August 2001Yaskawa Announces Integration of a Yaskawa America Division into Synetics Solutions
Waukegan, IL, August 16, 2001 — Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. (YEA) and Synetics Solutions Inc. (Synetics), North American subsidiaries of Yaskawa Electric Corporation of Japan, announced today that Yaskawa Semiconductor Group (YSG), a division of YEA, and Synetics will be merged and integrated into Synetics’ corporate structure. The reorganization further strengthens Synetics' position as a leading supplier of integrated automation and airflow management systems for semiconductor equipment manufacturers.
Yaskawa's Electric America
Acquires IEM Automation
Waukegan, IL/Montreal, Quebec -- Effective August 1, 2001, Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. ("YEA") assumed operation of IEM Automation, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. IEM Automation was previously a Yaskawa distributor serving the Montreal area. This business unit will operate as a Regional Sales Office under Yaskawa Motoman Canada.
July 2001LEGEND-MC Single Axis Ethernet Motion Controller
Waukegan, IL, July 6, 2001 -- Yaskawa Electric announces another new product to heighten the performance of the servo family, the LEGEND-MC single-axis Ethernet motion controller. The LEGEND-MC is the perfect addition to Yaskawa’s LEGEND Digital Torque Amplifier series and was specially designed with this amplifier series in mind. A mating connector on the side of both components quickly links all interface signals when the two are snapped together. No wiring or interface cables are required for encoder, alarms, command or control signals. The two truly become one.
June 2001Yaskawa Electric brings choice technology to the torque amplifier market
Waukegan, IL, June 18, 2001 -- Yaskawa Electric, the world’s preferred servo products provider, announces yet another new product to enhance the high performance servo family, the LEGEND Digital Torque Amplifier. The LEGEND is a 100% digital, sinusoidal PWM torque mode amplifier designed for applications where motion controllers reside upstream, closing the velocity and position loops for complex servo motion. This new amplifier series expands the range and depth of Yaskawa’s product offering in the servo system marketplace.
May 2001Ford Motor Company Reliability & Maintainability Program Awards First Tier II Green Status To Yaskawa For Controls
Waukegan, IL, May 25, 2001 -– Ford Motor Company has just awarded the highest status level to Yaskawa Electric Corporation under the guidelines of Ford’s new Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) program. Yaskawa Electric is the first Tier II control supplier to achieve GREEN status.
April 2001Yaskawa Electric America, Saftronics Announce Discontinuation of their Brand-Label Arrangement
Waukegan, IL -- April 27, 2001 –Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. and Saftronics Inc. announced today their agreement to discontinue their brand-label arrangement after which Saftronics will continue to conditionally access and sell the Yaskawa current line of variable-frequency drives into 2002. At the conclusion of the phase-out period, Yaskawa will supply products to Saftronics under the Yaskawa brand name and Saftronics will continue to service and support the Yaskawa product line and provide spare parts via its national network of system integration centers.
January 2001Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. Acquires MagneTek Drives Business
Waukegan, IL – Effective January 29, 2001, Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. ("YEA") assumes ownership and operation of the MagneTek drive products business unit in New Berlin, Wisconsin, formerly a part of the Drives & Systems group of MagneTek, Inc. This successful business unit sells, modifies and services general purpose and high performance AC drives. MagneTek will retain the industrial controls business unit of its Drives & Systems group, with its specialized manufacturing and applications operations serving the crane and hoist, elevator, mining, power conditioning and fuel cell markets.
MDSI Creates Digital Device Driver for Yaskawa's Digital Motion Network
Ann Arbor, MI, Jan. 1, 2001 --Manufacturing Data Systems, Inc. (MDSI), the leader in Internet-enabled software CNC and software motion technology, announced today that it has created a new digital device driver for MDSI's OpenCNC® software CNC to support the Yaskawa Mechatrolink™ digital communications network from Yaskawa Electric Corporation, a $3 billion global manufacturer of motors and drives. The new MDSI device driver makes it possiblefor the first time outside of the existing Yaskawa CNC product lineto support a digital communications link to the Yaskawa family of digital servo systems, inverters and I/O.
Yaskawa Electric Reorganized a Number of its Business Units
Waukegan, IL, Jan. 25, 2001 -- Yaskawa Electric reorganized a number of its business units on August 22, 2001. The main objective is to align the company activities to efficiently serve existing and proposed customers who seek the highest performance and quality levels of motion products. The motion and machine tool sales forces were combined to provide better local coverage.