Industry:Automation system integrator
The coronavirus pandemic has created plenty of challenges, including sharp increases in demand for a variety of essential products.
For the makers of things like sanitary wipes, packaged good foods and single-use testing kits, it can be hard to meet the increased demand for products. After all, no one had a global pandemic built into their sales forecasts for 2020.
That’s where New Berlin-based automation system integrator IAS Inc. enters the picture. The company has designed and implemented automation systems that allow its manufacturing clients to operate safely, add production capacity and get products to consumers who need them.
Those clients include a sanitary wipe maker using robotics to increase production volumes, food and beverage companies that need new assembly lines to meet online order volumes and the makers of swab test kits that need robotics to meet the demand created by COVID-19.
IAS says manufacturers big and small are also looking for ways to keep personnel separated or to bring employees into the production areas at different times throughout the day to maintain social distancing. The company has also addressed the challenge of not having some of its personnel available by creating remote access to its systems to allow a quick response that keeps manufacturers moving.
IAS has done this work to support the supply chain while also adding 15,000 square feet to its headquarters and adding six new employees during the pandemic.
All of those efforts earned the company a recognition with distinction in the Established New Links in the Chain category of the MMAC Focus on the Future awards.