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(c) 2019 Shima Seiki
Leading textile solutions provider SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. of Wakayama, Japan has released the next generation of its SDS­ONE APEX series 3D computer graphic apparel design system.

Introduced to the world’s textile industry at the ITMA 2019 exhibition in June as a prototype, the 4th generation of its series - SDS­ONE APEX4 - is officially launched with updated hardware and software for improved efficiency as com­ pared to the previous generation SDS­ONE APEX3. Processing speeds for programming and simulation have undergone up to a 6X increase to meet ever­increasing demand for quickly responding to rapidly changing market needs. Comprehensively equipped with dedicated functions specializing in the planning and design of fashion apparel and other textiles, APEX4 features state­of­the­art technology such as the latest AI functions used in image searching for quick and accurate planning and design.

At the core of SHIMA SEIKI’s “Total Fashion System” concept, APEX4 provides comprehensive support of the apparel pro­ duction process from planning, design and production to sales promotion and retail sales through digital communica­ tion. Its capability for virtual sampling is especially effective in streamlining the production process. Super­real simula­ tion so realistic it can be mistaken for the real thing, allows the use of virtual samples to replace actual samples in evalu­ ating design variations, thereby minimizing the tremendous time, cost and material normally required with sample­mak­ ing. Moreover, data for programming flat knitting machines is prepared simultaneously for smooth transition to produc­tion.

(c) 2019 Shima Seiki
(c) 2019 Shima Seiki

(c) 2019 Shima Seiki
(c) 2019 Shima Seiki

Consequently, the entire production cycle can be shortened significantly, realizing on­demand production and allowing the product planning stage to be extended for increased accuracy in analyzing consumer demand and trends. Furthermore, virtual samples can be used at the retail level to gauge consumer acceptance of upcoming products, data for which can be used for forecasting demand. Such feedback can be used to adjust production amount and optimize inventory, preventing leftover stock that would otherwise go to waste. If stock runs out mid­season, on­demand produc­ tion capability of WHOLEGARMENT® knitting can replenish inventory to prevent lost opportunity. For e­commerce applica­ tions, even zero­inventory business can become a reality. The Total Fashion System maximizes profit while achieving zero leftover stock, zero lost sales opportunity and most importantly zero waste through smart, speedy and sustainable production.

Product Description

SDS­ONE APEX4 3D Design System

Release Date

1st December, 2019

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