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Perfect pattern beams for warp knitting
Maximum efficiency in warp knitting using KARL MAYER's PBW 130"/2
Being able to produce long warping lengths and uniform package diameters was a primary requirement in developing the new PBW 130"/2 (Fig. 1) at KARL MAYER.
Designed for accuracy and operating efficiency
The new pattern beam warping machine enables packages with large widths and diameters to be produced, thus guaranteeing long running lengths.
The factor that limits the width is the point at which the adjacent packages meet. The machine operator can set a width of between 25 and 220 mm, depending on how many yarns have to be wound onto a beam axle. The maximum warp length that can be selected is 100,000 m and the setting will depend on the yarn count.
The maximum diameter is 140 mm. Once the limit is reached, the machine switches off to prevent over-warping. If the raschel machine, on which the pattern beam is to be subsequently processed, can handle large packages, the warping process can be continued. In this case, the switch-off point is when there is a correlation with the warping length that has been input or with the maximum possible diameter.
The diameters of the packages are all exactly the same. This high level of precision guarantees a constant yarn tension across all the yarns being delivered to the knitting point, which is an important criterion when operating at fast speeds and high quality levels. In order to fully utilise the possibilities of producing perfect packages offered by the new pattern beam warping machine, the yarn tension levels must be set so that they are absolutely identical at the creel. Quality begins at the creel!
When producing pattern beams, the new PBW 130"/2 operates at a speed of 10 to 400 m/min. The operator can set the most suitable speed in each case, depending on the beam quality and sensitivity of the yarns.
Also suitable for smooth yarns
The PBW 130"/2 is suitable for processing a wide range of different yarns. If very smooth yarns have to be processed, biconical packages with an angle of up to 60 guarantee a slip-free build. With this tapering shape, the edges of the yarn layers form a bevel, which prevents the upper layers from falling down. The more acute the angle selected, the narrower is the package and the greater is the loss of volume as well. A loss in output is unavoidable with biconical warping.
User friendly and accessible technology
The PBW 130"/2 scores points by having a well-thought-out, easy-to-input logistics system operated via a touchscreen monitor. The user interface is available in German, English and Chinese. To make things easier for the operators, especially when inputting data relating to the warping jobs, menu navigation is restricted to one side of the screen. Here, the operator can select the four parameters relevant to the job.
The machine's computer automatically calculates the remaining parameters in the background, such as the package ratio, return path of the traverse motion and winding ratio, and adjusts them to the best possible ratios.
Since the PBW 130"/2 can simultaneously produce two pattern beams completely independently of each other on two levels, the screen is divided into two halves (Fig. 2). The processes involved in producing the two beams run completely autonomously. Only in the event of a yarn breakage is the operation stopped at both the upper and lower levels for safety reasons.
If two jobs that are the same follow each other, only the beams have to be changed. After one batch has been worked, the machine detects the residual warping length as zero, stops the process, and organises the restart itself. The reset key only needs to be pressed if a warping job is stopped.
The PBW 130"/2 will be showing these features and more at ITMA ASIA + CITME from 16 to 20 June on KARL MAYER's stand in hall E 3, stand D 01.
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