Illinois-based machining manufacturer Swiss Automation has over half a century of experience in precision machining for a variety of industries including medical, defense, aerospace, and more. Feeling drawn to the automation behind cam-operated screw machines, Ken Malo decided to start his own business in 1965 and take on the market in his own way. Then located on Ohio Street in Chicago, the new business began manufacturing cam switches for the 1965 Ford Thunderbird, among other projects, before moving to the Barrington area of Illinois in 1970, where the main office has remained to this day.
Feedall AutomationA Long-standing Business with a New-School Approach
American industrial equipment manufacturer, Feedall Automation of Willoughby, Ohio, focuses specifically on automated part feeding and loading systems, i.e. conveyors, feeders, and other types of robotics. The company’s solutions aim to simplify part handling in facilities by mechanically sorting, orientating, and loading parts into secondary operations.
Giving Silicon A Run For Its ConductivityCarbon-Based Electronics
For decades now, silicon has been a trusted material in electronics manufacturing due in large part to its use in the creation of semiconductors. Silicon is used among myriad types of electronics today of varying complexity and size, from computers to handheld devices, thanks to its ability to act as both a conductor of electricity and as an insulator (i.e. the role of a semiconductor in a piece of machinery).
Eimo Technologies Enduring Challenges – and Emerging as the Top Plastics Supplier
Plastics fabrication company Eimo Technologies serves its North American customers from its base in Vicksburg, Michigan. The business began operations in 1969, led by three entrepreneurs who originally named the venture Triple S Plastics, due to all three having last names that began with the letter S.
Alliance Automation Offering Safer, More Efficient Processes to Industries in Need
American robotics systems manufacturer Alliance Automation offers automation solutions to a multitude of sectors. The company began operations in August 2008 when President and CEO Doug Wenninger, wanting to take advantage of an opportunity he saw within the market to branch out and offer automation to underserved industries, left a Sales Manager position at another automation company to form his own.
How Human-Robot Collaboration is Shaping the WorkplaceRobotic Networks at Work
Why is automation, the process of introducing robotics into industry and making processes more machine-driven, so often spoken of in anxious tones?
Barnum MechanicalRaising the Bar for the Sanitary Processing Industry
Barnum Mechanical Inc., a mechanical contractor and supplier specializing in sanitary process systems and piping, was founded by welder Tom Barnum in 1980. Barnum, having made his living in sanitary processing, felt he could offer more to the industry with his own approach.
Russells Technical ProductsTest Chamber Solutions Built to Last
Michigan-based Russells Technical Products manufactures test chambers and systems. The company’s roots reach back as far as the 1940s and Ken Russell, the then-operator of Ken Russells Refrigeration, a commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) business. Ken Russells Refrigeration was a precursor to Russells Technical Products, which went on to design and manufacture environmental test chambers, which are generally used to expose specific environmental conditions to various products, materials, or components.
Elcon PrecisionExploring Opportunities
Elcon Precision LLC manufactures precision components and assemblies for multiple industries. Based out of San Jose, California, Elcon primarily serves market sectors like aerospace, medical, defense, and energy storage. The company’s processes generally involve developing smaller components for large applications such as X-ray systems and surgical devices for the medical market; ion engines, satellites, and space flight systems for aerospace clients; or ejection systems in helicopters. Its wide range of products and industries served along with its commitment to a higher standard of manufacturing places it in an enviable position amongst its competitors.
Combining Today’s Manufacturing with the Technology of TomorrowLean Manufacturing meets Industry 4.0
The practice of lean manufacturing is one that has been in place across the world for over a century and has had a positive track-record across companies and industries reliant on manufacturing processes for both customer satisfaction and business success. The process may ultimately face obsolescence over time but, in tying together with a new focus towards automation and interconnectedness in business, it may find new life altogether.
The Workspace Influence of AUVsInnovation in the Depths
Autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs, are a type of robotic machine that travels under bodies of water or ice for various purposes with no direct input from a human operator. The vehicles are part of a larger group of technology and systems generally referred to as unmanned underwater vehicles, a category that also includes its counterpart, Remote-Operated Vehicles (ROV).
Elcon Precision Leading the Market in Technical Innovation and Customer Satisfaction
Elcon Precision, LLC is a California-based photochemical etching and precision assembly provider, formed in San Jose by chemist Anthony Barraco in 1967. Barraco wanted to use chemical milling to make precision components for vacuum tube electronics and began a business from that idea.
Cogent PowerNew Owner, New Horizons, Same Commitment
The company that would become Cogent Power started out of a garage around 1973 and, in the ensuing five decades, has become a trusted Canadian supplier to the electrical energy industry.
Omega Optical50 Years is Just the Beginning
Omega Optical Inc. is a Vermont-based optical filter manufacturer that has been active for over 50 years, and is leveraging its unparalleled body of knowledge and experience to push the industry even harder.
Gullco InternationalWelding Innovation
Gullco International Limited is a global welding and cutting automation manufacturer founded and still based in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, that’s taking its industry-leading skills around the world.
SINTX Technologies Inc.How SINTX Technologies Became the #1 Silicon Nitride Developer in the World
SINTX Technologies Inc. began through a collaboration between materials scientist Ashok Khandkarand orthopedic surgeon Aaron Hoffman. The initial goal was to develop a ceramic bearing joint for artificial hips made from silicon nitride. At the time, metal bearings produced more wear than ceramics. Khandkar and Hoffman had experimental data showing that silicon nitride would be tougher and produce less wear, so they sought to introduce the new bearing for a hip joint, barring an FDA-required clinical trial.
Summit InterconnectWaves Are Being Made in the PCB Industry; Summit Interconnect Plans to Ride Them
When three companies came together to form top-flight custom circuit board company Summit Interconnect, the industry had been offshoring capabilities for years. Now, new market growth and an increased military interest – and defense budget – show it was worth the wait.
Retriev TechnologiesNearly Four Decades of Pioneering the Battery Recycling Industry
In business since 1984, Retriev Technologies (formerly Toxco Inc.) has grown to become the most diverse battery recycling company in the world, managing all battery chemistries in one facility.
TranswallGrowth and Focus for the Future
Transwall manufactures, supplies, and installs movable floor-to-ceiling and architectural wall systems and partners with clients in sectors ranging from finance to government to technology to media.
Single Source TechnologiesNew Technology the Key to an Exciting Future
Navigating the maze of new digital manufacturing technologies can be difficult. Which is right for your business? What makes work easier for your team? Your customers? What will fix your problem? What will give you headaches? How much automation do you really need? Who can help you sort it all out?
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