In the News: Startup Industrial Automation Company Bridging Manufacturer’s Supply Chain Gap

Reposted from Triangle Business Journal:

Supply chain issues worldwide are the discussion point that everyone is batting around. Whether you’re a Director of Global Supply Chain Management at a Fortune 500 company in Raleigh, or a small landscaping business owner trying to secure an OEM carburetor for a mower in Fuquay-Varina, everyone is affected by these global issues.

Even mundane events in Asia have a far-reaching supply chain effect in the Triangle. Many of us have witnessed the chip shortage for every automobile manufacturer, and industrial electronic parts supplies are no different. With the U.S.-China trade war starting in 2018 and the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, these events quickly made it apparent to manufacturers that the supply chain will not always be reliable. As companies build more factories in multiple locations, the world's supply chains are becoming more like supply webs. Industrial Automation has positioned its organization to be at the epicenter of the industrial electronics supply web.

Industrial Automation utilizes advanced analytics to stock in-demand products, which helps manufacturers reduce downtime when their machines need spare parts. These products include variable frequency drives (VFDs), programmable logic controllers (PLCs), electric motors, and industrial monitors. They also specialize in sourcing and refurbishing mature, legacy, and end-of-life parts that can be difficult to find.

Many companies are now bringing manufacturing back to the United States. With labor in high demand, manufacturers are increasing their investments in automation. This causes there to be significant costs should these automated processes experience downtime. Industrial Automation helps minimize these downtime costs by offering speedy replacement parts and repairs. Industrial Automation also helps manufacturers develop and implement modernization plans for aging and obsolete equipment, and establish preventative maintenance protocols.

Industrial Automation, which was founded in 2019 and is based in Raleigh, has grown aggressively and doubled its headcount each year it's been in business. It continues to invest heavily in its engineering and repair capabilities, and on-hand inventory. The company is also on the hunt for strategic acquisitions and OEM partnerships.

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