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  1. AMD Celebrates 25 Years of Having Passion for Engineering.

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    Since 1996 Advanced Manufacturing Development has been providing custom assembly solutions that are tailored to each customer’s particular need and are financially feasible in order to help improve safety, reliability, and profitability.

    For over 25 years AMD has created cutting-edge manufacturing solutions, implementing only the highest standards in quality, design, and functionality. Positioning itself in the automated system integrator industry as a company that adapts to customer specifications and applies the best practices. What set us apart from the competition is how every project is unique to each client’s specifications, with whom we work closely to address the challenges their organization faces today in their assembly line and develop machines that ensure exactly what they envision, with higher quality production, completing tasks efficiently, accurately, and with a high degree of conformity and repeatability.

    Through all these years, our success is measured by the performance of our solutions and the satisfaction of our clients. We do not stop until we have ensured the machines meet the desired production requested outputs. Our engineers conduct simulations, provide training on the operating and programming of the equipment to facilitate the integration system into the facility, select the appropriate solutions for specific applications, and provide full-service delivery if necessary.

    We have spent years developing our team of professional’s in-depth knowledge of all assembly components, continuously improving, and complying with the applicable regulations. Our experienced engineering team at AMD can construct anything from an individual assembly station to a complete manufacturing line with balance on a technological level and engineering experience. 

    As the industry continues to face demand for faster, smarter, and more complex parts, for integrated automation solutions, AMD will keep creating cutting-edge solutions, maintaining our competitive edge and passion for engineering. 

     

    Juan Erdmann, CEO, and founder of AMD stated, “I am delighted that from the beginning I have been able to see how a professional team with years of experience has been formed and keeps growing and thriving. In a quarter of a century, we have managed to consolidate ourselves as a leading company, in which we have developed more than 1500 very exciting and challenging projects. Our team of people is very diverse in many aspects and that shows how we continue to innovate and develop constantly. It is a dream to have created a company where people can share their passion for engineering. To all our clients, thank you for considering us as a supplier for your applications all through these years.”

  2. Considerations When Choosing a Machine Vision Integrator

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    Advanced Manufacturing Development (AMD) provides turnkey services for your global rollouts by standardizing vision inspection systems, so you can guarantee ship dates and comply with all international and domestic guidelines. We create repeatable solutions, which are tested thoroughly before they roll out nationwide or worldwide. We take standard systems and select the right camera, mechanisms, lighting, and other hardware and software for the application.

    Our vision inspection systems fit your precise setup, enabling you to adhere to all local standards without having to redesign anything. Standardization creates consistency across inspection programs, system controls, mechanical setup, and electrical components.

    As vision system specialists, we focus solely on creating solutions that are custom-designed, programmed, and fully automated for use in every system on your plant floor. AMD works directly with you to create a vision inspection system to address your unique needs, deliver the best achievable pass/fail rates, and reduce liability.

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    When you partner with AMD to integrate your machine vision systems, you gain access to the following benefits:

    • Customized solutions
    • High degree of precision (inspection and verification)
    • High speed/high production rate applications
    • Improved repeatability (GR&R)
    • Stringent pass/fail rates
    • Quality, purpose-built systems that are long-lasting, low maintenance, and reliable
    • Detailed and documented system designs that can be repeated to multiple plant locations and/or lines

    4 Things to Look for in a Vision Integrator

    When looking for a machine vision integrator, there are four important things to look for:

    1. Excellent Client Relationships

    Ask for references from other clients and contact them about their experiences on past machine vision projects. A good machine vision integrator will be responsive and collaborative with the client to best meet their needs.

    2. Feasibility Lab

    A high-quality machine vision integrator will have a feasibility lab to thoroughly develop the scope and specifications of a machine vision job. This lab will have the ability to create a miniature version of the proposed system and will be able to test and retest it to reach the optimal design.

    3. Front-End Engineering

    The goal of front-end engineering is to completely understand the client’s expectations of their vision inspection technology. This includes any pass/fail rate success criteria and custom specifications. 

    4. Project Management and Technical Expertise

    Ask the references about the integrator’s project management and technical expertise. It’s also important to make sure the integrator can provide examples of past projects and discuss in detail about the challenges and progressive steps of your machine vision system project. Adept project managers and technical experts are necessary for successful outcomes, speed, and cost management.

    Machine Vision Integrator Applications

    Machine vision integrator applications include:

    • Robot guidance. Vision-based solutions work to guide the movements and positioning of robotic systems. This cuts the need for hand tooling and labor. For example, a robot using a vision system can correctly pick parts from a conveyor belt, even if the parts are not in a fixed position. They can also load parts onto worn or deformed pallets without the risk of crashes and spills.
    • Defect detection. Vision systems can detect defects, such as cracks, porosity, voids, etc., on the surface of parts to improve quality and reduce scrap.
    • Assembly verification. These systems can verify the presence of objects within a given area. This ensures that all pre-programmed objects are in their precise spots within a given location for both manual or machine assembled components.
    • Part identification. Part identification ensures that correct parts are present and tracks the item throughout the assembly process. Examples include Datamatrix, 1D Barcode, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and more. This provides full-scale traceability throughout the manufacturing/assembly process and reduces nonconformities.

    Contact Advanced Manufacturing Development (AMD)

    Partnering with the right machine vision distributor can provide added value and peace of mind when it comes to meeting your application and business objectives. At AMD, we are committed to applying our technical knowledge and project management skills to design the vision systems based on your specifications and requirements. To learn more, contact us today.

  3. Robotic System Integrators

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    Robotic System IntegratorsA variety of applications may benefit from the use of robot system integrators. The integration process entails programming and equipping industrial robots to perform automated manufacturing tasks. A robot integrator is a company that works to understand customers’ robotic system requirements, develop automation plans, and put those plans into action. 

    Functions and Benefits of Robotic System Integrators

    Robotic systems integrators offer many advantages through the tasks they can perform. A reliable integrator will be able to:

    • Conduct a study on the feasibility of a project
    • Provide tips to help increase cost-effectiveness
    • Select the appropriate tooling, work cells, and robots for a particular application
    • Train operators on programming robotics and work cells to facilitate automation
    • Assist with the integration of the robot system into the facility

    Ultimately, robot integrators will be able to provide complete packages and improve automation for a wide range of facilities. As a result, companies see several key benefits of integrating robotics into production lines and other systems. Specific advantages include:

    • Improved accuracy, consistency, and repeatability
    • More efficient production
    • Reduced production and labor costs
    • Improved quality and cycle times

    Some industries that benefit from working with robot integrators include companies in the automotive, consumer goods, appliances, eCommerce, and medical industries, among others.

    Industrial Robotics vs. Collaborative Robotics

    Depending on the needs of each application, there are two types of robotic systems available to integrate into different facilities. 

    Industrial Robotics

    Industrial robotic systems are designed to perform repetitive tasks in a variety of industrial facilities. Industrial robotics can consist of multi-axis robotic arms, automated cells, automated guide vehicles, or conveyance. Today, these systems are highly scalable and flexible to meet the specific needs of various applications. Operators can also easily reprogram these systems in the event of increased demand, product changes, or seasonal changes. This combined accuracy, flexibility, and scalability makes industrial robotics ideal for use in worldwide production lines of low to high volume. 

    Some of the applications for industrial robotic systems include:

    Collaborative Robotics

    In collaborative robotics integration, integrators install robots and other technology to improve automation to complement employee efforts, as opposed to replacing them. Collaborative robots, or cobots, present certain potential difficulties when integrating them alongside employees. For example, employees may need training around proper safety measures when working near robotic arms to minimize the risk of injury. This is why it’s important for companies to work with integrators that have sufficient experience in consulting and planning to successfully integrate these systems.

    Both industrial and collaborative robotics can be beneficial depending on the application, making it important to select the right system with the help of an experienced robot integrator.

    Automate Your Facility with the Help of Advanced Manufacturing Development

    At AMD, we can help you automate operations using turnkey and build-to-print assembly solutions based on each of our customers’ needs. Our internationally located engineers can conduct consultations, develop proofs of concept, and integrate third-party machinery to provide the automation you need for improved efficiency and lower production costs.

    If you would like to learn more about AMD’s capabilities and get started on a custom robotics integration solution for your facility, contact us today and we’ll connect you with one of our experts.

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