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Harmonic Drive LLC opens new US Headquarters in Beverly, MA
Harmonic Drive LLC Posted 01/31/2020
Newly Constructed 97,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility
Beverly, MA –Harmonic Drive LLC, a leader in high precision motion control celebrates new US Headquarters with Ribbon Cutting ceremony in Beverly MA. The new US manufacturing and headquarters more than doubles the company’s current square footage. The move to Beverly signifies a historic homecoming for the company.
Originally a division of United Shoe Machinery Corp., Harmonic Drive designs and manufactures motion control products, including precision servo actuators, gearheads, and gear component sets based on the harmonic gear.
The strain wave gear, or harmonic gear, was the brainchild of the genius American inventor C. Walton Musser. Mr. Musser was a brilliant inventor who was awarded more than 200 patents, in a wide range of fields going even beyond his specialty in mechanical engineering to include also physics, chemistry, and biology.
Mr. Musser worked closley with two companies to commercialize his strain wave gear concept. One was the U.S. company United Shoe Machinery Corporation (USM), the forerunner of Harmonic Drive LLC and the other was the Japanese company, Hasegawa Gear Works, Ltd., the forerunner of Harmonic Drive Systems Inc. Today, high precision Harmonic Drive® gears continue to be manufactured by Harmonic Drive LLC, Harmonic Drive SE and Harmonic Drive Systems, Inc.
Harmonic Drive® products are used primarily in robotics and semiconductor manufacturing, but have also been used on the International Space Station, Mars Explorer Rovers, and the Lunar Rover that was driven on the moon in 1971.
Participants in the ribbon cutting included the daughter of C. Walton Musser, Yvonne Graham, exeuctive officers from the Harmonic Drive group companies, the mayor of Beverly, Mayor Michael Cahill and Secretary Mike Kennealy. Also in attendance was Mr. Paul Berton. Mr. Paul Berton was in charge of the Harmonic Drive Business at USM and promoted the establishment of the companies in Japan and Germany. He was also a former director of Harmonic Drive Systems Inc. All employees from Harmonic Drive LLC were invited and joined in the celebration.
About Harmonic Drive LLC
Harmonic Drive, LLC engineers and manufactures precision servo actuators, gearheads and gear component sets. We work closely with both Fortune 500 and companies of all sizes to understand their application requirements and provide a standard or, in most cases, a custom-engineered solution to enable the success of their design project. The majority of the products sold by Harmonic Drive, LLC are proudly made at our manufacturing facility in Peabody, Massachusetts. Harmonic Drive Group Companies in, Japan (Harmonic Drive Systems, Inc.) and Germany (Harmonic Drive SE) provide additional products. State of the art manufacturing facilities in the US, Japan and Germany enable us to locally serve the needs of our global customers.
With over 50 years of experience, our expert engineering and production teams develop enabling technologies and products to meet the needs of an evolving motion control market. We are very proud of our outstanding company history. Our high-precision, zero-backlash Harmonic Drive® gears and Harmonic Planetary® gears have, and continue to play critical roles in robotics, spaceflight applications, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, factory automation equipment, medical diagnostics and surgical robotics.