No spinitsystems without Relanit: A key technology turns thirty

The 1987 ITMA began in Paris on 13 October. It was a trade fair at which Mayer & Cie. (MCT) exhibited three new machines. They were Relanit machines featuring what was then a revolutionary equipment: relative technology.


Today, 30 years later, the technology is just as unique as it was back then.

Indeed, it is still the shape of things to come. Relative technology is, after all, an important reason why spinitsystems, MCT’s spinning and knitting technology works. One of its flagship features is its extraordinarily gentle yarn processing – and that it owes to relative technology.

In contrast to conventional horizontal sinker technology, in relative technology the sinker makes a kind of circular movement. In other words, relatively speaking, the needle and sinker move toward each other. That halves the number of deflection points that the yarn has to pass in order to form a stitch of the required length. As every deflection point that is no longer required reduces friction and tension on the yarn, a Relanit machine is a specialist for sensitive, difficult and even poor quality yarns, especially cotton.

It can also process a fragile fibre bundle, the roving. The Spinit 3.0 E knits its textile fabric from this bundle of fibre and thereby makes spinning, cleaning and rewinding superfluous. Taking up less space and using less energy than the conventional production process, and requiring less capital investment too, spinitsystems is as a genuinely future-oriented technology. And so is relative technology.

Spinit 3.0 E

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