Computerized Flat Knitting Technology


3-shima-ok-sdsoneapex3_realtime3dviewLeading flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki MFG., LTD. of Wakayama, Japan has presented the cutting edge in computerized flat knitting technology, represented by the latest Wholegarment®- machines and design system. The highlight of Shima Seiki’s exhibit at last year’s ITMA show in Milan, the flagship MACH2XS series features the company’s original SlideNeedle on four needlebeds and a new spring-type sinker system for significantly improved performance in Wholegarment® knitting. The new compact SWG-N2 series Wholegarment® knitting machine offers a wide variety of production options as well as the capability for producing industrial textiles. SRY123LP features a pair of loop presser beds mounted above a conventional V-shaped needlebed and is capable of producing novel knitwear with unique woven-like texture as well as technical textiles. The new SVR workhorse series resets the industry benchmark once again for shaping machines in the tradition of Shima Seiki’s legendary SES and SSG machines. SFG and SFG-I glove knitting machines round out the comprehensive lineup. Demonstrations will also be performed on Shima Seiki’s SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system that is at the core of the company’s “Total Knitting System” concept. With comprehensive support of all aspects throughout the knit supply chain, APEX3 integrates knit production into one smooth and efficient workflow from yarn development, product planning and design to machine programming, production and even sales promotion. Especially effective is APEX3’s capability to improve on the planning process with Virtual Sampling. Photo-realistic simulation capability minimizes the need for sample-making, effectively reducing time, material and cost from the sampling process.