USA-based Gerber Technology, a leading cutting solution provider to the apparel and textile industries, will demonstrate ‘Micro Factory’ concept at the upcoming Texprocess Americas 2018 edition. The exhibition is scheduled to be held from May 22-24, 2018 in Atlanta, USA.
Gerber will collaborate with digital printing pioneer Kornit Digital and USA’s sewing solution supplier Henderson Sewing Machine Co. to present innovation at the show.
During the 3-day long tech fiesta, Gerber will highlight the significance of digitalisation in making purchase-activated manufacturing (PAM) and mass customisation – a reality in today’s era of on-demand clothing.
In the planned demonstration of ‘Micro Factory’ by the company, the visitors will get to know how the apparel manufacturers can digitise their entire production process and increase the overall efficiency of the unit and simultaneously reduce their inventory without affecting the quality aspect.
The digital workflow in the factory will include Gerber’s AccuMark® and AccuMark 3D for product design. The software optimises the design of the product with the help of 3D simulation and custom graphics. It also converts patterns into a marker file which is then prepared and sent to the direct to textile printer Allegro, powered by Kornit Digital.
The printing is done through the Allegro’s patented Fixation on the Fly (FOF) inline pre-treatment process. Notably, FOF is the waterless solution which eliminates processes such as pre-treatment, washing and steaming to make entire printing process eco-friendly.
Further, Kornit will also be displaying new Neon inks which are said to be brighter in colours and expected to open new market segments for the company.
Once the fabric is printed, Gerber’s Z1 single-ply cutter performs automated vision-aided cutting. The cutter is studded with ContourVision™ which is automated scan-to-cut system, and the manufacturers can scan custom-printed textiles, automatically generate cut files and cut directly from textile rolls.
“The Z1 is also enabled with GERBERconnect™ which allows data to be transferred to the Cloud and service professionals to diagnose the cutter in real time ensuring maximum production efficiency,” claimed Gerber in an issues press release.
Moving forward, the fabric cut part bundles will be collected by an autonomous mobile robot, named OMRON, provided by Henderson Sewing Machine. It will then transport the bundle from design-print-cut area to the Henderson’s Gantry Robotic Sewing Station.
“We are enabling the textile and apparel industry to be proactive and move rapidly in adopting digitalisation. Our team is here to empower the customers to turn their data into speed,” quoted Mohit Uberoi, CEO of Gerber Technology.