Anaheim, CA—Coming off its best year ever, automation supplier Sepro America LLC (Pittsburgh, PA) announced the addition of two new regional sales managers, effectively doubling its staff as its recent push into the smaller robot market gains traction. "[Sepro] sees a lot of growth potential here on the West Coast; that's why we added [Paul Rudzinski and Lorne Burke]; customer-driven demand," explained Jim Healy, VP sales and marketing for Sepro America. Healy discussed the addition of Rudzinski as West Coast Regional Sales Manager and Burke as East Coast Regional Sales Manager from the company's booth at Plastec West 2013 (Anaheim Convention Center; Anaheim, CA).
"Last year we had the largest amount of new customers we've ever had," Healy said. "We're seeing things come back from China and a lot of reshoring going on. Customers know they have to be competitive and automation is one way to do that."
Rudzinsky, whose experience includes 26 years with Milacron and work with medical device suppliers MedPlast and Pro-Dex, said the western market holds a lot of potential for automation on smaller machines, 300 tons and below, particularly in medical.
"In all tight-tolerance work, especially with the FDA, everything you can do to tie down the process and take the operator out of the cycle is important," Rudzinsky said, noting that robot control of parts can allow molders to do inline inspection of parts, accepting and rejecting on the fly.