Lectra Vector IQ

Technology systems provider Lectra has launched a more accessible version of its best-selling fabric-cutting solution.

The new intelligent Vector IQ features Eclipse continuous cutting, a functionality previously available only on higher-end models. Now, for the same price or lower as the previous entry-level Vector model, manufacturers in the fashion, automotive and furniture industries can increase productivity up to 10 percent with the automated efficiency of patented continuous cutting, as well as benefit from predictive maintenance, the Paris-based company said Nov. 8.

Developed 22 years ago by Lectra and used by 4,354 companies worldwide, Eclipse increases productivity by having the ability to cut without interruption as material automatically advances. Reliability and productivity enabled by these new features are essential for businesses that depend on maintaining a competitive cost-per-part cut and an optimized total cost of ownership, said Lectra, noting that the operational excellence long targeted by automotive suppliers is now shaping best practices in the fashion and furniture manufacturing industries.

Offered for the first time with entry-level Vector models, Lectra Power Premium service coverage includes predictive maintenance designed to drive down the risk of machine downtime and stoppage. By benefiting from proactive, data-driven diagnostics and recommendations on the appropriate course of action, Lectra Power Premium customers can achieve up to 98 percent machine availability. Remote diagnostics enable data collected on customer premises to be analyzed in real time and compared against previously defined standards. This enables the Lectra customer care team to alert customers to potential technical issues before a breakdown takes place.

“The Vector IQ is a sophisticated yet accessible new breed of fabric-cutting solution, enabling tremendous gains in productivity and uptime, both of which are sources of value for our customers, whether they produce vehicle seating, furniture or fashion clothing,” said Céline Choussy Bedouet, chief marketing and communications officer at Lectra. “Versatile and affordable, it scales up performance to a new standard.”

Lectra provides manufacturing software, automated cutting equipment and associated services for industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials to manufacture their products. With customers in more than 100 countries, Lectra had revenues of $264 million in 2015.

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