Evana Automation Helps AAM Reduce Capital Expenditure by 50% with Lean Clutch Assembly Line


Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently delivered a lean clutch assembly line to American Axle Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM).



AAM initially came to Evana with a concept and specification for an automated clutch assembly line that cost 50% more than they had originally budgeted. To get over this financial hurdle, Evana introduced AAM to a less costly Lean Manufacturing approach that would use the same number of operators as the automated line, but allow the flexibility to use fewer operators for smaller volumes. AAM went with Evana’s Lean Manufacturing approach, which integrated automatic and semi-automatic processes to assemble high volumes of automobile clutch assemblies with best-in-class quality control technology.



“Evana Automation’s use of vision guidance and robotic integration is a key competitive advantage for our customers,” said Randy Wire, General Manager of Evana Automation Specialists. “We always go the extra mile to make sure our solutions offer maximum efficiency.”



Evana utilizes diverse technologies to specialize in motion control, robotics integration and system architecture by linking production equipment, material handling systems, data collection, networking, as well as computer software and hardware into flexible, unified technology. Test equipment can be integrated into assembly systems, stand alone systems for automatic testing, or manual test benches. Overall, Evana’s custom assembly and test solutions improve efficiency for manufacturers all over the world in industries like automotive, aerospace, defense, healthcare and alternative energy.



AAM is a world leader in the manufacture, engineering, design and validation of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and modules, chassis systems and metal-formed products for trucks, sport utility vehicles, passenger cars and crossover utility vehicles. In addition to locations in the United States (Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania), AAM also has offices or facilities in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.aam.com.



For more information on Evana Automation Specialists, visit www.evana-online.com. You can also follow Evana on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube.



About Evana Automation Specialists (www.evana-online.com)

Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI), is a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems. We utilize diverse technologies to specialize in motion control, robotics integration and system architecture by linking production equipment, material handling systems, data collection, networking, and computer software and hardware into flexible, unified technology. Test equipment can be integrated into assembly systems, stand alone systems for automatic testing, or manual test benches. Overall, Evana’s custom assembly and test solutions improve efficiency for manufacturers all over the world in industries like automotive, aerospace, alternative energy, defense and healthcare, as well as manufacturers of commercial and consumer products.



About Phillips Service Industries (www.psi-online.com)

Established in 1967, Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) is a privately-held global manufacturing and services holding company, which oversees a diverse collection of innovative subsidiaries: Beaver Aerospace & Defense, Inc., Evana Automation Specialists, Mountain Secure Systems, POWERTHRU, PSI Repair Services, Inc., PSI Semicon Services, Sciaky, Inc., and Skytronics, Inc. We serve a wide range of high-tech industries like aerospace, defense, automotive, alternative energy, healthcare, security and semiconductor. Our award-winning products and services help reduce costs and maximize efficiency for many Fortune 500 companies around the globe, as well as the U.S. Military. We push the bounds of technology on critical programs like Homeland Security, Defense research and space exploration, delivering innovative solutions for land, sea, air and space. We’re PSI: Always innovating. Everywhere.™

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