Automation: Is it Right For My Company?

KCMN April Meeting

With increasing labor costs, employer mandates and difficulty finding the right people, the discussion may turn to automation as a potential solution. Automation can improve efficiency, speed and accuracy. It can also create process flow problems, control issues, and can require huge capital investments.  Join us for a discussion of automation solutions, along with case studies on how manufacturers have implemented automation in their companies.

Bill Goodman, Controller, A & E Custom Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. Bill will discuss his experience with automation solutions at A&E.
Bruce Conwell, Current President and company founder, TW Automation, Newton, KS
Thomas Stadtmueller, Former Fortune 500 manufacturing executive and current CEO, TW Automation, Newton, KS
•        Why automate using robots?
•        What applications are best suited for using robots?
•        What are the major benefits of automating using robots?
•        Who are the key robot manufacturers and providers?
•        What’s the cost/benefit and ROI of automating using robots?
•        How long does it take to implement a robotic work cell?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas
7:30-9:00 AM

Cost is $15 for members, $25 for guests.  Register by April 4 BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958816-304-7958. Due to our need to cover costs, no shows or cancellations after April 4 will be billed, or you may send a substitute in your place.

TW Automation is a designer and integrator with over 125 years of combined industry knowledge and experience. We have designed and created some of the world’s most advanced robotic systems for a wide range of applications. TW Automation can go the distance from the integration of simple robotic work cells to complete complex turn-key systems that include multifaceted automation, material handling equipment, state-of-the-art touch screen operator stations, guarding packages, tooling, programming, training, warranty and PM service.

A & E Custom Manufacturing Technologies has a 54 year history of meeting customer expectations, and works hard every day to  improve their ability to help their customers achieve their goals.  A & E began as a tool & die shop in 1959, developed metal stamping capabilities in the 1980’s and expanded into sheet metal fabrication in 2001. A & E utilizes robotic presses and welders, automated laser cutters, and other state-of the-art equipment to improve productivity, and has been successful in winning back customers who had previously outsourced production to China. The Company earned The FABRICATOR’s 2013 Industry Award for those efforts.

KCMN is brought to you by our sponsor partners, MAMTC, whose mission is to help companies realize never ending growth in the rapidly changing global marketplace and Missouri Enterprise, whose mission is to help Missouri manufacturers succeed.

Holland 1916 Plant Tour

Holland Plant Tour  1300 Burlington, North Kansas City, MO 64116

Tuesday, March 4- 7:30-9:00 AM - 2012-09-21 - 15h-34m-30s

Visual process control is a valuable tool for improving plant layout and department setup in order to gain efficiencies and improved communication.   You can talk about visual controls, but of course it’s better to see them in action.  Holland 1916 is hosting our March meeting with a brief overview of their visual process control and communication, and a facility tour to demonstrate these principles in action.

About Holland

Holland’s North Kansas City facility is the home for two companies from the Holland 1916 family – Holland Nameplate and Holland RFID.  Holland 1916 is headquartered in Liberty, MO along with Holland Integrated Metal Solutions and Holland Interface Solutions.

Holland Nameplate is an ISO 9001-2008 certified manufacturer of chemically etched and screen printed stainless steel and aluminum nameplates, data plates and control panels.  Our customers are world-wide OEM manufacturers – many of which are Fortune 500 companies.  Industries that we serve include:  oil & gas, valves, process measurement equipment, lifting slings, transportation, and medical.  Holland Nameplate has an industry leading 5 day lead-time for non-stock items.

Holland RFID provides custom manufactured and highly rugged RFID tag solutions intended for the most hazardous environments. Holland’s durable RFID tags can be found on assets in industries that require unique, ruggedized inventory and asset tracking solutions, such as oil & gas, construction, and mining. By embedding RFID transponders into metal or high-density synthetic carriers, RFID can now be used in extreme applications that would quickly destroy off-the-shelf RFID tags or traditional bar code labels.

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