In February, 2013, Guyson Corporation tied its record for the most robots received in a single week, and the company president, Steve Byrnes, gathered employees to mark the occasion in an area of the manufacturing plant where four new Final Assembly Cells have recently been added in the Guyson factory in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Steve Byrnes began his remarks by reporting figures released by the Robotic Industries Association that 2012 set a new record for sales of robots to North American companies. The calendar 2012 total of 22,598 robots exceeded the previous record set in 2011 by 17 percent.
“These numbers from the RIA help to explain why Guyson is seeing an increase in orders for robotic blasting machines, but the rapid growth in robotic surface preparation and shot peening is also evidence that U.S. manufacturing companies are realizing robots enable them to be competitive with low-wage foreign competition while also improving quality, reducing energy costs and improving worker health and safety,” Steve commented.
Byrnes went on to suggest that the use of robotics in grit blasting, finishing and surface treatment is a “game changer” and compared the impact of robotic blasting on surface preparation, in terms of precision, repeatability and productivity, to that of the introduction of CNC technology on metalworking manufacturing in the 1980s.
When asked how Guyson can maintain and extend its leadership position in robotic blasting and shot peening, Steve Byrnes offered two answers.
“We intend to continue to invest in advanced training, engineering tools and the latest software and programming capabilities. Most importantly, we need to continue to focus intently on our customers and the requirements of the customer’s application.”