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APPAREL MANUFACTURERS' CONFERENCE TO HIGHLIGHT COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES FROM BELLSOUTH TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND AT&T

 APPAREL MANUFACTURERS' CONFERENCE TO HIGHLIGHT COMMUNICATIONS
 TECHNOLOGIES FROM BELLSOUTH TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND AT&T
 ATLANTA, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Weaving together the latest in apparel manufacturing and communications technologies, the 19th International Apparel Research Conference will feature a new "apparel on demand" process that could some day let apparel manufacturers deliver custom-tailored clothes to consumers anywhere in the United States in just 48 hours.
 The unique demonstration will be one of the highlights of the Nov. 10 and 11 conference of the American Apparel Manufacturers Association (AAMA) at Atlanta's Hyatt Regency that will focus on "Profitable Partnerships through Communication Technology." Apparel suppliers from around the world will learn about the latest communications methods for linking suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers to the most important driving force in the apparel chain -- the customer.
 Nobel Prize winner Arno Penzias, vice president of AT&T Bell Laboratories, will present the keynote address to participants on Nov. 10, live from his office in New Jersey through a videoconference. Penzias will address the issue of integrating communications and other advanced technologies to improve business productivity.
 "Apparel on demand" is a process that combines a new "3-D, non- contact body measurement" with advanced manufacturing techniques in factories hundreds of miles away. During a demonstration, "customers" at the Atlanta conference will be linked with manufacturing centers in North Carolina and South Carolina. Communications lines in the three Southern states will be provided by BellSouth Telecommunications, while the interstate portion will be provided by AT&T. AT&T also will provide the live video connection from Atlanta to New Jersey.
 Jud H. Early, director of research and development for the Textile/Clothing Technology Center in Raleigh, N.C., said the measurement demonstration will involve a specially designed, computerized booth which will scan the body of a volunteer in less than two seconds using a technique known as "phase measure profilometry." The process uses a non-laser white light.
 "After we scan the subject in Atlanta," said Early, "the 3-D data will be transmitted by high-speed phone lines to Raleigh, where we'll 'reconstruct' the person, take measurements and alter the pattern" to assure a perfect fit. Next, a single-ply fabric cutting machine and flexible assembly system will turn the pattern into a completed pair of custom-fitted trousers -- in less than 30 minutes.
 At the same time trousers are being custom-made in Raleigh, shirts will be manufactured to order for the participant at the Clemson Apparel Research Center in Clemson, S.C. "We will demonstrate the ability to replace stock and to make-to-order a special item such as a stock shirt with the customer's choice of contrasting collar and cuffs," said Dr. Nancy Staples, principal investigator for a Defense Logistics Agency project at Clemson, which uses 3-D body scanning to streamline the issuance of military uniforms.
 Once the clothing is ready, it will be shipped to Atlanta where the volunteer will try on the new clothes during the conference's second day. Conference participants will be able to view the entire measuring and manufacturing process via video links from Raleigh and Clemson.
 Steve Kaufman, executive vice president of sales at Juki America Inc., and chairman of the conference, noted that communications technology can help apparel manufacturers remain competitive in a changing economy. "It allows the communication to improve so manufacturers and retailers can become better partners to supply what the consumer needs and improve their profits all along the way," said Kaufman. "Companies that are very successful now are doing things differently from the way they did business two or three years ago. What we're showing at the conference are things that can be embraced now and in the future."
 If adopted by the industry, the communications and manufacturing technologies could save suppliers millions of dollars, while improving their relationships with retailers and customers, according to Early. Techniques to be demonstrated at the conference would reduce or eliminate the need for alterations, the warehousing of large inventories of clothing, and the costly markdown of those clothes at the season's end. At the same time, it could deliver what customers want -- a well- tailored suit or dress at a cost comparable to today's prices.
 "We're getting to a point where fashion turns ever more quickly and the one who can put it all together has an advantage over other manufacturers," said Arthur Brause, vice president of Chicago-based QST Industries and chairman of the Apparel Research Committee of the AAMA. "Communications has the ability to speed up the production cycle and make the transporting of patterns and ideas immediate. It may even get to a point where retail customers at a kiosk could review a pattern book, have their bodies measured, and the next day have a garment returned to them that fits perfectly."
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