Motion Solution Companies Move In on Robotics

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The International Federation of Robotics says 2.6 million industrial robots will be installed worldwide by 2019. And many motion-solution companies are trying to find their place in that market.

As robotics become more capable and versatile, they are becoming more integral to staying competitive in manufacturing. Robots are used in various spaces, and are most common in the automotive industry, with 17,500 industrial robots implemented in the U.S for automotive in 2016.  Electronics and metals production are the second two industries that highly use industrial robots.

It follows then, that many OEMs and motion distributors are beginning to add verticals and partnerships to their businesses that include robotic components and systems in their portfolios.

Companies like Motion Industries, which is a distributor for motion solutions and fluid power systems in North America, are entering the robotics and automation markets through partnerships. The company just announced the acquisition of Numatic Engineering, which is a distributor for automation and industrial robots based in California. Numatic also has a value-added solutions team, which, under UL508 listing, can assemble products into systems for their customers’ needs. It distributes machine vision systems and controllers as well.

“The acquisition of Numatic Engineering continues to build upon and complement our growth strategy in the area of industrial plant floor automation,” says Motion Industries CEO Tim Breen. “Numatic Engineering will be operated as part of Motion’s Automation Solutions group, which includes Braas Company, acquired in October 2016.”

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