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 donna@kcmn.org


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.