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Groz-Beckert introduces new needle for hosiery machinery

the dur range of needles are the company’s answer to the increased loads in modern sock production due to fashion or technical aspects.

3rd April 2020

Knitting Industry
 |  Albstadt, Germany


© Groz-Beckert.

© Groz-Beckert.

As original equipment in sock machines from leading manufacturers, Groz-Beckert’s products are known in the market for their reliability and quality. To ensure that all product requirements are met, and all aspects are taken into account, development and further development not only take place in consultation with machine builders, but also in dialog with end users who know their requirements best. The result, the company says, is top class knitting tools that stand for efficiency and perfect product appearance. This is the only way to achieve uninterrupted production in light of the complex work steps involved in producing socks.

dur can offer even more

“The latest development of our sock needles was recently presented under the name dur. This too was based on feedback received from end users,” Groz-Beckert says. “It is our answer to the increased loads in modern sock production due to fashion or technical aspects. dur needles reduce the risk of tuck stitches, needle lines and other faults in the knitted fabric caused by damage to the needle under extreme usage conditions. It is currently demonstrating its effectiveness in the latest machine generations of Lonati and Santoni.”

dur – the durable

‘dur’ stands for ‘durability’, meaning resilience and long service life. Equipped with different properties, needles with dur technology are optimally designed for use under higher loads, without compromising the performance of the sock machine.

The main technical features of dur needles are Increased hook stability, increased latch stability and modified slot design.

The higher hook stability reduces the risk of hook breakage and bent open hooks. The increased latch stability and modified slot design reduce the risk of bent latches and also guarantee the latch movement, even with slightly bent latches, Groz-Beckert explains.

© Groz-Beckert.

© Groz-Beckert.

The main advantages for users are lower needle consumption, reduced machine downtime, increased productivity, fewer rejects and lower production costs.

According to Groz-Beckert, field tests in over 50 machines showed a clear reduction in needle consumption, which depending on the application was as low as 30 %. This not only saves costs but helps to protect the environment too, the company adds. “The reduction of rejects means that the dur needle contributes to sustainability,” Groz-Beckert concludes.

How to identify dur needles

Sock needles with dur technology can be identified by the suffix ‘dur’ in the needle designation. For visual differentiation, dur needles have a notch on the back on the butt directly below the predetermined breaking groove. dur needles are currently available for various Lonati and Santoni machine models. The product range can be expanded as required, Groz-Beckert adds.

© Groz-Beckert.

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