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Elite Additive Manufacturing to implement MES from AMFG

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Elite Additive Manufacturing, a business area of Elite Mold and Engineering Inc. have chosen to utilize AM-specific MES software from AMFG to establish and further their movement into the additive manufacturing space.

Established in 1982 and based in Metro Detroit, Elite has a mold and engineering arm, alongside a focus on plastic products. Their commitment to various manufacturing processes is an example of the growth and innovation that underpins the company. This emphasis on growth has been furthered by the recent implementation of Additive Manufacturing capability with the purchase of a Carbon M2 3D printer in November 2022. The new machine compliments the 10 molding machines, 2 EDM machines and 10 CNC machines the company already made use of.

The purchase of the Carbon M2 opened up new manufacturing avenues but prompted a rethink over the priorities that come with implementing new printing techniques. CEO Paul Patrash asserts that the biggest motivation around seeking out software solutions, like those presented by AMFG, was ease of use for their valued customers.

CEO Paul Patrash explained why AMFG was the only option for Elite moving forward: “We looked at several online quoting platforms, and AMFG checked all the boxes for what we needed to support our growing customer base in the 3D additive market. The ease of onboarding and the back-end support was critical to our decision to use AMFG as our provider”.

As the emphasis was on customer usability and confidence, the biggest attraction of AMFG’s leading MES Software is the first-rate Order Management portal. The Portal provides a fully automated quoting solution, with customers able to upload their own CAD files, choose materials and other configurable parameters before a quote is instantaneously generated.

Not only does this simplify the ordering process for customers, but also provides an instant price, and option to immediately order and purchase. The simplicity and immediacy of the process allow for quote requests to become confirmed orders much quicker.

By increasing the speed and ease of the process, through AMFG’s software, Elite has been able to increase revenue and utilize engineer time more efficiently, redirecting them away from the previously laborious manual quoting process.

The quote portal has been implemented onto the company website, blending in seamlessly with Elite’s own branding and message – a feature of the highly customizable options available as part of AMFG’s software. This customization made AMFG the standout option and convinced Elite to move forward. The message delivered by Elite to their customers via the portal is consistent but the quoting options are entirely tailored to Elite’s capabilities.

By implementing AMFG’s software, Elite are looking to make the movement into the additive manufacturing space as smooth as possible, aiming to harness the new technology.

The process relating to the adoption of the machines happened quickly, with the Carbon M2 purchase in November, staff undergoing training in December and Additive Manufacturing becoming a facet of the business in January. This same swiftness accompanied the integration of AMFG’s software in the business, with the quote portal going live following a short period of onboarding, where the needs of both Elite and their customers were investigated and identified by specialist Technical Consultants from AMFG.

AMFG’s Head of Implementation Consulting, Rohan Graham, said he believes the combination of AMFG’s expertise and that of Elite is sure to be a success: “Allowing Elite to take a further step into the additive manufacturing space, through the use of our software, is proof that the product not only streamlines processes but fuels and promotes progress.”

As well as promoting scaling, the partnership proves how much of an attractive and viable technique Additive Manufacturing has become. The pairing of hardware and software ensures the process of going to market is considerably quicker. The Elite and AMFG partnership demonstrates how additive manufacturing and software solutions are vital.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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