Shima Seiki Italia S.p.A, Italian subsidiary of leading Japanese computerised knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki Mfg Ltd, will be exhibiting at the 84th edition of the Pitti Immagine Filati exhibition in Florence, Italy. It will be showcasing hardware and software solutions for design, manufacturing and processing of knitted goods.
On display will be SVR123P, a computerized knitting machine that has a special loop presser bed, capable of producing hybrid inlay fabrics with both knit as well as weave characteristics. Furthermore it features new iPlating option that is capable of alternating yarn colours in any pattern thus producing jacquard like designs using plain jersey stitch. Plating can be performed within the same course and for individual needles for even greater diversity in knit design.
Moreover, the demand for such fabrics are very high across a wide range of applications starting from fashion apparel to sportswear, innerwear, outerwear, uniforms as well as home furnishings and technical textiles.
Besides this, the SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system, company’s “Total Fashion System” concept will be another core area of attraction at the exhibition. APEX3 provides extensive support throughout the product supply chain, integrating production into one smooth and efficient workflow from yarn development, product planning and design to production and sales promotions.
The innovative solution improves on design evaluation process with its ultra realistic simulation capability where virtual samples minimize the need for actual sample making. This saves a lot of time, cost and material thus contributing to sustainable manufacturing.
It is worth noting that Shima Seiki is also the pioneer in complete garment manufacturing technology—called WHOLEGARMENT® —wherein an entire knitted garment is produced on the knitting machine without the need for linking or sewing after ward.