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Saratoga Horseworks’s Current Mission? Fulfilling The Need for American-Made PPE

Amsterdam, NY – Saratoga Horseworks has halted regular manufacturing of equestrian supplies to assist in local COVID-19 relief. In a matter of days, the company was able to bring PPE designs to life and has since supplied thousands of face shields and isolation gowns to health officials across the country.

“We are shipping about 7,500 gowns per week and have demand for over 30,000 at this time,” said Michael Libertucci, Saratoga Horseworks president. The company’s quick turnaround grabbed the attention of local executives and has been recognized as Montgomery County’s first ever Small Business of the Month.

“We have a great team here at Saratoga Horseworks,” says Libertucci. “I couldn’t be more proud of how they have stepped up (during this crisis).”

Since 1988, Saratoga Horseworks has been producing high-quality, American made consumer products. “We take pride in our made in USA label,” said Libertucci. Not only are the products made in America, but Saratoga Horseworks goes through great lengths to source innovative American-made materials and machinery. “Forget China,” says Libertucci, “buy American.”

For over a decade, Eastman machinery has been a staple in production for Saratoga Horseworks and Custom Sewn Products, the contract manufacturing division of the company. In fact, Libertucci recently purchased a new C125 conveyor to pair with his faithful EC3 conveyor. Using automation, they reduce material waste and increase efficiency he noted. Without the Eastman machinery, Libertucci believes they would not be able to keep up with contract orders.

Eastman Machine Company has been manufacturing American made cutting solutions for over 130 years and is honored to be working alongside a fellow Upstate New York manufacturer like Saratoga Horseworks. “It is exciting to see how much PPE in America is coming from our customers,” says Robert Stevenson, Eastman Machine President and CEO. “I am humbled by the continued effort to supply our citizens.”

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 Video of Saratoga Horseworks PPE Production.

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America Knits Called on by Federal Government Amid COVID-19

Swainsboro, Ga – A coalition of nine high-profile American textile manufacturers have joined forces across the country to produce supplies for COVID-19 response efforts. America Knits, Eastman Machine customer, is a member of this powerful alliance and has been contracted by the U.S. government to produce 1.5 million silver- and copper-infused cloth face coverings as well as isolation gowns.

To meet the demand, America Knits quickly hired employees to work a night shift; enabling 20-hour days to manufacture supplies for the White House Coronavirus Task Force. In just a few short days, America Knits employees have become American heroes.

The past five months have been a very exciting and busy time for America Knits. The American cut-and-sew factory held its grand opening in November of 2019, after investing in an Eastman Talon 75x™, system. This launch restored apparel manufacturing in Swainsboro, Georgia for the first time in more than 20 years.

The Eastman Talon 75x™ is engineered 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, allowing America Knits to fabricate thousands of cloth face coverings and gowns a day.

“I am thankful for our employees and customers who continue to do their part to help America beat this virus,” says Robert Stevenson, Eastman Machine President and CEO. “We all should be proud of our role in this battle.” Eastman Machine Company has been manufacturing American made cutting solutions for more than 130 years is honored to be assisting America Knits, and other customers like them, who have retooled to assist in the COVID-19 crisis.

The Eastman Talon 75x™, 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.

To learn more about America Knits: www.americaknits.com

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How to Cut Carbon Fiber – Tips from Eastman Machine

Carbon fiber’s light-weight composition and incredible strength help the composite excel in a huge variety of applications, including the aerospace, marine, and sporting goods industries. The same features that make carbon fiber useful in so many applications can make the material difficult to cut. The ultra-strong fibers require a hard blade; lightweight fabrics woven from carbon fiber twist easily; and lightweight dust can become airborne, wreaking havoc on nearby electronics due to its high electrical conductivity.

Small or startup facilities may be tempted to use everyday tools, such as tile cutters or jigsaws, to cut carbon fiber. However, these methods do not deliver the tight tolerances necessary in aerospace, civil engineering, and other industries that benefit from carbon fiber’s unique features. Because carbon fiber is an expensive raw material—even when compared to other composite materials such as glass fibers—precise cutting and reliable solutions become even more essential.

Methods for Carbon Fiber Cutting

Deciding how to cut carbon fiber at your facility depends largely on the quantity and quality your end product requires. For more information on the right cutting solution for your application, contact Eastman Machine’s application specialists. Our team is well-versed in cutting both dry and prepreg composites, including carbon fiber.

Manual Cutting

Organizations that cut small volumes of carbon fiber may be able to rely on manual cutting machines. Depending on the application, rotary shears, straight knives, or round knives may offer acceptable cuts at an economical price point.

Automated Cutting

Digital cutting machines offer the precise cuts, high speeds, and automated approach required by many facilities cutting carbon fiber. Automated cutting also offers businesses the ability to customize their cutting machines. For example, Eastman’s tool head can be outfitted with two or three tool spindles from our vast catalog of more than 60 blades, punches, and notches. Dry carbon fiber is often cut with a round knife in order to crush and break the fibers. A 10-sided blade offers strength and versatility for cutting multiaxial carbon fiber cloth. Our ultrasonic tool head, which operates at 20,000 oscillations per second, provides a fast, accurate cut while reducing gumming and friction when cutting adhesive-backed composites.

The high electrical conductivity of carbon fiber particles can impact the delicate electronics crucial to automated cutting. Eastman’s digital cutting solutions are engineered to excel in all types of production environments, from clean rooms to harsh or high-particulate environments. Each machine’s controls and operating computer are housed in individual cabinets utilizing positive air pressure to keep out carbon fiber dust. This protective technology keeps controls and computers safe from both dust and water in facilities cutting dry carbon fiber. Cabling connectors, servo motors, and display components also meet industry-standard international protection rating requirements.

Carbon Fiber Cutting Tips

1. Use the Right Blade

Carbon fibers are strong and abrasive, making cutting them a potential challenge. Choosing the correct cutting machine and the right blade for your application allows you to minimize expensive scrap. Blades designed to cut carbon fiber are often made of tungsten, carbide, diamond, and other exceptionally durable materials.

2. Avoid Common Issues

The difficulties associated with cutting strong, lightweight composites—including carbon fiber—are familiar to many businesses. In order to find the best carbon fiber cutting machine for your products, look for a system that addresses delamination, burring, and overheating.

3. Prepare for Carbon Fiber Dust

Dry carbon fiber produces dust when cut. This dust has the potential to damage electronics, irritate operators’ lungs, and combust. While each of these scenarios can be easily avoided, it requires proper preparation and the right equipment.

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From Marine to Medical, SeaCanvas Converts Cutting Room

 

Egg Harbor Township, NJ – Eastman Machine customer, SeaCanvas, is starting its 20th year in business manufacturing PPE for COVID-19 relief efforts. Taking a break from manufacturing award winning custom marine canvas, SeaCanvas has already donated hundreds of face shields for first responders in the surrounding New Jersey communities.

Police, fire fighters and school employees preparing meals for students are among the first responders across Atlantic and Cape May Counties to have received SeaCanvas face shields. “Tough times for our nation so we thought we could help out a bit,” says Carl Pellegrini, SeaCanvas Owner.

Five years ago, Carl decided to upgrade the SeaCanvas cutting room and invested in an Eagle S125 Static System. He said he was hesitant at first but automation has increased efficiency and accuracy for SeaCanvas and, “is really a perfect fit.” Cutting high quality industrial marine fabric by hand, was now a thing of the past.

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). “The accuracy of every cut is spot on,” says Carl. SeaCanvas cuts a variety of industrial fabric on their machine, including .080 acrylic plastic and .040 sheet vinyl.

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 a part of SeaCanvas’s fabrication of much needed PPE during this crisis. “I am thankful for our employees and customers who continue to do their part to help America beat this virus,” says Robert Stevenson, Eastman Machine President and CEO. “All of us at Eastman are an important part of this fight.”

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.

Both Eastman Machine Company and SeaCanvas are longtime IFAI members.

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How to Choose the Right Industrial Fiberglass Cutting Tool

Manufacturers have a multitude of reasons to design with fiberglass as a primary material for their products. Its versatility, strength, and insulating properties, along with its ability to resist corrosion from both water and chemicals, make it a low maintenance, long-lasting composite option. These qualities make glass fiber composites the material of choice for many industries, including marine and alternative energy applications.

Glass fibers are created by melting silica sand, limestone, and soda ash together and shaping the resulting liquid into fibers. The fibers can be either discontinuous (like those found in insulation) or continuous and woven into fiberglass fabrics. The fibers, assembled in various orientations, stay together thanks to the fibers themselves or mechanically stitched, non-structural threads. To manufacture the fiberglass panels often used in the marine and wind energy industries, these fabrics are impregnated with a resin and cured to form a strong, versatile composite.

In order to utilize fiberglass to its fullest potential, manufacturers must choose the right fiberglass cutting tools for their applications.

The Challenges of Cutting Fiberglass

While designing with fiberglass offers unique advantages, cutting and handling the material can pose challenges. The strength of fiberglass, as well as the demands of marine and wind energy manufacturing environments, means that your chosen cutting tool must be both durable and reliable. The right fiberglass cutting tools must be capable of cutting dry, wet, coated, or impregnated woven and multiaxial reinforcements and chopped strand mat. Fiberglass is available in many orientations—unidirectional, bidirectional, multiaxial, or random—and each construction method may impact the speed, throughput, and blade type necessary for your cutting system.

Industrial Fiberglass Cutting Solutions

Many industries, in both commercial and hobby applications, use glass fiber because of its versatility. It can seem as though there are just as many cutting solutions available as there are unique uses for fiberglass. Choosing the right cutting tools for your facility is easier with the help of Eastman’s experienced engineers and unmatched customer service.

Automated Fiberglass Cutting Machines

Choosing an automated, computer-controlled cutting machine allows manufacturers to balance output, speed, and accuracy. It also reduces manual handling, increasing operator safety. Consider the variety of composite materials you cut and the volume of each when deciding on the best tool to cut fiberglass at your facility.

To learn more about throughput and volume production of fiberglass with Eastman automated systems, check out the Fiberglass Brochure.

C125 Conveyor System

Eastman’s C125 Conveyor System is designed to cut a single glass fiber roll continuously. The machine’s reliability allows manufacturers to cut at a high speed for hours at a time for high-volume output. If your cutting files require an entire roll—or more—of single- or low-ply fiberglass textiles, the C125 may feel right at home on your manufacturing floor. Even with the ability to output around 1.8-ton of fiberglass per hour when cutting four-ply (including time for material loading and cut patterns collection), this automated fiberglass cutting solution is more accurate than cutting by hand.

S125 Static Table Cutting System

For a superbly accurate cut, choose the S125 Static Table Cutting System for your fiberglass. While this cutting solution requires a more manual approach, it also allows for switching between materials with ease. You won’t sacrifice speed for accuracy with the S125; at speeds of up to 60 inches per second, this fiberglass cutting machine offers the same capabilities as the C125 Conveyor System on a static surface.

Talon Multi-Ply

The Eastman Talon is the best fiberglass cutting tool for industrial applications that require high volume outputs. The Talon’s ability to cut massive amounts of fiberglass in multiple plies makes it an indispensable member of many manufacturers’ production floors. The Talon ensures quality cuts of glass reinforcement from top to bottom ply. It does so by utilizing an industrial, serrated-edge reciprocating blade coupled with patented knife control software.

Customizing Your Cutting Solution

Eastman Machine Company designs, manufactures, and supports its automated cutting solutions from its US headquarters. This distinct advantage allows Eastman to provide personalized customer service, from recommending the best fiberglass cutting tools for your application to minimizing downtime with US-based lifetime support.

Finding the right tool for your application starts with our complimentary test cut evaluations. The test cut uses your materials and patterns to determine the best configuration. Our engineers have developed a wide variety of customized solutions for facilities cutting glass fiber, from tool heads to material handling.

Tool Heads

For increased production flexibility and minimized downtime, many manufacturers cutting fiberglass opt for Eastman’s Heavy-Duty Tool Head. This unique tool head utilizes its own brushless servo motor and air supply. This technology allows the head to alternate between two different tools. Along with two cutting spindles, operations can also include a marking pen, rotary blades, notching tool, drag-style knife, or punching tool. An uninterrupted cut file can use any combination of cutting and punching tools, as well as the marking pen.

Eastman’s Standard and Fiber Tool Heads are also viable solutions, depending on the type of glass fiber you’re cutting.

Cutting Blades

Eastman recommends cutting fiberglass with a round blade in most applications. By design, the blade easily crushes and breaks materials containing glass fibers. Increased cutting pressure extends the life of the blade. Compared to reciprocating blades, a round blade cuts glass fiber with less fragmentation.

Closeup of blade cutting glass fiber

Fiberglass can also be cut with a 10-sided blade, which is engineered to cut advanced textiles like stitched fiberglass. This blade offers maximum versatility and adaptability when added to a heavy-duty tool head.

Material Handling

The right fiberglass cutting solution goes beyond the cutting tool itself. Eastman designs installations that include feeding systems and other material handling options for your production floor. Our feeding systems allow manufacturers to introduce rolled fiberglass textiles to the cutting table with accuracy and control, streamlining the production process. If you’re managing long cut pieces of glass fiber inputs, adding rewinders can minimize the need for manual labor. This is particularly helpful when cut parts exceed the table length and become difficult for operators to handle manually.

Roll of fiberglass fabric on cutting surface

Marking Systems

Additional cutting system options include marking systems, which print part identifications and sewing directives directly onto the material you’re cutting. For fiberglass, which may not allow for traditional printing, Eastman recommends the EasiMark® airbrush marking system or JetPRO(r) drop-on-demand inkjet printers for high speed, no-contact printing.

Manual Fiberglass Cutting Tools

The range of manual cutting tools suitable for cutting reinforcement fibers is just as robust as Eastman’s line of automated solutions. Straight knife cutting machines, like the Blue Streak II®, offer an industrial solution for stack cutting woven roving, biaxial reinforcements, and chopped strand mat. Eastman’s Buzzaird is an air-powered alternative for facilities where electric power is not sustainable. This fiberglass cutting tool includes several blade options to shear, chop, or slice through various technical fabrics and composite reinforcements.

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Manufacturing Machinery for American-Made Products

Eastman Machine Company has a long history of American-made cutting solutions. Our family-operated business has engineered and assembled products in the United States for five generations.

From classic fibers to modern composites, Eastman’s US-based customers cut a wide variety of materials for their own American-made products. As a machinery manufacturer in the US, we help companies across industries continue production, even when global supply chains are interrupted.

The current state of the world has the potential to usher in “American manufacturing’s next chapter.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, the strengths of an American supply chain are on display. Companies sourcing their equipment and materials domestically have a distinct advantage in a time when efficient procurement matters immensely. These resources are more readily available and can arrive faster than their overseas counterparts.

This advantage benefits the end users of products made in America as well. Companies with geographically convenient suppliers, as well as designers and engineers located near their manufacturing facilities, can more quickly pivot to essential products. These companies can continue manufacturing their usual products alongside PPE and other in-demand items.

These advantages are highlighted by COVID-19 but they are by no means unique to the current pandemic. “[S]ince March [2020], the share of North American manufacturers who say they are interested in bringing their operations home has leapt 10% to 64%.”

Supporting American Manufacturers

Eastman is proud of its longstanding role within this supply chain, even as a part of the process that end users often don’t consider. Manufacturing companies in the US, including Eastman, form close relationships with their points of contact within the domestic supply chain, enhancing the quality of both the partnership and the finished goods.

Throughout more than 130 years in business, we have continuously designed and manufactured cutting machines engineered to meet the evolving needs of our customers. Our commitment to high-quality machinery manufacturing in the US is matched by US-based lifetime support for our machines. Because of the long term relationships we form with our customers, we’re able to help them adapt in times of change by providing innovative solutions, whether they’re manufacturing PPE or offering new products to their customers.

SeaCanvas’ S125 Static System

SeaCanvas usually makes custom marine canvas, for applications ranging from powerboat enclosures to sailboat dodgers, with its Eastman S125 Static Table Cutting System. Now, their Southern New Jersey facility is manufacturing face shields cut by the American-made S125.

Read more about SeaCanvas’ transition from marine to medical.

Saratoga Horseworks’ Eagle C125 Conveyor System

In the Capital Region of New York, Saratoga Horseworks’ Eagle C125 Conveyor System usually cuts custom equestrian equipment. Now, the computer-controlled cutting system, designed and manufactured in the United States, cuts face shields and isolation gowns.

Read more about Saratoga Horseworks’ commitment to sourcing innovative American-made materials and machinery.

America Knits’ Talon 25x™

America Knits prides itself on its American grown, American made apparel. This commitment to a domestic supply chain extends to its machinery as well. The Georgia-based manufacturer uses an Eastman Talon 25x™ as an essential component of its cut-and-sew facility.

Read more about America Knits’ efforts to manufacture PPE.

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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

 

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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.