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Shima Seiki wants to KNITify the World

Shima Seiki , the industry leader in knitting, showcased here at ITMA Bacelona, with a great new ambition and confidence, a new way of looking at knitting and wide range of possibilities that knitting can offer under its new theme KNITify the World – Smart Solutions in Textiles, Proposing knitting as an alternative manufacturing solution for non-fashion related industries, Shima Seiki demonstrated that what was impossible to knit in the past can now be knitted, and what was never even considered knitable is now possible with its KNITification solutions.

 

Shima Seiki , the industry leader in knitting, showcased here at ITMA Bacelona, with a great new ambition and confidence, a new way of looking at knitting and wide range of possibilities that knitting can offer under its new theme KNITify the World – Smart Solutions in Textiles, Proposing knitting as an alternative manufacturing solution for non-fashion related industries, Shima Seiki demonstrated that what was impossible to knit in the past can now be knitted, and what was never even considered knitable is now possible with its KNITification solutions.

Shima Seiki wants to KNITify the World

“Through combined application of our patented core technology that is widely accepted as the benchmark of the industry, Shima Seiki is disrupting the conventional perception of knitting, offering its benefits to prospective customers who are as yet unaware of the true and current potential that knitting possesses,” commented Masaki Karasuno, Media Relations-Planning Group, Total Design Centre, Shima Seiki, Japan.

Shima Seiki's new comprehensive knits machines boosts global textile sector

Leading computerised knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki, has launched a comprehensive line-up of products, including new Wholegarment knitting machines, computerised flat knitting machines, and computer graphic design systems, as well as various digital solutions. The manufacturer, which earlier was engaged with 3D design, has now introduced a 4D machine. “This machine does all programming and simulation with its keyboard manipulating the 3D space,” says Masaki Karasuno.

The machine offers both 3D and 4D facilities. Its keyboard manipulates the 3D space. The brand offers both the software and hardware for this machine. “With left hand one can control the machine while the right hand can be used for drawing. The machine works on suede tape yarn. Usually, when one feeds the yarn it twists. It also has a special device called the yarn unwinder for unwinding. This can be installed with the existing machines,” adds Karasuno. The machine creates virtual simulations by scanning existing data or creating the yarn digitally.

Intersia machine with loop presser for more productivity

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Shima Seiki has also introduced the Intarsia machine with a loop presser. This is a new machine with a smaller, wider compact carriage, which allows 15 percent higher productivity and higher energy efficiency. It’s a lot more productive and sustainable. “This machine works on suede tape yarn. It twists when you feed the machine with yarn. It has a special device called the yarn unwinder. This can be installed with the existing machines,” adds Karasuno.

Shima Seiki also offers a machine with a loop presser bed with two systems. Two colored yarns can go back and forth on this machine so that one color show and other does not. This can be done on every single needle. It is the jacquard that is also used in denim. It allows the creation of three dimensional patterns to be created and cups like this never seen before. The machine right now offers an option of ten colors though it can be further upgraded to 20 colors.

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Scarf knitter for sportswear with elastic yarn

Another of its innovations is the scarf knitter. This machine knits sportswear with elastic yarn. “It combines the seamless properties of Wholegarments with underlayer for sportswear. We use elastic yarn to overcome the problems of circular yarn in flat knitting. The tension motoring device in the machine calculates stretch properties in a fabric. This ensures size consistency throughout the product and from product to product,” adds Karasumo. This machine makes the entire garment besides its conventional knitting. It has an additional yarn carrier which moves back and forth between two colors,” adds Karasuno.

Great potential for technical textiles

“Knitting offers great potential for technical textiles with its inherent characteristics: stretch and compression,” continued Karasuno. “Flat knitting provides further potential with its capability to shape fabric on the machine. New knitting techniques such as inlay made possible with special loop pressers feature add further value to knitting and have gained particular attention for its ability to produce hybrid knit-weave fabrics that allow insertion of technical yarns heretofore considered incompatible with knitting, into existing knit fabrics. These include carbon fibre, monofilament and even metallic yarns. Shima has even developed a special Yarn Unwinding Device for unwinding spools of technical yarn to ease yarn feed for such difficult-to-handle material.”, Karasuno concluded.

 
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