Mayer & Cie. to exhibit three electronic
Mayer & Cie. (MCT) is focussing entirely on electronic
machines. The three machines on show in Shanghai include Spinit
3.0 E, the OVJA1.6 EE, 3/2 WT and the OVJA 2.4 EC.
It will be the first time the Spinit spinning and knitting
machine and the OVJA1.6 EE 3/2 WT, designed especially for
knitting shoe uppers, have been exhibited in China. And it will
be the first time ever that the OVJA 2.4 EC has been on show.
OVJA 2.4 EC: Mayer & Cie. China’s
first electronic machine
“We have noticed for some time an increase in demand in the
high-end machine segment in China,” says Rudolf Crass, Mayer &
Cie.’s regional sales manager with responsibility for China.
“High-output circular knitting machines are trending too.”
The new OVJA 2.4 EC is just such a machine. With its 2.4
systems per inch it is a full jacquard machine that outperforms
Chinese manufacturers’ conventional models in productivity.
Thanks to its three-way-technology, the OVJA 2.4 EC offers
variety in design patterns. It is aimed at discerning Chinese
customers who produce fabrics for outer garments, sports- and
Its design is borrowed from that of the successful OVJA 2.4
SE mini-jacquard machine and its functionality is based on that
of the OVJA 2.4 E full jacquard machine. The most important
difference between it and the two machines on which it is
modelled is the implementation of the needle selection. The OVJA
2.4 E relies on electronic individual needle selection on one
track via control board and the Chinese model uses 16 a thermal
electromagnetic actuators on eight tracks.
The OVJA 2.4 EC is the first electronic machine to be finally
assembled at Mayer & Cie. China. The first Chinese model is the
MSC 3.2 II single jersey machine and its double jersey
counterpart the MDC 2.2.
Spinit 3.0 E: Making the potential
of spinning and knitting tangible
Michael A. Tuschak, Mayer & Cie.’s spinitsystems marketing
and sales manager says, Spinit 3.0 E is mainly relevant in
established textile markets. Larger companies, such as
full-service enterprises or spinning mills with forward
integration, are constantly looking for ways in which to set
themselves apart from the competition.
“With spinitsystems we can give our customers something new,”
Tuschak says. By that he means, for one, the product the machine
makes. Spinit Fancy Jersey with its characteristic pattern
variations can only be made on the Mayer & Cie. machine. For
another, the Spinit 3.0 E offers benefits in the manufacturing
process. To produce single jersey it requires much less energy,
time and space than the conventional process, and that recently
won spinitsystems the German Environment Ministry’s Innovation
Prize for the Climate and the Environment (IKU).
OVJA 1.6 EE 3/2 WT: a shoe upper
“The OVJA 1.6 EE 3/2 WT is our first ‘real’ shoe machine,”
says Hardy Bühler, Mayer & Cie.’s Key Account Manager Brands. He
is keenly concerned with the requirements of the shoe upper
fabric growth market. The new machine uses three-way technology
in the cylinder and two-way technology in the rib dial. That
ensures a very wide range of patterns for the multi-colour
jacquard machine, which can at the same time produce a hole
structure look by means of multiple tuck loops. It also produces
plain and multi-coloured spacer fabrics up to 5 mm thick, which
Bühler says is very much in demand for shoe uppers. Producing
spacer fabrics on a circular knitting machine makes sense for
several reasons. For one, set-up times are much shorter than
when using other means of production. A circular knitter also
uses much less yarn to make multi-coloured spacer fabrics. That
above all, Bühler says, makes manufacturing small batches of
spacer on a circular knitting machine a winner.
In addition to the OVJA 1.6 EE 3/2 WT, the Mayer & Cie.
portfolio includes several machines that are suitable for making
shoe upper fabric, especially OVJA machines. The Technit D3, in
contrast, is a spacer specialist. It knits with three threads on
the cylinder side and produces spacer structures with four