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Michigan Companies Work Together on Wind Turbine Blade Automation

19 November 2010

KMT Robotic Solutions and Stiles Machinery will supply a wind turbine blade root end cut and drill system to Energetx Composites of Holland, Michigan.

This order was the result of these three Michigan businesses diversifying to include wind energy in their expertise and working together to engineer the best manufacturing solution for root end processing. This project has been made possible by funding provided by the Bureau of Energy Systems, Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Energetx Composites was launched in the summer of 2008 to focus on the manufacture of wind turbine blades, building on the expertise developed as boat builder S2 Yachts. A new facility is planned for the production of utility-scale blades which measure 150 feet and beyond in length. There are plans to employ up to 750 people in this facility over the next 5 years.

Energetx contracted with Stiles Machinery Inc., another Michigan company, to act as their project manager focused on assembling the equipment required for this new facility. Many companies are unaware of the breadth of equipment that Stiles represents, says Stephan Waltman, Vice President of Marketing for Stiles. We provide machinery and services within the wood industry, plastics, metals, composites, and more. We are extremely pleased to help Energetx in their endeavor to grow this industry and offer new employment opportunities in Michigan. Stiles is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a leader in recommending, supplying and supporting high-quality production solutions. Stiles began focusing on the emerging composites industry, particularly Wind Energy and Aerospace, in late 2007 and since that time has successfully integrated a broad range of industrial machining solutions.

KMT Robotic Solutions of Auburn Hills, Michigan built on its expertise of trimming composite parts for the boat, bath and truck industries, expanding into Wind Energy in 2007. The solution provided to Energetx is based on KMT-RSs RoboTrim WT-2000 Root Cut and Drill system.

It is a thrill and an honor for our team to work with two other Michigan companies to meet robotic automation needs and bring jobs to the state, said Kevin McManus, President & CEO of KMT Robotic Solutions. Diversifying the Michigan manufacturing base and creating contributions to local economies is important work and this project is a win-win-win for Michigan manufacturing.





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