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Lindauer Dornier shows new rapier weaving machine at ITMA

Jun '19
Pic: Lindauer Dornier
Pic: Lindauer Dornier
Lindauer Dornier is showing the new P2 rapier weaving machine at ITMA 2019, in hall 4, booth 211. Lindauer Dornier and its weaving machines, specialty machinery, and composite systems product lines has earned its place as a technology leader. The 18th edition of the leading textile and garment technology expo is being held from June 20-26, 2019, in Spain.

“Even more flexible, faster and more efficient – the P2 is the result of almost seven decades of expertise in developing and building rapier weaving machines. With this latest innovation from Dornier, the already excellent P1 has been decisively improved in every aspect of importance to the weaver. Accordingly, with its improved shed geometry and more rigid frame, better insertion performance, maintenance-free drive (developed in-house) and optimised positive active centre transfer, the P2, henceforth, replaces the P1 as the most flexible rapier weaving machine in the world,” Thomas Laukamp, Dornier’s weaving machine predevelopment manager said in a press release.

Even the dimensions of the machine have been optimised: The new P2 is as much as 240 millimetres shorter and 40 millimetres lower than its predecessor. Furthermore, the P2 machine structure consists of clearly defined primary and auxiliary modules. This module-based construction principle is intended above all to make conversion and expansion work simpler. This in turn assures the user greater investment security, because he can respond more rapidly to changes in the market.

The P2 can be adapted easily and quickly for processing different yarns for clothing, home and technical textiles as well as for high-quality composite semi-finished materials. The central module in frame construction is 75 per cent more rigid than the P1 and is also designed for optimum force flow. The torsional rigidity of the reed shaft has been increased by 50 per cent to lend more stability to the weaving process. Whether it is used with cam motion, dobby (up to 24 shafts) or Jacquard machines with up to 30,000 hooks and in conjunction with the EasyLeno leno system developed by Dornier, with up to 16 filling thread colours, the P2 is the ideal tool for creative, flexible, precise, and efficient production of top quality clothing and home textiles or technical textiles in glass, carbon, or aramid.

The new machine is available in three variants. Besides the standard configuration, the P2V is a reinforced version offering a reed beat-up force as much as 37 kN, and the P2S heavy-duty weaving machine is supplied with a maximum reed beat-up force of 50 kN for very heavy and dense technical fabrics. Like all weaving machines from Dornier, all variants of the P2 are equipped with high-performance interfaces so they can be integrated easily in the IT/tool environments in the weaving mills.

Besides the unrivalled Dornier SyncroDrive drive concept, three other patented, optional innovations by Dornier offer potential for raising productivity further: the colour selector and feed system DisCoS (DCS) enables exceedingly simple processing of up to eight colours; the Weft Saver (DWS) waste saving device enables weaving without a left catch selvedge, reducing waste, and the double weft rapier heads (DoPPIO) with free colour transfer and parallel weft insertion. (GK)

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