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Karl Mayer's Kamcos 2 awarded 'If Design Award'
Feb '16
Karl Mayer has been awarded the 'If Design Award' 2016 for its Kamcos 2 user interface system, which was presented to the market for the first time at ITMA 2015.

The award was presented by If International Design Forum GmbH and is given in seven disciplines and in the 2015 edition, from among more than 5,000 applications from 53 countries.

“Kamcos 2, which is the next generation of touchscreen was entered in the 'Communication - Apps/Software' section of the award,” a Karl Mayer press release stated.

According to the German producer of advanced knitting machines, the jury was impressed by the optimised user interface design of Kamocs 2, which focuses on the user.

“Our concept is based on a system of simple, easy-to-understand and practical handling operations,” Oliver Krakow, senior manager (Electrical Engineering R&D Department) at Karl Mayer said.

“During the development process, we concentrated on visualising the processes, which were not designed from a technical standpoint but on the basis of the machine's operating sequences on site,” he added.

“The operator is helped by being guided through his daily jobs, from entry of the yarn into the machine to production of the final fabric,” Krakow explained.

Karl Mayer also did a look of established user practices, like the types of hand movements and swiping features used on smartphones and tablets.

The operating concept, with process-oriented main navigation systems, can be used via a modular arrangement and a uniform interface for the various types of machines.

“This applies to every area, from warp knitting, through warp preparation, to the production of technical textiles,” the German company explained.

“For specific configurations, the contents of the production side can be adapted to the requirements of the user roles or machine features,” it noted.

“To avoid any operator errors, monitoring algorithms have been integrated, and access is controlled via an RFID data chip with a specifically authorised access key in each case,” Karl Mayer stated.

Extending the functions to mobile devices complements the project and in this way, Kamcos 2 enables data to be accessed remotely by mobile devices using the Karl Mayer Connect app.

Apart from an user interface with its exceptional design, Kamcos 2 also provides all the performance features of a modern automation platform.

All the functions of modern textile machines can be fully integrated, which is based on the principles of an efficient and real-time data bus.

The integrated elements include the Laserstopp yarn monitoring system for the instant detection of yarn breakages and rapid machine stoppage.

It also includes a newly developed camera monitoring system for inspecting the textile web, and a new machine lighting system with status indicator for providing information on the operating status. (AR)

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