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Flat Knitting

Shima Seiki to showcase multiaxial flat knitting machine at JEC World

Fabrics produced on the prototype machine use inlay technique for the production of hybrid textiles that combine the stretch characteristics of knitted fabrics with the stability of woven textiles

24th February 2020

Knitting Industry
 |  Wakayama, Japan

Technical Textiles

© Shima Seiki.

Leading Japanese textile solutions provider Shima Seiki, will exhibit at the upcoming JEC World 2020 (May 12-14) exhibition in Paris. Shown for the first time at JEC World is a prototype weft knitting machine under development, which is capable of multi­axial insertion.

Fabrics produced on the prototype machine use inlay technique for the production of hybrid textiles that combine the stretch characteristics of knitted fabrics with the stability of woven textiles, suited to various technical applications. Warp insertion further expands the capability of the machine to produce 3D­shaped carbon fibre and composite preforms directly on the machine.

“This is made possible because flat knitting as a textile production method is capable of producing end products that are shaped­to­form and with added thickness. Therefore, savings in post­processing time, cost, material and labour as compared to current methods of preform production are immense, realizing efficient and sustainable production,” Shima said in a statement this morning.

© Shima Seiki.

© Shima Seiki.

“Shima Seiki’s own yarn unwinding technology is also used for optimum yarn feed and tension for use with technical yarns that are otherwise difficult to knit.”

Also, on display in Paris will be the company’s P­CAM131 multi­ply computerized cutting machine (NC cutting machine). “Shima Seiki’s fast, efficient and reliable P­CAM series computerized cutting machines are known for their innovative functions and Made­in­Japan quality, and boast the largest market share in Japan,” the company said.

“P­CAM131’s multi­ply cutting capability allows up to 1 inch (33mm) of fabric or material to be cut. At JEC World P­CAM131 is shown in its most compact form, featuring a cutting area of 1,300 mm x 1,700 mm, with option for expansion. A knife sharpening system produces a sharp, strong blade every time”

© Shima Seiki.

© Shima Seiki.

“Strong, robust components permit quicker response times for knife movement and more accurate cutting of composites and other industrial materials.”

Demonstrations will also be performed on Shima Seiki’s new SDS­ONE APEX4 design system, the fourth generation of its series and the most powerful, most efficient APEX to date. Processing speeds for programming and simulation are improved by up to 600% compared to the previous generation SDS­ONE APEX3, for quicker response especially in virtual sampling.

© Shima Seiki.

© Shima Seiki.

“Virtual sampling based on ultra­realistic simulation improves on the design evaluation process by minimizing the need for actual sample­making in prototyping. This realizes significant savings in time, cost and material, further contributing to sustainable manufacturing. Once a design is approved, production data can be created for both knitting machines and cutting machines,” Shima concluded.

Exhibition details

Exhibited Technology

Prototype P­CAM131 SDS­ONE APEX4

Computerized Flat Knitting Machine

Computerized Cutting Machine (NC Cutting Machine) 3D CAD and Design System


Further information

Mr. Ukyo Kuwata

Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.

E­mail: [email protected]


Shima Seiki France Sarl Tel: +33 1 34 93 05 80 E­mail: [email protected]

Mr. Hiroshi Igarashi

Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.

E­mail: [email protected]


Mr. Martin Hoffmann TAJIMA GmbH

E­mail: [email protected]


JEC World 2019

12-14 May 2020

Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte, Halls 5 & 6 ZAC Paris Nord 2 93420 Villepinte, France

Hall 6, Booth P28

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