Six Benefits of Transitioning from Manual to Automated Cutting

Wednesday, January 22, 2014Categories: Apparel/Fashion, Blog, Cutting Room

Making the transition from manual cutting to automated cutting can seem daunting. Over the past five decades, Gerber has helped thousands of companies of all sizes make the transition. Our sales and service professionals will start by understanding your needs, assessing your business requirements and suggesting the best automation solutions. Here’s a look at six important benefits that will directly influence your bottom line and accelerate your return on investment in automation technology.

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In apparel manufacturing, fabric comprises as much as 50 percent of a garment’s cost. Users who move from manual cutting to automated cutting typically see material savings of 1 percent. Over the course of a year, this translates into hundreds of thousands of dollars for some manufacturers.

2. Reduce labor requirements and eliminate the need for skilled cutters. undefined
Labor is a major factor when considering the shift to automated cutting. Cutting by hand is a vanishing skill. Training individuals is a long-term undertaking. For example, it can take as long as two years for an individual to learn to competently cut parts for intimate wear. With an automated cutting system users can learn to cut parts in only a few hours, regardless of their experience level.

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Computer-controlled cutting will always produce more cut parts and more accurately cut parts than even the most skilled hand cutter. Gerber’s line of cutting systems are designed to cut perfect notches in the correct location, every time. This accuracy flows downstream to the sewing room where sewing machine operators are able to sew faster and more accurately because they find every notch they need exactly where it should be and don’t have to compensate for poorly cut parts that don’t match up or that have too much or not enough seam allowance.

4. Maximize valuable floor space. undefined
Compared to a manual cutting operation, an automated cutter can reduce required floor space by 20 to 50 percent. In addition, most cutting systems can cut 24 hours a day without breaks. By operating in multiple shifts, cutting room efficiency improves dramatically.

undefined5. Integrated data sharing.
Paragon’s integration with Gerber’s AccuMark® CAD and automated spreading systemsmeans even more time savings, fewer errors and more visibility into work in process. Simply input a work order in Gerber’s AccuMark pattern design and marking system, and it calculates the optimal spread and cut plan. Downstream, spreader and cutter operators scan a barcode to retrieve the job’s specific parameters. There’s no need to search for a file and manually enter details like ply count and material type. This improves throughput, minimizes errors and enables managers to track work in progress with confidence.

6. Analyze and improve your cutting process with metrics that matter. undefined
Workflow issues are not always easy to detect and correct. Paragon helps managers quickly identify ways to streamline workflow processes by providing easy-to-understand metrics that matter. Get single click reports detailing total cutting time vs. idle time, time between jobs, total units cut and more. And Paragon makes it easy for operators to access the details of each cut job, including number of parts cut and cutting time per job.

When you choose a GERBERcutter, you can take comfort in the fact that, with nearly 50 years of cutting experience, we are dedicated to bringing you the world’s most advanced cutting system that is easy to use, easy to maintain and capable of producing the highest quality cut parts the first time around.