Motion Technologies Company was incorporated in 1996, in Columbus, Ohio, as a distributor and system integrator of electromechanical motion controls for factory automation, laboratory, and OEM applications. In 1998, we moved into our current 6,500 square foot facility located approximately one mile west of the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. Our first customer was the tier 1 supplier of headlight and taillight assemblies to Honda of America Manufacturing Corporation. Other early customers included The Edison Welding Institute, Battelle, The Ohio State University, Honda Engineering, Automation Tooling Systems, Rimrock, The J.E. Grote Company, Belcan Engineering, G.E. Lighting, Gem City Engineering, and G.M. Delphi Automotive. Today we ship components, and complete, programmed systems all over the United States. In 2010, we exported to Mexico, Europe, the Philippines, and Brazil. Following are some milestones in our history:
1996: Motion Technologies Co. was established with a contract as a Parker Hannifin Corporation "Automation Technology Center", or Parker ATC (www.parkermotion.com). This established Motion Technologies Co. as a technical sales and support center in the midwestern United States for the Parker owned brand names Parker Compumotor, Parker Daedal, Parker Automation Actuator Division, and Parker Hauser. Later, through aquisition, the following brand names were added - Parker Acroloop, Parker CTC, Parker Bayside, Parker SSD Drives, and Parker Trilogy.
1997: Registered the URL www.motionusa.com on the World Wide Web. Became the first Hiwin Linear Guideway distributor (www.hiwin.com) in the United States after discovering Hiwin in the basement of McCormick Center at the 1997 International Machine Tool Show. Authorized as a Gold level distributor by Applied Motion Products (www.applied-motion.com) after sending a team through the corporate training program in Watsonville, CA.
1998: Established Hiwin's first "Regional Rail Processing Center" with the purchase of $400,000 USD inventory and the assets required to cut and process hardened linear rails. Authorized as a Baldor VIP (www.baldorvip.com) level distributor with sales and support responsibility for all Baldor products, including vector drives, Normag Linear Motors, and the Optimized Control product line.
1999: Recieved million plus USD order to provide systems to grind the read write head for IBM's new 1 GB microdrive - a saphire particle the size of a speck of pepper. Designed and supplied the 5 axis robot that used an archemides spiral solution to align fiber optics for the booming dot com industry. Supplied the 3 axis linear motor gantry system to Palomar Technologies for micro bonding the connection wires to microchips.
2000: The dot com crash destroyed the fiber optic market for internet routers and switches. Authorized by Mectrol to sell the Dojen reducer and urethane timing belt product lines.
2001: Became Hiwin's largest Linear Guideway distributor, and third largest account in the United States for the first of five consecutive years.
2002: Opened branch offices in Dayton and Cleveland, Ohio to service local customers.
2003: Provided the last of 140 motion control systems for the tab attach machine at a major inkjet printer OEM. Began work on the tape attach machine design.
2004: Began Distributing products from Rockford Ballscrew, Nook Industries, Precision Technologies USA, Gerwah, and Sony Manufacturing Systems (now Magnescale).
2005: ACS Motion Controls establishes Motion Technologies Co. as an authorized distributor.
2006: Established a distributorship with CPC corporation of Tainan Taiwan for Linear Guideways and Linear Motors.
2007: New Way Air Bearings authorizes Motionusa as a distributor of porous media air bushings, bearings, spindles, conveyors and linear motor air bearing stages.
2008: Became a Heidenhain Automation distributor for linear and rotary encoders, scales and digital probes. Established distributorship for Rose & Krieger in the United States. Products include; Blocan structural Aluminum for machine frames and guards, ballscrew and belt driven linear modules, Lifting devices, ITAS Platform Works, Clampworks, tubular clamping systems, and the E-Tube family of manual positioning devices.
2009: Apex Dynamics was added as a line of planetary gear reducers.
2010: Installed multiple systems for Recognition Robotics, a manufacturer oflaser and digital imaging based 3D measurement systems. Supplied the motion control systems to two of the major OLED (Organic LED) OEMs in the United States, using components from ACS Motion Controls, New Way Air Bearings, CPC Linear Motors and Linear Guideways, and Heidenhain.
2011: Established a relationship with Solartron Gages and Probes.
2012: Nanotec, a manufacturer of smart motors and drives, out of Munich, Germany, visited MotionUSA in August, 2012. This led to a trip to Germany for training and ultimately a distributor relationship with Nanotec in the USA