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I had a good day at work.

(waits for the jaws to come back up the floor)

Part of it is the expectation of talking with other engineers about a project we want done. Part of it was being in a situation where I had enough information available readily to my consciousness to ask good questions, notice lots of things, and generally feel perhaps almost as smart as most people (that seem to like me) seem to think I am. I think I made the sales ladies' day by being so excited by the things their software could do, the things their hardware could do, how elegant the hardware was, all the little design details that make something so much easier to use, ... It was nice.

We're looking at automated embroidery solutions, and while they don't seem to exist off-the-shelf, these folks have done them in the past, and their hardware was just... juicy.

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gamethyme
Jul. 29th, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC)
There's a company locally that does embroidery -- very good automated embroidery -- http://www.threadimpressions.com -- I think. It could be .net ...
kaolinfire
Jul. 29th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC)
That actually doesn't look very automated. "a sales representative will contact you for more information". we're aiming to do custom monogramming and such as that, from web to machine.
gamethyme
Jul. 29th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)
Ahhh.

You want people to order online, and have the computer assemble/print RIGHT THEN without any human intervention.

Comprehension is achieved.
kaolinfire
Jul. 29th, 2004 09:23 pm (UTC)
pretty much. :) A human will have to read a slip of paper and clamp the appropriate fabric on the embroidery machine, then hit a button. ((or perhaps clamp the appropriate fabric, punch in the order number and hit a button))
narnianspoonful
Jul. 30th, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
In other words, put semi skilled laborers out of a job and not significantly improve productivity since this sort of thing requires huge orders to be economically feasable anyway?
kaolinfire
Jul. 30th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
no jobs lost, actually--we're not replacing something within our system, we're "expanding".
narnianspoonful
Jul. 30th, 2004 06:06 pm (UTC)
look, I don't see the need to both employ people doing it the old way and employ less people doing it the new way, do you?
kaolinfire
Jul. 30th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
The people doing it the old way don't exist. Certainly no need to employ them; maybe they can go vote in Florida.
narnianspoonful
Jul. 30th, 2004 06:02 pm (UTC)
And this isn't like 4 color printing, there's a lot of unique set up for each job. Lots of clients are going to want to use threads that they bought, unless you're just going for the corporate golf shirt crowd.
kaolinfire
Jul. 30th, 2004 06:09 pm (UTC)
This is essentially just going to be lettering; totally end-user, not b2b. Minimal font choice, color choice, and location choice. And it's only on our products; we're offering products, not service.
narnianspoonful
Jul. 30th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
come to think of it, you probably know more than I do.
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