The second generation of embroidery machines includes the electronic type models, where the designs came in a telex type tape (8 channels) and are read electronically. Those machines are functionally more complete than the mechanical machines, but yet very limited in compared with present models and also compared with Sierra automation system. As an example, some models dont have design memory and some have just very little memory. These machine works at higher speed than the originally mechanical machines; bit has their weakness in the low flexibility of tape designs.
For those machines Sierra develop a system (Bordo CD) that allow the machines works directly from disk, seek designs from a graphical catalog or standard diskette, show the design on the screen, see color sequence, edit and modified it, and up to code conversion. Once the machines was modified by Sierra, they can be connected between them allowing the computer where the designs are read and edit send them to many embroidery machines, still from different models. This was the born of a connectivity concept.
The models from this generation are those offered by the manufactured presently in the market. Most of those machines are at the present technology boundary so they dont have any competitive or productivity problem (could be improved, but with extremely high cost). Then, which is the problem with these machines? Unfortunately the manufacturers doesnt agree about disk codes, or memory boards or kind of communication between machine and computer. The worst part is that the users suffer from this because it is not possible to work with two machines from different brand equally; and in some cases, it is not possible to work in the same way with two machines of different model from the same brand!
When is possible (that is not ever) connectivity products from Sierra allow to send designs to machine avoiding diskettes, in the same way for machines from different manufacturers and different models; still with embroidery machines from different generation. The connection type can be direct (the chipper ones) or in a network (Bordo Net) that more expensive but include very easy design administration.
With the idea to bring a more extensive and complete products line applied to the embroidery industry, after an study about the needs of the companies and the market existence offer, Sierra starts a new project called Bordo CAD that allow embroidery design creation from a computer. The original goals of this project lead us to build an innovative and unique system, as for their very friendly interface (rarely found on system from that time) as for the organization, productivity and embroidery quality achieve. This system was the predecessor of EO Design, included in the Embroidery Office® line of products.