Tompkins® Model R – Frame III

Latch Needle Rib Machine

The Model R’s capabilities allow it to produce a range of products at incredible speed and with incredible quality. With optional contouring and needle selection abilities, the Model R is a versatile rib machine capable of everything from basic ribbed products to advanced medical compression applications. Available in diameters from 3 to 19 inches across, with multiple configurations the Model R has few limitations.

– 14″ to 19″ available in 6 Interchangeable Diameters
– Featuring Stitch Cam Adjustment with Relative Fixed Knockover Point (Pat. 5,881,571)

  • Medical (cuffs, tubes, braces, bandages)
  • Apparel (hats, collars, seamless body garments, leg warmers)
  • Safety (Kevlar sleeves, cuffs)
  • Industrial Products
Machine Specifications
Height 100 in. (254cm) to top of Side Creel Tubes
Width – Outside Diameter at Positive Storage Feeders 59 in. (150cm)
Weight 1700 pounds (771kg) to
1900 pounds (862kg).
Horsepower 2.0
Drive System Tompkins Electronic AC Motor Controller.
Standard Electrics All modes 220 volts, single or 3 phase, 50/60 hertz power (voltage range 253-188). If other operating voltage is required, please contact Tompkins USA.
Needle Cut Groups 12, 14, 18
Track Single (cylinder and dial)
Manual Operation Ratchet handle for ease of manual adjustment.
Positive Storage Feeder System With input and output stop motions, tensioner and knot catcher – standard.
Fabric Collection 2 roll balanced takedown system to reduce vibration at high speeds with precision fabric rollup.
Interchangeable Heads Example: Knitting head of a 15 inch diameter machine can be easily replaced with any of the other diameters within the Frame Size III.
Parameter Unit Programs Electronic AC Motor Controller.
Machine Speeds Three selectable and programmable machine speeds – Hi, Lo and Jog. Bypass of stop motion in Jog speed only.
Needle Detectors Standard on all models.
Mist Oil Lubrication System Standard on all models.
Safety Roll Shutoff Standard on all models.
Fabric Light Standard on most models.
Diameter Model No. No. Feeds RPM* Cut (Needles/Inch)
14 inch (35.56cm) R1428 28 86 10-15
15 inch (38.10cm) R1530 30 80 10-15
16 inch (40.64) R1632 32 75 10-15
17 inch (43.18) R1734 34 71 10-15
18 inch (45.72) R1836 36 67 10-15
19 inch (48.26) R1938 38 63 10-15

*1200 speed factor
**Machine RPM is dependent on yarn quality and fabric configuration.

    • Preset revolution counter
    • Lycra feed system
    • Omnidirectional warning light system – 2 color
    • Lock-out switch – manual motor starting switch setup for manual lockout
    • Standard range of transformers available
    • Contoured tubing system (used in conjunction with lycra system)
    • Multi-directional cylinder and dial lint removal system
    • Upper level multi-directional single fan lint blowing system
    • Multi-speed positive storage feeding system
    • Drop gates for easy accessibility

*Photos may not be of model selected and include optional features.

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