Shima Seiki Mfg Ltd, a Japan-based computerized knitting machine manufacturer, will be introducing new technology at the forthcoming International Textile Machinery Exhibition (ITMA 2019) in Barcelona, Spain from June 20-26, 2019. Held every four years in Europe, ITMA is the stage for presenting the latest technology to the textile industry.
Shima Seiki’s 566 square meter booth located at hall 8.0, stand B106 will feature a comprehensive lineup of brand new Wholegarment knitting machines, computerized flat knitting machines, computer graphic design systems as well as various digital solutions making their debut at this ITMA.
At ITMA 2019, the company will exhibit under the theme ‘Knitify the World—Smart Solutions in Textiles.’ The theme illustrates the flexibility of Shima Seiki products for catering to various industries in addition to its traditional customer base in the apparel industry. “In its approach to presenting new proposals for non-fashion related industries, Shima Seiki takes on the challenge of knitting what was previously deemed impossible to knit, or what has never even been considered for knitting. Disrupting the conventional perception of knitting through its arsenal of patented knitting techniques combined with cutting edge hardware and software, Shima Seiki offers the benefits of knitting to prospective customers who are as yet unaware of the true and current potential that knitting possesses. To this end, the latest technological contributions aimed at promoting knitted applications in various fields ranging from fashion, sports, shoes and accessories to medical, automotive, aeronautical and other wearable and industrial textile applications will be displayed at the Shima Seiki booth,” a company press release said.
Knitting offers great potential for technical textiles with its inherent characteristics: stretch and compression. Flat knitting provides further potential as the only textile production method that can shape fabric on the machine. To this end, new knitting techniques such as inlay have gained particular attention for its capability to produce hybrid knit-weave fabrics that allow insertion of technical yarns so far considered incompatible with knitting, into existing knit fabrics. These include carbon fibre, monofilament and even metallic yarns. Shima Seiki has even developed a special device for unwinding spools of technical yarn to ease yarn feed for such difficult-to-handle material, the release added.
Shima Seiki will also be speaking on smart textiles and wearable technology at the ITMA Speakers Platform as part of the ITMA Innovation Lab.
Aside from the technological innovations in hardware and software that make up the company’s lineup of knitting machines and design systems, Shima Seiki also provides various IT solutions for assisting its customers in establishing a smart supply chain. In addition to its staf (shima trend archive and forecast) web-based product planning tool and Shima KnitPLM production management and monitoring system, several other digital solutions will be on show for the first time. As such, Shima Seiki will be shedding its traditional role of manufacturer and would become a truly full-featured solutions-provider for the knitting industry.
With a fully comprehensive collection of the latest innovative products and services, Shima Seiki technology at ITMA 2019 will demonstrate smart, speedy and sustainable production that further secures its leading role in Knitifying the World. (RKS)