26/04/2017 – Messe Frankfurt — auf Deutsch lesen

Techtextil 2017 – Shima Seiki: The latest in Whole-Garment knitting technology

The japanese leading computerized knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki will participate together with its Italian subsidiary Shima Seiki Italia at Techtextil.


MACH2XS123 15 L Whole Garment knitting machine © Shima Seiki


SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system © Shima Seiki


On display will be the company's latest technological contributions aimed at promoting knitted applications in the field of technical textiles, designed and produced on Shima Seiki's lineup of advanced computer design systems and computerized flat knitting machines. Knitting offers great potential for technical textiles with its inherent characteristics; stretch and compression. Flat knitting provides further potential as the only textile production method that can shape fabric on the machine. WholeGarment knitting by Shima Seiki maximizes the benefits of shaped knitting by expanding that potential to 3 dimensions.

Whole-Garment knitting is capable of producing knitted items in their entirety on the machine, and allows 3D forms and tubing to be produced without sewing. The seam-free nature also ensures continuity of yarn, allowing functional yarns such as conductive yarns to wrap around the entire body for applications in smart garments and wearable technology. Various knitting techniques can also be applied for different applications as well, of which inlay technique has gained particular attention in knitted technical textiles with its capability to produce a hybrid knit-weave pattern by inserting yarn into existing knit fabric in a weave fashion. Inlay suppresses typical stretch characteristics of knitted fabrics, and since new materials such as metallic and monofilament yarns can be used, new applications in industrial textiles are realized.

Demonstrating the latest in Whole-Garment knitting technology at Techtextil will be the flagship MACH2XS machine that features the company's original SlideNeedle on 4 needle beds and patented spring-loaded full-time sinker system. Capable of Whole-Garment knitting in all-needles, MACH2XS offers great flexibility for knitting high-quality WholeGarment products with a seemingly endless variety of knit patterns at very high speed and efficiency, all while minimizing dependence upon labor-intensive sewing and linking.

The latest version of Shima Seiki's SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system will also be available for demonstrations in design and simulation of various technical textiles. Of particular interest is its ultra-realistic simulation capability that realizes Virtual Sampling. When countless variations must be evaluated before arriving at a final design, virtual product samples can be used to streamline the decision-making process by minimizing the enormous amount of time and cost normally associated with producing actual samples for each variation.

Shima Seiki at Techtextil Hall 6.1 Booth C52