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AMT’s Michael Horth Honored with Prestigious PMMI ‘On the Rise’ Award for Leadership


AMT Michael Horth PMMI Award 2023

Michael Horth, Senior Controls Engineer at AMT, honored with an On the Rise Award from the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) during PMMI’s Annual Meeting on October 16, 2023.

Orion, MI – October 19, 2023 – Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), North America’s leader in automation engineering, specializing in cutting-edge autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for warehousing and logistics, advanced material handling, and system integration, today announced Senior Controls Engineer Michael Horth has been selected as one of the honorees of the On the Rise Award from the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI).  Horth was previously named a “2021 Engineering Leader Under 40” by Plant Engineering.

The On the Rise Awards are hosted by PMMI’s Young Professionals Network (YPN), a group welcoming entry- to mid-level engaged young professionals in packaging and processing. The annual On the Rise Awards recognize ten distinguished professionals under age 35 who have demonstrated exceptional leadership potential in the industry. These awards offer honorees opportunities to further their careers, meet others in the industry, and learn more about PMMI. Horth’s award, announced at the PMMI’s Annual Meeting on October 16 in Stone Mountain, Georgia, was followed by recognition at the Chairperson’s Dinner, and an interview to be published in OEM Magazine.

Horth, who started his journey with AMT as an entry-level automation engineer in 2013, has exemplified a commitment to innovation and industry advancement. Over the past decade, he has ascended the ranks to become a senior controls engineer, earning a strong reputation both within AMT and throughout the broader industry. “Mike truly embodies our AMT Core Values. He is always willing to embrace new challenges and drive our company forward, but Mike’s biggest contribution lies in his mentorship,” said Engineering Group Leader Jason Markesino, Horth’s manager. “Employees cherish their time with Mike; he is patient and understanding. His knack for simplifying complex topics into learnable chunks greatly enhances retention, ultimately making our team stronger.”

“Michael Horth is a shining example of a bright and dedicated professional,” said Mike Jacobs, founder of AMT. “He is not only a willing mentor but also has a pleasant and easy smile that often lights up the room. Michael’s exceptional ability to describe complicated operations in terms others can grasp makes him very deserving of this award. His contributions continue to shape our industry positively.”

Horth’s contributions to AMT encompass software development, technology integration and mentorship. In his current role, he has significantly contributed to controls engineering, particularly in the integration of Allen Bradley PLC programming and FANUC robotics programming. His expertise in controls and robotics automation has led to improved automation solutions for the company’s clients. He has notably advanced the course of AMT in his experimentation with new technologies including AI powered 3D vision solutions for depalletizing, enabling the company to expand into new markets.  “In my day-to-day engineering career, I use Horth’s mentality of how to explain a new topic, program, and guide others to become a stronger, more efficient engineer,” noted AMT Controls Engineer Darin Shillair. “It has been an honor working under and alongside Michael Horth.”

About PMMI

The Association for Packaging and Processing, PMMI, brings together over 1,000 manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers to fuel business growth in the packaging and processing industry. The association offers resources including market research, best-practice tools, technical training, and networking opportunities. Through the PACK EXPO trade shows, PMMI connects consumer goods companies with innovative manufacturing solutions.

About Applied Manufacturing Technologies

Founded in 1989, Applied Manufacturing Technologies is an industry leader in autonomous mobile robots for warehousing and logistics, automated end-of-line solutions, complex material handling systems, and engineering support globally. AMT employs more than 120 experienced and highly-trained controls and automation engineers with over 1,250 combined years of experience 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 more than 25,000 automation systems worldwide on 5,500 projects for more than 600 customers. For more information, visit AMT’s website, LinkedIn, Facebook, X (Twitter), and YouTube.