Chicago - Shima Seiki, together with its U.S. subsidiary Shima Seiki USA, will demonstrate its latest computerized flat knitting technology at this month's Techtextil North America exhibition in Chicago, Illinois.
Chicago’s proximity to Detroit, Indianapolis and the rest of the Midwest where automotive, aerospace, biotechnology and various other high-tech industries strive, means the exhibition provides the opportunity to present Shima Seiki technology to these diverse innovation-driven sectors.
On display will be the company’s latest technological contributions aimed at promoting knitted applications in the field of technical textiles, designed and produced on Shima Seiki’s lineup of advanced computer design systems and computerized flat knitting machines.
A key exhibit will be the latest WHOLEGARMENT technology which maximizes the benefits of knitting in technical applications. WHOLEGARMENT knitting is capable of producing knitted items in their entirety on the machine, and allows complex 3D forms for fitting the human body or even car seats without the need for sewing. Selective compression allows control over placement and amount of pressure for various compression wear in sports and medical applications.
The seam-free nature of WHOLEGARMENT also ensures continuity of yarn, allowing functional yarns such as conductive yarns to wrap around the entire body for applications in smart garments and wearable technology. Demonstrating the latest in WHOLEGARMENT knitting technology at Techtextil will be the flagship MACH2XS machine that features the company's original SlideNeedle on 4 needle beds and patented spring-loaded full-time sinker system. Capable of WHOLEGARMENT knitting in all-needles, MACH2XS offers great flexibility for knitting high-quality WHOLEGARMENT products with a seemingly endless variety of knit patterns at very high speed and efficiency, all while minimizing dependence upon labor-intensive sewing and linking.
The latest version of Shima Seiki’s SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system will also be available for demonstrations in design and simulation of various technical textiles. Of particular interest is its ultra-realistic simulation capability that realizes Virtual Sampling. When countless variations must be evaluated before arriving at a final design, virtual product samples can be used to streamline the decision-making process by minimizing the enormous amount of time and cost normally associated with producing actual samples for each variation.
Techtextil North America takes place from 20 to 22 June at McCormick Place, Lakeside Center, Chicago.