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katzkin leather turns to cutting-edge tech to speed car ...

by:Caodahai     2020-03-19
In the light of the red laser, Ulysses Delgado watched a complex machine hide a leather on the debris inside the truck, bypassing all the misfortunes that happened on the cow --
Brand burn, barbed wire scars, insect bites.
Lectra Versalis cutting machine recently installed in Katzkin Leather Company
Del Gado, an engineer at Montebello, said there was less waste of leather and less energy needed to run than the old version.
But Delta\'s favorite is speed.
\"We are twice as fast as other knives,\" Delgado said . \". \"Like magic.
\"Katzkin bet that its new tool will increase productivity and drive the company to achieve its best sales in nearly 30 years --
A year\'s history of making seat covers for cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles.
More than $500,000, buy machine vs 400-
But this is only the first phase.
\"We \'ve stepped up in technology,\" says Mickey Hubbard, creative director at Katzkin . \".
\"We also have four old cutting machines.
We will phase out them and we will do twice as much.
\"Katzkin is doing a lot of what other American companies are doing. S.
To increase production, manufacturers have been avoiding the purchase of more advanced machines.
Economists say that\'s why the United StatesS.
Productivity has shown such a tepid increase.
Productivity in the United StatesS.
Workers increased at a rate of 0 per year.
In the first quarter of 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released 5% data. \"What U. S.
What manufacturers need to do is compete on productivity, \"said Cliff Waldman, senior economist at the Alliance of productive forces and innovative manufacturers.
Other countries compete with cheap labor.
We must improve our efficiency.
You must innovate if you want to do so.
Jordan Spel, editor-in-chief of clothing magazine, saw red lip Laila.
\"Automated machines like this can really give companies an advantage by saving labor costs and material costs,\" she said.
\"Saving is important to Katzkin\'s executives, who are constantly resisting low spending
Cost competitors in the United StatesS.
David gilding, vice president of marketing at the company, said.
The company\'s business model is to provide affordable luxury goods for car buyers who don\'t want to buy cloth seats but don\'t want to upgrade to higher seats
Pricing model of luxury interior package.
Advanced machines enable Katzkin to make high
In a fair quality productin-
Ji Ding said the pace of time manufacturing.
\"We know more customers want leather, but they feel they can\'t afford it,\" said Giddings . \".
That\'s why we exist.
The potential of the market is huge. We only touched the tip of the iceberg.
The leather packaging of Katzkin includes seats, side panels and center console, and the recommended retail price is $1,995.
The company expects sales to hit a record $73 million this year, up from $53 million in 2009.
But costs are only part of the equation.
Hubbard said that if potential buyers require leather interiors to be installed on a showroom car with cloth, the delivery speed is critical.
\"The simple fact is that dealers feel they have to have leather immediately,\" he said . \".
\"The Salesman thought you interrupted my sales.
Give me the leather before the customer changes his mind.
So, we must finish the order as soon as possible.
\"The Katzkin order issued at the car dealership in the morning is usually ready for express air delivery later in the day.
Customers can also order Katzkin interiors through their website and install them through 2,000 operating networks throughout the USS.
\"Each order is made up of 200 parts that must be cut, combined, stitched, inspected, packaged and shipped,\" said Giddings . \".
\"All this has to be done in a few hours.
Katzkin provides leather interiors for automakers like Chrysler, Ford and Dodge, as well as retailer CarMax Inc.
Agreement with Rawlins sporting goods company
Let the crazy baseball fans own baseballglove-
Color leather interior with Rawlins logo.
\"Automakers spend a lot of time thinking about the look of the car,\" says David O\'Connell, Katzkin\'s chief designer . \".
But this is not important.
Like a date.
Inside is like marriage.
This is where you spend most of your time on the car.
\"Katzkin\'s employees do 500 to 800 leather interiors in the company 130,000-square-
But this process does not start with the tool.
First, leather from South America is hung on a wooden stand to remove wrinkles.
Hubbard says only leather is their product.
The sides and back are vinyl, adding a grain to match the leather.
Foam of different thickness is also used.
The supplementary machinery is 22 groups of four to six sewers and fitters.
The teams \"focus only on certain patterns,\" Hubbard said.
They might do all the Toyota cars.
They are experts in these special models.
\"The last step is the embroidery department where you can add personalized logos, tops, state flags, etc.
\"You don\'t have to be content with boring interior design,\" said Giddings . \".
\"You can have an affordable design that matches the personality of your car. \"ron. white@latimes.
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