Mitsubishi Electric (Tokyo, Japan) has acquired industrial automation company ASTES4 (Balerna, Switzerland), which is engaged in development, production, and sales of automated sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines. With ASTES4 as a wholly owned subsidiary, Mitsubishi Electric will offer integrated solutions to the global market with ASTES4's automated sorting systems embedded into Mitsubishi Electric's sheet metal laser processing machines. The company aims to further expand its worldwide business through this acquisition.
Mitsubishi Electric's sheet metal laser processing machine business is developing globally in Japan, the Americas, Europe, China, Southeast Asia, and India. The lack of human resources in production facilities and the ability of fiber lasers to produce higher volumes generally escalate the demand for a significant increase in productivity by automating sheet metal laser processing, including pre- and post-processing. Sheet metal laser processing involves loading the material, laser cutting, unloading cut materials, and removing and sorting cut parts from the frame. Lately, worldwide demand for such sorting solutions is on the rise.
ASTES4 provides flexible automated sorting solutions for loading, unloading, and specially sorting of various materials using its own technology with system engineering capabilities that can integrate the entire automation system.
By acquiring ASTES4, Mitsubishi Electric will further strengthen its lineup of automation systems together with sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines to provide its customers with integrated solutions that require less manual loading, unloading, and sorting to realize higher productivity and efficiency.