Factory Tour


Welcome to the Automecha Manufacturing factory. We're glad to have you visit our site and learn about how we make our products

Automecha is an integrated manufacturer - we try to make as many of the parts that go into our machines as we can. So, a great deal of what you are about to see involves the actual fabrication and finishing of parts before they are assembled, tested and shipped to our customers.

It takes a lot more work and talent to make your own parts. Big companies are too large to control the effort well, and small ones don't have the resources to pull it off. Places like Automecha are just the right size to get the job done. Look at it this way. If you make your own parts, then you have absolute and immediate control over quality, inventory, design, process and schedule. Automecha has that control.


Our machines are made of sheet steel and aluminum. The raw materials enter the shop in plywood sized sheets and long bars. The sheets are cut into blanks and loaded into the Punch press. The Pega is an amazing machine. It uses a rotating turret to position one of 72 different shaped punches exactly over the point specified on the blank. It then punches that hole and moves to the next at 200+ hits per minute. Noisy, but very effective.


Productivity is obvious, but the true beauty is that the different holes that make up the machine are within the thickness of a human hair of where they were specified in the design software. Blanks come out of the Pega with holes punched in them and are then run through a giant sander to take off sharp edges and burrs. This creates a smooth, safe part for assemblers and customers to handle.


Our next stop is at the AMADA press Brake. Look at one of our machines, It isn't made up of flat sheets, it is made up of bent parts. The Press Brake is the station where flat sheets are precisely bent up to make parts. Our brakes are accurate to within less than a degree of bend angle and to within a few thousandths of an inch in bend length. Parts are bent correctly and well each and every time.


On the other side of the fabrication shop, long bars of steel and aluminum have been delivered. These parts get turned into knobs, rollers, shafts and the like on several different lathes and milling machines. The workhouse machine is the Okuma This is a fascinating machine. It is coupled with a magazine type bar feeder that takes the bars of raw stock complete and feeds them one at a time into the lathe. The lathe automatically turns a part, and then pulls in more stock to turn another. This goes on for hours with accuracy levels at less than a thousandth of an inch.


Let's review. Material in sheets and bars has been received. Sheets have been turned into blanks then punched, sanded and bent. Bars have been machined into finished shapes. Now, we finish the parts. Some parts go outside for plating, but most stay at Automecha for finishing.

 

The first step is welding. Seams in bent parts are joined or filled. Bent components are joined with each other and with machined bits to become permanent assemblies.

 

Next, we paint the welded parts. This does two things, it combats rust and makes the part presentable. From the paint booth, parts are taken to the assembly shop to be fastened together and made into machinery.

 

Assembly has been divided into several lines and areas. The folder line is a perfect example of a higher production line. Thousands of paper folders have passed down this line and into customers' hands through a number on intermediary firms.

 

 

Lower volume production is done in shop areas. The six foot conveyor is a large, bulky unit that is better assembled in batches. Conveyors are also sold under a number of brand names.

 

Between these extremes lies the assembly of ACCUFAST labelers and printers. These products use many similar parts and can be assembled on the same lines in the same shop area.

 

Finally, the paper work side is accomplished through a modern office set up, supporting office management, purchasing, accounting and inventory control, factory management, customer support, personnel, and reception. The whole thing is monitored by a sophisticated computer system that integrates factory function from design and order entry through sales, warranty support and service calls. At Automecha, we control everything that we practically can to serve our customers better.