Beyond The Sale – Are You Looking For More Than Just Garden Variety Customer Support?

We’ve all heard it – a supplier’s marketing promise of aftermarket sales support. But what are fabricators really looking for in 2015? Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, said the mark of a company that goes above and beyond is one that focuses on its customers above all else. With the need to optimize capital equipment investments and production, manufacturers want more than just aftermarket support these days. Most will say they are looking for a partner – a supplier that can act as a technical resource for quick troubleshooting, suggest ways to streamline workflow or make incremental changes to existing machines longer after the sale.

At AIRAM, partnership equates to customer intimacy. We listen to customers to gain an understanding of their values so that we can give them the tools necessary to make what they want. We’ve carefully built an infrastructure that allows our team to custom engineer new pneumatic presses to your requirements at half the cost of conventional equipment. When it’s time to deliver your machine, that’s where our partnership really begins.

We tailor a comprehensive service package to each company’s specific needs. In addition to on-site stock parts, AIRAM provides rebuild, retrofit and preventative maintenance programs designed to keep your presses running. It’s a simple rule of business. If you aren’t making parts, you aren’t making money. Our comprehensive spare parts inventory has been set up to deliver the components you need fast. We are also just a phone call or visit away if you need to trouble shoot or evaluate machine requirements for new work coming in the door.  Ready to develop new parts and need a press system with controls and tooling machined to unique profiles? We can help with that too. Let us partner with you. Call us today.

Purchasing Smarter For Faster ROI

The simplest definition for return on investment is a measure of profitability that indicates whether or not a company is using its resources in an efficient manner. When it comes to capital equipment purchases manufacturers want to know how quickly a machine will begin to pay for itself.  Increasingly shorter lead times are making that window for ROI even smaller.

For fabricators considering whether or not they should upgrade an existing press or purchase a new machine – there are a several reasons why a custom design build can be the most cost-effective choice and the quickest way to see ROI.

AIRAM can engineer and build a pneumatic press to a customer’s unique requirements with a very short lead time and more cost effectively than constructing a standard model press and modifying it post production. Since AIRAM’s pneumatic models are approximately 50 percent less than the cost of a mechanical or hydraulic press – manufacturers also enjoy a cost savings upfront.

Upgrading or refurbishing older equipment often means fabricators have to build up inventory to account for machine down time. A design/build can reduce that downtime and help manufacturers ramp up production faster. Part type and capacity dictate press selection making a custom build attractive in market where part requirements are so diverse. At AIRAM service doesn’t stop with the installation. The press builder stands behind its products and the after sales value adds the company continues to deliver make ROI a no brainer.

Does Customization Mean Costly?

Customized, made to individual specifications, tailored. Sound expensive? That’s usually the assumption when manufacturers talk to AIRAM about a standard pneumatic press and hear the words “design/build.”

Today more than ever manufacturers are looking to control costs with economical capital equipment solutions that have the versatility to boost production and tackle a variety of jobs. Most tend to equate those requirements with a bare bones press at the lower end of the performance and cost spectrum. Not so at AIRAM Press Co. Ltd. Once the company’s team evaluates a customer’s operations, a low maintenance, engineered solution is designed to their unique requirements for significantly less cost than that of comparable mechanical or hydraulic presses.

The secret? AIRAM has established a broad supplier network for custom-size plates and developed a standardized parts system that allows the press builder to deliver plug and play products – flexible enough to meet the needs of current work and handle jobs that may come through the door in the future. The reason? Customer applications are diverse and characterized by short runs and shorter deadlines. Whether a fabricator needs to support a rollforming operation, preform extrusions, process cardboard or stamp metal or plastic, AIRAM is able to build to spec for optimum return. Older AIRAM presses are also easily upgraded to the latest technology. See for yourself. Contact AIRAM Press Co. Ltd. today.

Changing Of The Guard

The electricity industry is looking at major changes over the next 20 years the like of which has been compared to the impact of cell phones on fixed land lines. Consumer demand for safe, reliable, affordable energy that meets tough environmental standards is also pushing the need for clean energy and renewable power sources.  Companies scrambling to enter these market segments with application specific parts are turning to cost-effective processing equipment like roll forming.

A large number of fabricators are specifying AIRAM pneumatic presses to bookend these lines. Cost efficient, flexible and eco-friendly, the low-maintenance pneumatic press can pre-punch, pre-notch or pre-form parts prior to rollforming then provide cut-off operations on the other end.

Unlike hydraulic or mechanical press options, the pneumatic press can move in and out of material three times faster without interrupting or slowing production.

AIRAM has a well-established track record in the rollforming industry, and like any true classic, the machine’s intrinsic value is illustrated by companies that are taking this sturdy workhorse and applying its technology in new ways to form high-performance, tight tolerance parts for emerging markets.

Velocity – The Need For Speed

The need for speed can be especially critical when a fabricator needs to get in and out of material quickly without damaging or marking it. Faster press speeds can also eliminate the need for secondary operations such as buffing, grinding and polishing. Not all presses however, are created equal when it comes to speed.

The pneumatic press can provide speeds that are faster than that of standard hydraulic and mechanical presses. How fast the air press can move in and out of material depends in part on how thick the part and/or material is. Take a roll former application where 3/16-inch-thick material doesn’t stop for hole punching and cut off processes. Moving at 74 feet per minute [14.8 inches per second], the Airam air press can stamp a 7/16-inch hole at 5-inch spacing in just 23 milliseconds. Customers tell us they are also running jobs where the punch or blade is in and out of the material in less than 50 milliseconds. For the same processes, a hydraulic press would take 1.5 to 2 seconds with a mechanical machine hitting 80 to 700 milliseconds.

The secret behind the pneumatic machine’s ability to outpace its larger cousins is actually fairly simple. Air pressure causes the ram to cycle down producing full tonnage through the entire stroke. A mechanical press on the other hand, requires energy from its rotating flywheel to produce tonnage and complete each cycle. It needs an electric motor to replenish the energy stored in the flywheel. Oil pressure created by an electric motor and hydraulic pump is needed before a hydraulic press can generate tonnage.

While all presses can process materials, there are other considerations. The part may require tonnage and hold at the bottom of the stroke. A mechanical press can’t deliver the necessary tonnage if the stroke stops on bottom due to lack of energy from the flywheel. Hydraulic is the slowest option and since it’s driven by oil pressure wouldn’t be an appropriate choice for parts with cosmetic specifications. If a job requires full tonnage through the stroke, a mechanical press is unable to support parts production since most machines are rated at 1/8 inch off bottom at full tonnage, then drop off quickly as the ram cycles. A hydraulic press can produce large tonnage through a long stroke. The air press produces full tonnage through the complete stroke without the need for hydraulic oil pressure and the potential for leakage.

In addition to general stamping, the Airam press can handle paper and plastic applications. The air press can also be used on pre-painted or finished surfaces.  Why choose from among capabilities when you can get the whole package with Airam at half the cost?

Fabricator Or Machine Shop – You Can’t Beat The Economies Of An Airam Press

Fabricators and machine shops kept a conservative outlook on capital investments last year, in the face of uncertainty over taxes and government spending. Aerospace and automotive are two market sectors that continue to generate growth along with improvements in the housing and construction industries. In order to be competitive, companies are looking for ways to boost efficiency. Demands are being placed on machines to produce parts faster and combine multiple processes with automation.

Airam presses, 3 to 300 tons, are uniquely engineered to provide both fabricators and machine shops with an economical workhorse that can accommodate multiple operations ranging from stamping, punching and coining to cutting and forming. Manufacturers don’t have to turn to costly servo presses to gain the advantage of adjustable stroke length and speed.

Our air presses also have the flexibility to be integrated into a roll forming line, used to blank material for short part runs or pre form, punch or cut before final machining.  Let us help you operate leaner and more efficiently while keeping pace with the faster speed of doing business today. We’ll customize a cost-effective, flexible solution that meets your production requirements and won’t strain your budget with high operational costs.

A Cut Above

Fabricators processing materials like paper, rubber, plastic and light steel trim need presses that deliver higher acceleration for a cleaner cut, yet are cost-effective and flexible. Airam’s pneumatic press is easy to set up, yet supports a versatile range of single stroke, hand-fed operations for processes that include forming, holding, steel rule die cutting, basic punching, press fitting and clamping.

Speed is the biggest challenge says John Bornhorst, vice-president of engineering. “We typically provide pneumatic presses in the 3 to 7 ton-range but can go higher. Our first step is to find out what a customer needs. We build our machines to specification so customers aren’t purchasing and maintaining more press than they need.” Quick die change allows the air press to accommodate different part types. Airam also provides a simple yet cost-effective anti-tie down pneumatic push button control.

With no electrical circuit, the fully pneumatic Airam press offers near-zero maintenance.  In today’s business landscape, a machine that can handle a variety of different parts and materials versus a single press dedicated to the production of a single part just makes good economic sense.

Versatility – A Key Production Tool In 2014

Reshoring efforts and rising labor costs in China mean U.S. fabricators have to be more versatile than ever. Customers looking to carve out leaner profiles are making part orders in the thousands a thing of the past. Small part runs – from one-and-done to 100 or less – produced according to unique specifications on a schedule that can change weekly basis is becoming the new normal.

Airam is helping fabricators meets these requirements by engineering its pneumatic press line with the ability to change stroke length and adjust shut height. The machines, 3 to 300 tons, can accommodate different dies as well as multiple operations ranging from stamping, punching, coining, cutting and compressing. For fabricators, this kind of flexibility means optimizing capital equipment and eliminating the need to invest in additional machines for other processes. The ability to perform a variety of applications on a single press also translates into lower overhead and inventory – a savings that can be passed on to customers.

Adjustable stroke length and speed also allows fabricators to use Airam’s presses for different operations during roll forming processes, eliminating the need for secondary work. The equipment’s small footprint means a single press can be used on multiple roll formers. Are you making a myriad of different parts in small lots? Let us customize a cost-effective, flexible solution that enhances your lean business model while helping you meet customer demand and short delivery requirements.

Counting Costs

Manufacturers are counting costs these days. In the face of a slowly stabilizing economy, fabricators are pulling production back to the U.S. because it’s more cost effective.  Many also are considering the costs of running and maintaining machines that are larger than a job requires. In a climate where pennies count, the AIRAM pneumatic press shoulders the workloads normally reserved for mechanical and hydraulic presses at half the capital equipment cost and one quarter of the maintenance cost. The press with the small footprint also is tackling less traditional jobs conventional presses can’t handle including laminations, composites, plastics, paper and a wide variety of rapid single-stroke applications.

Replace multiple machines with one
At AIRAM, we work to understand customers’ job requirements, including processes, problems and business objectives so that we can equip them with the right production solution. Recently our team worked with one of the Big Three to assist them with replacing an older press at half the cost.

Half the cost
The new air press will be designated for pre-punch work in a roll forming line.  The economical AIRAM press is a low-maintenance machine. The air press represents half the cost of a used or rebuilt hydraulic press and still provides the capability to produce precision, high quality components. In addition to extremely low maintenance, the OEM found our lead time and easy plug-and-play installation attractive as an alternate solution.