Shima Seiki, a leading Japanese flat knitting machine manufacturer, has manufactured 3D knitted masks especially for use at elementary school and junior-high schools (primary and intermediate schools).
These masks are made on the company’s Wholegarment machine and will be available at its headquarters in Wakayama Prefecture.
The production is a result of request from the prefectural government of Wakayama, based on the data for knitting different types of masks released by the company since 19 March 2020.
The data is intended for Shima Seiki users and is ready to be downloaded from its website – a knit sample archive featuring over 10,000 items. Till now, there have been almost 300 downloads for various mask data as per the company.
The available mask data soon grabbed the attention of prefecture which then requested the company for mask production.
Here it is important to note that Shima Seiki generally does not accept request to knit production in mass quantities; however witnessing the current situation, the company is utilising this as an opportunity to contribute during these critical times.
With this, children of Shima Seiki employees will also be benefitted in those districts. To date, almost 8,000 children’s masks have been produced on Shima Seiki’s computerised flat knitting machine in 14 gauge.
The production, notably, is also supported by Shima Seiki’s SVR093SP which produces masks in one-piece without the need for sewing afterwards, identical to the Wholegarment masks whose data is also available for production on the company’s SWG-n2 series Wholegarment knitting machines.
The masks are available in 3 sizes to cover the wide age-range of school children. These 3D form-fitted masks deliver extra comfort and fit to the wearer. The integral ear straps that are knitted along with mask portion reduce stress on the ears and do not need any sewing, thereby increasing the production speed.
Besides, there is also a filter pouch for the insertion of virus filter and other filtration fabrics. Moreover, for improved fit, the masks have holes knitted-in for insertion of wire which can be used to adjust fit.
These masks are reusable and washable. However, unlike other non-woven surgical masks, these do not offer protection against viruses and pollen filtration functionality.
Their major objective is to stop spray from coughing and sneezing and reduce exposure to allergens.