Beaverton, Mich.-based Brown Machine Group acquired robotics capabilities from automation equipment supplier Axatronics LLC, a Loveland, Ohio-based company that won an innovation award for developing a robot to tie bows around candy boxes.
Terms of the deal, announced late June 2, were not disclosed.
BMG Sales Vice President Bob Gordert told Plastics News that BMG acquired Axatronics's intellectual property, product lines and brand in addition to robotic capabilities and technology.
"The integration of robotics into the existing Brown Machine Group installed base, in combination with new product development, is very attractive," Gordert said in an email. "The Axatronics addition aligns nicely with our growth strategy for end-of-line automation, innovation and strengthens our position as a fully integrated turnkey solution provider."
Founded in 1952, BMG makes thermoforming equipment and tooling as well as automated material handling equipment for paper and plastic products. The equipment and related services are sold under the Brown, Lyle, Nalle Automation Systems (NAS) and Freeman Co. brand names.