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With new equipment that contributes
to production efficiencies, Best
Tarps of West Memphis, Ark.,
manufactures completely threadless
roll tarp with bow reinforcements,
heat-sealed webbing and pole
pockets. Photo: Best Tarps Inc.

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Two years ago, the company
constructed a building to accommodate
a new tarp manufacturing process for
threadless roll tarps. New equipment
included bar sealers and hot air welders.
"These machines are designed on a track,
and the table has a vacuum in it," Williams
says. "We place the material on the table,
line it up with the machinery, and the
vacuum sucks material down to the table
so it cannot move. It makes a perfectly
square pocket with no creases, no puckers."
With the new equipment and processes,
daily production at Best Tarps increased from
20 tarps with three full-time sewers to 50
tarps with three full-time machine operators.
"Instead of using four machines, we
use a Miller Weldmaster® 112 Extreme to
put our pockets in," says Williams. "The
bar sealer, an RF sealer, applies seat belt
webbing to vinyl material without using
any thread."
Production efficiencies didn't happen
overnight, however. There was a trial-anderror period to figure out the best process.
"We originally started out trying to
use just this one machine to do the whole
process," Williams says, but it became
apparent that an investment in another
piece of machinery would speed up the
process. Moving through the learning
curve, "it took us about three months
before we felt comfortable sending our
threadless tarps to market." The company
saw increased revenues within two months.
Williams says that Best Tarps' growth
is predicated on additional equipment
investments-and additional space-in
response to trends in supply and demand.
If the company can increase efficiencies
by producing tarps within a certain
time frame, customers won't seek them
elsewhere. On the wish list: a second
machine for tasks such as overlap welds,
Williams says.
"If we have material we need to
do overlap welds on, we have to stop
production on our pole pockets to do it,"

he says. "I would like to have one machine
set up for overlap welds and one machine
for pole pockets. The ultimate goal is
to have two Miller machines to do two
different things at once without messing
up production."
Williams also looks for equipment that
can multitask. With only one machine,
if it goes down, "you're back to sewing
tarps again," Williams says. "We buy other
machines for backup capable of doing the
job, not as fast but on a temporary basis,
so if a machine goes down, we're not stuck
without any manufacturing."
And one final tip from Williams to
avoid downtime: Have a means for backup
power generation in case of power outages.
LABOR-SAVING INVESTMENTS
New equipment has also led to production
efficiencies for Covers-All Canvas
Products Inc. in Finleyville, Pa. CoversAll is a family operation manufacturing
covers for utility, pickup and small dump
trucks and waste management tarps such
as roll-off containers.
Covers-All also manufactures and
installs awnings, services steel mills and
makes ventilation covers and hanging
devices for the coal mining industry.
Other clients include utility companies
and nuclear power plants, for which
the company makes a canvas product
to be laid upon concrete to pick up dust
from workers' shoes so the dust doesn't
contaminate the air.
With such a diverse customer base,
Covers-All added a 20-foot cross seamer
to save time and labor.
"One person can run the cross seamer,
where before we needed two people to run
the other machine-the person running
the machine and the puller," says Ellis
Stokes, Covers-All president.
Stokes is looking to add a plotter for
even more production efficiency. But
beyond equipment investments, he
also aims for efficiency by accurately

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