Electronics offer the decisive advantages of convenient power-supply, compatibility with existing mechanical components, micro-miniaturisation of circuitry, and economical data storage. In addition, electronic systems do not require to be of a size proportionate to their task or to operate on a one-to-one relationship with it.
Electronic selection or machine control is compatible with higher running speeds and eliminates complex mechanical arrangements, thus reducing supervisory requirements. It provides greater versatility as regards design parameters, simplifies
the modification of repeat sequences and size, style and pattern-changing operations, and, in some cases, enables changes to occur whilst the machine is knitting (Fig. 12.1).
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