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Precision Automation Celebrates 70 Years!

Posted by Stephen Huvane on Thu, Dec 01, 2016 @ 11:12 AM

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(Fred Rexon Jr., President & CEO)

        It has been over 70 years since Fred Rexon Sr. first opened the doors to Precision Parts Company. On Sunday November 20 2016, employees, industry associates, family, and friends gathered to celebrate such an accomplishment for the Precision Automation Company, Inc. With large “7” and “0” balloons hovering above his head, President & CEO Fred Rexon Jr. delivered heartfelt speeches of gratitude for all of the hard work put toward achieving another successful milestone in Precision Automation’s history.

        The brunch scene in the Tavistock Country Club dining room was magnificent from the start: red, black, and white balloons donned all around the decorated tables; each employee & guest dressed to the nines; and loads of mutual appreciation to go around. Some attendees were in town from our sister company pāco manufacturing in Clarksville, Indiana- led by their CEO, Glen Morris, and president Bill Huffmon- and some traveled from just down the street in Haddonfield. The company’s founder and original patriarch, Fred Rexon Sr., greeted many familiar faces and welcomed new additions to the Precision Automation family. All were elated to celebrate the occasion commemorating the continuous growth of a business that has withstood the test of time to remain prosperous and proud.

        After the initial greetings and social hour, everyone took their seats to hear the first of a few gracious addresses from Fred. He welcomed our honored guests and colleagues in attendance. He acknowledged the retirees who were present, and those who had dedicated years of time & service to the company. He recognized all of the individuals who continue to strengthen our company on a daily basis. Finally, he welcomed 12 new employees who have joined the team since our 65th Anniversary, a quick five years ago.

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(Fred looks on as Gerry Renzi takes a turn to speak)

        Fred was happy to announce another successful year in Precision Automation’s illustrious history. During the state of the company address he gave due credit for this feat to our customers & suppliers, without whose support it would have been impossible to achieve. Fred re-iterated to his captivated audience that our focus always has, and always will be, to meet and exceed expectations of our customers, continuously innovate, and look for new ways to provide state-of-the-art machinery to the manufacturing world.

        Since the 65th Anniversary, a lot of changes have shaped Precision Automation Company and set us up for future success. Some major milestone accolades were recognized, as both Gerry Renzi and Bruce Frank reached their 35th year with the business. Dave Amadio was also honored for 30 years with us. Additionally, a few familiar faces had been promoted to positions of higher responsibility and were formally introduced to the assembly: Gerry Renzi as Vice President of Sales & Engineering, Dave O’Reilly as Director of Manufacturing, Tom Ulrich as Engineering Manager, Mike Menaquale as Human Resources Manager, and Mark Johnson as Sales Manager. All were thankful for the advancement and eager to further develop their positive impact upon our business.

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(Left: Mike Menaquale; Right: Dave O'Reilly)

        After everyone had enjoyed their food and exchanged conversations with new and old friends alike at their tables, it was time to wrap up another festivity. Opened by a quick yet memorable joke from his youngest son Chad, Fred took to the podium again to thank all in attendance. He extended his gratitude to his father Fred Sr. for starting the business, and for all of his time and efforts put forth over the company’s first 60 years. He articulated his appreciation to his wife Ginny and all three of his children for their enduring emotional support, and expressed with hope and confidence that the future of the business is bright with the 3rd generation of family leadership emerging in his son Daniel.

        The smiles on everyone’s faces echoed the CEO’s sentiments as all in attendance left the celebration with a sense of pride and an energized feeling of enthusiasm. It’s safe to say that we are proud of what we have accomplished over 70 years, and are excited for a prosperous future.

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(Fred Rexon Jr. with his sons, Daniel and Chad)

        Thank you to everyone in the Precision Automaton Company family and all those who have helped us achieve 70 years of greatness!

Tags: pāco manufacturing, Precision Automation, 70 Year Anniversary Celebration

The Precision Formula: A Greater Understanding of our Company, Part IV

Posted by Hannah Sokol on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 07:07 AM

New Jersey Wire Stitching Machine Company

Our fourth business unit is New Jersey Wire Stitching Machine Company. We have previously discussed three other business units which include Engineered Systems, Integrated Conveyor Solutions and Contract Manufacturing divisions.

New Jersey Wire Stitching Machine Company (NJ Wire) makes wire stitching equipment for cardboard, metal, textiles, plastics and almost anything else that needs to be fastened together. With Precision Automation’s design and build capability, we are able to offer customized and engineered solutions for both your stitching and manufacturing needs.

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Model L Flag Assembly Machine

 

NJ Wire has been building cost effective wire stitchers and bag closing machines for over 125 years. Proven reliability in a wide range of markets such as HVAC, book binding, flag assembly, matchbook assembly, header carding and display assembly among others has enables NJ Wire to attain a premier status in the wire stitching market.

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Model M Sheet Metal Machine

 Our goal is to improve your production by making your process faster and increasing the quality of your product. We maintain a fully stocked warehouse of replacement parts and consumables such as stitching wire. In the warehouse, we carry over 20 different sizes of wire in various finishes; all parts are made in the USA and are backed by ISO 9001 Quality Management System to ensure your satisfaction.  Today, NJ Wire designs and builds over 250 types of power driven Wire Stitchers.

Our customers have learned to count on the reliability of New Jersey Wire machines. Because of their simple design and rugged construction, our machines are extremely durable and require little maintenance.

Please contact us for additional information!

 

The Precision Formula: A Greater Understanding of our Company, Part III

Posted by Hannah Sokol on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 07:06 AM

Contract Manufacturing

So far, we have given the rundown of our Engineered Systems and Integrated Conveyor Solutions business units. Another major business unit of ours is Contract Manufacturing. Precision Automation Company, Inc. has developed innovative automation systems and machinery for over 70 years. We provide high quality contract machine work, fabrication, machinery and sub-assemblies, electrical control panels and other related services. Our mission is to improve productivity and efficiency in our clients manufacturing and product handling processes. We have the ability to manufacture your products on a production basis, whether it's a part, a sub-assembly, tooling or fixture. We will become your strategic partner. 

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Electrical control boxes

 Our manufacturing facilities have extensive production equipment including numerous CNC lathes and machining centers, welding equipment, test equipment, paint capabilities and 45,000 square feet of high bay assembly space.  All parts and equipment pass through our ISO inspection department. "Insource/Reshore" your manufacturing needs to us. We will align our manufacturing capabilities with your project needs. 

Click here to see our Haas VF5ss in operation! The VF5ss (Super-Speed) is cutting edge in terms of precision machining. These vertical machining centers provide the high spindle speed and rapid tool changes necessary for high-volume production.

Three reasons to contract manufacture with us:

  1. In previous situations, companies outsource to us for many different reasons. Most often, for cost saving. You don’t need to invest in new production facilities or hire additional skilled labor to produce your product. You also can save scarce plant production space.
  2. We are an ISO 9001 certified company. This ensures rigorous quality control ensuring you receive high quality products.
  3. You have access to the latest equipment design and production technologies through our experienced staff of engineers and production personnel. Companies prefer our expertise and equipment compared to manufacturing themselves.

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Custom handling trays

Outsource to us if:

  1. A product is a resale or accessory item which falls outside your primary capabilities.
  2. The manufacturing process involved does not fit with your primary capabilities.
  3. Your facility is at capacity. Having your products made by Precision Automation will increase your flexibility.

If you’re curious about our contract manufacturing services, contact us! We look forward to hearing from you.

 

The Precision Formula: A Greater Understanding of our Company, Part II

Posted by Hannah Sokol on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 07:06 AM

Integrated Conveyor Solutions

Last month we focused attention on our Engineered Systems group, which is one of the four business units at Precision Automation Co., Inc. We briefly described how this unit offers a full range of system engineering, design, and project management services for your manufacturing needs. This month’s spotlight is on our Conveyor Systems group, which is known as our Integrated Conveyor Solutions (ICS) division.

ICS specializes in conveyor projects for a wide variety of applications from individual conveyors to fully integrated systems. Our team works with you from concept development through installation and start up. We are business partners/integrators for several leading conveyor manufacturers. This provides options and choices from a wide selection of equipment to meet your specific needs.

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Order Picking System

We begin by investigating to understand the project requirements and the nature of the products to be handled. ICS has the ability to handle and convey a wide variety of products from:

  • Tiles to T-shirts,
  • Cans to Candy,
  • Bags to Bottles,
  • Pet food to Pallets,
  • Flooring to Furnaces,
  • Bulk to Barrels.

We create custom solutions with standard and specialty equipment including transfers, pushers, lifts, workstations, turntables and spiral conveyors.

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                    Special bulk handling belt conveyors feeding dual hoppers/balers

With over 150 combined years of experience in conveyor systems applications, our ICS team is committed to satisfying customers with our solutions-based approach.

Typical projects include:

  • Manufacturing,
  • Assembly,
  • Warehousing,
  • Order selection/Distribution.
  • Processing, and packaging

Our reputation and high percentage of repeat customers illustrate the “win-win” result of our methodology.

 

The Precision Formula: A Greater Understanding of our Company, Part I

Posted by Hannah Sokol on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

Engineered Systems

You may have wondered what our companies’ niche is and the truth is, we have a few! Yes, turnkey automation solutions are the key to our success but we specialize in a number of niche categories as well.

There are four key business units of Precision Automation Company, Inc. These units include the following: Contract Manufacturing (contract machine building, machine shop and fabrication), Engineered Systems (custom machinery, factory automation and line integration), Integrated Conveyor Solutions and NJ Wire and Stitching. These main categories often intertwine depending on the client’s specific needs, which we are happy to fulfill. To kick off the Precision Formula series, we’ll begin with Engineered Systems.

This component of Precision Automation Co., Inc. offers a full range of System Engineering, Design, and Project Management services for manufacturing needs. Whether the need is to design a new piece of equipment or re-design a production process, from the smallest modification to a complete system, we analyze, improve, and design it using the latest computer-aided 3D design hardware and software. We assure our clients that any of our products can be fit seamlessly into their operation.

One of our main focuses within Engineered Systems is packaging, labeling, and processing systems. From nationally known companies to startup businesses, we’ve partnered with them to create the most efficient systems for their production. From food to pharma, we can help.

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(pictured: a custom tray-in, tray out rotary vial labeling and inspection system)

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The above video is a pharmaceutical bottle coding application. Please note the overall speed and ease of dealing with defective bottles.

No matter what you require, an integrated system or a special machine for packaging, assembly, testing or production, Precision Automation Company, Inc. has the solution for you.

 

 

Underground Shopping Center to Open in NYC with the help from Precision Automation Co., Inc.

Posted by Hannah Sokol on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 @ 10:03 AM
Set to open in the spring, New York City will welcome an up-and-coming underground shopping center at the Columbus Circle Subway Station. The 34 stores will include restaurants, boutiques, cafes and other consumer favorites. We are happy to announce we have been a part of this movement since the earlier stages by providing two essential conveyors developed specifically for this underground center, also known as TurnStyle.

TurnStyle reached out to Precision Automation Company, Inc. seeking solutions. One of the problems facing the Principals of the property, Susan Fine and Howard Glatzer, was how to transport merchandise down to the stores as well as move trash back up to the street level. The only access for delivering products to and from the underground store complex was through a hatch in the sidewalk. The contractor for the project, ZDG LLC (along with Ms. Fine and Mr. Glatzer) contacted us to design a material handling solution. Marty Cohen and Chuck Whitby, of the Integrated Conveyor Solutions division of Precision Automation Company, Inc. were able to design an effective solution to fit their needs.

Our company supplied a scissor lift with a stainless steel conveyor on top in order to fit totes carrying products through the hatch. Since this system was being set up in a tight area and needed to align to the hatch dimensions, the engineering and installation had to be exact. An incline/decline conveyor was also installed in the stairwell in order to bring the product totes up and down from the scissors lift to the access door, adjacent to the numerous store locations.

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Once the shopping center opens, the various businesses will continue to use the conveyor system for both shop replenishment and removal of scrap materials. "Precision was creative, determined and delivered on time and on schedule. An excellent job," said Ms. Fine.

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Precision Automation Company, Inc. handled the project from start to finish, supplying: scissor lift, stainless steel conveyor on the lift, incline/decline conveyor, electrical controls, mechanical installation, and wiring. One of our main goals at Precision Automation Company, Inc. is to provide our clients with quality engineered solutions.

Click here to watch the video.

For more information on Precision Automation Co., Inc., click here.

For more information on TurnStyle, click here.

The Ripple Effect: How the Job Market Affects the Automated World

Posted by Hannah Sokol on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 @ 09:02 AM

America’s labor market has advanced far beyond the recession. Just this past month (January, 2016), there were 151,000 new CES* jobs added to the market thus resulting in a total of 143,288,000 jobs; this job growth leads to one thing- $$$. In fact, it was just noted that the job market in America is at an 8-year low of 4.9%.

What does this mean for the needs of automation in the supply chain industry? Businesses thrive on a little concept just like the ripple effect. You know, throwing a rock in water, resulting in ripples/waves surfacing which then can upset nearby fish, birds, vegetation. Before jumping in, let’s rewind to December 2007--the start of The Great Recession.

Millions of American’s are getting laid off, but why? It began with the bursting of an 8 trillion dollar housing bubble. The resulting loss of wealth led to sharp cutbacks in consumer spending. This loss of consumption, combined with the financial market chaos triggered by the bursting of the bubble, also led to a collapse in business investment. As consumer spending and business investment dried up, massive job loss followed. This ultimately resulted in an absence of demand in all facets of industries which then lead to the decline in mass production. People are being frugal, therefore there isn’t that high demand that we want for the production of goods.

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Not all companies went through the above stated steps. What about the companies who integrated automation into their stores for the customer to directly use? In order for companies to stay afloat during the recession and to maximize their profits, instead of turning away from automated technology, this was exactly their answer. Let’s look at it this way. It’s now December 2008, one year into the recession. The company isn’t maximizing their profit because of the need for a designated amount of employees working. In fact, they’re barely breaking even and that’s when automation can help the company flourish.

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Now since the shock of The Great Recession is subsiding, at this point, money is moving better than it was in 2007. Again, this is where that little ripple effect comes into play. There are plenty of jobs leading to a greater demand for goods. This leads to a higher request for the production of said goods, finally leading to the need to increase how much is being produced and the need for automated machinery.

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For January 2016, the total industrial output is on the rise again with a 0.9% increase, this is a key performance indicator as it is important for developing automated solutions. Regardless of the market, automation is/can be a key contributing factor to a company's survival and growth depending on the market; this goes for our company as well. Precision Automation Company Inc. is/can be an integral factor to your company’s existence and development, regardless of the market.

 

*CES (Current Employment Statistics) jobs that count the number of employees on employer payrolls.

50 Years of Football; 70 Years of Precision

Posted by Hannah Sokol on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 @ 14:02 PM

Arguably America’s favorite Sunday of the year, Super Bowl 50 is just around the corner. Ah, football season. I can already hear the stadium roar and more importantly, I can smell the pizza and chicken wings. In most cases, people come for the sport but I come for the food. Sorry, fellas. On February 7, the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers at 6:30 EST with the Panthers favored 10-1.

This Super Bowl in particular is different than any other. This year marks 50 years since the beginning of this unofficial American national holiday. In fact, the big game isn’t the only one hitting milestones this year; 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of Precision Automation Company, Inc.

A lot can change in 50 years. Every year, the Super Bowl gets bigger and better, and that too is another thing in common with Precision Automation. The only thing that hasn’t changed in the past 70 years is our family oriented atmosphere. Unlike how the Super Bowl can be at times- I’m talkin’ about you, Janet Jackson.

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Clearly, standing room only at Super Bowl I.

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  Our first shop was established in 1946 by our founder, Fred Rexon Sr. in a sheet metal building heated by a pot belly stove. We’ve come a long way since then!

 The Super Bowl has a little bit of everything. Whether you tune in to laugh at the commercials, (or cry at the sad puppy ones,) enjoy the halftime show, or you’re truly a football fan, or just a plain old fan of food (like myself) there really is a little bit for everyone.

And that’s what we like to think about Precision Automation, as well. We do just about any type of automation work and pride ourselves on our ability to rarely say “no” to a job.

So until Sunday, I have questions that I’m itching to get answered. Who will finally hoist the Lombardi Trophy in victory? Will the Broncos put up a better fight than at Super Bowl XLVIII? And ultimately, will you be a part of Precision? We’ll soon find out!

 

Getting to Know Precision Automation: Marie Iezzi

Posted by Hannah Sokol on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 @ 23:10 PM

It is time for yet another installment of our "Getting to Know Precision Automation:..." series. In this edition, we will be putting the spotlight onto our Controller (Accounting), Marie Iezzi. Marie has been with Precision for 13 years and "accounting". Within her answers below you will find that dedication and loyalty are just some of the qualities that could be used to describe Marie. Marie deifinetly brings a spirit like no other to the table and we wouldn't have it any other way!

 

What are some of your favorite memories throughout your time at Precision?

My favorite memories all seem to be centered on the celebrations we had here; a successful quarter, employee or company milestone (personal or professional). Precision celebrates its employees.

 

What work experiences did you have before starting at Precision?

Customer service is where my work experience starts, specifically in food service. Then it was on to Accounting for me. My accounting work brought me to a variety of different businesses including a construction company, a utility company, and a few different manufacturing companies before finding my home here.

 

What makes Precision stand out to you?

Precision has allowed me to grow as a person and as a professional. I have been able to work with other departments and help out when needed. The company also encouraged me to complete a First Aid training course.

 

What are some of your hobbies?

I enjoy jewelry making, vegetable gardening, fishing, reading and spending time with my daughter and husband in the great outdoors.

 

Where would your dream vacation take you?

My dream vacation would be an extended Cathedral trip across Europe.

 

What is your favorite band/musical artist?

My favorite music varies with my mood but if I had to pick just one, it would have to be Trace Adkins. He has an unbelievable range.

 

Additional facts or comments either personal or professional.

I have had many experiences in my life while here at Precision both good and bad. The people at Precision have ALL been there to help or celebrate along the way. Precision Automation is a family run business, but the real family is the people who work here.

 

Join in on the conversation! Comment below and give Marie well wishes for the future and let her know if you think you'd find yourself singing along at Trace's next concert!

 

Until next time...

Tags: 2015, Getting to Know Precision, Marie Iezzi, Accounting, Controller

The Fine Fellow, Mr. Dick Scavello

Posted by Hannah Sokol on Thu, Oct 08, 2015 @ 14:10 PM

A key member of our Sales/Project management team recently joined our “Quarter Century” Group and has also celebrated with a tri-fecta of impressive project accomplishments.

Dick Scavello’s 25 years at Precision Automation have been defined by a team-playing and project-solutions approach refined over 45+ years in the Conveyor industry. His dedication to our customers has been rewarded with repeat business and enviable loyalty at key accounts.

Dick handled a recently completed Conveyor System from soup-to-nuts for a long-standing customer. This Project had been in the works for over 2 years and evolved over several buildings and many layouts prior to the actual site selection. During implementation, building construction delays led to a multitude of issues too numerous to recount creating serious roadblocks for the installation. With invaluable assistance from Chuck Whitby, our team was able to completely install and test the system prior even to power being available in the building.

Dick also completed a unusual Pallet/Drum Filling & Handling project. The layout for this system required some gymnastics to fit the site conditions, and also included unique devices for drum positioning. This System solved several operation issues for the Plant.

Dick shows no sign of slowing down in pursuit of Solutions for our customers. We’re fortunate that he found his career home here at Precision Automation and has been a key part of our Integrated Conveyor Solutions division for these last 25 years.

Written By: Mark Petri, Vice President

Leave a comment below congratulating Dick on all his success and hard work!

Until next time...

Tags: Dick Scavello, ICS