Mainebiz reports on AMC, Lanco collaboration for L.L.Bean

Mainebiz reported on a recent collaboration between the Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of Maine and Westbrook-based Lanco Integrated that has resulted in the building of a new automation machine for L.L.Bean. The machine will be used in the outdoor retailer’s Brunswick manufacturing facility — and is expected to increase production and quality, Mainebiz reported. It’s the second machine Lanco Integrated has designed and built for L.L.Bean. Lanco designed and manufactured the parts of the machine, which was then assembled and tested at the AMC. “The main obstacle was their overflow,” said John Belding, AMC director. “They have a lot of projects going on and a very tight schedule on a lot of their projects, and they needed some extra help in getting some of these machines constructed.” The project also allowed students to be trained on Lanco’s assembly systems in preparation for entering the workforce.