For ITMA, Picanol will be presenting a wide variety of new airjet and rapier weaving machines. The year 2015 sees Picanol celebrating 40 years of manufacturing rapier weaving machines with the global launch of its new OptiMax-i and TerryMax-i machines. A further highlight at the upcoming fair will be the TERRYplus Summum. To ensure it places maximum focus on its weaving machines capacities, Picanol will be presenting its machines in a brand new booth design at the ITMA. Its new booth will have a special zone situated in the center that will be occupied by an OMNIplus Summum airjet weaving machine with new features. Picanol will have ten weaving machines on display at its booth and will be weaving a wide array of fabrics including shirting, denim, terry and automotive right through to technical fabrics. In addition, a Picanol OptiMax-i with jacquard will be on display at the Bonas booth and an OMNIplus Summum will be demonstrated at the Stäubli booth.
Celebrating 40 years of rapier machines
Picanol has an extensive track-record in regard to the production of high-tech rapier machines. ´The year 2015 means that it is exactly 40 years ago that we launched our very first weaving machine with a rapier insertion. Since the launch of the first rapier all the time ago, we have sold over 90,000 rapier machines throughout the world. As our very first rapier was presented to the world at the ITMA in 1975, we are delighted that Milan will once again be the stage for displaying some of our rapier innovations´ explained Johan Verstraete, VP Sales, Marketing & Services at Picanol. ´With industrial speeds of up to 750 rpm, the new OptiMax-i is now unquestionably the fastest rapier weaving machine in the world that is industrially produced. Highlights of the new rapier include the increased performance, rigid construction, new applications, intelligent energy efficiency, improved ergonomics and user-friendliness. The OptiMax-i is available in reed widths ranging from 190 to 540 cms. Thanks to its optimised rapier drives, it remains the fastest rapier machine with the Guided Gripper system (GC) and the most versatile one with the Free Flight system (FF).´
The guided positive gripper (GPG) system has been developed for dedicated technical fabrics. Thanks to the revolutionary free flight positive gripper system (FPG), weavers are now able to combine and freely mix the most challenging filling yarns.
New weaving machines
ITMA will also see Picanol presenting its new TerryMax-i (rapier) and the new TERRYplus Summum (airjet) weaving machines, both of which have been developed for terry cloth. This makes Picanol the only provider on the market that offers both airjet and rapier terry machines. The direct electronic drive of the cloth fell mechanism guarantees a perfect pile formation and enables weavers to not only program the pile height loop by loop, but also to program the pre- 2/2 beat-up distance of every single filling yarn, which in turn enables endless design possibilities. Features include OptiSpeed, pile height monitoring and needle roller control.
Weaving machines on display at the Picanol booth:
OptiMax-i (4 – P – 540), technical fabric
OptiMax-i (4 – R – 190), fancy denim
OptiMax-i (4 – R – 190), filter cloth
OptiMax-i (8 – J – 190), decoration
TerryMax-i (8 – R – 260), terry
TERRYplus Summum (6 – J – 260), terry
OMNIplus Summum (4 – P – 190), Lining
OMNIplus Summum (6 – R – 190), Shirting
OMNIplus Summum (4 – R –190), Automotive
OMNIplus Summum (4 – P – 280), Sheeting
Weaving machines on display at other booths:
OptiMax-i (12 – J – 340), d