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Product samples – the idea workshop for narrow fabric samples.

Jakob Müller AG employs new narrow fabric samples for the development of fresh applications for Müller technology. Around 1,000 examples of such samples are available. 

For more information regarding our samples, please contact us.


Laces that come undone when one is walking are a frequent source of annoyance and in addition, can create dangerous situations that lead to tripping and falls. Therefore, the idea underlying the development of the 10310 sample was to create a shoelace with a narrow-wide-narrow effect, which would render unwanted loosening impossible. The sample was produced on an NFJM2 53 6/42 narrow fabric needle loom with an electronic drive (ED) function. Weft guidance using an ED enables precise weft length control and by means of a reduction in input quantity, the shoelace contracts thus creating the desired structure.

This elastic cord, which was manufactured on an NH2 53 8/27 narrow fabric needle loom, is designed for a diversity of applications. As a modish shoelace in sports shoes, the non-slip cord quickly attracted fans amongst fashion-conscious youngsters. What’s more, it can also be employed for outerwear as a hood drawstring. The bulges and constrictions are produced by means of the electronic control of the weft and a special weave. In addition, the use of a highly elastic yarn creates a pleasantly soft feel.

Rucksack tapes and shoelaces frequently have tapered ends with a sleeve, which in trade jargon are known as “tips” and are intended to assist threading though eyelets. In the past, the creation of this tapering always required an additional production procedure, but now the use of the NH2 53 6/27 SNO2B renders this unnecessary. Once the wide section of the weft thread 1 has been woven, the machine switches automatically to weft thread 2. This is fed in under increased tension and thus forms the tapering. Moreover, in order that the “tip” receives the required rigidity, a monofilament can also be employed as the weft thread 2 (sample 10350).

As a rule, the patterning effect in jacquard narrow fabrics and tapes is only achieved in the warp direction. However, with the help of KSE technology, warp and weft thread and colour effects can be combined. For example, in order to create the 10374 sample, a weft selection device can be installed on jacquard machines such as the NFJK2 53 4/42 ED. Apart from the back weft this allows the insertion of up to three additional weft colours into the weave by means of the use of specially designed weft needles. An electronic drive (ED) guides the weft and two weft threads are introduced simultaneously, which further increases the possibilities for patterning and combinations.

This belt employs a warp comprised of a 100% PES filament with a 1,670 dtex yarn count and a weft using 550 dtex PES filament. Selvedge tying will take place with System 5 weaving utilising 280 dtex auxiliary and 113 dtex locking threads. The special weave facilitates the extensive use of filament strength in tandem with an attractive, glossy appearance, which is particularly advantageous in the case of load-bearing belts. Proven tensile strength of 29.8 NetkN with 6.83 % elongation represents an outstanding value, which exceeds that of conventional belts by 16%. The heald pass has been selected to ensure that a differentiation can be made between the rib direction of the left and right weaving heads. It should be added that this type of belt can not only be used for lifting loads, but also for further processing into aircraft safety nets.

This net is suitable for a diversity of applications. Following small adjustments it can be employed to prevent the movement of vehicle cargoes, or in furniture (e.g. reinforcement in chair backs). The special design with seven guide bars, of which four are weft bars, provides the knit with its characteristic effect, as well as the run resistance and tensile strength of the net.

This label has been produced using a black, 75 denier warp at a speed of 600 rotation per meter. The weft will be formed by 50 detex threads. The label in question will represent a fourth industrial revolution product of very high quality.

This sample is employed as a drawstring in a variety of clothing applications. The arched surface structure is only visible when the string is loose and prevents it from sliding backwards when in use. The drawstring’s extremely high level of elasticity derives from a 78 dtex Lycra® covering. The drawstring shown here was woven on an NF53 8/27 needle loom using the Z6 weaving system.

This elasticated cord serves as an eye-catching application on children’s outdoor clothing such as anorak hoods, or as trendy laces in fashionable footwear. The woven-in bulges prevent the loops from opening once they have been tied. This effect is created through a combination of HE type polyamide filament yarns (PA) with a Lycra® exterior covering. The cord was manufactured on an NH2M 53 4/27 needle loom using the I weaving system.

Ribbons with a tartan pattern mimic the kilt, the main item in Scottish national costume. In its current form, this knee-length skirt dates back to the 18th century and although used initially as a wrapping around the 4 o’clock tea biscuits, ribbon with a tartan pattern quickly spread around the world as gift packaging, hair bows for young girls, flower binding and other applications. This pattern was woven on an NH2 53 4/42 SNO4B needle loom with open weft needles and a free choice of weft thread sequences. Weft colour selection on this machine takes place via the first four heald shafts via a specially designed weft thread guide.

This 40mm-wide elastic tape is manufactured in raw white. Its upper and lower layers consist of polyamide filament yarn (PA), while the lettering is composed of polyester filament yarn (PES). The light and dark effect is created through the colouring of the PA with acid dye in an MFR4 S dying machine. The PES is not coloured by this dye, but merely becomes slightly darker. The tape was produced on an NHJM2 53 6/42 needle loom using the I weaving system.

Spacer fabrics are characterised by an upper and lower layer, as well as a connecting spacer thread system. Such fabrics are suitable as reinforcement in lightweight composite materials, or technical building materials through which gases or liquids are conducted. The desired compressive stability is attained by the employment of PA monofilaments with a diameter of 0.20 mm. This narrow fabric was produced on an NH2 53 8/27 needle loom using the Z6 weaving system. 

This high-quality label is woven in jeans style and as a contrast contains a PES 330 SNTR T440 neon weft yarn. The jeans label uses a >330 dtex weft thread and for the weaving of weft yarns with yarn counts higher than 200 dtex, we recommend our Fancy and Heavy Yarn Set, which is a machine option for the feeding of weft threads of between 200 and 1,400 dtex. The extremely fine label selvedges are obtained by means of a MÜSONIC3 ultrasonic cutting machine. 

In the field of occupational safety so-called safety harnesses are becoming increasingly important. Harnesses form part of the fall arrest system and absorb the forces that occur in the event of a fall and distribute these over those parts of the body that have the necessary stability. The connection between the body-worn harness and the securing point of the safety device is non-elastic shock absorber belt, which usually consists of a two-layer belt, which is alternately open and closed. In the closed part, the layers are connected by pile threads (binding threads). In the event of a fall, the pile threads break apart in a defined manner, thereby reducing the fall speed and absorbing the corresponding forces. Gentle braking prevents potential injuries. The non-elastic fall arrest belt is usually used in combination with the elastic fall arrest belt. The belt was woven on a needle loom type NFRE with system Z10 / S3.

In the field of occupational safety, so-called safety harnesses are becoming increasingly important. Harnesses form part of the fall arrest system and absorb the forces that occur in the event of a fall and distribute them over those parts of the body that have the necessary stability. The connection between the body-worn body harness and the anchorage point of the safety device (depending on) forms an elastic lanyard (for the shock absorber belt) which usually consists of a two-ply belt, which is woven with a smooth and a wavy part and contains very strong rubber threads in the chain. In the event of a fall, the corrugated part expands to full extension, thereby reducing the fall velocity and absorbing the corresponding forces. Gentle braking prevents potential injuries. The elastic lanyard (connection belt) is usually used in combination with the non-elastic shock absorber belt. The elastic lanyard (connection belt) was woven on a needle loom type NFRE ED.

For special requirements, these straps can also be used as narrow-width-narrow variants, for which the needle loom type NFRE Y2 ED is available.

The industry employs welt tapes for purposes such as the provision of the edges of upholstery with an attractive optical appearance, or protection against damage. They are suitable for the binding of all types of textiles and awning materials, and in the past were generally manufactured by means of braiding. However, using a modified version of the Z3 weaving system, it is now possible to produce them on a needle loom and thus enjoy high productivity. In the standard Z3 loom, both weft threads are knitted together by means of a latch needle on the right-hand side of the fabric, but in the modified system the upper weft thread slides on the lower weft needle to the left up to the cord of the welt tape. The cord only works in a half stroke and is thus tied in by the upper weft thread.

During weaving from warp beams, these must be either slowed by braking or driven via the motor-transmission combination. This is necessary in order to ensure that the required tensile force is generated in the warp thread. In particular, numerous part warp beams are employed in narrow fabric weaving for the various thread systems and for economic reasons, in this field the braking of the warp beam is carried out mainly by a brake tape or cord and shoe. For this purpose the warp beams have a groove on the warp beam disk through which the braking element runs. The braking element shown here with integrated loops for part warp beams consists of several closed layers and has zones at both ends in which the layers are open in a looped form. The tape can be employed for a variety of warp beam diameters, is easy and quick to install, and when in use prevents jolting of the warp beam. The brake tape was woven on an NH2 53 8/27 needle loom. 

As opposed to the standard elastic tapes used in men’s underwear, which contain polyester filament yarns, this tape employs an Nm 20/2 count spun fibre yarn made from TENCEL® micro- fibres, which are manufactured by Lenzing AG in Austria. Lenzing, which is the world’s leading supplier of regenerated cellulose fibres, is well-known for its environment-friendly, corporate policies and the raw materials for the regenerated fibres are obtained exclusively from domestic beech wood in a process that has no environmental impact. Fibre regeneration takes place in a closed system, whereby virtually all the solvents used can be recovered. In particular, this product stands out due to its extremely soft feel and gentleness on the skin. The tape was woven on an NHJM2 53 4/66 jacquard needle loom.

This tape is manufactured on an NH2 53 2/130 needle loom with (theoretically) unlimited repeat lengths and allows the transverse production of pockets of various sizes, which are simply secured by a woven-in drawstring. The finished tape was produced using various Müller machines, weaving having been followed by ink jet direct printing with a MÜPRINT MDP2 E. Finally, the tape was either cut to the required length on a UV40-G220/H slitting machine, or wound up on an HW EFA winder.

Tapes with variable widths for bags and rucksacks have become indispensible. They are manufactured on the NFRE42 4/42 Y2 ED machine, which owing to the electronic control of the reed stroke, permits the realisation of variable tape width. 940 dtex polyamide filament yarn was used for the tape below.

As opposed to standard elastic tapes for men’s underwear, which employ a polyester filament yarn, in this case the tape is produced using a spun Nm 20/2 fibre yarn made from Micro TENCEL® fibres manufactured by Lenzing AG, Austria. An extremely soft feel and outstanding skin-friendliness represent the outstanding characteristics of this yarn, which is woven on an NHJM2 53 4/66 jacquard needle loom. 

Elastic narrow fabrics with a monofilament in the weft are in demand in the medical sector as compression bandages. However, large widths are essential for the human body and these can best be manufactured on needle looms such as our NF80 2/310.

The base material for the bandages consists of polyester filament yarn with 167 dtex x 2 and compression is generated through its combination with elastic Lycra® 940 warp threads. Hook and eye fasteners are suitable for closing the bandage.

Together with the textile research institute Textilforschungsinstitut Thüringen-Vogtland, Jakob Müller Frick has developed a calculator for textiles.

The meandering fields on the rear are achieved with MDW® technology and form the buttons of the calculator. On the front, the corresponding numbers and symbols are printed on the textile. One advantage of this technology is that the keypad has the flexibility of a textile. This is done is by embedding the copper strands in the textile in the weaving process. It is not necessary to coat the entire area because the copper strands are insulated with lacquer.

If a button is pressed, information is transmitted via capacitive touch recognition. The screen and the electronics are encapsulated in plastic. Do you have an application that needs the flexibility of a textile calculator? If so, then we have the perfect solution for you. Find out for yourself about the unexpected applications that become possible with the innovative textile calculator.

MDW® technology – a world first that is guaranteed to impress.

MDW® technology represents an interesting and innovative addition to conventional textile techniques.

With the combination of traditional weaving and a new and highly-flexible weft thread insertion device, it is now possible to manufacture multi-axial products in a single process and cover a much broader range of applications.

Multidirectional MDW® weaving is ideal for the processing of sustainable materials and perfect for the manufacturing of functional, intelligent textiles. This includes e.g. SMART textiles such as textile bus systems, light-emitting textiles, heating/cooling textiles, conductive textiles for battery systems etc.

With its MDW® technology, Jakob Müller has revolutionised this raw material for weaving technology.

MDW® technology allows a copper strand to be applied to the fabric without significantly influencing it in the weaving process.

It is important that the copper strand lies in a meandering pattern on the fabric and is e.g. fixed with PES threads. The layout to the side can be up to 65 mm long, and in addition the strands can be laid out in regular or irregular loops.

This offers advantages for numerous potential applications, including for example the deicing of an aircraft.

Electric ribbons in the wings could accelerate the process and thus save precious time and money. Wherever components need to be heated, MDW® technology can offer decisive advantages.

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