled and precisely guided without any loss of speed. The positioning accuracy of the yarn selection is 0.05 mm, with an acceleration of 200 m/s². The results are premium-quality products. The beams having lengths of up to 1,500 m are characterized by uniform lap build-up, constant yarn tensions and precise material laying.

Flexibility and rapid amortization – the recipe for success for „made in Europe“

With this performance it goes without saying that the MULTI-MATIC® pays off even after a short period of time. „In case of an optimum economic use, the payback time is less than four years“, this is the experience of Dieter Gager, Vice President Sales and Marketing of KARL MAYER’s Business Unit Warp Preparation.

So far, the most feedback has been coming from the Italian market. The land of fashion has a lot of manufacturers who rely on collections with diverse patterns, high level of quality and short order cycles. The companies need premium warps for patterning and production. Nevertheless, during the last five years Dieter Gager and his sales team have been registering a growing interest in this machine type also from another country: namely from the fabric manufacturers in Portugal. „In the recent past we sold six MULTI-MATIC® machines to Portugal. A seventh machine is currently under negotiation“, explains Dieter Gager. Main reasons for the favourable investment climate in Portugal are the extremely fast style changes of the leading brand suppliers. Fashion companies like H&M and ZARA provide new collections twice a month, so that the supply chain is put under significant time pressure. The proximity to the sales and logistics centers becomes an important success factor, so that Europe is again an important production location – and Paulo de Oliveira can also benefit from this development, for example.

Paulo de Oliveira relies on the MULTI-MATIC®

This family-run traditional company was founded in 1936 by José Paulo de Oliveira as a weaving mill and has its registered office in Covilhã. In the course of its history, the enterprise has developed to a fully integrated textile company with an export share of more than 90 %. Today, the vertical production capacities include a spinning plant, a weaving mill and a finishing department including a dyeing section. On an area of 40,000 m² the Paulo de Oliveira company produces 10 million square meters of fabric per year (worsted fabrics), being one of the 3 biggest wool producers in Europe. As far as the machinery and equipment technology is concerned, this company fully relies on state-of-the-art models for all its production areas. Paulo de Oliveira has always understood that the company’s equipment with the latest available technology is the prerequisite to produce high-quality articles at a competitive price, and within reasonable delivery times.

The highest investments during the last few years are focused on warp preparation as well as weaving. Main objective of the spending was to make the production process even more flexible: It should be ensured to manufacture more demanding articles in ever shorter series and with ever shorter lead times and with very high quality.

So, the first MULTI-MATIC® machine was ordered in 2013 and in 2018 there followed another model which was installed by mid of October. The Portuguese company uses KARL MAYER’s warp sampling machine to produce premium beams for high-quality worsted suits. In the words of Mr. Dr. Luís Oliveira, today’s Managing Director and one of the sons of the company Founder: “The machine is fast, flexible and helps us to save energy and yarn.“

KARL MAYER successfully makes its exhibition debut at ISPO Munich, 3.-6.2.2019

Textile inspiration from and for the sports world

KARL MAYER is demonstrating that it is even closer to its markets and is increasingly participating in trade fairs that focus on applications and end-uses. Consequently, this textile machinery manufacturer was exhibiting for the first time at the ISPO sports trade fair, held from 3 to 6 February 2019 in Munich. With its modern, welcoming design and wide range of products to attract visitors, KARL MAYER’s stand quickly became a real magnet for the public. The team of experts from the company’s Textile Product Development Department welcomed roughly 400 visitors from home and abroad. Many of them were specialists with specific issues to discuss, and just under 150 high-quality conversations were recorded.

Most of the visitors were curious to examine the attractive presentation of selected warp-knitted textiles on show. A range of innovative, warp-knitted spacer textiles with three-dimensional patterns, air-permeable jacquard designs, and a shoe style with the design fully integrated into the surface were being showcased. RASCHELTRONIC® textiles, which deliver compression and breathability in the same piece, stretch, sporty lace items and functional, warp knitted meshes were also on show. “Our counter display proved to be a real attraction. Many of the visitors stopped, touched the fabrics, and wanted to know more about their production and performance,” says Gabriela Schellner, the Head of Textile Development. She discussed many interesting, new concepts and exchanged ideas about the latest trends, especially with international brand manufacturers.

Many of the visitors also took the opportunity to look around KARL MAYER’S Virtual Showroom using the mega-touchscreen.

An unusual contest was also attracting large crowds – a battle between two mini-robots, controlled by a textile remote controller, which the visitors could try out for themselves. The electrical control technology needed to produce this was incorporated directly into the textile during production on a jacquard raschel machine. The onlookers to this spectacle included fabric producers, as well as brand experts and end users. Most of them were from the sports sector, but many of them were also operating in the medical and protective clothing sectors and were looking for inspiration. Their interests were equally as wide and varied. “Some of them already had very specific product ideas, whereas our samples were the first time that some of them had encountered the concept of using textiles in the electronics sector,” says Sophia Krinner, a member of KARL MAYER’s exhibition team. In the near future, this textile product developer aims to follow up a number of contacts, with a view to taking concrete steps towards cooperation.

Textile Makerspace – new online platform for innovative solutions

KARL MAYER launches new website

Since 01.02.2019 the new website www.Textile-Makerspace.com is online. With Textile Makerspace, KARL MAYER presents a platform for innovative, textile applications that have been developed using state-of-the-art technologies – keyword 3D Printing, Smart Textiles, Wearables & Co.

KARL MAYER is stepping up its activities in synergistically linking the textile sector with new technologies, and has launched a new platform, which can be found at www.Textile-Makerspace.comThe aim of TEXTILE MAKERSPACE is to bring together innovations from both areas. In this case, with its specialist expertise and networks, KARL MAYER sees itself as an intermediary and instigator. “The TEXTILE MAKERSPACE should make space for trying things out, for developing, and for innovative thinking – in the textile industry as a whole, but also in other sectors. In this case, the main focus is on exchange and interaction. We want to make contact, exchange knowledge and use synergies – in other words, we want to build our own community,” says Michael Kieren, one of the initiators of TEXTILE MAKERSPACE. The aim is to come up with new developments, some of which have already been set in motion. Smart textiles, wearables and 3D-printed garments have already been at the focus of trade fairs and other events for some time now. KARL MAYER started development work in this field last year with TEXTILE CIRCUIT.

Starting with electrically conductive textiles

TEXTILE CIRCUIT is the first topic to be covered by TEXTILE MAKERSPACE. It demonstrates the possibilities of incorporating electrically conductive yarns into warp-knitted textiles directly on the machine. Functional elements, such as sensors, conductors and coils, can be incorporated very easily, without any additional production steps or compromising the textile characteristics. This has led, for example, to the development of comfortable cuffs for controlling robots and textile charging stations for inductively charging smartphones. Michael Kieren, together with the Product Manager, Sophia Krinner, presented these types of systems for the first time at the specialist IDTechEx Show! in California, USA, in November 2018. The products being shown generated a great deal of interest. Michael Kieren sees a particular potential here for sportswear brands. The TEXTILE CIRCUIT and TEXTILE MAKERSPACE were also the topic of many conversations held at the leading trade fair for the sports sector, ISPO, which was held in February 2019 in Munich.

The next topic – 3D printing

The subject of additive manufacturing is on the agenda for the next stage of the TEXTILE MAKERSPACE platform. The aim is to combine the possibilities offered by 3D printing with textile technology – in order to design and functionalise textiles individually. The impetus for bringing together new and traditional production disciplines at KARL MAYER was a workshop entitled, “Additive Manufacturing for the Textile Industry”. The event was held on 11 January 2018 at the company’s headquarters in Obertshausen. The concept was a great success. Another event will be held on 13 May 2019, the day before the Techtextil exhibition opens. One of the topics will be TEXTILE MAKERSPACE.  Other promotional events for the platform are the next Techtextil fair in Frankfurt, but especially ITMA, which is scheduled to take place from 20 to 26 June 2019 in Barcelona.

Our contact persons for Textile Makerspace:

, Produktentwickler Textiltechnik und , Produktentwicklerin Textiltechnik

Toyota Industries and ANA to Test Japan’s First Autonomous Towing Tractors

• The autonomous towing tractors are the first of their kind in Japan.
• Advanced tractors will be tested for two weeks at the end of March 2019 at        Saga Airport.

TOKYO, Feb. 12, 2019 – Toyota Industries Corporation, the world’s No.1*1 manufacturer of lift trucks by market share, and All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for six consecutive years are collaborating to test Japan’s first autonomous towing tractors at Saga Airport.

During this trial, which will be for two weeks at the end of March 2019, the tractors will run a distance of roughly 100 meters in the airport, which is the same distance between the baggage sorting areas and aircraft at Saga Airport. An airport employee will be seated in the autonomous towing truck during the tests and will have the ability to override the system at any time if deemed necessary.

【Current towing tractor】
【Autonomous towing tractor】

“Efficiency has long been one of ANA’s main goals and these autonomous towing tractors are helping us achieve our targets,” said Shigeru Hattori, Senior Vice President of ANA. “ANA works best when it is streamlined and organized, and the implementation of autonomous towing tractors will allow ANA to boost efficiency across its entire chain of operation while maintaining highest levels of safety. This will increase productivity while also improving traveler satisfaction.”

The towing tractors use 2D/3D LiDAR*2 sensors to automatically detect objects in their path and allow the vehicles to automatically adjust course. This enables the tractor to move safely and accurately along its present route. A road pattern matching system*3 and a GPS system are also housed in the tractor, allowing it to calculate its current location and guide itself.

Toyota Industries and ANA are continuously looking to implement new innovations wherever possible. These advances in technology will aid in the overall acceleration of automation in the aviation and airline industry as a whole.

*1 Based on Toyota Industries Corporation’s assessment.
*2 2D/3D LiDAR is a sensor that can accurately measure the distance between objects by irradiating the object with laser light. The sensor can then measure reflected light and use it to appraise its surroundings.
*3 The road pattern matching system is used to acquire the vehicle’s position by matching an image of the current surface of the road, captured by a camera on the tractor with a previously captured image.

About ANA 
Following the “Inspiration of Japan” high quality of service, ANA has been awarded the respected 5-Star rating every year since 2013 from SKYTRAX. ANA is the only Japanese airline to win this prestigious designation six years in a row. Additionally, ANA has been recognized by Air Transport World as “Airline of the Year” three times in the past 10 years – 2007, 2013 and 2018, becoming one of the few airlines winning this prestigious award for multiple times.
ANA was founded in 1952 with two helicopters and has become the largest airline in Japan, as well as one of the most significant airlines in Asia, operating 78 international routes and 118 domestic routes. ANA offers a unique dual hub model which enables passengers to travel to Tokyo and connect through the two airports in the metropolitan Tokyo, NARITA and HANEDA, to various destinations throughout Japan, and also offers same day connections between various North American, Asian and Chinese cities. 
ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint venture partnerships with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines.
Besides the full service and award winner carrier ANA, the ANA Group has two LCCs as consolidated subsidiaries, Vanilla Air Inc. and Peach Aviation Limited. The ANA Group carried 53.8 million passengers in FY2017, has approximately 39,000 employees and a fleet of 260 aircraft. ANA is a proud launch customer and the biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. 
For more information, please refer to the following link.
https://www.ana.co.jp/group/en/

About Toyota Industries Corporation
Toyota Industries was founded in 1926 in Japan as a manufacturer of the automatic looms which the founder, Sakichi Toyoda had invented and perfected. Since then Toyota Industries has expanded the scope of its business domains and currently manufactures various products including textile machinery, car air-conditioning compressors, automobiles, engines, car electronics, and materials handling equipment. Especially, our lift trucks, car air-conditioning compressors and air-jet looms are world-wide best sellers*4. Toyota Industries Group has approximately 60,000 employees and the net sales is 18,862.6 MM USD ( 2,003.9 bn yen) in FY2017.

*4 Based on Toyota Industries Corporation’s assessment.

SPORTS TEXTILES Sportswear

Sportswear having high-tech functions and a high level of comfort is not only worn for active and leisure sports nowadays, it is also worn as functional leisure clothing and workwear. And, of course, the fashion aspect is important everywhere. With innovative designs, you will be able to develop the functional characteristics of your sportswear and also create special optical effects.

APPAREL TEXTILES Intimate apparel and lingerie

Intimate apparel and lingerie

Our broad spectrum of warp knitting machines will enable you to produce a wide range of products – from the finest lingerie, through firm-hold, functional shapewear, to delicate, seductive underwear.

Smooth, single-layer fabrics, with and without jacquard patterning, various lace fabrics and warp-knitted spacer textiles will give you unlimited design scope.

KARL MAYER – ISPO 2019 3 – 6 February 2019 / Munich

 

KARL MAYER – ISPO 2019 3

 

 

KARL MAYER will exhibit as an ambassador for warp knitting at ISPO Munich. With our booth in Hall C4 we will be positioned directly in the centre of the exhibition’s idea hub. Surrounded by the most up-to-date fabrics, cuts and accessories, we demonstrate the performance of warp knitted textiles on 120 m².

At ISPO 2019, at Stand 408 in Hall C4, we will show innovative applications and concepts for warp knitted textiles – especially solutions for advanced functional textiles within the sectors of performance sportswear, athleisure and e-textiles.

 

A performance show of functional, warp-knitted textiles

KARL MAYER – an ambassador for warp knitting at ISPO Munich, 03. – 06.02.2019, stand 408 in hall C4

The textile machinery manufacturer, KARL MAYER, is participating more and more in shows concentrating on applications and end-uses. “We want to pick up customers at key textile areas and introduce them to something new by offering innovative textiles and concepts,” says Oliver Mathews, the Sales Manager of the Business Unit Warp Knitting, when speaking about the aims behind this decision. The next important date in KARL MAYER’s diary of events is ISPO Munich. KARL MAYER can be found here on stand 408 in hall C4 of Messe München – right at the centre of the exhibition’s trends hub.

KARL MAYER will be demonstrating the performance features of warp-knitted textiles on an area of 120 m², surrounded by the latest fabrics, styles and accessories.

TEXTILE-CIRCUIT shows how electrically conductive yarns can be incorporated directly into the textile in a single step during fabric production. The positioning of the electrically conductive yarns is done to meet the requirements of the intended end-use. For example, this can produce warp-knitted textiles having sensor functions, which are opening up completely new potential applications in the sportswear and outdoor sectors.

Textiles that can do so much more are also at the focus of solutions in the field of active sports. With their functional zones, which are also integrated directly during manufacture, these new articles provide breathability and compression following the principles of body mapping. They, therefore, deliver maximum efficiency when producing high-performance activewear for ambitious athletes.

LEISUREE.FASHION is a futuristic concept for producing sporty athleisure wear and comfortable, everyday clothing, as well as conventional underwear and lingerie. The fabrics offer all the comfort of sportswear with the soft support of activewear and also produce a sophisticated look with zones featuring decorative lingerie elements – the perfect combination of style, sportiness and comfort.

Gabriela Schellner, the Head of Textile Product Development at KARL MAYER, is convinced that the products on show will familiarise the sportswear and outdoor sectors with warp knitting technology. In particular, she intends to come into even closer contact with brand manufacturers at ISPO. She wants to learn more about their ideas and requirements for new product developments, and to develop new solutions with them.

A performance show of functional, warp-knitted textiles

KARL MAYER – an ambassador for warp knitting at ISPO Munich, 03. – 06.02.2019, stand 408 in hall C4

The textile machinery manufacturer, KARL MAYER, is participating more and more in shows concentrating on applications and end-uses. “We want to pick up customers at key textile areas and introduce them to something new by offering innovative textiles and concepts,” says Oliver Mathews, the Sales Manager of the Business Unit Warp Knitting, when speaking about the aims behind this decision. The next important date in KARL MAYER’s diary of events is ISPO Munich. KARL MAYER can be found here on stand 408 in hall C4 of Messe München – right at the centre of the exhibition’s trends hub.

KARL MAYER will be demonstrating the performance features of warp-knitted textiles on an area of 120 m², surrounded by the latest fabrics, styles and accessories.

TEXTILE-CIRCUIT shows how electrically conductive yarns can be incorporated directly into the textile in a single step during fabric production. The positioning of the electrically conductive yarns is done to meet the requirements of the intended end-use. For example, this can produce warp-knitted textiles having sensor functions, which are opening up completely new potential applications in the sportswear and outdoor sectors.

Textiles that can do so much more are also at the focus of solutions in the field of active sports. With their functional zones, which are also integrated directly during manufacture, these new articles provide breathability and compression following the principles of body mapping. They, therefore, deliver maximum efficiency when producing high-performance activewear for ambitious athletes.

LEISUREE.FASHION is a futuristic concept for producing sporty athleisure wear and comfortable, everyday clothing, as well as conventional underwear and lingerie. The fabrics offer all the comfort of sportswear with the soft support of activewear and also produce a sophisticated look with zones featuring decorative lingerie elements – the perfect combination of style, sportiness and comfort.

Gabriela Schellner, the Head of Textile Product Development at KARL MAYER, is convinced that the products on show will familiarise the sportswear and outdoor sectors with warp knitting technology. In particular, she intends to come into even closer contact with brand manufacturers at ISPO. She wants to learn more about their ideas and requirements for new product developments, and to develop new solutions with them.

MJ 52/1 SMultibar Jacquard Raschel machine for high elastic lace fabrics with Jacquard ground Applications:structures targeting sporty athleisure as well as comfortable Lingerie

MJ 52/1 S