AGS Technology Orders Two New Presses

By on May 28 2015

Having successfully completed the move into its Batavia IL facility, AGS Technology  continues to invest in the future to meet the needs of its customers.  The latest announcement is the purchase of two new, all electric servo drive injection molding machines from JSW Plastics Machinery.  J450ADS is a 500 US ton machine and J280ADS is a 310 US ton machine.  Both presses are the latest offering from JSW, the J-ADS series offering state of the art clamping strength, injection precision, user friendly controls, and energy savings.   Target delivery and installation timeframe is August 2015.  Click on the picture below for additional technical details.

 


AGS Announcement-Two New Injection Molding Machines Aug 2015

AGS Technology Awarded 2013-2014 GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award

By on September 29 2014

Excerpt from letter sent to AGS Technology from General Motors Sheri Hickok, Executive Director, Global Supplier Quality & Development:

August 20, 2014

Congratulations! You are receiving this letter because your manufacturing location is being awarded the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award for the 2013-14 award year.

The award is given to specific manufacturing locations and only our top performing suppliers are eligible to receive it. Suppliers who receive this award have met or exceeded a very stringent set of quality performance criteria and have achieved the cross-functional support of the entire GM organization.

Overall, General Motors’ mission is to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles with the highest levels of quality and safety on the road. Achieving this mission depends largely on the quality of the parts you produce day in and day out. We know that maintaining a focus on the details to achieve perfection each day is not an easy task, so much so that only a fraction of our suppliers have earned this special recognition. You are a critical part of the team who helps ensure the customer is delighted with their product purchase and we want to recognize and thank you for that.

Again, congratulations on an exceptional team effort that helped your facility to win this award. Thank you for all you do to make our products great for GM, for you, and ultimately for our customers.

Warm regards,

Sheri Hickok
Executive Director
Global Supplier Quality & Development

General Motors  2014 Supplier Quality Award

 

AGS Technology is on the Move

By on July 6 2014

AGS Technology has leased a 78,000 square foot building in Batavia IL.  Some of the reasons AGS has decided to move include:

1) Opportunity to streamline its operations from three facilities (warehouse, raw material processing, injection molding/assembly) into one.

2) Existing floor space and electricity constraints at the Schaumburg location limit growth.

3) Automotive and non-automotive sales are projected to remain strong with an improving economy.

4) Ideal building.  Former plastic injection molding facility with four bridge cranes (3, 7.5, 7.5, and 17.5 ton), floor space to support 25-30 molding machines, 6500 AMP service, underground service tunnel, large land site with room for expansion, seven silos rail served, and an AGS option to purchase.

The move is being carefully managed over a 9 month period to ensure a smooth transition.  For more details on our move, click on the PDF link below.

AGS Batavia Move 7-06-14

AGS is on the Move

 

As Good as Gold-GM Recognizes AGS for Outstanding On-Time Delivery Performance

By on December 21 2013

General Motors  has recognized AGS Technology with a “Gold Supplier Status” plaque for its outstanding on-time delivery performance.  In a letter accompanying the plaque, General Motors stated that AGS Technology “has played an important role in our efforts to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles.  Your dedication and commitment to consistently perform above expectations are very much appreciated by the entire General Motors team and we want to recognize your organization for its outstanding performance.  You have our most sincere congratulations.”

 

 

Plastics Technology Magazine Features AGS Technology in December 2013 Issue

By on December 3 2013

 

As part four of its series on sustainability, Matt Naitove, Executive Editor of Plastics Technology magazine chose AGS Technology for its creativity in plastics recycling.  In less than 2,400 words, the article captures the genesis and 18 years of hard work that has made AGS Technology a leader in this arena.  Click on the link below to read the full article.

http://www.ptonline.com/articles/ags-a-molding-business-built-on-recycling

PT December 2013 Cover

December 2013 Plastics Technology Magazine

 

2012 General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award

By on January 30 2013

On December 13, 2012, JoAnn Bastick from General Motors formally presented AGS Technology with its 2012 Supplier Quality Excellence Award.  This award is given to less than 7% of General Motors worldwide supply base.  It is based on a stringent set of quality performance criteria along with the cross-functional support of the entire General Motors organization.  AGS Technology thanks General Motors for the business it has consistently sourced to AGS and for recognizing it as one of its top performing suppliers.

GM Award Presentation

General Motors Supplier Quality Engineer JoAnn Bastick (center) presents the 2012 General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award to AGS President Chris Racelis (left) and AGS Quality Manager Yelda Kivarkis (right).

AGS Technology Improves Mixing Screw Design on Injection Molding Machines

By on September 9 2012

“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in our suffering” – Viktor Frankl

What is the most important attribute that a molder needs in order to successfully mold regrind?  Raw material testing expertise?  Processing knowledge?  The latest injection molding equipment?  The truth of the matter is that the most important attribute needed to successfully mold regrind is an organizational culture willing to deal with and continuously improve the multiple challenges that regrind plastic presents.

Regrind does not run like virgin material.  Let me say it again for emphasis.  Regrind does not run like virgin material.  As a result, AGS Technology has set-up its business first and foremost as a processor of recycled materials.  The “AGS Process” is a culmination of multiple skills sets that the owners and employees of AGS Technology have been improving every year.  These disciplines include sourcing, size classification, conveying, de-dusting, metal removal, formulating, physical property testing, certifying, transporting, tool design, drying, in-line compounding, decoupled molding, inspection, and maintenance.

An excellent example of AGS Technology’s kaizen approach is injection molding machine screw design.  Most custom injection molding companies use a general purpose screw design in their machines in order to process the widest range of plastic materials.  From the very beginning, AGS Technology has always specified a proprietary mixing screw design.  AGS’ proprietary screw design was based on years of experience extruding recycled plastics.  This original design helped ensure that large regrind chunks were efficiently melted and then compounded with good distributive mixing during the screw retraction phase of the molding cycle.  Over the last seventeen years, this design has served AGS Technology well when it comes to processing unfilled and filled grades of its Injectoblend™ line of recycled materials.

Despite its success, AGS has identified improvements to the AGS proprietary screw design.  The explosive growth and use of long glass fiber has created larger, ongoing sources of plastic scrap that AGS Technology has qualified for use in many of its Injectoblend™ formulations.  Long glass fiber is a great new source of recycled material to enhance tensile properties, but using this material has introduced a new challenge.  The long glass strands have a tendency to bundle and are more difficult to break-up.  When molding parts with a sub-gate, these glass bundles can block the opening causing short shots.  As a result, more dispersive mixing is now required in order to effectively mold these parts.

Through extensive R&D efforts, AGS Technology has resolved the long glass fiber bundling issue and is already incorporating more dispersive mixing capability into its next generation screw design.  In fact, this work has led AGS Technology to experiment with injection molding screw designs that will compound short glass fibers into unfilled materials using coupling agents and other additives.  The AGS team has always recognized the fact that converting regrind is the lifeblood of the organization so incremental improvements in each discipline over time will enable it to maintain a competitive advantage now and well into the future.

AGS Technology…Zero Point Zero

By on August 30 2012

In the movie Animal House, Dean Wormer meets with the boys of Delta Tau Chi to review their grade performance.  Within this classic scene Dean Wormer looks at John Belushi’s character and declares in exasperated anger, “Mr. Blutarsky…zero point zero”.  Ever since watching this scene I have always equated and re-quoted “zero point zero” to describe utter futility…until now.

On August 30th, General Motors notified  AGS Technology that it was being awarded the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award for 2012.  This recognition was based on AGS Technology’s July 2011 thru June 2012 quality performance of…wait for it…”zero point zero”.  Zero PPM’s, zero discrepant parts, zero PRR”s, zero plant disruptions, zero unauthorized changes, zero program management issues, and zero field actions.  An even closer look at GM’s 6 Panel Report reveals the prior twelve months (July 2010 thru June 2011) AGS’ quality performance record was again…”zero point zero”.  Throw in the fact that many of their parts are also being made from AGS Injectoblend recycled materials we consider ourselves the Ginger Rogers of their Fred Astaire supply base…following all the same steps as Fred but with an additional level of complexity similar to Ginger dancing backwards in high heels!  AGS Technology thanks General Motors for recognizing it as a top performing “zero point zero” supplier.

 

AGS Technology Releases Updated Tooling Standard (8/15/12)

By on August 26 2012

As described in an earlier blog, AGS Technology has its own tool standard that specifies mold build requirements for new tools. The AGS Tool Standard is a living document that captures good tooling practices and “lessons learned” for parts made from virgin or recycled materials.  Every new mold managed by AGS Technology is checked against this tool standard to help ensure smooth part launches.

With the help of AGS Technology technical personnel (Steve Stoever and Gary Cadle) an updated AGS Tool Standard was released 8/15/12 that improves and clarifies AGS mold build expectations.  The latest tool standard also includes an eight page Appendix section that uses detailed descriptions, pictures, and views to best communicate these requirements.

AGS Technology is already working on the next version, but this time in 3D!  Steve Stoever is designing a typical mold in CAD that conforms to all of the requirements detailed in the AGS Tooling Standard.  This CAD model will be saved in STP and other math data formats and it will allow customers and suppliers the ability to access, view, rotate, measure, cross section, etc… a fully compliant AGS injection mold.   If a picture is worth a thousand words, than a 3D model must be worth exponentially more.  As we eagerly await this next version click on the following link AGS Tool Standard 8-15-12 to view the latest pdf revision.

AGS Technology Supports Growth with Added Warehouse Space

By on July 18 2012

AGS Technology has expanded its warehouse space to support its growth as a result of several new molding and assembly programs.  The warehouse is conveniently located next door to the AGS Raw Material and Technology facility at 1802 Brummel Drive in Elk Grove VIllage, Illinois.  This represents an additional 5,000 square feet for raw material and finished goods storage.  If necessary, there is an additional 20,000 square feet that can be accessed.

The warehouse is staffed with AGS Technololgy personnel that have undergone a 12 week shipping and receiving training program.  It can communicate and share data with the AGS Schaumburg location and is capable of transmitting Advanced Ship Notifications (ASN’s).