The LoomPal can be used on nearly any loom and in a variety of configurations by using different sensors or options. There are four basic modes programmed into every LoomPal:
1. ETT Mode (Electronic Treadle Tracker) – This is a simple stand-alone mode requiring only the basic unit. All features except treadle error checking are available in the ETT mode. After each pick you simply touch the screen to advance to the next pick. You are guided to the next pick, can set alarms, keep track of total picks woven, color changes, unweave and much more. It makes following long complicated patterns very easy.
2. Beater Advance Mode – Similar to the ETT mode, but auto-advances when the beater is returned to the back of the loom by adding the low cost “Beatnik” sensor. This is very smooth in practice and is all you need if you don’t require treadle checking (or shaft checking on table looms). The “Beatnik” sensor attaches to nearly any loom in just a few minutes.
3. Treadle Check Mode – This has all of the features of 1 and 2, but includes the checking of every pick’s treadling. An incorrect treadling is indicated both visually and audibly. Both correct and incorrect audible indications can be disabled. The LoomPal will not advance to the next pick until the correct pick is treadled or you manually skip over or jump around it. This mode is activated by shaft sensors which can be added to many looms. See Sensors.
4. Dobby Mode – The LoomPal has interfaces for most computer dobby looms, requiring only the purchase of a special dobby cable. The LoomPal drives dobby looms at their maximum speed, usually faster than one pick per second. Never again mess around trying to figure out which COM port to use, need to download and install drivers or deal with OS updates. Without trying to decide where to put the computer or laptop or having to wait for one to boot up, it’s pure Plug and Play. See Dobby.