H. Joseph Gerber, president of South Windsor, Conn.-based Gerber Scientific, was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Bill Clinton at a White House ceremony recently.
Gerber was cited for his “past and continuing technical leadership in the invention, development and commercialization of manufacturing automation systems for a wide variety of industries — most notably apparel — that have made those industries more efficient and cost-effective in today’s worldwide competitive environment.”
Earlier this year, Gerber donated three original scientific instruments he designed to the Smithsonian Institution.

New York-based Garpac Corp., which distributes software for use in the apparel and soft-goods industries, has named Pablo Nieto company president. Nieto will report to David Roth, Garpac principal. Prior to joining Garpac, Nieto was chief financial officer at apparel importer Adrianne Papell. Nieto replaces Michael Import.

Jack Hinton, chairman of Jack Hinton Shoes International, recently received the Honorary Life Membership award from the Textile Institute in Manchester, England. Hinton is credited with bringing efficient American shoemaking technology to British factories.
Wolf Machine Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, has named Victoria Saporito sales coordinator for Latin America. Wolf makes knives, shears, cut-off machines, spreaders and other cutting-room equipment for apparel and industrial fabrics.

The American Apparel Manufacturers Association is promoting a new report released at the recent Bobbin show. Called “New Yardsticks for Apparel,” the report is the work of the AAMA’s 1994 Technical Advisory Committee. It encourages apparel manufacturers to look beyond traditional cost-oriented measures in a market where speed, quality and special services are proving critical to continued success. The report is available from the AAMA, 2500 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 301, Arlington, Va., 22201. The cost is $15 to AAMA members; $30 to non members.

Rimoldi of America, Pittsburgh, Pa., has introduced three new products. The URF3-123/A-00 automatic unit for straight or curved serging, can be used on light, medium or heavy fabrics. The unit is equipped with a single-needle sewing head, and is fitted with a guide to adjust for different fabric thicknesses. The device keeps light fabrics from slipping. An automatic unit for safety-stitch operation is also new from Rimoldi. The UR30-331/B works on medium and heavy, curved or straight fabrics. It has a two-needle sewing head with a four or five thread safety stitch. Operators can choose from automatic and semiautomatic sewing cycles via electro-pneumatic controls. The sewing speed is 5,500 spm. The unit can sew 1,600 seams in eight hours. Rimoldi has also introduced an automatic waistband-attaching machine for jeans, casual slacks, skirts, sportswear and work clothes. The UP74-42-A/1A-183-C30M is equipped with a four-needle cylinderbed sewing head. The upper feed roller is motor driven. The unit is equipped with a RITA sewing programmer, which controls the following: automatic separation cut of the waistbands, device for stitch interruption, needle cooling device and presser foot lift. The maximum sewing speed for the unit is 4,700 spm. Up to 2,000 waistbands can be formed in eight hours.

Union Special Corp.’s Technical Training Center in Huntley, Ill., recently graduated its 62nd mechanic/technician class. The international class included students from China, Hong Kong, Israel and Indiana. Students received classroom and hands-on instruction on up to 18 different sewing machines and on stitch and seam types, needle types, thread, motors and pneumatics.

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