Highly Efficient Ultrafine Gauge WHOLEGARMENT® Production.


MACH2®X is the latest addition to SHIMA SEIKI’s line of WHOLEGARMENT® specialty machines that features 4 needle beds and SHIMA SEIKI’s original SlideNeedleTM. It can knit beautifully shaped, high-quality WHOLEGARMENT® products which conform to the body for improved comfort and a more elegant silhouette. As the “MACH” name suggests, speed and productivity are dramatic. MACH2®X achieves a maximum knitting speed of 1.6 meters per second. The R2CARRIAGE® system furthermore permits quicker carriage returns for higher efficiency per knitted course. Split Stitch technique also allows efficient knitting by eliminating empty courses. Additionally, MACH2®X153 features 18L gauge capability whereby a special large- hook version of the SlideNeedleTM is used for knitting 15-gauge fabrics at 18-gauge needle pitch for very high productivity when knitting ultrafine gauge garments. The tighter needle pitch also allows for a tighter fabric especially for ribs, contributing to higher-quality WHOLEGARMENT® items. Additional improvements include a control unit that is built-in to the machine for simplified shipping and installation, easier maintenance, and more efficient use of space. A USB memory interface and a backup power supply are standard. MACH2®X also features a lower overall height for improved access to top tension units. Dramatic improvements in both quality and productivity make the new MACH2®X the ideal machine for high-quality WHOLEGARMENT® production.


Rapid Response R2CARRIAGE®System

The R2CARRIAGE® (R2=Rapid Response)System features an advanced carriage mechanism combined with improved software programming that achieves quicker carriage returns after each course. For a given knitting width, a larger and heavier carriage requires more space ( B ) at each end of the machine to decelerate, return and accelerate back up to speed, so the actual portion where the carriage runs at full speed (A) becomes very limited. With a compact, lightweight carriage, less space is required for the carriage to make returns, allowing more area for the carriage to run at full speed. This allows faster knitting per course, resulting in higher productivity.


Standard on MACH2®X is i-DSCS+DTC® Digital Stitch Control System “with Intelligence” and Dynamic Tension Control. i-DSCS+DTC® carries over the benefits of DSCS® while achieving the ultimate performance in digital knitting. Whereas DSCS® is a passive system which controls stitch length by mechanically limiting yarn-feed, i-DSCS+DTC® has the capability to actively control yarn-feed in both feed and retrieval directions as necessary, through variable electronic control of yarn tension. These result in even higher quality and greater productivity using a wider variety of yarns, including high-speed knitting of challenging yarns such as
fancy yarns, stretch yarns, slub yarns and delicate cashmeres. Precise electronic control means i-DSCS+DTC® provides consistent quality among different machines, production batches and repeat orders, and is crucial to the precision knitting required in WHOLEGARMENT® production. 


4-Bed Configuration

MACH2®X features SlideNeedleTM which are mounted on 4 needle beds, in effect attaching 2 extra beds on top of a conventional V-bed. This setup allows unprecedented capabilities in knit and transfer, significantly expanding design and patterning capability in WHOLEGARMENT® production. As a result, MACH2®X is the only machine in the world which is capable of producing fine gauge WHOLEGARMENT® knitwear with rib structures.


The Original SlideNeedleTM

SHIMA SEIKI has reinvented the most basic element of knitting—the needle. The new SlideNeedleTM is the result of a thorough re-evaluation of the 150-year old design of the conventional latch needle, and offers knitting possibilities never imagined before. A flexible two-piece slider mechanism splits and extends beyond the needle hook for increased potential especially in complex transfers. Using the slider mechanism for transfer effectively eliminates the transfer clip, allowing the needle to be mounted in the center of the needle groove. SlideNeedleTM thereby achieves perfectly symmetrical loop formation for knitting the highest possible quality fabrics.

Pulldown Device

MACH2®X ’s new computer-controlled takedown system consists of front and rear panels over which tiny pins are distributed for separately controlling takedown tension for the front and back when knitting WHOLEGARMENT®. In addition, each panel is separated into sections which can be individually controlled for specific tension control across the entire width of the garment. This precise control over takedown tension permits three-dimensional shaping of WHOLEGARMENT® items—for example, by allowing shoulder lines for set-in sleeves to be positioned over the shoulder toward the back—resulting in a more dimensionally accurate garment which conforms better to the shape of the torso.


Air Splicer (optional)

Unlike conventional knotter systems which mechanically tie together yarn ends, the Air Splicer cuts then twists together yarns with a burst of pressurized air with split-second accuracy. Working in precise coordination with our i-DSCS+DTC® Digital Stitch Control System “with Intelligence” and Dynamic Tension Control, the Air Splicer is able to time each splice so that perfect color changes can occur exactly as programmed. With the Air Splicer, high- quality multi-color WHOLEGARMENT® knitwear can be produced easily and with beautiful results.









8L 15L 18L (L:Large hook)

5S 8L 15L (S: Standard hook, L: Large hook)

Knitting width

Variable stroke. Max 50" (125cm)

Variable stroke. Max 60" (150cm)

Variable stroke. Max 68" (170cm)

Knitting speed

Max 1.6m/sec. (5S:Max 1.2m/sec., 8L:Max 1.4m/sec.) Knitting speed varies according to various knitting conditions. Variably adjustable speed levels. 16 additional programmable speeds.

Stitch density

120 levels, electronically controlled.

Second stitch

Motor-controlled second stitch cam allows individual adjustment of loose/tight stitches for shaping. Lower carriage only.


Motor-driven. Max 1.5-inch racking in each direction (3 inches total) for rear needle beds and loop presser bed.
Racking of upper and lower rear beds and loop presser bed are performed as one.


Double racking. Max 1.5-inch racking in each direction (3 inches total) for front needle beds.
Racking of upper and lower front bed are performed as one.

Knitting system

Ultra compact 3-system (1 knitting system + 2 transfer systems). Single R2CARRIAGE system.


Lower beds: Simultaneous transfer, front and back, independent of carriage direction.Split stitch possible without exchanging yarn carriers.
Upper beds: Upper beds to opposite lower beds, independent of carriage direction.

Sinker system

Fixed sinker system

Yarn guide

Moveable yarn guide (5S only).

Stitch presser

Special motor-driven system allows individual adjustment for on/off in knit and transfer.

Loop presser

Individual selection and independent control. Loop presser bed positioned above upper rear needle bed. 5SEquipped with 2 loop pressers for each needle.

Needle selection

Electromagnetic direct selection.

Setup device

Takedown comb with special setup needles.

Pulldown device

Special pulldown mechanism with independent operation of front and rear. Precise control over entire garment width in 1.5-inch increments.

Exit rollers

Special rollers for fabric pulldown and release. Consists of two rollers.

Yarn cutter

Single-unit system includes 1 yarn cutter and 2 yarn grippers. Both sides standard. Lint remover.

Air Splicer

Instant color changes using pressurized air. 2 units on left side; 1 unit on right side. 8 colors per unit. Optional(1).


Consistent loop length by digital control method.

8 lightweight, compact encoders. Left side standard.

8 encoders (8L, 15L and 18L only). Left side standard.


DSCS with Intelligence+Dynamic Tension Control. Actively controls yarn feed in both feed and retrieval directions. Electronic control of yarn-feed tension permits high-speed knitting.

3 units. Right side standard (2).

3 units. Right side standard (5S:4 units. Both sides standard)(2).

Yarn feed roller

8 positions on each side (5S:16 positions on each side). Left side double roller standard (8L, 15L and 18L only). 8 positions on left side yarn stopper device (8L, 15L and 18L only).

Side tensions

12 on each side (5S:16 on each side). Brake disk with multi-step adjustable dials (M123X only).

Yarn carriers

12 normal carriers (3).

Top tensions

24 tension devices (5S:32 tension devices).

One-touch easy threading. Large knots cause machine stop. Small knots cause 0-9 courses at specified knot detection speed, then automatically resume at set speed.

Stop motion

Yarn break, large knot, wraparound check, shock detection, piece count, over-torque, program error, etc.

Drive system

Belt drive. AC servo motor. No lubrication necessary.


Special blower-operated cleaner. Automatic operation available upon knitting a set number of pieces. Manual operation also available.

Safety devices

Full safety cover for noise-suppression and dust-proofing with stop motion sensor and interlock mechanism. emergency stop switch. emergency power off device. Ultra-low speed "crawl" setting. CE Mark. Indicator lamps (see below).

Operation lamp

Green/normal operation. Flashing green/normal stop. Flashing amber/abnormal stop.


Data input

USB memory interface. Ethernet 10/100 BASE-T network interface.

Pattern memory

50,331,648 bits (1,024 wales x 16,384 addresses)

Control unit

Built-in controller. Stored program for flat knitting machine.

Control display

Monochrome LCD panel. Editing possible via display panel operation. Help/Message function (for cleaning and lubrication). 
Available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German,Turkish, Chinese and Japanese.

Back-up power

Power supply for resuming knitting after power failure.


Single phase AC220V/230V 3.0kVA (200-250V)

3 phase AC200V ±10% 3.0kVA
(5S:Single phase AC220V/230V (200-250V) 3.0kVA)


(1) Air Splicer (8L and 15L only).

(2) i-DSCS+DTC on Left side (8L, 15L and 18L only).

(3) Plating Carrier supported (8L, 15L and 18L only).






M173X 5S

Kg ( lbs. )

1,100 ( 2,420 )

1,310 ( 2,882 )

1,410 ( 3,102 )

1,565 ( 3,443 )



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