April 11, 2013
Medical Automation Equipment is Prescription for Growth, by Brad Graves SDBJ
A recent article by San Diego Business Journal reporter, Brad Graves, highlights just exactly what goes on behind the scenes at Automation GT and their expanding production floor. The article, Medical Automation Equipment is Prescription for Growth, paints a picture of what manufacturing custom automation machines looks like. “The machines on the factory floor on a recent day were varied. One builds up a medical device by passing the assembly through 18 stations. ‘It’s hypnotic to watch,’ Grant said. The machine performs 15 assemblies per minute, limited by the time it takes for glue to dry.”
Graves also highlights the origin of Automation GT’s CEO, Simon Grant. “It wasn’t so long ago that Grant was an executive with Amgen Inc. It was then that he decided that medical automation would be a ‘great opportunity’”. In the interview with Graves, Grant was quoted ‘The economy is starting to lift all boats’ and “capital budgets are loosening among his customers, including many in the Fortune 100″.
Automation GT feels the squeeze. These days, space is tight in its offices and in its shop. One reason is that the Escondido firm has plenty of work. Several of its custom-built factory automation machines sit on its production floor, in various stages of completion. Their inner workings are encased in big, glasslike boxes. No two of the machines are alike. Read More: San Diego Business Journal