Wednesday, May 20, 2015

[ Technical Textiles - New Performance Textiles Range showcased by Shima Seiki and Partners.]

Leading computerized flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki exhibited at Techtextil in Frankfurt this month together with its Italian subsidiary Shima Seiki Italia and displayed a new range of performance textiles created in collaboration with product designer and developer StephanPartner and Redaelli Velluti a division of Marzotto Lab srl. -

Shima Seiki and Redaelli Velluti are exploring new avenues by taking a different approach to classic textile technologies – Redaelli Velluti is a velvet manufacturer.
What the two companies have in common is their use of distance fabrics (For Shima that means flat knitted spacer fabrics and for Redaelli Velluti it means double plush woven fabrics which are split down the middle to create velvets) with unexpected properties in an extensive range of applications from functional clothing to acoustically effective wall coverings.

“The performance of the impact and shock absorbing knitting structures, which are completely created in one working step, reaches new dimensions in production flexibility and physiological clothing comfort,” Stephan explained.
Also on display was Shima’s latest technological contribution to the field of technical textiles, the SRY123LP computerised flat knitting machine. The machine features loop presser beds mounted above conventional needle beds that provide improved control over the press down of individual loops.

Examples of technical textiles produced on SRY123LP were on display, as well as other samples produced on other knitting machines, including those utilizing Shima Seiki’s exclusive Wholegarment knitting technology.

Wholegarment is capable of producing knitted items in their entirety on the machine, and allows 3D forms and tubing to be produced without sewing.
The latest version of Shima Seiki’s SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system was also available for demonstrations in design and simulation of various technical textiles.
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Shima Seiki Italia S.p.A.
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