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!
To maintain their quality guarantee they heat seal all of their acrylic and upholstery fabrics with a hot knife. By hand, this process is tedious, time intensive, and takes a skilled operator to maintain accuracy, speed, and a consistent sealed edge. Using the Carlson Design Plotter/Cutter with Hot Knife tool attachment they can produce the perfect sealed edge, to the exact size, with the least amount of material waste — all at the click of a button.
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.
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.
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…