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Toyoda Provides End-To-End Solutions for AMD&E

Apr 27, 2020

“These machines have helped us make better products overall,” said Tingley. “The larger machining capacity allowed us to eliminate part numbers, decrease the number of joints, and improve accuracy on our machines. Toyoda’s machines have everything you need to be successful. I would recommend them without hesitation.”

Accelerated Machine Design & Engineering is a full-service provider of high-value, high-performance engineered solutions, specializing in advanced manufacturing systems and precision components. They offer complete lifecycle support from concept, design, and manufacturing to assembly, serial production, rebuilds, and end-of-life replacement. However, this 360-degree support became difficult 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.

AMD&E set a list of criteria to guide their decision-making process when looking at machining centers. First, they wanted a machine that could handle a breadth of projects including large parts, and expand their capabilities overall. They also wanted to improve quality without increasing job costs, increase efficiency, and reduce lead times.

“We saw an opportunity to improve the quality of machining by bringing the components in house. We knew that a well-engineered bridge mill would provide a competitive advantage and allow us to better serve our customers,” said Mark Tingley, President of AMD&E.

The Toyoda SB316YM Bridge Machining Center checked all of the boxes—and to address the need for higher SFM requirements, AMD&E also added the Stealth 1565 to their lineup. The result? They were able to bring all machining in hours within a six-month period including transportation, setup, handling, and inspection—eliminating 2,000 hours of outside operations and associated costs.

This subsequently increased workflow and productivity—going from 4-5 setups per part and 1-5 outsourced operations to 2-3 setups and minimal outsourcing. Time per hole was reduced from minutes to seconds and the Stealth brought tool change down to just a few seconds from 20. The company’s improved efficiency reduced lead times from 24-30 weeks to three days. While drastically increasing speed to market, AMD&E was also able to improve the quality and accuracy of their machine components.

“These machines have helped us make better products overall,” said Tingley. “The larger machining capacity allowed us to eliminate part numbers, decrease the number of joints, and improve accuracy on our machines. Toyoda’s machines have everything you need to be successful. I would recommend them without hesitation.”

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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