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Tom Pyper to Present Client Success Story at 2021 IDEA! Conference in Cleveland November 9-11

AMT Tom Pyper IDEA Conference

Business Development Manager Tom Pyper will present Building Trust in a Competitive Environment – A Success Story at the 2021 Industrial Design, Engineering & Automation (IDEA) Conference November 9-11, 2021.  Produced by Machine Design, the presentation is in the Automation & IoT IDEAs track.  The IDEA! Conference focuses on emerging trends and innovations that will enhance the future of manufacturing operations.

A hybrid event, the conference is available in person November 9-11, 2021, and select sessions from the live event and custom virtual sessions will be presented online December 7-8, 2021.

About Tom’s presentation:

This presentation will focus on a relationship between a customer and supplier of custom automated systems that grew from an introduction more than two years ago into a multi-system, multi-project opportunity today.  In today’s competitive environment, opportunities for automation are everywhere, particularly with the lack of available labor and rapidly growing demand for products and services. Customers frequently open their doors to a myriad of system integrators looking for the most cost-effective solution to their specific needs. Integrators are eager to share their experience and expertise in every area of interest, often looking for an edge to persuade the customer to overlook other options and find favor with their offerings. The truth is, the customers you want to build relationships with are often looking for much more: a trusted partner that can navigate the challenges that surface in almost every custom automation project and make the project a success. This presentation will focus on a relationship between a customer and supplier of custom automated systems that grew from an introduction more than two years ago into a multi-system, multi-project opportunity today.

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Presentation: Building Trust in a Competitive Environment – A Success Story

Event: 2021 IDEA! Conference

Schedule: View conference schedule here

Date:

November 9-11, 2021 (live event)

December 7-8, 2021 (virtual event)

Live event location:

Huntington Convention Center

300 Lakeside Ave E

Cleveland, OH 44113

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Craig Salvalaggio to Present at International Robot Safety Conference on September 21, 2021

AMT IRSC robot safety

Chief Operating Officer Craig Salvalaggio will present The Important Role of  System Integrators in Robot Safety at the International Robot Safety Conference (IRSC) on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM.  The virtual event is hosted by Association for Advancing Automation (A3).

About the event:  The presentation educates end users on key criteria for choosing a robotic system integrator partner to ensure project success.

  • RIA Certified Integrator Program – Why it was developed, who it was created for?
  • What’s Involved in the Program/Self Score Card?
  • End User’s Perspective – How do you find, measure, select, and repeat?
  • Standards – Why?
  • Risk Assessments – Value – Why?
  • Risk Assessments – Best Practices – How to?

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Presentation: Robotic System Integrators: What You Need to Know About Robotics & Safety

Event: International Robot Safety Conference

Agenda: View agenda here

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM ET

Location: Virtual event

Registration: Register here

Craig Salvalaggio to Participate in Panel Discussion “Talent 101: Build a Winning Team” on August 25, 2021

AMT Craig Salvalaggio Talent 101

Chief Operating Officer Craig Salvalaggio will speak on a panel entitled Talent 101: Build a Winning Team on August 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM.  The online event is hosted by Clayton & McKervey.

Craig Salvalaggio will share his expertise on the panel with industry luminaries Samantha Ziarko, Managing Partner at Diag Partners, Rich Sheridan, CEO and Chief Storyteller at Menlo Innovations, and Tim Tinerty, Shareholder at Clayton & McKervey.

About the event: Attracting new talent in our remote world is more challenging now than ever before. Learn how to navigate virtual recruitment and stay ahead of the competition when it comes to talent acquisition. We’ll share innovative ways to promote your jobs, conduct interviews, and select the best candidates for the job.

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Craig Salvalaggio Clayton & McKervey Talent 101

Panel: Talent 101: Build a Winning Team

Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Location: Virtual

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Applied Manufacturing Technologies Successfully Installs State-of-the-Art Automated Production and Material Handling Solutions at Meat Processor Wolverine Packing Co.

AMT Wolverine Packing Co

AMT shares details of newly-completed installation of flexible automated production and material handling lines at two Detroit-area Wolverine Packing Co. facilities, allowing the company to quickly scale production.

Orion, MI – July 28, 2021 – Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), North America’s largest independent automation engineering company supporting manufacturers, robot companies, systems integrators, line builders, and users of robotic automation worldwide, today announced the successful completion of two major projects at Detroit-based Wolverine Packing Co.

Wolverine, a third-generation family-owned meatpacking business, is a leading processor of ground beef patties, fresh lamb and veal products, and portion-cut steaks for domestic and international customers. Experiencing rapid growth in demand for its high-quality protein products, the company contracted with AMT to design, build and install state-of-the-art automated production and material handling lines at two of its five meat processing plants in the Eastern Market of Detroit. The projects were implemented at the company’s South plant and at its new 180,000 square feet Forest Park meat processing and freezing facility.

“AMT has been our partner in automating multiple lines in our Forest Park and South plants,” said Kevin Schenk, Wolverine’s Director of Technical Services. “The upgrades and new lines have allowed us to increase production and maintain flexibility in our system for future expansion.  AMT has been very responsive to our needs and has provided us with excellent support.”

AMT designed and installed upgraded conveyors and material handling equipment in the Wolverine South plant, an existing site running two shifts of production six days per week.  The phased installation was conducted over two weekends.  Its highly choreographed schedule accommodated the plant’s production schedule with no additional downtime.  In the new Forest Park facility, AMT designed and installed a flexible system which performed taping, weighing, and x-ray functions in the production area, and a nine-station automated robotic palletizing system in the pack-out area.

“We are excited to play a key role the expansion of Wolverine’s production in both their new and existing sites,” said Chief Operating Officer Craig Salvalaggio.  “We have been able to design and implement solutions that have had a positive impact on Wolverine’s business.”

For more information on the Wolverine Forest Park project, read this article or watch this video.

About Applied Manufacturing Technologies

Founded in 1989, Applied Manufacturing Technologies is an industry leader in robot automation engineering, manufacturing systems integration, and turnkey industrial controls globally. More than 120 experienced and highly-trained controls and automation engineers with over 1,250 combined years of experience are engaged in automation projects across an array of industries.  With a deep bench of experienced, innovative automation engineers, consultants, and programmers, AMT assists customers with projects at any stage of development, from conceptualization and design to troubleshooting and expansion. From AMT’s Orion, Michigan headquarters, the company has engineered over 25,000 automation systems worldwide on 5,500 projects for over 600 customers.  For more information, visit AMT’s website, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Amid Uptick in Material Handling Projects, Applied Manufacturing Technologies Releases R-Palletize, a Configurable Robotic Palletizing Station

AMT R-Palletize

R-Palletize, AMT’s configurable robotic palletizing station, provides a flexible robotic palletizing solution with an easy-to-use interface for changing material handling needs.

Orion, MI – June 2, 2021Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), North America’s largest independent full-service systems integration provider supporting manufacturers, robot companies, systems integrators, line builders, and users of robotic automation worldwide, today introduced a new product, R-Palletize, a flexible robotic palletizing station.

R-Palletize is a configurable palletizing station which allows low-volume, high-mix manufacturers to use a single robotic cell for palletizing a variety of product patterns. R-Palletize is available in four hardware configurations which include a FANUC America M710iC/50H robot to handle cases up to 40 pounds, a Rockwell Automation control system, and optional end-of-arm-tooling (EOAT) to suit the application.  Designed for rapid installation and easy setup, R-Palletize offers changeover time in as little as five minutes from the user interface.

“With the recent disruptions to manufacturing and supply chains, manufacturers are turning to automation to fill gaps in the workforce,” said President and CEO Michael Jacobs.  “AMT has received many requests to provide flexible robotic palletizing cells to manufacturers from low-volume, high-mix producers.  We developed R-Palletize to fill this need, which has been increasingly requested by our customers.”

To learn more about the R-Palletize flexible robotic palletizing station, visit https://dev.appliedmfg.com/r-palletize.

AMT is a specialist in full-service systems integration, also offering engineering services such as turnkey industrial controls, robotic programming, and automation consulting. Bringing together best-in-class technologies and custom automation, AMT provides high-quality, cost-effective automation solutions.  The company’s solutions have benefited manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, medical, alternative energy, fabricated metal, industrial machinery, rubber and plastics, food and beverage and many other industries.  AMT also designs customized hardware and software packages to support automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) and distribution center systems integrators, providing unique solutions to speed up and optimize the order fulfillment process for e-commerce fulfillment centers.

About Applied Manufacturing Technologies

Founded in 1989, Applied Manufacturing Technologies is an industry leader in robot automation engineering, manufacturing systems integration, and turnkey industrial controls globally. More than 120 experienced and highly-trained controls and automation engineers with over 1,250 combined years of experience are engaged in automation projects across an array of industries.  With a deep bench of experienced, innovative automation engineers, consultants, and programmers, AMT assists customers with projects at any stage of development, from conceptualization and design to troubleshooting and expansion. From AMT’s Orion, Michigan headquarters, the company has engineered over 25,000 automation systems worldwide on 5,500 projects for more than 600 customers.  For more information, visit AMT’s website, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Applied Manufacturing Technologies Announces Strategic Partnership with Automated Picking Solutions Manufacturer Soft Robotics

AMT Soft Robotics partnership

AMT and Soft Robotics have partnered to provide cutting-edge robotic systems with soft robotic grippers and 3D vision solutions with artificial intelligence amid spike in interest in material handling solutions.

Orion, MI – May 24, 2021 – Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), North America’s largest independent automation engineering company supporting manufacturers, robot companies, systems integrators, line builders, and users of robotic automation worldwide, today announced a strategic partnership with robotic tooling and software manufacturer Soft Robotics.

A leader in robotics and material transport solutions, AMT works closely with customers in the warehousing, eCommerce, food & beverage, consumer products and other industries to provide custom turnkey palletizing, depalletizing and material transport systems for a variety of types of cargo.  AMT specializes in material handling projects with arbitrary object picking, packaging, and palletizing operations.

“We have seen a sharp uptick in requests to provide specialized material handling solutions for a variety of industries,” said Vice President of Sales Rick Vanden Boom.  “We are excited to partner with Soft Robotics as a Preferred System Integrator to best take advantage of their unique gripping technologies and software.”

“We are very excited to have Applied Manufacturing Technologies as a Preferred System Integrator partner,” said Harley Green, Director of Business Development at Soft Robotics.  “As an industry leader in robotics automation for over 30 years, Applied Manufacturing Technologies provides the right solution to each and every application.  Their knowledge, expertise and dedication to their customers makes them a powerful and strategic partner for Soft Robotics.”

AMT is a specialist in full-service systems integration, also offering engineering services such as turnkey industrial controls, robotic programming, and automation consulting. Bringing together best-in-class technologies and custom automation, AMT provides high-quality, cost-effective automation solutions.  The company’s solutions have benefited manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, medical, alternative energy, fabricated metal, industrial machinery, rubber and plastics, food and beverage (including protein processing) and many other industries.  AMT also designs customized hardware and software packages to support automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) and distribution center systems, providing unique solutions to speed up and optimize the order fulfillment process for e-commerce fulfillment centers.

About Applied Manufacturing Technologies

Founded in 1989, Applied Manufacturing Technologies is an industry leader in robot automation engineering, manufacturing systems integration, and turnkey industrial controls globally. More than 120 experienced and highly-trained controls and automation engineers with over 1,250 combined years of experience are engaged in automation projects across an array of industries.  With a deep bench of experienced, innovative automation engineers, consultants, and programmers, AMT assists customers with projects at any stage of development, from conceptualization and design to troubleshooting and expansion. From AMT’s Orion, Michigan headquarters, the company has engineered over 25,000 automation systems worldwide on 5,500 projects for over 600 customers.  For more information, visit AMT’s website, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Soft Robotics

Soft Robotics is an industry-leading and award-winning technology company that designs and builds automated picking solutions using proprietary soft robotic grippers, 3D machine perception, and SoftAI™ artificial intelligence. The company’s transformational robotic automation solutions enable machine builders to solve the hardest piece picking problems in industries like food and beverage processing, consumer package goods and logistics. Soft Robotics is backed by leading venture capital firms and strategic investors that include Calibrate Ventures, Hyperplane Venture Capital, Material Impact, Scale Venture Partners, FANUC, ABB Technology Ventures, Honeywell Ventures, Tekfen Ventures, and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Learn more at http://www.SoftRoboticsInc.com.

Craig Salvalaggio to Participate in Panel Discussion “How Smaller Companies are Embracing Automation” at Automate Forward 2021 on March 22

Chief Operating Officer Craig Salvalaggio will speak on a panel entitled How Smaller Companies are Embracing Automation at Automate Forward 2021 on March 22, 2021.  The virtual conference is sponsored by A3 Association for Advancing Automation.

Craig Salvalaggio will share his expertise on the panel with industry luminaries Craig Zoberis, President of Fusion, John Tuohy, Senior Account Manager at ASI – FANUC America, and David Dechow, Principal at Integro Technologies.  The panel will be moderated by Alex Shikany, Vice President of Membership and Business Intelligence at A3.

The panel will discuss topics including calculating automation ROI, the current “skills gap,” preparing your workforce for automation, the “technology understanding gap,” and more.  There will be a Q&A session at the end to address audience questions.

Registration is free for this event.

A3 How Smaller Companies are Embracing Automation

Panel: How Smaller Companies are Embracing Automation

Event: Automate Forward 2021 produced by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

Date: Monday, March 22, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual

Registration: Free registration

Agenda: View the agenda here

AMT Hires Senior Engineer and Controls Leader Arthur J. Kahler to Meet Increase in Demand for Manufacturing Control Systems

AMT AJ Kahler

AMT hires Arthur J. Kahler to support increase in demand for the company’s engineering services and control system integration solutions.

Orion, MI – December 16, 2020 – Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), North America’s largest independent automation engineering company supporting manufacturers, robot companies, systems integrators, line builders, and users of robotic automation worldwide, today announced the hire of Senior Engineer and Controls Leader Arthur J. Kahler.

“AJ brings a long history with many different aspects of controls to his position at AMT,” said Chief Operating Officer Craig Salvalaggio.  “With AMT’s growth in systems integration and controls solutions, we will leverage AJ’s ability to work with many different control and technology platforms.  In addition to his technical leadership, he will support the team professionally with mentorship in their careers and overall group leadership.”

Kahler brings more than ten years of experience in industrial automation and control systems to his position at AMT.  His most recent position was senior field service engineer at Rockwell Automation where he supported a large array of products, managed automation projects, developed standards, and commissioned systems, as well as specializing in CIP motion, networks, HMIs, and process control.  Kahler also has industry experience in PID loops and process control in the chemical industry.   A graduate of Macomb Community College, Kahler holds his Associate’s degree in science as well as having completed several technical courses in controls engineering.

About Applied Manufacturing Technologies

Founded in 1989, Applied Manufacturing Technologies is an industry leader in robot automation engineering, manufacturing systems integration, and turnkey industrial controls globally. More than 120 experienced and highly-trained controls and automation engineers with over 1,250 combined years of experience are engaged in automation projects across an array of industries.  With a deep bench of experienced, innovative automation engineers, consultants, and programmers, AMT assists customers with projects at any stage of development, from conceptualization and design to troubleshooting and expansion. From AMT’s Orion, Michigan headquarters, the company has engineered over 25,000 automation systems worldwide on 5,500 projects for over 600 customers.  For more information, visit AMT’s website, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

To Meet Increase in Demand for Automated Manufacturing Systems, AMT Hires Business Development Managers George Toldy and Stephen McLaren

AMT George Toldy Stephen McLaren

AMT hires George Toldy, Jr., MBA and Stephen D. McLaren to support increase in demand for the company’s engineering services, turnkey automated systems, and control system integration solutions.

Orion, MI – November 16, 2020 – Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), North America’s largest independent automation engineering company supporting manufacturers, robot companies, systems integrators, line builders, and users of robotic automation worldwide, today announced the hire of two business development managers, George Toldy, Jr. and Stephen D. McLaren.

Working under Vice President of Sales Rick Vanden Boom, Toldy and McLaren will spearhead regional key account business development efforts to help manufacturers with general automation, palletizing, and other material handling solutions.  “We are excited to bring George and Steve onto the AMT sales team,” said Vanden Boom. “With their combined decades of industry experience, we now have the ability to more quickly meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

George Toldy, Jr. comes to AMT with more than 25 years of sales experience with a heavy emphasis in the automation industry. Residing in the Sandusky, Ohio area, Toldy will focus on key accounts in the Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Western Pennsylvania/Western New York regions.  A graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, Toldy holds his Master of Business Administration, as well as having studied architecture engineering at Kent State University and mechanical engineering at Lorain County Community College.  Toldy also holds the Robotics Application Engineering Certification from FANUC America.

Stephen D. McLaren brings more than 30 years of sales experience in the robotic and automation industries to his position as Business Development Manager at AMT, having previously held positions at both robotics manufacturers and system integrators.   McLaren will focus on key accounts in the Metro Detroit area.  McLaren studied at the University of Texas and the University of Michigan – Flint.

About Applied Manufacturing Technologies

Founded in 1989, Applied Manufacturing Technologies is an industry leader in robot automation engineering, manufacturing systems integration, and turnkey industrial controls globally. More than 120 experienced and highly-trained controls and automation engineers with over 1,250 combined years of experience are engaged in automation projects across an array of industries.  With a deep bench of experienced, innovative automation engineers, consultants, and programmers, AMT assists customers with projects at any stage of development, from conceptualization and design to troubleshooting and expansion. From AMT’s Orion, Michigan headquarters, the company has engineered over 25,000 automation systems worldwide on 5,500 projects for over 600 customers.  For more information, visit AMT’s website, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Craig Salvalaggio Discusses Robotics and Safety in RIA Presentation

Craig Salvalaggio robot safety presentation

AMT Chief Operating Officer Craig Salvalaggio will co-present an educational session at the International Robot Safety Conference hosted by RIA (Robotic Industries Association). The virtual session will be co-presented with Gerd Walter, president of Creative Automation and is entitled Robotic System Integrators: What You Need to Know About Robotics & Safety.

The presentation takes place at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, and educates end users on key criteria for choosing a robotic system integrator partner to ensure project success.

  • RIA Certified Integrator Program – Why it was developed, who it was created for?
  • What’s Involved in the Program/Self Score Card?
  • End User’s Perspective – How do you find, measure, select, and repeat?
  • Standards – Why?
  • Risk Assessments – Value – Why?
  • Risk Assessments – Best Practices – How to?

AMT Robot Safety conference

Presentation: Robotic System Integrators: What You Need to Know About Robotics & Safety

Event: International Robot Safety Conference

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 12:30 PM ET

Location: Virtual event

Registration: Register here