Fourth edition of ZSK Open House launches new machinery

In September, ZSK Stickmaschinen GmbH held their fourth edition of their Open House Messe, at their headquarters in Krefeld, Germany.

Distributors and customers from all over the world have been looking forward to the show, and intrigued to see what surprises ZSK have for the embroidery industry. Previous years have seen over 1200 visitors from more than 45 countries attend the show, and this year’s show has been the biggest yet.

The team of mechanical, electronic and application engineers have taken a lot of pride to work on improvements, new developments and new products since the last Open House in 2016.

New technologies

Time of Colour Change

The colour change process in SPRINT and RACER machines with MCP 35 electronics has been simplified. A new catcher motor is installed that reduces the time of the catcher process. Additionally, the starting speed after a thread cut, as well as the speed of the last stitches prior to a thread cut, have been improved. The overall time saving is around 2 seconds per process. A partial benefit can be achieved even without the new catcher motor by installing the latest T8-2 software.

Increased Efficiency

Due to the use of closed loop servo drives on the RACER Series, the machines can now achieve higher speeds at longer stitch lengths. The ramp files for the different models are recalculated step by step and will be part of future T8-2 soft- ware upgrades.

Frame Connection

When Tajima customers switch to ZSK or start implementing ZSK in their factory, they often want to keep their existing frames. We are offering a connection plate for tubular frames that allows the operator to install Tajima arms on ZSK machines and to continue to use their existing Tajima frames.

Racer Series

All RACER Series machines are equipped with MCP 35 electronics, closed loop servo drive systems and an extended field for tubular embroidery. In most models, the field has been extended by 92mm.

Quick Change System II

In 2016 ZSK introduced a Quick Change System for the SPRINT Series. This system has been continuously improved and the newest version is now available for the RACER Series.

Stitch Plate Insert

ZSK has introduced a new stitch plate insert for the SPRINT and RACER Series. The tubular arm of these models does not require a cap insert anymore for the majority of hats. The new standard insert has a 0.3mm sunk centre and improves the stitch quality on filled stitch designs.

Tubular Arm

The casting of the tubular arm has been strengthened with additional internal material. The size of the tubular has not been increased. The strength of the tubular arm now exceeds the strength of the JAFA Series tubular arm.

Red Bobbins

ZSK now offers red bobbins. In case you use different bobbin yarns and want to avoid a mix up of the yarns, it can make a lot of sense to use different coloured bobbins.

New machine models


In 2018, ZSK has extended the SPRINT Series with three new models – the SPRINT 7, SPRINT 7L and SPRINT 7XL. The SPRINT 6 and SPRINT 6 XL are being continued as 12 needle models.

All SPRINT 7 models are equipped with 18 needles and servo drive systems. The SPRINT 7 machines are more efficient on longer stitch lengths compared to the SPRINT 6 Series.

Design starting points can now be saved in the design. A centre point can be saved in the machine and returned to after each embroidery cycle.

Another innovation is the drive system hanging from the top of the SPRINT 7L and the SPRINT 7XL. These two models therefore offer extended space to embroider large products like suitcases and golf bags.

The embroidery fields of 400 x 600mm on the SPRINT 7L and 400 x 1400mm on the SPRINT 7XL, set a new benchmark and offer flexibility for the use of this machine series.

Racer 2XL

The RACER 2XL is part of the RACER Series but only available as a border frame machine. The machine has an embroidery field (per head) of 700 x 700mm and is equipped with 24 needle heads.

Racer 0218

The RACER 0218 is part of the RACER Series but only avail- able as a border frame machine. The machine has an embroidery field (per head) of 550D x 700mm and is equipped with 18 needles per head. Due to the D-drive, one head is capable of producing designs of up to 1.100 x 700mm.

Stocks Embroidery Solutions, the sole UK distributors for ZSK machinery, were at the show with their new Sales Representative, William Barras. “It was all very interesting! We learnt a lot about the new technology available and what ZSK will be bringing to the industry in the near future. It is incredible to see how passionate the team at ZSK are about bringing the next best thing to the industry.”

Image – William Barras (left) and Julius Sobizack, CEO of ZSK (right)

William Barras joined Stocks Embroidery Solutions in July 2018.