Automation Industries has a long and rich history of innovation, having developed entire new technologies, some of which have had world wide impact in manufacturing processes. The early technologies we own are purchased assets of Trienco, Inc .
Circa 1973, we developed the first successful aircoupled ultrasonic nondestructive testing system in the world for the location of internal lack of bond defects in wood fiber based panels. This technology became an industry standard and our installed base of the original product and its offspring numbers in the hundreds. These systems are incorporated directly in the manufacturing process lines and test and report the entire throughput of many plants. Many of
them perform automatic sorting and grading functions. The annual capacity of these plants is massive.
Circa 1974, we developed the first successful industrial laser thickness gauge and that product has enjoyed a wide acceptance and a broad installed base across a number of industries. There are many application speciallized iterations of both our laser technologies and our ultrasonic technologies and both have undergone a continuous evolution process, keeping in step with the ongoing changes in technology as time has passed.
Circa 1980, we developed the worlds first laser profile scanning system for optimizing edgers and trimmers in sawmilling operations. These precision systems brought the recovery at an edger from 67% to 98% of theoretical overnight and dramatically increased throughput at the same time. The recovery improvement at the trimmers also increased dramatically and the throughput there doubled in many cases. We changed the sawmilling process worldwide....forever. The
improved utilization of raw materials that results from the technologies developed by our company likely have saved more trees than nearly any other company's efforts, bar none.
Circa 1985, we began producing large scale electronics scanning and real time control systems for various machine centers. We based these systems on real time, multitasking software which used daisy chained 80286 IBM personal computers. The 80286 was the pinnacle of digital technology at the time, and a most welcome change from the DEC minicomputers of the era. There were often three slaves and one host computer utilized in these very high speed, real time systems.
Circa 1987, we began the development process for a machine whose purpose was to test truck tire casings for internal defects and damage prior to retreading. This product was a joint venture between ourselves and Oliver Rubber Company, the second largest producer of precure tread rubber for truck tires in the United States. This product was a natural use of some of our more sophisticated ultrasonics technology. The development effort eventually resulted in three
different models of the machine. We manufactured 132 of them before our partner met its demise as a result of a takeover of its parent company. This system was unique in many ways and required no sealing of the casing during the test cycle. We singularly own the technology now.
Circa 1995, new ultrasonic technologies began to glimmer on the horizon, and ultimately resulted in our transducer line of Akoustica Dynar and Akoustica Sensar series. This transducer group has resulted in capabilities that are unmatched anywhere at the date of this writing, 2010.
Circa 2000, development efforts produced sophisticated cross machine scanning technologies integrated with our proprietary lines of sensor hardware. This provided multiple new market entries in extrusion thickness and shape profiling as well as defect detection in coextruded web manufacturing processes.
Circa 2006, a new scanning system proved its mettle in the online testing of engineered hardwood flooring.
Circa 2009, a full scale engineering development effort has resulted in the removal of the PC from any imbedded functions in our product. Although necessary at the time, the PC has proven to be a constant drain on both our and our customers cash and manpower due to the constant changes in the PC hardware and the software to operate it. We now have a large microchip that displaces completely any need to have a PC or its operating system as a key path component in our
products and we believe this will prove to be a major factor in the long term cost of ownership in these systems as well as eliminating the major source of forced obsolescence. Our products have been well proven to provide a useful, 24/7 life in industrial environments that exceeds 30 years of continuous operation. We have many installations that are still operating that are much older than any competitor we have.
Circa 2010, full scale product development efforts continue. The particulars are proprietary and cannot be released at this time.