Horn USA, Inc. joins the Metal Working Hall

Horn USA, Inc. joins the Metal Working Hall

Horn USA, Inc. will be a part of the AME 2017 Metal Working Hall in Grand Rapids on August 24th.  Visit them at booth #1003 from 8 AM - 3 PM.

HORN’s 105 Supermini was recently unveiled. Featuring a new coating, a new substrate and a new micro-geometry, the new Supermini tools set new standards for boring holes between 0.2 mm (0.0079") and 6.8 mm (0.2677"). By introducing this development, HORN has responded to the needs of its customers who contend with higher and higher percentages of stainless/high-alloy/inhomogeneous steels and want to accelerate their throughput.

Advanced Manufacturing Expo expands to 2 days, sites in Grand Rapids, metro Detroit

Advanced Manufacturing Expo expands to 2 days, sites in Grand Rapids, metro Detroit

Manufacturers from high-tech industries will again have the opportunity to put their products on display at this year's Advanced Manufacturing Expo.

The third-annual event marks the first time the expo will be held in both Grand Rapids and metro Detroit, giving manufacturers from across the state an opportunity to exhibit their products in either location.

We have COBOTS!

We have COBOTS!

Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AME) features Precise Automation with the world’s first collaborative four-axis SCARA and Cartesian robots. Precise Automation’s inherently safe designs provide speeds and accelerations much faster than any other collaborative robot while still limiting forces to ISO collaborative robot standards.

Perception or reality? Economist questions whether manufacturers actually embrace automation

Perception or reality? Economist questions whether manufacturers actually embrace automation

Ask West Michigan manufacturers how they're addressing the challenges of finding qualified workers, and many of them likely will cite automation equipment as a key part of their solution. 

Industry statistics would seem to bear that out.  Capital investment in robotic equipment has been skyrocketing at a double-digit pace, with the automation supply chain struggling to keep up with increasing order volumes.  Additionally, the cost of automation continues to decline, meaning that more companies should be able to afford the technology.

We got Scan Tunnels...Ready for a new logistics paradigm shift reading barcodes?

We got Scan Tunnels...Ready for a new logistics paradigm shift reading barcodes?

Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AME) features Datalogic, a global leader in Automatic Data Capture and Industrial Automation markets, and world-class producer of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors, vision systems and laser marking equipment, announces the new AV7000 long range powerful linear camera in the Auto-ID market and offers the best reading performance with unique features and benefits specific to transportation and logistics applications.

3D Machine Vision Bin Picking Solutions Comes to AME 2017

3D Machine Vision Bin Picking Solutions Comes to AME 2017

Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AME) signs Canon USA to exhibit featuring 3D Machine Vision to allow robots to grasp assorted parts from a bin.  Using a structured blue laser light, Canon identifies the parts on the top surface stack and delivers the coordinates to the robot for pick up.

The vision software uses a 3D CAD model of the bin, part, and robot gripper to mesh all three CAD models into one point cloud.  The software then requires you to define two grip points for the part.  Every camera inspection will return the best part location and grip position of the part to the robot.  The Canon software also provides the approach angle to the bin in order to help prevent the robot from colliding into the bin.  Canon stores the two best part locations for each inspection, so if the robot fails to pick up the part, the second-best part location and grip will be sent to the robot.

Virtual Reality Comes to AME

Virtual Reality Comes to AME

Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AME) signs Externa CGI as a new exhibitor featuring Virtual Reality and how industrial applications can be used.  Externa CGI uses animation and visualization into a premier CG animation, rendering, and Virtual Reality studio in order to understand processes, products, and services.  "Whether still images or full animated production, Externa maintains focus on your story and how best to tell it."

Advanced Manufacturing Expo 2017 to be held in Grand Rapids and metro Detroit, expands to include a new Hall of Metalworking

The AME-East expo is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi, MI.  The show will feature 110 booths spread throughout 30,000 square feet of space for companies involved in additive manufacturing, machine vision, automation, quality control gaging, metalworking, and other technologies.  

The AME-West expo is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center, 2500 Turner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.  The show will feature 170 booths spread across 43,000 square feet of space for companies involved in all aspects of advanced manufacturing methods.  

MIBiz: Q&A Mark Ermatinger, Vice President of Sales, Industrial Control Service Inc. Host of the Advanced Manufacturing Expo

Published by MIBiz on Sunday, August 7th, 2016

West Michigan’s Advanced Manufacturing Expo is going big for 2016. 

Now in its second year, the annual event will host more than 100 vendors and cover 29,000 square feet of the DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center in Walker. The expo runs Aug. 10 and 11. 

In addition to the latest automation, lean manufacturing and other technologies, the Advanced Manufacturing Expo will also feature events geared to supporting manufacturers, including a job fair held in collaboration with Michigan Works! and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center–West.

Wood Radio West Michigan Live Interview with Mark Ermatinger

On August 3rd, 2016 Mark Ermatinger was interviewed on WOOD radio show called West Michigan Live with Justin Barclay to discus the Advanced Manufacturing Expo next week.  This event has over 90 exhibitors and 112 booths to help manufacturers learn about technology for factory automation, network with state organization, universities, machine builders, and integrators.  

Lt. Governor Brian Calley and former Perrigo Co. CEO Michael Jandernoa to speak at Advanced Manufacturing Expo in Grand Rapids in August

ZEELAND, MI – April 27, 2016 – Lt. Governor Brian Calley and former Perrigo Co. CEO and current Board Member Michael Jandernoa are headlining the slate of speakers at the Advanced Manufacturing Expo to be held Aug. 11 at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids.

Calley, currently the youngest lieutenant governor in the nation, will address the importance of skilled trades for Michigan and the manufacturing sector. Jandernoa will be speaking on how Perrigo empowered employees to drive world leadership in store brands.

Snyder Looks to Boost Funding for Popular Skilled Trades Training Program

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking state lawmakers to increase funding for the popular Skilled Trades Training Fund program as part of his budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

Now in its third year, the STTF resulted in more than 2,900 jobs created and 6,400 jobs retained last year, according to the state. Snyder is asking for an additional $10 million, bringing the total program funding to $35.6 million since its inception.

The STTF is a competitive grant program allowing employers to apply for funds to train existing or new employees for hard-to-fill vacancies.

“The lack of the right kind of skill set is one of the biggest challenges we face as we want to grow the economy in Michigan,” said Stephanie Comai, director of the Michigan Talent Investment Agency, which oversees the program. The STTF “is one of the most effective tools we have to provide Michigan’s employers and workers with the opportunity to up-skill.”

A new funding year begins at the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1, and Comai said the program is typically full within a couple months.

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Robot Revolution: Manufacturers embrace automation to hedge against future downturns


Backed by a string of profitable years, many West Michigan manufacturers are investing in labor-saving technology and providing themselves a hedge against future softening in the market. 

That’s translated into brisk business for automation equipment manufacturers and technology consultants, who say they’ve been flooded with orders as clients seek out ways to lean their operations and add flexibility to their shop floors. 

“I’ve been in the automation side of the business since 1999 and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this busy,” said Mark Ermatinger, vice president of sales at Zeeland-based Industrial Control Service Inc. “I’ve worked harder in the last three weeks than I have in the last five years.”  

Industrial Control serves as a consultant for manufacturers looking to automate their processes. 

While manufacturers have turned to automation technology for multiple reasons ranging from quality issues to navigating a shortage of skilled labor, they also see the technology as a way to remain lean and profitable in the face of the next economic downturn, Ermatinger said. 

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