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"Technology is going to happen; you
need to embrace it or you'll get left behind," he says. "There will come a time
when technology has advanced so far
that the industry as we know it today
will no longer exist. If you're going to
open a sail loft shop today, you won't be
able to compete without technology."
Precision Custom Canvas has used its
Autometrix plotter/cutter during the
COVID-19 outbreak to produce more
than 11,000 face masks, 4,000 face
shields and 600 isolation gowns. This
PPE is shipped to doctors, pharmacists,
optometrists and other front-line workers. The company, which in better times
manufactures products for the recreational marine industry, is now listed as
a medical manufacturing facility and is
about to begin production on 16,000 of
its Class 1 face shields. Photos: Precision
Custom Canvas Inc.

Automation advantages
Arthur's main objectives for incorporating
automation into his operation were ramping up production while keeping quality
consistent and predictable-goals he has
achieved. Darcy Puri, general manager
for Wizard Screen Solutions, says these
were the goals of Wizard as well.
Located in Burnaby, British Columbia,
Canada, the manufacturing company
provides retractable screens to OEMs,

to window and door companies and to
the Wizard dealer network. The company began automating in 2017 using
computerized TigerStop™ cutting guides,
a customized testing station for quality assurance of its architectural and
large-format products, and an impulse
welder using a Matic bar welder.
"It was important to ensure best-inclass products," says Puri. "To do this,
consistency in our components was key.
Automation has helped achieve these
goals while building capacity and cost
savings in the production process."
Technology has sparked innovation,
enabling the company to align its
products to market trends as well as
improving service levels. Automation
has also kept the doors open despite the
COVID-19 crisis, which has resulted in

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