Archive for December, 2011

Adaptation of the Canopy Connector at AGAM

At AGAM Aluminum Modular System, we work with our customers to meet their exact needs and overcome any design challenges they may have. From large to small, round to square, SEG to traditional panel-based extrusions, AGAM has the extrusions and accessories needed for your next project, and if we do not, we will create it for you!

We recently adapted the canopy connector in our AGAM aluminum modular system to fantastic results and satisfied our client requests completely. The AGAM aluminum modular system lends itself to easily to unique and creative customizations satisfying clients requests and design specifications. The adaptation of the canopy connector resulted in a unique and interesting aluminum modular construction made out of the AGAM aluminum modular system.

The Canopy Connector at AGAM

Adaptation of the Canopy Connector at AGAM

Adaptation of the Canopy Connector at AGAM 

We appreciate our clients for helping us to see our own AGAM aluminum modular system in a different light with their creative design requests. AGAM’s aluminum modular system is adaptable and customizable and creative projects provide fantastic opportunities in exercising our best construction practices. AGAM listens to our client’s needs and concerns, which often results in AGAM offering better products. At AGAM we listen carefully to our client’s needs and concerns to provide the best products in the aluminum modular design system industry supporting our client’s success.

Our canopy connector is typically used in pairs to support a canopy. One of AGAM’s customers recently came to us with a design that used our canopy connector to support a cantilever structure. In this instance, only one canopy connector was used and after several uses, the canopy connector started to become weak. The constant re-tightening due to the uneven load of the cantilever structure, had worn out the canopy connector.

Adaptation of the Canopy Connector at AGAM

Adaptation of the Canopy Connector at AGAM

AGAM Resolves the Canopy Connector Problem

When the customer called AGAM to ask for suggestions on how to resolve the problem, AGAM decided to discuss the issue with the project coordinators and a few designers. These individuals agreed that our current product, which had only one screw on each side of the connector, was not sufficient for this client’s application.

After some brainstorming, AGAM designers and project coordinators came up with a custom solution, which allowed the connector to function in the same way, but offered an extra screw to lock the connector in place. This new design required a new custom insert block and bracket to accommodate the additional screw needed to secure the canopy connector at a given angle.

Standard Canopy Connector

Adaptation of the Canopy Connector at AGAM

AGAM Provides Superior Clients Support

Thanks to our in-house capabilities, AGAM was able to design, manufacture, and ship multiple units of this modified part within two days. AGAM was able to respond quickly to our clients’ needs and learn something new in the process. In fact, AGAM is strongly considering changing our existing Canopy Connector to this new design or creating a new product for cantilever applications.

As innovative designers at AGAM and industry leaders in the aluminum modular design space, we are always creating new extrusions and accessories to benefit our customers. The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System’s components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything you imagination and creativity will allow! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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AGAM Sliding Door

AGAM has six designers on staff, each of them with a strong background in various fields of design. They support the project management teams, providing fully engineered solutions to customers and support for the fabrication specialists in the plant. So, it is only natural that they create new products based on the recommendations and requests they receive from our clients.

AGAM Sliding Door

AGAM Sliding Door

Creating the Sliding Door at AGAM

The contemporary sliding door was designed as a stylish alternative to the regular swinging door. Every aspect has been designed with our client’s needs in mind. From form to function, AGAM designed this product to work as great as it looks. Here are five benefits to using the AGAM Sliding Door:

1. The AGAM Sliding Door Maximizes Space

Whether it’s a conference room or a storage closet, every inch counts in the exhibit design industry. The sliding door allows designers to maximize space and create privacy at the same time.

2. The AGAM Sliding Door is Completely Customizable

The track is made of extrusion MR1200 and the door is made of extrusion PH1070 or PH1003. AGAM can cut these extrusions to any length, so the sliding door can fit any doorway. You could even replace your current swinging door. Or, if your doorway is large enough, AGAM can make a double sliding door.

3. The AGAM Sliding Door is Easy to Assemble

It has an upper track that attaches to the partition after the fact. Simply build the wall using only a hex key or use an existing wall, and then simply add the upper track with a clever specially designed part. The door can then be hung in place and slides using two roller brackets, which hook onto the track.

AGAM Sliding Door

AGAM Sliding Door is Easy to Assemble

4. The AGAM Sliding Door Can Give You Peace of Mind

The sliding door can be locked with a key for security. The spring-loaded lock is attached to the door and bolts into the track.

5. The AGAM Sliding Door Has A Comfortable Grip

The newly designed ergonomic handle gives more space for the user’s fingers and allows the door to close tightly.

AGAM Sliding Door

AGAM Sliding Door Has a Comfortable Grip

AGAM Can Build You A Door Solution

As innovative designers at AGAM, we are constantly creating new extrusions and accessories to benefit our customers. The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System’s components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything you imagination and creativity will allow! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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Team-based Production Yields Successful Results

AGAM offers unparalleled manufacturing and specialized fabrication services for both large-scale and small-scale projects. About a year ago, AGAM moved into of our vast 110,000 square foot production facility located in Elkridge, Maryland. Since the move, AGAM now provides all its services under one roof in the United States. With state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained production specialists, AGAM provides fast turnaround schedules and precision fabricated products for all our clients.Team-based Production Yields Successful Results

AGAM’s New Production Facility

Moving into our new building a year ago presented AGAM with an opportunity to restructure the way in which work flows through our production space.

With AGAM’s steady growth over the past decade, the old production system had grown and developed that our employees began to experience some manufacturing inefficiencies. These, more often than not, translated into longer lead times and inconsistencies in our end products. A larger and more streamlined work environment seemed like the best way for AGAM to make dramatic improvements to the production process, and moving to a new plant made this possible.

Optimized Work Environment at AGAM’s New Plant

The significant alteration to our manufacturing system since the move to our new facility was the introduction of a team-based production process. The old building did not have space for our employees and equipment to spread out and divide into teams. We now have multiple teams of order processors, equally equipped with the tools necessary to complete orders quickly and accurately.

The second significant alteration was the implementation of team leaders. With this, production questions are fielded almost instantaneously. Also, a helping hand is readily available for complex processes and frequent inspections help attain an even higher degree of quality.

Team-based Production Yields Successful Results

The New Production Process at The New AGAM Facility

Having spent 14 years in our former building, the production area had grown to fill every inch. Machines and storage were placed in what was the best space at the time. With the new building, we not only gained 75,000 square feet of space but it was empty, which allowed us to design the production area from scratch.

We carefully configured the team areas, so work flows linearly. We began with the placement of our aluminum stock, positioning it at the beginning of the team areas, substantially reducing the time it takes to retrieve the appropriate materials to begin orders. Then we organized the machines in sequential order of the production process. See the process through the pictures below:

Team-based Production Yields Successful Results

Begin with the aluminum stock since retrieving materials is the first step in the production process.

Team-based Production Yields Successful Results

The first machines in the team areas are the saws.

Team-based Production Yields Successful Results

Punch presses come next and each has one hole size and hole location. Production workers have these readily available as a guided press for the particular extrusion they have in hand.

Team-based Production Yields Successful Results

Milling machines are used to drill custom holes and to create custom parts.

Team-based Production Yields Successful Results

Completing the team areas are the packing lines.

Team-based Production Yields Successful Results

Each team area is strategically designed so that the workflow ended at our shipping docks.

AGAM Can Help With Your Design Needs

After overhauling our production process, we have seen invaluable benefits including shorter lead-times, fewer production errors, and a more consistent end product. As innovative designers at AGAM, we are continually creating new extrusions and accessories to benefit our customers. The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System’s components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything you imagination and creativity will allow! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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How to Make the Popular AGAM Palm Tree

The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System is engineered around an extensive variety of extrusions and accessories. These components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything else you can imagine and creativity will allow. Essentially, design possibilities are infinite and boundless!

One of our most popular and interesting designs is the AGAM palm tree made out of common components found in our aluminum modular system. Find out how to create the AGAM palm tree for a fun addition to your exhibit!

The Popular AGAM Palm Tree

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

The Process of Creating a Palm Tree Using the AGAM System

AGAM appreciates how clients challenge and inspire us to create fun and creative designs. AGAM had a customer that wanted palm trees for their exhibit. The materials and techniques AGAM used in the design of this unconventional display resulted in a satisfied client and a lovely exhibit.

Step 1 in Creating a Palm Tree Using the AGAM Aluminum Modular System: Create the Base of the Palm Tree

First, AGAM industrial designers created the trunk and base of the palm tree. For the trunk, they used a 3-cord truss because it offered an industrial appearance while also providing the support necessary to hold the weight of the palms. The trunk of the palm tree needed a sturdy base so it could stand autonomously. So, AGAM’s industrial designer used a large steel base, which was heavy enough to maintain the weight of the tree while holding it down. Then to make the base look like an actual palm tree, it was powder coated a tan color.

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

Step 2 in Creating a Palm Tree Using the AGAM Aluminum Modular System: Attaching the Base of the Tree to the Palms

Once the base and the trunk were completed, AGAM’s designer had to determine how to attach the palms to the trunk in a way that looked natural. Their solution was a hub, made of custom aluminum pieces cut on the Waterjet, bolted together. AGAM’s Waterjet Center fabricates unique parts and pieces to exact designer specifications without the lengthy set-up time and costly tool and die fabrication. The Waterjet Center turns design concepts into workable parts within days!

Step 3 in Creating a Palm Tree Using the AGAM Aluminum Modular System: Designing the Palms for the Palm Tree

The AGAM industrial designer created the palms out of AGAM extrusion MR1100 and then powdered coated them green. The palms slide onto the custom inserts on the hub and then the hub was bolted onto the truss.

To reduce setup costs, the AGAM industrial designer used two different curves to make the palms. One large curve and one small curve with ends cut at 90 degrees and 15 degrees. These curves were alternated around the hub to create a natural looking canopy of palms.

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

 

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

At AGAM, Design Possibilities are Infinite

As innovative designers at AGAM and industry leaders in the aluminum modular design space, we are always creating new extrusions and accessories to benefit our customers. The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System’s components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything you imagination and creativity will allow! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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AGAM Employee Spotlight: Dan, Industrial Designer

At AGAM we offer unparalleled manufacturing and specialized fabrication services for both large-scale and small-scale aluminum modular construction projects using our AGAM aluminum modular system. We lead the aluminum modular design industry with our efficient construction, innovative customizations, and customer service. And we couldn’t accomplish any of this the many talented members of our team. We appreciate their hard work and today we are spotlighting, Dan, a recently hired industrial designer who is learning all the ins and outs of the AGAM Group and our vast 110,000 square foot production facility.

Meet Dan, AGAM Industrial Designer

At AGAM our team is a strong mix of experienced team members and young talent. We do seek to hire the best and the brightest industrial designers and do not shy away from new graduates. New graduates provide innovation and are often educated in the latest techniques. Dan is a new graduate who we are happy to welcome to the AGAM team.

In this post, Dan will tell us about his recent experience joining AGAM.

AGAM Employee Spotlight: Dan, Industrial Designer

Meet AGAM’s new Industrial Designer, Dan.

Joining AGAM as a New Industrial Designer

Recently I was offered the opportunity to join AGAM as their new industrial designer. I jumped at the chance to start my career after graduation. I moved down to a great place in the city of Baltimore, which happens to be a short commute to the AGAM office in Elkridge, Maryland.

I was very anxious to begin working as an industrial designer. After studying for five years and preparing for the real thing, had me “chomping at the bit.” I wanted to get on the computer right away and start designing with CAD. However, at AGAM there is a particular rite of passage you must complete before you begin the type of work that you were hired for.

Every AGAM employee must spend a week in the plant to gain insight of how production is completed in-house. I had never worked in a manufacturing plant before, but with several summers of experience working in construction under my belt, I was not afraid to get my hands dirty. In fact, I enjoyed learning the processes, which go into AGAM’s long list of products.

Joining AGAM as an Industrial Designer

I learned about the machines and how they are used, this one is a punching press, used to punch holes in the extrusions.

Dan’s Thoughts After His First Few Weeks at AGAM

I think I gained a first-hand understanding of everything AGAM does in the plant. However, a few weeks later, I am finding out that there are several more processes, so much background experiences, and an abundant amount of knowledge that I will still be learning for a long time. I found this experience very helpful as I have now transitioned into the office and began my work as a designer.

Getting to know everyone in the office has also been quite significant to my experience at AGAM. I have particularly appreciated learning more about the people who fabricate the designs and cut lists issued by the office.

The AGAM atmosphere is easy-going with a high level of professionalism still being maintained. This type of environment fosters a good morale, enticing everyone to work efficiently and effectively. There is an open line of communication between all employees at AGAM, who all have the same goal: to provide our clients with fully engineered solutions.

Joining AGAM as an Industrial Designer

I spent time in the parts room, learning about them, how inventory is managed and how orders are fulfilled.

AGAM Aluminum Modular System Can Help You

AGAM offers unparalleled manufacturing and specialized fabrication services. With a vast 110,000 square foot production facility, AGAM provides all its services under one roof in the United States. With the AGAM System, design possibilities are infinite. So, if you are looking to make improvements to any environment, such as a conference room (as in our case), AGAM has a solution for you. Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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Custom Seventy-Foot Diameter Truss Ring for AGAM Client

AGAM offers unparalleled manufacturing and specialized fabrication services to all our clients. With our large number of specialized cutting centers throughout the plant, we are capable of handling multiple custom requests with a short turn around. Our years of expertise and state-of-the-art equipment are unmatched and our designers provide fully engineered solutions to support all your customized needs.

Engineering a Custom Seventy-Foot Diameter Trust Ring at AGAM

At AGAM, we receive several fairly large-scale projects, and this one was no different. A client was interested in building a freestanding truss ring, seventy-feet in diameter.

Custom Seventy-Foot Diameter Truss Ring for AGAM Client

Custom Seventy-Foot Diameter Truss Ring for AGAM Client

Types of Trusses at AGAM

Within the truss category, AGAM has a variety of choices. We could use a two-cord truss (two extrusions and one web), a three-cord truss (three extrusions and three webs) and a four-cord truss (four extrusions and four webs).

After review and discussion with the customer, we decided to use a four-cord truss.

2-Cord

3-Cord

4-Cord

AGAM Improvements to Seventy-Foot Diameter Truss

AGAM offered suggestions to improve the strength and look of the final design. First, AGAM made the ring a full, uninterrupted piece. With the ring being a complete circle (like the ring you wear on your finger) there is no beginning or end. By having a fully, uninterrupted ring the stability and strength of the truss is improved.

Second, the legs were designed with a four-cord truss, so they could be plugged in underneath the ring at any point. This would assist in the assembly of the truss or if adjustments needed to be made.

Custom Seventy-Foot Diameter Truss Ring for AGAM Client

AGAM’s Methods for Securing the Truss

Due to the size, span, and weight of the truss ring, AGAM used more than one method to secure the ring to the legs. First, we used our CBX Connector (labeled A in the drawing) because it delivers a quick and simple connection during the assembly.

Next, to reinforce the connection one more, we used Gusset Corner Plates (labeled B in the drawing above), which provided a large connecting surface between the ring and the leg. The Corner Gusset Plate expands into the extrusion channels at each corner, between the ring and the leg.

Lastly, custom hold down plates, that were engineered and made by AGAM (labeled C in the drawing), were used to secure the truss ring to the truss legs. This was done using bolts to attach the custom hold down plates to the support bars of each truss leg (see drawing).

Custom Seventy-Foot Diameter Truss Ring for AGAM Client

AGAM System Provides Fast Customized Solutions

AGAM can create almost any solution to your design needs. We give the proper consideration to each of the component’s strength and use. If you need help designing a truss or any other modular display, AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System can provide quality products in a timely manner. As a company, we strive to exceed our customer’s expectations! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

AGAM’s booth at the SGIA Expo, October 19-21, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Every year at the SGIA Expo, hundreds of exhibitors showcase a broad range of equipment available in the special printing and image technology market. The SGIA Expo brings thousands of attendees from around the world who want to get acquainted with leaders in the industry. The Expo was in New Orleans, Louisiana where AGAM exhibited alongside industry leaders such as Hewlett-Packard, Emerson, and Fujifilm.

 

AGAM at the SGIA Expo

AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

Laser Cutting and Powdercoating all done at AGAM Plant in Elkridge, MD

AGAM’s booth is an example of what can be accomplished using the AGAM System. We designed, manufactured, and assembled our entire booth (excluding the printing of the SEG fabrics) at our new 110,000 square-foot plant right outside of Baltimore, Maryland. We do all of the cutting, punching, tapping, welding, bending, drilling and powder coating at our plant.

Therefore, the possibilities are almost endless at AGAM. Simply send us a sketch of your idea, and we will help you engineer your design with our system (free of charge, it is part of our service). We will then provide you with a quote. Once you have approved the quote, AGAM Aluminum Modular System will manufacture the design and send you a Ready-to-Assemble (RTA) kit. Alternatively, if you have already worked with AGAM and only need a few extra extrusions/parts we are happy to supply those as well.

AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

Pliko, a tool-free collapsible SEG fabric display.

AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

Mizo, a snap-together SEG display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGAM Interacts with Attendees at the SGIA Expo

AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

Ettiene, AGAM’s Vice President of the Western Region, shows an attendee how we used SEG fabric corners to create the hanging cube above our booth

During the expo, AGAM had the opportunity to meet hundreds of these attendees, ranging from exhibit builders to fabric printers. Many attendees enjoyed handling our extrusion samples and imagining the display possibilities.

Our newest extrusions, the FH1490 Extrusion, and the FH1490 End Plate, which are used to create seamless Silicone Edge (SEG) fabric corners, have many capabilities. As an example of AGAM’s newest extrusions, we created a standing cube display and hanging cube above our booth.

 

Thanks for Stopping By and Come Visit AGAM Today

AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

Xavier, AGAM’s President, talks with attendees about engineering their design idea with the AGAM System.

We want to thank everyone who stopped by our booth at the Expo. If you were overwhelmed by all the possibilities of the AGAM System, we would like to invite you to come visit us anytime and take a behind-the-scenes tour of how we fabricate and manufacture our products. AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System can provide quality products in a timely manner. As a company, we strive to exceed our customer’s expectations every day! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

 

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