20. May 2019 | Technology & Machinery

Karl Mayer: new premises and a new profile for the Academy in Obertshausen

Neue Räume in Obertshausen
from left to right: Fig. from left to right: Oliver Mathews, the Vice President Sales and Marketing of the Warp Knitting Business Unit, Arno Gärtner, the CEO, Dr. Helmut Pressl, the CFO, and Christine Wolters, the Head of Corporate Communications at Karl Mayer, at the handover of the new premises to the Karl Mayer Academy on 30 April 2019 at the start of the training programme in May.
Source: Karl Mayer
The Karl Mayer Academy moved into its modern training centre at its headquarters in April 2019, and the training courses started up in the following May - with a tried-and-tested concept but at a completely new level. “We are now offering our customers courses to qualify them for manufacturing in a digital world, thus giving them the key to success in the future as well,” says Arno Gärtner, the CEO.

First-rate equipment, the latest technology and up-to-date knowledge
The Academy welcomes its guests in Obertshausen in a hall covering an area of 755 m², which offers a bright, learning-friendly atmosphere, modern architecture and technical equipment that has taken a quantum leap forward in terms of quality. Three separate classrooms, equipped with top-of-the-range training equipment, are available for efficiently providing training in small groups. Specially designed high-tech production machines in the HKS series are available for practical training. “We have invested extensively in the machinery. The more the users understand the possibilities offered by our sophisticated technology, the more benefit they will gain from it,” says Christine Wolters, the Head of the Academy. The training machines all offer the latest high-tech features, especially with regard to the drive, control and patterning technology. They can also be used to demonstrate the possibilities offered by the digital production of warp-knitted textiles.

Insight into the digital features
The new Academy also gives an insight into the digital features of KM.ON, and these systems extend the possibilities of increasing the efficiency of the customers’ own production processes. The training machines in the Academy are networked via k.ey – an industry PC combined with the relevant software - and provide access to KM.ON’s secure cloud systems.

Top-of-the range technology for learning and testing covers the entire production process, including warp preparation. A brand-new DS OPTO is used to demonstrate the possibilities of synergistically combining sectional warping used in warp preparation for weaving and direct warping used in warp preparation for warp knitting. This universal, hybrid principle provides maximum flexibility and economic viability when processing beams for warp knitting.

Being creative
The Textile Makerspace is located very close to the Academy. The company’s own innovation platform is based on exchanging information and exploiting synergistic effects. It is available to creative pioneers in the textile and new technologies sectors, and provides space for testing, developing and lateral thinking. Its aims are to develop new applications even outside the traditional textile machinery sector, to act as the starting point for new ideas, and to produce the first visualisations of products.
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