Voltas Textile Machinery Division in partnership with Shima Seiki, a leading Japanese textile machines manufacturer with global presence and global leader in Flat Knitting Technology is aggressively adding value to the flat knitting technology in India. After the successful launch of Experience Centres in Ludhiana and Tirupur, the Division opened up its Experience Centre at Faridabad on 24th June 2022.
This Experience Centre has the latest flat knitting machines, Apex Design System and wide variety of samples and it shall be one of the modern and first class facilities for Training & Development of Human intellectuals dedicated to the Indian textile industry, particularly to the knitwear industry.
Mr Ueno, GM Shima Seiki, Mr Tagami, Area Sales Manager Shima Seiki, Dr Bipin Kumar, Professor Textile Dept. IIT Delhi, Kuldeep Saxena, Pradip Roy, K M Nizar Ali, Voltas TMD team and Shima Seiki customers were present during the inauguration.
SHIMA SEIKI’s manufacturing concept realises digitalisation, mass customisation and sustainability. With the SDS-ONE APEX series design system and software at its core, the TOTAL FASHION SYSTEM realises effective communication between the planning, production and sales stages through smooth workflow and feedback of key information. Smart, speedy and sustainable manufacturing realises an industrial reformation that helps lead customers to success.
SHIMA Datamall is an online service that allows users to search, browse and purchase a variety of useful digital data for planning, production and sales of fashion items.
Design is then performed on the SDS-ONE APEX series design system and software. For example, colour variations can be evaluated in an instant to save time.
Meanwhile, yarn is selected. Spinning companies digitise their yarn for each season. Designers therefore have access to accurate yarn data without having to perform their own scanning. Using digital versions of actual yarns is what makes SHIMA SEIKI’s knit simulations so realistic. This facility can be availed from Shima Seiki Yarnbank / Digital Yarn sourcing website.
With APEX series, knit design is based on patterns. Those patterns are combined, just as in real life, to produce a 3D simulation of a model wearing the garment, called a “3D virtual sample.”
Advantages of virtual samples
- Reduction of materials required for sample making
- Improvement of presentation quality
- Powerful sales promotion tool
- Utilisation for demand forecasting and reservation sale.
The results of demand forecasting using virtual samples can be used for production planning. Production is managed with Shima KnitPLM, the most comprehensive PLM system available for knitting.
With the SHIMA SEIKI flat knitting machine, everything from traditional sweaters to even the delicate couture products can be freely and efficiently produced.
Production on WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines yields benefits not possible with conventional knitting methods. WHOLEGARMENT is also capable of on-demand knitting, for supporting mass customisation.
This is a line up of various cutting methods, cutting areas, and cutting thicknesses according to the production of a wide variety of items.
Virtual samples can be especially useful for gauging consumer response to items before they hit the stores. Consumer preference can be fed back to the design stage, while pre-order data can be used to determine demand.
JUST IN TIME
Eliminating Bargain Sales
Products are shipped to the retail store in smaller quantities based on demand forecast adjusted to suit current market conditions. When depleted, stock can be replenished with on-demand WHOLEGARMENT knitting. This prevents lost sales opportunity due to insufficient inventory.
By repeating this process throughout the season, optimised inventory levels can be maintained through Just-in-Time inventory. By the end of the season, the entire inventory can be sold at retail prices, maximising profit with nothing left unsold.
As a result, the Total Fashion System realises production with no inventory loss, no leftover stock, no lost sales opportunity, and especially no waste to burn or bury,resulting in Smart, Speedy and Sustainable production. A completely new fashion distribution revolution that reverses the concept of conventional knit production.
This is the Total Fashion System from SHIMA SEIKI. The Experience Centre welcomes students, academics, industrial professionals, designers, retailers, and R&D Professionals for exploration and utilisation of the facility.