iAutomation, TM Robotics Partner on Robot Distribution

iAutomation, a division of Complete Automation Solutions Holdings (CAS), has made a strategic partnership with TM Robotics. Specifically, TM Robotics is the provider of Shibaura Machine industrial robots. Accordingly, this paves the way for the distribution of Shibaura Machine robots on the U.S. East Coast. Also, iAutomation will benefit from TM Robotics’ wealth of experience supplying robotics and robot programming training for Shibaura Machine (formerly known as Toshiba Machine) industrial robots.

Mainly, iAutomation is a high-tech value-added distributor with engineering and integration capabilities. Also, it supplies specialist automation to OEMs, machine builders and end users from Maine to Florida. Specifically, the partnership with TM Robotics will see Shibaura Machine’s extensive robotics range added to the iAutomation product roster. This includes a large selection of 6-axis, SCARA and Cartesian robots, plus robot programming and 3D vision software.

Expands Network Across East Coast

Meanwhile, Shibaura Machine carried the name Toshiba Machine until a corporate change in April 2020. Founded as Shibaura Machine Tool Co. in 1938, the organization returned to its original roots and is now widely known as Shibaura Machine. TM Robotics is the brand’s premium global partner and has upheld the U.S distributor network for a decade.

Mainly, the partnership with iAutomation will see TM Robotics expand its network across the East Coast’s growing industrial market. This applies both for off-the-shelf robot purchases and specialist machine building projects. Among TM Robotics’ collaborations with machine builders are the Intelligent Box Opening Device (IBOD), the only patented automated box opener on the market. It was created with CASI and the Supata, an automated flexi feeder, manufactured by EPF Automation.

Additionally, TM Robotics’ partnership with iAutomation hopes to yield similarly successful collaborations on the East Coast. Nigel Smith, President and CEO of TM Robotics explains this.

“This year, we have launched two new SCARA robot models to the U.S. market, the THE800 and THE1000. We are itching to work with machine builders to integrate these machines into larger solutions,” explained Smith. “These two new models expand upon the existing THE series. Specifically, they are the gold-standard among Shibaura Machine’s SCARA range in terms of accuracy, speed and price-to-performance. In addition, we have a whole host of other 6-axis and Cartesian models from the last 40 years of Shibaura Machine’s robot manufacturing history.”

THE1000 SCARA robot

TM Robotics’ partnership with iAutomation is key for enabling collaborations with machine builders from the East Coast. “We are looking forward to the partnership and the diverse product offering from Shibaura Machine and its premier distributor, TM Robotics,” remarked Kathy Cesca, VP of Sales, iAutomation. “Our team is very excited about this opportunity to offer Shibaura Machine to our customers, including the newly released SCARA models. Also, this partnership will allow us to leverage our current product offering and engineering experience to bring our customers the best solutions in the market.”