New environmental and safety regulations in the aerospace and automotive engineering industry have increased the use of light-weight composite fabrics. In some cases, however, the manufacture of composites is still a highly labour-intensive process: Individual plies have to be cut to size, carefully inserted in the mould, fixed and then built up. Here, Stoll-flat knitting machines offer a number of productivity benefits which cannot be realized using other textile manufacturing processes. This is equally true for the production of industrial textiles, for example insulating and carrier fabrics.
Development for a study on the implementation of a composite bicycle rim. A special stitch technique reduces elasticity to a minimum.