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WHOLEGARMENT Computerized Flat Knitting Machine



WHOLEGARMENT Capability with Speed and Versatility

SHIMA SEIKI’s MACH2S is an extremely flexible machine which realizes quality knitting in a range of production styles. As a conventional shaping machine, it is capable of all-needle knitting in its available range of 8 to 16 gauge, while WHOLEGARMENT knitwear can be produced in half-gauge fabrics. As the name “MACH” suggests, the MACH2S sets itself apart with its speed and productivity with a maximum knitting speed of 1.6 meters per second (12 to 16 gauge only), along with the R2CARRIAGE system that permits quicker carriage returns for greater efficiency and shorter knitting times. For versatility, MACH2S is even capable of gaugeless knitting whereby a number of different gauges can be knit into a single garment. Other standard features include i-DSCS, USB memory interface and a backup power supply. Top tension devices mounted 150mm lower provide ease of use as well. The great flexibility of MACH2S makes it the perfect choice for adopting high quality WHOLEGARMENT production while maintaining flexible support of varying market demands.


Type M183S
Gauge 8・10・12・14・16
Knitting width Variable stroke. Max 72" (183cm)
Knitting speed 8G and 10G: Max 1.3m/sec. 12~16G: Max 1.6m/sec. (Knitting speed varies according to yarn, gauge and other knitting conditions). Speed can be programmed for 16 separate categories.
Stitch density 120 levels, electronically controlled.
Second stitch Motor-controlled second stitch cam allows individual adjustment of loose/tight stitches for shaping.
Racking Motor-driven. Max 1.5-inch racking in each direction (3 inches total).
Knitting system Triple KNITRANsystem. Single carriage R2CARRIAGE system.
Transfer Simultaneous transfer, front and back, independent of carriage direction. Split stitch possible. (special split stitch carrier required)€
Sinker system Spring-type moveable full sinker system for gentle yarn handling.
Stitch presser Special motor-driven system allows individual adjustment for on/off in knit and transfer.
Needle selection Full jacquard selection via special solenoid actuators
Setup device Takedown comb with special setup needles.
Takedown device Main/sub rollers. Changeable 99 levels, automatically adjustable on each level. Automatic opening and closing.
Yarn cutter Single-unit system includes 1 yarn cutter and 2 yarn grippers. Both sides standard.
Air Splicer(1) Instant color changes using pressurized air. 8 colors per unit .
DSCS Consistent loop length by digital control method. 8 encoders. Left side standard.
i-DSCS DSCS with Intelligence. Actively controls yarn feed in both feed and retrieval directions.3 units. Right side standard (2).
Yarn feed roller 8 positions on each side (3).
Side tensions 12 on each side
Yarn carriers 13 normal carriers. (4), (5)
Top tensions 24 tension devices. One-touch easy threading. Large knots cause machine stop. Small knots cause 0-9 courses at specified knot detection speed, then automatically resume at set speed.
Stop motion Yarn break, large knot, fabric pileup, shock detection, piece count, over-torque, program error, etc.
Drive system Belt drive. AC servo motor. No lubrication necessary.
Cleaner Special blower-operated cleaner.
Safety devices Full safety cover for noise-suppression and dust-proofing with stop motion sensor and interlock mechanism. Emergency stop switch. Emergency power off device. Ultra-low speed "crawl" setting. CE Mark. Indicator Operation lamp (see below).
Operation lamp Green/normal operation. Flashing green/normal stop. Flashing amber/abnormal stop.


Data input USB memory interface. Ethernet 10/100 BASE-T network interface.
Pattern memory 25,165,824 bits (1,024 wales x 8,192 addresses)
Control unit Built-in controller. Stored program for flat knitting machine.
Control display Monochrome LCD panel. Editing possible via display panel operation. Available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Turkish, Chinese and Japanese.
Back-up power Power supply for resuming knitting after power failure.
Power Single phase AC220V ±10%
(1) Air Splicer.
(2) i-DSCS (Left side).
(3) Left side yarn stopper device (8 positions).
(4) Plating carrier (16G only).
(5) Intarsia carrier.


Kg ( lbs ) 1,250 ( 2,750 )


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