Rick Sabo is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MB Kit Systems. Rick works as part of our management team to ensure that our sales team continues to meet the demands of our customers.


Visit MB Kit Systems at Rockwell Automation Events

MB Kit Systems Inc. will participate in several upcoming Rockwell Automation on the Move (RAOTM) events to showcase the company’s capabilities in designing and building belt-driven linear actuators, safety guarding, specialty enclosures and custom structures that incorporate or complement Rockwell Automation components and technology.

These mini tradeshows enable customers of Rockwell Automation to attend technical sessions, hands-on labs and product and technology exhibits to learn more about solutions that help improve quality and safety, reduce unscheduled downtime and optimize operating costs. The only companies permitted to exhibit in the RAOTM events are those that have been pre-qualified as Rockwell Automation partners through its Encompass Partner Program.

MB Kit Systems will display examples of its belt-driven linear actuators, which can be used in such applications as overhead gantries, with stroke lengths up to and exceeding 100 feet, and safety guarding solutions.  The company has been a member of the Rockwell Automation Encompass Partner Program for the last 9 years.

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Big Belt-Driven Linear Actuators Expand Reach of Pick & Place System

MB Kit Systems has developed linear actuators similar to the one pictured here that can travel more than 125 feet in length.

A custom automation machine builder is pushing the limits of linear motion technology with belt-driven linear actuators from MB Kit Systems that could reach 200 feet in length later this year.

The automation machine company recently retooled its pick and place robots to replace welded, painted steel components with linear actuators made from less costly extruded aluminum profiles that can be integrated with the company’s advanced laser technology.

The MB Kit System linear actuators provided were required to meet an arduous set of specifications and performance standards for this global company.

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Partnership with Rockwell Automation a Win-Win for MB Kit Systems Customers

There can’t be too many U.S. manufacturers who haven’t heard of Rockwell Automation.  The Milwaukee provider of industrial automation and information products employs 22,000 people, with global sales and support capabilities, customers in more than 80 countries and sales of more than $6 billion annually.

The company’s product lines have grown tremendously since its days of supplying automatic starters and switches, circuit breakers, relays and other electric equipment during World War I. Today, Rockwell Automation’s capabilities extend to every aspect of the factory floor, including advanced process controls, design & operations software, drive systems, motion control, motor control centers, safety components and more. With continued growth in factory automation, the industrial automation giant is sure to have a hand in the success of many U.S. and global manufacturers.

However, as extensive as the company’s capabilities are, the full implementation of Rockwell Automation’s solutions oftentimes relies on the expertise and assistance of other suppliers.  That’s where its Encompass Partner Program comes in.

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Reshoring: Bringing Manufacturing Back to the US

Manufacturing companies are shifting production facilities back to the United States, a trend referred to as reshoring. Based on a survey of manufacturing executives from the Boston Consulting Group and discussed in Industry Week, companies are showing a growing inclination toward reshoring, reversing a trend two years ago of expected additional manufacturing investments in China. In the chart below, the difference becomes clear. From 2013-2015, interest in locating new manufacturing capacity in China dropped 10 percent.

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elcom Material Handling Solutions - The Perfect Complement to item’s Machine Building Kit System

 

item international’s partnership with elcom SAS began in 1986. Through years of collaboration, both companies have grown to offer premier material handling solutions to maximize workflow efficiency. With two elcom systems, both fully integrated into the item MB Kit System, custom designed material handling solutions are possible for a wide array of applications.

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item North America makes Linear Motion easy

 

The demand for linear actuators has grown with the wave of industrial automation, becoming an essential capability for engineers across many industries and applications.
 

item North America’s engineering team specializes in custom belt-driven linear motion solutions. Many of the 300+ profiles within the item Machine Building Kit System can be utilized for linear actuators, enabling a wide array of linear motion systems to be custom designed. item's linear motion components make it very simple.

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Incorporating Linear Motion into Your Structural Aluminum System

Most manufacturers and machine builders in the United States are familiar with using structural aluminum for simple tables and benches and even enclosures. There are many providers out there who can produce these basic applications.

However, few companies can design and build structural aluminum solutions to include linear motion and support a linear actuator (or multiple linear actuators). As a result, many American manufacturers are led to believe that their only option for these complex applications is to rely on outdated welded steel. But the truth is, using structural aluminum with complex linear actuator-driven processes is becoming more common and is keeping engineering times and costs down for many.

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