Round or flat: Everything is possible

Braids are textile constructions which yarns cross each other in diagonal direction. The material used and the the  size of the yarns can be very versatile, depending on the application.

We distinguish between round braids and flat braids. The round braids have an oval or round cross section; according to the application we talk about strings (technique), cords (cloth), cable (electrical engineering) or ropes (medium and heavy execution).

Flat braids are also called laces.

Strength is your strength

An outstanding feature of braids is that their load capacity compared to similar products, made with other techniques, is considerably higher. Standard braids have only a low lateral stability. Due to this property they can be sewn to other textiles without problems. On the other hand they can be made rigid and stiff with inserts and finishing treatments.

High load capacity is very popular

Because of the special properties, braids can be found (often hidden) in many different applications. Some examples: Clothes and shoes, candle wicks, sash cords, water ski ropes, mountaineering ropes, yachting ropes, parachute lines, fishing nets, mooring lines, medical applications such as catheters or dental floss, overbraided high-pressure tubes, ground cables or harnesses.

You will find more information regarding Braiding and Braiding Technique under: Literature.


Textile industry: productive interaction of requirement and solution

For the textile industry Herzog round and flat braiding machines produce amongst others:
  • Sewing yarn for shoes and round or flat boot laces
  • Candle wicks
  • Fancy braids
  • Laces, Bands and cords
  • Jacquardcords for jacquard weaving machines.


Sports and leisure: strong support

Everything depends literally on the quality of the braid: up to the safety of life and limb, for instance mountaineering ropes or parachute lines.

But tear resistence and tensile strength are also crucial for kite lines and water ski lines. Shock cords are used for bungee ropes. High-tech fibers like Dyneema
are used for the production of ultra fine fishing lines or yachting ropes. We supply the right machine for any application.

Fishing and Seafaring: Premium-Quality full speed ahead!

Unsurpassed stability and tear resistence make braided products, first of all ropes, indispensable also for fishing and seafaring. HERZOG machines produce nets, ropes and hawsers for highest demands.

Offshore: where you can fix the strength

In the offshore industry more and more steel rope constructions are replaced by textile ropes, e.g. made from polyester or UHMPE fibers. Different constructions are used as mooring lines, hawsers and towing lines.

Technical Braids: the golden thread for the future

The demand for different technical braids (and the braiding technology) keeps pace with the technical progress. For example:
  • In the medical industry finest braids for sutures or stents.
  • In the automotive industry monofilament hoses for the assembly of electrical installation.
  • In the electrical industry overbraided electrical or telecommunication cables and isolating glass fiber braids.
  • Braids made of wire like sanitary pipes, high pressure hoses and earth straps.
  • Gland packings and gaskets, braided with glass fiber, ceramic or graphite yarns to seal rotating spindles, pumps and valves or as heat insulation.

Composite materials: braiding in new dimensions

For aeronautics, automotive industry and space travel our machines braid composite materials to round or flat constructions but 2,5-D overbraiding and 3-D braiding is also possible.