VMAC celebrated the second anniversary of its in-house foundry, having poured its first casting in November of 2016. The foundry allows VMAC to expedite R&D innovations and reduce time to market for new products.
“The foundry has been an important addition to VMAC’s design and manufacturing operations,” explains Sandra Amador, VMAC’s Director of Continuous Improvement. “Having a full-time Foundry Supervisor, with decades of expert technical knowledge in foundry operations that include manual mould, core and pattern making, metal casting and furnace operation, etc., has allowed VMAC to produce castings in-house that contribute to problem solving, design efficiencies and production support.”
VMAC is the manufacturer of innovative rotary screw air compressors and multi-power systems. With a 32-year company history, the addition of the foundry in 2016 is relatively recent. Now with the ability to cast in-house, VMAC can strengthen product development by producing new component designs in small batches and in short order, compared to a typical lead time of 3-6 months when working with a third-party foundry. Not only does this allow VMAC to expedite the development and release of systems quickly to meet industry demand, but it also enables VMAC to maintain complete control of product design, engineering and manufacturing, delivering a consistently high-quality product to the customer.
“VMAC is constantly evolving,” notes Sandra. “The addition of the foundry in 2016 is just one example of our commitment to continuous improvement, maximizing value for our customers.”