One of the leading computerized knitting machine manufacturers Shima Seiki MFG., Ltd., Wakayama/Japan, will participate with 2 stands at the Techtextil displaying different product lines.
Flat knitting applications in technical textiles are shown with its Italian subsidiary Shima Seiki Italia SpA, Segrate, while cutting solutions are shown with Tajima GmbH, Winterlingen-Benzingen/Germany.
Knitted applications in the field of technical textiles take advantage of key knitting characteristics: stretch and compression. Flat knitting provides further potential as the only textile production method that can shape fabric on the machine. Shima Seiki’s new SVR123SP flat knitting machine goes a step beyond with its extra loop presser bed, capable of inlay technique used to produce hybrid knit patterns suited to technical textile production. Even materials that could not be knitted before, such as metallic and monofilament yarns, can now be knitted. The SVR123SP at the Techtextil furthermore features the new iPlating option for greater diversity.
The SDSOne Apex3 3D design system is available for demonstrations as well. Of particular interest is its ultrarealistic 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 amount of time, cost and material usually associated with producing actual samples for each variation. When approved, the same data can be used to program machines for immediate knitting, significantly reducing lead times.
On display at the Tajima stand is the PCAM131 multiply computerized cutting machine, shown for the first time at the Techtextil. The fast, efficient and reliable PCAM series computerized cutting machines are known for their innovative functions and quality. 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 of composites and other industrial materials.
PCAM machines are ideally suited to global production in a wide range of industrial applications in addition to apparel and textiles. The SDSOne Apex3 CAD system will also be on display at the stand.