PICANOL launches new rapier weaving
machine GTMax-i 3.0
New rapier GTMax-i 3.0
Picanol’s newest rapier, the GTMax-i 3.0, will be shown for
the first time to the textile world. The GTMax-i 3.0 is building
further on the success of GT-Max and GTMax-i. The combination of
a redesigned gripper drive and extra reinforced sley drive as
well as the integration of the future-oriented BlueBox
electronic platform allow for even higher production speeds.
Moreover, the look of the machine has been reworked completely,
with a special focus on ergonomy and user friendliness.
GTMax-i 3.0 8J340 deco fabric.
In total four machines of this type will be on display at the
show. On the Picanol booth, a GTMax-i 3.0 will be weaving a
denim fabric, another one will be weaving a zebra style curtain
fabric. On the Bonas booth a decoration fabric is running on a
GTMax-i 3.0 with jacquard, whereas on the Tongxiang booth a
GTMax-i 3.0 will be weaving label.
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Next to new GTMax-i 3.0, four more machines will be
highlighted, completing the Picanol weaving machine range on
On the Picanol booth two OptiMax-i 190 cm weaving
para-aramide and shirting are being presented. As for the airjet
machines, two OMNIplus Summum will be shown, one weaving a
bottomweight fabric and the other weaving sheeting. On the
Stäubli booth a TERRYplus Summum with jacquard is weaving a high
quality terry fabric.
GTMax-i 3.0 4R220 denim.
OMNIplus Summum 4-P 280 sheeting 4.
So in total nine Picanol machines will be on display, of
which six on its own booth (Hall H3, booth F01). One Picanol
TERRYplus Summum with jacquard will be on display at the Stäubli
booth and one GTMax-i 3.0 on the Bonas booth. On the booth of
Tongxiang a GTMax-i 3.0 will be weaving label.
OptiMax-i 8-R-190 Fancy shirting.
Picanol in China
Picanol has always had a very close relationship with the
Chinese textile industry. Picanol sent its first pioneers to
explore the possibilities in the Far East, already in the early
1950s. Picanol took part in one of the first international
exhibitions held in Beijing.
The growing installed base of Picanol machines in China, as
well as the increasing demand for a higher level of service and
support resulted in the establishment of the Picanol Service
Centre, which was set up in Shanghai in 1987.
GTMax-i 3.0 Zebra curtain.
TERRYplus Summum j6-J-260.
The next step, in 1994, was the start of PST, Picanol Suzhou
Textile Machinery Works, being Picanol’s first production line
outside Belgium. The technology and organisation were based
entirely on the assembly concept and quality standards applied
at the company’s headquarters in Ieper.
Today PST houses a complete production unit with assembly
lines, a mechatronics division, and a sales, service and spare
parts organization. The the Chinese management, engineers and
technicians have been trained in Belgium.
Headquarters in Belgium
One of the big assets of this cross border entrepreneurship
is the mixture of drawing upon the know-how and quality
standards from the Picanol Group, combined with good
understanding of its local customers’ needs.
With more than 100 engineers headquartered in Belgium,
Picanol invests heavily in R&D activities every year, resulting
in the most advanced and performing weaving machines program
available in the market. Picanol’s airjet and rapier technology
covers the full spectrum of textiles including apparel,
household and technical fabrics. The high degree of digitization
of all these machines, together with their Sumo main drive,
ensures a lower weaving cost, higher quality of the fabrics
produced, greater flexibility and exceptional ease of operation
in comparison with other weaving machines.
OptiMax-i 2-R-190 aramide.
The Picanol Service Team is offering on site technical
support in every corner of the world. Furthermore, the local
service teams are being trained on a permanent basis in our
training centers in Ieper (Belgium) and Suzhou (China).
Original Picanol Parts to ensure a high performance
throughout the whole lifetime of your machines. The Picanol
Aftermarket Sales Team is ready to advise its customers on how
to optimize the preventive maintenance of your machines,
proposing spare parts packages tailored to your specific needs.
OMNIplus Summum 4-P-190 bottom weight.
Flexibility is more than a buzz word at Picanol:
more than ever, we realize that it is a bare necessity to adjust
to the changing market needs at any moment and to be ever more
successful. So Picanol also offers “Weave Up” upgrade kits,
maximizing the performance and widening the weaving range of
your Picanol machines during their entire lifetime.
Teaming up with Picanol is the best guarantee for weavers of
being competitive and profitable – now and in the long term.
Picanol machines can be seen at booth F01 in Hall H3.