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.

High Speed Automation – A&E Custom Manufacturing

KCMN May Meeting and Plant Tour

How do you keep up with the competition, especially when your competition’s labor costs are a fraction of yours half a world away?  For A&E Custom Manufacturing, their response has been to take the competition head on.  A & E has invested in state of the art robotic technology to augment the talent of their workforce, and to provide competitive cost and scale to their customers.

The tour will feature:

  • The company recently installed an Amada Astro NT robotic bending cell that operates completely unmanned, and features loading, gage checking, part positioning/indexing, multiple bends, and automated stacking.
  • Amada CNC press brakes
  • Laser cutters with automated blank and cut sheet removal
  • Laser cell with robotic part removal
  • Robotic welding cell

A & E will discuss their automation journey with attendees, and provide a shop tour to demonstrate their processes and improvements made in the last several years.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
7:30-8:45 AM
3150 Chrysler Road, Kansas City KS 66115

Please bring safety glasses or sunglasses to wear for the tour, as protective eyewear is required on the shop floor.  Closed toe shoes are also required.

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up today at BY CLICKING HERE , or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or


7:30 AM  – This meeting will be structured with a flexible start time.  A & E will provide an overview and presentation of the company and their operation, and will take small groups on tour on a staggered basis, with the last tour to begin around 8:15.

A&E Custom Manufacturing is a quality metal fabricator founded in 1959, and is now a premier source for one-of-a-kind, short and medium run fabrications.  A&E specializes in: Tool and die-making for the metal stamping industry, Medium- to large-run precision stamping production, and Custom sheet metal fabrication.  To serve their customers, the company continually updates equipment and process technology, and has installed current state-of-the-art automated laser cutting and forming equipment. A&E was recently featured in The Fabricator, you can read the article here.  Customers include:  signage and display companies, architects, mechanical designers, inventors, and the food processing, transportation, medical and agricultural industries.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center  and Missouri Enterprise are our Network sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers. We invite you to join with us to make KCMN the premier resource for manufacturers.

Due to our need to cover the event costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event. Cancellations of reservations paid by credit card will be assessed a $10 processing fee by the registration service, or contact us for event credit for a future event.