The Carlson Design Ultra-Sonic Cutting Head is world’s simplest sealed-edge cutting solution when speed and accuracy are essential. We ensure a standardized and easily supported system by integrating a JTE Machine Ultra-Sonic cutting tool onto our rigid Pro PTi-132″ gantry. At 132″ wide, we can Plot/Cut up to 120″ (3m) wide material. The system rides on a 11’x16′ Phillocraft vacuum table, with a custom-drilled metal cutting surface and is driven by our Plotmaster Software suite — including autonesting.
We saved days, not hours on our first cuts with the Plotter/Cutter. And while Greg was right, it did take him a little time to cut his first boat cover, it didn’t take THAT much time. He cut his first cover in less than 3 months after automating – mainly because they were so busy taking advantage of the other unexpected advantages of their new Plotter/Cutter system!
Strong Enterprises, located in Orlando, Florida, was founded in the 1960s by Ted Strong — the man who penned their motto, “a parachute company with an imagination”. There are few products where quality production is more important than when making parachutes. That’s why, in 1994, Strong purchased their first Carlson Design Pro-78 Plotter/Cutter, with aContinue reading “Strong Enterprises: 20 Years of Trust”
Len’s Awning wanted a Plotting/Cutting/Patterning solution simple enough to automate basic projects TODAY, but advanced enough to allow them to start building a digital pattern library, designing awnings and canvas in CAD, and eventually integrating 3D Digitizing over the course of the next year. They found that simple and affordable solution with the Carlson Design Pro PT-72″ Plotter/Cutter and T-Bar Pattern Digitizer.
MaxAir Trampolines‘ New Year’s resolution is, “No more hand cutting!”. In January 2015 we installed our WT-174″ Plotter/Cutter at their manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids, MI to help cut trampoline mesh and PVC gymnasium pads. We knew this was going to significantly improve their work-flow and grow production — what we didn’t expect was by how much!Continue reading “Maxair Trampolines – “Life is going to be so much better.””
Founded in 1876, Oshkosh Tent and Awning has been around only 100 fewer years than the United States. A lot has changed at OTA over the last 138 years, but not their commitment to providing quality custom canvas products. The company has a diverse product offering ranging from agricultural canvas to awnings to athletic gear,Continue reading “Oshkosh Tent and Awning – 138 Years of Quality”
Jaime Muriel, president of Isavela Compression Garments is passionate about textiles. He is using a Carlson Design Plotter/Cutter to expand opportunities in the custom medical garment business. They will be saving time by digitizing physical patterns, saving material with autonesting, and improving quality and repeatability by computer cutting.
For 30 years their motto has been — no job is too small, or too big, we do it all! To help with their thriving business they wanted a cutter that was as simple, reliable, and affordable. They chose the Carlson Design PT-108″ Plotter/Cutter on a home built 40′ long table. This system will help them more accurately cut wider material, decrease plot/cut time, and improve sewing time. They estimated a one year ROI!
Ulster PVC automated their curtain wall and PVC cover cutting with a Carlson Design WT-172″ Plotter/Cutter on a 58′ long table. Automating saves time, material, and gives them the competitive edge they need to delivery high quality, custom covers quickly and at a reasonable price.
Undercover Canvas, in Barbados, is the island’s premiere awning and canvas shop. Owner and founder, Nigel Richigings, has patiently waited since 2006 to automate his shop. Now he CAN’T wait to show up in the morning, ready to take on bigger and more impressive projects than ever before!
Columbus Canvas Products manufactures high quality canvas and vinyl products in Columbus, Ohio. With demand growing for their American made sewn goods, they needed an in-house solution for quickly, accurately, and very repeatably marking and cutting their fabrics. The Carlson Design PT-84″ plotter/cutter was the perfect cost effective solution for increasing production, decreasing waste, and turning marking and cutting into an entry level position.
Go big or go home. Bydesign, a luxury safari tent making company in Nairobi, Kenya, purchased the widest Carlson Design plotter/cutter to date at 14.5′ (4.41m). They knew they needed to automate to meet the growing demand for their amazing products. To accurately cut their tent panels from pvc, ripstop, and mesh, they needed a 4m wide working area. We provided a turn-key 14.5’x28′ system to shave weeks off their cutting time.
Taco Metals, one of the most trusted name in marine hardware, also fabricates beautiful marine pedestals, seats, and benches. They offer premium upholstered products, and with the help of a Carlson Design Digitizer and Plotter/Cutter, they will be able to offer better quality, higher repeatability, and increased capacity to service larger boat OEM’s and dealers.
Chair Care Patio started in the late 80’s out of Deb and Steve Martz garage. They have since grown and evolved the company to meet a wide variety of industry demands. Their shop is filled with lots of fabric, patterns, sewing machines, and one web-savy serial entrepreneur. Add our Carlson Plotter/Cutter and T-Bar Digitizer to the mix and they are looking to cut everything they can! To start, we examine how they automate cutting samples, patio slings, chairs, and marine upholstery.
3Form uses A LOT of different interlayer laminates. They were looking for a CNC cutting system they could roll in front of their existing roll racks. The cutter needed to be light enough to roll, robust enough to run two shifts, simple enough for anyone to operate, with custom modifications to work in their existing environment. Oh, and at an affordable price! What does all of this spell? CARLSON. After the first month they reported: “The cutter is working awesome. Everyone, from the guys cutting the material, to the guys using the material loves it.”
Carlson Design recently installed our PTi-126″ Plotter/Cutter at Academy Awning, a Los Angeles based company with over 100 years experience making awnings and canopies. They are using their Carlson to “marry” their sales and manufacturing processes to create a world-class product.
After six months of productive, waste reducing, and problem free cutting in LA — we were contacted by Paul Johnson, the CFM of Oldcastle BE’s Atlanta, GA glass plant. As their finance manager, Paul saw a clear opportunity in the numbers. They were spending, on average, $150,000 a month for laminate with a 60% yield. The new nesting package their ERP software provider, PMC Software, was offering, called “Lamimate”, was promising 88-95% yields for their glass laminate. If they could achieve even a conservative 20% decrease in material usage it could save $30,000/month. That’s 2-3 month ROI!!
Laurel Awning, located in Apollo, PA — a suburb just outside of Pittsburgh — has made over 25 miles of cuts after only three months with their Carlson Design PT-96″ plotter/cutter. That’s a lot! President Greg Schmieler reports, “We’re down to 1.25hr to 1.5hr to process, draw, and cut a canopy job. That used to take us on average 6-8 hours”. The speed at which they adopted this new technology is not only a testament to the simplicity of our hardware and software, but the value of establishing a good system. It’s also just the beginning…
Oldcastle BE has the glass industries largest national foot print of manufacturing locations, which is why we were so excited to automate one of their premier plants lamination rooms with our PTi-108″ plotter/cutter. Our system will be cutting thousands of feet of PVB and SGP.
Prodesign, run by Marie Omann and her son Joe have automated their pattern digitizing and automated their plotting and cutting.
Yoshimura R&D uses Carlson plotter/cutter to bring carbon fiber cutting in-house.
Litania Sports group is one of the oldest names in track and field equipment, but has it’s eye on the latest and best practices for innovative manufacturing.
Carlson Design makes a quick stop in Melbourne, Australia to say, “Hello” to long time sailmaking customer Peter Green.
Adavanta automates their plotting and cutting for the production of office furniture in Western Australia
Sail Technologies gets prestigious order for Tampa Bay Bucks — “Couldn’t of done it without [our cutter]”!
Peter Green Sails uses plotter to make humane turtle trap to protect local environment from unnatural inhabitant.