For shoe manufacturers looking for an alternative fastening system to replace obsolete stringing machines in shoe-lasting operations, help is at hand from the Fastener Division of Avery Dennison Retail Information Services.

It has launched a new product, called the Avery Dennison Extra Heavy Duty T-End Fastener System, said to help ensure correct sole attachment in shoe-lasting applications as well as reduce costs associated with downtime and machine repair.

The system employs a blunt-tip needle to apply Extra Heavy Duty T-End fasteners through shoe eyelets during manufacturing. These fasteners, consisting of two T-Ends and a connecting filament, have a tensile strength of 14 lbs or more. They hold shoe uppers firmly together at the critical point in manufacturing when the sole is attached, preventing the type of sagging that can lead to poor fits. The Extra Heavy Duty T-Ends are removed before the shoes undergo finishing.

The system is available as a trigger-operated hand tool or in an industrial bench-mounted version. It can be employed on a wide range of men, women's and children's shoes, including those with small or large eyelets.