Current News

Blanking Line Upgrade

Press Release:  February 2021

Atlas Technologies, a division of Stonebridge Technical Enterprises, Ltd. announced today it has been awarded a project from a Major North American Automobile Manufacture to upgrade a blanking line in one of its North American Plants.

“The upgrade order contains a high speed dual station overhead belt style blank stacker, new pallet and stack handling equipment, and new stacker controls.  Proven Atlas product designs will be used to complete this order,” stated David Hense, President of Atlas Technologies.  “This order, along with others we have received recently, assures a healthy level of business for Atlas.”

“Integration is the key to a successful launch of this project.” explains Bill Rogner, Sales and Applications consultant for Atlas.  “We are required to interlock with existing equipment and the line supervisor control system.  Our Sister company, Stonebridge Technical Services will play an important role in strengthening our Controls Engineering expertise for this project.”

Atlas has engaged in the design and manufacturing of specialized products that have service Manufacturing for in excess of 50 years.



Special Design and Build is Atlas’ Business!

Press Release:  February 2021

Atlas Technologies, a division of Stonebridge Technical Enterprises, Ltd. announced today it has been awarded a highly customized, heavy pay load material handling system for a United States based customer.  The handling system will aid the end user by moving materials weighing up to 30 US tons, through a series of non-synchronized processes.  The system is scheduled for shipment later this summer and will be installed shortly thereafter.

“The system contains transfer cart technology and deals with heavy loads.  These requirements match perfectly with Atlas’ core strengths and engineering know how”, states Dave Hense, the President of Atlas Technologies.  “We are excited about this order and the opportunities it represents.”

“Our client came to us with a rough concept for a “design to order” material handling system with special requirements to meet the objective of their processes.” explains Bill Rogner, Sales and Applications consultant for Atlas.  “We engaged with our client’s design team during a Preliminary  Design and Feasibility Study which helped answer many technical questions regarding the design and performance of the equipment.  We also identified the impact the system would have on the facility.  This allowed our client to develop an all-inclusive schedule and budget for his project prior to ordering the equipment”.

Atlas has engaged in the design and manufacturing of specialized products that have service Manufacturing for in excess of 50 years.



In Loving Memory of Hal Potts

Atlas morns the lose of long time friend and employee Hal Potts. Loved and respected by all, Hal came to Atlas in 1988 and quickly proved himself as and one of the most ethical and hard-working men in the business.  His career with Atlas brought domestic and international sales, business relationships, and high profile projects that helped shape the company. We’re greatly saddened to lose him.

Harold (Hal) M. Potts, born May 25, 1948, passed away on January 6, 2021 at the age of 72 from a short but valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Valarie; 2 children, Lisa Lopresto and Mike (Diana); 4 grandchildren; sister, Dawn (Dave) Kapral and brother, Daniel, who predeceased him; and many nieces and nephews.

Hal had a long career in industrial engineering and sales and was still employed by Atlas Technologies.

Ever the conscientious employee, Hal’s real passion was boating. Hr became a licensed Captain and was happiest when he was on the water. He an Val had boat at the Detroit Yacht Club for many years, then at Toledo Beach.

Hal also loved to travel and was fortune to have traveled extensively over the past 40 years both for business and pleasure. His favorite trips by far were the many times when he and Val cruised the British Virgin Islands with friends and he was the Captain of their charter boat.

Eight years ago Hal became a licensed minister and performed many marriage services for family and friends. The ceremonies were very meaningful, including Hal’s personal and loving comments.

Hal was a Master Mason since 1983 and a member of the Soujourners Lodge in Detroit.

Per his wishes, no funeral services were held. Instead he would like his friends and family to have a drink in his honor and share happy memories.



Atlas Awarded Trackless Transport Cart Order

Press Release:  July 2020

Atlas Technologies, a division of Stonebridge Technical Enterprises, Ltd. announced today it has been awarded an order for a 60 Metric ton capacity, trackless transport cart.  This will be the fourth cart of this nature that we have provided to Automotive OEMs.   This cart design is used to move heavy sheet metal dies and plastic molds to and from areas inside the plant where the tools are stored, repaired, or put into production.  These carts reduce the need for overhead cranes, particularly long travels through congested areas in the plant.

“These carts utilize coordinated steering and drive speed algorithms that minimize drag and optimize drive efficiency,” states Dave Hense, President of Atlas.  “The wheel drive and steering systems are all electric and are powered using available 48 Volt Batteries.  There are several steering modes which gives these carts an amazing agility, considering the size of the payload.  Articulated steering provides tight turn radii to navigating plant aisles and intersections.  In one mode, the cart and payload can pivot about its own center making the cart versatile in the most demanding conditions.”

The cart has 8 load bearing wheels that spread the floor loads over a large area.  The wheels are mounted to pivot joints that allow the wheels to follow the contour of the floor to eliminate uneven wheel loading.  A remote battery charger are provided and an on board battery management system alerts the user when the batteries need a charge.

Atlas has engaged in the design and manufacturing of specialized products that have service Manufacturing for in excess of 50 years.



June 15, 2020

1965 saw the start-up of a company located, oddly enough, in Atlas Michigan. The company was dedicated to providing new concepts in automation and parts handling with a  focus on the pressroom.  During the early stages the concept of  press room automation was developed and it is still used extensively around the world today.

Well, times have changed and technology has leaped forward, leading to advancements in all disciplines of the automation field.

Atlas Technologies, as we’ve been known now for more than 25 years, has once again made a giant move in keeping ahead of the times by aligning ourselves with Stonebridge Technical Enterprises, Ltd. and the Stonebridge Technical Services Division located in Fenton MI.

Since 1995 Stonebridge’s focus has been to provide the most up to date engineering and technical support services in the automation machinery field.  This new alliance will afford both Stonebridge and Atlas the ability to draw from our combined expertise of over 50 years’ experience.  Atlas will operate here forward as a division of Stonebridge Technical Enterprises, Ltd.

Atlas is committed to continue to service our customers with our core product base, and using Stonebridge engineering expertise will allow both companies to continue to grow in providing the best products and services possible.

Our name, contact information, phone contact, email, and web address will remain constant.  We look forward to the exciting times that this new chapter affords us.

Atlas main office phone: 810-629-6663

Atlas website:                      www.atlastechnologies.com

Equipment Sales:                Hal Potts, 810-714-2149 (direct)

Sales Representative:        Dave Kuch, 810-714-2115 (direct)

Spare Parts, Service:         Raelynn Prime, 810-714-2116 (direct)



Atlas Technologies Chosen to Build a Front of Line Destack Feeder

June 21, 2018 – Atlas Technologies has been commissioned to design and build a Front of Line Automatic Destack Feeder for a prominent Tier 1 automotive supplier in North America. The Blank Destack Feeder is configured to pair with an existing Atlas FLEX In-Press Transfer system located in a Thai Summit facility, in Bardstown, Kentucky.  Installation of the Destack Feeder is on schedule for third quarter of 2018.

This destack feeder is designed to provide continuous “no interruption” flow of steel or aluminum blanks to the press. It is equipped with crane saver conveyors, lift table and continuous destacking carriage, allowing Thai Summit to achieve greater production rates without a pause in press actuation.  In addition, the incorporation of unique fanner technology is the key to processing multiple materials while maintaining positive part quality during processing.

“Atlas Technologies is proud to support Thai Summit in this product improvement project and it is our sincere desire to continue this relationship through a successful installation and results oriented outcome.

We have been delivering “Innovation, Durability and Productivity” for the past 53 years! Atlas is known for building robust innovative designs and equipment to service our customer’s specific needs and is the key to our successful history of servicing our valued customers, and the reason our customer relationships turn into partnerships!”

~ Atlas Management Team ~



Atlas Technologies Announces the Completion of a Press Transfer System for a Major Tier One Supplier

June 7, 2018 – Fenton, MI  – Atlas Technologies recently concluded the design and construction of a FLEX® Press Transfer 3000 System for Shiloh Industries’, Dickson Tennessee facility. Atlas has been an automation partner of Shiloh’s for twenty years, providing a variety of quality capital equipment systems to numerous Shiloh facilities.   This project installation is on track to be incorporated into production in the third quarter of 2018.

The exclusive FLEX® Tri-Axis programmable press transfer design is engineered to Shiloh’s specifications to operate in coordination with their existing 1000 ton 220” x 84” PTC press. The patented FLEX® 3000 Tri-Axis is fully programmable with independent electric servo drives for each axis of motion; “lift”, “clamp”, and “transfer”. The system is capable of smoothly transferring up to 600 lb. maximum payload, while operating at the appropriate corresponding press speed. The FLEX® Transfer 3000 will assist Shiloh in achieving higher production rates, faster tooling changeover, and easier die accessibility.

     “Atlas Technologies has been delivering “Innovation, Durability and Productivity” for the past 53 years! We are known for our robust innovative designs and equipment that service numerous industries. Our consistent and reliable quality products are the key to our successful history of servicing our valued customers, and the reason our customer relationships turn into partnerships!”    

 ~ Atlas Management Team ~

 

 



Atlas Announces the Completion of a Mold & Die Storage System

Fenton, MI – Atlas Technologies announced today the completion of an extensive Mold & Die Storage System for a Northwest U.S. based major Aerospace manufacturer. Atlas has been an automation partner with this manufacturer for the past five years providing quality capital equipment. The project installation was finalized the beginning of August 2017.

The unique storage racking system is engineered to customer specifications to assist with their increasing production demands moving into the future. The system will function in coordination with their current mold & die methods and equipment.  The storage system is also configured specifically to conform to the existing floor plan in the manufacturer’s facility.  Atlas Technologies designed the storage system to accommodate a maximum die and mold weight capacity up to 66,000 lbs., with varying weight restrictions among the numerous racking tiers.

Atlas Technologies has been an established producer of Automated Solutions for the past 50 years. We are known for our robust innovative designs and equipment that service numerous industries.  Our consistent and reliable quality products are the key to our long successful history of servicing our customers repeatedly.
 
“Atlas Technologies is extremely proud and excited that this major Aerospace manufacturer has chosen our Die Racking & Storage design for their storage needs. We appreciate their confidence in Atlas’s ability to  provide this system as demonstrated through the original order award. Atlas looks forward to exceeding our customers’ expectation when it comes to design, quality and performance.”
Andy Basgall – Atlas Technologies – General Manager

Atlas Technologies Management Team:
Andrew Basgall – General Manager
Kim Nation – VP of Finance
Bill Rogner – Sales & Applications Consultant
Dave Thomas – Director of Project Management
Louie Wiegele – Director of Purchasing & Human Resources
Randy Austin – Director of Applications
Robert Bloomfield – Director of Manufacturing
Pat Schwartz – Director of Engineering



Atlas Commissioned to Build a Steerable Trackless Cart for High Temperature Die Transport

Fenton, MI – Atlas Technologies announces the development and completion of a Steerable Trackless Cart that will transport pre-heated dies for Weber Metals, Inc. located in Paramount, California.  Weber Metals is a preferred supplier to a wide range of global industrial markets providing reliable high quality forgings. The project was awarded to Atlas in November of 2016 to create and build this conceptual cart.

As a world leader in die change technology, Atlas designed Weber Metals the Steerable Trackless Cart to withstand extremely high temperatures involved in the forging process. The structural steel design will tolerate temperatures up to 800ºF. The cart features an insulated barrier for heat sensitive components to shield from the extreme heat.   The manually controlled cart has a weight capacity of 50,000 pounds and is capable of handling and maneuvering pre-heated dies from furnace to forging within the customer’s factory using a wireless handheld pendant controller.

Atlas Technologies die change solutions have proven to be robust innovative designs servicing many industries for the past 50 years. We are proud to have been chosen by Weber Metals, to design and build this Steerable Trackless Cart to meet their growing production needs.

     “Atlas is extremely proud and excited that Weber Metals chose us to develop this technology for their production needs. We appreciate their confidence in Atlas’s ability to provide a “new” style transport system demonstrated through this order award.   Atlas looks forward to exceeding our customer’s expectation when it comes to design, quality and performance.”
– Andy Basgall, General Manager of Atlas Technologies

Atlas Technologies Management Team:
Andrew Basgall – General Manager
Kim Nation – VP of Finance
Bill Rogner – Sales & Applications Consultant
Dave Thomas – Director of Project Management
Louie Wiegele – Director of Purchasing & Human Resources
Randy Austin – Director of Applications
Robert Bloomfield – Director of Manufacturing
Pat Schwartz – Director of Engineering



Atlas Invests in a Large Frame HAAS Vertical Machining Center

Atlas Technologies announced today the installation of a HAAS Large Frame Vertical Machining Center in their Fenton, MI facility. The VF-12 Series VMC is designed to accommodate large-volume machining required to service Atlas’ various customer markets.

The HAAS VMC is a beneficial addition to the 51,000 sq. ft. of in-house manufacturing space that currently provides Custom Welding & Fabrication alongside Contract Manufacturing Services. The HAAS Large Frame VMC features a 150” x 28” T-slot table with 50 taper configurations and spindle speeds up to 10,000 rpm.  The machines capabilities will streamline the manufacturing process to meet increasing production demands.

To support the continuing growth with automation solution customers, the VMC will provide a higher quality of metal fabrication that customers have come to expect. Metal fabrication is a precision process that requires industry knowledge and expertise, both of which Atlas has provided for the last 50 years.

 “Acquiring this machining center is an investment in our customers, our community and our future success.   The VMC will increase our production times and efficiencies to consistently deliver quality products to our markets.  Along with creating career opportunities for qualified individuals that will support our expanding metal fabrication department today, and into the future.”
                                                                   Andy Basgall – Atlas Technologies – General Manager

 Atlas Technologies Management Team:
Andrew Basgall – General Manager
Kim Nation – VP of Finance
Bill Rogner – Sales & Application Consultant
Dave Thomas – Director of Project Management
Louie Wiegele – Director of Purchasing and Human Resources
Randy Austin – Director of Applications
Robert Bloomfield – Director of Manufacturing
Pat Schwartz – Director of Engineering