Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. (AMEC: Dover, OH) has launched a new content-rich website with access to its newly introduced Wohlhaupter Tool-Architect tool drawing software. Tool-Architect is a configurator for modular system tools that allows customers to virtually build customized tools online using Wohlhaupter parts, now part of Allied’s solutions for holemaking and finishing. Tool-Architect streamlines the entire process of designing, quoting, manufacturing, and shipping custom modular system tools.
The Tool-Architect program is an online-based simulator that puts the entire Wohlhaupter inventory at the customer’s fingertips. It provides a digital bank of every individual part that Wohlhaupter manufactures in either inch or metric measurements. The user can search this bank through various criteria to find the parts they need to build the custom tool they are imagining. Once a part is selected, the customer follows a series of user-friendly prompts to select more parts and finish building their tool.
Throughout the process, the user can monitor the size of their custom tool and ensure that what they build matches their real-life specifications. Once a complete piece is virtually assembled, the program will render the tool in either a 2D or 3D drawing for the customer to view on the computer screen. Each project can be either saved for later adjustment, or sent through a shopping cart option to Wohlhaupter engineers for an estimated price. Once the user creates a free online account, they are free to use Tool-Architect at any time. The program requires a WebGL capable browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer 11.
The new content-rich Allied website highlights all of its drilling, boring, reaming, burnishing, thread milling, and special product lines. A special online tools section includes the new InstaCode thread mill programmer, the Insta-Quote custom tooling design aid, as well as other product selection tools and access to Wohlhaupter’s “Tool-Architect” design engine. Navigation is intuitive, with “app-like” features that eliminate cumbersome dropdown menus. Users can filter through the entire range of Allied products by application and view real life results by industry.