Karl Mayer introduced the first raschel lace machine in 1956, using 12 guide bars. By 1964,36 guide bars were achieved, followed by 42 in 1968. Electronics began to replace mechanical guide bar control and, in 1981, 42- and 56-guide bar raschels without conventional chains were introduced.
In 1985, the first lJacquardtronic, lace raschel with 78 guide bars, electronic pattern guide bar control, and electronic jacquard selection was unveiled. In 1990, the 'TextroniC lace raschel with a fall-plate and particular configuration of 53 guide bars was introduced, to knit surface-interest patterns resembling embroidery with different lace ground variations.
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