2016 in Review

With the holidays fast approaching, it seems that another year has come and gone. We at UMD Automated Systems are looking ahead and preparing for the new year. At the same time, we’re taking the time to look back at 2016 and reflect on the year’s accomplishments. This year was particularly exciting, as we celebrated our 20th anniversary.

Autumn was a busy time for UMD. We started off the season with a trip to the International Tire Exposition & Conference (ITEC) in mid-September. Held at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio, the birthplace of the tire industry, this biennial conference attracts world-class tire industry representatives. Our team got the chance to showcase our ZTR Curve and MDR motorized driven conveyors.

In October, we took another road trip, this time heading to Pittsburgh, Pa., for the International Elastomer Conference (IEC). Hosted by the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), IEC was held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. We brought a number of our newly developed mixing equipment systems to display at IEC, including our Fixed Bar Batch-Off systems, and, of special interest to the rubber industry representatives in attendance, our Precision Strip Stacker.

Later in October, we joined the rest of the industrial manufacturing world in celebrating Manufacturing Day. This year, we focused on our innovative research and development efforts, which eventually led to the development of our ZTR Curve motorized driven conveyors.

The ZTR Curve is a state-of-the-art powered conveyor system capable of curving not only at 90° but also at angles as extreme as 180°. Equipped with lug tooth sprocket engagement for smooth running, constant inner radius, and smooth transfers that eliminate product-belt shifting, the ZTR Curve is one of our proudest achievements.

2016 has been a great year for us at UMD, and we are looking forward to an equally great 2017. We wish you all a happy holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!

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