Byte Systems, Mauldin, S.C., has introduced four new configuration packages of its Piecework Apparel Computer (PAC) System. The new packages are designed to offer a more economical entry to Computer Integrated Manufacturing for 50-operator sewing plants up to 50,000-operator, multinational plants. PAC manages piecework compensation, tracks work in progress, produces bundle tickets and bar-code labels and provides production analyses. All applications run on PCs and require one MB of RAM with disc storage requirements depending on database size.

Shinya Kawamura has been named president of Juki America, Inc., and Juki Latin America. Kawamura has been with Juki for more than 30 years, most recently as president of Juki Europe. He replaces Yasua Sugihara, who has been named to the board of directors of the Juki Corp., Tokyo.

Jay Takahashi has been named president of YKK (U.S.A.), Marietta, Ga. He succeeds Nick Tsubokawa, who has relinquished the post to concentrate on YKK’s global business. Takahashi was formerly president of Universal Fasteners, Inc., a YKK subsidiary. He is succeeded at Universal by Mark Mizumoto, who is currently senior vice-president of marketing and planning for YKK (U.S.A.).

Dr. H. Joseph Gerber, president of Gerber Scientific, Hartford, Conn., has been named a companion member of the Textile Institute, Manchester, UK. Companion memberships are limited to 50 and are given to those persons who have “substantially advanced the general interests” of the industries based upon fibers. Gerber is honored for his work in automation in the garment industry.

American & Efird, Mount Holly, N.C., has switched from ticket sizes to standard tex sizes. The effort, which is backed by a tex size conversion slide chart provided by A & E, is de-signed to help customers with thread size selection. The new tex numbers are based on the tex system of yarn numbering as recommended by the Thread Institute, Inc., Washington, D.C.

A new company, Signature Supply, Inc., South Hackensack, N.J., has been formed to provide marking, cutting and shipping room products for the apparel trade. The president of the company is Richard Jackowitz.The Macpherson and Meistergram companies have officially merged into one company and will be marketed as Macpherson Meistergram. Jerry D. Lee has been named president/chief operating officer of the newly merged company. Having been with the organization since 1979, Lee most recently held the position of vice-president/general manager of Macpherson, Inc. In his new position, Lee will be responsible for the daily operations of all levels of the company. Neil Macpherson, formerly president, has become chairman/chief executive officer and will be more involved in long-range company planning. Macpherson Meistergram is based in Greensboro, N.C., and is a distributor of embroidery, monogramming, engraving and textile equipment.

The new FS100 Series flatbed sewing machine has been introduced by Union Special Corp. It uses most existing tabling with little or no modification, the producer said. Models are available with or without spreader. According to Union Special, the FS100 runs more smoothly and quietly than previous models, but accelerates faster with significantly less treadle pressure.

Nautica International, Inc., has purchased a Monarch Design System from Monarch Computex. The workstations and printers will be completely installed early this year in a state-of-the-art CAD room designed by James Eisenman Associates. Nautica, a leading designer and manufacturer of men’s activewear, sportswear and outerwear, was named the second-best small company ($5 million-$350 million) in America in the November issue of Forbes magazine, according to Nautica president, David Chu.

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