the FAQs

What Industries do you serve?

We have placed equipment in many industries, but our combination of expertise, adherence to industry best practices/process controls and agility make us especially competitive in those industries that require strong project management and engineering.

  • Automotive: We cut our teeth building machines for several Tier One automotive suppliers.  Our lean structure and dedicated project management make us laser focused on hitting your FOT, P-PAP and other milestone dates.
  • Medical:  We have built machines for syringe assembly/packaging, cannula inspection and RFID tagging.  Our medical device assembly background is equally strong.  We have an in-house validation package, or we will adopt and adapt yours.
  • Electronics:  The equipment we build for this industry is focused on high repeatability, strong process verification and robust testing.

What CAD system do you use?

Solid Works (4 seats) and Inventor (2 seats).  We have also done projects in Solid Edge.  Our electrical drawings are created in AutoCAD electrical.

 

How much do you do in-house?

Automation Specialist Services LLC performs all of the major design and build functions in-house.  Your system will be engineered, built and debugged by our team.  Most fabrication and welding will be out-sourced to specialists with whom we have a standing relationship.  The ability to shift machining between internal resources and machine shops increases stability by permitting load leveling.


 

What are your build standards?

Our standards have been for the most part adopted from previous design work with Fortune 500 companies in the medical and automotive industries.  By default we use metric units, metric hardware and PNP wiring.  However, we will adapt and use any customer provided specifications.

We are robot agnostic; we will use whatever vendor the customer prefers.

Most of our systems use Allen-Bradley PLCs, but we can use Automation Direct, Beckhoff, Siemens, Mitsubishi and others.

 

But isn’t it risky giving a job to a smaller house?

Jobs in this range can be difficult to place successfully.  When ordered from a larger shop they are often treated as an unwelcome burden on a development team that may have several multi-million dollar automation projects to complete.  Either your system becomes an over-taxed project manager’s fourth priority or your system is handed to the “B” team as a learning exercise.

What is truly lower risk: being someone’s learning project or fourth priority, or being the number one priority of a team that has been building multi-million dollar systems for decades?

 

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