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Karl Mayer launches first three-bar HKS machine at ITMA

Aug '19
Pic: Karl Mayer
Pic: Karl Mayer
Karl Mayer launched the new HKS 3-M-ON at ITMA 2019, the first three-bar HKS machine with electronic guide bar control, which is linked to the digital world of KM.ON. The HKS 3-M-ON impressed the visitors in Barcelona with its new flexibility and exceptional ease of handling when changing the pattern, and also by its high production rate. 
The new machine can reach a maximum speed of 2,900 per min, depending on the working width. This makes it the fastest, high-speed tricot machine with electronic pattern drive that has ever been built. It is also just as fast as the current HKS 3-M model with n-drive, but it is also much more flexible, said Karl Mayer in a press release. 
The new HKS 3-M-ON will be available in gauges E 28 and E 32 and in the working widths of 130", 180", 210", 238" and 280". Its wide range of features will open up many possible end-uses for the three-bar HKS machine, which will be available as of 2020. The HKS 3-M-ON will go into production in the first quarter of next year.
A wide range of patterns can be produced and changed quickly on the new HKS 3-M-ON. Only the required lapping has to be ordered from Karl Mayer's webshop spare parts and data needs to be loaded to suit the guide bars from the company's own cloud directly onto the machine - and work on the new article can be started immediately. Selected lappings from a pre-defined list are available to download free of charge when working one of the first patterns on a newly acquired machine. 
KM.ON's industry computer, k.ey, is responsible for securely linking the HKS 3-M-ON machine to the KM.ON cloud, thus providing access to Karl Mayer's digital world. Due to the electronic guide bar control facility, there is no need to make any mechanical modifications when changing the article, which used to be the case with the previous HKS 3-M version. Thus any repeat can be worked, without any tempi change.
Additionally, the ON drive eliminates the costs of buying, handling and storing pattern discs. With all the new possibilities offered by the HKS 3-M-ON, customers can reduce pattern-related stoppages considerably, increase productivity greatly, and react quickly to changing market demands. This innovative, high-speed tricot machine also delivers additional benefits, due to the new main drive system. The main shaft is now moved directly by the associated main motor. This system, together with the electronic guide bar drive, eliminates the need for wear-prone drive belts, and this has a positive effect on maintenance costs. Noise levels have also been reduced. (PC)

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