Automation & Robotics
Automation and robotics is built around motion.
Here, highly skilled machine builders, system integrators, and end-users assemble thousands of components into production lines that can stretch 100 feet or more. We support these customers with a comprehensive array of commercial-off-the shelf parts that they can use to build their designs. If a part with the required characteristics is not available, we can work with a customer on a custom design. We offer quality equipment from trusted suppliers, shipped direct from our warehouse. We work with our customers to get the level of customer support they need through our in-house engineers or our partners.
In the manufacturing sector, operational equipment effectiveness (OEE) is the primary concern. Equipment that is running is producing and making money; equipment that is stopped is not. As a result, the key concerns for OEMs and end-users in this space center around reliability. Machine builders seek equipment with long mean time between failures. The equipment needs to be easy to install and easy to operate without with little or no maintenance. Cheap products that break down frequently are no bargain at all, so companies in this space lean toward quality.
The Motion Solutions Advantage
Motion Solutions has a broad portfolio of products from best-in-class suppliers, many of whom we have represented for decades. We distribute smart components with integrated communications functionality and onboard intelligence that supports condition monitoring. Our sales team is made up of degreed engineers who bring significant technical expertise to the process of helping customers select the best product for their design. We have particular expertise in our safety and sensor product lines. We enhance this detailed product knowledge with insights from our Engineered Solutions group.
On the factory floor, personnel work in and around moving equipment, whether that is in the form of process equipment, motion-control axes, or robotic arms. This ongoing exposure to risk makes safety equipment essential. We help customers develop safety scanner systems that can stop or slow robotic operation if personnel move into an unauthorized area, for example. Similarly, safety-rated drives and controllers can protect the maintenance technician who has to reach into the machine to clear a jam or replace a part. All too frequently, safety is tacked onto a design as an afterthought. At Motion Solutions, we have discovered that the most effective and economical approach to safety is to integrate it into the design from the very beginning. This is an integral part of our five-step engineering process.
The process industry makes up a significant portion of the US economy. For companies that produce plastic extrusions or that coat electronics, maintaining material at the correct process temperature is essential. We sell PLCs that can be integrated into the system to ensure that the products coming off of the line performed exactly as specified.