New Proposals in Textiles Using Two Loop Presser Beds
SHIMA SEIKI's latest SRY123LP and SRY183LP are completely new computerized knitting machines that inherit SHIMA SEIKI's highly advanced mechatronics know-how based on the company's unique experience with four-bed knitting, beginning with the legendary SES122RT, and continuing with SWG-FIRST and MACH2X. Two loop presser beds improve on the stitch presser by controlling pressdown of individual loops. This presents unprecedented capability in knitwear, especially with flechage and inlay patterns. New fabrics with woven effects offer great opportunities in expanding into other markets. Specialty yarns such as metallic and monofilament yarns can be knit as well, opening new doors to areas other than fashion. A high level of productivity typical of SHIMA SEIKI is carried over, with a maximum knitting speed of 1.4 meters per second combined with quick carriage returns realized with the proven R2CARRIAGE system. SHIMA SEIKI's original DSCS Digital Stitch Control System, yarn gripper and cutter, and takedown comb all contribute to high quality and productivity as well.
Loop Presser Beds
Loop presser beds are placed above both front and back needlebeds, and feature the same number of loop pressers as the number of knitting needles. This yields loop pressdown capability that outperforms the conventional stitch presser. Individual loops can be pressed even for rib patterns, and flechage in all needles and inlay patterns are easy to knit. Inlay fabric is produced by inserting yarn into existing knit fabric in a weave fashion, yielding fabrics that are neither typically knit nor woven, but unique to SRY. Inlay also suppresses typical stretch characteristics of knitwear, and since new materials such as metallic and monofilament yarns can be used for inlay structures, new applications in industrial textiles can be anticipated.
SRY123LP/183LP machines feature capacity for up to 30 intarsia carriers. The new intarsia carriers are more compact, fitting more carriers and thus allowing more color changes within a given knitting width. The improved intarsia system is also much quieter, averaging two-thirds (2/3) less noise than our previous intarsia system.
The SV variant of SRY123LP/183LP feature WideGauge capability that allows a variety of gauges to be knit on a single machine. This allows the freedom to handle changing seasons and shifting trends without investing in a machine for every gauge or resorting to the complex, time-consuming task of gauge conversion. A wide range of production is possible, from tighter, finer gauge fabrics using all-needle knitting to more airy, lower-gauge textures using half-gauge (1×1) knitting.
The World’s First Digital Stitch Device
Considered one of the most significant breakthroughs in modern-day knitting, SHIMA SEIKI's patented Digital Stitch Control System (DSCS) continuously adjusts yarn feed and tension to yield loop consistency with tolerance to within a remarkable ±1%. The result is quality control capability that is virtually impossible with conventional analog systems. In addition to being an essential element in quality shaping and integral garment production, DSCS allows consistency among different batches and repeat orders. DSCS is the only proven digital system field-tested and market-proven in the industry for 30 years. No other manufacturer can claim this kind of experience or level of refinement.
Rapid Response R2CARRIAGE System
TheR2CARRIAGE (R2=Rapid Response) System features an advanced carriage mechanism combined with improved software programming that achieves quicker carriage returns after each course for higher overall productivity. For a given knitting width, a larger and heavier carriage requires more space (B) at each end of the machine to decelerate, return and accelerate back up to speed, so the actual portion where the carriage runs at full speed (A) becomes very limited. With a compact, lightweight carriage, less space is required for the carriage to make returns, allowing more area for the carriage to run at full speed. This allows faster knitting per course, resulting in higher productivity.
SRY123LP and SRY183LP feature a yarn gripper equipped with a new lint remover for reduced maintenance.
A User-Friendlier Knitting Machine
SRY123LP and SRY183LP features an all-new full-color LCD touch-sensitive control panel with a larger screen that greatly improves on the previous monochromatic display. Still at eye-level, the new control panel maintains established ergonomic benefits by carrying over function buttons for simultaneous use of both hands. Easily accessible USB interface and network connection continue to provide improved access in data transfer. For those moments when power suddenly becomes unavailable, a backup power supply allows work to resume after power failures. This offers peace of mind that an entire garment will not be lost due to blackouts.