Automation Alternatives


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Automation Alternatives was founded in 1997 by a group of professionals dedicated to quality products and excellence in service. We work with your professional staff to:

* Provide a timely and cost effective solutions to your automation requirements.
* Provide as much upfront information to your engineering staff in order to properly qualify an automation solution.
* Develop an engineering specification for your automation needs
* Allow free exchange of information at all levels of development.
* Provide on-site installation, start-up and training services followed by a long-term and easily accessible technical support.

To date, Automation Alternatives has established over 100 clients on three continents. We have supplied subsequent automation solutions to over 60 of these clients. We believe that excellence in service is the foundation of a long-lasting relationship with our customers. Many innovative solutions we brought to the market resulted from our close relationship with our customers and our eagerness to listen to them.

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Automation Alternatives

  1. 1. Assembly Automation Alternatives, Inc. Toronto, Canada
  2. 2. The Company <ul><li>Founded in 1998 in Toronto, Canada by a group of engineers dedicated to innovative approach to automated processes </li></ul><ul><li>Serves a worldwide client-base in four continents by offering innovative solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Has in-house expertise and resources to implement all phases of projects from inception to commissioning </li></ul>
  3. 3. Vision <ul><li>Support and encourage innovative initiatives and thinking; </li></ul><ul><li>Be at the leading edge of automation solutions by developing innovative processes and technologies; </li></ul><ul><li>Be a leader in offering quality, affordable solutions supported by excellent, fast after sales services; and </li></ul><ul><li>Stay manageably small and increase market share through strategic alliance with partners with complimentary products or services. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Markets <ul><li>Membrane switch; </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible circuits; </li></ul><ul><li>Medical sensors; </li></ul><ul><li>Solar power; </li></ul><ul><li>Digital (LED) lighting; </li></ul><ul><li>EL and ITO; </li></ul><ul><li>Nameplates, labels and decals; and </li></ul><ul><li>Printing. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Solution Philosophy <ul><li>Development of standardized platforms for assembly and downstream operations including placement, dispensing, cutting, coating and testing in order to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>be able to offer affordable equipment that can be used in stand- alone applications or easily integrated into multi-process assembly lines; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reduce lead times and cost by employing standardizes hardware, software, mechanical and control systems. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Development and use of standard vision hardware and software to simplify mechanical systems, reduce errors and provide unsurpassed accuracy. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Resources <ul><li>Project Management </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanical and Motion Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical, Control and Safety Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Software Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>CAD / CAM </li></ul><ul><li>Fully Equipped Machine Shop </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Control </li></ul>
  7. 7. Major Product Milestones <ul><li>1999 - the first North American multi-tasking, easy-to-use assembly machine for membrane switch and flexible circuit industries </li></ul><ul><li>2000 - small platform precision laser cutter machine </li></ul><ul><li>2003 – automatic, configurable in-line tester machine </li></ul><ul><li>2005 - large format precision laser cutter machine </li></ul><ul><li>2006 - fully automated large format precision laser cutter machine with advanced material handling system for Roll-to-Roll processes - first in the industry </li></ul><ul><li>2007 - affordable large format laser cutter / engraver machine </li></ul><ul><li>2008 – large format automated doming / dispensing machine </li></ul>
  8. 8. Products and Services
  9. 9. … .. / Products and Services <ul><li>FlexLaser II, Vision-based Precision Laser Cutting </li></ul>
  10. 10. … .. / Products and Services <ul><li>AlphaLaser, Affordable Laser Cutting and Engraving </li></ul>
  11. 11. … .. / Products and Services <ul><li>AlphaLaser, Affordable Laser Cutting and Engraving </li></ul>
  12. 12. … .. / Products and Services <ul><li>Roll-to-Roll Laser Cutting System </li></ul>
  13. 13. … .. / Products and Services <ul><li>Automatic Doming / Dispensing Machine </li></ul>
  14. 14. … .. / Products and Services <ul><li>Multi-Tasking Pick & Place Machine </li></ul>
  15. 15. Custom Designed Solutions <ul><li>Can offer competitive customized solutions due to: </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledgeable multi-disciplinary engineering team; </li></ul><ul><li>In-house prototyping and full manufacturing capabilities; </li></ul><ul><li>low overhead structure; and </li></ul><ul><li>Quick turn-around time. </li></ul>
  16. 16. … .. / Custom Designed Solutions Typical projects include: <ul><li>Automated production lines; </li></ul><ul><li>Special-purpose laser cutting systems; </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated Material handling systems; </li></ul><ul><li>Different types of automated in-line test stations; </li></ul>
  17. 17. … .. / Custom Designed Solutions <ul><li>Automatic Laser Cutting of Fabrics </li></ul>
  18. 18. … .. / Custom Designed Solutions <ul><li>Automatic Laser Cutting of Office Workstation Panels </li></ul>
  19. 19. … .. / Custom Designed Solutions <ul><li>Automated Membrane Switch Production Line </li></ul>
  20. 20. Future Plans <ul><li>Aligning the company direction with emerging green technologies including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Semi-conductor lighting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-impact low-cost flex circuits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solar energy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Development of new laser machines for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Different wavelengths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In a hybrid scan-gantry format </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Thank You Assembly Automation Alternatives, Inc. 7-397 Humberline Drive Toronto, Ontario, Canada M9W 5T5