Mass customisation of flat knitted fashion products: simulation of the co-design process
2011 (English)In: Autex Research Journal, Vol. 11, no 1, 6-13 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sustainable developmentThe content falls within the scope of Sustainable Development
In 1995, the Japanese manufacturer Shima Seiki introduced the first complete garment knitting machine capable of producing a ready-made flat knitted article under the trade name WholeGarment. Recently, the company also developed a co-design software tool, Ordermade WholeGarment®, for the customisation of knitted fashion garments. Factory Boutique Shima, their retail shop for on-demand production of customised knitted garments, makes it possible for clients to modify a knitted garment according to personal taste in style, colour, pattern and size. This study examines how such a process streamlines the interaction between customer and shop personnel, while expediting the programming of the knitting machine. In comparing the manual co-design process with the Ordermade WholeGarment® system, we used a computer simulation to analyse the efficiency and lead times of each concept. The case study method was employed with an inductive approach based on company visits and interviews.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Autex , 2011. Vol. 11, no 1, 6-13 p.
knitting technology, mass customisation, co-design, complete garment, simulation, fashion design, Textiles, Knitting technology, Mass customisation
Engineering and Technology
Research subject Textiles and Fashion (General)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1603Local ID: 2320/12594OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1603DiVA: diva2:869672