Marine Fabricator July/August 2022 - 34

With small tools,
everything is
about maximizing
time and labor.
Jay Hanks
Allerton Harbor Canvas
automatically fed but some of them
are, and of course that changes the volume
situation. The operators do not
have to put the grommet and the washer
in there with their hands; they can
just press a pedal and the next grommet
comes and feeds itself and puts it
into position.
This tool in use at Allerton Harbor
Canvas is a power nipper
for cutting polycarbonate.
Photo: Allerton Harbor Canvas
" Hand-fed equipment is fantastic for
smaller jobs and repair work, especially
if you don't have a big budget, " he adds.
" But when it comes to large volume, if
you are making hundreds and hundreds
of tarps and there are grommets every 6
inches, you're going to want a machine
that can feed the grommets automatically.
You'll wind up saving money in the
long run despite the initial cash outlay. "
Allerton's Hanks agrees with that
assessment. He uses an Edward Segal Inc.
automatic portable machine. " It makes
things a lot easier than the prior system
we had, " says Hanks. " It took several
steps; you'd take a round hole punch,
punch the hole, put the grommets in a die
and then hammer it until it's done, and it
would take several hits to set a grommet.
" The machine we use now punches
the hole and sets the grommet all in one
swoop, " he says.
" You can do more than 300 grommets
in an hour, where it would have
taken three hours to do it before. "
Jeff Moravec is a freelance writer based in
Brooklyn Park, Minn.
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