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9th March 2016, Botticino Sera (Brescia)

Busi Giovanni to update its Twin Layer single cylinder sock machine

Twin Layer single cylinder sock machine. © Busi GiovanniItalian hosiery knitting machine builder Busi Giovanni is currently developing a larger diameter for the company’s Twin Layer model, which will, therefore, become available with a 4.5" cylinder and a needle count up to 168.

The new machine will be capable of knitting wider technical and sport socks, but still with the same double-layer feature that makes this machine so unique, the company reports.

Considering this is a brand new version for the company’s range, the lead time for the first 4.5" diameter machines will be of 5 months, for the whole course of the current year.

Busi Twin Layer

Last year Busi announced that its new model Twin Layer had been granted the European patent, due to its unique technology. Busi Twin Layer is a high production single cylinder sock machine with latch needles in the dial that enable it to produce technical sports socks with twin fabric. The machine is based on the Busi Idea Terry and it has all the same features and knitting possibilities.

The machine is provided with a patented device that uses the dial needle for the production of an internal layer and the cylinder needles for the production of the external layer. The two fabrics that form the sock are knitted contemporarily and can be joined at whish, they merge in one only fabric at the welt at the heel and at the toe of the sock. This way the two fabrics cannot slide one onto the other.

The machine is provided with a device for the selected terry, which is designed to enable the machine knitting the sandwich terry and the normal terry even in the same sock without any mechanical change. It also enables the fully automatic switching from plain stitch to half terry and to full terry, the company reports.

Rimaglio automated device

The Twin Layer performs 3-colour patterns plus ground and can be equipped with the company’s Rimaglio device for the automatic stitch-by-stitch toe closing, according to the manufacturer.

The Rimaglio device is designed to enable a typical classic linking to be achieved straight on the machine in a completely automatic way. The automated device is situated at the side of the knitting machine, it downloads the sock from the machine, after completion of the knitting operation, and it transfers the sock to the linking device, where it is sewn loop by loop.

The sock is turned inside out, so that the linking remains on the inside of the sock, resulting in a perfect traditional-looking linking. After being sewn, the sock, already reversed to the right side, is removed from the machine and is ready for the next boarding operation.

Busi Giovanni

Since 1958 Busi Giovanni Srl has specialized in the design and construction of single-cylinder machines with rib needles in the dial for the production of high-quality stockings, socks and tights. Today, Busi is recognized worldwide as one of the most inventive producers of machines for high-performance and high-tech socks.

The company is a supplier to the most important producers of stockings, socks and tights, for the men's, women's and children's markets - classic, patterned, sports, technical-sports, as well as medical, with special solutions for graduated compression.

Busi sells in more than 50 countries around the world (90% export) through a network of partners that provide distribution and service.


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