Pattern Drive

Explore our innovative pattern drive technologies 

Pattern Drive

For Precision, Efficiency and High Productivity

The Continious Development of our Pattern Drives

Patterning mechanisms realize the designed patterns by driving the lateral motion of the guide bars. The struggle for more flexibility in the face of increasing productivity demands has seen the development of several technologies over the years. The sum unit replaced chain links in 1982 with the launch of the MRE-56. In 1990 the EL pattern drive had its premiere on a KS-4 and replaced in 2002 the sum unit also for lace machines.

Since then, the pattern drive technologies have been optimized continuously to guarantee precise, cost-efficient patterning at high productivity.

At KARL MAYER, we implement the following pattern drives in our machines:

  • ON & EL-Drive 
  • N-Drive 

ON & EL Pattern Drive 


Precise and high-speed electromechanical control of the patterning in a compact design. Allows fast pattern changes without the necessity of a cam disc stock.


The ON-drive offers the following advantages:

  • High Productivity

    High productivity on wide machines at the highest machine speeds 

  • Patterning 

    Easy and quick pattern change 

  • Spring Motion Assistant

    The Spring Motion Assistant allows a quick, easy and safe change of guide bars without tools.


  • Flexibility

    High flexibility in patterning through our patterning possibilities 
  • Reduced Noise 

    Smooth running of the bars 




A classic and fully mechanical control for production machines and suitable for rare pattern changes. 

Advantages of the N-Drive 

  • Cost effective
  • High precision 
  • Important for mass production

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