The new APEXFiz design software can be installed on customers’ individual computers.
The new APEXFiz design software can be installed on customers’ individual computers.
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Leading flat knitting solutions provider SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. of Wakayama, Japan, together with its Hong Kong subsidiary SHIMA SEIKI (HONG KONG) LTD., will participate in the trade fair.

SHIMA SEIKI’s exhibit theme “The Next Standard” is also its version of the New Normal, which is addressed in a number of ways. The most obvious is digital transformation and various online solutions.

SHIMA SEIKI has released three new online services over the past year which will be showcased: APEXFiz subscription-based design software, yarnbank digital yarn sourcing web service, and SHIMANAVI e-learning service.

APEXFiz is the latest addition to SHIMA SEIKI’s proven SDS-ONE APEX series design system lineup, but with a big departure from the past. Whereas previous APEX-series design systems were offered as an all-in-one hardware/software package, for the first time in its nearly 40 years of design system development, SHIMA SEIKI has released its new APEXFiz as subscription-based design software that can be installed on customers’ individual computers.

Maintaining proven functions that have made the APEX series so popular with fashion designers, with APEXFiz those strengths are now enhanced with the added versatility to adapt to different work styles and business environments including teleworking and telecommuting.

APEXFiz is furthermore available in 5 different product variations that can be selected according to the customer’s needs, from APEXFiz Design Jr. to APEXFiz Design Pro.

APEXFiz is supported by two other web services to enhance its user experience. yarnbank is said as the world's first online web service for searching and viewing the latest yarns, developed in cooperation with yarn companies from around the world.

Registered users can download yarn data for free, for use in fabric simulation and virtual sampling on APEXFiz, avoiding the need to scan yarn on their own.

Meanwhile, SHIMANAVI e-learning service allows APEXFiz users to experience online training when and where it is convenient, and at their own pace, supporting new work styles. SHIMANAVI features several courses available in different languages.

Factory automation has also become a buzz word in the textile industry, the interest for which has accelerated due to COVID-19 pandemic. At the trade fair, experts from SHIMA SEIKI will be making proposals for factory automation based on the capabilities of the WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines, alongside a sneak preview of 4th Generation WHOLEGARMENT knitting technology.

Booth: H4 D05