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SHIMA SEIKI to exhibit at FIMEC 2020

Leading flat knitting solutions provider SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. of Wakayama, Japan, together with its Brazilian repre­ sentative BRASTEMA TECNOLOGIA TEXTIL LTDA., will participate in the FIMEC 2020 44th International Trade Fair for Leather, Chemicals, Components, Machinery and Equipment for Footwear and Tanning in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil this month.

The global shoe industry is currently evolving at a rapid pace, adopting various textile and material technologies espe­ cially in the area of fit, comfort and functionality in footwear applications. Working off the recent trend in knitted shoe uppers in the athletic footwear market, SHIMA SEIKI proposes knitted fabrics to the general footwear market as an alternative to the prevailing material in this field—leather. To that effect SHIMA SEIKI will be showcasing the latest applications of computerized flat knitting technology to demonstrate its contributions in this field. On display will be the company’s SVR123SP and SSR112 computerized flat knitting machines. The SVR123SP machine features a dedicat­ ed loop presser bed mounted above the rear needle bed. This permits full use of inlay technique for the production of hybrid fabrics that feature both knit and weave characteristics, suited to shoe upper applications that require form­fit­ ting function, comfort, flexibility, breathability as well as strength and stiffness. SVR123SP furthermore features i­ Plating inverse­plating capability for increased patterning capability, including the production of jacquard­like patterns in light­weight plain jersey stitch. Examples of WHOLEGARMENT® shoe uppers will also be on display.

SHIMA SEIKI’s new SDS­ONE APEX series 3D design system will also be available for demonstrations in design and simu­ lation suited to shoe production. Of particular interest is its ultra­realistic simulation capability that realizes Virtual Sampling. When countless variations must be evaluated before arriving at a final design, virtual product samples can be used to streamline the decision­making process by minimizing the enormous amount of time and cost normally associ­ ated with producing actual samples for each variation. The sustainability factor is also undeniable considering the amount of material normally gone to waste in the sampling stage. APEX makes further contribution to this effort with programming and simulation processing speeds of up to 6 times that of the previous APEX3 system.

SSR 112 (c) 2020 Shimaseiki
SSR 112 (c) 2020 Shimaseiki

SSR 112 SP (c) 2020 Shimaseiki
SSR 112 SP (c) 2020 Shimaseiki


FIMEC 2020 (44th International Trade Fair for Leather, Chemicals, Components, Machinery and Equipment for Footwear and Tanning)

Date:  Tuesday, 10th ­ Thursday, 12th March 2020

Hours: 1:00PM ­ 8:00PM 

Location: Fenac

Av. Nações Unidas, 3825 ­ Bairro Ideal?Novo Hamburgo ­ Rio Grande do Sul, 93334­000 Brazil Tel: +55 51 3584 7200

Organizer: Fenac?

Tel: +55 51 3584 7200

Booth No.: Pavilion 5, Aisle J­P­K, Booth 5059 

Exhibited Technology 

SVR123SP­SV14G  Computerized flat knitting machine 

SSR112 SV14G  Computerized flat knitting machine 

SDS­ONE APEX series 3D design system

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