(19)
(11)EP 3 356 593 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
29.07.2020 Bulletin 2020/31

(21)Application number: 16770726.4

(22)Date of filing:  15.09.2016
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
D05C 15/26(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/EP2016/071862
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/055099 (06.04.2017 Gazette  2017/14)

(54)

METHOD OF PREPARING A TUFTING PROCESS

VERFAHREN ZUR HERSTELLUNG EINES TUFTINGVERFAHRENS

PROCÉDÉ DE PRÉPARATION D'UN PROCÉDÉ DE TUFTING


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 28.09.2015 EP 15187113

(43)Date of publication of application:
08.08.2018 Bulletin 2018/32

(73)Proprietor: Vandewiele NV
8510 Kortrijk / Marke (BE)

(72)Inventor:
  • MARIJSSE, Frank
    8500 Kortrijk (BE)

(74)Representative: Ruttensperger Lachnit Trossin Gomoll 
Patent- und Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB Postfach 20 16 55
80016 München
80016 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 077 348
GB-A- 2 319 786
US-A1- 2009 260 554
WO-A2-2005/026863
US-A1- 2007 272 137
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description


    [0001] The present invention relates to a method of preparing a tufting process.

    [0002] When tufting fabrics, such as carpets, a tufting machine control file is generated on the basis of a plurality of tufting aspect instructions indicating, for example, which type of pile with which pile height has to be generated at a particular location of the fabric to be tufted.

    [0003] US 2007/0272137 A1 discloses a method of preparing a tufting process in which an operator has to create a first pattern that, typically, can be a yarn feed effect pattern. This first pattern is produced on a first screen. On a second screen, a second pattern is created that, for example, can be a shifting needle bar effect pattern. The first pattern then is merged into the second for creating a combination pattern. On the basis of this combination pattern, a control file for a tufting machine is created and loaded into the control system of a tufting machine.

    [0004] US 2009/026 0554 A1 discloses a stitch distribution control system by means of which, on a tufting machine having a shiftable needle bar, the shifting movement of the needle bar and the feeding of yarns to needles of the needle bar are controlled to form a patterned tufted article.

    [0005] GB 2 319 786 A discloses servo motor controlled yarn feed modules for tufting machines.

    [0006] It is an object of the present invention to provide a method of preparing a tufting process by means of which the information necessary for carrying out a tufting process can easily be provided and, if necessary, substituted for other information at particular locations of the fabric to be tufted.

    [0007] According to the present invention, this object is achieved by a method of preparing a tufting process according to claim 1. This method comprises the steps of:
    1. a) providing a pattern representation representative of a fabric to be tufted;
    2. b) providing at least one group of tufting aspect instruction layers, each group of tufting aspect instruction layers comprising tufting aspect instruction layers, each one of these tufting aspect instruction layers being associated with a tufting aspect instruction, each tufting aspect instruction referring to a tufting aspect;
    3. c) assigning at least one tufting aspect instruction to at least one of the tufting aspect instruction layers.


    [0008] The method of the present invention is based on the provision of one or a plurality of groups of tufting aspect instruction layers. Each such tufting aspect instruction layer constitutes an entity of information representing those areas of the pattern representation and the fabric to be tufted, respectively, at which one particular tufting aspect instruction is intended to occur. By assigning different tufting aspect instructions to different tufting aspect instruction layers, areas of a fabric to be tufted on the basis of the same tufting aspect instruction can easily and clearly be visualized, for example, on a monitor or a TV screen. If necessary, at one or a plurality of locations in the various tufting aspect instruction layers, the assignment of the tufting aspect instructions can be changed for thereby changing the overall appearance of the fabric to be tufted.

    [0009] In a tufted fabric, the pile height and the pile type are those aspects which, besides the color of the yarn used, primarily influence the appearance of a tufted fabric. Therefore, according to an advantageous aspect of the present invention, a first tufting aspect is the pile height and a first tufting aspect instruction referring to the first tufting aspect indicates the height of a pile to be tufted, and/or a second tufting aspect is the pile type and a second tufting aspect instruction referring to the second tufting aspect indicates the type of a pile to be tufted.

    [0010] When using the pile height and/or the pile type as the major aspects of the appearance of a fabric to be tufted, each tufting aspect instruction layer of a first group of tufting aspect instruction layers represents areas of the pattern representation having the same first tufting aspect instruction associated therewith, and/or each tufting aspect instruction layer of a second group of tufting aspect instruction layers represents areas of the pattern representation having the same second tufting aspect instruction associated therewith.

    [0011] According to a further advantageous aspect of the present invention, it is proposed that:

    step a) comprises providing the pattern representation as a pattern information representation representing the pattern of the fabric to be tufted, wherein the method further comprises:

    a step a1) of providing a group of pattern information layers on the basis of the pattern representation, said group of pattern information layers comprising at least one pattern information layer, each pattern information layer representing areas of the pattern information representation having the same pattern information associated therewith, and

    a step a2) of providing at least one tufting instruction unit, each tufting instruction unit containing at least one tufting aspect instruction,



    [0012] step c) comprises assigning tufting instruction units to at least one pattern information layer and thereby assigning tufting aspect instructions of said tufting instruction units to the associated tufting aspect instruction layers.

    [0013] According to this embodiment of the method of the present invention, the pattern information representation is preferably split up into a plurality of layers, the so-called pattern information layers, which again can be considered as being an entity of information. Each pattern information layer represents those areas of the fabric to be tufted, i.e. the pattern information representation, which is represented by the same pattern information. For example, the pattern information associated with the various pattern information layers could be the color of the particular areas of the fabric to be tufted such that, in association with each color to be used, one pattern information layer will be provided showing all those areas of the fabric to be tufted having the same color.

    [0014] By providing at least one tufting instruction unit, one or a plurality of tufting aspect instructions, for example, the information about the pile height and/or the information about the pile type can easily be assigned to particular locations of the fabric to be tufted and can thereby be assigned to corresponding locations of the various tufting aspect instruction layers.

    [0015] For assigning the information about the piles to be tufted, for example, to the entire area represented in a pattern information layer, at least one tufting instruction unit may repeatedly be assigned to the same pattern information layer.

    [0016] As immediately adjacent piles may in common influence the appearance of a tufted fabric, according to a further aspect of the present invention, at least one tufting instruction unit may be associated with a group of piles to be tufted. This group may comprise at least one pile. Preferably, this group comprises a plurality of piles to be tufted simultaneously by means of immediately adjacent needles arranged on a needle bar of a tufting machine and/or comprises a plurality of piles to be tufted by means of immediately consecutive stitches of the same needle arranged on a needle bar of a tufting machine.

    [0017] For clearly defining the piles to be tufted, a tufting instruction unit associated with a group of piles to be tufted may comprise, for each pile of this group of piles, a first tufting aspect instruction and a second tufting aspect instruction. For reducing the work necessary for defining each single pile to be tufted, according to a further aspect, in step b) at least one group of tufting aspect instruction layers may be provided such as to represent one predetermined default tufting aspect instruction in association with the entire fabric to be tufted.

    [0018] When providing one or a plurality of pattern information layers, step c) may comprise substituting at least one default tufting aspect instruction for a tufting aspect instruction of a tufting instruction unit assigned to a pattern information layer.

    [0019] According to a very advantageous aspect of the present invention, for example, after having defined all the piles to be tufted by providing the corresponding tufting aspect instructions, corrections may be carried out by substituting at least one tufting aspect instruction of at least one tufting aspect instruction layer for another tufting aspect instruction referring to the same tufting aspect.

    [0020] For preparing a tufting process, it is essential to have information about the tufting machine which is to be used for carrying out the tufting process. Therefore, according to a further aspect of the present invention, the method may further comprise the step of selecting one of a plurality of tufting machines preferably having a predetermined yarn threading, and/or may comprise the step of determining a yarn threading to be used for tufting the fabric, the yarn threading defining the sequence of yarns in association with needles of a needle bar of a tufting machine.

    [0021] The yarn threading may comprise a yarn repeat. At least one of the group of piles with which a tufting instruction unit is associated may be a group which is to be tufted with the yarns of one yarn repeat.

    [0022] For having a clear relationship between the tufting instruction units and the piles which will be generated when applying such tufting instruction units, it is advantageous to define and/or select at least one tufting instruction unit, preferably all tufting instruction units, on the basis of the information contained in the pattern information layers and/or on the basis of the yarn threading.

    [0023] For enabling a user to check the fabric which will be tufted on the basis of the tufting aspect instructions provided in the various tufting aspect instruction layers, according to a further aspect of the present invention, the method may further comprise the step of generating a visualization of a fabric to be tufted on the basis of the tufting aspect instructions contained in at least one of the tufting aspect instruction layers. When visualizing the fabric to be tufted, one or a plurality of the tufting aspect instruction layers may be shown on a monitor either separated from each other or superimposed to each other.

    [0024] The method of the present invention may further comprise the step of generating a tufting machine control file on the basis of the tufting aspect instructions of all the tufting aspect instruction layers having tufting aspect instructions assigned thereto. This control file will be sent to the tufting machine used for carrying out the tufting process and will contain all the information necessary for controlling systems of such a tufting machine which are active during the tufting process. This may, for example, be the drive for moving the fabric through the tufting machine as well as the drive for moving a needle bar or the pile delivery system.

    [0025] The present invention further relates to a method of tufting a fabric. In this method, a tufting machine control file is generated by using the method of preparing a tufting process according to the present invention. This tufting machine control file is then forwarded to the tufting machine selected for carrying out the tufting process, and this tufting machine is operated on the basis of the tufting machine control file for tufting the fabric.

    [0026] The method of the present invention will now be described with reference to the attached figures, in which:
    Fig. 1
    shows a pattern representation of a fabric to be tufted and three pattern information layers generated on the basis of the pattern representation;
    Fig. 2
    shows a cross-sectional view of a plurality of yarns provided in a tufting machine and representing a yarn threading;
    Fig. 3
    shows a tufting instruction unit associated with three immediately adjacent yarns and/or three piles to be tufted immediately adjacent to each other;
    Fig. 4
    shows a group of piles tufted on the basis of the tufting instruction unit of Fig. 3;
    Fig. 5
    shows, in a superimposed manner, tufting aspect instruction layers of a group of tufting aspect instructions;
    Fig. 6
    shows a first one of the tufting aspect instruction layers;
    Fig. 7
    shows a second one of the tufting aspect instruction layers.


    [0027] In the left part of Fig. 1, a pattern representation PR of a fabric to be tufted, for example, a carpet, is shown. This pattern representation PR, for example, may be a drawing or a picture showing the real colors of a fabric to be tufted. For example, this fabric may have a gray outer edge region 10 and a black elliptically shaped center region 14. The area between this outer edge region 10 and the center region 14 denoted by 12 may be white.

    [0028] While the pattern representation PR may be considered as representing any kind of information about the fabric to be tufted, such as for example information about the size (length and/or width and/or length/width-ratio) of the fabric to be tufted and/or the number of pixels to be used in the working direction and/or perpendicular to the working direction of a tufting machine, the pattern representation PR may generally be provided as a pattern information representation IR representing the fabric to be tufted with its true colors and/or with other aspects of the fabric to be tufted. For example, the outer edge region 10 might be a region where only low piles shall be provided, while, in the center region 14, high piles shall be provided and, in the area 12 therebetween, piles of a medium height shall be provided. In this case, the colors used for indicating these three regions 10, 12, 14 are not the true colors of the fabric to be tufted, but are used for indicating a particular kind of information, which, in this example, is information about the pile height which is to be used in these different areas 10, 12, 14. Further, it is to be noted that, for indicating a particular kind of information in the pattern information representation IR, which information might be the true color as well as any other kind of information relating to the piles to be tufted, the pattern information representation IR may be shown with using another coding system, for example, using letters, numbers or other signs in association with the different areas representing different kinds of information. In the following example, this information is represented by a respective color which, for example, might be the true color of the fabric to be tufted.

    [0029] Based on the pattern representation PR and the pattern information representation IR, respectively, which might be provided as a data file, for example, a bmp picture data file, a plurality of pattern information layers IL1, IL2, and IL3 is generated. If, for example, the pattern representation PR contains three different areas, i.e. three different kinds of information, three such pattern information layers IL1, IL2, IL3 may be generated, each one being associated with one kind of information, for example, one of the colors of the fabric to be tufted. In the example shown in Fig. 1, the pattern information layer IL1 is associated with the gray-colored outer edge region 10, which means that, in this pattern information layer IL1, this gray-colored outer edge region 10 is shown, while all the information associated with other areas is not reflected in this layer. The second pattern information layer IL2 is associated with the white area 12, while the third pattern information layer IL3 is associated with the black center area 14.

    [0030] It is to be noted that each one of these pattern information layers IL1, IL2, IL3 represents an entity of information, for example, indicating a particular area of the fabric to be tufted and preferably indicating information about the appearance of the fabric to be woven in this particular area, for example, information about the color that should appear in this area. Each one of the pattern information layers IL1, IL2, IL3 may be provided as an entity of data or a data file, respectively, and may be arranged such as to be visualized on a monitor.

    [0031] When preparing a tufting process for tufting, for example, the fabric having the appearance shown in the left part of Fig. 1, it is essential to have information about the tufting machine that is to be used for carrying out this process and, in particular, to have information about the threading of this tufting machine, i.e. the sequence of the yarns associated with all the needles provided on a needle bar of such a tufting machine. If a plurality of tufting machines is available for selection, one of these machines may be selected and the information about the tufting machine and, in particular, about the threading which is present in this tufting machine may be input into a computer program that is used when preparing the tufting process, which computer program may also be used for generating and/or inputting the pattern representation PR and for generating the pattern information layers IL1, IL2, IL3 on the basis of the pattern representation.

    [0032] Fig. 2 shows an example of a yarn threading using three different kinds of yarns, one being a white yarn w, one being a gray yarn g and one being a black yarn b. The yarn threading is such that there is provided a repeat R of three yarns. In each one of the immediately consecutive repeats R, the gray yarn g is positioned next to the white yarn w and the black yarn b is positioned next to the gray yarn g such that the gray yarn g is positioned between the white yarn w and the black yarn b.

    [0033] Fig. 3 shows one example of a tufting instruction unit U which contains tufting instruction in association with three immediately adjacent piles to be tufted. These may be piles which are to be tufted by three immediately adjacent needles, i.e. three immediately adjacent yarns, or may be piles which are to be tufted by three subsequent stitches carried out by one and the same needle of a needle bar. In the example shown in the figures, the tufting instruction unit U is considered as being a tufting instruction unit U which is associated with three immediately adjacent yarns, i.e. needles, to which such yarns are threaded.

    [0034] The tufting instruction unit U contains tufting aspect instructions I1 and I2 associated with two different tufting aspects A1 and A2. The first tufting aspect A1, for example, may be the height of the piles to be tufted. In this case, the tufting aspect instruction I1, in association with each one of the three piles to be tufted, indicates the pile height. In the shown example, the first pile "1" shall be a high pile, which is reflected by the tufting aspect instruction I1 "H". Piles "2" and "3" shall be low piles, which is reflected by the tufting aspect instruction I1 "h". It is to be noted that the number of different possible pile heights, of course, depends on the tufting machine which is used for carrying out the tufting process. For example, the machine may be arranged for generating piles of two or three different pile heights. Another tufting machine may be arranged for generating any pile height between a minimum pile height and a maximum pile height.

    [0035] The second tufting aspect A2 relates to the type of the piles to be tufted. In the shown example, all the three piles shall be loops indicated by the tufting aspect instruction I2 "L". Again, the number of different pile types depends on the tufting machine used for carrying out the tufting process. For example, this machine may be arranged for generating loops "L" or for generating cut piles.

    [0036] When assigning the tufting instruction unit U shown in Fig. 3 to the repeats R of the yarn threading shown in Fig. 2, a row of loops will be generated by the needles of a needle bar having the structure shown in Fig. 4. The first pile P1 will be a high loop, while piles P2 and P3 will be low loops. If the tufting aspect instruction unit U further is assigned to each one of the repeats R, the high loop P1 will be made of the white yarn w, while the two low loops p2 and p3 will be made of the gray yarn g and the black yarn b, respectively. This will lead to an overall appearance in which the high loops or piles P1 will substantially cover the low loops or piles P2 and P3, such that the outer appearance, in this case the color, of the fabric tufted by using this tufting instruction unit U will be dominated by the piles P1 having a white color.

    [0037] For tufting a fabric having a gray color, a tufting instruction unit U may be provided in which, in association with the second pile, the first tufting aspect instruction I1 indicates "H", i.e. a high pile, while, in association with piles P1 and P3, the tufting aspect instruction I1 indicates a low pile "h". If a black fabric is to be tufted, only the third pile will have the tufting aspect instruction I1 "H" associated therewith.

    [0038] It is to be noted that a plurality of other kinds of tufting instruction units U may be defined and stored. The structure of these tufting instruction units may depend on the yarn threading and the repeats R and, of course, may depend on the tufting machine and, in particular, the needle bar used for carrying out a tufting process.

    [0039] If, in association with a particular fabric to be tufted and one or a plurality of tufting instruction units U which shall be used for tufting such a fabric, a particular yarn threading is necessary, according to a further aspect, this yarn threading may also be selected or defined. For doing this, the yarn threading may be shown in a group of yarn layers wherein each of the yarn layers shows yarns having the same color. By substituting one or a plurality of these yarns contained in the various yarn layers, the yarn threading may be changed during the method of preparing the tufting process. If the yarn threading is changed during this method, then, of course, care has to be taken that, when carrying out the tufting process, the same threading will be present on the tufting machine.

    [0040] After -having defined the various pattern information layers IL1, IL2, IL3 on the basis of the pattern representation PR and after having defined one or a plurality of tufting instruction units U, in a next step of the method of preparing a tufting process, tufting instruction units will be assigned to the various pattern information layers IL1, IL2, IL3. For example, the tufting instruction unit U shown in Fig. 3, which, in combination with the repeat R shown in Fig. 2, will lead to the generation of white high piles and therefore will lead to a primarily white tufted area, will be assigned to the area 12 represented in the second pattern information layer IL2. This can be done either by selecting this entire area 12 and assigning the tufting instruction unit U shown in Fig. 3 to this entire area such that a plurality of such tufting instruction units U will be assigned side by side and following each other to this area 12. Alternatively, to each pixel of this area 12, a corresponding tufting instruction unit U may be assigned such that, step by step, the entire area 12 will be filled with such tufting instruction units U. It is to be noted that, in this example, one such pixel may be defined such as to relate to three immediately adjacent piles to be tufted in the area 12 or such as to relate to one single stitch to be carried out by a tufting machine.

    [0041] In the same manner, tufting instruction units U can be assigned to the area 10 represented by pattern information layer IL1 and to the black area 14 represented by pattern information layer IL3. By doing this, finally, tufting instruction units will be assigned to the entire fabric to be tufted such that, for each single pile which is to be generated during the tufting process, information about the intended pile height and about the intended pile type will be available.

    [0042] In the method of the present invention, at least one group GT of tufting aspect instruction layers is provided. Preferably, in association with each tufting aspect, one such group GT is provided. Figures 5 to 7 show one such group GT associated with the first tufting aspect A1, i.e. the pile height. This group GT contains one tufting aspect instruction layer TL1, TL2 in association with each one of the tufting aspect instructions relating to one particular tufting aspect, in this case the tufting aspect A1. This means that there is one tufting aspect instruction layer TL1 associated with the tufting aspect instruction I1 "H", and there is one tufting aspect instruction layer TL2 associated with the tufting aspect instruction I1 "h". Of course, a corresponding group of tufting aspect instruction layers can and will be associated with the second tufting aspect A2, i.e. the pile type.

    [0043] While Fig. 5 shows the two tufting aspect instruction layers TL1 and TL2 in a superimposed manner, Figs. 6 and 7 show these two layers separately. It is to be noted that the area shown in Figs. 5 to 7 corresponds to the area denoted by the square V in Fig. 1. In this area, there is a transition from the outer edge region 10 to the white-colored area 12. This transition is indicated by a transition line L shown in Figs. 5 to 7.

    [0044] The area on the right side of the transition line L is the white-colored area 12, while the area on the left side of this transition line L is the gray-colored outer edge region 10. Each line of these tufting aspect instruction layers TL1, TL2 represents one of the yarns of the yarn threading and therefore corresponds to the working direction of a tufting machine. Each column of these tufting aspect instruction layers TL1, TL2 corresponds to stitches carried out by immediately consecutive needles, for example, by using the yarn threading shown in Fig. 2. Each square shown in the tufting aspect instruction layers represents one stitch carried out by the needles of a needle bar of a tufting machine and therefore represents one pile which is to be generated during the tufting process. It is to be noted that there may even be stitches where no pile will be generated, which, for example, might be indicated as being a pile having a pile height "0".

    [0045] When applying the tufting instruction unit U of Fig. 3 using the yarn threading shown in Fig. 2 to the area 12 of the pattern information layer IL2, the tufting aspect instructions I1, I2 will be assigned to the associated tufting aspect instruction layers TL1, TL2. This means that each stitch at which, for example, a high pile will have to be generated will be indicated in the tufting aspect instruction layer TL1 associated with the tufting aspect instruction I1 "H". Each stitch for generating a low pile will be indicated in the tufting aspect instruction layer TL2 associated with the tufting aspect instruction I1 "h". This can be seen in Figs. 6 and 7. By superimposing the two tufting aspect instruction layers TL1 and TL2, which is shown in Fig. 5, a representation can be obtained in which, for each single stitch to be carried out and therefore for each pile to be tufted, there will be information about the desired pile height. Correspondingly, there will be tufting aspect instruction layers of a second group containing the information about the pile types of all the piles to be tufted.

    [0046] The tufting aspect instruction layers can be considered as being entities of information of data indicating at which position or stitch which tufting aspect instruction will have to be applied and therefore which characteristics the tufted pile will have. These tufting aspect instruction layers may be visualized on a monitor for showing, for example, representations corresponding to the ones shown in Figs. 5 to 7 and, for example, the coloring of the entire fabric to be tufted. The particular tufting aspect instruction layers which shall be used for such a visualization may be selected such that, for example, only those layers showing where high piles and where loops shall be generated are shown in a superimposed manner. By using the information contained in all of the tufting aspect instruction layers or only in a part of the tufting aspect instruction layers and by additionally using the information contained in the pattern information layers and, for example, indicating the true colors of a fabric to be tufted, and/or by using information relating to the yarn threading, a visualization may be generated which only reflects particular information contained in all these selected layers or a visualization of the total fabric to be tufted can be generated.

    [0047] On the basis of such visualizations, either of the entire fabric or of particular layers, one can recognize whether, at particular locations or areas, changes of the tufting aspect instruction associated with such locations or areas might be advantageous for enhancing the appearance of the fabric to be tufted. If such a change is to be carried out, this can be done, for example, by stepping into one particular tufting aspect instruction layer or a superimposition of a plurality of such layers and by inputting the information where a change has to be carried out and which change has to be carried out. For example, it might be that a high pile which is to be generated in the area 12 immediately adjacent to the transition line L is to be replaced by a low pile. This can be done either by inputting a low pile at this particular location in the tufting aspect instruction layer TL2, which will automatically lead to a deletion of the high pile at this location indicated in the tufting aspect instruction layer TL1, or by first deleting this high pile and then inputting the low pile. This substitution of tufting aspect instructions in the various layers either can be done pile by pile or can be done for selected areas or for all piles having the same height. After having substituted one or a plurality of the tufting aspect instructions associated with particular piles to be tufted, the corresponding layers or all the layers or the superimposed layers may once more be visualized for checking whether the desired appearance of the fabric to be tufted will be obtained or whether any further changes will be necessary.

    [0048] After having carried out all such changes if necessary, on the basis of the tufting aspect instruction layers of all the groups of tufting aspect instruction layers, in particular on the basis of those layers having tufting aspect instructions assigned thereto, a tufting machine control file can be generated which contains all the information and commands necessary for controlling the tufting machine selected for carrying out the tufting process. This control file can be sent to or input into the controller of the machine for then carrying out the tufting process on the basis of this control file.

    [0049] This method can be carried out by using a computer program allowing a user to input the necessary information, in particular to input the pattern representation PR, and to define or select the tufting instruction units that shall be assigned to the various pattern information layers. Such a computer program may provide a plurality of toolbars or tools by means of which various functions or commands can be selected, for example, for selecting a particular tufting machine or for selecting or changing the yarn threading or, after having displayed a particular or a plurality of tufting aspect instruction layers, substituting the tufting aspect instruction associated with a particular location or with particular areas for other tufting aspect instructions. Such a computer program may, for example, be arranged for automatically separating areas of different color and/or structure contained in a pattern representation and associating these areas with different pattern information layers. Further, this computer program may be arranged for automatically assigning the tufting aspect instructions contained in the tufting instruction units assigned to the various pattern information layers to the various tufting aspect instruction layers provided in association with each one of the different types of tufting aspect instruction.

    [0050] In an alternative embodiment of the method for preparing a tufting process, instead of providing pattern information layers, the tufting aspect instruction layers may be used for directly inputting the information about the tufting aspect instructions contained in or represented by the pattern representation into these layers. For example, all the tufting aspect instruction layers may be "empty", i.e. may contain no information about any kind of tufting aspect instruction, but, for example, may contain information about the size (width and/or length) or the width/length-ratio of the fabric to be tufted. This information, for example, may be assigned to the tufting aspect instruction layers on the basis of the pattern representation. Then, step by step, in association with each single pile to be tufted, i.e. each single stitch to be carried out, or in association with particular areas of a fabric to be tufted, the tufting aspect instructions may be entered into the various tufting aspect instruction layers for indicating where, for example, a high pile is to be tufted or where a low pile is to be tufted or where another type of pile is to be tufted. At the end of this way of assigning the tufting aspect instructions to the tufting aspect instruction layers, there will also be a plurality of such layers or superimposed layers reflecting where which kind of pile is to be tufted. After having done this, again there may be generated a visualization on the basis of one or a plurality of these tufting aspect instruction layers for showing the appearance of a fabric which will be tufted on the basis of this information. When generating such a visualization, of course, a yarn threading of a selected tufting machine will be considered as this yarn threading will primarily influence the color appearance of the fabric to be tufted.

    [0051] When directly assigning the tufting aspect instruction to the various tufting aspect instruction layers in this manner, there might also be the necessity of carrying out changes in particular areas or in particular locations for enhancing the appearance of the fabric to be tufted. This can be done in the manner as defined above by replacing a tufting aspect instruction at a particular location or area by another tufting aspect instruction referring to the same tufting aspect.

    [0052] In the method of the present invention, the tufting aspect instruction layers may be provided such as to have a default tufting aspect instruction assigned thereto. For example, referring to the first tufting aspect, i.e. the pile height, the default tufting aspect instruction I1 may be "H", such that, in the tufting aspect instruction layer TL1, a high pile will be indicated at each single stitch to be carried out, while the other tufting aspect instruction layer TL2, which is associated with the same tufting aspect, but represents the other kind of tufting aspect instruction, i.e. "h", will be empty. When using the pattern information layers and assigning the tufting instruction units to the pattern information layers, the default tufting aspect instructions will be overwritten by those tufting aspect instructions contained in the tufting instruction units. In locations having no tufting instruction unit assigned thereto, no changes will appear and the default tufting aspect instruction will be kept. When directly assigning the tufting aspect instructions to the various tufting aspect instruction layers, at those locations or areas to which such a tufting aspect instruction will be assigned, the default tufting aspect instruction will be overwritten.

    [0053] By using such a default tufting aspect instruction in association with at least one tufting aspect, the amount of work necessary for obtaining the desired appearance of a fabric to be tufted can be reduced. For example, if it is known that the entire fabric should be tufted by using high piles, then, in association with this tufting aspect, the tufting aspect instruction "H" may be used as the default tufting aspect instruction, and it will not be necessary to input any further information relating to this tufting aspect. This means that, when using the tufting instruction units, units of a simpler structure can be used as these units only need to contain information about the pile type, but need not contain any information about the pile height. When directly assigning the tufting aspect instructions to the various tufting aspect instruction layers, the step of assigning instructions relating to this tufting aspect can be omitted completely.


    Claims

    1. Method of preparing a tufting process, comprising the steps of:

    a) providing a pattern representation (PR) representative of a fabric to be tufted,

    b) providing at least one group (GT) of tufting aspect instruction layers (TL1, TL2) comprising tufting aspect instruction layers (TL1, TL2), each one of the tufting aspect instruction layers (TL1, TL2) being associated with one particular tufting aspect instruction (I1, I2) referring to a tufting aspect (A1, A2) and constituting an entity of information representing those areas of the pattern representation at which the one particular tufting aspect instruction is intended to occur,

    c) assigning at least one tufting aspect instruction (I1, I2) to at least one of the tufting aspect instruction layers (TL1, TL2),
    wherein a first tufting aspect (A1) is the pile height (H, h) and wherein a first tufting aspect instruction (I1) referring to the first tufting aspect (A1) indicates the height (H, h) of a pile to be tufted as being one of at least two different pile heights (H, h), each tufting aspect instruction layer (TL1, TL2) of a first group (GT) of tufting aspect instruction layers (TL1, TL2) representing areas of the pattern representation (PR) having the same first tufting aspect instruction (I1) indicating one of the at least two different pile heights (H, h) associated therewith,
    and/or
    wherein a second tufting aspect (A2) is the pile type (L) and wherein a second tufting aspect instruction (I2) referring to the second tufting aspect (A2) indicates the type (L) of a pile to be tufted as being a loop or a cut pile, each tufting aspect instruction layer of a second group of tufting aspect instruction layers representing areas of the pattern representation (PR) having the same second tufting aspect instruction (I2) indicating a loop or a cut pile associated therewith.


     
    2. The method according to claim 1, wherein:

    step a) comprises providing the pattern representation (PR) as a pattern information representation (IR) representing the pattern of the fabric to be tufted, wherein the method further comprises:

    a step a1) of providing a group (GI) of pattern information layers (IL1, IL2, IL3) on the basis of the pattern representation (IR), said group (GI) of pattern information layers (IL1, IL2, IL3) comprising at least one pattern information layer (IL1, IL2, IL3), each pattern information layer (IL1, IL2, IL3) representing areas (10, 12, 14) of the pattern information representation (IR) having the same pattern information associated therewith, and

    a step a2) of providing at least one tufting instruction unit (U), each tufting instruction unit (U) containing at least one tufting aspect instruction (I1, I2),

    step c) comprises assigning tufting instruction units (U) to at least one pattern information layer (IL1, IL2, IL3) and thereby assigning tufting aspect instructions (I1, I2) of said tufting instruction units (U) to the associated tufting aspect instruction layers (TL1, TL2).


     
    3. The method according to claim 2, wherein in association with each pattern information layer (IL1, IL2, IL3) at least one tufting instruction unit (U) is provided, and/or wherein at least one tufting instruction unit (U) is applied to a plurality of pattern information layers (IL1, IL2, IL3).
     
    4. The method according to one of claims 2 or 3, wherein at least one tufting instruction unit (U) is repeatedly assigned to the same pattern information layer (IL2).
     
    5. The method according to one of claims 2-4, wherein at least one tufting instruction unit (U) is associated with a group (GP) of piles (P1, P2, P3) to be tufted, said group (GP) of piles (P1, P2, P3) comprising at least one pile (P1, P2, P3), preferably wherein said group (GP) of piles (P1, P2, P3) comprises a plurality of piles (P1, P2, P3) to be tufted simultaneously by means of immediately adjacent needles arranged on a needle bar of a tufting machine and/or comprises a plurality of piles to be tufted by means of immediately consecutive stitches of the same needle arranged on a needle bar of a tufting machine.
     
    6. The method according to claim 5, wherein a tufting instruction unit (U) associated with a group (GP) of piles (P1, P2, P3) to be tufted comprises for each pile (P1, P2, P3) of this group (GP) of piles (P1, P2, P3) a first tufting aspect instruction (I1) and a second tufting aspect instruction (I2).
     
    7. The method according to one of the preceding claims, wherein in step b) at least one group (GT) of tufting aspect instruction layers (TL1, TL2) is provided such as to represent one predetermined default tufting aspect instruction (I1, I2) in association with the entire fabric to be tufted.
     
    8. The method according to claims 2 and 7, wherein step c) comprises substituting at least one default tufting aspect instruction (I1, I2) for a tufting aspect instruction (I1, I2) of a tufting instruction unit (U) assigned to a pattern information layer (IL1, IL2, IL3).
     
    9. The method according to one of the preceding claims, further comprising the step of substituting at least one tufting aspect instruction (I1, I2) of at least one tufting aspect instruction layer (TL1, TL2) for another tufting aspect instruction (I1, I2) referring to the same tufting aspect (A1, A2).
     
    10. The method according to one of the preceding claims, further comprising the step of selecting one of a plurality of tufting machines preferably having a predetermined yarn threading, and/or comprising the step of determining a yarn threading to be used for tufting the fabric, the yarn threading defining the sequence of yarns in association with needles of a needle bar of a tufting machine.
     
    11. The method of claims 5 and 10, wherein the yarn threading comprises a yarn repeat (R), at least one group (GP) of piles (P1, P2, P3) being a group (G) to be tufted with the yarns of one yarn repeat (R).
     
    12. The method according to claim 2 and one of claims 10 or 11, wherein at least one tufting instruction unit (U), preferably all tufting instruction units (U), is defined and/or selected on the basis of the information contained in the pattern information layers (IL1, IL2, IL3) and/or on the basis of the yarn threading.
     
    13. The method according to one of the preceding claims, further comprising the step of generating a visualization of a fabric to be tufted on the basis of the tufting aspect instructions (I1, I2) contained in at least one of the tufting aspect instruction layers (TL1, TL2).
     
    14. The method according to one of the preceding claims, further comprising the step of generating a tufting machine control file on the basis of the tufting aspect instructions (I1, I2) of all tufting aspect instruction layers (TL1, TL2) having tufting aspect instructions (I1, I2) assigned thereto.
     
    15. Method of tufting a fabric, comprising the steps of:

    - generating a tufting machine control file by using the method of one of the preceding claims,

    - forwarding the tufting machine control file to the tufting machine selected for carrying out the tufting process,

    - operating the tufting machine on the basis of the tufting machine control file.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren zur Vorbereitung eines Tuftingverfahrens, umfassend die folgenden Schritte:

    a) Vorsehen einer Musterdarstellung (PR), die repräsentativ für ein zu tuftendes Gewebe ist,

    b) Vorsehen von wenigstens einer Gruppe (GT) von Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungsebenen (TL1, TL2), welche Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungsebenen (TL1 TL2) umfasst, wobei jede der Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungsebenen (TL1, TL2) einer bestimmten Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I1, I2) zugeordnet ist, welche sich auf ein Tuftingmerkmal (A1, A2) bezieht, und eine Informationsgesamtheit bildet, welche jene Bereiche der Musterdarstellung repräsentiert, in welchen die eine bestimmte Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung gelten soll,

    c) Zuweisen wenigstens einer Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I1, I2) zu wenigstens einer der Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungsebenen (TL1, TL2),

    wobei ein erstes Tuftingmerkmal (A1) die Polhöhe (H, h) ist und wobei eine erste Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I1), welche sich auf das erste Tuftingmerkmal (A1) bezieht, die Höhe (H, h) eines zu tuftenden Pols als eine von wenigstens zwei verschiedenen Polhöhen (H, h) angibt, wobei jede Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungsebene (TL1, TL2) einer ersten Gruppe (GT) von Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungsebenen (TL1, TL2) Bereiche der Musterdarstellung (PR) repräsentiert, welchen dieselbe erste Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I1) zugeordnet ist, welche eine der wenigstens zwei unterschiedlichen Polhöhen (H, h) anzeigt,
    und/oder
    wobei ein zweites Tuftingmerkmal (A2) die Polart (L) ist und wobei eine zweite Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I2), welche sich auf das zweiten Tuftingmerkmal (A2) bezieht, die Art (L) eines zu tuftenden Pols als Schlinge oder als Schnittpol anzeigt, wobei jede Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungsebene einer zweiten Gruppe von Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungsebenen Bereiche der Musterdarstellung (PR) repräsentiert, welchen dieselbe zweite Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I2) zugeordnet ist, welche eine Schlinge oder einen Schnittpol anzeigt.
     
    2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei:

    Schritt a) das Vorsehen der Musterdarstellung (PR) als eine Musterinformationsdarstellung (IR) umfasst, die das Muster des zu tuftenden Gewebes darstellt, wobei das Verfahren ferner umfasst:

    einen Schritt a1) des Vorsehens einer Gruppe (GI) von Musterinformationsebenen (IL1, IL2, IL3) auf der Grundlage der Musterdarstellung (IR), wobei die Gruppe (GI) von Musterinformationsebenen (IL1, IL2, IL3) wenigstens eine Musterinformationsebene (IL1, IL2, IL3) umfasst, wobei jede Musterinformationsebene (IL1, IL2, IL3) Bereiche (10, 12, 14) der Musterinformationsdarstellung (IR) repräsentiert, denen die gleiche Musterinformation zugeordnet ist, und

    einen Schritt a2) des Vorsehens wenigstens einer Tufting-Anweisungseinheit (U), wobei jede Tufting-Anweisungseinheit (U) wenigstens eine Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I1, I2) umfasst,

    Schritt c) das Zuweisen von Tufting-Anweisungseinheiten (U) zu wenigstens einer Musterinformationsebene (IL1, IL2, IL3) umfasst und dadurch das Zuweisen von Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungen (I1, I2) der Tufting-Anweisungseinheiten (U) zu den zugehörigen Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungsebenen (TL1, TL2).


     
    3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 2, wobei in Verbindung mit jeder Musterinformationsebene (IL1, IL2, IL3) wenigstens eine Tufting-Anweisungseinheit (U) vorgesehen ist, und/oder wobei wenigstens eine Tufting-Anweisungseinheit (U) auf eine Vielzahl von Musterinformationsebenen (IL1, IL2, IL3) angewendet wird.
     
    4. Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 2 oder 3, wobei wenigstens eine Tufting-Anweisungseinheit (U) wiederholt derselben Musterinformationsebene (IL2) zugeordnet wird.
     
    5. Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 4, wobei wenigstens eine Tufting-Anweisungseinheit (U) einer Gruppe (Gp) von zu tuftenden Polen (P1, P2, P3) zugeordnet wird, wobei die Gruppe (Gp) von Polen (P1, P2, P3) wenigstens einen Pol (P1, P2, P3) umfasst, wobei vorzugsweise die Gruppe (Gp) von Polen (P1, P2, P3) eine Vielzahl von gleichzeitig zu tuftenden Polen (P1, P2, P3) mittels unmittelbar benachbarter, auf einem Nadelbalken einer Tuftingmaschine angeordneter Nadeln umfasst und/oder eine Vielzahl von Polen umfasst, die mittels unmittelbar aufeinanderfolgender Stiche derselben, auf einem Nadelbalken einer Tuftingmaschine angeordneter Nadel zu tuften sind.
     
    6. Verfahren nach Anspruch 5, wobei eine Tufting-Anweisungseinheit (U), die einer Gruppe (Gp) von zu tuftenden Polen (P1, P2, P3) zugeordnet ist, für jeden Pol (P1, P2, P3) dieser Gruppe (Gp) von Polen (P1, P2, P3) eine erste Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I1) und eine zweite Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I2) umfasst.
     
    7. Verfahren nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei in Schritt b) wenigstens eine Gruppe (GT) von Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungsebenen (TL1, TL2) derart vorgesehen ist, dass sie eine vorbestimmte Standard-Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I1, I2) in Verbindung mit dem gesamten zu tuftenden Gewebe darstellt.
     
    8. Verfahren nach den Ansprüchen 2 und 7, wobei Schritt c) das Ersetzen einer Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I1, I2) einer Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungseinheit (U), die einer Musterinformationsebene (IL1, IL2, IL3) zugeordnet ist, durch wenigstens eine Standard-Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I1, I2) umfasst.
     
    9. Verfahren nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, welches ferner den Schritt des Ersetzens wenigstens einer anderen Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I1, I2), die sich auf dasselbe Tuftingmerkmal (A1, A2) bezieht, durch wenigstens eine Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisung (I1, I2) wenigstens einer Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungsebene (TL1, TL2) umfasst.
     
    10. Verfahren nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, welches ferner den Schritt des Auswählens einer aus einer Mehrzahl von Tuftingmaschinen umfasst, die vorzugsweise einen vorbestimmten Fadeneinzug haben, und/oder den Schritt des Bestimmens eines zum Tuften des Gewebes zu verwendenden Fadeneinzugs umfasst, wobei der Fadeneinzug die Reihenfolge der Fäden in Verbindung mit Nadeln einer Nadelstange einer Tuftingmaschine definiert.
     
    11. Verfahren nach den Ansprüchen 5 und 10, wobei der Fadeneinzug einen Fadenrapport (R) umfasst, wobei wenigstens eine Gruppe (Gp) von Polen (P1, P2, P3) eine Gruppe (G) ist, die mit den Fäden eines Fadenrapportes (R) getuftet werden soll.
     
    12. Verfahren nach Anspruch 2 und einem der Ansprüche 10 oder 11, wobei wenigstens eine Tufting-Anweisungseinheit (U), vorzugsweise alle Tufting-Anweisungseinheiten (U), auf der Grundlage der in den Musterinformationsebenen (IL1, IL2, IL3) enthaltenen Informationen und/oder auf der Grundlage des Fadeneinzugs definiert und/oder ausgewählt wird/werden.
     
    13. Verfahren nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, welches ferner den Schritt des Erzeugens einer Visualisierung eines zu tuftenden Gewebes auf der Grundlage der Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungen (I1, I2)umfasst, die in wenigstens einer der Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungsebenen (TL1, TL2) enthalten sind.
     
    14. Verfahren nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, welches ferner den Schritt des Erzeugens einer Tuftingmaschinensteuerdatei auf der Grundlage der Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungen (I1, I2) aller Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungsebenen (TL1, TL2), denen Tuftingmerkmal-Anweisungen (I1, I2) zugeordnet sind, umfasst.
     
    15. Verfahren zum Tuften eines Gewebes, umfassend die Schritte:

    - Erzeugen einer Tuftingmaschinensteuerdatei unter Verwendung des Verfahrens nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche,

    - Weiterleiten der Tuftingmaschinensteuerdatei an die Tuftingmaschine, die zum Ausführen des Tuftingverfahrens ausgewählt wurde,

    - Betreiben der Tuftingmaschine auf der Basis der Tuftingmaschinensteuerdatei.


     


    Revendications

    1. Méthode de préparation d'un processus de touffetage comprenant les étapes suivantes:

    a) fournir une représentation de motif (RP) représentative d'un tissu à touffeter,

    b) fournir au moins un groupe (GT) de niveaux d'instructions de caractéristiques de touffetage (TL1, TL2) comprenant des niveaux d'instructions de caractéristiques de touffetage (TL1, TL2), dans lequel chacun des niveaux d'instructions de caractéristiques de touffetage (TL1, TL2) est associé à une instruction de caractéristique de touffetage particulière (I1, I2), qui fait référence à une caractéristique de touffetage (A1, A2) et forme une entité d'information représentant les zones de la représentation du motif dans lesquelles une instruction particulière de caractéristique de touffetage doit s'appliquer,

    c) affecter au moins une instruction de caractéristique de touffetage (I1, I2) à au moins un des niveaux d'instruction de caractéristique de touffetage (TL1, TL2),

    dans laquelle une première caractéristique de touffetage (A1) est la hauteur de poil (H, h) et dans laquelle une première instruction de caractéristique de touffetage (I1) relative à la première caractéristique de touffetage (A1) indique la hauteur (H, h) d'un poil à touffeter comme étant l'une d'au moins deux hauteurs de poils différentes (H, h), dans laquelle chaque niveau d'instruction de caractéristique de touffetage (TL1, TL2) d'un premier groupe (GT) de niveaux d'instructions de caractéristiques de touffetage (TL1, TL2) représente des zones de la représentation de motif (PR) ayant la même première instruction de caractéristique de touffe (I1) indiquant l'une d'au moins deux hauteurs de poil différentes (H, h) qui lui sont associées,
    et/ou
    dans lequel une deuxième caractéristique de touffetage (A2) est le type de poil (L) et dans lequel une deuxième instruction de caractéristique de touffetage (I2) relative à la deuxième caractéristique de touffetage (A2) indique le type (L) d'un poil à touffeter comme un poil bouclé ou coupé, dans laquelle chaque niveau d'instruction de caractéristique de touffetage d'un second groupe de niveaux d'instruction de caractéristique de touffetage représente des zones de la représentation de motif (PR) ayant la même seconde instruction de caractéristique de touffetage (I2) indiquant un poil bouclé ou coupé qui y est associé.
     
    2. Méthode selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle :

    l'étape a) consiste à fournir la représentation de motif (PR) sous la forme d'une représentation d'information de motif (IR) représentant le motif du tissu à touffeter, la méthode comprenant en outre :

    une étape a1) consistant à fournir un groupe (GI) de niveaux d'information de motif (IL1, IL2, IL3) basé sur ladite représentation de motif (IR), ledit groupe (GI) de niveaux d'information de motif (IL1, IL2, IL3) comprenant au moins un niveau d'information de motif (IL1, IL2, IL3), chaque niveau d'information de motif (IL1, IL2, IL3) représentant des zones (10, 12, 14) de ladite représentation d'information de motif (IR) auxquelles la même information de motif est associée, et

    une étape a2) consistant à fournir au moins une unité d'instruction de touffetage (U), chaque unité d'instruction de touffetage (U) comprenant au moins une instruction de caractéristique de touffetage (I1, I2),

    l'étape c) comprend l'affectation d'unités d'instructions de touffetage (U) à au moins un niveau d'information de motif (IL1, IL2, IL3) et donc l'affectation d'instructions de caractéristiques de touffetage (I1, I2) des unités d'instruction de touffetage (U) aux niveaux d'instructions de caractéristiques de touffetage associés (TL1, TL2).


     
    3. Méthode selon la revendication 2, dans laquelle au moins une unité d'instruction de touffetage (U) est prévue en association avec chaque niveau d'information de motif (IL1, IL2, IL3), et/ou dans laquelle au moins une unité d'instruction de touffetage (U) est appliquée à une pluralité de niveaux d'information de motif (IL1, IL2, IL3).
     
    4. Méthode selon l'une des revendications 2 ou 3, dans laquelle au moins une unité d'instruction de touffetage (U) est associée de manière répétée au même niveau d'information de motif (IL2).
     
    5. Méthode selon l'une des revendications 2 à 4, dans laquelle au moins une unité d'instruction de touffetage (U) est affectée à un groupe (Gp) de poils (P1, P2, P3) à touffeter, le groupe (Gp) de poils (P1, P2, P3) comprenant au moins un poil (P1, P2, P3), de préférence le groupe (Gp) de poils (P1, P2, P3) comprend une pluralité de poils (P1, P2, P3) à touffeter simultanément au moyen d'aiguilles immédiatement adjacentes disposées sur une barre à aiguille d'une machine à touffeter et/ou comprend une pluralité de poils à touffeter au moyen de points de couture immédiatement successifs de la même aiguille disposée sur une barre à aiguille d'une machine à touffeter.
     
    6. Méthode selon la revendication 5, dans laquelle une unité d'instruction de touffetage (U) associée à un groupe (Gp) de poils (P1, P2, P3) à touffeter comprend, pour chaque poil (P1, P2, P3) dudit groupe (Gp) de poils (P1, P2, P3), une première instruction de caractéristique de touffetage (I1) et une deuxième instruction de caractéristique de touffetage (I2).
     
    7. Méthode selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle dans l'étape b) au moins un groupe (GT) de niveaux d'instruction de caractéristiques de touffetage (TL1, TL2) est prévu de telle sorte qu'il représente une instruction standard prédéterminée de caractéristiques de touffetage (I1, I2) associée à l'ensemble du tissu à touffeter.
     
    8. Méthode selon les revendications 2 et 7, dans lequel l'étape c) comprend le remplacement d'une instruction de caractéristique de mise en forme (I1, I2) d'une unité d'instruction de caractéristique de mise en forme (U) associée à un niveau d'information de motif (IL1, IL2, IL3) par au moins une instruction de caractéristique de touffetage standard (I1, I2).
     
    9. Méthode selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, comprenant en outre l'étape consistant à remplacer au moins une autre instruction de caractéristique de touffetage (I1, I2) relative à la même caractéristique de touffetage (A1, A2) par au moins une instruction de caractéristique de touffetage (I1, I2) d'au moins un niveau d'instruction de caractéristique de touffetage (TL1, TL2).
     
    10. Méthode selon l'une des revendications précédentes, comprenant en outre l'étape consistant à sélectionner l'une d'une pluralité de machines à touffeter ayant de préférence une alimentation en fil prédéterminée et/ou l'étape consistant à déterminer une alimentation en fil à utiliser pour touffeter le tissu, dans lequel l'alimentation en fil définit l'ordre des fils en association aux aiguilles d'une barre d'aiguille d'une machine à touffeter.
     
    11. Méthode selon les revendications 5 et 10, dans lequel l'enfilage des fils comprend une répétition de fils (R), dans lequel au moins un groupe (Gp) de poils (P1, P2, P3) est un groupe (G) devant être touffeté avec les fils d'une répétition de fils (R).
     
    12. Méthode selon la revendication 2 et l'une des revendications 10 ou 11, dans lequel au moins une unité d'instruction de touffetage (U), de préférence toutes les unités d'instruction de touffetage (U), est/sont définie(s) et/ou sélectionnée(s) sur la base des informations contenues dans les niveaux d'information de motif (IL1, IL2, IL3) et/ou sur la base de l'enfilage de fil.
     
    13. Méthode selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, comprenant en outre l'étape consistant à générer une visualisation d'un tissu à touffeter sur la base des instructions de caractéristiques de touffetage (I1, I2) contenues dans au moins un des niveaux d'instructions de caractéristiques de touffetage (TL1, TL2).
     
    14. Méthode selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, comprenant en outre l'étape consistant à générer un fichier de commande de machine à touffeter sur la base des instructions de caractéristiques de touffetage (I1, I2) de tous les niveaux d'instructions de caractéristiques de touffetage (TL1, TL2) auxquels les instructions de caractéristiques de touffetage (I1, I2) sont associées.
     
    15. Méthode pour touffeter un tissu, comprenant les étapes suivantes:

    - générer un fichier de commande de la machine à touffeter en utilisant la méthode selon l'une des revendications précédentes,

    - transmettre le fichier de commande de la machine à touffeter à la machine à touffeter sélectionnée pour effectuer le processus de touffetage,

    - opérer la machine à touffeter sur la base du fichier de commande de la machine à touffeter.


     




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