Effective March 25, 2020, Governor Janet Mills issued an executive order for the state of Maine that all non-essential businesses and operations in Maine close their physical locations that are public facing. Maine has designated industrial manufacturing as an essential business. Further, AMI is considered part of the essential critical infrastructure defined by the Department of Homeland Security based on the services that AMI provides for its customers in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, defense, and security sectors.
AMI will remain in operation in its Winthrop, Maine facility. Preventive measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control are in place including frequent hand washing, social distancing, disinfection of work areas and equipment. Visitors are currently not allowed into the facility to minimize exposure risks. Customers should direct inquiries to their designated Program Manager at AMI or the general number, 207-377-9377.
AMI has purchased a Branson Model 920M/921AES ultrasonic bench-top microprocessor-controlled 20 kHz, 2000-watt plastic welding system. It offers flexibility settings that allow weld to be controlled by time, a combination of time and energy limits, position, continuous ultrasonics or a power welding mode. “This new system gives our team the ability to support a variety of customer welding requirements, customizing the process to what works best for their product. We are seeing an increase in existing projects and opportunities that require ultrasonic welding capability,” said Scot Story, AMI’s VP of Business Development.
Winthrop, Maine – AMI announced today that its Quality Management System had been certified to the ISO 13485:2003 standard for Medical Devices. This achievement builds on the company’s longstanding commitment to investing in the infrastructure needed to support its customers’ requirements for superior quality. AMI has been ISO 9001 registered since 1997 and added AS9100 certification for aerospace work in 2015.
ISO 13485 was established as a set of requirements for a comprehensive quality management system for the design and manufacture of medical devices.
“Our certification to ISO 13485 is a significant milestone for AMI. It recognizes the robust processes for manufacturing developed here at AMI that serve our customers well including our growing medical device segment. With our depth of experience in electronics manufacturing and the continued influx of electronics into devices used in the medical field, this is a great fit and natural expansion of the services offered by AMI,” said Greg Boyd, president and CEO of AMI.
“The medical community has long been leveraging advancements in electronics and is beginning to utilize the connectivity found in Internet-of-Things (IoT)-related products. AMI is deeply involved in manufacturing IoT hardware and I expect our experience to benefit both companies developing traditional electronic devices as well as the newer suite of connected devices,” added Scot Story, AMI’s vice president of business development.
Founded in 1989, AMI’s (www.amiems.com) work is found worldwide in building security systems, solar energy equipment, aircraft instrumentation, industrial laser controls, LED lighting, industrial weather stations and a host of emerging products from high-tech startups. AMI’s manufacturing capabilities include printed circuit board assembly, cable and wire harness manufacturing, product testing, and final integration/box-build assembly. AMI has an Electronics Prototyping Center located in Somerville, Massachusetts and its headquarters and production facility is located in Winthrop, Maine.
AUGUSTA, Me. – Greg Boyd has been elected to the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) board of directors, the business and technical assistance program announced today. Boyd is president and CEO of Alternative Manufacturing, Inc. (AMI) located in Winthrop, Maine. AMI provides a wide range of electronics manufacturing and support services to original equipment manufacturers across a diverse range of high-tech industries throughout the Northeastern U.S. and Canada.
Founded in 1989 and one hundred percent employee owned, AMI’s Maine based facilities and workforce of dedicated employee-owners enable an operation that responds and adapts quickly to customer needs for new product introduction, engineering design changes and fulfillment. AMI offers transparent, competitive pricing and builds partnerships with customers that contribute to long-term success. The company’s work can be found worldwide in building security systems, solar energy equipment, aircraft instrumentation, industrial laser controls, LED lighting, industrial weather stations, and a host of emerging products from high-tech startups.
An active Rotarian, Greg serves on the Kennebec Valley United Way Board and the Central/Western Workforce Development Board.
“The Maine MEP and the businesses it serves will greatly benefit from the entrepreneurial and quality management expertise that Greg Boyd brings to the center’s board,” said Muriel Mosher, president of the Maine MEP.
About Maine MEP
The Maine MEP is a program of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the U.S. Department of Commerce. The national MEP system is a network of manufacturing extension centers that provide business and technical assistance to smaller manufacturers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Through MEP, manufacturers have access to more than 2,000 manufacturing and business professionals whose job is to help firms make changes that lead to greater productivity, increased profits and enhanced global competitiveness. For information on the Maine MEP program, please visit www.mainemep.org, or phone 207-623-0680.
On October 14th, United States Senator Susan Collins toured AMI’s production facility along with Bryan Cutchen, candidate for Maine State Senate. AMI’s CEO Greg Boyd was able to showcase a variety of high-tech products that are produced and shipped from our Winthrop operation, featuring several customers also based in Maine. “We were thrilled to have Senator Collins visit our plant and meet our employees. We’re very proud of our people and the work done here to support our customers.” Like many who tour our facility and see the sophisticated electronics produced out of a small New England town, Senator Collins’ reaction was — “Amazing!!”
AMI is now increasing it’s sponsorship of the prestigious MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. This student-run competition annually has hundreds of teams apply with pitches for new start-up businesses. Each year multiple teams will receive cash awards for their winning business plans with the Grand Prize winner taking home a $100,000 grant toward launching their business.
AMI’s sponsorship includes offering prototype assemble services to teams developing electronic products. According to Scot Story, AMI’s VP of Sales & Marketing, “AMI and MIT$100K are a great fit for one another. With AMI’s Electronic Prototyping Center in Somerville having close proximity to MIT and our offering of manufacturing services being so well-suited for startup companies it makes it a win-win for both the competing teams and AMI. These teams represent some our country’s brightest minds and exciting new businesses. AMI is pleased to be a part of this program.”
More info on the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition can be found at MIT100K.org.
May 5, 2015 — IPC’s Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Alternative Manufacturing, Inc. (AMI), an electronics contract manufacturing company based out of Winthrop, Maine. AMI provides PCB assembly, wire harness production, and product assembly for a variety of industries. To earn the QML, AMI successfully completed an intensive audit based on two of IPC’s foremost standards: IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies and IPC-A-610,Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies.
AMI met or exceeded the electronics industry’s Class 2 testing requirements for dedicated service electronic products. As a result, the company is now listed as an IPC trusted source capable of manufacturing in accordance with industry best practices. AMI and other trusted sources of suppliers can be found on IPC’s QML/QPL (Qualified Product Listing) database at www.ipcvalidation.org.
“AMI is very proud of achieving IPC validation to J-STD-001. For years, IPC standards have been AMI’s guidelines for workmanship quality,” said Kim Vandermeulen, CEO of AMI. “With this third-party validation, we can convincingly convey to AMI’s customers that the processes and workmanship employed are meeting or exceeding industry standards. AMI is pleased to achieve this milestone and establish itself on the leading edge among EMS providers in this way.”
IPC’s Validations Services QPL/QML Program was developed to promote supply chain verification. It also provides auditing and certification of electronics companies’ products, and identifies processes which conform to IPC standards.
“AMI has differentiated itself from the competition by becoming part of IPC’s global network of trusted industry sources,” said Randy Cherry, IPC director of Validation Services. “We are pleased to recognize AMI as the newest member of trusted QML suppliers.”
AMI has just attained certification under the international AS9100 Quality Management Standard. AS9100 certification is a requirement for a manufacturer to participate in the production of aerospace products and will open the door for AMI to compete in this large electronics sector. AMI, founded in 1989 and located in Winthrop since that time, has been registered under the more generic international ISO 9001 quality standard since 1997.
AMI played host to the Winthrop Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Business After Hours September event on the shores of beautiful Lake Maranacook across from the company’s home facility. AMI staff were joined by Chamber members and enjoyed the foot-tapping sounds of the Kennebec Performing Arts Company’s Dixiemix Jazz Band and delicious food catered by Laurie Dumont of the Parsonage House. AMI’s CEO, Kim Vandermeulen, was voted in as vice-president of the Chamber; VP for Sales and Marketing, Scot Story, and VP of Program and Supply Chain Management, Greg Boyd, provided tours of the manufacturing floor to chamber members.
Chamber Board Members Lacaya Hoyt, Kim Vandermeulen and Brian Berry