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4 Key Reasons to Automate Your Sewing Operation

At AE Sewing Machines, we specialise in creating bespoke automated sewing solutions for customers who sew curtains, blinds, large format prints and more. There are a lot of issues that can arise from sewing these products manually, including low efficiency, RSI (Repetitive strain injury) and greater chances of human error. If manufacturers were to automate their operations, these issues would be almost completely eradicated. Read on to discover why automation is the way forward when sewing large products...

Reason #1 to automate - Automation dramatically increases productivity

Let's say, for example, a machinist is sewing silicone/keder edging onto large format printed graphics with a standard machine. The machinist would have to line the edging up with the fabric, load the materials onto the machine and feed them through manually. Then, they would have to cut the keder with a pair of scissors. This process would have to be repeated four times, once for each edge. If the machinist had to produce mitred corners, this would add even more time onto the operation. The keder would have to be cut at the exact same angle on each edge. In all, it would take roughly 5-6 minutes to complete this operation. One of our automated machines for SEG would cut this production time in half, even more depending on the efficiency of the operator. These machines feature a conveyor which takes the weight of the fabric and feeds it into the sewing machine . They also feature a keder guide which lines the fabric and silicone edge up for you and an automatic keder cutter which produces mitred corners. These machines will provide a massive boost to productivity in your workplace and, in turn, will lead to an increase in profit.

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The ASA-3010/TPL-KC features a conveyor, keder guide and automatic keder cutter.

Reason #2 to automate - Keep your workforce happy and healthy

One of the biggest problems for machinists who handle large, heavy fabrics is repetitive strain injury (RSI). RSI occurs when the same physical actions are repeated on a regular basis. This leads to muscles and joints being overworked, causing pain and stiffness in the affected areas. This can become a real problem in the sewing room, where a machinist's livelihood relies on the effectiveness of their hands. If they begin to suffer from RSI, this can affect their performance at work. Our automated machines are designed to take the weight of large fabrics and make them far easier to handle. We try to make it so that manual handling is kept to a minimum, taking a lot of strain off the machinists.

Reason #3 to automate - De-skill the operation

The sad truth is that there is currently a lack of skilled sewing machinists in the UK. This shortage has led manufacturers to struggle to keep up with the demands of their customers as they are unable to find any adept workers to assist them. The beauty of our automated machinery is that while they are very complex machines, they are easy to use. Our goal is to simplify the manufacturing process. This way, manufacturers won't suffer when they can't find experienced machinists to join their workforce. After a few hours of training, anyone could use our machines and produce excellent results - regardless of their skill or experience

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Here is a bespoke automated machine that we put together for a customer who sews Roman blinds.

Reason #4 to automate - Minimise human error

We're only human, we all make mistakes! Unfortunately, in a lot of sewing operations, there is very little room for error. The slightest misstep can ruin an entire product, wasting valuable time and materials. As well as making sewing operations faster, easier and more efficient, we aim to minimise the risk of error with our automated machinery. Large pieces of fabric used for curtains, blinds or soft signage can be heavy and awkward to handle. This can lead to operators mishandling the material and making critical errors while sewing. As we've already mentioned, our automated machinery will take the weight of these materials. This makes them much easier to handle and giving the operator more control. The machines can be fitted with guides, folders and other kinds of accessories to ensure that the stitch is perfect every time.

For any enquiries, please email us at info@ae-sewingmachines.co.uk or call the office on 01978 821699 (Freephone: 0800 678 5853). A member of our team will assist you in any way they can.