Production Machining Industry News: Feb. 19, 2020

Read news from REGO-FIX Tool, and Universal Robots USA


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Bunting Hires New Industry Manager, New Master Rep

Bunting hires Josh Ewertz, Chris Heming

Josh Ewertz has been hired as Bunting’s new industry manager for the company’s metal stamping and metalworking industry group. 

Josh Ewertz

Josh Ewertz

Additionally, Chris Heming has been appointed as Bunting’s new master rep for the western provinces of Canada. Mr. Heming is the co-owner of the Canadian Copacking Group (CPG)/CPG Automation, as well as the co-founder of Farsight AI. 

Bob Bunting (left) with Chris Heming (right).

Bob Bunting (left) with Chris Heming (right).

Mr. Heming will represent all standard Bunting products within the Western provinces of Canada. Products include material handling, magnetic separation and metal detection equipment. He will be calling on all traditional industry segments, including food, grain milling, plastics processing, recycling, metalworking and more. 



Bunting offers a complete line of permanent magnetic conveyors and conveyor components for the metalworking and metal stamping industries.

Rego-Fix Announces Changes to Enhance Customer Support

As general manager, Americas, William Obras will help implement the company’s regional management business concept to strengthen sales, service support and responsiveness.

William Obras

Rego-Fix has named William Obras as the company’s new general manager Americas.

Rego-Fix AG has named William Obras as the company’s new general manager Americas in charge of Rego-Fix USA, Rego-Fix Brazil and Rego-Fix Mexico. In his new position, Mr. Obras will play a key role in the implementation of the company’s regional management business concept, which will further strengthen sales and service support as well as customer responsiveness.

The new strategy, together with the company’s various facilities, will foster more of a regional culture. This will intensify the company’s localized market support and ability to tailor its services and technological developments to meet the specific needs of manufacturers within these individual areas, while also being geographically close to those manufacturers for more collaborations.

Mr. Obras, as general manager, will now oversee sales, marketing and technical operations of North and South American facilities. In response to its increasingly global market, the company initiated a rebranding of its facilities within each region, incorporating the regional management concept. Mr. Obras’s responsibilities will also include financial and strategic considerations as they pertain to various American markets.

“The regional management business concept is an exciting new focus for us at Rego-Fix,” Mr. Obras says. “We continue to expand our localized presence in not only North and South America, but also throughout Asia and other key markets for Rego-Fix to provide customers with fast, localized service and support in addition to precision toolholding technology geared toward their individual manufacturing applications.”

During his 23-year career at Rego-Fix, Mr. Obras worked closely with president Andreas Weber, who now serves as executive chairman. Mr. Weber will continue to collaborate with Mr. Obras as well as with the company’s headquarters in Switzerland on company-wide growth initiatives and projects.

“Bill has been a cornerstone in our efforts to build Rego-Fix USA’s strong North and South America market presence. We now look to him as a catalyst for continued growth and market leadership,” Mr. Weber says.

Universal Robots Launches Leasing Program with DLL

The program will enable all types of manufacturers to quickly gain the benefits of collaborative robots without an upfront investment.

Universal Robots (UR) has launched a cobot leasing program in collaboration with DLL, a global vendor finance company. The new partnership enables all manufacturers, regardless of size or capital equipment budgets, to reap the benefits of automation without worrying about cash flow and seasonal fluctuations.

“We’re leveling the playing field by enabling all manufacturers to immediately put cobots to work without an upfront capital investment,” said Klaus Vestergaard, CFO at Universal Robots. “UR Financial Services offers end-users a fast, low-risk and financially-friendly model to accelerate automation in their factories. The partnership makes it easy to upgrade existing cobots, add additional units or test cobots for the first time – and equips end-users to maximize productivity, quality and profitability, without increasing costs or cash outlay.”

DLL offers UR’s customers tailor-made financing and leasing programs designed to meet the needs of the modern manufacturing business, while enabling growth. As business needs change, customers will have the option to schedule payments to fit fluctuations in cash flow, upgrade to new equipment, or add cobots anytime during the contract term. At the end of the finance term, customers will have the option to buy the equipment for a fraction of the original cost, upgrade to newer technology, extend the finance term or simply return the equipment.

“We are delighted to establish a global partnership with Universal Robots,” said Neal Garnett, president of the construction, transportation and industrial (CT&I) global business unit at DLL. “The market we operate in is evolving rapidly. Through this partnership we can now offer financial solutions for a wide variety of automation equipment. Cobots are transforming the industry and UR is clearly the market leader. Our tailored financial solutions give UR’s end users an easy way to reduce the risk of deploying cobots by shifting from ownership to flexible, usage-based financing. Manufacturers can build the operations they need to compete and thrive, while people work on strategic tasks.”

UR’s distributor network will work directly with DLL’s dedicated finance experts in each country to provide new payment and leasing options for interested customers. Through the experts’ specialized asset knowledge, flexible financing solutions and strategic marketing resources, they will support UR to execute the growth strategy. End users will continue to experience the benefits of working with UR, including its global reach, local support, service and maintenance, training offerings through its online UR Academy and global network of Authorized Training Centers, and UR’s extensive UR+ Ecosystem.