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Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. This week, show producer Erich Campbell talks to Nick and Andrea from ZSK Embroidery about the new technology that is changing the embroidery industry. Learn what is new, what is coming and how you can keep ahead of the curve. This fun fast paced conversation will give you more details about embroidery and the industry as a whole. Sponsored by: SGIA.org Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants or lectures or selling. We are not doing this for our employers, but rather for our industry. Since February 2013, The 2 Regular Guys have been the first and the most listened to garment decorating industry podcast on this planet! We are humbled by all of you tuning in each week. We work hard to bring you information that will make your business better, and our industry better. Take a look at our incredible weekly guest list and you’ll understand where this industry goes for news, interviews and the heartbeat of garment decorating. Thanks for listening! News SGIA has announced Sustainable Business Recognition Award. Marci says, Integrating sustainability into your business practices can involve many steps, but even the smallest act can make a significant impact. (Installing energy efficient lighting and controls saves money and benefits the planet — a clear win-win situation!)  Pantone Color Institute named its 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral. The coral hue features gold undertones that the institute says “energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” Seeking inspiration for this year’s color, the organization says Living Coral is in reaction to the prominence of digital technology and social media in daily life and the desire for authentic experiences. The institute also states that the shade symbolizes an “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits” and the “desire for playful expression.” “Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities, and this is particularly true for Living Coral,” states Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute. “With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial [color] hit a responsive chord.” Embroidery Technology Advancements Terry: Give us a little history of ZSK and why they have positioned themselves to get involved with all this innovation? Erich: I know that I love seeing the out-of-this world tech and manufacturing that embroidery is aiding these days, but before I run us out into arcane processes, why don’t we talk a little bit about where embroidery is going now? What sort of changes have you noticed about the commercial embroidery market’s focus recently and what sort of features or innovations are already in the pipeline that addresses how the market is evolving? (personalization, indiv. Production, head selection, production aids/projection) Terry: I see Erich reposting lots of your content. Can you tell us more about these ‘embroidery adjacent’ technologies that are coming into use? (Upholstery, Shoe uppers, etc?) Erich: Alright- we’ve talked about the kinds of embroidery we all know about, let’s get a little further out there into technologies derived from embroidery- tell us a little more about what ‘Technical Embroidery’ means and what is it doing for manufacturing? What kinds of things are you helping companies make that people might not even think of as embroidery? Terry: What kinds of these high-tech applications are still on the horizon, and what is within our abilities to do right now? How about average decorator? Can they get in on this? (E-textiles, lead into circuits, sequins, etc) Erich: I know I’m usually the one feeding the geeky stuff, but I’m actually going to bring us down to earth a bit here; as much as I love circuits and blending tech into apparel,

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