Equipment Showcase: Flexibility July 1st, 2015 / By: IFAI / Products Equipment manufacturers weigh in on new trends and technologies. Click on the images for a full slideshow with captions. DYNAMIC SWEATING HOTPLATE | Designed for applications that require testing in dynamic ambient conditions with elevated ambient temperatures, it allows measurement of the thermal resistance and vapor permeability of textiles in situations of positive and negative heat flux. Equipped with an 8-inch test plate and 2-inch guard ring, it is available with an integrated chamber and can be equipped with a backside cooling system. Recommended for textile testing labs and research centers and in-house labs for medical, military and sports-related textiles.Thermetrics LLC: +1 206 456 9119; www.thermetrics.com SEAMTEK 36 | Stationary welding machine is designed to weld standard overlapped and hemmed seams for tarps, banners, tubes and tents, as well as more complicated 3-D welds in the making of inflatables and outdoor apparel. It is easily configurable and features three welding stations, modular construction and a range of pressure rollers and nozzle widths. Each step of the welding process is digitally controlled for accuracy and seam integrity. Leister Technologies LLC: +1 855 534 7837; www.leisterusa.com 3PXDT GROMMET PRESS | Streamlines the process of installing grommets in areas other than the border of materials. It provides the same hole-punching capabilities of the Edward Segal automatic grommet machines, but requires manual loading. Applicable to several markets, from industrial fabrics to aerospace.Edward Segal Inc.: +1 860 283 5821; www.edwardsegalinc.com RACING CLOTH PULLERS | Racing pullers allow for higher operating speeds when joining panels together, ensuring sewn panel edges finish evenly. Individually designed for each specific brand and model of sewing machine, they can be specified as optional equipment with any new or reconditioned machine, or they can be an aftermarket addition to most major brands and models of sewing machine. Recommended for banners, awnings, truck covers, tarps, windscreens and shade structures.S. Kaplan SewingMachine Co. Inc.: +1 973 242 8700; www.kaplansewingmachine.com SWG-N2 | New series of WHOLEGARMENT® computerized flat knitting machines features the SlideNeedle™ on 10-, 16-, 24-and 36-inch-wide needlebeds. Several yarn carriers and holding hooks for yarn cutting, as well as a separate yarn holder with increased capacity, allow for flexibility in multi-color knitting. Produces fashion accessories, such as gloves, socks, hats and neckties, all in their entirety, with no sewing or linking required. Applications also include technical textiles for safety and medical markets.Shima Seiki USA Inc.: +1 609 655 4788; www.shimaseiki.com OK-300 LAMINATOR | Gapped plate laminator for flexible rolls or rigid boards is designed for laminating many layers at high speeds with automatic height adjustment from 0–110 mm. Features include independent temperature control for top and bottom; double pressure roller system; digital height control; and optional pull-out unwind units, cutting units, sheet stacking units, extension conveyors, cooling units, powder coating systems and extra high wattage heat chambers for heat sinking materials.Practix Mfg.: +1 770 974 1480; www.practix-usa.com OPTIMAX | Versatile weaving machine is designed for geotextiles, technical textiles and carpet backing. Keyboard or interactive display at insertion side can be used for machine settings. Optimized shed geometry in combination with guided gripper or free flight insertion system with up to 12 colors produces fast industrial speeds and maximum yarn friendliness. Reed widths range from 190–540 cm. Picanol of America Inc.: +1 864 385 9877; www.picanol.be LIBRA E14SC | Flat bed knitting machine is designed for custom-made medical and orthopedic compression fabrics. It features 16 motorized yarn guides; 130-cm needle beds with increased gap between needle beds; open carriage; dedicated sinker design; optimized sinker management; modified take-down; and programmable tension control for the yarn. Steiger Participations SA: +41 24 482 22 50; www.steiger-textil.ch INDUSTRIAL ECONO STITCHER MODEL 1000 | Partially computerized heavy duty sewing machine prototype features an automatic bobbin re-loader with vertical needle design, guaranteeing the operator won’t skip a stitch. It features a 3 horsepower motor and can sew through 24 layers of webbing and be designed to have multiple sewing heads.Garwood Mfg. Co. Inc.: +1 215 887 6600; email@example.com IMA PHOENIX 890 | Digital spreader with interactive, color touch screen is fully interchangeable depending on the demands and challenges of the market. The internal logic of the machine works in millimeters, resulting in precise positioning and savings of fabric, while the setting and storing of several spreading profiles simplifies methods and times of spreading. High resolution encoders manage and control the motors, receiving functions reports such as absorption, energy consumption, alarms and status. Designed for nearly any fabric, specifically knitwear.Henderson Machinery Inc.: +1 336 668 0801; www.hendersonmachinery.com HERCULES | Industrial sewing unit for awning manufacturers using acrylic, polyester, technical textiles and PVC allows working and positioning of all sizes of fabrics. It features a traveling sewing head; three working modes (automatic, semi-automatic and manual); LED illumination of the sewing area; transport pneumatic clamps in front and back to give continuous tension during the sewing process; and optional needle cooling, statistic records of the sewing process and a thread brake sensor. Matic S.A.: +1 301 327 1881; www.matic.es/en More News: Sustainable Sunbrella collections Wider patterning fabric Light-filtering window coverings Eco-friendly, fluorine-free upholstery fabric Bleach-cleanable textiles One response to “Equipment Showcase: Flexibility” Pingback: Staying equipped | Specialty Fabrics Review Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.