We have been really busy… and forgot to post updates. We are alive & kicking!
The last post on our blog was dated in December 2017. That sounds like a long time ago? Perhaps you were wondering whether we were still alive or not. No Worries! We’re still here but have been very busy working on awesome projects and products for our customers.
In this update we’d like to share some insights on some new things we have been working on recently. Here’s a small, but representative selection of some highlights.
New ‘End to end system development & integration’ products made by AMS Group
Belgium based JUCE selected AMS Group for realization of their proto manufacturing, and subsequent upscaling to hard tooling and component series production. The amazing product design is by Vanberlo and has been awarded with both IF Design & Red Dot awards in February and April 2019.
The smart ‘Juce Arena’ docking station facilitates participants in a meeting room to focus on their primary task of having a succesfull and efficient meeting.
Juce’s device will dramatically improve concentration and contribution of meeting participants by eliminating mobile phone distraction while allowing for a battery recharge.
Swedish based Flyte chose AMS Group to become their system integrator for their new levitating timepiece ‘Story’ in February 2017.
Flyte’s co-founder Simon Morris envisioned a unique and magical high-end design product with a mesmerizing, levitating traveller. A truly unique ambition with numerous challenges in the development process.
Within a 17 month period AMS Group and all other involved parties & partners had been able to finalise a qualified and scalable product configuration, fullfilling not only with what Simon envisioned, but demonstrating to others that this is indeed a timeless timepiece. A first hand unboxing experience from one of Flyte’s early buyers can be found here.
AMS Group is proud to be Flyte’s contract manufacturer.
You too can purchase one of these fascinating products from Flyte. You can find it in design stores in your area, or online.
Update on Plastic Injection Mould Making
We have been making several 8-cavity moulds equipped with hotrunner systems for one of our Europe based injection moulding customers. We delivered the moulds on time, within budget and, after receipt at the customers injection moulding plant, the moulds were inspected and operational within 36 hrs. The 8-cavity moulds make mirror polish transparant casings for cosmetics. Shot guarantees are given for 1M shots, with cycle times of less than 12 seconds.
For a European kitchen appliance customer we made nearly 20 moulds during a concurrent engineering development process with their R&D department. Not only visual parts, but also technical parts are to be made from those moulds. Part materials varied from PCTG (Tritan) to PC/ABS and PAGF30. The high end product – a juicer – is made & assembled in Europe.
More information on this professional juicer can be found on the website of The Juicer.
Steep increase in demand for high end CNC processing of steel & aluminum parts from China
It is completely clear to AMS Group that the European supply pool for CNC processing of aluminum and stainless steel is over stressed. Reduced interest in lower volumes, high pricing and very long response and leadtimes are some of its consequences.
Companies in need of high-end CNC processed parts therefore more often knock on AMS Group doors to explore the opportunities in China and, of course, we welcome them.
With a scalable and professional vendor base for CNC processing of all kinds of parts (lost wax or high pressure casting, rod or block based, extruded parts etc) we are able to accomodate a wide variety of requests.
Aside from metal casting, extrusion and CNC processing, many surface treatment applications are available. These range from anodising, wet paint, powder coating, ceramic coating, chrome plating and PVD coating, to for example laser engraving, silk screen and pad printing of branded parts.
Did you know that we supply ABB for many years already with their diecasted housings for emergency lighting fixtures?, and, that we make all models and versions for the aluminum housings for HD video streaming specialist Dektec. We are also engaged as supplier to Laevo for their diecast and machined exo-skeleton hip mechanisms.
ISO 9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015 certificates update
In parallel to all development & manufacturing activities, we also updated our ISO9001 & 14001 systems to 2015 versions. BSI (British Standard Institute) submitted the certificates after extensive auditing of our organisation in September 2018.
As you can see, we have been really busy, but certainly nothing to complain about. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget to share updates and new insights ;-).
Interested in AMS Group services?
When you want AMS to look into your product, project or challenge, or in case you have any other interest in us or our experiences, just get in touch.
Either call AMS in Amsterdam on +31 (0) 20 4940354 (ask for Robert or Bart).
Or simply fill in our online contact form.