Knitting & Hosiery


Live again at last: Mayer & Cie. training courses from knitting technology to design software

On Mayer & Cie. circular knitting machines you can produce a wide variety of textiles. © 2022 Mayer Cie
A circular knitting machine knits up to 40 kilograms of single jersey fabric per hour. It also knits highly complicated patterns for mattress covers. And spacer fabric for brassieres. In a nutshell: every Mayer & Cie. circular knitting machine has plenty to offer. This variety makes the knitter’s work exacting. To enable the options to be used expediently the Mayer & Cie. circular knitting experts are at the ready with advice and to lend a hand. This includes training sessions and courses that after a lengthy Covid break can now be held live again.

Popular courses: MDS1

“When times were normal, in pre-Covid days, we held multi-day training courses for five to ten participants at our headquarters here,” says Jürgen Müller, head of the pattern office and the man in charge of MDS1 design software courses. MDS1, short for Mayer Design Software, is one of his best sellers. Two of the three seminar days are spent on working with the software. “We check whether all participants are using the latest version. After functional tests we create patterns and transfer them to the machines,” Müller explains. In each of the steps participants contribute different requirements. After all, they all work with different machines old and new.

The last day of the MDS1 course is devoted to implementation. Does the transfer to the circular knitting machine work? Which settings are required?

Courses tailored to meet customers’ requirements

The range of enquiries about technical training courses is wide, Jürgen Müller says. “One person may never have done a gauge change, another has always knitted interlock and now needs to knit spacer fabric.” These circular knitting courses are usually for an entire working week and are often held at the customer’s premises. “That makes sense. You are then working in your own day-to-day working conditions.”

Another course deals with knitted structures. It is an expert course for quality management people whose job is frequently to check the finished knitted product. “We show them what matters in evaluating fabrics and, for example, to identify plating faults.”

The right circular knitting machine and the right yarn: the MDS1 design software will produce the desired design. © 2022 Mayer Cie
The right circular knitting machine and the right yarn: the MDS1 design software will produce the desired design. © 2022 Mayer Cie

In person and with genuine experience

“We are delighted to be able to hold courses on site and in person once more,” Jürgen Müller says. “We naturally looked into going digital with our courses, but that is only a limited alternative.”

Together with the head of customer service Axel Brünner, application technician Oliver Bühler and other colleagues from the service department the training team is now back in business to pass on decades knitting know-how to customers so that they can make use of it to knit the best possible fabric.

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