Manufacturing with Robots and Automation Drives Growth for Vickers Engineering

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 24, 2014 — FANUC America Corporation has released a new YouTube video about Vickers Engineering, a New Troy, Michigan-based manufacturer growing at 20 to 30 percent annually with the help of robots and automation. Watch the video here.

Vickers Engineering uses FANUC industrial robots for a variety of machine tending operations. (Photo ...

Vickers Engineering uses FANUC industrial robots for a variety of machine tending operations. (Photo: Business Wire)

According to Matt Tyler, Vickers president and CEO since 1999, the company had 35 employees when he took the reigns 15 years ago. Now, the Tier 1 supplier has nearly 200 highly-trained employees working in conjunction with 12 robotic cells to produce parts locally for global customers.

“Automation has been a critical driver in that it has provided us with a more predictable process, higher quality, improved product flow, and most importantly, it’s made us globally competitive,” said Tyler. “We’ve acquired customers from all over the world and we’re producing the parts right here in Southwest Michigan.”

Tyler emphasizes the need for more work force training as well as increased technical education for future workers. “The skill sets required to work with automation are higher, which means qualified workers will be able to achieve better and higher-paying jobs.”

Vickers plans to incorporate additional industrial robots and automation at its facility in the near future. “There’s a lot of room for us to grow with the automation, and we’re looking forward to it,” said Tyler.

About Vickers Engineering

Established in 1970, Vickers has evolved into a world class Precision Machining Company. With over 100 CNC Machining Centers and several automated machining cells housed in two plants, totaling 170,000 sq ft, Vickers services the automotive, oil & gas, agriculture, defense and industrial markets. While experiencing compounding growth, Vickers has been able to maintain its core values: quality, reliability, outstanding people, and superior customer service. For more information contact Vickers at 269.426.8545 or visit

About FANUC America Corporation

FANUC America Corporation provides the most complete range of industry-leading, innovative robotics, CNC Systems and factory automation solutions. FANUC America is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, MI, 48309, and is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan.

FANUC America has facilities in: Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Dallas; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Montreal; Pine Brook, NJ; San Francisco; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Aguascalientes, Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico.

For more information about FANUC America Corporation call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287), or visit:

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