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Importance of End-of-Line Equipment in the Automotive Sector

When manufacturing vehicles, one of the most important stages of the process is end-of-line (EOL) testing. With the help of EOL testing equipment, automotive manufacturers can achieve reliable quality assurance and confidently deliver high-performance vehicles to customers. Learn more about EOL testing, what it entails, and why EOL equipment is so important.

What Is End-of-Line Testing?

EOL testing occurs at the end of the assembly process before delivery, ensuring that vehicles and their components meet all applicable quality and safety standards for the industry as well as any customer-specific requirements. These inspections comprise multiple processes, including:

  • Inspections
  • Functional testing
  • Performance testing
  • Mechanical testing
  • Electrical testing
  • Leak detection

Increasing Importance of End-of-Line Testing

New developments in the automotive industry have made EOL testing more important than ever. One such innovation is the rise of electric vehicles (EVs). Using battery pack end-of-line testing equipment, for example, manufacturers can ensure that their EV batteries are both dependable and safe for vehicle use. EOL testing can check several EV components, from control systems to motors.

Automotive systems have also become increasingly complex in their designs, with enhancements like infotainment and driver-assistance systems (ADAS) requiring additional testing to confirm their functionality. Using state-of-the-art EOL test systems, manufacturers can evaluate the compatibility and successful integration of these and other technological advancements within their vehicles.

In addition, many automotive regulations have tightened their standards, requiring manufacturers to take sufficient measures to maintain compliance. The right EOL testing equipment can help you avoid problems ranging in severity from warranty claims to vehicle and passenger safety issues and resulting automotive recalls.

Automated End-of-Line Testing Solutions

Automating EOL testing processes has become a necessity as manufacturers seek to optimize operational efficiency and productivity without sacrificing test accuracy. Automated testing equipment enables shorter overall testing cycles while eliminating the need for human intervention, resulting in lower labor costs, reduced risk of human error, and improved productivity.

To realize the testing benefits of end-of-line automation equipment within your production line, Advanced Manufacturing Development (AMD) Inc. can help. We have extensive experience in automotive assembly and parts testing solutions. Using AMD’s EOL testing equipment allows you to compare testing results to a part’s set criteria to make sure it falls within acceptable tolerances and specifications. If not, you have the opportunity to replace or rework the part before a customer receives your finished product, ensuring safer vehicles and a positive customer experience.

Among our custom testing station options, we’ve developed camera-equipped vision systems that can identify anything from the presence of the correct parts within an assembly to a weld’s mechanical resistance. Using our technologies, you’ll even be able to differentiate components based on subtle differences that the human eye might struggle to detect, such as headrests of real versus synthetic leather material. Additionally, our testing stations can evaluate for:

  • The “noise” that components produce regardless of amplitude or frequency
  • The force required to activate a button
  • The synchronization of central console compartment doors

You can also conduct functional testing for electronic boards and various mechanisms on a vehicle.

Learn More About Testing Equipment for the Auto Industry

High-quality automated end-of-line testing equipment facilitates effective testing for automotive parts and vehicles. AMD specializes in custom standalone and integrated testing stations, which we’ll design and build based on your unique needs and precise specifications. Our EOL equipment will help you automate testing processes for highly efficient evaluations that minimize the risk of human error and out-of-spec components.

To best support your company’s goals for quality assurance, we also offer in-line testing equipment as well as a range of assembly stations and manufacturing machinery. Contact us to learn more about our equipment solutions for the automotive market, or request a quote today for custom EOL testing stations and more.

Robotic Cells for Manufacturing Electronics & Auto Parts

Robotic cells are highly advanced systems programmed to carry out a specific task or multiple tasks. They are commonly integrated into various manufacturing operations to boost efficiency, enhance product quality, and improve employee safety via automation. Here, we’ll explore robotic cells and their role in manufacturing electronics and auto parts. For more information on this topic, please download our eBook.

What Is a Robotic Cell?

A robotic manufacturing cell is an automated work system consisting of one or several programmable robots. Sometimes called robot cells or robotized cells, these systems are used to perform specific functions at various points in the manufacturing process.

Typically, robotic cells are composed of the following primary components:

  • A robot
  • Vision systems
  • Auxiliary tools
  • Safety barriers

Depending on your unique needs, system integrators can design the most effective robot cell that enhances safety and makes the most of available space. By integrating these systems into your electronics and auto part manufacturing processes, you can optimize and speed up operations.

Robotic Cells in Electronics Manufacturing

The electronics manufacturing industry is a rapidly advancing sector that relies on the latest production technologies to meet demands for faster, smaller, and more sophisticated devices. Robotic cells are ideal for helping manufacturers meet these demands, offering benefits such as:

  • Ease of Integration. Modern robotics systems are easy to program, integrate, and deploy. Robotic cells can meet the unique needs of the electronics industry – for example, they can be designed with secondary decoders to achieve the required precision and accuracy.
  • Improved Reliability. Robots offer incredible reliability, with many offering a mean time between failure (MTBF) of over 62,000 hours. Although robotic cells may include several sensors, machines, and other devices that have higher error rates than the actual robot itself, the overall system is typically far less complicated than other automation solutions.

Robotic Cells in Auto Parts Manufacturing Operations

Robotic cells are ideal for carrying out various tasks in the auto parts manufacturing industry, including:

  • Welding. Robots with extended reach and high payload can manipulate and weld large components like frames and body panels. Small robots with shorter arms can weld brackets, handle mounts, and other subassemblies.
  • Assembly. A robotic assembly cell can perform complex and laborious processes, such as motor and pump construction, windshield installation, wheel mounting, and screw driving.
  • Machine Tending. Robotic systems can be programmed to perform machine tending tasks, including loading components into CNC machines and removing finishing moldings from injection molding equipment.
  • Material Removal. Programmable robots can perform various repetitive material removal tasks, such as flash trimming, mold polishing, and fabric cutting.
  • Part Transfer. Robotic cells can perform labor-intensive and unsafe tasks, including moving heavy or hot components throughout a manufacturing facility.

Download Our eBook on Robotic Cells for Manufacturing Electronics & Auto Parts

Robotic cells offer several advantages for electronics and auto part manufacturing, including improved worker safety, enhanced productivity, and better product quality. At AMD, our highly experienced team of robotics experts can design custom robotic cells capable of handling both simple and complex manufacturing tasks.

For more information about the many benefits, features, and applications of robotic cells within electronics and auto part manufacturing operations, download our eBook. You can also request a quote to get started on your custom robotic cell solution.

Understanding Rotor and Stator Tests for Electric Motor Assembly

For leaders in EV motor manufacturing, testing electric motor rotors and stators is a minimum industry requirement. Only comprehensive testing protocols, backed by automated processes, can consistently reduce motor failure rates, enhance efficiency, and improve traceability. By testing electric motor rotors and stators during manufacturing, companies can detect and isolate defects before motor assembly.

Learn more about the types of rotor and stator tests, as well as our testing capabilities.

Types of Rotor and Stator Tests

Once rotors and stators are welded or joined together, they must be inspected to ensure compliance with manufacturing specifications. Stator and rotor tests examine the components’ physical and electronic characteristics so that there are no issues when the motor is assembled. These tests are required by the machine manufacturers, and only once the components pass the tests can the motor be assembled.

Rotor and stator tests inspect the following:

  • Stator-to-rotor height
  • Perpendicularity
  • Parallelism
  • Concentricity
  • Presence of debris
  • Current draw
  • Surface of the components (making sure there is no damage to the surface of the components)

Benefits of Rotor and Stator Tests

Stator and rotor quality assurance testing standards are higher than any other testing standards in EV manufacturing. AMD can deliver faster rotor and stator testing due to our experience working with several prominent manufacturers in the field. Our machines can also provide assembly of rotors and stators, so we can offer a full solution to clients in both the U.S. and Mexico.

Our Capabilities

AMD’s advanced automated solutions increase product quality and production volumes for lamination companies that manufacture rotors and stator cores. Our vertically integrated facility enables us to create new automation lines from scratch in as little as 30 weeks. AMD’s engineers can provide local in-person machine support for companies in the U.S. and Mexico.

Using both gauges and vision systems while applying force, we can test stacks once they leave the press. Our testing services check for height, parallelism, concentricity, perpendicularity, current, surface damage, and debris. AMD also offers preparations for final motor assembly, such as:

  • Stator and rotor assembly
  • Magnet insertion
  • T-Core assembly
  • Housing and cover assembly

Learn More About Rotor and Stator Tests

Testing rotors and stators during manufacturing is vital to producing high-quality electric motors. AMD is your partner for assembly and inspection automation for stators and rotors. We’ve helped countless companies successfully automate their manufacturing lines to cost-effectively scale production in their industry.

To learn more about how we test electric motor rotors and stators, contact us or request a quote today.

Customizing Your Automated Assembly Line: Equipment and Brand Alternatives

Automated assembly lines have revolutionized manufacturing processes across various industries, offering increased efficiency, precision, and productivity. To create a highly customized and efficient automated assembly line, you need to carefully select the equipment that suits your specific requirements.

In this blog, we will explore the key components of an automated assembly line and discuss different brand alternatives for each section. These components include Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), sensors, vision systems, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, robots, feeding systems, and servo presses.

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

PLCs are the brains behind an automated assembly line, responsible for coordinating all the operations. They control the machines, conveyors, and other equipment to ensure seamless production. When choosing a PLC, you have several reputable options, including:

  • Siemens: Known for their reliability and advanced features, Siemens PLCs are widely used in industrial automation. This is a great alternative that offers great service across the U.S. and Mexico, with competitive pricing and better lead times.
  • Allen-Bradley (AB): Another industry giant, Allen-Bradley offers a range of PLCs suitable for various applications. During the pandemic, they were heavily impacted by supply chain issues, and getting hold of some of their equipment could mean waiting close to one year. They have fixed some of their issues and lead times are much better now. If you are planning on using them, be aware of their lead times.
  • Omron: Omron PLCs are favored for their user-friendly programming and robust performance. They are increasingly becoming a second choice when AB or Siemens is not available. They are a relatively newer brand and will take some years to become as popular as other established players.

There are many PLC brands, and they all can deliver great functionality. The key is to choose a brand that offers great support in your location and matches your internal capabilities.


Sensors play a crucial role in detecting and monitoring various aspects of the assembly process. Depending on your requirements, you can choose from brands such as:

  • Keyence: Keyence offers a comprehensive range of sensors, including photoelectric, proximity, and vision sensors, all known for their accuracy. We personally love working with Keyence. They offer great customer service and are our first choice when it comes to developing a new application. Their cameras are great, too.
  • Sick: Sick sensors are recognized for their durability and reliability in harsh industrial environments.
  • Banner Engineering: Banner Engineering provides a variety of sensors, including ultrasonic and laser sensors, designed for precise measurements.

When it comes to choosing the right brand, it’s key to look for the brand with the best engineers who will offer support when developing an application or trying to fix your current system.

Vision Systems

Vision systems are essential for quality control and inspection tasks on the assembly line. There are several brands that offer vision systems. But when it comes to the best performance and service, only two come to mind:

  • Cognex: Cognex is a leader in machine vision systems, offering high-resolution cameras and software for defect detection and identification.
  • Keyence: Keyence also provides advanced vision systems that integrate seamlessly with their sensors and automation equipment.

These systems offer very robust applications, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. We recommend you reach out to both companies and compare their proposals. In the end, it comes down to the engineers that will support your location.

Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

Pneumatic and hydraulic systems are critical for controlling the movement of components and tools. Brands to consider for these systems include:

  • Festo: Festo is a leading manufacturer of pneumatic and hydraulic components, known for innovation and efficiency. They are a great choice when it comes to standard applications. There are some brands that offer incredible solutions that can cost 10x more. You can think of Fest as the no-frills, reliable solution.
  • Parker Hannifin: Parker Hannifin offers a wide range of pneumatic and hydraulic solutions suitable for industrial automation. They are incredibly popular and have been doing pneumatic and hydraulic systems for years. You can’t go wrong with them. We would recommend you reach out to your local rep and have them take a look at your application.
  • SMC Corporation: SMC is known for its high-quality pneumatic products and comprehensive automation solutions. Similarly to Fest, you can think of SMC as the no-frills and reliable solution. We love working with them as they offer great learning opportunities for our engineers. Every few weeks they come to our facility, showcase their products and any new developments, talk to our engineers regarding current projects, and recommend products.


Industrial robots are increasingly integrated into automated assembly lines. Some top robot manufacturers include:

  • Fanuc: Fanuc is a global leader in industrial robots, providing a wide range of robotic solutions for manufacturing. They are very popular in the U.S. due to their service and incredible capabilities. Choosing a robot brand has more to do with the brand representatives who are close to you and the financial conditions that they offer.
  • ABB Robotics: ABB Robotics offers flexible and efficient robotic systems suitable for various applications. They are our favorite brand to work with and we have developed a very close relationship with them throughout the years. We have experience working with several robot brands, and we consistently choose ABB robots when we need to move heavy items fast!
  • Universal Robots: Universal Robots specializes in collaborative robots (cobots) designed to work alongside humans safely. They have become a household name and are an increasingly popular choice for new applications. Our only concern with them is that engineers tend to overuse them. They are reliable but can run into limitations when the application requires the robot to perform complex tasks like moving a large amount of weight very fast and with great precision. If your application is simple, they are a great choice!

Keep in mind that we left out many robots that are used across the industry. Other great brands are IAI, Epson (both IAI and Epson are our top choices when it comes to very fast robots), Yaskawa, and many others. We have worked with pretty much all of them, and they all offer great, reliable products.

Feeding Systems

We rely exclusively on third parties to provide our feeding systems. These companies ensure a reliable supply of components to the assembly line. Feeding systems are a component that is traditionally overlooked by many novice engineers, but you can’t imagine the problems that can come when you have problems with the feeding system. We recommend reaching out to a U.S.-based manufacturer of feeding systems and having a detailed understanding of their capabilities and limitations before purchasing a piece of equipment. There are many cheap solutions available, but please don’t let money be the driving factor for your destination—it could bring you problems down the road.
We have been working with the same company for more than 20 years, and they are great! We won’t disclose their name as we consider them a trade secret (but if you really want their name, just send us an email and we would be more than happy to introduce you).

Servo Presses

Servo presses are used for precise and controlled assembly and fastening processes. Some notable servo press manufacturers are:

  • Promess: Promess specializes in electro-mechanical servo presses designed for force and position control. Insider tip—the company is divided into two separate entities, so there are two independent sites you can visit: the German site and the American site. Make sure you are always contacting the German team, as they have pretty much the same equipment but at a substantial discount.
  • Pressotechnik: Pressotechnik provides advanced servo presses for various assembly and joining applications.
Customizing Your Automated Assembly Line: Equipment and Brand Alternatives
Customizing Your Automated Assembly Line: Equipment and Brand Alternatives

Contact AMD for More on Choosing the Right Equipment

Creating a customized automated assembly line requires careful consideration of the equipment and components you select. Each brand mentioned in this blog has its strengths and may be better suited to specific applications or industries. It’s essential to evaluate your production needs, budget, and long-term goals to make informed decisions when choosing equipment for your automated assembly line. By selecting the right equipment and brands, you can maximize efficiency and productivity while ensuring the highest quality of your manufactured products.

At AMD, we have developed custom-built automation solutions with pretty much every brand available. Let us know if you have any questions, or request a quote to speak with a team member about the automation solution for your application.

How to Make Your Manufacturing More Resilient

In order to succeed, manufacturers across all industries must work diligently to overcome the challenges of today’s highly competitive market. One of the best ways to stay competitive and optimize manufacturing processes is to build manufacturing resiliency. By doing so, your business will be better equipped to manage any disruptions and scale operations to keep up with growing demand.

What Is Resilient Manufacturing?

Resilient manufacturing refers to businesses’ ability to maintain critical functionalities, manage stress, and adapt to changing circumstances. Resilience is not just about surviving during challenging times, but is more about developing improved processes and operations to ensure your business thrives in the long term.

By implementing automation for your assembly and testing you can better meet customer needs under changing circumstances while opening up new business opportunities.

Why Is Resilient Manufacturing Important?

Rather than managing only simple and localized issues, manufacturers are now facing more complex and global challenges. These issues can include:

  • Changing regulations
  • Supply chain disruption
  • Climate change
  • Cyber threats
  • New products
  • Unexpected downtime
  • Changes in demand or customer expectations
  • A lack of critical resources

Being resilient means that your business is capable of bouncing back from these types of disruptions. For instance, having a resilient supply chain will enable you to identify risks and mitigate their effects without negatively impacting operations or revenue. In fact, you may be able to convert disruptions into lucrative business opportunities through the integration of resilient supply chain processes and management.

With the help of manufacturing resiliency, businesses have the ability to gain market share over their competitors, resulting in boosted customer satisfaction and retention, improved brand reputation and image, and increased overall revenues.

How Can You Make Your Manufacturing More Resilient?

If you want to make your business’s manufacturing more resilient, there are various steps you can take, including:

  • Leveraging Technology and Automation. One key way to make your operations more resilient is to continue adopting the latest technology and incorporate automated manufacturing solutions.
  • Nearshoring. Rather than outsourcing your manufacturing processes overseas, move your operations closer to home. Nearshoring your manufacturing operations comes with multiple benefits, such as reduced labor expenses, improved lead times, lower costs of insurance and freight, and many more.

For additional information about how to facilitate resilient manufacturing for your business, download our eBook. You’ll learn all about the steps you can take to increase your manufacturing resiliency with our in-depth guide.

Build Your Manufacturing Resilience With AMD

Resilient manufacturing is key to keeping ahead of your competitors and ensuring you can adapt to changing industrial and global circumstances. Want to know more about how resilient manufacturing can help your business and how you can build your resilience with the help of AMD? Contact us today with any questions or request a quote for our solutions.

Automated Assembly Machines: A Selection Guide

Assembly line automation allows companies to meet high production demands by performing assembly processes without the intervention of a human operator and moving parts along automated process sequences. Due to the large variety of products that need to be assembled and the different processes each assembly involves, automated assembly machines are almost always custom designed, allowing companies to create a highly individualized solution. This selection guide will describe the most popular types of assembly automation equipment and the benefits they offer.

Choosing the Best Automated Assembly Machine for Your Application

Assembly line automation equipment can be classified into three main styles: factory, manufacturing, and robotic automation equipment. 

  • Factory automation equipment. Factory automation machines perform general movements, such as lifting or lowering. 
  • Manufacturing automation equipment. Manufacturing automation machines are designed to assemble a specific product and can be very fast and efficient. They usually run faster than a robotic assembly station but lack the flexibility that a robot can provide. Custom built machines are designed to run one part with a minimum number of variations. They can also perform quality control and other tasks related to general manufacturing. 
  • Robotic automation equipment. Robotic automation equipment involves more technical machinery that can perform assembly, material handling, painting, or other more sophisticated tasks. This equipment can be very flexible; once a robot is programmed, it can switch from one product to another by simply selecting the product on a menu.

All types of assembly operations involve bringing together two or more parts to form a different product. Assembly operations that can be automated range from welding, stapling, gluing, screwing, pressing parts together, inserting, riveting, clinching, and many more operations that join components. To facilitate these operations, various types of automated assembly machines can be used, including: 

  • Marking systems: In the current manufacturing ecosystem, traceability of assembly components is common and sometimes mandatory. Marking systems (laser marking, ink jet & micro percussion) enable manufacturers to add important pieces of information to parts to facilitate product traceability in the production line. 
  • Testing systems: Automated testing can be performed during the assembly process or at the end of the line when the assembly is complete.  All types of testing can be automated, including functional tests, dimensional inspection, detection of components, noise detection, functional tests, and many more operations that guarantee that the final assembled product meets the required quality criteria.
  • Leak detection systems: This type of automated equipment can test products after they come off the line, or it can be integrated into the production line to test products during manufacturing. In large production operations, manual sniffing, pressure decay systems, bubble checks, flow systems, or spraying can be time-consuming. Automatic leak detection solutions facilitate a much higher-detection speed with minimal operator input. 
  • Welding Systems: Weld quality depends on two factors: weld integrity and repeatability. Automated welding systems utilize electronic weld process controllers to ensure weld integrity. These components also allow for repeatable input parameters, resulting in consistent output. For example, we can make hot plate welding machines with different welding plates in different positions that weld at the same time. 
  • Pick-and-place robots: Pick-and-place robots grab incoming components from a feeding conveyor, vibratory bowl feeder, or tray and place them into the assembly or packaging containers. 
  • Inspection systems: Vision systems or vision sensors inspect a component’s dimensions, color, quality, and other details without physically touching them. In-line inspections offer earlier identification of defective components and significantly reduce the usage of out-of-spec parts. 
  • Palletizers: Using either conveyors or robotic equipment, palletizers automate the palletizing process, dramatically reducing employee injuries as well as the amount of time needed to lift and move heavy components. In manufacturing applications, robots remove products from the production line and load them onto a pallet. 

Automation solutions like robotics, inspection, leak, and welding systems solve many types of production-related problems. Automated assembly machines from AMD can help you achieve a semi- or fully-automated production line that improves workplace safety while reducing manufacturing costs. We can help you create the most suitable type of assembly line automation for your business, including:

  • Fully automated: Fully-automated assembly lines require little to no human interaction to complete production processes. Workers simply monitor machines for issues and replenish parts as needed.
  • Semi-automated: Humans work alongside machines, performing tasks like loading parts into tooling and other fixtures or moving components from one automated station to the next. 
  • Lean manufacturing automation: Manufacturers only incorporate automated solutions that add the most value into the assembly process, creating the highest ROI. 
  • High-throughput manufacturing automation: Continuous motion technology like servo-based or mechanical cams, machine vision, and tooling are used to dramatically increase throughput speeds and reduce cycle time. 

Assembly Line System Structure

To learn more about each stage in the assembly line system, hover over each section in the graphic below to reveal additional information and detailed images. 

Custom Automation Equipment Solutions from AMD

As an industry leader in automation and assembly, AMD delivers state-of-the-art manufacturing solutions, including fully customized, turnkey equipment. We’ll work closely with you to ensure we deliver a custom automation solution that matches your particular requirements. Our custom automated machining offerings include:

  • Assembly 
  • Heat treatment
  • Inspection with vision systems or vision sensors
  • Leak tests
  • Machining
  • Marking and traceability
  • Packaging
  • Robotic cells
  • Test systems
  • Welding

We design, fabricate, and install everything from a complete automated assembly line to a single manual, semi-automatic machine. 

Contact Our Experts for Premium Assembly Automation Equipment

At AMD, we specialize in creating innovative technology that increases your workplace safety, profitability, and production capabilities. Our engineering team will work with you to develop a customized solution that solves your application-specific challenges. If you have any questions about our automated assembly machines, contact us. To get started on your automated solution, request a quote today.

Choosing the Right Automation Equipment

In the past, adding workers to resolve operational problems was a viable solution for many businesses, but this isn’t the case today. Instead, automation is the solution to lengthening shifts and recent struggles to find employees. With automation, companies can increase efficiency and productivity without increasing labor expenses.

When choosing the right industrial automation equipment and systems for your application, you’ll need to take several variables into consideration. Learn more about what these are below.

Assess Your Automation Equipment Needs

Automation is a part of lean manufacturing principles, which aim to create efficient and repeatable processes. When deciding on an automation system to integrate into your operations, you will need to assess your operations as a whole using value stream mapping (VSM). VSM allows you to identify and keep track of every aspect of your manufacturing operations, from staffing to material volumes to production timelines. With the help of VSM, you’ll be able to minimize waste during manufacturing, making it as efficient and lean as possible.

When selecting the right automated assembly system, your manufacturing volumes and overall budget are the main factors influencing your decision. Typically, businesses integrate an automated solution to address specific challenges regarding product configuration or distribution. Normally automation opportunities show themselves up as bottlenecks in the plant space, where raw materials or materials in process start to pile up because of an inefficient process in the assembly line.

Semi-Automated vs. Fully-Automated Systems

The two primary types of automated systems are semi-automated and fully-automated systems. Each offers unique advantages for various applications.

Semi-automated systems provide an ideal solution for applications that rely on operator involvement to some extent but still benefit from improved efficiency. It’s best to install these systems if the production volume is small or if certain assembly processes are too complex for full automation. Even when a process can not be fully automated because of the characteristics of the components or the process, incorporating technology into the assembly process helps the operator prevent mistakes due to inexperience or burnout.

If semi-automated systems aren’t sufficient, companies may install fully-automated systems. These processes are ideal if products don’t depend on operator assistance and are compatible with automated feeding. Fully-automated systems also meet the needs of operations with high production volumes. Although some may argue that manual labor is more cost-effective than total automation, these systems come with a high return on investment in the long term.

Matching Automation Needs to Solutions

Before fully integrating an automated system into your operations, you may be able to take smaller steps to start. These initiatives could help you ease into automation before you invest in more comprehensive processes.

For example, a collaborative robot or cobot can perform automated tasks alongside operators. A facility may use autonomous loaders and vehicles to simplify the transportation of materials from one area to another. A camera-equipped robotic arm could inspect parts, enabling staff who are normally responsible for inspections to focus on other tasks. Another robotic arm could assist with loading and unloading parts to and from computer numerical control (CNC) machines, while human operators can perform more complex, technical tasks.

Industrial Robot Options for Automation

Different types of industrial robots can help automate a wide range of tasks. Each task that a facility needs to automate will determine which type of end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) you will require.

  • Articulated Robots: These robotic systems feature multiple joints that allow for more flexibility of motion. Applications for these robots include welding, printing, material handling, packaging, metalworking, machine tending, laser cutting, tie belt application, glue application, staple application, etc. Almost any process that a human operation does now can be automated by a robot as long as the trajectory is always identical from one part to the other. Robots are not intelligent machines and will repeat exactly the same movements every time, this implies that the components have to be “automation quality” so that the variation from one part to the nex is minimal.
  • SCARA Robots: Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm (SCARA) robots include two rotary joints to perform various assembly tasks. They can move along all three axes, but they are especially well-suited for lateral movement positioning and the assembly movement being vertical from top to bottom.
  • Cartesian Robots: Also known as rectangular robots, Cartesian robots are less expensive than other systems and offer high levels of accuracy. They operate on the X, Y, and Z axes of the Cartesian coordinate system, allowing for vertical and horizontal motion on all three axes. Applications for these robots include drilling, 3D printing, storing, and packaging. Usually these types of robots are modular making it possible to have the X and Y axis servo controlled and the Z axis with a pneumatic cylinder or any combination of servo controlled and pneumatic movements.
  • Delta Robots: These systems comprise jointed parallelograms that connect to a base, allowing them to pick up items and place them precisely. Their fast and accurate motions make them ideal for use in electronics, pharmaceutical, and food manufacturing processes. These robots are the fastest types of robots being able to make movements in fractions of a second. These robots are ideally suited for assembly operations with a vertical movement from top to bottom.
  • Polar Robots: Also called spherical robots, polar robots consist of a linear joint and two rotary joints connected to a robotic arm. Their benefits include simple controls, efficient operations, and a long reach that make these systems suitable for many applications, including automotive parts assembly.
  • Robotic Work Cells: For a more efficient automation system, consider installing an all-in-one robotic work cell unit. A robotic work cell makes it easy to get your operations up and running soon after installation. Companies can customize robotic work cells based on their unique needs across a range of applications.


Contact AMD for Custom Automated Equipment Solutions

For reliable automated equipment solutions, turn to the experts at Advanced Manufacturing Development (AMD). As a leading industrial automation equipment manufacturer, we’ll help you develop a custom system based on your application’s unique requirements.

Contact us today to learn more about our equipment models and other solutions, or request a quote to get started on a custom automation system.

What Is CNC Machining?

Computer numerical control (CNC) machining is a popular manufacturing method that utilizes programmable software dictating the movement of tools or workpieces. Depending on the specific technique, CNC machining can utilize mills, grinders, lathes, drills, routers, and more.

Learn more about the features, benefits, and applications of CNC machines.

What Is a CNC Machine?

vertical CNC machineA CNC machine allows operators to create components that would be very difficult or impossible to produce manually. Every machine is made of three basic parts: a command center, a drive system, and a feedback system. CNC technology can use a set of computer prompts to create complex 3D shapes out of metal, plastics, or wood.

CNC machining removes material from a stock workpiece through a series of processes including milling, drilling, turning, and other operations. These tasks ultimately create the shapes and features of the finished product.

Benefits of CNC Machining

CNC machining comes with a variety of benefits:

  • Versatile capabilities: Utilizing advanced design software, CNC machines create components that cannot be replicated with manual machines. CNC machines can produce nearly any size, shape, or texture required. There are also certain machines that come with automatic tool changers or touch screens that further simplify production capabilities.
  • Less labor: CNC machines only require a single programmer, who can upload the required designs to multiple machines. One operator can oversee each of these machines simultaneously. Manual methods require one skilled operator per machine, plus a supervisor for the team. Lower labor costs mean you can better optimize your workflow and focus more on your customers.
  • High production: Design specifications and programming only need to be entered once, and the CNC machine can produce high quantities of goods. High production rates allow you to scale your business more efficiently.
  • High precision: CNC machines produce consistent precision. Their computerized nature allows them to eliminate the risk of human error and achieve tolerances as tight as +/- 0.001 inch.
  • Reliability: CNC machines can work all day, every day, including weekends and holidays. The only downtime necessary is for maintenance or repair.
  • Design repeatability: After the initial set of specifications has been entered and the ideal prototype created, the CNC program can repeatedly retrieve the same design and create the product again. This master file will be accessible from that point on, regardless of operator changes or other external factors.
  • Uniformity: With conventional machining, even the most capable engineers will produce slightly varying components. CNC machining produces parts exactly alike every time.
  • Cost savings: The combination of specialization, precision, and speed equals significant savings for your company. The lower costs can be returned to the company to build your competitive advantage.
  • Higher safety: CNC machines are far safer than conventional machines, where human workers are close to sharp cutting tools and other moving parts. CNC machining enables them to keep a safe distance from the production process.
  • Low maintenance: G-code CNC software automatically updates itself as needed. CNC machines typically don’t require much more maintenance than regularly changing cutting instruments and doing some light cleaning. These maintenance services can be performed by the operator—no need for outside professionals.

Industrial Uses of CNC Machining

CNC machines are useful for producing parts for many sectors, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Dental
  • Publishing
  • Automotive
  • Military
  • Construction
  • Electronics
  • Metalworking
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CNC Machining Services from AMD

Advanced Manufacturing Development (AMD) has been in the part machining industry for 25 years. We manufacture around 95% of the machined parts we use, and every part goes through a quality control process that ensures proper tolerances and high quality. Our machining facility houses over 20 CNC machines, specializing in medium-sized components (64” x 32” x 30”). Our lead time is generally five to 10 days.

To get started on your custom CNC machining project, please request a quote today.

New CNC Machining Services from AMD

CNC Machining ServicesIn Advanced Manufacturing Development over the last 25 years, we have learned about the importance of part machining. In our experience building assembly lines for the automation industry, precision, quality, and timing of the machined components are all critical factors when creating a machine. A single mistake can delay the completion of the project or create hidden problems that endanger production months down the road.

Machining Solutions from AMD

For this reason, Advanced Manufacturing Development decided to create a best-in-class in-house machining shop and quality department that manufactures more than 95% of every machined component we use. With time, our clients started approaching us looking for a reliable provider of machining services.

In 2019, we started offering machining components to third parties independently from our automation division. Today, we run a competitive machining facility with over 20 CNC machines. We concentrate on the manufacturing of medium size pieces (dimensions up to 64” x 32” x 30”) with tolerances up to 0.001” and lead times as low as 5-10 days.

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Contact Advanced Manufacturing Development 

As the industry continues to face demand for faster, smarter, and more complex parts, we are committed to applying our technical knowledge and project management skills to design based on your specifications and requirements. To request a quote for your project or learn more about the CNC services we offer, contact us today.

AMD Celebrates 25 Years of Having Passion for Engineering.

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.”