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STEPPING INTO THE

FUTURE
ADDING AUTOMATION CAN PROVE CHALLENGING,
WITH COSTS TO CONSIDER, PROCESSES TO CHANGE
AND NERVOUS EMPLOYEES TO RECKON WITH.
STILL, FABRICATORS WHO HAVE TAKEN THE LEAP
SAY THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO GO.
By Pamela Mills-Senn

W

hen Darren Ar thur, owner of
Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC in
Hazlet, N.J., purchased a single-fly
Aeronaut cutter eight years ago-his
first foray into automation-most in
the industry felt such technology was better-suited for large,
high-volume shops, not small operations like his. At the
time, Arthur, who provides custom textile products to the
marine industry, had just one employee. Although he was
looking to increase production, finding good workers was a
struggle. A cutter, he reasoned, would allow him to take on
more work despite this challenge.
Even though this acquisition was a big leap of faith, Arthur knew he could make it work. His optimism was bolstered by his engineering and CAD background. He quickly
began seeing benefits.
"We realized a 32 percent overall reduction in material
costs because of less waste and more accurate ordering,"
he recalls. "I was able to order exactly what I needed rather
than having to estimate. Our shipping costs were reduced
as well."
Inspired, he later added several digitizing devices to his
toolbox and recently purchased an Artec Leo 3D scanner
for outdoor use. Although Arthur could tell in one month
that ordering the cutter had been a good idea, it took about
two years before ROI was achieved. However, he anticipates
the ROI for the 3D scanner will be realized in just months.

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