Japanese leading manufacturers of computerized flatbed knitting machines Shima seiki has released knitting data for 14 more version of knitted masks. This brings the total version number of the mask to 33 after the first releasing from 19th March by the company.
The released data represents producing cotton masks on both its Wholegarment knitting machine as well as conventional shaping machines.
Wholegarment mask data is meant for production of SWG041N2, SWG061N2, and SWG091N2. The rest of Shima Seiki’s compact wholegarments machines are also known as ‘’Wholegarment Mini’’ machines that are suited to the production of small accessory items, in 15 gauge and 18 gauge.
Shaped knit mask data is meant for production on SVR093SP, SVR123SP and SVR183SP computerised knitting machines. These are equipped with a dedicated loop presser bed mounted above the rear needle bed which permits full use of inlay technique, in 14 gauge.
These data can be downloaded from Shima Seiki User’s Site where there are over 10,000 knit samples are archived for use by Shima Seiki Customers.
The company shares it aims that it wants to alleviate the shortage of masks as much as it can by allowing production of masks by as many of its customers as possible while releasing mask data for a range of different machines.
Wholegarment masks are superior in terms of fitting and comfort. The ear straps are knitted in one piece together which reduces stress on the ears and in this quick response production, it is required no further swing. For viruses and other filtering, a filter pouch is also knitted.
Shaped masks are knit with pre-attached elastic bands and only require tying afterward, for even more efficient production. Some mask data with thinner and lighter fabrics and finer gauges are intended for use in the upcoming summer months. And some mask data for kids’ sizes are also available.
These cotton knitted masks are washable and reusable repeatedly. However, it should be noted that knit masks do not have viruses and pollen filtration functionality like common non-woven surgical masks. These are mainly used for the prevention of coughing and sneezing and reducing exposure to allergens.