Santoni celebrates 100 years of technological revolution
Santoni has designed the innovative and newly patented X MACHINE technology, which offers the possibility to knit countless Intarsia items for creating seamless, knitted uppers using a revolutionary 3D intarsia technology.
Since 1919, Santoni, as the first Italian producer of circular knitting machines for menâ€™s and womenâ€™s hosiery, and then the pioneer in seamless technology, has maintained its presence on the worldwide textile market thanks to continual technical research. At the recently concluded ITMA 2019 Santoni celebrated 100 years of technological revolution, showcasing its very latest seamless circular knitting machines, together with sock knitting machines, large diameter fabric knitting machines, and also process finishing machines.
Added to these were the brand new, patented â€˜X MACHINEâ€™ and â€˜XT MACHINEâ€™ with their ingenious intarsia technology, a new automatic finishing system
for seamless boxers, and the innovative â€˜K Fabric Projectâ€™ that introduced a completely new type of knitted
Manufacturers of the most diverse textile sectors
such as underwear, sportswear, beachwear, external, medical wear, denimwear, smart-textiles, socks and footwear were able to explore all the inventive and
newly patented machines, innovative production processes and a dedicated product Trend Area.
Within the Seamless range of machines there is a technological re-vamp of the renown model SM8-TOP2V, with 4 models on display in diverse gauges. While the SM8-TR1S and the SM8-TOP4J have been completely up-dated and equipped with new structural elements
In a special corner of the booth an SM8-TOP2V seamless machine has been expressively matched with Santoniâ€™s new automatic finishing machine for boxers â€“ creating a unique â€˜Boxer Process Stationâ€™. This cut and sew machine applies a gusset into each boxer with a 4-needle sewing head, so completing the whole process automatically, and offering the finished boxer ready for the final packing stage. Also on show was the new TC CUT machine, a round-shape toe closer with an integrated slitting device to prepare stockings for
The up-dated versatile Mec-Mor technology, with the type Cmp2/Open and type HP machines, are still the only machines on the market equipped with needle-shifting movement of the needle beds, (racking) a bi-directional transfer on the same feed allowing variable widths of
the knitted panel (Variatex technology). Mec-Mor is known throughout the world as the only alternative range of machines that look circular but perform like
a V-bed machine.
This unique technology, displayed on 20 gauge, enables the production of weft double-face knitted garments with high quality designs and record production times.
This technology is also used to produce accessories, such as 3-D backpacks, where various yarns can be knitted into ad-hoc positioned areas, in order to obtain
a seamless structure that guarantees superior
The Mec-Mor can manufacture sportswear performance garments, knitted menâ€™s jackets and
various other eye-catching products, examples of which, were on show in the Trend Area.
Recently, acclaimed footwear brands have appreciated the wonderful shoe uppers created on the Mec-Mor bringing sharpness to high definition patterns, and the flexibility to place logos and different structures practically anywhere within the shoe upper. It can create the shoe upper structure in a single operation, so reducing the seams usually prevalent in standard footwear production cycle. Not resting on their laurels, Santoni has also designed the innovative and newly patented X MACHINE technology.
This technology offers the possibility to knit countless Intarsia items for creating seamless, knitted uppers using a revolutionary 3D intarsia technology that maps the foot for perfect fit and form, as well as offering unlimited patterns and colour combinations.
This machine knits different sustainable fibre yarns into one-piece uppers, complete with eyelets, ready for immediate attachment to the sole. Whatâ€™s more, each lightweight breathable upper is produced in
Today, shoe manufacturers can benefit from the innovative Single-cylinder XT. MACHINE INTARSIA electronic knitting machine with all the above intarsia features but also offering intarsia knit products with breathable mesh areas with cushioning and/or transfer-stitch points knitted in sculptured terry. This is the first INTARSIA machine in the world capable of producing transfer loops and sculptured terry on the same course. This machine is protected by more than 10 new patents that Santoni have already filed and have been approved.
These patents overcome all existing ones and position this unique machine on the market to make an exclusive new range of footwear products.
The following two new models join Santoniâ€™s world-famous range of sock knitting: machines; the new single cylinder machine with one feed Model HT 50 â€“ produces heavy socks in terry with four colours plus ground on the same course. There is the possibility of knitted or laid-in elastic for a single or double welt, or a four-colour pattern double welt with tuck stitch.
The knitted socks can be in plain mesh, normal/ sandwich/ sculptured and patterned terry. The all new single cylinder machine with one feed and needles-in-the-dial model STAR S produces high-quality socks in true rib, five-colour patterns, with knitted or laid-in elastic and sculptured terry.
It offers a round trip selection when patterning. Also, three technical ways of knitting the heel with the needle being able to move with both forward and backward movements, increasing in this way the textile possibility of the final product. The heel can be shaped more independently without any mechanical constraint (without pickers). Thanks to the independent selection of the needles, the machine works in a reciprocating movement, enabling the heel to be placed anywhere on the sock. The â€œretractable buttâ€ system improves the quality of the fabric, making it more uniform, creating a more superior end product.
Three large diameter machines, ZENITH HS, PULSAR Double Face, and ZENIT 2.4 JE mesh RP, were also exhibited. Fine gauge is the strong point of these machines. This time fine gauge is used to knit a double face fabric, which allows the use of two different yarns, for true plating, keeping the fabric light.
Besides fine gauge, there are two single jersey machines. One model is the only machine which can run a four- different knitting stitch construction. The other model maintains a perfect balance between productivity, plating quality and productivity as well as versatility.
A dedicated area showcased the K FABRIC â€“ PROJECT. This is a revolutionary process answering the requirements of the modern fast fashion market that demands customised, rapid and short production cycles. It describes a new way of production within the fashion industry. It takes advantage of the Groupâ€™s circular knitting machines transforming the circular knitted meshes into a linear fabric, with incredible cost and fabric quality advantages.
This is the new frontier of a techno-mechanical sector that offers an opportunity for new styles and technological renewal with huge economic and strategical advantages.