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Date: 4/11/2001
To: Paul Marino Gages, Inc. Re: Cost savings using American Modular Tooling

Dear Paul,

This letter is to inform you of the very successful American Modular Tooling integration and recycling program that we started at General Motors Design Center. This program was started in April 2000 and in the first year we recovered, reconfigured when necessary and redirected into each of our studios approximately $1.2 million to $1.5 million dollars worth of AMT hardware.

As you know the large number of projects requires us to provide hardware daily, sometimes with no lead notice. The only way to provide armatures and fixtures with our timing constraints is to use the AMT system. The unique design of the AMT product allows us to disassemble, clean and reconfigure our hardware into any size or shape depending on the project requirements. Due to no machining, cutting, welding, specialized tools or training our turn-around time is remarkably quick.

No matter how many times we recycle this product it never loses its ability to be accurately reconfigured and will allow us to reuse it for many years. This recycling of our AMT hardware represents a substantial amount of savings to our yearly budget that can now be used for other projects, purchasing new hardware or refurbishing older equipment.

These savings, along with your ability to perform specialized machining and fabrication requests for our unique style of work, has proven your company to be a vital asset to our daily operations. We look forward to a continued relationship using the AMT product and your company.

Sincerely,
Studio Systems Operations Manager


"Modular Tooling Reduces Fixturing Costs, Allows Conversion From One Make to Another"

It's easy to learn, but there is so much there that you have to sort through it. Once you know what everything does, it's like working one of those Erector® sets you had when you were a kid. It's very, very user friendly."

AMT tool converted for reuse

"I would recommend it to anybody. You are better off sticking with the people who know what to do with it."

"If it's going to cost us a measly $3,000.00 to build a, say, $100,000.00 fixture...we want to do it." Close up view of AMT tool

"It's part of our system now, they are definitely going to use it on the next big project. It should last for years."

Bill Ralph, Quality Metalcraft, Inc.
Excerpted from Quality Magazine, June 27, 2008
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