Welcome Robway Automation, Inc.

It is with pleasure to introduce Mr. Rob Pardikes, President, of Robway Automation, Inc. (www.robwayautomation.com) to the WEBER Representative Team.
 
Rob has direct sales experience of over 35 years and works out of his office in Hartland, MI where he will now assist in covering the state of Michigan for WEBER. Robway Automation, Inc. has invested in lead follow-up systems and tracking, and attends regional trade shows, such as the Assembly Show in Chicago and the International Manufacturing Technology Show.
 
Please join us in welcoming Rob to the WEBER family.
 
Rob can be reached at the or at mobile # (810) 208-0701 or office # (810) 208-0701
 
Rob, please accept our warmest welcome and best wishes for a long and prosperous relationship with WEBER.

Jim Graham, has left the WEBER Group

Jim Graham, President of WEBER Screwdriving Systems Inc., has left the WEBER Group effective October 15th 2017.

After some discussions on differences in the view of the strategic business direction, Jim and the WEBER Group, have agreed to choose separate directions going forward, and this has resulted in Jim resigning to pursue new opportunities in the automation & manufacturing industry.

We want to express our thanks to Jim for his work and service to the WEBER Group and particular the growth and development at WEBER USA, and wish him all the best and every success for his future career.

The WEBER Group and all the staff at WEBER USA are committed to providing premier automated joining technologies to the global markets and we will ensure that our valued customers and partners continue to be supported.

Another announcement will be made once Jim’s successor is appointed in order to continue the growth and development of the WEBER Group in North America.

We look forward to continuing our support for all the customers of the WEBER Group.

Karl Bujnowski
President WEBER Group

WEBER USA Doubles NC Footprint

WEBER Screwdriving Systems Inc. is excited to announce the expansion of the WEBER Complex!  Our recent acquisition of an additional 17,000 SF office and manufacturing building has effectively doubled our operational footprint.  The new building, formerly owned by Rusty Wallace Racing Inc, is located directly adjacent to our existing facility in Mooresville, NC.  The acquisition comes just two years after WEBER’s relocation to North Carolina from New York and is well aligned with the company’s long term growth and expansion strategy.

Screwdriving Devices to Handle Micro Fasteners

Devices and technology are getting smaller. Even with growing screen sizes, internal components are constantly getting thinner. Space is premium real estate inside digital consumer devices.  So what holds these devices together?  In some situations, they are held together with clips internally molded into key components, making it difficult, if not impossible, to disassemble without causing cosmetic damage.  The solution to this issue comes in the form of Micro Fasteners.  Micro Fasteners can be as small as 1mm in diameter, but they are not a simply scaled-down version of their larger counterparts.  As fasteners are downsized to lengths as short as 2mm with thread sizes as small as M1.0, issues related to materials, tight tolerances, and torque control become magnified.

Installation of micro fasteners poses the next set of challenges. With such tight tolerances and micro screw sizes, installation system accuracy must be increased when producing integral components of the feeding and insertion devices used to work with these fasteners. For feeding equipment, accuracy and adjustability are key factors in their performance. All WEBER Micro Feeding Solutions come equipped with micro adjusting escapement systems that allow for extremely accurate positioning between the escapement and track position. This is one of the major contributors to the accuracy and reliability of our precision micro feeding technologies. Other factors that don’t normally affect screw feeding applications come into play are materials, mass and electromagnetic, or electrostatic fields. Standard feeding applications typically use what is called a coil based vibrating solenoid partnered with a set of angled leaf springs to produce vertical and radial vibration causing the fasteners to move around the feeder bowl.  

WEBER Screwdriving Systems Inc. has incorporated micro piezoelectric technology into its micro feeding solutions. The science behind piezo technology incorporates piezoelectric crystals that vibrate at different frequencies depending on the voltage & current being passed through them, rather than using electromagnetic coils. WEBER USA undertook the development of a new version of the piezo feeder which would move fasteners using micro-vibrations which are gentler on the small fasteners. This allowed the Micro Piezo feeder to successfully feed micro fasteners, pins, and other small shapes very quickly without any issues.

Driving and installation of micro fasteners requires a Micro screwdriving spindle with special features such as integrated vacuum due to their short length as the use of blow feeding delivery is, in many cases, not possible. So a pick & place vacuum spindle with extremely tight tolerances, special materials, and a low mass bit were developed which is capable of installing these fasteners with precision & repeatability. One of the major challenges in designing this spindle was the reduction of mass which resulted in low inertia to allow us to achieve the tight target torques desired without the issue of overshooting our torque target. Weight must also be reduced on all moving components when final torque is well below 1Nm.  Overshooting the target isn’t the only problem plaguing micro fasteners. Often times the drag or resistance inside the spindle its self actually can cause incorrect torque readings by having drag values on the transducer. The friction in the spindle will actually reduce the final screw seating torque by the same value the friction produces. Typically this would not be an issue in larger screwdriving applications, but when torque and scale are reduced to the micro level, these factors are magnified. WEBER Screwdriving Systems Inc. has managed to find a solution for all of these difficult screwdriving challenges when producing our Micro Screwdriving devices. 

Welcome Blue Ridge Industrial Sales

It is our pleasure to welcome Mr. Rodger Burgess, President, and Mr. Jeff Martin of Blue Ridge Industrial Sales (blueridgesales.com) to the WEBER Representative Team.

Rodger and Jeff have an average direct sales experience of 18 years. With a 600 sq ft showroom and training center in their Marietta, Georgia, headquarters where Rodger and an Sales Administrative Assistant are based, they are well versed in the regional economies of TN & GA.  Jeff is based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Blue Ridge has allied lines such as Bal-Tec, MK Conveyors, Cincinnati Test & Sugino.  They’ve invested in computerized lead follow-up and tracking, supplemented with an on-going broadcast mail.  Blue Ridge are members of the SME and attend regional trade shows, such as ATEX, FABTECH & AM Expo- Southpack- Atlanta.

Please join us in welcoming Rodger and Jeff to the WEBER family.

Rodger can be reached at the email address above or at 404.697.6631

Jeff can be reached at the email address above or at 423.304.2214

Rodger and Jeff, please accept our warmest welcome and best wishes for a long and prosperous relationship with WEBER.