ABCO Automation’s Build to Print manufacturing team is key to meeting our clients’ advanced automation, machine building requirements. With an abundance of knowledge and experience, the Build to Print team is well equipped to produce a superior end-product no matter what the challenges. Often other build-to-print manufacturers shy away from the complexities that occur with automation systems, but ABCO gladly accepts the potential for obstacles and works tirelessly to build equipment the way it is designed to work. ABCO’s Build to Print team has long been known for excelling at delivering complex, unique build-to-print projects.
And, we strive to add value to the build-to-print process. Because we have a full staff of electrical and mechanical engineers, we can offer our clients guidance and expertise. Often, we are asked to review documents and “redline” with comments and changes.
In addition, ABCO has a standard 12-month warranty on all build-to-print products, so clients can rest assured that they’ve chosen the right partner for their build-to-print machine.
ABCO’s Build to Print manufacturing team holds itself to the highest levels of quality machine building. Our processes ensure attention to detail, efficient management, and that only experienced mechanical and electrical engineers, purchasing, and technical team members work on projects. We use little to no contract labor which means individuals working on machine builds are experienced with ABCO’s processes and understand our commitment to high-quality standards. In-house capabilities include: engineering; machining and metal fabrication; validation testing; and quality control—all contributing to superior build-to-print manufacturing. Our entire organization utilizes ISO processes as a standard for all operations, and managers uphold following strict quality guidelines every step in the process. The quality department utilizes state-of-the-art tools, including Romer Arms, to maintain repeatable and accurate results. We operate a UL Certified Panel Shop, so if a client requires UL certification, we can mark machines UL certified, and we also offer CE marking for overseas clients.
We fully understand and value our clients’ needs especially when it comes to meeting established timelines on build-to-print manufacturing projects. While we will never sacrifice the quality of the build, we do follow well documented procedures to uphold a smooth build-to-print process. In the project’s kick-off phase, we develop a schedule that is set and agreed upon by both ABCO and the client—then we work diligently, making sure we adhere to timelines.
With our SyteLine ERP system, we not only manage our day-to-day business, we oversee individual projects, ensuring that we have visibility to project requirements and production schedules. From receipt of an order and client’s complete drawing package, we can deliver a build-to-print machine in approximately 14–16 weeks. And, less complicated machines can be manufactured and assembled in as little as 10–12 weeks. ABCO is centrally located on the east coast in the Greensboro, N.C. area, providing less expensive and shorter shipping times to eastern US clients.
We fully understand and appreciate our clients’ needs to meet established timelines with their Build to Print manufacturing projects. While we will never sacrifice the quality of the build, we do follow a critical path procedure to ensure a smooth Build to Print process, developed specifically to adhere to efficiency and to a schedule that is set and agreed upon by both ABCO and our client at the kick-off phase of the project. Additionally, ABCO is centrally located on the east coast in the Greensboro, NC area, providing less expensive and shorter shipping times to our eastern US client-base.
ABCO boasts 30,000 square feet of in-house Metal Fabrication and Machining. This work space allows us to provide custom quality-controlled components and assemblies that support the requirements of machine builds as well as enables us to deliver a fast turn-around of materials and components. We have extensive machining equipment, including CAD/CAM machinery for CNC milling, drilling, turning, and grinding operations on all types of metal and plastic materials. The fabrication team offers a variety of services including:
ABCO employs certified technicians who can weld a wide range of processes and material ranging from p1 to p8 and most combinations.
Our metal fabrication and machining teams are staffed with knowledgeable and experienced professionals who know their trades and value quality, accuracy, and on-time completion of their work. Both teams work together to manufacture components integral to ABCO’s custom design and build-to-print equipment, as well as provide job-shop machining and fabrication services for clients. ABCO’s in-house abilities demonstrate our full-service commitment to clients and ensure exceptional quality control of our manufactured components. For a full list of ABCO’s equipment and capabilities, see our Metal Fabrication and Machining equipment list.
One of ABCO’s in-house services is factory acceptance testing (FAT). All ABCO manufactured systems undergo a rigorous testing phase per the system’s specifications. This guarantees that all components work together. All programs are thoroughly optimized for proper performance and cycle times. Dry-testing and debugging are part of ABCO’s standard procedures and performed prior to delivery and installation.
ABCO’s Build to Print manufacturing facility includes a dedicated Client Center that provides visiting clients a place to plug in a laptop, access our guest wireless connection, charge a cell phone, make phone calls, or just enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Our goal is to make clients as comfortable as possible while spending time in our facility. For a list of amenities in Greensboro area, please visit the About Greensboro section on our website.
ABCO Automation holds our clients’ designs and machine builds in the strictest confidence and takes corporate espionage very seriously. All ABCO staff undergoes a thorough background check during the hiring process and signs a confidentiality agreement. We understand the costs involved in research and development, and we do everything possible to safeguard our clients’ proprietary information. In the rare instance that we hire contract labor, these individuals are subject to the same background checks and confidentiality agreements as permanent employees.