In the two weeks following its launch at the IMB 2000 exhibition in Cologne, assyst-bullmer’s automarker.com was used to mark 60,000 pattern pieces. The trial, which was carried out with a number of the company’s customers, was so successful that many have now decided to subscribe to the new web-based service for automatic marker making.To cater for this rapidly growing demand, the computers and other hardware behind the automarker.com website have been increased three-fold ― which should also help to decrease response times says the company. The website has also been moved to one of the large commercial “webfarms” to guarantee the security, availability, scalability and bandwidth which is required to satisfy the needs of assyst-bullmer’s quickly growing automarker.com community.Automatic marker making is the first in a suite of web-based services planned by assyst-bullmer. The next option, which will soon be available, will enable control files to drive plotters and cutters to be generated from the automatically made markers. These files can reside in a customer-owned secure electronic “postbox” at the automarker.com website, where they can be picked up and downloaded from the location of the physical plotter or cutter anywhere on the web. Additional services are in preparation.The advantage of web-based marker making is the immediate availability of marking resources to cover peak demands and to bridge other resource shortages, without investment in equipment and software and cost for their upkeep.