Shima Seiki announces new design software and web services

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Shima Seiki, a Japan-based flat knitting solutions provider, has announced the release of new design software, as well as two other web services to enhance its user experience. Intended to aid in digital transformation of fashion industry post-Covid-19, these services are best adapted for new work styles and methods including teleworking and telecommuting. 
At the same time, the services are geared toward streamlining and improving efficiency to achieve sustainability through reduced waste. 
Fiz is the latest addition to Shima Seiki’s proven SDS-onE Apex series design system lineup, but with an unprecedented twist. Whereas previous Apex-series design systems were offered as an all-in-one proprietary hardware/software package, for the first time in its nearly 40-year history of design system development, Shima Seiki has released its new SDS-onE Apex Fiz as subscription-based design software that can be installed on customers’ individual computers. Maintaining proven functions that have made the SDS-onE Apex series so popular with fashion designers, with Fiz those strengths are now enhanced with the added versatility to adapt to different work styles and environments of the “new normal.” Fiz is furthermore available in 5 different flavours that can be selected according to the customer''s needs, from Fiz Design Pro to Fiz Design Jr. 
Yarnbank, is the world’s first online web service for searching and viewing the latest yarns, developed with cooperation from yarn companies from around the world. Registered users have free access to the yarnbank archive of yarn information and digital yarn data. Users can also download yarn data for free, for use in fabric simulation and virtual sampling on Fiz and SDS-onE Apex4, avoiding the need to scan yarn on their own. By using yarn that is used in actual production, knit manufacturers and apparel companies can furthermore rest assured that the simulations created using yarnbank are not merely realistic images but accurate representations using yarn that can actually be purchased and used in production. Yarnbank also serves as a new promotional platform for yarn companies with the opportunity to present their yarns directly to their customers. 
The SHIMAnAVI e-learning system allows Apex series users to experience online training when and where it is convenient, and at their own pace, supporting new work styles and environments such as teleworking and telecommuting. Several courses are available in different languages to suit the needs of individual customers as well.

Monday, 06 July 2020

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