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Knitting Machine Function List

Knitting Machine Function List

Needle

The Original SlideNeedle

The Original SlideNeedle

The SlideNeedle is the result of a thorough re-evaluation of the 150-year old design of the conventional latch needle. A flexible two-piece slider mechanism replaces the latch and offers knitting possibilities never imagined before. Using the slider mechanism for transfer effectively eliminates the transfer clip, allowing the SlideNeedle to be mounted in the center of the needle groove, thereby achieving perfectly symmetrical loop formation for knitting the highest possible quality fabrics.

WideGauge Knitting

WideGauge Knitting

Needles dedicated to WideGauge allow 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.

Needle bed

4-Bed Configuration

4-Bed Configuration

MACH2XS and MACH2X present a technological breakthrough in modern computerized flat knitting, in its 4-needlebed configuration, featuring 2 extra beds on top of a conventional V-bed. This setup allows unprecedented capabilities in knit and transfer, significantly expanding design and patterning capability in WHOLEGARMENT production. As a result, only SHIMA SEIKI's 4-bed WHOLEGARMENT machines are capable of true WHOLEGARMENT knitting in all needle.

Spring-Type Movable Sinker System

Spring-Type Movable Sinker System

SHIMA SEIKI's spring-type mechanism can work full-time regardless of carriage position, and provides gentle holddown movement. Consequently, significant improvement in fabric quality for complicated patterns is achieved.

Loop Presser Bed

Loop Presser Bed

By utilizing a loop presser bed, stable hold-down of loops are achieved, allowing full control especially when producing inlay patterns. Inlay fabric is produced by inserting yarn into existing knit fabric in a weave fashion, yielding unique fabrics that are neither typically knit nor woven. Inlay also suppresses typical stretch characteristics of knitwear, and since new yarns and materials can be used for inlay structures, new applications in addition to fashion apparel such as sports and medical as well as other industrial applications can be anticipated.

i-Plating

i-Plating

i-Plating offers inverse-plating capability in which different yarns can be shown alternately on the fabric surface for a jacquard-like effect in plain jersey stitch. This can be performed within the same course and for individual needles, for greater efficiency and expanded capability.

Transfer Jack Bed

The transfer jack bed is mounted above the front needle bed. From there, transfer can be made to and from both front and rear needle beds. The transfer jack bed can also be racked for a maximum of 1.5 inches to each side (3 inches total), and can be split for individual left-right racking control.

Double Racking Mechanism

Double Racking Mechanism

Using a special motor-driven mechanism, racking for transfer is performed by both front and rear beds simultaneously in two directions, reducing total racking movement by half. The shorter racking stroke permitted by this setup results in better racking control and knit capability. It also contributes to a more compact machine size.

Carriage

Rapid Response R2CARRIAGE System

Rapid Response R2CARRIAGE System

The R2CARRIAGE (R2=Rapid Response) System features an advanced carriage mechanism combined with improved software programming that achieves quicker carriage returns after each course. 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.

Stitch Presser

Stitch Presser

The patented stitch presser system features a special motor-driven system which allows the pressers to carry out individual on/off adjustments in both knit and transfer, in either course direction. These pressers are able to hold down fabric gently for improved consistency and control, contributing significantly to quality shaping.

Twin Carriages and Tandem Operation

Twin Carriages and Tandem Operation

While both carriages can be used together along the entire width of the needle bed in double-system mode, the carriages can be separated into two single-KNITRAN cam systems for knitting two identical pieces, such as collars, simultaneously. Tandem operation thereby allows to perform two separate roles, significantly increasing the versatility and productivity of the machine.

Yarn Tension Device

i-DSCS+DTC

i-DSCS+DTC

i-DSCS+DTC carries over the benefits of DSCS while achieving the ultimate performance in digital knitting. Whereas DSCS is a passive system that mechanically limits yarn-feed, i-DSCS+DTC has the capability to actively control yarn-feed in both feed and retrieval directions as necessary, through variable electronic control of yarn tension. This results in even higher quality and greater productivity using a wider variety of yarns, including high-speed knitting of challenging yarns such as fancy yarns, stretch yarns, slub yarns and delicate cashmeres. Precise electronic control means i-DSCS+DTC provides consistent quality among different machines, production batches and repeat orders, and is crucial to the precision knitting required in WHOLEGARMENT production.

DSCS

DSCS

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.

Air Splicer

Air Splicer

Unlike conventional knotter systems which mechanically tie together yarn ends, the Air Splicer cuts then twists together yarns with a burst of pressurized air with split-second accuracy. Working in precise coordination with i-DSCS+DTC, the Air Splicer is able to time each splice so that perfect color changes can occur exactly as programmed.

Top Tension

Top Tension

The top tension employs a convenient one-touch threading system for quick and easy setups. When a knot is detected during knitting, the machine stops for large knots, while small knots cause the machine to slow down. The top tension therefore serves as an effective quality control sensor.

Carrier

Intarsia Carriers

Intarsia Carriers

Using dedicated carrier allows more color changes within a given knitting width. Working with "Intarsia carrier auto allocation software" equipped with SHIMA SEIKI's design system "SDS-ONE APEX series," production lead time can be significantly reduced.

Yarn Gripper and Cutter

Yarn Gripper and Cutter

Our unique yarn gripper and cutter system consists of two yarn grippers and one yarn cutter that work in precise coordination with each other. Since the gripper and cutter are separate units, they can be independently activated to delay cutting while holding, or perform holding alone.


Lint Remover

It is possible to absorb the lint in a timely manner by a new lint remover equipped with a yarn gripper.

Edge Yarn Insertion

Edge Yarn Insertion

With a yarn insertion device, edge yarns can be cleaned up not only at the finger/toe tips but also between fingers and toes for gloves and socks. SWG-N2 series feature a motor-driven insertion hook and cutter which ensure reliable insertion.

Auto Yarn Carrier

Auto Yarn Carrier

SWG-N2 series feature auto yarn carriers that are motorized and move independently, eliminating the need for extra carriage courses to move carriers out of the way during intarsia knitting. This dramatically improves productivity and efficiency. Together with a separate yarn holder with higher capacity, even more flexibility in multi-color knitting can be had.

Takedown

Takedown System

Takedown System

SHIMA SEIKI's fabric takedown system features the patented takedown comb which employs a fully-active row of setup needles. Their compound release mechanism offers complete, reliable, snag-free fabric release.

Pulldown Device

Pulldown Device

New computerized pulldown system consists of front and rear panels over which tiny pins are distributed for separately controlling pulldown tension for the front and back when knitting WHOLEGARMENT knitwear. In addition, each panel is separated into 1.5-inch sections which can be individually controlled for specific tension control across the entire width of the garment. This precise control over pulldown tension permits three-dimensional shaping of WHOLEGARMENT items—for example, by allowing shoulder lines for set-in sleeves to be positioned over the shoulder toward the back—resulting in a more dimensionally accurate garment which conforms better to the shape of the torso.

User-Friendly

Color LCD Touch Panel

Color LCD Touch Panel

An all-new full-color LCD touch-sensitive control panel features 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.

Other Functions

Other Functions

Space efficiency is improved during installation by integrating the fabric collection tray within the machine frame. The network connector is repositioned on the side of the machine for easier access while transferring comprehensive data using Shima KnitPLM. The USB interface is also positioned directly below the control monitor for improved access in data exchange. 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.

Features of Glove and Sock Knitting Machines

Original Sinker Knitting System

Original Sinker Knitting System

The first of its kind in the world, Shima Seiki's original sinker knitting system allows to master the production of irregularly-shaped items such as gloves and socks. With this system, the machine offers products that are superior in stretch and strength as well as featuring excellent conformity to the shape of hands.

Ultrafine Gauge Gloves

Ultrafine Gauge Gloves

21G and 18G gloves offer a fit and feel equivalent to that of bare hands, giving new meaning to the term "fits like a glove." Round and seamless, snug-fitting fingertips make them perfect for applications that require high manual precision including medical, technical and assembly work. Very tight stitches between the fingers also make them suited for use as coated turn gloves.

Stitch Density Control

Stitch Density Control

A stepping motor finely adjusts stitch density to help the glove conform to the various parts of the hands. Particularly in fine gauge applications, precise adjustments must be made in order to knit yarns at the fingertips. By doing so, gloves can be shaped to fit fingers and hands snugly and extend the benefits of ultrafine gauge gloves even further.

Edge Yarn Processing Device

Edge Yarn Processing Device

The needle bed features special insertion plates. Precision-manufactured from special steel using state-of-the-art hardening technology, these plates provide extreme strength and durability for high-speed, high-quality product manufacturing, while facilitating maintenance.

Centralized Lubrication

Centralized Lubrication

The centralized lubrication system features lubrication to all required parts at the touch of a lever. Lubrication with the recommended Genuine Shima Oil provides sufficient coverage to all parts of the machine for minimized wear and easier maintenance. In addition, it features computerized automatic lubrication of the sinker and jack, providing an optimum amount of oil to the sinkers according to a preset schedule. Automatic lubrication also prevents over-lubrication, conserving oil and keeping your products clean (Genuine Shima Oil is recommended).

Air Splicer

Air Splicer

Unlike knotter devices which rely on a cutting and knotting mechanism, the optional air splicer uses a burst of pressurized air to instantly twist together yarns on the fly. Designs with up to 8 colors can be produced very effectively.

User Support by SHIMA SEIKI

Service & Maintenance

Service & Maintenance

SHIMA SEIKI has established a user support system worldwide. Customers can use our products with reassurance from a comprehensive maintenance program, training programs suited to each customer's needs, and a steady, long-term supply of genuine parts.

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