The innovative x machine for intarsia seamless uppers by Santoni S.p.A. and Lonati S.p.A.The continuous challenges of the market have led the Santoni company’s Research & Development department to modernise the entire range of circular machines. Now the focus is on the footwear market in collaboration with the R&D department of Lonati.
The Lonati Group dominates the market of socks machines thanks to its revolutionary “closed-toe-truelinking system”, an automatic system directly incorporated in the machine that allows performing a stitch by stitch finishing.
The collaboration between Santoni S.p.A. and Lonati S.p.A., two market leaders, has resulted in the creation of the innovative X MACHINE, which offers the possibility to knit countless intarsia items for obtaining seamless uppers.
The machine allows mapping different areas according to the type of yarn used and the various combinations chosen, so as to produce a final product that is ready for application of the sole, the last manufacturing stage of the shoe.
The incredible production times (from 5 to 7 min. per piece) and the quality, reliability and ease of use allows minimising costs and production times. The shoe uppers have dedicated areas aimed at matching unlimited patterns and colour combinations, including three-dimensional areas and eyelets for the laces. This gives the shoe uppers a unique shape. The X MACHINE offers infinite patterning possibilities and colour combinations, it is fully electronic and includes a revolutionary intarsia system that allows creating unprecedented 3D patterns.
The MEC-MOR circular knitting machine is also one of the most interesting new products proposed by the world-renowned Santoni company. Considered the most complete knitting machine in motion, the MEC-MOR was recently redesigned to meet the latest challenges of the footwear market, such as cutting of the lateral selvedges and rolling up of the knitted fabric for the final phase of the footwear production process. The machine comes with a large number of feeds, which allows a higher productivity of seamless uppers with maximum precision and performance.