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Eastman Machine Breaks Ground on Expansion of Headquarters

 

Buffalo, NY – Eastman Machine Company celebrated a commitment to its global growth, the future of its employees, and its close hometown ties on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, by breaking ground on its expansion. The 7,500-square-foot expansion of the facility will provide the necessary capacity for the company to accommodate the accelerated development and scope of its work.

The ceremony commenced the seventh expansion of Eastman’s headquarters in downtown Buffalo, NY.  Robert Stevenson, the fourth-generation CEO, believes his team is the sole reason the company continues to evolve and expand capabilities after 133 years in business. “We wouldn’t be here today without each and every single one of you,” says Stevenson, speaking to the crowd of employees. “This expansion is proof of our team’s strength, agility, and dedication to customers.”

In addition to the expansion, Eastman Machine recently acquired 707 Washington Street and will now occupy the entire city block between Washington and Ellicott streets, south of Goodell Street and north of E. Tupper Street. The neighboring building is a unique space of 12,589-square-feet and, once renovated, will serve as additional manufacturing floor space.

In the main building, Eastman plans to create a robust demonstration and research center for its cutting technology and solutions. Functional exhibition space is vital for daily operation at Eastman. To Stevenson, personalized service and support are what separates Eastman from its competition.

“It’s an innate step forward for Eastman,” says Stevenson. “We need the room to continue giving our customers and prospects individualized attention.”

Eastman Machine Company was founded in 1888 after developing the first electric fabric cutting machine. The revolutionary machine put an end to tedious manual cutting room labor and remains a necessity among various industries on a global scale. Almost five generations later, Eastman Machine continues to lead the industry, supporting manufacturers by cultivating advanced cutting technology.

About Eastman Machine Company

Eastman Machine Company is a cutting machine manufacturer, providing custom engineered solutions and innovative technologies for a variety of industries. Eastman offers the industry’s widest range of classic, hand-held, and manually-operated fabric cutting machines; as well as a comprehensive line of fully automated, computerized cutting and plotting systems. Manufactured with the highest quality materials, built to precise specifications, and subject to rigorous testing, Eastman’s line of cutting systems has been setting the standard for over a century. Matched to specific customer needs, Eastman has a solution for virtually every cutting requirement.

To learn more about Eastman Machine and its mission, watch the company profile video: More Than a Machine

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SAM|XL and Eastman Machine Company Announce Technology Partnership

 

Eastman Machine Company, an industry-leading manufacturer of cutting machines and solutions, is the newest technology partner to Smart Advanced Manufacturing XL (SAM|XL), a prestigious European research centre.

SAM|XL, is a collaborative research centre at the TU Delft Campus set up as a non-profit foundation with an innovation community. The mission of SAM|XL is to develop, demonstrate, and de-risk smart manufacturing solutions for and with the low-volume high-variation manufacturing sector.

As a technology partner, Eastman will work alongside SAM|XL to develop and test advanced communication protocol for integrating pick & place robots with its automated cutting machinery. The first project set to take place with Eastman’s S125 Static Table in this collaborative environment will be an automated lay-up project with GKN Fokker, the leading Dutch aerospace company.

“We are proud to be one of the latest technology partners to SAM|XL,” says Elizabeth McGruder, Eastman VP of European Sales and Marketing. “Being able to share resources and collaborate with the innovators at SAM|XL is an exciting advancement for Eastman in the composites industry.”

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Environmental Responsibility Statement

At Eastman, we strive to meet or exceed applicable environmental laws, regulations, and permit requirements, and we use environmentally sound practices to ensure the protection of the environment.

Employees who work directly with regulated materials have specific responsibilities to ensure they are used, stored, transported, and disposed of in a legal, safe and responsible way. All employees should be proactive and look for ways that we can reduce waste and use energy, water, and natural resources more efficiently.

In addition to environmental compliance, Eastman is also committed to sustainability in all our operations. Our commitment to environmental protection and sustainability includes:

  • Continuous improvement in environmental performance and minimization of waste, water consumption, and energy use,
  • Prevention of pollution,
  • Integration of sound environmental practices into our business practices including procurement and product design, testing, manufacturing, and support, and
  • Consideration of environmental impacts while developing new products or processes, in selecting production materials, and before buying, leasing, or selling property.
  • Eastman is actively committed to reducing our impact in the following ways:

Transport: shipping with ocean freight or most effective transport method whenever possible unless emergency situations warrant expedited means of transport; Using local suppliers for the sourcing of as many components in the equipment manufacture again to minimize transport costs and carbon footprint; dispatching spare parts from strategically positioned outlets to minimize overseas freight packages from the USA; using strategically positioned service and installation technicians and digital, online remote services whenever possible to minimize travel time, expense and environmental impact

Energy efficiency: Eastman’s manufacturing headquarters in Buffalo, New York engages in regular energy efficiency studies conducted by third-party consultants to ensure appropriate and recommended updates, enhancements, and repairs to the facility positively impact heat reduction, cold air containment, power, and lighting efficiency. Eastman’s equipment is designed with high-efficiency motors and variable frequency drives to minimize power consumption.

Recycle: Whenever possible scrap or waste from production processes including but not limited to metal, liquid, paper, and packaging are reused, repurposed, or recycled.

Paperless: All operation and maintenance manuals are stored on the equipment PC; all marketing and sales literature is now available exclusively online and in a digital format with the exception of special promotional materials for exhibitions.

Eastman Machine Company is committed to continually improve over time by striving to measure our environmental impacts and by setting goals to reduce these impacts each year.

Effective Date: 14 May 2021

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Eastman Introduces New Sales Representative for Mexico: Stanser

Eastman Machine Company, manufacturer of handheld cutting machines, automated cutting systems, spreading and material handling systems, announces the appointment of Stanser to represent its line of cutting solutions in Mexico.

For over six years, Stanser has been educating and supplying customers across the Mexican Republic with high-quality CNC technology. Jesus Trevino, Stanser founder and CEO, has a passion for listening to customer needs and providing solutions guaranteed to optimize production.

“Expanding representation in Mexico allows Eastman to evaluate opportunities with an experienced and knowledgeable team on location,” says Robert Stevenson, Eastman president and CEO. “We are excited about the partnership with Stanser for many reasons, including its experience working with a vast range of industries. We look forward to collaborative growth.”

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Eastman Introduces New Sales Representative for the UK and Ireland Glass Laminating Market: RegaLead

Eastman Machine Company, manufacturer of automated cutting and material handling systems, announces the appointment of RegaLead Ltd to represent its line of cutting solutions to the laminated glass sector in the UK and Ireland. Tony Mallick, RegaLead’s Glass Processing Market Manager, will be responsible for handling any inquiries.

RegaLead is the market leader in the supply of decorative glass components. “Our goal is to provide the very best products, supported by the most knowledgeable team in the market, at competitive prices.” The company has been supplying Europe with decorative products for the glass, windows, and doors industries for over 30 years.

“We are excited to share all of the possibilities automated cutting by Eastman Machine can offer the laminated glass industry,” says Elizabeth McGruder, Eastman’s VP of European Sales. “Expanding specific representation for the glass industry in Europe allows Eastman to evaluate opportunities quickly with an experienced team on location.”

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Eastman Machine Company Announces Building Acquisition and Expansion of Headquarters

Buffalo, NY – Eastman Machine Company, influenced by client and product line growth, announces building acquisition and anticipated expansion of its headquarters in Buffalo, NY. Eastman Machine recently closed on 707 Washington Street and will now occupy the entire city block between Washington and Ellicott streets, south of Goodell Street and north of E. Tupper Street.

The neighboring building is a unique space of 12,589-square-feet and, once renovated, will serve as a robust demonstration center for Eastman’s cutting technology and solutions. Functional exhibition space is vital for daily operation at Eastman. To Robert Stevenson, fourth-generation CEO, personalized service and support are what separates Eastman from its competition.

“This acquisition is an innate step forward for Eastman,” says Stevenson. “We need the room to continue giving our customers and prospects individualized attention.”

The acquisition deal comes shortly after East­man Machine initiated a 5,000-square-foot expansion of its headquarters with the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA). The expanded facility will provide the capacity needed for the company to accommodate the accelerated development and scope of its work. Hundreds of cutting solutions are proudly designed, manufactured, and showcased at Eastman Machine’s headquarters for a range of applications and industries. The company expects to break ground with the proposed $1.66 million project later this year.

“Expanding the Eastman headquarters is just another example of our commitment to providing well-crafted cutting solutions and to American manufacturing,” says Stevenson.

Eastman Machine Company was founded in 1888 after developing the first electric fabric cutting machine. The revolutionary machine put an end to tedious manual cutting room labor and remains a necessity among various industries on a global scale. Almost five generations later, Eastman Machine continues to lead the industry, supporting manufacturers by cultivating advanced cutting technology.

About Eastman Machine Company

Eastman Machine Company is a cutting machine manufacturer, providing custom engineered solutions and innovative technologies for a variety of industries. Eastman offers the industry’s widest range of classic, hand-held and manually-operated fabric cutting machines; as well as a comprehensive line of fully automated, computerized cutting and plotting systems. Manufactured with the highest quality materials, built to precise specifications, and subject to rigorous testing, Eastman’s line of cutting systems have been setting the standard for over a century. Matched to specific customer needs, Eastman has a solution for virtually every cutting requirement.

To learn more about Eastman Machine and its mission, watch the company profile video: More Than a Machine.

Pictured: Eastman headquarters (left), future expanded footprint of Eastman headquarters (right).

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Airworthy Aerospace Testimonial to Eastman

Airworthy, Inc. Fabrication division cuts, sews, and welds interior textile and non-textile products for the transportation industry. We specialize in aerospace carpets and non-textile flooring products for commercial aviation. Our Hudson, WI production facility utilizes an automated Eastman conveyor cutting machine to enable us to meet and/or exceed our strict quality and capacity goals.

Our Fabrication division is certified to AS9100D, allowing us to showcase our commitment to customer satisfaction, on-time delivery, and product quality. Our Eastman machine is a key piece of equipment in our production process and ability to meet goals.

In 2019, the Hudson Fabrication division cut 213,938 yards of aircraft flooring product with our Eastman at a year end average of 99.66% product quality. Through continuous improvement initiatives, Airworthy, Inc. Hudson Fabrication has been able to reach 100% product quality and no reported customer rejections for product produced the first half of 2020 (January 2020-July 2020).

We can accurately perform capacity planning with the aid of the automated machine utilization metric calculated by the Eastman. Knowing the output of our machine allows us to plan our labor and time-off schedules of downline processes to meet our customers’ demands and delivery schedules. Our Eastman and marker software also aids in material planning and allows us to calculate material utilization efficiency to ensure lean production and accurate inventory. Reducing material waste in the nesting and cutting operations is not only beneficial to the company and our customers, but also the environment. In fact, all our material scrap is recycled through a recovery program to further reduce our impact on the environment.

The consistency of cuts and punches, as well as the ability to set standardized machine settings for part numbers means that we can determine order turn-around-times with ease and deliver a consistent quality product. We can produce orders with short TAT when aircraft are on the ground for unscheduled maintenance or expedite orders to help ensure minimal down-time and lost revenue for our customers. Depending on customer location we can deliver same day or next day with an accurate ETA delivery window.

Our machine is outfitted with the Eastman EasiMark air brush marking system, which allows us to automate part marking with indelible ink. The system enables us to customize markings based on customer requirements such as part number, revision, production date, or install markings. Since the markings are programmed into the Eastman files, we can produce consistent markings production run after production run.

Our Eastman machine has allowed us to set industry tolerance and quality standards for fit when it comes to aircraft flooring. We are proud to work with nearly every major commercial carrier and their regional partners as well as original equipment manufacturers to fabricate flooring to customer requirements and design specifications.

Eastman has also assisted us to increase efficiency for other Airworthy, Inc. divisions. For example, we have automated the cutting process of liner sheets (made of woven E and/or S-glass cloth with a modified phenolic resin system and a 1 ml white Tedlar ® overlay resin sheet) for our Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) division. By cutting multi-plys of the liner sheets and using marker nesting efficiency placement, we have increased the cutting process efficiency time by nearly 94% and decreased material usage.

Like many other industries, aviation has been severely impacted by Covid-19. We have worked with our customers to design cargo bags to allow passenger aircraft to be converted to cargo operations without cabin reconfiguration. This allows our customers to contribute to the much-needed movement of medical supplies and other necessities due to the global supply chain impacts of Covid-19.

Despite the industry impacts experienced in 2020, Airworthy, Inc. Fabrication is looking to the future. We are planning to increase capacity and expand our product lines with the addition of a second machine for our Hudson, WI facility. The choice to purchase and customize a new machine from Eastman was easy considering the reliability and capabilities of our current machine.”

-Rebecca Johnson, Quality Manager

 

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Sporting Equipment to Surgical Gowns: Gilman Gear and COVID-19

Devoted to fulfilling the need for PPE among the medical field, Gilman Gear has re-purposed one of their facilities to make surgical and isolation gowns. Over the span of two weeks, the Gilman team designed, manufactured, and began supply of surgical and isolation gowns for the Yale New Haven Hospital.

Gilman Gear has been domestically sourcing raw materials for the past 91 years to produce sporting equipment. During the pandemic, the company is proud to be using their logistics network, skilled labor force, and machinery to assist in keeping supply and fabrication of PPE in America.

“The Eastman cutting machine is our workhorse to cut all gowns,” said Gilman Gear President, Neil Gilman.

The sporting equipment manufacturer uses an Eagle C125 conveyor system to aid in its production. The automated machine continuously conveys multiple layers of material with consistent speed and control, while exceeding industry standards for accuracy. The C125 boasts supreme capabilities for single- to low-ply cutting requirements at up to 60 in. (1.52 m) per second and has proven itself as the go-to cutting solution for various industries. Gilman mentioned how substantial the productivity gains are with the automated Eastman conveyor system. “It cuts 280 gowns per hour and over 12,000 yards of material per week.”

To keep up with the demand, Gilman hired 12 new sewing machine operators and the whole team is working six, 10-hour days a week. “We are also committed to keeping our employees working and on the job during these tough times.”

Much like Gilman Gear, Eastman Machine Company is a family business and has been innovating for over 130 years. Robert Stevenson, fourth-generation owner of Eastman Machine, applauded Gilman’s earnest efforts. “The key to success is to be adaptive and to respond quickly to crisis,” said Stevenson. “Gilman Gear is a prime example of such success.”

Hundreds of cutting solutions are proudly designed and manufactured at Eastman Machine Company’s headquarters in Buffalo, New York. Complimentary test cut evaluations to capture the machine’s speed and recommended configuration are available by contacting the Eastman headquarters at +1-716-856-2200.

 

Watch Gilman Gear’s PPE Production Process!

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Introducing Versatile Tools For Automated Cutting Of Challenging Technical Textiles

Eastman announces recent additions to its catalog of precision tools with the oscillating tool head and 10-sided blade. The tools have been engineered to offer maximum versatility and adaptability while adhering to stringent industry requirements for accuracy, speed, and repeated quality. Eastman is also introducing the foot-activated pause switch to its automated machine accessories.

Oscillating Tool Head

The unique motion of the oscillating tool decreases drag force, creating a clean and precise cut. The high-speed sawing motion of the oscillating tool head, around 12,000 oscillations per second (12,000 Hz), nearly eliminates hangars and minimizes overcut.

The oscillating tool is engineered within a heavy-duty tool head which contains two supplementary tool spindles. These individually aligned and calibrated spindles can be used with any two tools in addition to the oscillating; pneumatic pen lift/holder assembly is included. The spindles offer less deflection when cutting rigid or dense material due to their stiff, thick, and durable nature.

A variety of blades specifically designed to handle a wide range of applications are available.

10-Sided Blade

The 10-sided blade is engineered to cut through advanced textiles, like stitched fiberglass, with ease while offering maximum versatility and adaptability. It’s a great addition to the standard or multi-spindled heavy-duty tool head. The blade is available with a variety of exclusive depth limiting discs and is compatible with both the C125 conveyor cutting system and the S125 Static Table.

Foot-Activated Pause Switch

Located at the takeoff end of a conveyor system, the foot-activated pause switch allows the operator to stop the conveyor with their foot. Once paused, the operator can easily remove cut pieces from the work area with both hands free. The switch length equals the machine width, making it easily accessible, and only 12 oz. of pressure force is needed to activate it.

 

The oscillating tool, 10-sided blade, and foot-activated pause switch, along with hundreds of other cutting solutions, are proudly engineered and manufactured at Eastman’s Buffalo, New York headquarters. Complimentary test cut evaluations to capture the machine’s speed and recommended configuration are available by contacting the Eastman headquarters at +1-716-856-2200.

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Tsuga Collaborates with CTD to Support PPE Production

The Carolina Textile District (CTD) is working with North Carolina manufacturers to produce medical supplies in the wake of COVID-19. Tsuga, an outdoor gear brand, has taken on a major role within the CTD efforts: cutting.

Automated cutting of high-quality industrial textiles is usual practice for Tsuga. Knowing the capabilities of its Eastman static table, Tsuga quickly joined the efforts to assist in COVID-19 relief. “We’re cutting close to 40,000 masks a week,” says Tsuga CEO, Jimi Combs. “Our machine is running from 6 AM to midnight.. everyday.”

So far, the coalition has produced close to 400,000 units of PPE over the past three months. Thousands of masks and gowns have been donated to essential workers and community members throughout North Carolina and the U.S.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to take part with the Carolina Textile District in the PPE effort,” said Combs. “This is an amazing network of people within our region and we at Tsuga are fortunate to have a connection to this community.”

The Eagle S125 can cut, mark and punch virtually any flexible material at speeds of nearly 60 inches per second (152.4 cm/second), proving itself as the go-to resource for many industries. Next to unrivaled speed, Combs finds the precision cut quality to be the most impressive.

Typical to Eastman products, the S125 is completely customizable based on the customer’s application and demands. A variety of system widths, lengths and tool head accessories are available to ensure the machine is maximizing productivity.

Eastman Machine Company has been manufacturing American made cutting solutions for over 130 years and is inspired by the dedication at Tsuga. “We are proud to play a minor role in the impressive efforts of the Carolina Textile District during this crisis,” said Robert Stevenson, Eastman President and CEO.

The Eagle S125 Static Table, along with hundreds of other cutting solutions, is proudly designed and manufactured at Eastman Machine Company’s headquarters in Buffalo, New York. Complimentary test cut evaluations to capture the machine’s speed and recommended configuration are available by contacting the Eastman headquarters at +1-716-856-2200.

 

Watch video by White Blaze Marketing, outlining the efforts of CTD during the pandemic.