Willoughby, OH - A specialist in rotary tables and automation, Weiss North America, Inc. has planned to complete a 15,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility expansion by the end of 2014. To facilitate these advancements, the company has recently announced two hires – Josh Treter as product sales manager-direct drives and Keith Griffin as business unit manager.
In addition to recent extensive experience as a sales engineer at Nook Industries, Cleveland, OH, Treter has a heavy technical background dating back to years in the aviation sector – even as a former pilot. He will focus his attention on expanding sales of Weiss’ Direct Drive line of linear and torque motor products in the marketplace.
New products on the immediate horizon from the company include the HP 70T, which features a unique ‘knuckle‘ design on the y/z axis that essentially eliminates the need for another linear motor for the z axis.
Treter plans on working hands-on with sales reps in key growth territories throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. “The goal is to supply them with extensive engineering and marketing support to help educate the market as to the lines’ advanced benefits, while providing complex, customer-specific solutions,” he said.
Leveraging over 20 years of engineering experience with Fusion Systems Group, Willoghby, OH, Griffin will serve as Weiss’ business unit manager, spearheading a focus on assisting integrators from A-Z on comprehensive Weiss systems.
With an extensive history in designing and fabricating custom automation machines, Griffin’s focus will be to get involved with machine builders and engineers upfront in designing a core package and designing out for more efficient production results.
According to Griffin, “Our problem-solving, consultative approach will encompass a broad spectrum, ranging from machine frames, risers for index tables, stationary plates, CAD models, pick-place systems, indexing units, etc. The goal is to design a one-stop, ship-assembled, value-added framework for optimal results.”
To streamline this process further, Griffin is also at the forefront of launching a SolidWorks portal that will allow customers to quickly share CAD files.
Griffin also noted that the 2014 expansion of the Weiss manufacturing facility will drive this philosophy even further, stating, “New capital equipment will vastly increase our in-house capabilities of tool plate machining and machine frame fabrication. Ultimately it will drive our goals of more efficient production, faster turnaround, better pricing and delivery.”