Tell me a little bit about your company. When was the company founded and how many employees?
On April 1st, 1983 Acieta opened its doors for business as Automated Concepts, Inc. On April 1st of this year we celebrated our 31st anniversary by announcing a new chapter as Acieta. Since 2004 we have been part of Ellison Technologies; a subsidiary of Mitsui U.S.A. and DMG Mori. Acieta is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui U.S.A. The 120 employees of Acieta work at facilities in Pewaukee, WI and Council Bluffs, IA. We also work from strategic locations across the US.
What are the primary industries you serve? What markets do you serve – global or domestic?
Most of Acieta’s customers transform metals and non-metals into component parts and assemblies. Our customers produce automobiles, trucks, off road equipment, oil, gas and mining exploration equipment, home and leisure products, medical equipment and implants, to name a few. We have installed systems in most manufacturing processes including material preparation, machining and fabrication, welding, material finishing and assembly.
What is your vision for the company?
Acieta believes manufacturing is a vital part of the America’s economy. Acieta will provide solutions that will lower manufacturing cost and make our customer’s manufacturing operations more productive and globally competitive.
Why did you decide to become RIA certified?
The industrial robotics market is transitioning from early adopters to main stream in most general industries outside of automotive. Most manufacturers in this category have no robots or very few in their operations. The RIA Certified Integrator Program eliminates the need to verify the viability of an integrator for a first time user or a user considering a new integration source. The “due diligence” has been done by RIA and companies are re-certified every two years. Acieta feels the RIA integrator certification process is one of the most significant contributions RIA has brought the industry in the last decade.
Give an example of a challenging application your company developed.
The use of robots to tend press brakes is much more wide spread in Europe than in the Americas. Acieta has been a pioneer in the use of robotic technology with press brakes. We are building systems today that produce a wide range of formed parts with minimal manual intervention. This solution not only lowers piece part costs, it also provides for a much safer alternative to manual press brake tending.
What are some of the best practices your company follows?
Acieta in Council Bluffs, IA is an ISO 9001 – 2008 registered company. While we work hard to maintain our ISO registration it is not the registration that sets us apart, it is the registered processes that have become part of our day to day activities that are easily communicated to all of our Acieta associates and our customers. A project company must have ingrained processes and steps or every project could be handled differently and the success of those projects will be affected by the methodology that was employed given no documented processes.