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The Automation Group at AST is focused on delivering custom process automation solutions. We are continually striving to develop new technologies and applications that provide strong financial returns to our Customers, helping them remain globally competitive. If you need to increase capacity, lower costs, improve quality or improve safety, we can help.
Turn-Key Manufacturing Systems
Custom manufacturing systems has been AST's focus since our beginning in 1965. For AST, "Custom" means developing systems where off the shelf options do not exist. Over the years we have found these projects are most successful when we work together with our customers to solve the problem at hand. When we are able to blend our customer's product and process expertise with our machine design experience the results are often spectacular. Working together we can automate nearly any manufacturing process.
Over the years we have noticed that our customers often need to perform repetitive, intricate and sometimes dangerous tasks that are not ideally suited for humans. Robots have been used in these applications for years but traditionally have been too expensive to make financial sense for the average customer. As hardware costs fall, we are seeing more and more applications where robots win out versus traditional automation. As an Authorized Fanuc Integrator and Staubli Elite Partner, AST has been able to tap into the training and technical expertise necessary to successfully apply this increasingly affordable technology.
Automated Inspection Systems
AST has been incorporating vision systems from various manufacturers into our equipment for years, but as hardware prices fall, robot guidance and automated inspection applications are becoming increasingly cost effective. In order to better take advantage of this technology, the Automation Group has become a certified Cognex vision systems integrator. Call us today to see if we can automate your critical inspections.
Many of AST's projects are proprietary in nature. We understand the importance of the competitive advantage that can be achieved with custom automated equipment. AST is careful to respect each customer's need for confidentiality. We maintain an access controlled "skunk works" area for sensitive projects as well as controlled servers to protect our customers' most sensitive intellectual property. In addition to specific training, key employees undergo background checks and all employees sign non-disclosure agreements before coming on board.