Technology

Innovation in Apparel Manufacturing

AM4U has two transformative and green technology innovations for the fabric and apparel industry,

  • water-free digital dyeing/printing/labeling of fabric in production
  • and “purchase-activated or demand manufacturing services and factories”

The combination of the two changes the economics of the industry and allows garment manufacturing to return to North America, at higher profit.

 See how the apparel industry is rallying around PAM through the ViMA Alliance

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ACTIVE TUNNEL INFUSION, AT-Infusion™, Patent Pending Technology

  • Via heat and photon stimulation, AT-Infusion™ uses capillary action to pump dye inside the fibers, then seals them in a single pass on fabric or cut piecesATC-Sample-2x700
  • Because it requires no fabric pre or post treatment, AT-Infusion™ enables single-pass, dyeing, digital printing, and labeling to be integrated into existing cutting and sewing garment production facilities
  • Compare AT-Infusion™ dyed fabric to state-of-the-art dye-sublimation technologies:
  • Pollution-free, waterless, and compliant with strict environmental requirements; Sublimation-Sample-02x700 AT-Infusion™ is real “green technology” unlike other dyeing processes that claim to be waterless, but may require pre-treated fabric, steam dye fixing or “gray-water” washout of excess dye and chemicals.

    AT-Infusion™ White Papers:

     

    Purchase Activated and Digital Demand and Replenishment Manufacturing

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    For purchase-activated-manufacturing, PAM, nothing is made until the order is placed and paid for by the customer. This means zero inventory of physical goods, only a virtual-inventory of fabric used to make finished product when ordered.
    For demand-manufacturing, inventory is virtual as rolls of unprinted white fabric and a digital design pattern. Dyeing or printing is done only as needed to keep retail supply pipelines flowing to replace consumption, not stocked. Thus, due to short production cycle times, manufacturing is “on-demand.

    Watch the PAM Overview Video

    What types of garment production operations benefit the most from PAM and are the easiest to convert?

    Existing cutting and sewing facilities
    Design testing and sampling operations
    High-value, low-margin, identity products that are major losses of profit

     

    PAM and Digital Demand/Replenishment Manufacturing White Papers:

     

    And, if you are unclear about the risk, threat, and impact of the serious water pollution problems we have from dyeing fabrics, take a look at the Greenpeace sites on the topic, “Toxic Threads” and “Detox”




    “PAM based on AT-Infusion™, moves the tipping-point in the industry from the money made by mass production to the money made by adding value.”

    – Bill Grier, CEO AM4U, June 2013