Leading flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki, together with its UK subsidiary, Shima Seiki Europe, will hold a private expo in association with Hong Kongbased spinner UPW in London, on November 7 and 8, 2018. The Shima Seiki Europe Apex show will feature the SDSONE APEX3 3D design system, high-lighting the company’s digital yarn project.
SDSONE APEX3 3D design system is at the core of the company’s ‘Total Fashion System’ concept of unifying the fashion supply chain. From yarn input, planning, design, and machine programming to sales promotion, APEX3’s offers comprehensive support of the entire knit production process. Its greatest strength lies in its unparalleled capability for virtual sampling. Photorealistic simulation capability allows virtual sampling to minimise the need for actual samplemaking, effectively reducing time, cost, and material—and environmental impact—from the supply chain equation. APEX3 is capable of transforming the fashion industry through smart, speedy, and sustainable production, Shima Seiki said.
The key to realistic simulated sample making can be found in the least common denominator of knitting: the yarn. Shima Seiki’s digital yarn project aims to digitise yarn with the cooperation of spinning companies so that its customers can select yarn for their design and produce simulations for digital sampling, while programming data allows the required amount of yarn to be calculated so that the yarn can be ordered as soon as approval is obtained for that design. UPW is one of the most advanced collaborative partners in this Project, offering access to its inventory of digitised yarn online. (GK)