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Shima Seiki releases additional data for knitted masks

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Mar '20
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Pic: Shima Seiki
In light of continuing worldwide shortage of surgical masks due to increased spread of COVID­19 infection, flat knitting solutions provider Shima Seiki has released knitting data for two more versions of knitted masks to be produced on its computerised knitting machines. These are in addition to the Wholegarment mask data released previously on March 19.
 
Data released this time consists of cotton masks to be produced on both Wholegarment machines as well as conventional shaping machines. As before, Wholegarment mask data is meant for production on SWG041N2, SWG061N2 and SWG091N2, as well as on the rest of Shima Seiki’s compact Wholegarment knitting machines also known as ‘Wholegarment Mini’ type machines that are suited to production of small accessory items. Shaped knit mask data is meant for production on SVR093SP as well as the rest of Shima Seiki’s computerised knitting machine line-up equipped with the moveable sinker system. Users with machines that match these criteria can download the mask data from the Shima Seiki Users’ Site, an archive featuring over 10,000 knit samples for use by Shima Seiki customers.
 
Both types of masks utilise dimensional shaping and provide improved fit and comfort. Although elastic bands must be inserted afterward for ear straps, there is no need for further sewing, and the simple design allows for shorter production times. A filter­pouch is also knitted­in for inserting commercially available virus filters and other filtration fabrics.
 
Knitted cotton masks can be washed and reused repeatedly. It should be noted however that unlike common nonwoven surgical masks, knit masks do not have virus­ and pollen­filtration functionality. Their main use is for prevention of spray from coughing and sneezing, and for reducing exposure to allergens.
 
Shima Seiki is a pioneer in complete garment manufacturing technology—called Wholegarment —wherein an entire knitted garment is produced on the knitting machine without the need for linking or sewing afterward.
 
Meanwhile Shima Seiki’s SDS­One Apex series 3D design system features ultra­realistic knit simulation for creating virtual samples. Virtual samples minimise time, cost and material associated with the sample making phase. Virtual samples can also be used to gauge consumer response to items before going to market, effectively permitting production based on demand forecasting. Inventory can therefore be optimised to minimise leftover stock, realising smart, speedy and sustainable production.

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