US-based OnPoint Manufacturing, Inc. (OPM), a leading on-demand personalised apparel manufacturing company, has announced the installation of Gerber Technology’s new GERBERcutter® Z1 cutter and the AccuMark® suite of products at OnPoint’s headquarters in Florence, AL.
Both the companies entered into long strategic partnership back in 2018 when Gerber introduced its FashionTech Platform 1.0 and the recent installation of the cutter, along with Gerber’s software suite, is the next step forward for OPM in moving towards optimisation of end-to-end, on-demand manufacturing.
“We are setting up for a total inline system where we can go from direct-to-print to direct-to-manufacturing,” commented J. Kirby Best, CEO, OnPoint Manufacturing.
He added “While we are still determining a final digital press solution, using Gerber’s software suite and automated cutting systems like the Z1 moves us closer to our end goal. Each system we implement makes our manufacturing process more efficient and helps our customers get from concept to production more quickly.”
According to Gerber, the Z1 cutter is a next generation automated cutting solution for single-ply materials. To sustain this model of transformation, Gerber recently patented two solutions which provide unique advantages for an on-demand digital print workflow.
Within its industry-leading AccuMark software, they have patented a unique ICC colour profile to ensure design integrity through the print process. Secondly, Gerber’s latest concept, PrintSync™, is a device which allows a hands-free and continuous workflow from printing through the final cut parts, synchronising the material from any digital printer to the speed of the cutter.
Karsten Newbury, Chief Strategy and Digital Officer, Gerber Technology, informed, “We are incredibly proud to partner with OPM. OPM has developed technically advanced automated manufacturing and, combined with our unique end-to-end solution, this partnership will pave the way for true personalised on-demand manufacturing, which is what today’s consumers are increasingly expecting.”
Use of Gerber’s technology will further drive costs down as software is integrated and open to other software allowing data to seamlessly pass from one step to another. This will result in streamlining the entire process from design to final product by improving not only lead time, but also reducing costs and bottom line while reducing errors and waste.
OPM is focused on the further development of software to software communication to improve these efficiencies to get from creator to consumer more quickly.
Endorsing the same, Leonard Marano, Vice President, Product Management & Marketing, Automation Systems, Gerber Technology shared that the in-line production systems, combined with the automated packaging and delivery systems already in place at OnPoint, will set the benchmark for production efficiency in the growing world of on-demand fashion.
It is claimed that OPM’s on-demand manufacturing model is an efficient and environment-friendly model that delivers exceptional value and quality by giving customers exactly what they want when they want it.