Epson Robots has named a new service center and two new distributors.

As part of an initiative to increase technical support in the Midwest, Epson Robots has expanded its relationship with Air Automation Engineering (AAE), an automation products distributor covering Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The partnership establishes AAE as an official Authorized Epson Service Center, expanding the company’s services beyond selling Epson Robots and automation products to include maintenance and repair of those products.

“We’re pleased to expand our relationship with Epson Robots and help our joint customers in the Upper Midwest,” says Paul Wood, AAE’s general manager. “Our team of long-term professionals focus on providing the best repair and support services so our customers benefit from a high return on investment.”

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Epson has also signed Olympus Controls, an engineering services provider specializing in the integration of motion control, machine vision and robotic technologies, as an official distributor of Epson Robots automation products.

Headquartered in Tualatin, OR, Olympus’ distribution territory will cover Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and California, as well as British Columbia, Canada.

“We’ve been successfully helping an extensive list of clients with their critically important projects for more than 20 years,” says Lanz Fritz, president of Olympus Controls. “A key component of that success is to provide and maintain a strategic portfolio of technologies. Our partnership with Epson enables us to offer a wide-ranging lineup of innovative and reliable robot solutions that provide customers with both excellent performance and potential for a high return on investment.”

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Finally, Epson Robots has signed Industrial Control, a minority-owned provider of factory automation products and training, as an official distributor of Epson Robots automation products in Michigan.

“Customers are asking for smarter, pre-engineered, and turn-key solutions to help reduce risks and save time,” says Mark Ermatinger, CEO of Industrial Control. “Epson and Industrial Control have great synergy in offering integrated ready-to-implement products that make automation as easy as possible for our joint customers. Epson’s turn-key solutions such as the IntelliFlex Feeding System and All-in-One robots with built-in controllers and integrated machine vision and logic control, bring the ease of use and cost savings needed for the best return on investment.”

Located in Zeeland, MI, Industrial Control was founded in 1975. The company is a second-generation family-owned business, co-owned by brothers Mark and Karl Ermatinger. Since both brothers are members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the company is certified as a minority-owned business.

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