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A Tale of Two Companies:

 How Tukatech is transforming the manufacture of everything from anti-gravity suits to the standard T

Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 13th, 2015 – It is a testament to Tukatech’s versatility that Vinyl Technology Inc., producers of antigravity suits for Air Force and Navy fighter pilots, and Tipsy Inc., producers of souvenir T-shirts for iconic American sites such as the White House, are both using Tukatech technology.

This is a point of pride for Ram Sareen, the visionary behind Tukatech, the industry’s leading provider of software and hardware technology, that his products are not only adaptable to a wide range of apparel-related businesses, large and small, but can be vital to their success. Case in point is the very different situations of these two longstanding Los Angeles area–based clients.

Vinyl Technology, located in Monrovia, is a 375-employee, high-tech facility that does radio frequency heat sealing of plastic materials that need to be airtight—things like hazmat suits and medical products. The larger part of its business, however, is what the company’s president, Dan Mollura, terms “industrial sewing.” Vinyl Technology’s anti-gravity suits are equipped with air bladders that inflate during flight to keep blood flowing to the pilot’s brain to avoid “G-loc”—loss of consciousness. With lucrative Defense Department contracts, Vinyl Technology is in an enviable position at the moment. “Our business is growing within a market that is not growing,” Mollura explains. “The pie isn’t getting any bigger, but our portion is increasing. And following a trend of the government replacing older tech suits with newer tech suits, we’re one of two companies qualified to make these new tech G-suits. And we are the primary supplier.” To handle the increasing demand, Vinyl Technology
needed to increase its production capacity quickly.

The company had already invested in TUKAcad design software several years back. The relationship between Mollura and Sareen, however, goes back a great deal longer, to the days of the Space Shuttle program. Vinyl Technology had a contract to develop “sound attenuation bags”—fabric bags attached to the bottom of the booster rockets that would fill with water at liftoff to absorb sound and prevent damage to the shuttle, then incinerate. Sareen helped Mollura modify a cutting machine to hot-cut the parachute fabric for the bags. “It was a very unique application that he was able to help us out with,” Mollura recalls. And he has kept in touch with Sareen ever since.

With Vinyl Technology’s new business demands, “we had the need to cut more plys of material for the G-suits, and our current machine wasn’t able to give us the results,” Mollura says. “I challenged Ram to see if his machines could do a better job. He took a look, made some tests, and very quickly he came up with a solution. We tested it out and we decided to go with the machine shortly thereafter.” The TUKAcut D600 is scheduled to be installed in the next few weeks.

Tipsy Inc., one of Tukatech’s more traditional apparel industry clients, which has an 80-employee manufacturing facility in the City of Vernon, also has a need for volume. Tipsy produces souvenir T-shirts and sweatshirts for museums, national parks—“any tourist place, mainly,” explains Paul Singh, Tipsy’s vice president. With volume of about 1 million items per year, Tipsy invested about six years ago in TUKAcad. “With its marking and grading program, we saved a lot of fabric; our waste is minimal,” Singh says. An added bonus, he goes on, was the program’s ability to put different styles together on the same marker, since Tipsy often uses the same fabric for different items. “Whatever we paid to buy the software,” says Singh, “we recovered in six months.

”This year, the company invested in a Tukatech automatic cutting machine as well, and Singh already has seen a difference in the speed, precision, and volume—“at least 20 percent more than with the previous cutter.” Its user-friendly interface also has made an impact. “Before, we used to have only one person who knew the machine,” Singh says. “Now everyone knows it. It’s that easy to understand.” Most importantly to Tipsy, however, is Tukatech’s superb technical support—another point of pride for Sareen. “The other cutter was giving us a lot of problems,” Singh says. “The other company had no support—we would wait months and not hear from them. Our production would stop and we lost customers.

“The best thing about Tukatech,” he continues, “they call to find out how things are, which is very important. If we have any issues, their tech people come right away. That gives you peace of mind. Our customers now have confidence in us.”

Both Mollura of Vinyl Technology and Singh of Tipsy point out the great advantage that Tukatech is local. “They can come and answerany question any day,” Singh says. That support includes Sareen himself, always a valuable resource for his clients. “Ram takes a personal interest,” Singh attests. “He’s very helpful, very knowledgeable,” says Mollura. “He’s assisting us even with improving the layout of our cutting department to provide better flow.”

“The point,” says Sareen, “is that technology is going to help bring the jobs back to America. It’s not really just for large companies. Technology today is affordable. We cannot ignore the use of technology to facilitate our growth. At Tukatech, we are providing our garment-industry people with affordable technology and helping them bring the jobs back to the U.S.”

See the original story here, written by California Apparel News.

About Tukatech, Inc.: Tukatech is the garment and apparel industry’s leading provider of fashion technology solutions. Founded in 1995 by garment-industry veteran Ram Sareen, Tukatech offers award-winning 2D pattern making, grading, and marker making software, automated marker making software, 3D sample making/virtual prototyping software, as well as garment plotters, and automatic spreaders and cutters for production. All systems include unlimited training, consulting, process engineering, and implementation of our technologies. The capability of Tukatech’s technology remains unparalleled in the fashion industry.

www.tukatech.com          www.tukaweb.com    

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