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required. Newkirk is owner of Precision
Custom Canvas Inc., in St. Catharines,
Ont., Canada, a full-service sewing
operation manufacturing custom canvas
products and upholstery primarily for the
recreational marine industry. He says the
table, acquired when a local sailmaker
closed, is his first move into automation.
Although he plans to hire a full-time
employee to do much of the CAD work,
he wants to gain the base knowledge
necessary to implement the early
development of the shop's digital systems
before turning this over to someone else.
His is a small shop-there's him, a
full-time sewer and a part-time general
worker-so finding time to reconfigure
his production area and develop the new
equipment and processes has proved

challenging. He had hoped to be fully
digital by this season but has pushed
implementation back, operating manually
through the spring rush. For now, he's
fulfilling PPE orders, hiring up and using
an outside cutter to help produce masks,
face shields and barrier curtains for health
care workers and providers. He anticipates
integrating the digital component into his
operations later this summer.
"There are many opportunities that
become available when you increase your
output with digital technology," Newkirk
says. "My employees are excited. They
see the benefits of a streamlined process
and the growth potential once we're
fully integrated."

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