6 metres per second. It also features Shimas R2 carriage system for higher knitting speeds and greater productivity and is capable of gaugeless knitting whereby a number of different gauges can be knit in a single garment.
. The four needle bed MACH2X and two needle bed MACH2S are being showcased at ITMA Asia + CITME 2008 which opened in Shanghai yesterday.Leading Japanese Socks Knitting Machine flat knitting machine builder Shima Seiki has launched two new high speed flat knitting machines for seamless knitwear which run at speeds of up to 1. As the name suggests the main features of the MACH2X are its increased knitting speed and greater productivity.
The new MACH2S is based on the NewSES-SWG two needle bed latch needle Wholegarment machine.
Like the SWG-X on which it is based, the new MACH2X is a Wholegarment machine which features four needle beds and Shima Seikis slide needle. The machine on show was a 15 gauge machine which has a needle hook equivalent in size to a 12 gauge needle. A new split stitch technique allows efficient knitting when widening on sleeves by eliminating empty courses. The machines new R2 carriage system increases maximum knitting speed to 1. The garments produced are on the fine side of 12 gauge but the machine is aimed at the 12 gauge market with productivity improvements and better rib quality.
MACH2X also allows for a tighter fabric especially for ribs, contributing to higher-quality Wholegarment items. The machine on display was knitting a 12 gauge garment in under 20 minutes which is remarkable considering most SWG-X garments take the biggest part of an hour to knit.6 metres per second, and permits quicker carriage returns for higher efficiency per knitted course.
According to Shima, when combined, these features give up to twice the productivity of SWG-X, depending on knitting conditions.