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Stäubli to show toe-closing device in Shanghai

Installed directly on the knitting machine, the D4S closes one sock whilst the machine is already knitting the next one.

18th May 2021

Knitting Industry
 |  Shanghai

Hosiery/​Socks

At ITMA Asia 2021 Stäubli will present its wide range of machinery equipped with state-of-the-art, high-end technologies and software solutions that offer new and expanded benefits to textile mills.

The leading Asian trade fair will take place from June 12 to 16 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC) in Shanghai, where visitors to the Stäubli booth at C21 in Hall 3 will learn how Stäubli solutions can boost sock-knitting and their overall mill efficiency.

Sock knitting – D4S toe-closing device increases productivity

Sock manufacturers face tough challenges. They must be able to rapidly adjust to market demands and meet tight delivery schedules. In sock knitting, toe closing is the critical step. It is very time consuming and helps determine the quality. This is where the D4S toe-closing device comes into play. Installed directly on the circular socks knitting machine, it closes one sock whilst the machine is already knitting the next one. Visitors to the Stäubli booth will see the impressive efficiency of this device in action.

Prior to launching the D4S at ITMA 2015 in Milan, Stäubli worked intensively to develop a world class automation solution for toe closing on circular sock knitting machines. After acquiring several concept patents, the company developed and improved it extensively, and launched a complete Stäubli developed product, designed and manufactured in Italy, at the world’s leading textile machinery exhibition. Stäubli manufactures the machine controller and all of the mechanical parts for the D4S device.

Besides offering many decisive functional advantages, Stäubli machines promise a very long lifespan, especially when original replacement parts are used. Stäubli keeps these in stock for many years after the sale. This is in keeping with the company’s mission: offering advantages and benefits to customers and providing genuine partnership for successful and sustainable business.

Further reading

Interviews: Stäubli D4S: Automatic toe linking made easy

Stäubli Textile Website

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