Chesterfield Awning

South Holland, Illiniois

"A small team of expert awning makers automate their cutting process with the Carlson Design PT-72" Plotter/Cutter machine. Specializing in traditional striped awnings, awning-style door enclosures and awning storage in South Holland, Illinois."

Installation Details

Model Pro PT
Attachments T-Bar Digitizer, Hot Knife Attachment
Plotter Width 72"
Table 28'
Blowers (4x) 1.5HP Radial Vacuum
Applications Awnings, Custom Canvas Shades, Shades
Materials Cut Acrylic, Canvas, Sunbrella, Vinyl
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About Chesterfield Awning

Chesterfield Awning, with their main location in South Holland, Illinois, has been crafting custom awning solutions for businesses throughout the state of Illinois and beyond for the last 59 years. Owned and operated by Dave Ausema, he and his team can measure, quote, cut, and fabricate even faster with a Carlson Design Plotter/Cutter installed in-house and operated by their lead graphics and digital pattern designer, Matt Coglianese. Chesterfield mostly fabricates traditional-style awnings, utilizing Sunbrella and vinyl material with and without striped patterns while also providing storage solutions for seasonally hung awnings.

With a small team of sewers lead by the operations manager, Steve, most of their time is spent taking in measurements and converting those to templates, then cutting the templates out of paper, then tracing the pattern onto the desired material and finally cutting the material by hand. As you can see, there is room for improvement in efficiently preparing material for the awning frame, and that’s exactly what the Carlson Design PT-72″ offers.

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What was unique about this install?

Chesterfield’s awning products come in a wide array of material, some of which is striped. Striped material poses a unique hurdle in the drawing and nesting of patterns. Due to the attention of detail in their products, the striped material must be continuous around the entire awning valance. Matt, the lead graphics designer, works closely with the operations manager to ensure the measurements and offset are correct. Some simple guide lines in Sketchup (their choice of patterning software), makes for an extremely simple nesting process using Carlson Design’s proprietary software, Plotmaster.

Real Results

Turning the awning fabric patterning and cutting process into a matter of minutes, rather than days, is a true benefit to Chesterfield Awning. Beautifully cut and marked patterns are now much easier to produce using the Carlson Design tools. Click through the images above to see the entire process, from install to production cutting.

Install & The solution

Chesterfield Awning, with their main location in South Holland, Illinois, has been crafting custom awning solutions for businesses throughout the state of Illinois and beyond for the last 59 years. Owned and operated by Dave Ausema, he and his team can measure, quote, cut, and fabricate even faster with a Carlson Design Plotter/Cutter installed in-house and operated by their lead graphics and digital pattern designer, Matt Coglianese. Chesterfield mostly fabricates traditional-style awnings, utilizing Sunbrella and vinyl material with and without striped patterns while also providing storage solutions for seasonally hung awnings.

With a small team of sewers lead by the operations manager, Steve, most of their time is spent taking in measurements and converting those to templates, then cutting the templates out of paper, then tracing the pattern onto the desired material and finally cutting the material by hand. As you can see, there is room for improvement in efficiently preparing material for the awning frame, and that’s exactly what the Carlson Design PT-72″ offers.