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Picanol Unveils OptiMax Rapier Loom

Belgium-based Picanol NV reports its OptiMax rapier weaving machine is both versatile and productive. The newest model in its range of rapier looms — available with reed widths ranging from 190 to 540 centimeters and driven by Picanol’s patented energy-efficient Sumo main motor with electronic settings — has been ergonomically designed to allow easy access.

The OptiMax features an optimized shed geometry that provides a smaller shed opening to minimize stress on warp ends. A Guided Gripper system that allows maximum speeds is interchangeable with a Free Flight system that maximizes versatility. Other features include: a weft presenter with interchangeable modules allowing up to 12-color insertion; electronic right-hand gripper opener system for improved weft insertion control; Quick Step filling presenter for low, consistent filling tension; electronic selvage system and electronic take-up and let-off; Quick Style Change system; and electronic shed crossing setting; among other features.

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The OptiMax also can be fitted with interchangeable cam, dobby and jacquard shed formation systems; Picanol’s OptiLeno module; superstructures such as an additional fancy beam or jacquarette; a mechanical or an air tucker; and water-cooling option to reduce heat generated by the machine’s high speeds. Prewinders may be equipped with Picanol’s patented Programmable Filling Tensioner.

Picanol also offers the Picanol PC Suite of software applications including LoomGate for network communication between the PC and the weaving machine; Picanol Pattern Editor for designing on the PC and transfer to the machine; EasyStyle for selecting settings according to the style to be woven; and OptiStyle for interactive, improved problem solving.

March/April 2007


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