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Prodomax Automation Inc. / HQ: Barrie, Ontario / Employees: 113 / Mike MacDonald, VP of operations: “The management put in the effort to be able to pull out that much time from a project, and risk mitigation strategies in play were tested unlike ever before.” including assembly, welding, laser, machining and material handling applications. Aside from the machines, the firm offers total project management, engineering, manufacturing, installation, equipment start up and continuous service. Founded in 1971 and privately owned, the company operates out of a 150,000-square-foot facility in Barrie. What’s Old is New Prodomax Automation has seen a glut of old equipment come out of the coffers of its clients’ warehouses and commissioned once again as a result of the recession. As this trend continues, engineers used to designing machines using the most up-to-date technology available are learning antiquated processes to bring this equipment up to today’s standards. “We’re seeing a lot of recycled materials or equipment that need to be integrated into a line,” MacDonald says. “These are older technologies that we had to relearn again – some of these are 10-plus years old.” To make sure its employees fully understand these concepts, Prodomax Automation partners with its clients who have the expertise in these technologies. “Some of what we’re having to do is on-the-job or project training,” MacDonald says. “We bring in the manufacturers and customers as well to support us.” For instance, MacDonald says the company recently completed a project using 14 to 15 robots on a small spot-welding line that a customer had bought off another manufacturer. “These were older types of technologies, so we brought in some of the robot manufacturer reps to help us with the integration,” he says. “We’re dealing with the same issues in production, as well.” prodomax automation has plans to expand into markets beyond the automotive industry in 2011. Automatic Bids prodomax automation is expanding its reach beyond the automotive industry. by brian salgado Even companies that have served the automotive industry for almost 40 years are feeling the effects of the automotive industry’s downturn during the recession. However, Prodomax Automation is not standing idly by and waiting for business in this sector to return to normal. Instead, Michael MacDonald says the Barrie, Ontariobased automated systems developer is seeking new markets to penetrate such as mining, solar photovoltaic and consumer products. 96 SPRING 2011 “Since we’re primarily automotive, we have been working to diversify into other non-automotive markets,” says MacDonald, Prodomax’s vice president of operations. “We’re able to look elsewhere through our automation and robotics strength and experience, not the product manufactured itself. Our strength would be in our process engineering, tool and design, and project management.” Prodomax Automation offers automated manufacturing systems Lean and Mean Whether it is a refurbishing or turnkey project, Prodomax Automation is

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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