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Wakayama - Japanese textile knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki will exhibit for the first time at the upcoming JEC World 2019 exposition to be held in Paris, France this month.

Showing for the first time in France will be the PCAM131 multiply computerized cutting machine (NC cutting machine). Described as fast, efficient and reliable. the PCAM series computerized cutting machines are known for their innovative functions and 'Made in Japan' quality, and boast the largest market share in Japan.

At JEC World, the world's leading composites show, and an annual showcase for the latest materials and processing technology, PCAM131 will be shown in its most compact form, featuring a cutting area of 1,300 mm x 1,700 mm. 

PCAM131’s multiply cutting capability allows up to 1 inch (33mm) of fabric or material to be cut. With this system, a knife sharpening system produces a sharp, strong blade each time while strong, robust components permit quicker response times for knife movement and more accurate cutting composites and other industrial materials.

PCAM machines are said to be ideally suited to global production in a wide range of industrial applications in addition to apparel and textiles.

Also on display will be Shima Seiki’s latest innovations in flat knitting technology as applied to the field of technical textiles. The latest SVR123SP computerized flat knitting machine features a dedicated loop presser bed in addition to regular needle beds. This permits full use of inlay technique for the production of hybrid textiles that combine the stretch characteristics of knitted fabrics with the stability of woven textiles, suited to various technical applications.

At JEC World, the SVR machine will operate along with Shima Seiki’s Yarn Unwinding Option that yields optimum yarn feed and tension for use with technical yarns that are otherwise difficult to knit. Together, they offer vast possibilities in knitting and weaving of carbon fibre and knitted composite preforms.

Because flat knitting as a textile production method can produce end products that are shaped to form, notes Shima Seiki, post-processing time, cost, material and labor can be eliminated, realizing more efficient and sustainable production.

Demonstrations will also be performed on the latest version of Shima Seiki’s 3D CAD and design system SDSONE APEX3.

APEX3 provides comprehensive support throughout the product supply chain, integrating production into one smooth and efficient workflow from yarn development, product planning and design to programming of production data for both cutting machines and flat knitting machines. Especially effective is the way APEX3 improves on the design evaluation process with its ultrarealistic simulation capability, whereby virtual samples minimize the need for actual sample-making.

In such a way APEX3 realizes significant savings in time, cost and material, contributing to sustainable manufacturing, the company says.

JEC World 2019 takes place from 12 to 14 March at the Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte. Shima Seiki can found in Hall 6, Booth M74.

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