Robotics Industry News
Futura Automation Names Representative Firm for Oregon and Idaho
Futura Automation, LLC Posted 04/06/2018
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Futura Automation LLC, an American consulting and marketing company for robotics, advanced automation and “Industry 4.0” implementation is pleased to announce OES Automation of Eugene, Oregon as its Representative for general industry in Oregon and Idaho and for the wood products industry throughout North America.
The OES Automation team members are:
Devin Powell - CEO: B.S. from Oregon State University and a Masters in Engineering from the University of Colorado with a focus in Product Development and Lean and Agile Management. Journeyman Electrical License. He was the Engineering Manager for Ventek/USNR for 13 years focusing on automation and vision systems for the wood products industry. Before that he was an engineer at McDiarmid Controls (Eugene, OR) for 9 years working on automation projects for various industries including agriculture, mining, chemicals, and packaging.
John Koza - CTO: B.S. Computer Science Eastern Oregon University. Journeyman Electrical License. Vision systems programmer for Ventek/USNR for 8 years. Automation Engineer for The Automation Group (Eugene, OR) for one year preceded by McDiarmid Controls for 5 years where he developed automation solutions for a variety of industries.
Jeff Brooks – Engineer: Millwright and Journeyman Electrical License. Owner of Oregon Electric Service for 10 years. Electrician/Engineer at McDiarmid Controls for 15 years where he was responsible for electrical installations and all mechanical designs for a variety of control and scanning systems. 15 years at veneer and plywood plants in Eugene area from operator to Journeyman Millwright.
Kurt Kovacs - Software Engineer: B.S. Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; University of Michigan. Master of Science, Engineering; Computer, Information, and Control Engineering University of Michigan. Worked in developing and implementing computer based industrial controls since 1980, involving both motion and process control.
Quinton Powell - Software Engineer: Studied Electrical Engineering at Oregon State University. Millwright and Plant Supervisor Electrical License. Software Engineer and Moisture Meter Product Manager for Ventek/USNR for 20 years. Controls Division Manager for Premier Gear and Machine for 3 years. Partner in Industrial Control Services for 3 years. 27 years at a Veneer mill in Springfield Oregon. From production to Journeyman Millwright to Chief Electrician to General Manager.
OES Automation will be responsible for the Futura Automation product lines represented in Oregon and Idaho, plus all the wood products companies in North America: Air Turbine Tools, Applied Robotics, Carter Enterprises, Flexomation, Joulin, QC Conveyors, Robot System Products, Rohm Products, Sicron, Technology Brewing, Toshiba Machine (TM) Robotics, Visumatic and Weintek. Futura Automation is also partnered with Vanguard Automation for End of Line Packaging and Lumber Press Strapping systems and Manufacturing Asset Solutions (MAS) for their software services: CMMS and ToolTrax.
Weintek offers the capability to monitor machine controllers, including semiconductor and pharmaceutical tools, and translate existing data into predictive maintenance algorithms or PdM notifications alongside or through the CMMS systems. It is also a useful tool to aggregate process data for FDA validation requirements.
Futura Automation, based in Scottsdale, AZ, is a Manufacturer’s Rep and manufacturing consulting firm focused on “Industry 4.0” and the automation needs of advanced manufacturing, end-of-line packaging and robotics customers. The team at Futura Automation on average have 20+ years’ experience in industrial automation and systems and now wood products industry expertise with the addition of OES Automation. With offices in Arizona, North Carolina, Southern California, Oregon and Washington, Futura is well positioned in the highest growth industries in North America.
“Futura Automation offers solutions for the needs of robot and automation customers. We bring our multi-discipline expertise to the breadth and depth of our product and service offerings. We provide competitive solutions to tough manufacturing problems”, says President Brian McMorris. “The OES Automation team brings a wealth of academic success and experience to our team, in the wood products and general automation industry, helping us deliver “Industry 4.0” benefits to more clients in North America.”