SAS Automation Ltd. is spending more than $500,000 to boost production and double the size of its Ohio factory that makes end-of-arm tooling for robots.
President Trent Fisher, who owns SAS, said the Xenia, Ohio, plant will expand from 5,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet. The groundbreaking was in July.
SAS, which employs 22, only makes end-of-arm tooling - the devices on the end of a robot that grab a plastic part. The company touts the fact that its EOAT is U.S.-made. Fisher said SAS builds 85 percent of the components that go into one of its EOAT systems.
``With our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and processes, we compete very well with foreign imports,'' Fisher said. SAS also touts its quick delivery and on-site training and installation.
In Xenia, the $500,000-plus expansion includes additional office and manufacturing space. SAS also is adding machining equipment, including a computer numerically controlled milling machine. Fisher said the company plans to add a five-axis robot for in-house testing.
SAS also is increasing the value of its inventory by 30 percent, Fisher said.
The 8-year-old company initially marketed its tooling to injection molding, but has broadened its scope into general manufacturing, including the packaging and palletizing markets.
In 2001 SAS opened an office in Karlsruhe, Germany, to serve Europe. The company recently earned a 2004 Excellence in Exporting Award from the state of Ohio.
Fisher said SAS plans to begin selling its tooling for robots over the Internet in September.