SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — September 14, 2015 — Automation Partners Inc. (API) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Founded by a group of Silicon Valley engineers, Automation Partners took its place at the forefront of their field by developing a completely new way to evaluate fabric on the production floor. This innovative technology allows producers to instantly and accurately measure fabric density as the fabric is being manufactured. Now, twenty-five years later, this technology remains the industry leader. Working on advice and feedback from textile producers, API created an optical sensor that provides more dependable measurements than the traditional weight-based measurement systems that have served as the industry standard.
API’s sensor uses infrared-light technology to count threads, and is not affected by moisture, humidity, or fiber variations, and remains the most user friendly and accurate way to measure fabric density on the manufacturing floor. Director of Operations Randy Tausch explains, “When we consider the historical nature of textile production, this technology is still relatively new, and it is so rewarding when fabric producers install our systems and right away see their improved fabric quality, product yield, and customer satisfaction.” This cutting edge technology began a change that is still being felt as more and more textile manufacturers update their systems to adopt API’s technological advancement.
During its anniversary year, API is not only celebrating its continued success, but the partnerships it have developed around the globe as a result of its international business. “We have personal relationships with our customers, and support teams around the world, and it is very rewarding to share in their success,” says Tausch. “After all of the technical and engineering work—the human reaction, from São Paulo to Shanghai, is very satisfying.”
Posted September 15, 2015
Source: Automation Partners