|Automation Innovation, Inc. has had a long history with many technological innovations. In 1983, as the Industrial Automation division of Lord Corporation, they developed and marketed various robotic end-effectors and complication devices. These were the 6-axis Force/Torque sensor, a series of Tool Changers, Instrumented 2-Finger Servo Gripper and a Remote-Center-of-Compliance Device for peg-in-hole insertion.
In 1989, six engineers purchased the division from Lord Corporation and formed Assurance Technologies, Inc. (ATI). The Force/Torque sensor line was expanded and became the world's best selling sensor. The Tool Changer also became the world's best seller. As a joint venture with General Motors Tech Center which started while at Lord, a signature analysis system was developed called SigMA. This was a signature analysis computer capable of learning a process and monitoring it in real time. This system was expanded into thread inspection, press monitoring, assembly verification and process monitoring. The only stipulation was that sales were limited to GM and their tier one through three suppliers.
In 1996, ATI was divided into two separate companies - ATI Industrial Automation and Automation Innovation, Inc. ATI Industrial Automation took all the robotic end-effector product line while Automation Innovation, Inc. took the process monitoring line. From this process monitoring line was developed the new Signature line of products based upon even more sophisticated artificial intelligence and signature analysis algorithms.
The current line of process monitoring system technology has grown into a complete gauging solution for even the tightest toleranced parts. While thread inspection is still the core of the business, the product line has expanded since all restrictions to sell only GM facilities has been removed. The current thread inspection is the world's fastest, most accurate and precise system sold.