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Meet Our Newest Employees

Posted by Kelly Howe

Aug 17, 2016 8:14:57 AM

The Knotts Company has added 4 new employees over the last 12 months and we are excited to share more about them with you!


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Topics: knotts company, New

8020 Extrusion Catalog Navigation Tips

Posted by Mark Howe

Sep 12, 2013 3:15:00 PM

The current 80/20 Aluminum extrusion catalog is over 2" thick! There is an enormous amount of information packed in over 1200 pages. Finding what you need doesn't have to be a challenge. We are going to step through some tips and tricks on how to navigate the 80/20 Catalog.

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Topics: aluminum extrusion in nj, aluminum extrusion, t-slotted extrusion, knotts company

A Great Day for Automation!

Posted by Mark Guida

May 6, 2013 9:10:00 AM

KnottsTech Automation and Control Expo was a success!

It was a beautiful spring day and everyone came out to see what was new in the world of automation and controls.  The regional sales managers from Omron, Dorner, and IAI were in attendance along with our own Steve Harrold.  Knotts Company product specialists Mark Howe and Mark Guida demonstrated the new product demos on hand.  

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, automation control, conveyors, knotts company, controls

Product Training Boosts Sales and Savings

Posted by Mark Guida

Nov 1, 2012 7:51:00 AM

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Topics: cost savings, technology, improvement, knotts company, customer service, sales process, sales tools

The Knotts Company and JP Stevens FIRST Robotics Team

Posted by Mark Howe

Jun 11, 2012 3:41:00 PM

Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Jaimie Swartz, Co-President of FIRST Robotics Team 2554.

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Topics: robotics, knotts company

Top 5 Industrial Automation and Motion Control Blog Posts of 2011

Posted by Mark Howe

Dec 21, 2011 1:50:00 PM

2011 is quickly coming to an end so here is a look back at our Top 5 Blog posts for the year.

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, aluminum extrusion, knotts company

5 Reasons You Need Vision Inspection on Your Food Packaging Line

Posted by Mark Guida

Nov 1, 2011 8:30:00 AM

“The hand is quicker than the eye” is an old adage from magicians and illusionists.  Indeed, the human eye can be fooled from time to time.  And when it comes to food processing and packaging it is important that our eyes are not fooled.  With advances in vision inspection equipment, machines can help with visual inspections.  This automation can greatly improve quality, safety and efficiency in a food packaging operation.

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, knotts company, vision, automated inspection

3 Different 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion Applications

Posted by Mark Howe

Oct 17, 2011 10:32:00 AM

80/20 Aluminum Extrusion can be applied just about anywhere. It really is only limited by your imagination. This post is going to cover three applications that we have been involved with in the past 20 years.

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Topics: aluminum extrusion in nj, aluminum extrusion, t-slotted extrusion, knotts company, welded steel frame, Machine Guarding

Machine Solutions on EtherCAT

Posted by Mark Guida

Sep 19, 2011 1:58:00 PM

What is EtherCAT?

  • EtherCAT (Ethernet for Control Automation Technology)

  • Open Ethernet-based fieldbus standard utilizing IEEE 802.3 Ethernet components

  • Utilizes off-the-shelf wiring: RJ45 connectors, CAT5 cables

  • Real-time optimum Industrial Ethernet Protocol for controlling Servo, AC Drives and I/O.

  • More information at

Why EtherCAT?

EtherCAT is the fastest fieldbus network on the market that enables high performance architecture solutions. Its use of open standards and freedom of topology make it easy to implement, easy to use, and easy to maintain. Control systems designed now can support future architecture advances because it eliminates limitations found in alternative network technologies. EtherCAT is Omron Industrial Automations standard for fieldbus networks, and its standard for high performance motion control.

In a highly competitive and global market, OEM's constantly strive to achieve more for less when it comes to machine automation. This intensifies as users of automated equipment in the America's drive for specific needs such as - smaller production quantities, wider ranges of sizes, higher throughput, and more uptime. EtherCAT as a fieldbus technology that enables the convergence of Sequence, Motion, I/O, Vision, and Safety. Omron's implementation of EtherCAT suite of products enables automation platforms to increase overall efficiencies for machine builders and achieve higher performance.

Would you like to learn more about EtherCAT?

Omron is sponsoring a full-day seminar in Boston on October 11th, 2011. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how EtherCAT technologies can help you.


Learn more about Omron EtherCat Solutions.

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Topics: cost effective, industrial automation nj/ny, knotts company, ethercat

Five 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion Assembly Tips

Posted by Mark Howe

Aug 23, 2011 1:14:00 PM

It's your first time ordering and assembling an 80/20 t-slotted aluminum extrusion frame. From your first glance, it looks like its going to be an uphill battle. Don't worry, it is not as difficult as it may look.

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Topics: aluminum extrusion in nj, t-slotted extrusion, knotts company