Karl Mayer’s OJ 59/1 B, which has recently been launched onto the market, shows what can be achieved in the knitting sector, with its long history, when a traditional way of thinking is consistently challenged and unconventional approaches are followed. “We have applied completely new principles to the design, and implemented some extensive, fundamental, new developments,” explained Herbert Lohr, the Head of Karl Mayer’s Warp Knitting Business Unit. This electronic lace raschel machine is based on a completely new series, known as the Lace.Express. With its extraordinary performance, this new machine series is aimed specifically at the high-volume market of stylish women’s outerwear. It is designed to complement the Textronic® Lace and the Jacquardtronic® Lace machines, which will continue to focus on lingerie goods and functional warp knits. The Lace.Express not only delivers an exceptional performance profile, it also has a new look, since the modern design of the OJ 59/1 B has been completely revised. “With its stylish looks, this machine has been launched as a high-end product,” says Herbert Lohr. In order to meet the requirements of the clothing market, the OJ 59/1 B is available in the gauges of E 18 and E 24. The working width is 210″ The set of knitting elements includes two ground guide bars, a split jacquard bar and 56 pattern bars in seven shog rows. As an option, 16 or 32 pattern bars can be fitted with special guides for processing thick bourdon yarns. Other standard features also include a free-standing fabric batcher and a 2 x 21″ beam frame for the jacquard bars.