Editor’s Note: For the August machinery feature titled, “Strong Stitches, Powerful Bonds,” we asked industry leaders to fill out a questionnaire about their business. To our delight, some of them gave us so much information, we couldn’t use it all in the print feature. So, we decided to post the entirety of their Q&A’s online, allowing you, our valued audience, to read all their good answers. This interview with Hank Little, president of Atlanta Attachment Co., is the final installment of a four-part, online-only series that we posted weekly throughout the month of August. Most of all, our sincerest thanks to the executives who participated in the sewing and gluing machinery feature and helped to make it a success.
BedTimes: What new sewing machines have you introduced that you would like to showcase? If you haven’t introduced new sewing machinery, then what timely updates have you made to existing machinery?
Hank Little: As part of our commitment to providing comprehensive solutions, we have expanded our range of tape edge machines. The latest addition to our lineup is the groundbreaking 1315R, which incorporates roller technology and features a Windows-based gateway system with Industry 4.0 capability. This cutting-edge system enables seamless connectivity and data exchange between various components of the production line, facilitating efficient communication and improved decision-making. Furthermore, the 1315R offers wireless remote access to our technical service team, revolutionizing the way remote support is provided. With this capability, our experts can swiftly diagnose and address issues, minimizing downtime and maximizing productivity for our customers.
We have some exciting developments in our collaboration with our esteemed strategic partners, Aper SRL and Umit Makina, with groundbreaking gluing technologies that have been specifically designed to revolutionize the ensemble process. This remarkable achievement is a result of our joint efforts and dedication to innovation and excellence in our respective fields.
BedTimes: What are your customers asking for now? What are the key trends driving your business?
Hank Little: In response to the growing demand for automation in the final processes of various industries, Atlanta Attachment has been at the forefront of developing cutting-edge solutions to meet the evolving needs of our customers. Over the past few years, our dedicated team of engineers has been tirelessly working on enhancing our gluing line and mattress closing line to optimize efficiency and streamline operations.
BedTimes: What are some of the current challenges you are facing? And/or, are your customers facing?
Hank Little: Industry 4.0 Integration: At Atlanta Attachment, we understand the significance of Industry 4.0 integration in today’s rapidly evolving manufacturing landscape. By embracing this digital transformation, we have aligned our solutions with the principles of smart factories. The Windows-based gateway system in our tape edge machine line not only enables real-time monitoring and control but also facilitates the seamless integration of various production processes. This integration ensures data-driven decision-making, predictive maintenance, and improved overall efficiency, ultimately leading to enhanced productivity and profitability.
BedTimes: How do your machines solve these issues?
Hank Little: Recognizing the importance of minimizing glue consumption while ensuring strong bonding, we have invested significant resources in refining our gluing processes. Our engineers have implemented more precise controls on rollers and nozzles, allowing for a minimal usage of adhesive while maintaining impeccable bond strength. By leveraging advanced technologies, we have accelerated the process of foam assembling, significantly reducing production time without compromising quality.
BedTimes: What question am I not asking that you would like to answer?
Hank Little: The mattress manufacturing industry faces several sustainability challenges, including material waste, energy consumption and the use of potentially harmful substances. These challenges require innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact throughout the production process, from material sourcing to the final product.
Atlanta Attachment’s Sustainable Approach
Atlanta Attachment recognizes the importance of sustainability and has taken proactive measures to address these challenges. We are committed to developing machines and technologies that not only enhance efficiency but also minimize environmental impact. Here are some key initiatives we have undertaken:
Eco-friendly Material Solutions
We understand the significance of using sustainable materials in mattress manufacturing. Our engineers continually research and develop alternative materials that are renewable, recyclable and have a reduced carbon footprint. By providing mattress manufacturers with access to eco-friendly materials, we enable them to produce more sustainable products.
Energy consumption is a significant concern in manufacturing processes. Atlanta Attachment focuses on developing energy-efficient machines that optimize power usage without compromising productivity. By incorporating smart technologies and energy-saving features, we help mattress manufacturers reduce their carbon emissions and operating costs.
Waste Reduction and Recycling
Minimizing waste and promoting recycling are essential aspects of sustainability. Atlanta Attachment’s machines are designed to optimize material usage, reducing waste generation. We also collaborate with mattress manufacturers to implement recycling programs for materials, such as foam, fabric and metal components, ensuring a circular economy approach.
Compliance with Environmental Regulations
Staying updated with environmental regulations is crucial to meet sustainability goals. Atlanta Attachment works closely with regulatory bodies and industry associations to ensure our machines comply with relevant standards. By adhering to these regulations, mattress manufacturers can confidently meet sustainability requirements and gain consumer trust.
Research and Development
We consistently invest in research and development to explore innovative solutions that further enhance sustainability in mattress manufacturing. This includes exploring new technologies, materials, and processes that promote sustainability, efficiency and product performance.