AutomationDirect visits SIBE Automation located in Ocala Florida. SIBE Automation uses NITRA pneumatics, C-More touch panels and AutomationDirect PLC's in their plastic forming machines. Watch as Simon tells why he selected AutomationDirect as the supplier for many of his machine parts and what keeps SIBE Automation returning to do business with AutomationDirect.
Let's say you want to take this plastic sheet and make it into something useful. Oh, I don't know...maybe something like this or even better, how about this? Well...believe it or not, automation is involved with producing and/or packaging most, if not all, things shown in this image. But let's get back to the tray itself. Forming plastic and other materials into useful objects, like this lunch tray, can be accomplished easily with the vacuum forming process. A process SIBE Automation in Ocala, FL, has perfected with their automated vacuum forming machines. SIBE Automation was kind enough to allow us a behind the scenes peek at their operation and how they are using AutomationDirect components, in particular NITRA pneumatics, to build cost-effective, reliable vacuum forming machines. So, I'm here with Simon. We're here today at SIBE Automation in Ocala, FL, and with me is Simon and he's going to give us a little bit of information about SIBE and the products that they produce. At SIBE Automation our main line product is to manufacture quality vacuum forming machines. We, as a complement to the vacuum forming machines, we also make rolling die cutters and we build drying ovens. Our machines have traveled the world from Alaska to Australia and from Lithuania to Lima. Simon, where is AutomationDirect products used in your company or your products and your machines? Every machine has a movement. Some movements are provided by pneumatics and other are electrical. In order to control the movements, you need to have a brain. We take advantage of the wide product line that AutomationDirect has. And they supply us as required with the pneumatics, with the electronics, with the PLC's and even the cable that we need in our machines. Were there any challenges you faced, Simon, with implementing the systems? The main challenge for us has been to find a reliable supplier that can provide us with the materials we need on time with quality and support. And after getting products from different sources we have settled with AutomationDirect because they provide us the service and the backup that we need. Simon, you use our NITRA pneumatics on this machine, what is your impressions of the NITRA pneumatics? They are very compact, they are reliable, and the most important thing, they are always in stock. Simon, you have been an AutomationDirect customer for some time, is there a particular reason why you keep coming back to AutomationDirect, is there something we do better than anyone else? Your customer support is better, the knowledge of your service department is good, and deliveries are always on time. Simon, we want to thank you for letting us come in and look at your products and discuss your products and see what AutomationDirect has done for you and your company and just see what else we can do to keep up our customer support. We try to be the best we can in the business, and we hope we live up to that. Thank you very much for letting us come in. You are more than welcome and thank you very much for being a supportive supplier. At AutomationDirect, our customers' success and satisfaction is priority one and we are continually expanding our offering of practical, cost-effective industrial control products to meet a wide range of applications. So if you're looking for a dependable supplier with your best interest in mind, let AutomationDirect become your source for industrial automation controls.