by Liz McGruder Liz McGruder

Buffalo Connection Strengthens Efforts for Healthcare in Utah

Respected brands DPS Skis, Eastman Machine, Goal Zero & Petzl combine resources to help combat COVID-19

   

Buffalo, New York – April 9, 2020 – DPS Skis, Eastman Machine Company, Goal Zero and Petzl have joined forces to manufacture medical-grade reusable polycarbonate face shields for the Utah Department of Health. The combined efforts and resources of the four highly-respected brands has resulted in the expeditious manufacturing of key Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the medical community in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Our entire team is proud to be contributing to the nationwide effort of PPE production and are humbled by the enthusiastic support of key partners – Goal Zero, Petzl, and Eastman Machine Company – that are helping make this possible. With a 15 year history of rapid prototype-to-production manufacturing, we are in a unique situation to convert a major portion of our operations to produce protective medical face shields,” said Alex Adema, DPS President and CEO. “We are inspired by the healthcare workers who dedicate their lives to helping others. Their selfless sacrifices deserve recognition as they continue to mitigate the risk of COVID-19’s spread. We are humbled to have found ourselves in a position to mobilize this project with the passionate, soulful team at DPS and our amazing partners.”

Production of the face shields has commenced at DPS Skis’ Salt Lake City factory, with the first shipment of shields expected to be delivered in the coming weeks to Utah’s medical community. The four brands have come together in a unique way to make this possible, with tooling donated by Eastman, raw materials purchased by Goal Zero and by utilizing retrofitted Petzl headlamp headbands.

DPS Skis has been a customer of Eastman Machine for more than a decade. The world-renowned ski company cuts pre-impregnated carbon fiber and base material with a CNC system manufactured at Eastman’s Buffalo, New York headquarters. Eastman’s customer network reaches well beyond the Washington Street facility and the story with DPS is one of many with hometown ties to Buffalo. “The first thing I noticed was the large Eastman machine that we use to cut our ski base material. I was so floored, it honestly made me emotional to see that,” recalls Alex Adema from his first day at DPS Skis in 2015. Alex Adema grew up ski racing in Ellicottville, earned an Executive MBA from the University at Buffalo, participated in the Leadership Buffalo program and was the Director of Finance and Operations for LaunchNY before relocating to Salt Lake City. “I can’t tell you what a deep love our family has for our Buffalo roots. It’s cliche, but it is simply the best kept secret in America, as you know.”

Cutting flexible technical textiles is often the first phase of manufacturing in the now critical production of masks, hospital bedding, gowns, curtains, gloves, medical wipes, laboratory coats and other PPE. Eastman has been fielding calls from customers around the globe who traditionally cut flexible materials for applications as varied as race car bodies, window blinds and spa covers who are now transitioning their operations to aid other industries deemed essential: health care, utility, military and law enforcement, transportation, safety and sanitation, agriculture and construction.

“All of us at Eastman are an important part of this fight,” says Robert Stevenson, Eastman Machine President and CEO. “I am thankful for our employees and customers who continue to do their part to help America beat this virus.”

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in short supply and necessary in keeping medical workers protected as they test and treat those affected by the virus.

 

For more information, please visit the respective brand websites below.

About DPS Skis

Located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah, DPS designs the world’s most advanced ski products by fusing space age carbon technology with groundbreaking shapes. DPS is responsible for the world’s first and only pure pre-pregnated carbon fiber sandwich ski, the first 120mm-waisted powder pintail, the first rockered ski with sidecut, the Spoon – a convex three-dimensional shoveled ski with radical edge bevel and PHANTOM, a paradigm-shifting permanent, one time application base-coating that forever eliminates the need for waxing skis and snowboards. DPS products are sold on five continents and are the trusted brand of choice for serious skiers worldwide. For more information visit www.dpsskis.com or call +1.801.413.1737.

About Eastman Machine Company

Eastman has been manufacturing manually-operated cutting machines, automated (CNC) cutting systems, CAD/CAM software programs and material handling equipment in Buffalo, New York since 1888. Over a century ago Eastman introduced the world’s first electric fabric cutting machine which revolutionized the textile industry in the process. Today, the family-owned, small-cap manufacturer is a trusted supplier to global businesses that require manual or automatic cutting of flexible materials. Our promise to craft reliable, quality, American-made solutions means that every Eastman machine is guaranteed to perform. For more information visit www.eastmancuts.com or call +1-716-856-2200.

About Goal Zero

Goal Zero is the industry leader in sustainable, portable power. From emergency outages to camping to off-grid projects and events, our solar panels, power banks, power stations, and accessories give you the power to keep your gear charged through any situation. We were born out of the desire to empower people everywhere, and as an NRG company we’re working to change the way people think about and use power by pioneering the development of smarter energy choices. Power. Anything. Anywhere. For more information, visit www.GoalZero.com.

About Petzl

For over 40 years, Petzl has developed innovative tools and techniques used by those who work and play in the vertical world. Today, the Petzl brand is closely associated with adventure, exploration, rescue, and many notable exploits in the worlds of rock climbing, caving, and alpinism. In the professional market, Petzl is a world leader in work-at-height, fire and rescue, and tactical equipment and techniques. A family-owned business, Petzl is committed not only to quality and innovation, but also to giving back to the communities that have made us so successful. For more information, visit www.petzl.com.

Media Contacts

DPS Skis | Alex Hunt | alex.hunt@dpsskis.com

Eastman | Elizabeth McGruder | EMcGruder@eastmancuts.com

Goal Zero | Clay Blackham | clay@methodcommunications.com

Petzl | Pat Light | plight@petzl.com

 

by Liz McGruder Liz McGruder

Customers unite to offer contract cutting resources

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Eastman Machine announced today that its exclusive Matchmaker program is connecting facilities manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) with more than a dozen customers who offer automatic, CNC (computer-controlled) cutting services. The Matchmaker program has successfully linked organizations throughout the U.S. and U.K. for several decades from Eastman’s website.

Thousands of manufacturers use automatic and manual cutting machines to cut flexible materials used in products as varied as skis, gymnastics mats, window blinds, awnings and race cars. Over the last few weeks, these same manufacturers have been transitioning their operations to aid other industries deemed essential in the fight against COVID-19: health care, military, safety and sanitation.

The Matchmaker program aims to connect experienced Eastman cutting system facilities with those who are seeking production support and other services such as, but not limited to:

  • Pattern design
  • Prototyping
  • High-speed automatic cutting
  • Sewing
  • Kit assembly
  • Packaging

Participating Eastman Matchmaker companies are listed on: https://www.eastmancuts.com/match-maker/

We are proud to identify the businesses who open with special operations and capabilities during COVID-19 with a red and white cross icon. Please contact each facility directly for specific capabilities and quoting.

Eastman has been manufacturing manually-operated cutting machines, automated CNC cutting systems, CAD/CAM software programs and material handling equipment in Buffalo since 1888. For those who may need assistance or additional capacity to meet the sudden increase in PPE manufacturing, the dedicated experts at Eastman Machine are ready to help. Please call +1-716-856-2200 or head to www.eastmancuts.com.

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Converting cut and sew for COVID-19

This month, New York State recognized Eastman’s Buffalo manufactured products and services as ‘essential’ in the growing demand for PPE around the world. A 130-year old manufacturer of cutting machines, fully automated cutting systems and material handling equipment, the company is receiving calls from current customers converting operations to new materials and products on short notice as well as incoming inquiries from concerned citizens who want to be a part of the support efforts.

Please visit Eastman’s medical industry resources  page to complete the contact form if you require assistance converting your existing machine for different materials, patterns or need additional tools to complete new jobs. Eastman’s team of applications specialists are available to provide guidance on appropriate machine configurations or simple changes to existing operations to meet new material requirements.

Eastman is also connecting existing customers with those seeking contract cutting resources through our Matchmaker program. If you have services to offer and would like special notes added to your listing, please fill out the contact form or email today.

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Eastman Continues Operation to Aid in COVID-19 Crisis

Eastman Assistance

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Eastman Machine Company, manufacturer of handheld cutting machines, automated cutting systems, spreading and material handling systems, has been granted a waiver of continued operation by New York State. NYS recognized Eastman’s ability to provide essential services, valuable work and products to those who are being asked by Governor Cuomo and President Trump to manufacture bulk medical supplies.

Beyond the machines manufactured at Eastman, the company supplies a worldwide customer network with critical parts, technical service and remote support from its headquarters in Buffalo, NY. As a trusted supplier to both small and large companies, Eastman machines are in high-demand during this unanticipated ‘war’ against COVID-19. The company is proud to manufacture the technology that leading American apparel and textile manufacturers are using as they align forces to respond to the national emergency.

Eastman offers the widest variety of industrial fabrics cutting solutions, both manually-operated and fully automated, CNC cutting systems for materials that must meet performance regulations related to bacterial filtration, resistance to penetration from microorganisms, body fluids, and other contaminants from one person to another.

Cutting flexible technical textiles is often the first phase of manufacturing in the now critical production of masks, hospital bedding, gowns, curtains, gloves, first aid items, medical wipes, laboratory coats and other PPE. Eastman has been fielding calls from current customers around the globe who traditionally cut flexible materials for applications as varied as skis, window blinds and spa covers who are now transitioning their operations to aid other industries deemed essential: health care, utility, military and law enforcement, transportation, safety and sanitation, agriculture and construction.

“All of us at Eastman are an important part of this fight,” says Robert Stevenson, Eastman Machine President and CEO. “I am thankful for our employees and customers who continue to do their part to help America beat this virus.”

For those who may need support or additional capacity to meet the sudden increase in PPE manufacturing, the dedicated experts at Eastman Machine are ready to assist. Please call +1-716-856-2200 or head to www.eastmancuts.com.

by Lydia Anaka Lydia Anaka

Quality Is Why Factory Five Continues to Choose Eastman

Factory Five

Wareham, MA – Factory Five Racing, American manufacturer of component car kits, has been an Eastman customer for the past 17 years. Using Eastman cutting systems and software, Factory Five constructs unique Made in USA build-it-yourself car kits.

After 13 years of daily use, the Factory Five team decided it was time to advance their cutting room from analog to digital and swap their “trusty” Eastman M9000 for an Eagle S125. The new system came equipped with improved performance, stability and security, allowing Factory Five to continue fast and accurate trimming of fiberglass, carpet and Kevlar.

The Eagle S125 has proven itself as the go-to resource for many industries as it has capabilities of cutting, marking and punching virtually any flexible material at speeds of nearly 60 inches per second (152.4 cm/second). For Factory Five, CNC-based manufacturing with an Eastman system has “reduced the cost of manufacturing while improving the accuracy, strength and finish” of its product.

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

Eastman Machine Company has been manufacturing American made cutting solutions for over 130 years and is proud to be contributing to further American production of goods with Factory Five. 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.

Eastman will host demonstrations during CAMX 2020, September 21-24 in booth S13. 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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Hornet Rotary Shear Adds Power and Speed to Cordless Cutting

Hornet

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Eastman proudly announces the 2020 release of the Hornet, a cordless, professional-grade rotary shear that will buzz through material while giving the user complete control and maneuverability.

The Hornet, a 4 pound (1.8 kg) rechargeable shear, boasts a powerful, high torque motor with variable speed settings of 10,000 RPM, 17,500 RPM and 25,000 RPM. Standard to the tool is a semi-square blade, with maximum blade speed of 8,400 RPM and cutting capacity of up to 0.38 in (0.96 cm) thick material. Other blade options include a circular blade, perfect for tighter-knit material, or an octagon blade, ideal for tough-to-cut material as its unique shape offers high cutting power. The Hornet comes equipped with two 20V (4ah) lithium-ion batteries with a recharge time of one hour per battery. Optional features include a ball tip, to guide open material without snagging, a pelican head, to scoop lofted goods through the blade, or a pressure foot, to support material on both sides of the blade during the cutting process. Each option plays a specific role so the user can completely customize their machine and cut anything from prepreg carbon to silk without binding or tearing. No matter the industry, if cutting material by hand is a part of your daily operation, the Hornet will become a staple in your toolbox.

The Hornet rotary shear is proudly engineered at Eastman’s Buffalo, New York headquarters along with hundreds of other solutions for the cutting room.Eastman Machine Company plans to display the Hornet at the upcoming ISA Sign Expo (Orlando, Florida) on August 23-25, 2020 in booth 5335. 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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Indie Source’s Key to Efficiency: The Blue Streak II

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Los Angeles, CA – Indie Source, a Los Angeles based apparel manufacturer, boasts efficiency with the Eastman Blue Streak II straight knife. Continuously seeking tools and techniques to improve its cutting room, the Indie Source team, “found all of the efficient qualities,” says Johnny Donovan, Marketing Manager, “in the Eastman Blue Streak II.”

Designed with versatility in mind, the Blue Streak can cut through any sized stack of material with ease. The low profile streamlined baseplate reduces friction and distortion, regardless of the number of plies. Even the tightest radii and most intricate patterns are easy to maneuver due to the Blue Streak’s power to weight ratio and narrow silhouette standard.

The Blue Streak is, “Well-equipped to meet the demand of any job,” says Donovan, “Even layers of stacked fabric or leather, making cloth cutting at Indie Source efficient and productive.”

Eastman Machine Company revolutionized the apparel industry in 1888 after developing the first electric fabric cutting machine, the Blue Streak. Over a century later, Eastman manual machines remain a necessity among the apparel industry and are contributing to the recent resurgence of Made in America apparel production.

The Blue Streak II straight knife, along with hundreds of other cutting solutions, is proudly designed and manufactured at Eastman Machine Company’s headquarters in Buffalo, New York.

Eastman will host demonstrations during Texprocess Americas 2020, May 12-14 at booth 433.

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Instagram Video: Blue Streak II in action at Indie Source

For more behind the scenes of USA apparel manufacturing at Indie Source, click here.

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Eastman Presents Manual Cutting Solutions at Foam Expo 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Eastman Machine plans to exhibit at Foam Expo (Novi, Michigan) on March 24-26, 2020 in booth 2130. Eastman representatives will be onsite to present cutting solutions from the entire line of equipment.

Eastman has an expansive variety of both manual and automated cutting systems for the technical foam market. A large range of round knives will be on display, configured with the technical foam market in mind. The brand-new Hornet, a rechargeable rotary shear with variable speed settings, will be the highlight of this year’s exhibition

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Restoring Apparel Manufacturing with America Knits

Swainsboro, GA – Eastman Machine Company is honored to work with America Knits in re-establishing apparel manufacturing in Swainsboro, Georgia for the first time in over twenty years. America Knits, a Georgia-based apparel manufacturing company, held its grand opening Thursday, November 14 after investing in an Eastman Talon 75x™ System to aid support in the company’s production of high quality, authentic, Made In America apparel.

The Eastman Talon 75x™ is engineered and manufactured in America to automatically pull stacked material piles from the spreading table to a modular, bristle-block conveyor bed for reciprocating knife cutting patterns. The Talon offers an industrial-strength solution for cutting up to 7.5cm (3 inches) of compressed material goods. Partnership with America Knits is just one example of how far Eastman Machine has come since its entrance into the apparel industry.

The Eastman Machine Company, a family business, was founded in 1888 after developing the first electric fabric cutting machine, the Blue Streak. The revolutionary machine put an end to tedious manual cutting room labor and remains a necessity among the apparel industry at a global scale. Almost five generations later, Eastman Machine continues to support American apparel manufacturers by customarily cultivating advanced technology.

The grand opening included special guests Swainsboro Mayor, Charles Schwabe, Ken Warnick, Swainsboro Emanuel County Chamber and Development Authority CEO and Lloyd Wood, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“We are excited that Eastman is a part of such a milestone event,” said Robert L. Stevenson, Eastman Machine Company President and CEO. “Our continued focus on identifying and creating tools to enable modern manufacturing in the U.S. is what placed us in the position to assist in the revival of apparel production in America.” Eastman thanks Steve Hawkins, America Knits CEO, for the vision and confidence to once again establish Made in America as a viable brand.

For more information on America Knits, please visit www.americaknits.com.

 

(Image on far left by Devin Steele)

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New Eagle-C125 conveyors available for small spaces

The Eagle C125 conveyor is a computer controlled (CNC) ply-cutting system engineered for single- to low-ply automatic cutting of flexible fabrics; composite reinforcements like fiberglass, carbon and aramid; industrial fabrics and insulations as well as traditional textiles. It has the ability to continuously convey rolled material goods with consistent speed and control. This computer-controlled cutting system requires minimal operator guidance to automatically feed and spread material to the identified start position. The conveyor system is available in nearly a dozen different widths from 60 inches to over 14 ft. wide and several lengths.

Eastman is proud to announce the fall 2019 release of the Eagle-C125 conveyor cutting system in three new configurations.  The latest development features several options aimed to minimize overall factory space required but maintain complete cutting automation for industrial cutting applications. The Eagle-C125 will be demonstrated at the IFAI Expo (Orlando, Florida) on October 1-3 in booth 2136.

The fall 2019 highlight is the release of a new, eight foot length, single-frame design in 60”, 72” and 78” widths. Following 25 years of successful and continued production of longer conveyor systems, the 8ft. configuration is anticipated to answer the need of small and large companies who are eager to minimize production space. The C125 conveyor system is an ideal choice for companies who need to cut long parts, require continuous conveying or simply want to minimize the material handling commonly associated with a static table cutting system. It is the system of choice of thousands of manufacturers around the world for its industrial build, durability of critical components and proven rack & pinion drive system. The Eagle-C125 system features cutting speeds up to 60 inches per second (152cm/second).

The demonstration at IFAI will also highlight several options available to further streamline floor space necessary as well as features that can be built into other, larger size configurations:

  • All computer hardware and electronic control mechanisms are contained within the base of the machine, an upgrade from the standard free-standing kiosk (not available for 60” system).
  • Positive air pressure may be added for further protection in high particulate environments and meets IP compliance demands
  • Computer monitor and workspace are machine-mounted at an ergonomic height and pivot for operator preference
  • Internally mounted variable frequency drive for vacuum control and step-up or -down transformer ensure simple access for operators but also eliminates the need for external mounting or additional enclosures (both optional)
  • Belt scraping device stops material scrap and debris from going under the machine but also deflects hands from gaining access to pinch points
  • Fork pockets welded to the frame for ease of unloading or movement

The Eagle-C125 conveyor system is proudly engineered and manufactured at Eastman’s Buffalo, New York headquarters along with hundreds of other solutions for the cutting room.

Demonstrations will be hosted during the IFAI Expo in Orlando, Florida from October 1-3 in booth 2136. Full list of upcoming events is available here