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The new Mec-Mor technology in footwear

The world-renowned SANTONI Mecmor open panel circular knitting machine, recognized as the most complete knitwear machine in circular motion, has now been redesigned to meet the latest footwear market challenges. A new take-down group has been fitted to cut the lateral selvedges and to roll up the knitted fabric for the following footwear process finishing phase. In fact this fabric roll is already ready for the next treatment process of the uppers. In this way, the machine, provided with a large number of feeds, enables knitted uppers to be produced in a high quality way with maximum performance... One single machine produces all sizes of fabric, with limited and controlled wastages, thanks to the variable width of the fabric panels that allows the possibility of only setting the actual number of working needles to make the required size of product.

The new X Machine technology in footwear

The innovative X MACHINE is based on the most cutting edge textile science. The circular knitting machine developed by Santoni enables the production of a one - piece upper with seamless and " no-waste " technology with unbelievable production times. The machine allows the different areas to be mapped according to the desired comfort and fit. Several shapes , countless designs and colour combinations can be created.

The knitting process of the shoe uppers has been re-engineered to offer a performance product that gives a unique sense of fit and comfort thanks to the following key benefits:

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Lightness as the knitting structure allows a better stretch so giving a feel-good experience just like wearing a sock.

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Better form fitting due to new shapes, angles and materials that wrap the foot in an adaptive support.

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Sustainability as the variable fabric panel permits a limited and controlled wastage and can knit recycled yarns as well.

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A mixing of different technical yarns and a specific mapping of various areas of the uppers with dedicated meshes so guaranteeing both breathability and high performance.

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All the required operations can be obtained directly on the machine with a single operation.

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Photographic result as the 20GG gauge of the machine allows a higher resolution that enables a perfect customization of the product.

Also extra decorative patterns and logos may be added to the upper surface to create unlimited 3-D technical effects and designs that can be directly knitted by the machine.

With this innovative Mec-Mor technology the complete footwear production cycle has been evolved and changed.

Now it is possible to have a semi-finished product which involves less making-up costs as the upper is already mapped. This allows a rapid customization thanks also to the high photographic resolution.

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Without doubt, every runner and athlete loves to have a lighter product that is able to complement their actions and movements. This can improve their performances and increase their comfort making them feel even better.

High performing sport brands are successfully using these features to revolutionize how to make footwear and are bringing innovative products into this segment.

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