Shima Seiki, Japanese knitting machine manufacturer, will be exhibiting a new prototype of its latest weft-knitting machine capable of multiaxial insertion at the upcoming JEC World 2020 exhibition.
The event is scheduled to be held from 3 to 5 March in Paris.
The machine’s inlay technique helps in the production of hybrid textiles, which combines knitted fabrics’ stretch characteristics with the stability of woven textiles.
And there’s more! The warp insertion techniques further allow the production of 3D-shaped carbon fibre and composite on the machine itself.
In a statement released, the technology pioneer said “It is made possible because flat knitting as a textile production method has the capability of producing end products that are shaped to form with added thickness. Therefore, savings in post processing time, cost, material and labour as compared to current methods of preform production are immense, realising efficient and sustainable production.”
Another highlight of the company offerings will be PCAM121 multiply computerised cutting machine (NC cutting machine). These machines are encapsulated with innovative features that help deliver fast, efficient and reliable output.
Also, these machines are known for their Made in Japan quality and occupy a major share in Japan.
“PCAM131’s multiply cutting capability allows up to 1 inch (33 mm) of fabric or material to be cut. At JEC World, PCAM131 is shown in its most compact form, featuring a cutting area of 1,300 mm x 1,700 mm, with an option for expansion. A knife-sharpening system produces a sharp, strong blade every time,” informed company.
Shima Seiki’s new SDSONE APEX4 design system will also be on display. The fourth generation of the system features an increase of 600 per cent in its processing speed and simulation quality.
“Virtual sampling based on ultrarealistic simulation improves on the design evaluation process by reducing the need for actual sample making in prototyping. This realises significant savings in time, cost and material, further contributing to sustainable manufacturing,” the company concluded in the statement.