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Applied Manufacturing Technologies Announces Strategic Partnership with Autonomous Mobile Robot Manufacturer OTTO Motors

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AMT and OTTO Motors partner to provide cutting-edge material handling solutions utilizing autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) amid growth in eCommerce and food and beverage industry projects.

Orion, MI – July 28, 2020 – Applied 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 announced a strategic partnership with autonomous mobile robot (AMR) manufacturer OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath Robotics.

“We have seen tremendous growth in opportunities to provide ‘smart’ material transport systems, especially with the use of autonomous mobile robots for pallet and case handling in warehouse and product pack out applications,” said Vice President of Sales Rick Vanden Boom. “To meet that challenge, we have chosen to partner with OTTO Motors because of their customer-centric culture and leading-edge technology in moving heavy payloads.”

“We are excited to partner with AMT to implement state-of-the-art industrial AMR systems and to augment the automation solutions that AMT offers to their customers,” said Hank Heupel of OTTO Motors.  “Together we can provide robust material handling solutions using mobile robots in a wide variety of industries.”

A leader in robotic and guided material transport solutions, AMT works closely with customers in the warehousing, eCommerce, food & beverage, and other industries to provide custom turnkey material transport systems for a variety of types of cargo.  AMT specializes in material handling projects, ranging from hardware-based conveyor systems and robotic palletizing to GPS- and LiDAR-based “smart” material transport.

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.  Our 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.

About OTTO Motors

OTTO Motors is a division of Clearpath Robotics, Inc., a global robotics company dedicated to automating the world’s dullest, dirtiest, and deadliest jobs.  Founded in 2009, the company successfully commercialized one of the world’s first platforms to support robotics research.  OTTO Motors provides autonomous mobile robots for material handling inside manufacturing facilities and warehouses. OTTO is trusted for mission-critical deliveries in the most demanding of industrial environments. Customers include some of the world’s most recognized brands, including GE and Toyota.

AMT CEO Michael Jacobs to Showcase Robotic Solutions Expertise at BuiltWorlds’ Project Delivery Conference

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AMT’s Founder and CEO Michael Jacobs will participate in a panel discussion on successfully implementing robots in manufacturing at BuiltWorlds’ Project Delivery Conference, a digital event. The panel is part of the Smart Jobsites track and is entitled Robotic Solutions in the Field. The panel will take place July 10, 2020 at 3:00 PM CDT.

The conference is open to BuiltWorlds members, a community and network which hosts events and educational content for the purpose of pushing “the built industry forward.” In addition to Michael Jacobs, the Robotic Solutions in the Field Panel features Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics and Andrew Cameron, Project Manager, Hensel Phelps.

About AMT
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.

Event: BuiltWorlds Project Delivery Conference, Smart Jobsites
Date: Friday, July 10 at 3:00 PM CDT

AMT Releases the jobHopper Portable Automation Workstation

AMT jobHopper

Seeing growth in collaborative robot applications, AMT releases jobHopper, a portable automation workstation which provides a flexible collaborative robotic solution to work side by side with human operators for changing manufacturing needs.

Orion, MI – June 2, 2020 – Applied 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, jobHopper, a flexible, portable collaborative robot workstation.

jobHopper is a customizable collaborative robot system which allows manufacturers to use a single portable robot for a variety of applications on the plant floor.  Its fenceless workstation permits side-by-side work with human operators.  jobHopper features FANUC’s industry-leading collaborative robot and controller to achieve a balance between productivity and flexibility.

The hand-guidance capability and intuitive flowchart-style operating system with touchscreen interface allow for quick deployment to complete a variety of tasks, including pick-and-place applications, machine tending, inspection, and more.

“As manufacturing returns to the U.S. through the recent reshoring trend, the market for collaborative automation has exploded,” said President and CEO Michael Jacobs.  “AMT has been receiving many requests to provide flexible, portable collaborative automation to manufacturers in a variety of industries.  We developed jobHopper to fill this need, which has been increasingly requested by our customers.”

To learn more about the jobHopper collaborative robot appliance, visit https://www.appliedmfg.com/jobhopper.

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.  Our 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.

Positioning for Growth, Applied Manufacturing Technologies Promotes Rick Vanden Boom and Expands Executive Team with the Hire of Mark McGinnis

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AMT promotes Vice President of Automated Systems Group Rick Vanden Boom to Vice President of Sales and hires Mark McGinnis as Director of Systems Engineering, allowing the company to accelerate its support and development of innovative engineering services, turnkey automated systems, and control system integration solutions.

Orion, MI – February 13, 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 promotion of Rick Vanden Boom to Vice President of Sales and the hire of Mark McGinnis as Director of Systems Engineering.

Vice President of Automated Systems Group (ASG) Rick Vanden Boom has been promoted to Vice President of Sales at AMT, where he will focus on setting sales strategy, managing the sales team, and managing key customer relationships.  Joining the company as business development manager in 2013, Vanden Boom has risen through the organization to director and vice president of ASG until his recent promotion to vice president of sales.  A graduate of the National Institute of Technology, Vanden Boom holds a degree in electronics engineering.

“A true team player and RISE Core Value Award recipient, Rick took the reins for ASG operations at a critical time for AMT,” said President and CEO Michael Jacobs.  “He has been responsible for building the most capable ASG team that we’ve ever had.  Rick has a passion for people and the business of AMT, and we will continue to support him in his new role as Vice President of Sales.”

Mark McGinnis joined AMT this month as Director of Systems Engineering, and has direct responsibility for the ASG group, which is dedicated to the design and build of turnkey automated robotic systems.  Prior to joining AMT, McGinnis served for 16 years in a variety of leadership roles at a large automation systems integrator and has worked more than 25 years in the automation industry.  A graduate of Ferris State University, McGinnis holds a Bachelor of Science in electronic engineering.

“We are thrilled to have Mark join our executive team. He is a very well-known and respected leader in the automation industry, and his knowledge and experience will be a great asset to AMT as we expand our ASG operations,” said Jacobs.  “Together with the promotion of Craig Salvalaggio to Chief Operating Officer, these gentlemen are three of the most proven leaders in our industry.  I know that we have the best leadership team in AMT’s history.”

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.

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Applied Manufacturing Technologies Promotes Craig Salvalaggio to Chief Operating Officer

Craig Salvalaggio Promoted to COO

AMT promotes Vice President of Operations Services Craig Salvalaggio to Chief Operating Officer (COO), allowing the company to accelerate its support and development of innovative engineering services, turnkey automated systems, and control system integration solutions.

Orion, MI – February 4, 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 that Vice President of Operations Services Craig Salvalaggio has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of AMT.

“Craig is an accomplished leader with a passion for people and for the business of AMT.  As he has risen through the organization, Craig has lived and breathed AMT’s purpose and core values earning the respect and trust of our employees, as well as our customers and partners,” said President and CEO Michael Jacobs.  “Of all the people I know, no one is more capable and better suited for this role than Craig, and I would like to offer him my heartiest congratulations.”

As COO, Salvalaggio will lead overall operations of Applied Manufacturing Technologies services along with sales, engineering, and talent management. His unique combination of technical expertise in automation and robotics combined with his visionary leadership ability led to his promotion.

Joining AMT in 2003, Salvalaggio was originally hired as a robotics software engineer before quickly being promoted through the ranks to project manager, engineering general manager, vice president of engineering, vice president of operations, and most recently chief operating officer.  Salvalaggio holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Lake Superior State University, a Master of Science in operations management, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Kettering University.

Salvalaggio is actively involved in the Robotics Industries Association (RIA) as a committee member and co-chair of the RIA Certified Integrator Program, as well as sitting on the Board of Directors for both RIA and Association for Advancing Automation (A3). A prolific writer, Salvalaggio has authored 15 technical articles in a variety of industry journals.  He is also an in-demand speaker, presenting at a wide array of industry events, including RIA International Safety Conferences, Automate, SME, ATX West, The Battery Show, and RoboBusiness CRO Summits.

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.

Applied Manufacturing Technologies Achieves Prestigious FANUC Growth Award for Outstanding Robot Sales

Applied Manufacturing Technologies FANUC Award for Outstanding Growth of Robotic Sales

A FANUC Authorized System Integrator, AMT was recognized for the attainment of stellar year-over-year growth in FANUC robot sales for 2018.

Orion, MI – June 26, 2019 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 company has received the FANUC Growth Award for Authorized System Integrators.  AMT is recognized for outstanding year-over-year robot sales growth in 2018.

The Growth Award for Outstanding Robot Sales is awarded annually at the FANUC Automated System Integrator (ASI) Conference. The 2018 recipients were announced in early 2019 at the 20th annual ASI Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.

“We sincerely value our decades-long relationship with AMT.  They are widely recognized in industry for excellence in concepting, simulation, engineering, and execution of advanced robotic automation systems,” said Dick Motley, director of FANUC’s Authorized System Integrator group.   “Their contributions have improved manufacturing processes and helped maximize productivity for a wide range of customers.  We look forward to supporting AMT’s continued growth and success in delivering high-value automation solutions.”

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the AMT team,” said Michael Jacobs, president and CEO of AMT.  “Our company is dedicated to staying at the forefront of manufacturing technologies, and our long partnership with FANUC has given us the tools and support we need to allow us to be successful in that mission.”

AMT is a specialist in robotic material handling and custom machine building applications in a variety of industries, including automotive, food and beverage, consumer goods, packaging, aerospace, and tire and rubber.  Headquartered in Orion, MI, AMT’s team of 120 experienced and highly-trained robot automation engineers serve clients across North America and globally.  The company’s broad service offerings include engineering studies and design consulting, turnkey control systems, collaborative robots, and automation training.   AMT also designs customized automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) to provide 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 and Twitter.

About FANUC America Corporation

FANUC America Corporation is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan, and provides industry-leading robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation.  FANUC’s innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize productivity, reliability, and profitability.

FANUC America is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, and has facilities in:  Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Montreal; Pine Brook, NJ; Pontiac, MI; San Francisco; Seattle; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, and Manaus, Brazil; and Aguascalientes, Monterrey, and Queretaro, Mexico.  For more information, please call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287) or visit our website: www.fanucamerica.com.

Applied Manufacturing Technologies CEO Michael Jacobs to Share Expertise on Smart Manufacturing at ATX East June 11, 2019 at Javits Center

AMT’s CEO Michael Jacobs will present “Getting Started on the Factory of the Future,” sharing expertise on increasing manufacturing efficiency through digitalization, IIoT, AI, and smart manufacturing.

Orion, MI – June 4, 2019 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 details of its participation in the ATX East Advanced Manufacturing event hosted by UBM Canon at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY.

President and CEO Michael Jacobs will present “Getting Started on the Factory of the Future” on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 11:00 am EDT in booth 102 at the ATX East Advanced Manufacturing event at the Javits Center.  Jacobs will discuss smart manufacturing, which increases productivity and efficiency while reducing downtime and operating costs.  The presentation will offer practical advice on how to get started building the factory of the future while future-proofing your business.  With advanced manufacturing and digitalization being at the forefront of Industry 4.0, Jacobs recently previewed his presentation in an article published by PlasticsToday.

“What I hope attendees come away with from the presentation is the importance of defining your application ahead of time” Jacobs told PlasticsToday.  “Define your need, understand your need, acquire the necessary technology, and develop a proper plan for implementation.  It sounds simple, but it’s surprising how often you see people taking missteps.”

Automation Technology Expo (ATX) East is part of the region’s largest advanced design and manufacturing event, connecting professionals with the latest technologies and insights in components, custom machines, controllers, pick-and-place, software, and more.  Attended by over 8000 manufacturing professionals each year, the ATX East is co-located with Medical Device Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) East, East Pack, Atlantic Design and Manufacturing East, Plastec East, and Quality Expo.

AMT is a specialist in robotic material handling and custom machine building applications in a variety of industries, including automotive, food and beverage, consumer goods, packaging, and tire and rubber.  Headquartered in Orion, MI, AMT’s team of 120 experienced and highly-trained robot automation engineers serve clients across North America and globally.  The company’s broad service offerings include engineering studies and design consulting, turnkey control systems, collaborative robots, and automation training.   AMT also designs customized automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) to provide 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 and Twitter.

Applied Manufacturing Technologies Named a Rockwell Automation Recognized System Integrator Partner

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Demonstrating proven expertise in the design, implementation, project management and maintenance of Rockwell Automation industrial automation products, AMT earns Rockwell Automation Recognized System Integrator status for Control.

Orion, MI – May 29, 2019 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 company has joined the Rockwell Automation Recognized System Integrator Program. Qualified members of the program represent system integrators that meet criteria for operational excellence, application expertise and customer focus.

“We are proud to have AMT join our Recognized System Integrator Program,” said Mark Moriarty, manager, System Integrator Program, Rockwell Automation. “AMT has shown the commitment to deliver the highest technical solution and customer service, leading with Rockwell Automation technologies. They have a mutually supportive relationship with Rockwell Automation sales personnel and/or distributors.”

“AMT is excited to have completed the rigorous training required to become a Rockwell Automation Recognized System Integrator for Control,” said Mike Jacobs, president and CEO of AMT.  “Our core values align perfectly with the program’s ideals of delivering excellence to customers across the large array of products and services that we offer.” Headquartered in Orion, MI, AMT’s team of 120 experienced and highly-trained robot automation engineers serve clients across North America and globally.

AMT is a specialist in robotic material handling and custom machine building applications in a variety of industries, including automotive, food and beverage, and tire and rubber.  AMT designs customized automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) to provide unique solutions to speed up and optimize the order fulfillment process for e-commerce fulfillment centers.  The company’s broad service offerings also include engineering studies and design consulting, turnkey control systems, collaborative robots, and automation training.

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. Over 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.  To learn more, visit our website, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.