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Advanced Automation – division of the Doerfer Companies / HQ: Greenville, S.C. / Employees: 500 / Specialty: Custom automated machinery / Eric F. Smith, operations manager: “We don’t have people that say ‘that’s not my job.’ We have a given task to complete and we pull together to complete the task.” Mind-Made Machines advanced automation’ s unique innovative processes prove why its products are more than just machines. by jamie morgan For a company that earns its revenue developing machinery, Advanced Automation surely relies on its technical prowess and creativity, or better put, the expertise of the people that work there. The company designs and develops “first of a kind” machinery and technology used by other companies to manufacture products for commercial use. Many times the machine itself is used to make components for another machine, such as a fuel injector for an automobile. And though the company’s end product is typically a hard, metal fusion of functionality, Advanced Automation starts with the mind. “Since we don’t produce any one [type of] product, per se, our people are the key,” explains Eric Smith, the company’s operations manager. “And having the best people, that is the determining factor that makes us successful. It’s their core competencies, their knowledge base and ability to pull the right resources together on a tight deadline that makes the difference.” The company will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year. It is the employees who have brought it this far and will undoubtedly push the company into further success. This milestone is a testament to the continuous learning environment fostered by the company. Smith says suppliers will frequently provide component or software training, keeping Advanced Automation’s engineers on the leading edge of technology, which is a must to develop machines that run faster and more reliably. The company also promotes most of the machines the company builds are one of a kind, and some have been in service for 25 years. 82 SPRING 2011

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2011
Business Value
Supply Chain
Patriot Forge Co.
Reading Bakery Systems
The South African Mint Co.
GCX Corp.
Jay Industries Inc.
Johnson Electric Coil Co.
Certified Transmission
Olhausen Billiards
Pace Industrues
RTI Claro
The Testor Corp.
Restonic Matresses
Advanced Automation
Anadigics Inc.
Hermes Cones & Snack Manufacturers
JR Automation Technologies LLC
Prodomax Automation Inc.
Stafford Manufacturing Corp.
New England Ropes
Berger Paints Trinidad Ltd.
Air Tractor
Artisans Inc.
Bermingham Foundation Solutions
Bowers Manufacturing Co.
Ferti Technologies
Industrial Acoustics
Morton Industries
Presstek Inc.
Ranco Fertiservice Inc.
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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2011