Virtual sampling with the new yarn sourcing web service, yarnbank, from the manufacturer of flat knitting machines, Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., Wakayama/Japan, provides digital transformation for the fashion industry
The new online web service for searching and viewing the latest yarns, was developed in cooperation with yarn companies from around the world. Registered users have free access to the yarn bank archive of yarn information and digital yarn data. Users can also download yarn data free of charge, for use in fabric simulation and virtual sampling on SDS-onE APEX4 design system as well as APEXFiz subscription-based design software likewise announced last month. Users can thereby avoid the need to scan yarn on their own. By using yarn that is available for actual production, users can further rest assured that their simulations created using yarnbank are not merely realistic images but accurate representations using yarn that can actually be purchased and used in production. Such clear communication is possible with yarnbank by bringing together each player in the supply chain – spinning mill, knit manufacturer and apparel company – and connecting them digitally to eliminate trial-and-error sample making that is the legacy of obsolete analog fashion production.