NEW BRITAIN-A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday to celebrate the opening of Force Automation Inc.
Force Automation is a robotics integration company specializing in developing solutions for material removal, polishing, inspection, work handling, serial marking and additional operations for both aerospace and manufacturing companies, according to its website.
The company provides turnkey solutions using advanced technologies for any shape or size part.
Co-owners Lukasz Poplawski and Tom Bucior met eight or nine years ago working at the same job, but each left to go on to different careers.
Due to their knowledge and experience in the automation industry, they were approached by ABB a couple of years ago to start a business to keep up with the production demand in manufacturing.
“Our key goal is to supply U.S. manufacturers with equipment to (allow) them to stay competitive,” Poplawski said.
Poplawski said there are many benefits for a company to consider automation.
Some of those benefits include reducing the cost of operation, product quality and consistency to avoid things like human error, and improve the quality of work for employees.
With a growing need to get more people into manufacturing jobs, Poplawski also said an advantage to automation is that it does not require higher education or rigorous skills.
He added that by the year 2025 if manufacturers are not using automation, it will be difficult to keep up with other competitors.
At Force Automation they are able to personalize robotic machines for the needs of their clients.
The company decided to bring itself to New Britain because of their familiarity with the manufacturers around the city, and because they want to work with local companies to help them stay competitive by using automation.
“For us, New Britain is the capital of manufacturing,” Poplawski said.
Both he and Bucior are of Polish descent and have ties to the Polish community in New Britain. They also received a large amount of support from Mayor Erin Stewart and Economic Development Director Bill Carroll.
“We’re working with some of the companies that didn’t give up on Connecticut,” said Poplawski. “We want to make it so companies stay here and stay competitive.”
Force Automation Inc. is located at 100 Production Court, Unit B in New Britain. For more information about the business, visit forceautomationusa.com or call 866-495-5221.
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