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Micropsi Offers New Ways to Train Robots

Posted by Rick Howe

Jul 21, 2020 10:53:00 AM

We're excited to share our new partnership with the robotics software company Micropsi Industries. Its MIRAI technology, a vision-based robot control system that, through artificial intelligence, enables robots to learn, to perform a wide range of complex tasks, and to handle variance in workspaces.

MIRAI is an AI-driven, fully productized system that anyone can use, not least workers at small- and medium-sized enterprises. Robots with MIRAI are trained through human demonstration in only days. No knowledge of programming or AI is necessary. To train a robot, a human repeatedly performs demonstrations of a task by manually guiding the robot by the robot's wrist. During the demonstrations, the MIRAI-powered robot takes in information through sensors, using the gathered data to learn how to do the task on its own. Robots with MIRAI can be retrained for different tasks.

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Topics: Machine Vision, Micropsi, MIRAI

Knotts Team Spotlight Turns to Heather McNall-Lang

Posted by Mark Howe

Jul 10, 2020 8:55:00 AM

This month we're celebrating Production Coordinator Heather McNall-Lang! A core member of our production team, Heather keeps all of our orders running smoothly and ensures the team and our clients have what they need, when they need it. She's a team player, often pitching in to help in other departments as needed. Heather is used to the spotlight, and can often be found on stage singing, acting, or directing in her spare time! 

Name: Heather McNall-Lang
Department: Production
Title: Production Coordinator
Years at Knotts: 13
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Topics: The Knotts Company, The Knotts Co

The Power of YouTube

Posted by Mark Howe

Jun 22, 2020 9:02:00 AM

There's no doubt that video, coupled with music, draws attention. 69% of marketers planned to increase their use of YouTube video in 2020 according to the annual Social Media Marketing Industry Report (Social Media Examiner). Is this a marketing strategy you've had in mind to try? We'll share a list of youtube channels from our Partners in the manufacturing and automation sector below. Hope they inspire some ideas for you.

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Topics: marketing tool

Knotts Team Spotlight Turns to Walter Valentin

Posted by Mark Howe

Jun 15, 2020 11:18:00 AM

Walter (Wally) Valentin is celebrating 21 years in our Production/Assembly department! Wally is a master at bringing our customer's visions to life and he loves what he does. A true problem-solver, Wally is a valuable asset to the team. Congratulations on 21 years, Wally!

Name: Walter Valentin (aka Wally)
Department: Production/Assembly 
Title: Technician
Years at Knotts: 21 
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Knotts Team Spotlight Turns to Ivette Sanchez

Posted by Mark Howe

May 18, 2020 3:39:00 PM

Celebrating 22 years with The Knott's Company, today we're celebrating Customer Service Manager, Ivette Sanchez! Ivette plays a key role in answering customer questions and keeping operations running smoothly. Congratulations on this milestone, Ivette! We're so happy to have you as part of the Knotts family.

Name: Ivette Sanchez
Title: Customer Service Manager
Years at Knotts: 22
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Knotts Team Spotlight Turns to Christopher Logie

Posted by Mark Howe

Apr 17, 2020 3:42:55 PM

After starting out many years ago in Customer Service and becoming an expert on Knott's wide variety of products, Christopher Logie transitioned into his current Business Development role and is now celebrating his 24th year with us! Congratulations to Chris on this milestone.

Name: Christopher Logie
Department: Business Development
Years at Knotts: 24
Tell us about what you do:  
My main responsibility is to provide product information and advice of The Knotts Company capabilities to potential customer from leads received direct from manufacturers or from our website. I also manage the needs of established customers to ensure that their required applications are met. Part of my responsibilities involve on-site visits at customer locations to understand their  application/equipment needs and consulting with colleagues to develop solutions utilizing the materials that The Knotts Company sells. I also provide expert technical assistance to our Customer Service Representatives when a customer inquiries or requests additional information and I provide assistance to walk-in customers looking for products, system development, etc. I specialize in compressor and vacuum pumps.
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Knotts Team Spotlight Turns to Steve Harrold

Posted by Mark Howe

Mar 26, 2020 11:39:00 AM

We don't see Steve as often as we'd like as he's often out on site with clients in New York. 30 years of service is a great reason to celebrate someone who has dedicated so much to our company and its customers over the years! Congratulations to Steve on this milestone.

Name: Steve Harrold
Department:
Sales
Title: Strategic Account Manager, Long Island/NYC
Years at Knotts: 30
Tell us about what you do:  
I sell to OEMs ( original equipment manufacturers) and users on LI and in NYC helping to make their businesses more profitable.
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Introducing INSPEKTO Vision Products for QA

Posted by Rick Howe

Mar 11, 2020 11:49:00 AM


We have expanded our product line by partnering with Inspekto to offer the world’s first ever autonomous machine vision system for quality assurance. Inspekto, a German industrial company with Israeli DNA, created the Autonomous Machine Vision system to offer an unprecedented ease and speed of set-up, encouraging the installation of quality assurance stations at every step of the production line. 

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Topics: vision, industrial vision, quality assurance, Inspekto

Knotts Team Spotlight on Carol Kulevich

Posted by Mark Howe

Feb 19, 2020 8:54:00 AM

We have another Knotts team member with 32 years of service! Carol remarks that our work in the manufacturing sector keeps "the economy moving and growing." We'd also argue that Carol's great work ethic, industry knowledge, and long tenure has proven that she keeps The Knotts Company "moving and growing" too!
Name: Carol Kulevich
Department:
Customer Service Department
Title: Customer Service Representative
Years at Knotts: 32
Tell us about what you do:  
Customer Service is a marvelous interaction with customers, vendors and colleagues in order to satisfy a customer's needs. It involves talking with customers, to identify what they need, and then,
after entering orders, it means expediting material with our suppliers. Sometimes there are returns to handle, or ruffled feathers to smooth, or mysteries to decipher. Communication and problem-solving skills definitely help me do my job.
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Knotts Team Spotlight on Rich Eckhard

Posted by Mark Howe

Jan 21, 2020 12:47:41 PM

It's an honor to highlight another team member who has invested his entire career so far with The Knotts Company! The fact that Rich has earned Salesperson of the Year multiple times during his tenure reflects his commitment to his clients and his love of devising solutions to complex automation challenges. He's a colleague we can turn to with questions since with more than three decades of experience he's likely to have the answer!
Name: Richard Eckhard
Department: Sales
Title: Strategic Account Manager,
Northern/Central New Jersey
Years at Knotts: 32
Tell us about what you do:  
I am an outside Sales Rep for the full line of pneumatic and automation products that we sell.
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