The garment decoration industry is seeing how moving to an on demand model for smaller orders and one-offs is a very lucrative market to get into and the machine manufacturers are building the machines to enable this. 500 orders of one-off t-shirts is far more profitable that one order of 500 with the same design on, the only stumbling block has been the process to route the orders and artwork to the machinery.
Custom Gateways Custom Product Platform has been enabling the artwork delivery and workflow solutions for the personalisation and mass customisation markets for several years but with recent key partnerships with Wilcom and Kornit this is making the processes needed to maximise production and simplify operators routines a reality in the garment decoration market.
Orders for personalised or print on demand t-shirts for explain can now have artwork uploaded by website customers prepared for printing with all of the parameters needed by Kornit DTG machines automatically added and to have the files dropped into the hot-folder the machines use with one click on a bar code scanner. For embroidered items exactly the same system can generate EMB or DST files and once checked as part of any embroiderers standard quality control procedure dropped into the relevant hot folder for the embroidery machine.
The whole system will allow a fully barcoded workflow system to maximise the production capabilities or any size garment decorator.