Same Same, but Different”. This common Thai expression perfectly sums-up the installation of our SECOND Pro PT plotter/cutter at Rolly Tasker. For one week in March, 2014 we updated their 2007 PT-78” plotter/cutter AND installed a new 2014 PT-72” plotter/cutter. We also introduced NEW autonesting software and best-practice training.
“Same Same, But Different”.
This common Thai expression perfectly sums-up the installation of our SECOND Pro PT Plotter/Cutter at Rolly Tasker Sails in Phuket,Thailand. This year they purchased a NEW PT-72” Plotter/Cutter to complement their 2007 PT-78” plotter/cutter.
We coordinated our visit with the AGM, Sven Cornelus – who lives inGermany– so that he and owner Kerry Tasker – who lives in Australia– would also be in Phuket at the same time. Unfortunately, Rolly Tasker, the founder and name sake of the loft passed away in 2012. Rolly was a world renown sailor. To give you an idea, he wrote a book called “Sailing to the Moon” because he sailed around the world enough times to go to the moon and back! We had the pleasure to meet Rolly in 2010 during our installation of GMAT’s PT-108” plotter/cutter in Bangkok,Thailand when we made a day trip to Phuket loft.
We met again in his home town, Mandera, just south of Perth, Western Austrailia during our installation of Advanta’s PT-96” plotter/cutter in 2011. Kerry and Rolly helped us feel right at home, touring the town and visiting Rolly’s other baby, “The World Cup Sailing Museum” — parts of which are now on display around the world.
Rolly Tasker believed in simplicity and he created a simple, purpose built loft to build well designed, well made, affordable sails.
Of course, simple doesn’t mean small.
In addition to installing their new PT-72” Plotter/Cutter, we also updated their PT-78” plotter/cutter from 2007 to run on our new Plotmaster USB (PMU) software, added Autonesting to their workflow, AND trained their sailmakers on the “best practice” procedures to operate and maintain both systems.
March is the eve of Rolly Tasker Sails busy season, so our installation came at just the right time. In a month or so, the new PT-72″ plotter/cutter will be making 10 sails or more each day. Now that they have two Carlson’s running identical software, they will be able to significantly increase their marking and cutting throughput, without needing to train new personnel at a critical time in the year.
Another BIG improvement is the addition of Autonesting. They are accustom to manually nesting hundreds of sail panels.
Their sailmakers are experienced manual nesters and very fast at MANUALLY finding an optimal layout. We watched sail designer, Amp, nest the above sail with over 120 panels in 22 minutes with an 82.2% material yield on 38.3m of material.
We ran the same patterns through our Autonesting software and with the click of a button saw an 80% material yield on 39.16m of cloth in 3 SECONDS. Since it is automatic, there is no room for human error. You cannot forget a part, accidentally rotate something that shouldn’t be rotated, etc… This turns nesting into a VERY FAST, VERY ENTRY LEVEL position.
You can see a start to finish video how to IMPORT and AUTONEST an SMSW file and then START PLOTTING/CUTTING.
The table for their new Carlson PT-72” Plotter/Cutter originally held a 2meter wide Prosail plotter/cutter which was removed after it died. Since sail cloth comes in 54-60” wide bolts, they decided there was no reason to purchase a 79” wide system when our standard PT-72” (1.829m) will plot/cut up to 63” or 1.6m wide goods.
After we showed them what we need, they modified their existing table to account for our narrower track placement.
Sheet metal tops work great as a table top if you are only plotting. They are a hard, stable, inexpensive surface – although a little difficult to drill. HOWEVER, if you are also cutting (which they will be), you really need to use a consumable plastic cutting surface (HDPE, PP, Lexan, Etc…) between your table top and material to prevent dulling your steel rolling blades.
While they are building their new table, let’s go clean-up, tune-up, and update their existing PT-78” plotter/cutter from 2007.
Restoring Their Old System:
This system was in good shape except for a blown power supply (from being connected to 230vac instead of 110vac), worn track trolleys (wheels), loose drive belt, and generally in need of a good bath.
We’d like to give a big thanks to Sven for taking great care of us and making this a wonderful trip. We’d also like to thank Kerry, Mike, as well as Amp, Arm, and the rest of the staff in the cutting department.
If you’re interested, here are a few colorful pictures from our install in Thailand.