Lectra – a major global player in the 4.0 Industry for the fashion, automotive and furniture market – has launched the latest cutting solution ‘VectorFootwear iP6’ for the footwear industry.
The new addition to the VectorFootwear range is said to combine Lectra’s breakthrough cutting equipment innovation and specially designed consumables to achieve zero-buffer cutting on a wide variety of athletic footwear materials, enabling manufacturers to achieve significant material savings.
According to Lectra, each millimetre of buffer reduction translates to a 1 per cent reduction in fabric consumption. “While die presses are used in many footwear production facilities, dies cannot provide the speed and flexibility necessary to manage the increasing array of styling in this market,” reads Lectra’s latest press release.
Since consumers’ purchasing choices reflect their growing concern for the well-being of the planet and the workers that produce their footwear, implementing a digital production process or expanding/improving an already existing one is key for footwear manufacturers that would like to become the supplier of choice for the world’s top athletic footwear brands.
VectorFootwear iP6 – as a result of R&D of 3 years – is hailed as a solution to help footwear manufacturers respond to consumers’ new buying behaviour with a digital, Industry 4.0-compliant production process.
The new solution is developed to cut a wide array of textiles traditionally used in the footwear industry (mesh, foam, etc.) as well as non-traditional, more sustainable textiles, such as recycled materials.
Further, VectorFootwear iP6’s integrated laser scanners ensure worker safety and adhere to the highest security standards. Moreover, the use of continuous conveyor advance while cutting not only increases productivity but also provides a smoother offload flow which ensures that bundlers aren’t overwhelmed with too many pieces at once.
The specially developed blades enable companies to achieve the highest quality standards for even the smallest pieces and the most complex shapes. VectorFootwear customers can use Vector Dashboard, a cloud-based application, to monitor Vector equipment through daily key performance indicators and support continuous improvement initiatives.
“Lectra is committed to helping athletic footwear brands and manufacturers respond to a quickly changing industry. Our ongoing research investments are key in allowing us to develop sophisticated solutions that respond to our customers’ challenges, support their continuous improvement initiatives and help them improve their operational excellence. With VectorFootwear iP6, we provide our customers with the technology and expertise they need to meet their customers’ demands,” shared Céline Choussy, Chief Product Officer, Lectra.