Friday, May 30, 2014

Autometrix Day 7

OK, so I skipped days in between! Things are going slower than we hoped. Still getting the hang of running the machine and learning about what we need to be successful with it. Anytime you introduce new processes and procedures into a company you have to remember that change is not easy, and will require some patience.

Tomorrow we should run some more test cuts on the machine to learn about how different patterns are affected by airflow and the pressure of the circular knife itself. This all might sound like mumbo jumbo to you, but basically we are in the learning curve of the process and have to flush out what it is we can and can't do with this machine.

I'll do my best to get some video uploaded today if possible.

Special thanks to Trish in Melbourne for writing in on the blog posts. Nice to hear from some of you once in a while...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Autometrix Day 4

Day 4 started off with a major setback. A blown controller has forced us inside to the software training all day. None of these issues are the fault of Autometrix, however, so we have to be careful to alert folks that this company is wonderful to work with. Jordan, our installer, is fantastic. He's been a perfect help and very knowledgable. We are thrilled to be working with them overall. Most of the electrical stem from the facility. MAC Electric (Ryan) has been great as well. He had some issues this morning that we were worried about, however, he found a solution working with Autometrix and we will be fully operational tomorrow.

The machines did cut yesterday, albeit only a very minimal run. Here is an image of the table completed and waiting the new controller (arriving in the AM.)

Autometrix Radium Cutter ready to roll!

Ryan of MAC Electric - Great guys to work with...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Autometrix day 3

Houston, we have a problem... Electrical issues in our new building are forcing a delay in hook up. Unfortunately, this is a costly issue for the company and we are looking at potential ways to resolve... Here is the table as of today, waiting on electricity...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Autometrix Install

I know, I know.. How may times are we gonna update this install?! Here's a pic from this morning. Our electrical panel in the leased space is faulty, so we are awaiting a new buss for that to get the electrical completed. We should have that done tomorrow. For now, we are getting the crates unpacked and the parts sorted. Jordan, our Autometrix installer, arrived at 7:30 AM and is hard at work getting stuff organized. He's a pretty eager chap and I can tell he knows what he is doing. We look forward to working with him this week on training and installation.

We'll be plumbing in the air lines later today and tomorrow.

Autometrix being sorted for assembly.

Jordan - The Autometrix installer!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

New Automation from Autometrix!

Our newest addition to the family - A 40' CNC controlled fabric cutting machine designed and built by Autometrix for Last US Bag Company. We are installing this machine this week. I'll post progress reports as I find time. We'll be offering cutting services in the very near future!

Autometrix Radium Cutter Arrives!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Our Best Intention...

I think this is a great illustration of the product development process...


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Time to celebrate Mom. She wiped your butt when you were small, fed you and kept you warm, and was there to grab you off the bus after school. She's the hardest working person in the household and arguably close to being superhuman. Let's all raise a glass to Mom today and thank her for her hard work and love.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Company 944 Nears Launch

We are close the the launch of the 944 line, a heritage of American craftsmanship inspired by Camp Hemlock (our current factory site) and the men of Company 944 that lived there during the depression and New Deal. Here's a sneak peek at the development of the line - The Kwantlen Tote.

We are all very excited to see this line come to life. Special thanks to the team at LUSB for putting in the hard work and effort on getting this to market.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

"It's Free To Be Wrong" #99uconf

I am just finishing attending the 99u conference in NYC. Brilliant event and much needed. Behance has done a remarkable job corralling the creatives and establishing some process guidelines we might all use to better execute our ideas.

Of particular note, but by far only one of many resonating crumbs (wait - more like meals) left on my shirt to digest is Seth Godin's statement in the title of this blog post. I wish I could portray the context of how this message was delivered, and how I received it, in a clear, concise way, however I may fall short on this one. Take it for what you need it to mean...