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                                 “If you’re not
investing in the
latest technology,
you’re falling
— Greg Williams
Ken Williams – Founder of Southern Metalcraft, Inc. (left) and Greg Williams – President/COO
Increased Capacity Accelerates Growth.
Founded in 1974, Southern Metalcraft, Inc. has grown from a three person shop to a team of 35 highly-skilled sheet metal fabricators. In order to facilitate growth, keep pace with customers’ ever-increasing demands, and never compromise on quality, the family-owned and operated business part- nered with AMADA. Today, SMI’s 42,500 ft2       with highly-advanced machine tool solutions — enabling the company to become a premier sheet metal fabricator.
          with AMADA, “The addition of the LCG 3015 AJ, HG 1003 ATC and HG 2204                  In fact, each machine quickly yielded substantial gains:
6kW LCG 3015 AJ Fiber Laser + Automated Material Handling and Storage: SMI gained a 70% increase in available laser cutting time with 24/7 capabilities in a full range of material types and thicknesses.
HG 1003 ATC Integrated Bending System: AMADA’s patented Auto- matic Tool Changer (ATC) enables SMI to achieve 25-40 setups per day compared to 8-15 prior to purchasing the HG 1003 ATC.
HG 2204 Press Brake: An AMNC 3i touchscreen control allows SMI’s operators to quickly verify tool setup, part data, and bending sequences in a 3D envi- ronment — increasing throughput by more than 25%.
240 tons of power and AMADA’s Bi-S (Bend indi- cator Sensor) technology enables the HG 2204 to maintain consistent accu- racy in bend lengths up to 169". The added capacity to efficiently bend longer parts in 11 Ga. materials and thicker, gives SMI
the additional ability to successfully compete in a larger market arena.
The ATC is equipped with 18 stockers for dies and 15 for punches to ensure maximum bending versatility. High-speed, automated tool changes ensure precise and economical bending results even in lot sizes of less than ten — while also enabling the seamless introduction of rush jobs.
24/7 Productivity
The 6kW LCG 3015 AJ Fiber Laser is one of two lasers installed inside an AMS 3015 Automated Material Handling/ Storage System which consists of a 10-shelf material storage tower and two unload carts.
180 Amada Court • Schaumburg, IL 60173
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