AMADA AMERICA, INC.
180 Amada Court • Schaumburg, IL 60173
Michael Rosenthal, Vice President of Operations (left) and Bob Du Fresne, President/Owner of Du Fresne Manufacturing Company
(Left to right) AMADA’s FOL 3015 AJ Fiber Laser provides the world’s fastest linear speed. Paired with AMS
Automation, the FOL AJ achieves unmatched productivity. The LC 2515 C1 AJ Punch/Fiber Laser Combination Machine features a 49-station Multi-Purpose Turret — enabling Du Fresne Manufacturing to cut,
punch, form and tap on a single machine. An ASR NTK System ensures maximum flexibility to handle
short runs and 24/7 production by providing automated material handling/storage, single-part
separation, and sorting.
The Automatic Tool Changer (ATC)
stores up to 86 feet of precision tooling
and can load even the most complex
tool layouts within minutes — enabling
Du Fresne to multiply their number of
tooling setups per day.
Du Fresne Manufacturing Company opened their doors in 1991 with
the vision to be the supplier of choice in the precision metal industry.
With facilities located in Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake, MN,
Du Fresne’s 90 employees operate from 70,000 square feet of com-
bined manufacturing and assembly space.
Faced with the aftermath of two recessions, the ongoing threat
of low-cost Chinese competition, and cutthroat pricing at home, Du
Fresne Manufacturing needed a solution for survival. Company owner
and President, Bob Du Fresne summed it up like this, “For the last 6
years, survival in the manufacturing battlegrounds required a new strategy
for achieving shorter lead-times, best market pricing, and maintaining our
exceptional quality. With AMADA’s constant focus on innovation, our vision
of lean manufacturing has been to leverage AMADA’s newest equipment
to reduce setup time and eliminate or combine secondary operations.
The LC 2515 C1 AJ Punch/Fiber Laser Combination Machine and the
HG 1003 ATC Press Brake with Automatic Tool Changer have greatly increased our business opportunities with both current and new customers.”
Vice President of Operations, Michael Rosenthal, put it in measurable
terms, “Within the first month of operation, the HG ATC enabled us to increase our total number of bending jobs by 214%. Our average bending
setup time on a conventional press brake took 35 minutes. Setup for the
HG ATC is 3 minutes or less. The LC C1 AJ reduced setup time by 64%
and reduced run time by nearly 50%. Sales and our workforce are both
growing again. In addition, our team members gain invaluable experience
as they work with the most technically-advanced equipment available.
Investing in leading-edge technology and our employees, has
enabled Du Fresne Manufacturing Company to thrive again.”
laser technology and
Automatic Tool Changer
transformed our business. Now, we deliver
parts in hours instead
of days and at a lower
— Bob Du Fresne