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Jakob Müller AG

Hall 3, Booth C 195

Systems and solutions for narrow fabrics

Founded in Switzerland in 1887, Jakob Müller AG is the world leader in technology for the manufacture of woven and knitted tapes and webbing, woven ropes, woven labels, technical textiles, printed narrow fabrics, dyeing, make-up and winding machinery. The Müller supply programme covers all the needs of the ribbons and narrow fabrics industry from individual yarn processing up to the finished, made-up product.

Exhibits to be shown at the Jakob Müller AG stand:
  • Label weaving machine, MÜGRIP MBJ6, for labels and pictures with slit selvedges   
  • Electronically controlled narrow fabric loom, NH2 53, for elastic and non-elastic light to medium heavy tapes    
  • Electronically controlled rope weaving machine, NH2M 53, for ropes with diameters up 4 mm    
  • Electronically controlled warp knitting machine with weft insertion, MDC 3/830E, for elastic and non-elastic knitted products for garment and technical applications   
  • Electronically controlled raschel machine, MDK80D, for multilayer products and space knits for garment and technical applications    
  • Crochet knitting machine with weft insertion, RASCHELINA RD3.8, for elastic and non-elastic products   
  • Inkjet direct printing system, MDP2 E MÜPRINT2 E, for elastic and non-elastic narrow fabrics
  • Universal warping machine, SMA400, for elastic and non-elastic threads   
  • Continuous fixation and finishing machine, MFR 3A, for elastic and non-elastic light to medium heavy tapes   
  • Length cutting machine with punching device, UV60 U, light to medium heavy tapes and belts   


Spare parts
Jakob Müller AG has efficient spare part distribution centres in the world's eleven main markets. The bulk of the parts required is available from stock and as a rule, these are sent to our customers immediately via a courier service.

Jakob Müller Institute of Narrow Fabrics Founded in 2001, the Jakob Müller Institute of Narrow Fabrics provides narrow fabric industry training and know-how on a global basis:
  1. Courses for the operation and maintenance of Müller machines and the use of software systems.
  2. Courses in textile technology for pattern analysis and product design.
  3. Courses for ribbons and narrow fabrics industry managers. Detailed introduction to all ribbons and narrow fabrics industry production technologies and the business management aspects of narrow fabric weaving, as well as an insight into various branch companies.
  4. Two training centres, one in Frick, Switzerland, and the other at Suzhou near Shanghai, China.
  5. The "flying classroom", which offers locally held courses in textile technology, with focal point topics trimmed to customer.
  6. The MÜBOOK series of specialist literature on the various narrow fabric production technologies (already published: "Preparation - Finishing - Make-up" and "Needle Weaving Technology inNarrow Fabrics").
  7. The NARROW FABRICS CONFERENCE, which is an annual symposium on current branch themes and a platform for company owners, managers and scientists involved in the narrow fabrics industry.

After-sales service
Around a hundred employees worldwide ensure that customers who have bought equipment from Müller receive optimum support during the complete operative life of their purchases. The range of services on offer includes telephone assistance, commissioning, repairs and maintenance, as well as life-prolonging measures such as audits and retrofits on older generation machinery. Müller also concludes service contracts with its customers, involving regular visits and everything from consulting and in-plant training, to maintenance work. 

Customers have direct contact with Müller specialists through the central helpdesk in Frick. This is the worldwide interface for assistance by phone, e-mail or direct intervention via modem. If on-site help is required, Müller's global network of 20 service stations can be used with the rapid dispatch one of a total of 80 service engineers. 

Label weaving machine - MÜGRIP MBJ6
The ITMA 2011 will see the release for sale of the new generation MÜGRIP machine series. MÜGRIP rapier looms are exclusively developed and manufactured for label weaving and are the world's most frequently used machine in this field.  

As opposed to previous MBJ models, the MBJ6 is equipped with an additional, sixth harness, which increases the machine's rated weaving width to 1,380 mm. A spatial crank gearing provides the rapier drive of the MBJ6 and its speed is transferred gently to the weft yarn to be inserted. As a consequence, the speed of the five-harness machine is retained, but output is 20 per cent higher.

Shedding takes place via an SPE jacquard machine with 1,536 functions and as a standard feature, MBJ6 is equipped for eight weft colours with an option of twelve. The universal rapier newly developed for this machine permits the successful use of an even greater range of yarn qualities. All the label designs manufactured on MBJ models can be exchanged reciprocally and are 100 per cent reproducible.

The new machine also employs an innovative, energy-optimised drive concept, which cuts power losses to a minimum and provides a double-digit percentage improvement in the label weaving energy balance.

Last, but not least, in spite of the extra harness, the room height required for MBJ6, as well as its footprint and total weight, correspond with those of the predecessor model.

Narrow fabric weaving
Electronically controlled narrow fabric loom - NH2 53
The NH2 53 is an electronically controlled loom for the weaving of medium-weight, elastic and non-elastic narrow fabrics. Electronically controlled shedding takes place via linear motors mounted directly on the shafts. These replace pattern chains and drums and both permit unlimited repeat lengths and pattern changes in minimum time. The weft and auxiliary thread transport, as well as the narrow fabric take-off and main drive are also all electronically controlled and smoothly adjustable. As compared to conventional needle looms, the NH2 53 is fitted with considerably fewer mechanical parts, which results in both less wear and a cut in energy consumption of around 35 per cent, i.e. max. 1 kW.

A maximum of sixteen weft bars are available for patterning and the NHJ2 53 with 192 functions is an ideal supplement for narrow fabrics with jacquard patterns. The machine control system consists of two components:
  • A unit that is fix-mounted onto the machine and the operation of which is limited to the functions required for weaving operations
  • A portable operating unit with wireless programming data transmission to the machines (one device for several machines). All the relevant data and parameters are stored and can be called up at any time for statistical purposes.   

Other strengths of the machine include in high levels of user-friendliness and a good price/performance ratio.

Rope weaving
Electronically controlled rope weaving machine - NH2M 53
To date, ropes have been manufactured exclusively on braiding machines. However, using MultiSphere technology, ropes, with or without cores, twine and cord, etc. can be woven now on the new electronic controlled narrow fabric needle loom NH2M in addition to the so far employed NC2M. These machines are designed for a variety of rope diameters and differ from their conventional counterparts with regard to reed, fabric guide and take-off design.

Sheath and core thread insertion takes place via a compensation device, which also supports the formation of a three-dimensional structure.

As opposed to standard braiding systems, the new process stands out due to the following advantages:
  • Higher productivity.
  • Longer, knot-free items due to the extended yarn lengths available on the bobbins/warp beams as compared to braiding bobbins.
  • Far lower production and manufacturing costs.

Warp knitting   
Electronically controlled warp knitting machine with weft insertion - MDC 3/830E
For a number of years, direct drives using linear and servomotors have played an increasingly important role in the design of Jakob Müller AG narrow fabric looms and knitting machines. Consequently, the new MDC (Müller Direct Crochet) is now available in three versions:
  • The electronically controlled MDC 8/630 with a working width of 630 mm and a maximum of 8 weft bars.
  • The electronically controlled MDC 3/830 E with a working width of 830 mm, 2 longitudinal bars with a maximum stroke of 450mm, a rubber rod and a part weft bar with a maximum stroke of 25mm.
  • The mechanically controlled MDC 3/830 M with a working width of 830 mm and three weft bars for simple products.

The electronically controlled weft bars offer great pattern variety, quick article changes and endless repeat lengths. The machine speed can be adjusted to the stroke required by the pattern, i.e. the product characteristics. Moreover, the reduction in the number of mechanical parts is also worthy of note as it considerably cuts wear costs.

Article patterns can be fed in directly via the MDC C200 control module, or as an alternative, MÜCARD2 pattern design software is available.

The product range of the MDC 3/830E is extremely wide and extends from technical applications to simple lace and underwear items in both elastic and non-elastic variations. In addition, the use of differing types of needle facilitates the utilisation of a diversity of yarn qualities that include natural and synthetic fibres with 20 to 3,000 dtex.   

Electronically controlled raschel machine       
The MDK80 is a raschel machine in versions for single and double jersey (MDK80s: right-left and MDK80D: right-right) with eight weft laying bars, each powered individually by a linear motor. The machine thus disposes over an extremely extensive range of applications, which range from fashion and sports items to technical articles, such as spacer fabrics with heights of up to 20 mm, multi-layer knits, tubular knits for the medical technology segment and the underwear sector (tubular knits for holding bra wires), nets, fashion scarves, edge binding, etc.      

 Very precise operation of the warp bars and a compact design facilitate the rapid and straightforward switching of machine counts between E10 und E28. Thus the resultant short resetting times and the high utility effect also make the MDK80 extremely attractive for patterning and small batch orders. In addition, the electronic control of the entire machine facilitates the management of all article data and the call-up of the corresponding production parameters. Patterning takes place using MÜCARD2 CAD design software, which among other features also prepares the appropriate article card.   

Textile printing
Inkjet direct printing system - MDP2 E MÜPRINT2 E
The MDP2, which was launched around two years ago for the printing of non-elastic narrow fabrics and belts, is now available in a slightly modified form as the MDP2 E for the contactless ink jet printing of elastic and non-elastic narrow fabrics and belts. The machine operates from roll to roll, from crate to crate and from roll to crate and vice versa.  The narrow fabric widths processed may amount to as much as 400 mm and in the case of narrower items, i.e. with a minimum width of 15 mm, can be printed during parallel running. A minimum gap of 10 mm between the fabrics is necessary. The contactless process permits the printing of relatively heavy products with coarse surface structures.  

ITMA highlights - warping systems   
Universal warping machine - SMA400       
The new SMA-400 warping machine permits the processing of warp beams with maximum disc diameters and width dimensions of up to 400 mm.  The machine is fitted with a simple control system and by employing a combination of a creel for unrolling elastic threads and a pre-stretcher, users can warp highly elastic yarns such as latex, synthetic elastomers, single- or double-wound rubber thread and non-elastic yarns with a maximum of 3,000 dtex.       

Dyeing and finishing systems
Continuous fixation and finishing machine - MFR  3A
The MFR 3A continuous dyeing and finishing machine provides the simultaneous dyeing or finishing of several narrow fabrics across a working width of 30 cm. The machine is fitted with an efficient hot air dryer, which ensures absolutely uniform temperature distribution throughout the entire fixing chamber.

Light- to medium-weight, elastic and non-elastic polyamide, cotton, viscose, acetate and polyester narrow fabrics can be processed at a maximum working speed of 30 m/min. The machine is designed for small series and medium-sized batches.

The MFR 3A operates with pigment dyes, a system that offers the outstanding advantages of no wastewater and lower energy consumption. Other benefits include a reduction in cleaning, less waste during machine set-up, the user-friendliness provided by easy access to various machine components, and precise tension control. The energy consumption levels of the MFR 3A are roughly 30% lower than those of conventional dyeing machines.   

Group delivery programme
  • Warping systems
  • CAD systems
  • Narrow fabric weaving
  • Rope weaving
  • Warp crochet knitting
  • Label production
  • Textile printing
  • Systems for dyeing / finishing / coating
  • Winding and make-up systems
  • Confection of technical textiles
  • Training.   

Products manufactured on Müller machines
  • Tapes, belts, ribbons
  • Satin tapes
  • Zip fastener tapes
  • Hook and loop fastening tapes
  • Velvet ribbons
  • Labels with woven selvedges
  • Labels with cut edges (ultrasonic or thermal)
  • Printed tapes, belts and lamella
  • Knitted goods, lace articles
  • Nets, spacer fabrics
  • Woven ropes, cords and strings