To meet the growing demand for automation and robotics in manufacturing, Methods Machine Tools Inc. is expanding its automation capabilities, launching a new Automation and Integration Center in its Charlotte, North Carolina, facility. The center, slated to open this spring and already ramping up, is staffed by systems integration engineers and will have a full range of equipment and capabilities from customer consultation to building cells and performing runoffs.
The 10,000ft2 center will expand Methods’ existing automation program and provide state-of-the-art systems for customers throughout the U.S.
Automation is not a new concept at Methods. With existing automation centers in the company's Sudbury, Massachusetts headquarters and in Wixom, Michigan, Methods has been applying leading edge technology in a wide range of machine tool and robotic solutions from small automated centers to large, complex multi-function machining cells.
"Manufacturers are increasingly realizing that incorporating automation and robotics are key to their productivity, profitability, and future," says Bryon Deysher, president and CEO of Methods Machine Tools Inc. "Our new Automation and Integration Center will provide expanded capability for all projects spanning the U.S. and enhance the value of our customer experience at every level. I envision the future need for expanding this model in other regions of the U.S. as well.”
Methods Automation, using robotics and a full range of advanced machine tools - via Fanuc, Yasda, Nakamura-Tome, Kiwa, and Feeler - designs, integrates and builds flexible automation solutions for customers throughout North America. Methods has 40 automation engineers nationwide, including design engineers, control engineers, systems integration engineers, and field service/ installation engineers. In addition, Methods technology centers are strategically located across the U.S. in Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Phoenix, Arizona; San Francisco, California; and Los Angeles, Califoirnia. Mike Kierce, systems integration manager, will be managing the Charlotte, North Carolina, Automation Center.