TECHNICALITIES

* Creaset, Long Beach, N.Y., said it has developed a low-cost, high-performance system for putting permanent creases into natural and synthetic fabrics. An automated unit puts the resin into the crease and removes and stacks the trousers after the creasing is set. For information, contact Creaset at (800) 522-4583.
* Intactix International and MarketWare Corp., two vendors of space management software, said they will soon merge. The merged company will be headquartered in Dallas. Space-management software is used by retailers to design floor space and allocate shelf space to different categories and brands. Manufacturers use the software to mock up shelf diagrams that showcase their brands. They then try to get retailers to adopt their schematics.
* Exhibitor registration forms are now available for IMB ’97, the Cologne trade fair for cutting, sewing, finishing and transport equipment. The fair will run from June 3-7 at the Koeln Messe. For information, write Michael Heipel, Koeln Messe, Dept. 314, Postfach 21 07 60, D-50532 Cologne, Germany; or call 011-49-(0)-221-821-3559. Please note that the closing date for exhibitor registration is June 1, 1996!
* Minnetonka, Minnesota-based CAD consultant Teri Ross is offering a CAD/CAM chat line over the Internet. Ross’s Tech Talk Forum can be found at http://www.techexchange.com/tekguru/imagin_that.html or via E-mail at tekguru@techexchange.com.
* JBA International, a provider of enterprise-wide information management software for the apparel and footwear industries, has named Sue Frens product manager for its System 21 Style software. Frens was a consultant for the Style product.
* Eastman Machine Co., Buffalo, N.Y., is offering a new automatic spreading device for its automatic cutting machines. An option on the M9000 and M9200 Plotter/Cutters, the “EasiPull” device pulls rolled goods onto the cutting bed ready to be cut at a specific length. Eastman said that once the material has been cut off the roll, the machine can immediately begin computer-controlled cutting. For information, call Debbie Flemming at (716) 856-2200, ext. 103
* Consulting group Kurt Salmon Associates has named Philip Kowalczyk director of general merchandise retail services. He will be based in KSA’s Atlanta office.
* Greensboro, N.C.-based Macpherson Meistergram has introduced an embroidery digitizing system for Macs. Called PowerStitch, Macpherson said the software will allow embroidery designers to generate stitches with easy-to-use “object” tools as well as high-speed direct punching. The software also provides sophisticated drawing tools such as Bezier curves, geometric shapes and parallel paths. Editing tools, including scale, rotate, skew, mirror and snapping, are built into the system.
* Glendale, N.Y.-based CAD vendor Monarch Compute has added knit and weave experts to liaison with its mill and textile design customers. Christine Cusenza, whose area of expertise in knitting, will perform demonstrations, training, software testing, benchmarks, technical support and contribute to product development. Laura Deubler Mercurio will concentrate on weaving. Deubler Mercurio, a color and textile design consultant, will demonstrate Monarch’s Pointcarre weaving software and handle related training, software testing and benchmarks. For information on Monarch software, call (718) 894-8520.
* Textile design students at the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science will be executing designs for Cone Mills over the next three years. PCT&S teachers hope the program will add substance to student portfolios. Students in advanced weave and print studio classes will create 20 digital designs per semester. The designs will become part of a process portfolio for the exclusive use of Cone Mills. David Brookstein, dean of the School of Textiles and Materials Technology at PCT&S, left, recently hung a plaque recognizing Cone’s support of the college. Lori Eichel, creative manager at Cone, is at right. Cone recently donated an EAT Inc. CAD workstation to the college. The workstation will be used by students who will be executing designs for Cone.

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