Picanol’s digitized insertion on rapier
Picanol is seeing a digital revolution in
weaving, propelled by the wave of Industry 4.0 (the fourth
industrial revolution). That’s why as a pioneer in weaving as
well as in electronics, it has demonstrated an OptiMax-i weaving
denim fabrics with almost fully digitized insertion.
As the major weaving machine supplier in
the denim business, they are in the best possible position to
detect the future needs of their customers. They demonstrated a
denim machine with insertion that has been almost completely
digitized. Thanks to the integrated concept all settings are
available and can be retrieved on the central microprocessor.
It starts right from the prewinders
equipped with a tension display (TED). Having a digital setting
of the brake on the prewinder not only gives you a tension which
is reproducible in the future, but also allows to manage
possible differences between prewinders in a much easier way.
The filling tension during insertion can be electronically
controlled with the programmable filling tensioner TEC to
eliminate possible tension peaks. The signals from the filling
detector – either standard or SmartEye – are continuously
monitored and analyzed by the machine's microprocessor.
With the QuickStep filling presenter,
different timings for presentation, insertion and rest position
can be programmed. While the QuickStep is nothing new it is
still the benchmark on the market.
New on this machine is the Electronic
Right Gripper Opener (ERGO). Developed as a gripper opener to
tune the machine for minimum waste length when weaving different
types of weft yarn, the ERGO is an additional step in the
digitization of the weaving machine, allowing fully electronic
setting of the right-hand-side gripper opener even while the
machine is running.
In addition to these “Driven by Data”
features we also demonstrate an impressive “Sustainability
Inside” capability, with the EcoFill in 4-color version
installed on this OptiMax-i.
Picanol was the first machinery
manufacturer to eliminate the left-hand side waste ribbon on a
rapier machine, introduced in 2011 in a 2-color version aimed at
technical fabrics. The Picanol system for a catchcord-free
set-up on the left-hand side has been extended to a 4-color
version, with no limitations for the designers in terms of e.g.
color pattern. On top of this, this feature is also very
intuitive to control, as the EcoFill settings are fully digital.