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1/7/2015
Topic:
Essential Business Intel - Enterprise Networking

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Gain Control of Your Production Floor with Enterprise Networking Technology
By: Tas Tsonis, Chief Executive Officer

The apparel decoration industry is currently in a period of great technological innovation. There are some changes that are obvious such as the new way artwork is being designed, printed, stitched and carved with software advances and machine improvements. There are also some less obvious changes like the emergence of enterprise networking solutions. These solutions are having an incredible impact on the industry in terms of the efficiency and profitability of larger organizations. Enterprise networking is revolutionizing the production floor, opening the door to huge savings.

Businesses are beginning to implement enterprise networking solutions to monitor all aspects of their production floor including operator efficiency, machine status and design statistics. These solutions increase productivity and provide essential business intelligence to floor managers and provide tangible information for the decision making process at an executive level. Enterprise networking solutions can also help to manage and inform your production schedule.

Enterprise networking solutions are available for all major embroidery machine brands and have already been installed at thousands of organizations globally with great results. The solutions are simple to manage an easily expandable to a larger machine group, making it a worthwhile business investment. With enterprise networking, production managers are able to motivate and monitor their machine operators. They gain valuable reporting on the efficiency of individual operators and specific times of the day to find out where your operation is succeeding and what needs to be improved.



Enterprise networking solutions are equipped with operator login and logout functions that will track operator machine usage using barcode technology. Operators can login to their embroidery machines by scanning their operator ID, directly into the control panel of the embroidery machine and their production is monitored throughout their shift.

An Operator Summary Report is produced that includes number of stitches, number of runs, operator login and logout times, number of resews, a list of jobs processed by the operator, and other production statistics. This ensures that your operators are motivated to hit their numbers and you can be sure that you are getting the best productivity possible.

In addition to operator efficiency, you can gain great insight into the functionality of your machines. Reports can be generated on machine production including running time, down time, pieces produced per hour and total production. The Machine Summary Report contains information such as total running time, total down time, total stitches produced, number of runs, number of pieces produced, stitches per hour, a list of completed jobs, and other production statistics. With Enterprise Networking technology, you can monitor each and every detail of your machines and your production floor.



Make informed decisions for machine and operator planning with data sent directly from the embroidery machines. There is no need to rely on manually created production reports that are time consuming and prone to error. This information enables production managers to better plan their production schedule and quickly respond to production issues.

Reporting statistics for operators and machines can be saved as XLS reports or monitored through an administrative dashboard remotely over the internet with up to the minute information. Since reporting is available online, it is accessible from any PC or tablet on your corporate intranet using a modern web browser.



If you operate a large organization, an effective enterprise networking solution is essential in maximizing productivity and increasing profitability. It is important to choose an enterprise networking solution with a reputation for quality and consistency. Pulse Microsystems is the industry leader in enterprise networking technology, and Pulse’s powerful enterprise networking solution will seamlessly integrate into your current infrastructure in any or all forms of embellishment, including: embroidery, digital print, laser, appliqué, rhinestone, sequin and engraving.

If you are ready to automate your apparel decoration business or are curious to learn more, please contact your local Pulse Microsystems distributor or visit www.pulsemicro.com.
1/20/2015
Topic:
The Trend Towards Personalization Automation

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Trending Toward Personalization and Automation
By: Claude Vlandis, Senior Vice President of Business Development

The garment decoration industry is in a period of rapid technological innovation. Organizations are quickly adopting new technologies and business practices to help with productivity and profitability. One such change is the movement toward garment personalization and the automation of this process. It is becoming more and more difficult for digital print and embroidery businesses to remain competitive without offering a mass personalization solution to their customer base.

Personalization is a segment of the business that provides a very high profit margin. The automation process builds on this, allowing you to keep costs low while maximizing productivity. Together, personalization and automation are making a large impact across both the digital print and embroidery worlds.

The personalization process is very straightforward. Your customer creates their design from scratch or based on a defined template. They can add their name, initials or a personalized message to the garment. A personalization solution gives the customer the opportunity to see a rendering of the design and check for any mistakes before approving it and submitting for production. Once submitted, your ordering system will receive the design and your operator will be able to send it to the machine for production. Personalization is great for building a customer base in sports teams, clubs, and events because a single template can serve as the basis for hundreds of designs.



There are several businesses that have already followed the industry trend toward personalizing garments. This is a great step in the right direction but the full potential of their business is not realized until an automation solution is implemented. Automation will improve efficiency, consistency, and profitability in any area of apparel personalization.

Automation solutions will seamlessly integrate into your current production processes, no matter how large or small your apparel decoration business is. An automation solution will save you time and labor costs, improving delivery times and eliminating costly errors associated with manual input.

It is important for an automation solution be tailored specifically to your organization’s needs and strengths. Designs can be created automatically according to your company's guidelines and text generation rules, and can be automatically downloaded to your production machines. The automation process runs through a text and design creation engine that generates designs based on orders created online, or on in-house. This part of the process is completed without any user intervention.

The automation process will allow you to maximize the efficiency of your business and your employees. It frees you from tedious tasks such as order processing and manual entry, creating more time for you to focus on other aspects of the business.

With digital print automation, Variable Data improves productivity by reducing the time it takes to create multiple personalizations that are similar in appearance. The design process only has to be completed once and you can print many personalized items.

As for embroidery, new personalization solutions are able to provide 3D renderings of designs before they are approved for production. Embroidery files are generated automatically from the order information and by consulting your own product-specific parameters such as the size of the design and font selection. The entire process becomes streamlined.



Automation will help your bottom line in several ways. For one, it eliminates production errors, thus eliminating the cost of lost products and unhappy customers. With an automated solution in place there’s no need to worry about spelling errors, spacing issues or crude language appearing in any of your designs.

Automating your business maximizes the productivity of your employees. Your machine operators will be able to manage multiple machines simultaneously. Instead of an operator taking the design manually from the order and inputting to the machine, the process is now as simple as scanning a barcode and readying the garment for production.

Companies that have implemented both personalization and automation are sure to see a boom in businesses. When a company experiences this type of phenomenal growth, it must have the equipment and systems in place to keep up with demand. A great automation solution is one that is streamlined, allowing your organization to increase the rate at which orders can be handled and processed. This will allow you to scale up your business, meaning the automation solution will grow alongside the organization.

When you are ready to automate your business, it is important to look toward an organization with experience and a reputation for quality. Pulse’s powerful automation software solutions will seamlessly integrate into your current infrastructure. Pulse automation handles the production process from order entry through to design production. Eliminate all manual production tasks and errors that cost your business lost time and revenue each day. Automation solutions are available for all forms of embellishment including embroidery, digital print, laser, appliqué, rhinestone, sequin and engraving.

If you are ready to automate your apparel decoration business or are curious to learn more, please contact your local Pulse Microsystems distributor or visit www.pulsemicro.com.
2/2/2015
Topic:
Small Lettering, Big Impact!

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Small Lettering, Big Impact!

One of the most important features for customers looking to purchase embroidered products is the quality of lettering. Apparel decoration business owners know that lettering quality is impacted by several things including threads, needle size, machine speed and embroidery software. This becomes even more important when we begin to talk about specialty resources for small lettering fonts.

Offering high quality small lettering will set your business apart from others that either refuse to do the work or do a poor job with small lettering requests. The versatility of small lettering can gain you access to designs and clients that may have gone to other forms of garment decoration before, never knowing that quality embroidery could be so fine.

Small lettering generally refers to text smaller than 5mm in height. High quality small lettering can be created at heights as small as 3mm. When choosing to embark on a small lettering project it is essential to implement an embroidery software program that offers a wide array of specialty small lettering fonts. This means different types of fonts including block, script and line fonts to give you the most flexibility possible.

Tajima DG15 by Pulse now has more small lettering fonts than ever before. The following 21 fonts are specifically designed for small lettering and are included as standard for all DG15 users. Pulse employs a lettering expert who digitizes these fonts to perform optimally in any and all situations. Pulse’s small lettering fonts are the best in the world and are one of the many advantages to purchasing DG15.

2/10/2015
Topic:
All in the Display - Machine Integration

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All in the Display - Machine Integration

Interaction between embroidery machines and software is an area that is in the midst of significant technological innovation. The connection between machine and software is an important feature for those looking to improve their internal communication and their productivity.

The newest embroidery software can display messages on the embroidery machine’s controller before and after production to give specific instructions to the machine operator. This means that if there’s anything unique about the design that the machine operator needs to know, it will appear directly in front of them.




This is great for reminding operators about proper backing or other prerequisites of the fabric the design will be sewn on. The message that displays after design completion can be used to communicate where the finished product needs to be placed for shipping, or details like when the design needs to be completed or and if there is another garment that it should be shipped with.

Another important innovation is the ability to control the maximum speed of the embroidery machine from within your software. If you are creating a very complex design you can set the maximum RPM that it can be stitched with, to a case in which your machine operator turns it up too high and ruins the design.



These machine integration features will help embroidery businesses reduce expenses related to damaged garments, and will ensure all completed garments end up in the right place. Connectivity between software and machine is still evolving and it will go a long way toward streamlining your apparel decoration business, which can increase your productivity and save your both time and money.
2/24/2015
Topic:
Monogramming with Wizards

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Monogramming with Wizards

Monogramming is one of the oldest and most successful forms of embroidery. The reason it’s still around is because it’s popular and it fills a need for personalization. Monograms have been a part of embroidery software for a long time as well but there has not been much change to the methodology until quite recently.

New software programs are making it easier than ever to quickly create impressive, stylized monograms. These programs are using predefined templates to speed up the monogramming process. They allow users the ability to personalize their monograms by selecting the text, colour, font and size of the monogram. There are also options to use preloaded frames and decors to further personalize your monogram.

Embroidery software has taken the sometimes arduous task of creating monograms and made it fast and fun. Monograms will always have a huge place in the apparel decoration industry, so these new tools are essential to improving your design experience now and going forward.

Tajima DG15 by Pulse includes an all new Monogram Wizard that streamlines the monogramming process for its users. The Monogram Wizard allows for a great degree of personalization including:


Templates
o Choose from 22 predefined templates as the basis for your monogram design.

Colours
o 30 different thread charts available for maximum flexibility.

Fonts
o Choose from any of your DG15 fonts, not just those specialized for monograms.

Sizes
o Specify the exact height of each line of text in your design.

Frames
o 70 different frames available to surround your monogram.

Decors
o 90 different decors included with something for every season of the year.
2/25/2015
Topic:
Monogramming with Wizards

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jantunezr wrote:
as I can purchase the program dg / ml15



Hello jantunezr,

You can purchase DG15 by contacting your local Pulse distributor. To find the nearest distributor to you, please see the page below:

http://embroidery.pulsemicro.com/find-a-distributor.html
2/26/2015
Topic:
Monogramming with Wizards

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jantunezr wrote:
I have the tajima dg / ml 14 by press, would have to buy the program or can be upgraded version dg15 wing.
I could help with that information.



Hello jantunezr,

DG15 is a new product that requires a separate purchase. However, if you own a previous version of Tajima DG/ML by Pulse already, then there is a discount when updating to DG15.

Also, if you own a previous version of DG/ML and want to upgrade to a higher level (ex. Composer to Illustrator Extreme), you will automatically be updated to DG15 as well at no extra charge.

Your local distributor will be able to give you pricing if you're interested in updating to DG15. Just make sure they know you already own a previous version of DG/ML so you can get the discount!
2/26/2015
Topic:
Update dg/ml 14

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jantunezr wrote:
Quisiera Saber Si Hay Una Actualización para la versión 14.1.6.5388.-para tajima DG15.



Hola , DG / ML14.1.6.5388 es la última versión de Tajima DG / artículo ML14 . Actualización a DG15 requiere una compra por separado . Por favor, póngase en contacto con su distribuidor de impulsos acerca del precio.

Hello, DG/ML14.1.6.5388 is the latest version of Tajima DG/ML14. Updating to DG15 requires a separate purchase. Please contact your local Pulse distributor for pricing.
2/27/2015
Topic:
The Colour Changing Dress

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A picture of a dress has sparked a huge debate on the internet today, and the Pulse office is split! Some people see a blue and black dress, while others see white and gold. Which do you see?




Here's a fun exercise for you to consider too:
How do you choose a matching thread colour when people may see it in two completely different ways?
3/13/2015
Topic:
Autoloading Designs - Queue Faster Production

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Autoloading Designs - Queue Faster Production

Networking with your embroidery software can improve efficiency for businesses of any kind. Enterprise networking and automation solutions with barcode integration are the best option for medium to large sized businesses but what about the smaller shops that could still use help improving operator efficiency and production costs?

These small businesses still have a wealth of options available to help. There are many great networking tools and features within embroidery software to get designs read faster and improve operator efficiency. One such feature is the ability to auto load designs directly from your embroidery software. You can set up your machine queue in order to set the order of designs and have your machine stitch them all out without having to reset or enter new information.

An auto load feature allows your operator to move on to the next scheduled design with the push of a button. If you need to stitch out a design on more than one garment, you can set a download count for each different design in your queue. This means that you can do all of your production scheduling directly from your embroidery software.

Businesses of any size should carefully consider the networking options that their embroidery software is capable of before making a purchase.



edited by PulseMicro on 3/13/2015
3/13/2015
Topic:
X and Y coordinates

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chad@bsg1881.com wrote:
Hey all-
does anyone have an idea of how I can find the X and Y coordinates of a specific place in a design? I work with illustrator and the best way for that program is to turn on smart guides and my cursor displays it when I drag it over any point. Can this be done in Tajima?



Hi Chad,

Currently, the best way to determine coordinates is to either use guidelines in combination with the ruler to mark a coordinate, or to simply look at the rulers, which will always have two bars (one horizontal, one vertical) that follow your mouse around.

Both of these can be used to give you a fairly accurate estimate of the coordinates, and DG measurements can be displayed in millimeters or inches depending on your preference.

Creating a digital indication of your mouse coordinates is a good idea though, and we would appreciate it if you could write your thoughts about this topic in the Feature Requests page as well!

http://dgcommunity.pulsemicro.com/forum8-feature-requests.aspx

Thanks!
3/18/2015
Topic:
Autoloading Designs - Queue Faster Production

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If you're interested in learning about the Networking that is included within Tajima DG15 by Pulse, we now have an introductory video!



Find out how you can save time and greatly increase your machine operator's efficiency with Pulse's Standard Networking, available within DG15.
4/7/2015
Topic:
Update dg/ml 14

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Susan and Don Brown wrote:
Ok, we are looking to upgrade from Illustrator Extreme to Artist and DG15. I know you say contact your distributer, but there are only 2 in Canada and no one has any information for us. We have been trying for weeks to get some answers and find out how to upgrade ASAP. Can anyone help? the distributors sure aren't helping us any.
Thanks!



Hello Susan and Don,

Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. We have contacted our Canadian distributors about your case and they should be in touch with you very shortly with the info you require.

Thank you for your interest in Tajima DG15 by Pulse!
4/13/2015
Topic:
PulseID Savings Calculator is Now Available!

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The PulseID Savings Calculator is Now Available!

Interested in discovering how much PulseID automation could save your business each day?


Our new PulseID Savings Calculator takes some basic information about your production floor to provide an estimate of your daily savings if you began using PulseID. From the calculator, you'll learn how you can produce significantly more embroidered goods each day with a fraction of the machines required. You'll also discover how you can save on labour costs and eliminate most errors from your production floor.

Contact us today using the form on the PulseID Automation page below, and one of our local representatives will help you realize your savings potential!

http://pulsemicro.com/automationpid.html
4/14/2015
Topic:
Small Lettering, Big Impact!

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davperkins wrote:
My company has some proprietary fonts. In other software I have been able to create fonts specifically for a user. Does Pulse V14 have that capability?



Hi davperkins,

Both DG15 and DG/ML14 do support the ability to create your own fonts with our font creator option, yes. This option is available in the Maestro level by default, and can be purchased as an upgrade option in Illustrator Extreme and Artist Plus levels.

Once you have created a font, it can be used by anyone you share the font file with.
4/15/2015
Topic:
Add International Flavor to Your Lettering Designs

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Add International Flavor to Your Lettering Designs

With increasingly multicultural societies and the prevalence of online stores, it’s easier than ever to sell to a global market. Many apparel decoration businesses are opening up their offerings to secure more international customers. One way to do this is to offer lettering and personalization in their native alphabet or character set.

Software and lettering companies make specific fonts for many languages including: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Russian, Greek, and Hebrew. Originally, these fonts were created specifically for the countries that use a particular set of characters. Now however, a trend is emerging and these fonts are being purchased by companies from all corners of the globe in order to sell to an international audience.

Finding quality international fonts can be a challenge, so it’s important to do your research and view samples before making a purchase. Each alphabet or character set has its own special intricacies that need to be taken into account to ensure they are being displayed properly. You must also be aware of the difference between a traditional language font, and a font that is simply stylized. It may seem minimal to someone who isn’t familiar with a foreign language, but the application of such fonts have major differences.





For example: the font on the left is a traditional Greek font written with a Greek keyboard. The font on the right was designed for American Colleges, and works by replacing English letters with Greek symbols on standard North American keyboards. In the image above, the characters are arranged by the letter they correspond to in the English alphabet and do not form a real Greek word.

Another thing to keep in mind is the size of font files. Some character sets like Japanese and Chinese use a huge number of characters that could take up a lot of space and take a while to install. But, if you have the space, these could be the key to unlocking a whole new set of customers for your apparel decoration business and differentiating yourself from the competition.

In most cases, you can find these international fonts being sold in packs ranging in size from three to ten fonts. These are fonts that can be used on a variety of fabrics and at many different sizes to accommodate almost any embroidery need. If you’re looking to for a sales edge in the international market, localized fonts are a great way to expand your business and are worth your time to invest.
edited by PulseMicro on 4/15/2015
4/20/2015
Topic:
Monogramming with Wizards

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Beth Powers wrote:
Are there additional Monogram fonts available for purchase. I am looking for a fancy intertwining font to use on wedding handkerchiefs, etc. None of the fonts in Pulse are intertwining. I curently have Illustrator Extreme and was wondering if the Monogrammimg with Wizards is available to purchase as an add on to the software that I currently have.



Hello Beth,

Pulse does have additional monogram fonts for purchase called the Monogram Font Pack. If you'd like a preview of these fonts, you can see them by clicking the link below, and then selecting Monogram Fonts on the left side.
http://www.pulsemicro.com/embroidery/pulse-fonts.htm#

In regards to interlocking font specifically, we do have one newly available. Can you send a private message to this account to provide your contact email and country? We will have the nearest Pulse distributor contact you to assist you further.

The Monogram Wizard is a new feature that comes standard in Tajima DG15 by Pulse and is included in Illustrator Extreme, but is unfortunately not available as an option in previous versions of DG/ML software.
4/22/2015
Topic:
Draw Fusion in DG/ML 14

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Hello Deborah,

If you contact your local Pulse distributor about your issue, their support team should be able to assist you with this issue.

If you're unsure about who to contact, you can find a list of distributors on our DG15 website here:
http://embroidery.pulsemicro.com/find-a-distributor.html
4/27/2015
Topic:
.PDF for the user manual

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Susan and Don Brown wrote:
I am looking for a PDF of the new DG15 user manual - does anyone know where I can find one to download?



Hi Susan and Don Brown,

The PDF user's manual is included on your DG15 disk. If you're not able to access it this way, please contact your distributor for assistance.
5/1/2015
Topic:
Draw Fusion in DG/ML 14

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samx5453 wrote:
I am trying to use the draw fusion tool in my Tajima DG/ML version 14 (creator) program but every time a message comes up saying "Failed to create Corel". We are currently running CorelDraw 7 on the same computer. Are these 2 programs not compatible or is there a step I am missing? Thanks!



Hi Samx5453,

Unfortunately, Tajima DG/ML14 is not compatible with CorelDraw 7. If you are using DGML14, you are able to use CorelDraw 6 or earlier for DrawFusion.

CorelDraw x7 is compatible with DrawFusion in DG15 though.
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