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Santoni introduces X machine for footwear

In response to continuing market challenges, Santoni reports that it is now ready to globally launch its innovative X sock knitting machine.

19th February 2018

Knitting Industry
 |  Brescia


In response to continuing market challenges, leading Italian knitting machine manufacturer Santoni Spa, reports that it is now ready to globally launch its innovative X sock knitting machine, which is said to offer multiple possibilities in the knitting of unique Intarsia patterned goods.

As well as intarsia socks, the X Machine features can also be used to manufacture seamless shoe uppers by using sock knitting processes and concepts. “It allows the possibility of having distinct mapped areas according to the type of yarns and to the various structure combinations, so to produce a final product that is ready for the application of the sole only, to complete the manufacture of the shoe,” says Santoni Marketing Manager Patrick Silva.

Shoes produced with Santoni X Machine. © Santoni

According to Patrick Silva, the circular sock machine offers a 100% sustainability process with incredible production times - from 5 to 7 minutes per piece.  It guarantees quality, reliability and simple ease of use, the company reports, and can minimize costs and production times, meeting the demands of the international footwear market.

“The shoe uppers have dedicated areas matching unlimited patterns and colour combinations, they can have three-dimensional (3D) areas and create eyelets for the laces forming a unique shape of upper,” Patrick Silva adds. “The 4-feed knitting machine is based on intarsia technology for the production of sports and fashion socks, and has the ability to offer unlimited patterning possibilities and colour combinations.”

The fully electronic, X single cylinder machine produces true Argyle socks for men, women and children, and is controlled by an on board microcomputer. Santoni reports that the machine also has the following features:

  • Revolutionary needle selection system that allows unprecedented 3D patterning
  • Each feed can offer the possibility of selective terry
  • The needles have been designed to match with an extended range of yarn counts and yarn types
  • Sharing its machine frame and electronics with the latest generation of Lonati Group sock knitting machines, it can be offered with the renowned SbyS (Stitch-by-Stitch) automatic toe-closing device

The new Santoni programming software based on the S.I.S (Santoni Intarsia System), is said to offer a programming experience that makes the preparation of Intarsia structures intuitive and easily accessible to all programmers and technicians.

Shoes produced with Santoni X Machine. © Santoni

The new model is fully produced by Santoni on its efficient knitting machine production lines - currently the company builds three distinct product lines of knitting machines - sock machines, seamless machines and large diameter fabric and garment machines liaising with well-known brands in all aspects of textile development.

Final products produced on the Santoni X Machine were presented to the visitors at ISPO Munich last month, and the machine will be launched at Hall 18, booth L40, at Simac Tanning Tech, the international event for machinery and technologies for the footwear, leather goods and tanning industries, which takes place in Milan, concurrently with Lineapelle, from 20 to 22 February 2018 at Milano Fiera Rho.

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