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An Autometrix cutting table has not only
ramped up production at American
Canvas Products, it has allowed the
company to help during the COVID-19
pandemic by using this table to make
face masks while still staying on top of
other jobs. The company has provided
more than 50,000 masks to hospitals,
nursing homes and individuals, with
more orders coming in, an impact
made possible by this machine.
Photos: American Canvas Products.

hasn't forced him to let people go; it has
kept him from having to hire additional
employees. Childres also told staff their
pay would rise along with their skill sets
because of cross-training. Consequently,
the plotter/cutter's impending addition
hasn't aroused any concerns.
Concerns and hesitations
Automation is expensive, which can
cause some companies to hesitate and
even prevent others from moving forward. Still, there are financing and leasing options available that can put this
technology within reach. But perhaps
more concerning to owners is the human
factor. Although Childres says his
employees have become accepting of
technology and Arthur says the same, this

isn't always the case. Companies often
face employee resistance. This was a
concern of Carl Ryan Cordell, owner
of American Canvas Products, when
he purchased an Autometrix cutting
machine in 2018. Located in Fort Worth,
Texas, the custom canvas shop specializes in making truck tarps, awnings,
and pool and boat covers.
"All our employees-there are 10 fulltime workers-are set in their ways and
don't like to deviate from what's comfortable," Cordell says. "I was also skeptical if
the machine would be able to do the cuts
necessary for some of our small projects.
"But this machine has been a blessing," he continues. "Most of our cutting
is being done by it, although it's taken us
a year to get away from scissor cutting."
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