Shima Seiki announced the launch of ‘Shima Online’, a new portal site for its web-based services.
Through these services, Shima Seiki provides support to its customers in each stage of product supply chain, ranging from fashion trends’ information, archive of knit samples to production management and training.
The services included on its new portal are Shima KnitPLM, FAQ, Users’ Site, staf, yarnbank and Shima Seiki E-learning.
The Shima KnitPLM website is a PLM system for flat knitting which provides a connection between the company’s product and customer ERP and SCM system with the help of IoT technology. This provides a better communication and ensures traceability for enhanced productivity in the entire value chain. Moreover, this connection and data sharing among the software eliminates the need of data input at each stage, achieving workflow automation and cutting down on labour.
The web portal also contains answers to the frequently asked questions about Shima Seiki products. For clarity and better understanding, there are videos on the important answers. The search function enables customers to easily search for topics using their keywords. Moreover, the company is continuously working to expand the range of products handled by the FAQ.
The User’s Site contains a library of about 10,000 original knit samples for its users, where they can see the samples free of cost. The knitting data is also available for purchase as well.
Staf features a collection of photos, fabrics, designs, illustrations, patterns and more that can be used as inspiration for design creation. There are tools that can be used to organise the data for an effective product planning.
In addition, a new knit content feature is also available that has data based on the trend and market information for the upcoming season.
Also, data such as knit design, pattern and 3D simulation can be used using the SDS-ONE APEX series design system, which assists in faster product development.
Yarnbank is a service that enables searching and downloading of digital yarn data, which can be utilised for virtual sampling on the SDS-ONE APEX Series 3D Design system. Downloading the data eliminates the need of scanning yarns manually, while enhancing the accuracy of simulation and improving the efficiency of product planning. Moreover, it can connect the entire supply chain from yarn and apparel companies to the knit manufacturers.
Furthermore, the Shima Seiki E-Learning enables the users to take training classes whenever and wherever necessary as per their convenience. These consist of basic knitting and design system courses, available in different languages for both PC and smart devices.