Patent-Issued for Raspberry Creek Fabrics' Web-to-Print Fabric Automation
Raspberry Creek Fabrics is an online fabric store focused on apparel fabrics. It prints thousands of designs in-house, using pigment and dye sublimation. Its print-on-demand business gives customers unlimited pattern choices but processing all those orders was a nightmare. Creating print lists, ripping files, and sorting orders required an army. Automation was the answer, yet finding the right software was a problem. How do you automate printing thousands of step-and-repeat
designs on 30+ fabric bases with orders ranging from a half yard to 100+ yards?
Current automation systems create the impositions upfront before the rip. Those systems see a
five-yard order, create a graphic file that is five-yards long, and output a monster file to the rip. Those
lO0GB+ files stalled out every system in the path. Imagine orders of 20 yards or 200 yards using
The solution? The Raspberry Creek Fabrics system rips the smallest possible file size for each order. Then, its software captures the rip output and inserts XML sizing information. Using XML, the printer workstations step and repeat the design, printing the order, sized automatically. After rip, orders wait in the cloud, batched by fabric type. Print operators select a fabric type and jobs roll into hot queues
automatically. Orders flow seamlessly from its eCommerce website directly to the printers.
Apart from increased productivity, this software creates the possibility of listing unlimited images
on multiple sales channels for apparel, home decor, blankets, and more. Learn more by
The patent was published March 15, 2022, as US 11275532 Bl.
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