The SAPO Drafting System is a computer CAD/CAM design system for textile machines:
Raschel, Jacquardtronic, Textronic, Binary, and Leavers machines.
SAPO is a user friendly computer tool that will help the drafts-person to design the lace
pattern and therefore their company to improve drafting speed while maintaining the highest drafting
standards. SAPO is the closest way of "hand-crafted" drafting on a computer.
Unbelievable as it might seem, the use of SAPO converts a week of "traditional" work into a
single working day without sacrificing quality, in fact quality most likely will improve.
SAPO generates all technical information needed for knitting: links listing, jacquard
listings, draft charts, threading charts, consumptions statistics, along with knitting machine
control data diskettes and cassettes, etc ...
- Virtual Machine
The draftsperson can move within all the real needles of the machine not
only the first repeat, and this easies the understanding of the process,
and shows the draftsperson how the machine will be set up at the knitting time.
- Realistic lace simulations
The system prints-out realistic simulations of the final lace product at any time during the
drafting process. Instant simulation on screen are also available.
- Drafting Quality
The system always works and shows the user the lace in its final quality. This helps to preview the final products from the begining.
- Process Speed-up
The process of drafting is incredibly speeded-up comparing with the traditional manual method.
- Yarn guimping / Jacquard editing at a time
At the same time, the draftsperson can view and edit the yarn guimping along with the jacquard information.
- Draft and schema plot-out, and full documentation print-out
The system plots-out and prints-out the full project documentation,
including interesting information, as types list, dead stops lists, threadings lists, etc ...
- Machine disks generation and management
The system can generate Data Control machine disks for several types of
knitting and card punching machines plus several utilities that allow management of such machine disks.
CADT seeks to be on the leading edge of progress. New machines
and new drafting methods are developed seemingly daily.
The team of programmers at CADT closely monitors these
events and develops computerized tools to take advantage of all
new developments in the lace industry.
This section explains how the drafting process is performed.
- After a sketch
is ready, it can be scanned in or transfered to SAPO
and then used as a guide to make a complete draft.
- The movements
of the pattern bars are guimped directly on the screen on top of the sketch. A large assortment
of tools are available to assist the drafts-person.
- Along with drafting
the pattern bars, the system also accomplishes jacquard as
well, with the same ease due to the wide variety of helpful tools.
- A realistic simulation
of the lace-fabric can be printed out at any time during the
process of drafting.
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