Come 16 and 17 October and Shima Seiki Mfg Ltd., a leading flat knitting solution provider along with its Spanish subsidiary Shima Seiki Spain, S.A.U., will be exhibiting their technological innovations at the International Leather Footwear and Leather Product, Components and Machinery Exhibition (FUTURMODA) in Elche, Spain.
The leading textile solution provider will be highlighting its latest innovations that contribute to the development in the field of footwear manufacturing.
The company will be showcasing its compact SVR093SP machine, which is especially designed for shoe-upper manufacturing.
The machine features a loop presser bed mounted above the rear needle bed, which permits full use of inlay technique for the production of hybrid fabrics that feature both knit and weave characteristics, suited to shoe-upper applications requiring form- fitting function, comfort, flexibility, breathability as well as strength and stiffness.
Besides, the SWG091N2 WHOLEGARMENT® knitting machine featuring Shima Seiki’s original SlideNeedle™ technology will also be exhibited at the event.
This is the largest of the SWG N2 series that allows shoe uppers, socks, gloves, tights as well as other footwear and legwear to be knit in one entire piece without the need for sewing later.
The latest version of Shima Seiki’s SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system will also be available for demonstrations in design and simulation of suited to shoe production.
Also of particular interest is its ultra realistic simulation capability that realises 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 reducing huge amount of time and cost normally associated with producing actual samples for each variation.
The sustainability factor is also undeniable considering the amount of material normally gone to waste in the sampling stage.
Furthermore, all these innovations meet the emerging trend of adopting various textile and material technologies especially in the area of fit, comfort and functionality in footwear applications.
Working off to these trends in knitted shoe uppers in the athletic footwear market, the technology pioneer proposes knitted fabrics to the footwear market from casual to formal and in-between, as an alternative to the prevailing material in this field of leather.