Embroidery machines are operated by embroidery files that come in a variety of formats. The T8 controller can handle the following formats: DSB, Uxx, PEC, PES, DSG, EXP, KSM, TBF, DST, EXX, DSZ, FXX and ZSK. The most well-known code in the embroidery industry is the DST code. It is the most basic code, can be created by any digitizing system and can be read by probably every embroidery machine that is produced today.
The DST format comes from the times of paper punchcards. It is a proprietary format that only contains stitch commands. The files have a maximum jump length of 121, the files do not contain colour information, no vectors and no thumbnails. Beyond the simplicity and limitations of the code itself, it brings actual disadvantages to its users.
Loading a DST in your embroidery machines takes a lot longer than a ZSK format and the chance of errors for the user is very high. A general assumption is that loading a DST file takes 20 seconds longer than a ZSK file and assuming an average of 10 designs per day, this would mean 200 seconds of production time lost per day. By the end of a year this is ca. 14 hours of wasted time on the machine controller.
We highly recommend ZSK machine users to digitize in ZSK format or to request external digitizers to supply the embroidery files in this format.
Customers in the fashion industry or technical embroidery can benefit from further benefits. Not only a lot of commands for accessories (i.e. twin sequin device) can be stored in the file format, but also settings for the W-head and K-head can be saved and stored in each design and even be adjusted within a des.
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