The UniShed 2 developed by Gitec GmbH is a completely new kind of weaving machine and therefore a real innovation. The reason is that the machines work without an electromechanical "harness" and, instead, use vibrating axes resting in bearings supplied by igus. For this purpose, bearing bushings made of the high-performance polymer iglidur J3 are used.
The textile industry is closely associated with the name Jacquard. In Lyon in 1800, Joseph-Marie Jacquard invented the loom named after him which scans the individual weaving pattern by means of punched cards. He made an important contribution to factory automation and also to the development of computer technology. Almost one hundred years later, pioneers such as Herman Hollerith used punched cards as data carriers for the first automated data-acquisition machines.