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Toyoda Helps AMD&E Reduce Lead Times, Increase Productivity

Jan 09, 2020

CHALLENGE

Accelerated Machine Design & Engineering is a full-service provider of high-value, high-performance engineered solutions, specializing in advanced manufacturing systems and precision components. AMD&E offers complete lifecycle support from concept, design and manufacturing to assembly, serial production, rebuilds and end-of-life replacement. Their 360-degree support became impossible to maintain as demand sharply increased—leading AMD&E to start outsourcing projects.

Many of the machines AMD&E produces consist of large components such as bases, frames and slides that require precision on all faces. In addition to their own products, their contract machining division was inundated with large component jobs and projects for parts that required higher SFM—increased spindle speeds, increased tool rigidity, faster tool changes and part probing. In order to meet quality standards and target deadlines, AMD&E knew they had to bring their full operation back in-house.

GOALS

  • Bring all machining in-house, including large parts.
  • Improve quality without increasing job costs.
  • Expand capabilities to bid new jobs.
  • Increase efficiency and reduce lead times.

SOLUTION

AMD&E saw an opportunity to IMPROVE LARGE COMPONENT QUALITY by bringing machining in house. A well-engineered bridge mill would provide a competitive advantage and allow them to BETTER SERVE THEIR CUSTOMERS. To address the need for higher SFM requirements, AMD&E found the perfect match in the Stealth VMC.

OUTCOME

ELIMINATED 2,000 HOURS OF OUTSIDE OPERATIONS
AMD&E was able to bring all machining in house in a six-month period—including transportation, setup, handling and inspection.

REDUCED LEAD TIME FROM 24-30 WEEKS TO THREE DAYS
While drastically increasing speed to market, AMD&E was also able to improve quality and accuracy of machine components.

INCREASED WORKFLOW AND PRODUCTIVITY
AMD&E went from 4-5 setups per part and 1-5 outsourced operations to 2-3 setups and minimal outsourcing. Time per hole has been reduced from minutes to seconds, and the Stealth brought the tool change down to just a few seconds from 20.

ZERO COMPROMISES
A larger machining capacity allowed AMD&E to eliminate part numbers, decrease number of joints, and improve accuracy—leading to a better product overall.

Read the entire case study: Toyoda Provides End-To-End Solutions for AMD&E

About Accelerated Machine Design & Engineering

Accelerated Machine Design & Engineering handles every aspect of complex engineering and manufacturing projects from concept to prototype and prototype to production. By combining engineering fundamentals and new technologies, they create efficient, innovative and cost-effective solutions for industries including energy, aerospace, medical, automotive and defense.

AMD&E’s cross-disciplinary approach allows them to solve problems on time and on budget with solutions such as turnkey engineering and analysis, design and build, test and verification, contract manufacturing and project management and consulting. Accelerated Machine Design & Engineering is located in Rockford, IL. Accmach.com

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