Tri-D Technologies Inc.

Tri-D Technologies Inc.

December 20, 2011 07:00 ET

Eastman and ExactFlat Software Partnership Reduces Manufacturing Bottlenecks in the Tent and Awning Industry

BUFFALO, NEW YORK--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2011) - Eastman Machine Company, industry leaders in the industrial fabrics cutting system market, have announced a partnership with Tri-D Technologies Inc., makers of ExactFlat 3D-to-2D CAD flattening software, that brings unprecedented efficiencies and design innovation to manufacturers in the tent and awning industry with a new product called ExactFlat Tent & Awning Engineer.

"We have seen a dramatic increase in sales of our automated cutting machines for the tent and awning industry", says Trevor Stevenson, Vice President, Technical Services & Product Development, Eastman Machine Company. "Our customers requested that we provide a more powerful productivity software to complement our machines. By integrating ExactFlat's complete CAD-to-cutter solution, the bottlenecks of frame and fabric design are eliminated with industry-specific design tools. We're excited to bring this powerful, fully-automated solution to our customers."

According to Stevenson, traditional design and production methods are manual to semi-manual and time-consuming, often requiring multiple onsite visits to iteratively measure, fit, and test. Since the tent and awning market typically has a limited selling season, businesses that can visualize and deliver faster have a distinct market advantage.

"Our engineers started with our core 3D-to-2D CAD flattening software and together with Eastman, designed a total system using built-in templates to completely automate frame and fabric design. It includes all the necessary tools (like grommets, seam allowances and zippers) to allow for complete custom design", explains Steven McLendon, Executive VP at ExactFlat. "Including integration with Plataine's automated nesting solution to provide the most efficient nest from a time, materials and cost perspective, now the entire process stays within one CAD environment, producing parts that are ready for the cutter in just minutes."

For more details on ExactFlat Tent & Awning Engineer, contact Steven McLendon, Executive Vice President at ExactFlat.

About Eastman Machine Company

Eastman Machine Company ( manufactures custom engineered cutting technologies. Eastman's headquarters are located in Buffalo, New York, U.S.A. with sales offices, agents and distributors around the world. The company was established in 1888 and is a fifth-generation, family-owned business with a broad base of elite customers in the wind energy, marine, composites, military, aerospace and industrial fabrics industries.

About ExactFlat

ExactFlat, developed by Tri-D Technologies Inc., designs software products that save manufacturers working with industrial fabrics time, money and effort when converting 3D CAD models into 2D cut patterns. Integrated with leading 3D CAD platforms, engineers and designers across a wide range of industries incorporate ExactFlat into their design-to-production workflow to get fast, accurate results every time.

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