Italy: Knitting machine manufacturer Santoni to focus on footwear with X MACHINE
Santoni, the Italian knitting machinery manufacturer, in joint efforts with Lonati, an Italian hosiery equipment manufacturer, has come up with innovative X MACHINE that can knit countless intarsia items for seamless uppers.
This innovative machine is the result of efforts of R& D department of two companies with a special focus on footwear and counters the challenges existing in the market. It allows having distinct mapped areas according to the type of yarn used and according to the various structure combinations, so as to produce a product ready for the application of the sole, which is the last production stage of a shoe.
The production time offered by X MACHINE ranges from 5 to 7 min. per piece. It will also help in minimising cost with the quality, reliability and ease of use it has to offer.
The shoe uppers have dedicated areas aimed at matching unlimited patterns and colour combinations, including three- dimensional areas and eyelets for the laces, giving these uppers a unique shape. The fully electronic X MACHINE offers infinite patterning possibilities and colour combinations. It also includes a revolutionary intarsia system that allows creating unprecedented 3D patterns.
Another machine designed by Santoni to cater to the challenges of the footwear market, is MEC- MOR circular knitting machine. Considered the most complete knitting machine in motion, it solves problems like cutting of the lateral selvedges and rolling up of the knitted fabric for the final phase of the footwear production process.
Adding to this, in terms of productivity, the machine ensures maximum precision and performance of seamless uppers because of the large number of feeds.
The production time offered by X MACHINE ranges from 5 to 7 minutes per piece