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Raising The Bar

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This past December AGAM received a game changing piece of machinery which takes our already industry-leading custom capabilities to another level. With 4 controlled axes, our new Aluminum Machining Center becomes a versatile tool in manufacturing custom displays that make the ultimate statement.

The Aluminum Machining Center allows AGAM’s extensive line of profiles to be customized with extreme precision and efficiency. What makes the machine unique from others that we own is the continuous rotating work table that allows machining from -90° to +90° on extrusions up to 120” in length!

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The Aluminum Machining Center makes quick work of custom slots:

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Precision milling long lengths of aluminum is no problem:

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In addition to milling custom slots and holes in our profiles; this machine allows us to think outside the box and discover solutions to problems once thought to be impossible. We are able to program the Aluminum Machining Center to do complex operations such as grudging our 108mm (4 ¼”) round VR108 profile and the results are top-notch!

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The following is the video of the Aluminum Machining Center machining the VR108 profile, demonstrating its precision and efficiency. *Please note that the machining portion of the video has been increased by 4x to keep the video short.

To learn more about this exciting new machine and what it can do for you, please contact your AGAM representative today!

AGAM Predicts Trends for 2015

While we know that most marketing money is moving towards social media, few know that the marketing budget is for events, such as trade shows. Connecting with potential and current clients face-to-face is a great way to market and engage with your consumers. So, as 2014 wraps up, AGAM wants to give you a few ideas to look forward to in the future of the tradeshow industry, and what you can do to get more clients.

AGAM Will Create Structural Booths with Bigger Profiles

The saying “bigger is better” resounds with many of our clients. It is the easiest way to stand out in a hall full of exhibit displays. Here are a few of the trends our Industrial Designers and Project Coordinators are forecasting for 2015: integrated technology, curving extrusions, integration of fabric with backlit displays and tool-free setup.

Integrated Technology

AGAM has already designed and developed various structures for our clients that include mounts for monitors and stands for iPads. The integration of technology into exhibit displays allows customers to go to the next level. Touch screen devices make it easier for clients to peruse catalogs and learn more about their products.

Curves

AGAM operates two CNC controlled roller benders. These benders work by introducing pressure and creating a “pinch” as material is driven through the roll sets. This force is applied by changing the distance between the top roll and the bottom two rolls. At AGAM, we can incorporate various radii in one pass, going from straight to curve, and then back to straight or even arches. Curves will take your display to the next level.

Integration of Fabric with Backlit Displays and Tool-free Set Up

AGAM has developed a number of SEG Extrusions that allow for versatility and reusability with displays. Integrating fabric into exhibits has and will continue to become popular because it can be exchanged with a new design, saving companies time and money. Another reason integrating fabric will be trending in 2015 is because it is an easy way to cover channels to hide various extrusions. We’ve seen many clients want to create seamless, clean, modern displays, and this is accomplished with SEG fabric. AGAM also has Pliko, a backlit, tool-free SEG Exhibit. Pliko is great because it has no loose pieces, and no tools are required. It takes less than 10 minutes to set up.

Color and Powder Coating at AGAM

With the economy showing multiple upward trends, we see custom vibrant colors being in high demand. We have recently doubled our powder coating capability and can provide our customers with a quick turn around on all projects; large, small, stock, or custom. We also offer most colors in different textures so that you can fulfill your customers’ project requirements.

AGAM Can Help You in 2015

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! With AGAM’s 110,000 square foot production facility, we can provide all services under one roof in the United States. 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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In HAAS We Trust

AGAM has a longstanding commitment to consistently provide better products and to increase services for our customers. Every year, a substantial budget is set aside for purchasing new machinery, employee training and general plant improvements.  This year, our biggest purchase was a HAAS VF 5/40 XT vertical machine center which was delivered and installed in early October.

All told, this purchase was nearly 2 years in the making.  Last September we visited EMO, which is an international trade fair for the machine and tool industry located in Hannover Germany.  While at EMO, we looked at machines from top manufacturers around the world.  After spending significant time with multiple machine center manufacturers, it became apparent that we needed to go with the industry leader- HAAS.

Choosing the appropriate model that could produce our entire range of products was not an easy one but our requirements led us to the VX 5 XT.  The HAAS VF 5 XT is a substantial upgrade from our current machine center in terms of size, speed and capabilities.  What this means for our customers is that both stock and custom parts can be made faster and to exact tolerances, ensuring that tight deadlines are always met.

The VF 5 XT features 5 axis capabilities, a 60” x 26” machining bed (allowing six vises), a 20 position umbrella tool changer, a 30 HP motor and full CNC control wrapped up in a 15,000 pound package.  We are especially excited about the rotary table we purchased for this machine.  The rotary table will create a fourth axis, allowing the HAAS to perform operations on multiple surfaces in just one set-up.

To supplement the VF 5’s capabilities, AGAM has also purchased CAMWorks.  CAMWorks is CNC based software that will allow us to program complex 3D parts quickly and accurately, rather than manual programming, which we needed to do previously.  Since we currently model our products in SolidWorks, choosing SolidWorks Product Partner CAMWorks for our programming software was a logical decision.

In fact, it is amazing how seamlessly this machine has fit in and become a piece of equipment that we rely on daily.

AGAM is very excited to have finally received this machine and we look forward to using its expansive capabilities to provide better service for all of your needs.  Please watch and enjoy the video below.

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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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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Inside Look at AGAM: Curves

Display designs over the last 20+ years have incorporated more and more curved elements. Though curving is both an art and science, it is one of AGAM’s fortes. AGAM provides unparalleled service by consistently giving our clients custom curves that meet their exact specifications in a timely manner.

Lead Curve Specialist at AGAM

Inside Look at AGAM: Curves

  • Name: Robert Watkins
  • Nickname: ROCK
  • Position: Curve Specialist
  • Years at AGAM: 5
  • Skills: Roller Bender, C.N.C. Laser

Robert (photographed to the right) is our Lead Curve Specialist. He is responsible for overseeing three CNC roller benders; two saw stations and up to three employees that work in his department.

Bending curves is an art and science because aluminum extrusions change properties based on age and temperature. So, even if Robert writes programs for the different extrusions and radius’s, they cannot be 100% perfect the first time and “tweaking” always needs to be done.

To ensure curves come out correctly, Robert uses a unique radii-measuring device and also checks the curve with a 1:1 scale print out of the curve.

8-Step Processes to Creating a Curve

Here is the process for creating a curve with the AGAM System:

Inside Look at AGAM: Curves

1. Curves are drawn by designers in AutoCAD and printed for production

Inside Look at AGAM: Curves

2. Get orders from the production board

 

Inside Look at AGAM: Curves

3. Material is cut to the required length 

Inside Look at AGAM: Curves

4. A master curve is rolled and will be used to check the remaining curves

Inside Look at AGAM: Curves

5. The master curve is checked for accuracy

Inside Look at AGAM: Curves

6. After all curves are rolled, 1:1 cut sheets are used to achieve their proper angle

Inside Look at AGAM: Curves

7. If required, holes are punched for CBX Connectors

Inside Look at AGAM: Curves

8. Then, the curves are wrapped and ready to be packaged

 

For your next project, explore how the use of curves can enhance and help distinguish your display. Our sales team, designers, and production staff are ready to assist you with your next project.

AGAM Can Create Your Designs

The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System engineers around a broad range of extrusions and accessories. These components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything your imagination and creativity will allow! Let AGAM be your partner in getting your projects done! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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How to Design a 3-D Holographic Look Using SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions 

How to Design a 3-D Holographic Look Using SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions 

3-D Holographic Using SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions

AGAM offers unparalleled manufacturing and specialized fabrication services for both large-scale and small-scale projects. With a vast 110,000 square foot production facility and workshop, AGAM provides all its services under one roof in the United States.

Creating a 3-D Holographic with AGAM Extrusions and SEG Fabric 

Recently, one of our Industrial Designers had the opportunity to create Silicone Edge Graphic (SEG) fabric images for an exhibit. Fabric construction is growing in popularity throughout the aluminum modular system industry and AGAM is truly leading the way in innovative design and importantly, execution. SEG’s are known for giving the appearance of a three-dimensional hologram and by using AGAM extrusions and layering different types of SEG fabric, we can bring to life your designs.

Want to know how to do it and seize the popularity of this design trend? Follow the steps below for creating a 3-D Holographic with AGAM extrusions and SEG fabric.

Materials Needed to Create 3-D Holographic with AGAM Extrusions and Fabric

Extrusions: For this example, our Industrial Designer used VS45308 (2 pieces) and FH19 (4 pieces). These are not the only AGAM extrusions that you can use to create this effect, but for the purpose of showing this technique, they are a good choice to start with.

SEG Fabric: By layering a “solid” background with a “sheer” image, you can easily make your design pop. For our example, the baseball player in the middle of his swing is considered AGAM’s “solid” background graphic, while the blurred baseball in the foreground is a “sheer” image.

The background graphic is printed on Polyknit 9 fabric and the foreground graphic is printed on a mesh fabric called Polylucent. The Polylucent fabric is about 50% transparent. When these fabrics are layered on top of one another, it creates a striking composite image.

How to Design a 3-D Holographic Look Using SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions 

AGAM SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions combine multiple images combine into a dynamic composite graphic

Only 2-Steps Needed to Create 3-D Holographic with AGAM Extrusions and Fabric

Step 1: AGAM Extrusion Placement

Slide the FH19 (x4) extrusions into the outer most channels of the VS45308 (x2) extrusions. Be sure to always have the fabric channel on the FH19 facing outwards.

Step 2: Polylucent (sheer) Fabric Insertion

Place the transparent (sheer) fabric into the FH19. Then, put the non-transparent (solid) fabric into the FH19 on the other side of the VS45308. 

Important note: The “solid” fabric must be “reverse stitched.” This means that the silicone gasket must be sewed on the outside of the fabric (on the image side). This allows the SEG fabric to be place into the backside channel.

How to Design a 3-D Holographic Look Using SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions 

Extrusions used to create a 3-D Holographic Look with SEG Fabics

AGAM’s Tips, Tricks, and Advice for the 3-D Holographic

AGAM SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusion for 3-D Holographics Tip 1:

Don’t be locked into using the VS45308 extrusion. Similar effects can be created using different extrusion combinations. For instance, using a with the creates a narrower view port, changing the holographic feel. You should use the Channel Converter extrusion on any square 76mm or 108mm extrusion.

AGAM SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusion for 3-D Holographics Tip 2:

Don’t be locked into using the VS45308 extrusion. Similar effects can be created using different extrusion combinations. For instance, using a VS76 with the C3-76 Channel Converter creates a narrower view port, changing the holographic feel. You should use the Channel Converter extrusion on any square 76mm or 108mm extrusion.

AGAM SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusion for 3-D Holographics Tip 3:

Experiment with different channel distances that hold the SEG fabric. Depending on the size of the SEG fabric area, shorter channel distances will yield different visual results.

AGAM SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusion for 3-D Holographics Tip 4:

Basic Rule of Thumb: The bigger the SEG fabric, the more you should increase your view port depth.

  • If you’re looking to create a unique ambiance, consider long and tall graphics. Large scale SEG’s with multiple sheer fabrics can create results that are truly one-of-a-kind. Or consider using two different sheer screen graphics and a solid background.
  • If you have the time and resources, consider backlighting the background graphic and using Trifab fabric instead of Polyknit.
  • Be sure to double-check all dimensions for your open size of the SEG fabric, especially for Polylucent fabric. Unlike other fabrics, Polylucent has almost no give, so no matter how much you try to stretch the fabric into the channel, it won’t fit if it’s not the right size.
  • Instead of a photo (as show with the baseball graphic) consider using a background pattern and offsetting the pattern by just a few degrees and/or slight color change. This can create a remarkable visual dichotomy that can’t be replicated. This is because the image “movement” is based on the observer’s location and will change as he/she walks by the image. Watch as people on the floor try to figure out just how the multidimensional effect was made! They’ll be blown away when they find out that it’s just two pieces of fabric.

    How to Design a 3-D Holographic Look Using SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions 

    Composite graphic viewed from different angles

AGAM System Provides Fast Customized Solutions

AGAM wants to see you try! Share your photos, thoughts, questions, comments, and even tips that you have found helpful during the developing process! 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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