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Leedon Webbing

Bob MacKenzie and John Mulready

Bob MacKenzie and John Mulready of Leedon Webbing in Central Falls, RI reported a 20% increase in productivity with two fewer spaces after a rebuild!


Mike Tremblay, Director of Manufacturing Services

Mike Tremblay, Director of Manufacturing Services at Velcro Companies, agreed to share their story. Velcro Companies uses machines of various ages, some newer and some older, for many of the products they manufacture. Besides routine maintenance and standard upkeep, a full refurbishment is scheduled at designated intervals to ensure optimal performance.

“Outsourcing the refurbishment to a qualified company such as Kamber Narrow Fabric Machinery allows our maintenance team to focus more on the daily operations and routine maintenance to keep our operations more productive.”

He estimates they gained approximately 20% increased output on the first two machines we refurbished for them. As Mr. Tremblay remarked to us when we asked for permission to share his story, Velcro Companies also benefited from reduced downtime, repair time and parts as well as improved product output quality.

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NFI Advisory Board Slate of Nominations

October 31,2019

The Narrow Fabrics Institute nominations committee met to review nominations for this year's NFI Advisory Board election. I am pleased to announce, on the Committee's behalf, that the following nominees are being recommended for the position as of October 28, 2019.

Directors/ Serving 1st Three-Year Term
  • Mark Harries, Bally Ribbon Mills
  • Wayne Heilman, Wayne Mills Company
  • Jordan Krauss, American Cord and Webbing Co, Inc.
  • Michael McGrath, Kamber Narrow Fabric Machinery, LLC

The committee thoughtfully reviewed the qualifications of all applicants. Every attempt was made to select individuals who could provide a spectrum of representation on the advisory board including size of company and experience with association or industry issues.

An opportunity is available, however, through the Operating Guidelines for additional candidates (independent nominations) to be considered by the membership. Independent nominations must be submitted in writing, addressed to me and received at IFAI headquarters in Roseville no later than the close of the business day on Ocotber 28, 2019. The letter must be accompanied by a petition / letter of support signed by at least fifty (50) members in good standing from the General (voting) member category.

If no other nominations are received by that date, I am authorized by the Operating Guidelines to place a unanimous vote for the slate of candidates recommended by the Nominations Committee. If, however, independent candidates are proposed and meet the qualifications, an electronic ballot will then be sent out on to all voting members for consideration.

New Hot Swap Program from Kamber Reduces Machine Downtime for Manufacturers

March 29,2019
Kamber Introduces Hotswap

Kamber Narrow Fabric Machinery, LLC, a global trader and specialist in pre-owned weaving, braiding and knitting machinery, announces a new Hot Swap program for manufacturers. The program offers manufacturers the opportunity to have their narrow fabric needle looms completely refurbished with a full one-year warranty and with zero minutes of downtime with their current machines. Based on the auto industry’s car loaner program which is when a car dealer provides a customer with a temporary car while their own car is being repaired, Kamber will custom build a machine per the customer’s specs and then swap it with the machine needing refurbishment. Each machine needing refurbishment can be rebuilt to the customer’s same or new specs. The Hot Swap program was developed with today’s tight labor market in mind, to help manufacturers’ employees focus on production and not on equipment repairs and rebuilding. Kamber uses OEM parts, which is crucial for machine performance. With no machine interruption and a like-new, cost-efficient machine, Hot Swap is an optimal program for production managers seeking to eliminate machine downtime and increase productivity.