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[ MARKETS ] INDUSTRY IN FOCUS
 An Autometrix cutting
table like this one has made
work more efficient at
National Bias Fabric Co. of
Cleveland, Ohio, and helped
the company move into new
markets. Photo: Autometrix.
Equipment
that makes a
difference
Decisions that change
the course of business.
by Jeff Moravec
C
OUNTLESS DECISIONS GO INTO THE DAILY OPERATION
of a business, some big, some small, but all part of determining how
successful a company is going to be. The decision to purchase equipment
is usually one of the bigger decisions-and it also can make the biggest difference.
Equipment purchases can help to solve a problem, open a new line of business
and ensure product reliability. Here are three examples.
Moving to a new market
National Bias Fabric Co. has been in the garment business in Cleveland, Ohio,
since 1902, doing things like making interlinings for apparel, from waistbands
and sleeveheads to coat fronts and chest pieces.
Like many garment companies, National Bias has seen a decline in the
production of men's dress wear, mostly suit and sport coats. " Who wears a suit
anymore? " says Dave Breen, National Bias president.
So when the company saw an opportunity to increase its capacity to make chest
pieces for dress military uniforms, it jumped at the chance. But finding workers
skilled in traditional table cutting methods would be a challenge. " You simply can't
find people who possess the know-how to cut by hand anymore, " Breen says.
Initially, he says, the company was just looking to " purchase a plotter, to save
some time, and program it through a printer. " But instead Breen purchased a
cutting table from Autometrix Inc., of Grass Valley, Calif.
Not only did the new equipment increase the company's capabilities, " the person
who runs that machine has a totally different skill set, " says Breen. " It's easy to train
someone on Autometrix. To train a person the old-fashioned way would take years. "
The new table was not just something that made the job easier, says Breen.
It was critical. " We wouldn't have gotten the work without it. "
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