Shima Seiki is developing a prototype weft knitting machine capable of multi¬axial insertion. Fabrics produced on the prototype machine use the 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. Warp insertion further expands the capability of the machine to produce 3D¬shaped carbon fiber and composite preforms directly on the machine. Shima Seiki’s own yarn unwinding technology is also used for optimum yarn feed and tension for use with technical yarns that are otherwise difficult to knit. Shima Seiki is a Japanese textile solution provider. The company’s fast, efficient and reliable P¬CAM series computerized cutting machines are known for their innovative functions and boast the largest market share in Japan. Strong, robust components permit quicker response times for knife movement and more accurate cutting of composites and other industrial materials.
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