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January Specialty Fabrics Review Article

Eastman featured in latest Specialty Fabrics Review article (January 2016). To read the entire article, please visit www.specialtyfabricsreview.com
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Excerpt from the article:

For most businesses, change is an essential part of long-term success. Ongoing innovation, in products, processes, service and value, is the best way to beat the competition.

Innovation. It’s the essential ingredient in any company’s ability to thrive and stay viable for the long haul. Innovative companies are restless explorers, constantly searching for and testing out new ideas, investigating new markets, looking for ways to become more value-added for their customers. It’s a relentless undertaking, not for the limited of vision or the “we’ve always done it this way” thinkers. Instead, innovation requires a willingness to examine assumptions, stick your neck out and possibly fail. Risky, yes, but the potential rewards make taking the chance worthwhile.

…Another example is Eastman Machine Co. Headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., it has been manufacturing fabric cutting equipment since 1888, says Robert L. Stevenson, president and CEO. Originally, Eastman Machine manufactured cutting machines for harnesses and other horse-related items. Later, the company began offering cutting machines for apparel. Later still, noticing a rise in the use of industrial specialty fabrics, the company moved into this arena.

Now, Stevenson says, they manufacture cutting equipment for fabrics used by aerospace (such as carbon graphite pre-preg and resin-coated fabrics), the wind energy field and for fabrics used for inflatable and permanent structures (such as the fabric roof of the Denver International Airport), in addition to other markets such as recreational space. “Staying innovative is the only way to stay in business,” Stevenson says. “We’re continually expanding our product—like in terms of creating faster machines and developing user-friendly software. Seventy percent of what we sell today wasn’t even invented 25 years ago.”

For more information on Eastman cutting machines for industrial fabrics, click here.

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SLS3 For Stack Labeling

The Eastman SLS3 Stack Labeling System fully automates the labeling process, reduces time, labor and eliminates costly errors that can occur with manual labeling. Small, self-adhesive labels replace large paper patterns or markers used for identification purposes. The SLS3 can interface with any CAD system and accurately print and affix pattern labels to the top layer of fabric stacks up to 4 inches (10.16cm) high. The stacks are then ready to move to a high-ply cutting where they are cut and bundled.
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  • Prints and applies labels in one step
  • Thermal print head
  • Adjustable speed control
  • Uses standard 1” x 2” or 1.25” x 0.5” labels
  • Supports numbers 0-9; characters A-Z; +/-/./$/% and SPACE
  • One of seven available barcode types may be selected (standard is CODE39)
  • Accommodates 9 information fields in various font sizes
  • Operates on all standard spreading tables