Adavanta automates in Australia
January 31, 2012 at 12:53 am | News, Systems, Travel, What you can do with your plotter/cutter,
In December 2011, Carlson Design was invited to Perth, Western Australia to install a PT-84″ Plotter/Cutter on a 28′ long phillocraft vacuum table to plot/cut office furniture at Advanata. For the past 25 years, Advanta has been one of Australia’s leading suppliers for office furniture — known for their quality and customer service.
Their primary driver behind purchasing a digitizing/plotting/cutting system is to produce more accurate, repeatable patterns, more quickly and with less material waste.
OK – before we walk you through their install, here’s a quick look at the final product. *Spoiler alert: It’s awesome.
They are going to use our T-Bar Digitizer to trace years of physical patterns and create digital, ready-to-cut files (picture of pattern library later in the post).
You can see Josh digitize his first pattern and then plot and cut using the PT-84 in under 5 minutes: http://vimeo.com/34858726 (This video was shot in HD, for the best viewing experience, please give it a minute to load).
Say “goodbye” to Josh and let’s see how they got setup. To Start:
Advanta is cutting polyester, wool, and vinyl. The majority of their material is a high thread count, porous material. Therefore, we sized two 5HP regenerative blowers. These are plumbed in parallel (in the photograph) and mounted on the roof, about 30 meters from the table, although a closer mounting would reduce losses. They will remain outside for noise reduction/cancellation. Regenerative blowers are a little more expensive, but a great choice if you need a lot of suction.
Now it’s time to start training. Everyone pull up a chair…and they had some great chairs!
You may notice their cutting surface looks a little different. In an effort to eliminate material hangers caused when a rolling blade hits a vacuum hole, they went with a laser drilled, mircro-perferated cutting surface.
Unfortunately, the high thread count nature of their material and the soft nature of the cutting surface resulted in the blade rolling over the material without fully cutting. The solution is a combination of a harder cutting surface or something between the cloth and cutting surface like butcher paper.
Cutting is improved with very high thread count materials by putting paper between the cloth and cutting surface.
It’s a long journey to Western Australia, however the staff at Advanta made us feel at home, “down-under”. We think this is a great application for our equipment and look forward to watching their success.
For more information about how to automate your cutting, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.