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AFA Systems Inc.

Canada

nered with companies and we've also developed our own robots
for different applications, such as the Delta 3 to give customers
programmable control to operate the robots."

'we have really spent a lot of effort
in increasing our capabilities in terms
of machine control and robotic
integration.' -Eric Langen
Total Integration
Another recent trend the company has noticed is customers
requesting more one-stop-shop services. Rather than working
with 20 different companies to form one complete packaging
solution, product manufacturers are looking for partners who
can handle that process for them. AFA Systems is responding to
the need and offers customers equipment integration and automated product assembly systems.
"Packaging is typically at the end of the line so usually the
whole process is already in place," Langen says. "We can come in
and integrate the entire process, whether it's granola bars or
bottling and labels, we can integrate with other equipment that
is part of the packaging operations, such as metal detection and
labelers. There's a whole variety of components that make up
the whole end-of-line operations."
Between its two facilities - one in Brampton and another in
Shanghai that opened three years ago - AFA makes sure that
each customer is taken care of well after the sale has closed. It
ships product globally, including to North America, Europe,
Asia and Africa. The company provides installation, training and
maintenance. It will also handle packaging machine rebuilding
and retrofits depending on the customers' needs. To determine
those needs, however, Langen emphasizes that a great deal of
listening has to happen first.
"We just listen to our customers and respond to what their
requirements are," Langen says. "We listen to the customer and
we found out that what they needed were complete solutions to
specific problems. They don't want something that they end up
having to re-engineer to their process. Our focus in the industry
is designing solutions that perfectly fit the customer." mt
Festo is a leading global manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical components and
controls for industrial and process automation, with 61 independent national companies serving more than 176 countries.
For more than 85 years, Festo has continuously elevated the state of manufacturing with
innovations and optimized motion control solutions that deliver higher performance and more
profitable automated manufacturing and processing equipment.
Festo's dedication to the advancement of automation extends beyond technology to the
education of current and future automation and robotics designers with simulation tools,
teaching programs, and on-site services.
With a comprehensive line of more than 25,000 automation components, Festo is capable
of solving the most complex automation requirements. Festo's experienced specialists provide
complete support at every stage of your development process, including: conceptualization,
analysis, engineering, design, assembly, documentation, validation, and production.

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