Located in southern Wisconsin, Integra, Inc., has been designing and manufacturing seating and tables for lounge and reception areas for nearly four decades. The family-owned and operated company started with founder Monroe Putnam’s patented “tube and plug” inner construction design and has since grown to be a leading contract furniture manufacturer serving customers in healthcare, education, corporate, and government markets.
The best solution for pattern cutting
“Prior to purchasing the Zünd cutter, we were manufacturing the old-fashioned way—manually—using hand-traced paper patterns and cutting stack materials with an 8” straight blade and a rotating hand cutter for single plies,” says Greg Scharnott, President of Integra. After reviewing several auto-cutting solutions, Integra selected a Zünd G3 cutting system with MindCut software. Besides being located less than an hour away, the company felt Zünd simply provided the best solution for pattern cutting.
As a contract manufacturer, Integra is faced with processing a wide variety of upholstery materials, including leathers, vinyls, and fabrics with many types of backers and stretch properties. States Scharnott: “Aside from the obvious advantages in the versatility of the Zünd system, we saw immediate and significant benefits in throughput, material yield, and vastly improved consistency in cut quality—most notably with leather”.
Beautifully strong by design
In keeping with its brand motto, Integra is proud to provide top-quality products and superior customer service. The company has doubled the size of its manufacturing facility in the past two years. According to Scharnott, Zünd has continued to be a key part of the company’s growth model: “The Zünd team has been great to work with. Our partnership continues to expand with additional equipment features such as pattern matching that support Integra’s growth plan through technology solutions.”