Shima Seiki: Computerized cutting machines
Shima Seiki

Computerized cutting machines

(Source: Shima Seiki)
(Source: Shima Seiki)

At the upcoming JEC World 2022 exposition to be held in Paris/France from May 3-5, 2022, textile solutions provider Shima Seiki will exhibit the P-CAM131 multi-ply computerized numerical control (CNC) cutting machine. At the trade fair the machine will be shown in its most compact form, featuring a cutting area of 1,300 mm x 1,700 mm, with option for expansion. Its multi-ply cutting capability allows up to 1 inch (33 mm) of fabric or material to be cut.
A knife sharpening system produces a sharp, strong blade every time. Strong, robust components permit quicker response times for knife movement and more accurate cutting composites and other industrial materials. The P-CAM lineup is ideally suited to global production in a wide range of industrial applications in addition to apparel and textiles.
Also available for video display will be the latest innovation in flat knitting technology from Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., Wakayama/Japan, as applied to the field of technical textiles – a prototype weft knitting machine capable of multi-axial yarn insertion. Fabrics produced on this machine use inlay technique for the production of hybrid textiles that combine the stretch characteristics of knitted fabrics with the stability of woven textiles, suited to various technical applications. In addition, warp yarn is inserted to further expand its capability to produce 3D-shaped carbon fiber and composite preforms directly on the machine.
Flat knitting as a textile production method is capable of producing end products that are shaped to form and with added thickness. Therefore, savings in post-processing time, cost, material and labor as compared to current methods of preform production are immense, realizing efficient and sustainable production. The company’s own yarn unwinding technology is also used for optimum yarn feed and tension for use with technical yarns. Industrial textile samples knitted on the multi-axial machine will also be available for examination on-site.

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