Shima Seiki, the Japanese flat knitting machine provider, has taken a step in fighting the global challenging situation owing to COVID-19 outbreak.
The company has released knitting data for the production of 3D knitting version of the mask on its Wholegarment knitting machines. This will help in undoing the worldwide shortage of surgical masks.
The data can be used for the production of cotton mask on SWG041N2, SWG061N2 and SWG091N2 models and Wholegarment Mini type machines, suitable for the production of small accessory items in 15 gauge.
The customer can access the data through Shima Seiki Users’ site, which also has samples of around 10,000 knit products.
The seamfree mask developed on these machines features superior fit and comfort. It has an additional small filterpouch that can be used for inserting available virus filters and other filtration fabrics.
Moreover, the ear straps are knitted in one piece which reduces the stress on ear. The best part is that there is no requirement of any additional sewing, which results in quick production.
Further, these can be washed and reused; however these do not have any virus and pollenfiltration functionality unlike the non-woven surgical masks. Their major application is in the prevention of spray from coughing and sneezing and reducing exposure to allergens.