Quality, Agilty, Capacity

Quick Launch to Meet a Big Demand

Momentum Helps Apex and Little Caesars Launch a Revolution in The Way Consumers Get Their Pizza

Situation

A world leader in automated vending equipment, Apex devices track billions of transactions to help their customers manage, monitor,  and control operational processes. With world headquarters in Mason, Ohio, Apex has offices in Australia, Germany, Poland, the UK, and Latin America. They have more than 85,000 devices deployed in more than 44+ countries. So it was no surprise when pizza giant, Little Caesars turned to Apex Supply Chain Technologies® as a partner to co-develop the first heated, self-service mobile order pick-up station in the quick-service restaurant industry. 

Apex was ready to step up to the plate to produce the "Pizza Portal™," and sought a trusted supply chain partner capable of manufacturing their designs with quality, speed, and efficiency.

 

Momentum Manufacturing Group's End-to-End Response

Within 60 days of receiving a purchase order from Apex, Momentum had transformed 30,000 sq. ft. of its manufacturing footprint into 5 production cells with 35 highly skilled staff motivated and ready to start. To optimize the operation, Momentum invested $3,255,000 in new automation and capital equipment, including a fiber laser with an, autoload tower, a robotic press brake, multiple manual press brakes, welding stations, and PEM insertion machines. Momentum contributed 500 hours of engineering in collaboration with the team at Apex to ensure the manufacturability of the co-developed Apex and Little Caesar’s design. After reviewing the plans, Momentum was able to design a workflow to support fabrication, precision machining, assembly, and packaging for the project.

 

Results

Momentum was able to fabricate and ship 1 million pieces in 11 months. Each unit had 90 SKUs, 140 fabricated parts, and 580 PEMs. At peak production, 20,000 components were flowing through the work cell every week.  Responding to the call, to help bring the co-developed Pizza Portal™ to market solidified a relationship with Apex. Momentum has an ongoing collaboration and manufacturing partnership with Apex, that continues to thrive today.

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