Toshiba Machine becomes Shibaura Machine
Long-standing robot manufacturer heads back to its roots
Toshiba Machine Co. Ltd has announced it will change its corporate name to Shibaura Machine Co. Ltd from 1st April 2020. TM Robotics, the official distributor of Toshiba Machine robots for EMEA, North and South America and Australia, will continue to supply the company’s extensive range of 6-axis, SCARA and Cartesian robots through its distributor network.
Returning to its original name, (the company was initially founded as Shibaura Machine Tool Co. in 1938), Toshiba Machine’s name change will reflect its formal separation from the larger Toshiba Corporation in 2017.
While Toshiba Machine may be moving away from the name from April, the company aims for a seamless transition with no impact to business, customers or shareholders.
“To continue our evolution, our company will change its name to Shibaura Machine and focus on providing customers with greater flexibility and responsiveness,” explained Takahiro Mikami, president of Toshiba Machine. “We look forward to continuing our growth and industry-leading contributions to the markets we serve in the future. Even though the name is changing, our commitment remains the same. Our goal as Shibaura Machine is to be a supplier of the highest quality machinery and systems, one that is well-positioned to grow and contribute to the global economy for decades to come.”
“From April 2020, TM Robotics will become the official distributor of Shibaura Machine robots,” adds Nigel Smith, managing director of TM Robotics. “The corporate name change will have no bearing on TM Robotics and our global distributor network, nor will it change the outstanding quality of the industrial solutions we offer: same robots, new name.
“TM Robotics customers can be assured that the quality of the robots we distribute will continue to be of the very highest that they are accustomed to. The same expert Japanese engineering will be present in every robot we supply.”
Toshiba Machine’s full robot range is available to view on the TM Robotics website. If you are unsure which robot is right for your application, speak to the experts at:
RARUK Automation adds traditional robots to its portfolio
To strengthen its position as a leading UK provider of automation solutions, RARUK Automation has teamed up with TM Robotics to offer the Toshiba Machine SCARA, Cartesian and 6-axis robots. The systems complement the company’s established product programme that has previously focused on collaborative and mobile transport robots, automation systems and feeding solutions. These new product additions will give RARUK Automation even greater scope to help UK manufacturers work smarter and more competitively.
TM Robotics had been searching for some time for a strong UK technical distributor with an in-depth knowledge of automation and strong understanding of the UK robotics market. Managing director, Nigel Smith is certain it has found the perfect sales partner in RARUK Automation:
“RARUK Automation has an extensive salesforce and importantly this is backed-up with an in-house team of automation and robotics engineers. This means it can fully understand customers’ requirements and provide good pre- and post-sales support and service.”
The Toshiba Machine products available from RARUK Automation are its 6-axis robots, with precision vision control if required and a complete range of SCARAs, from low cost to the industry leading TH-A series capable of handling up to 20 Kgs with a 1,200 mm reach. These will provide quality solutions for applications outside the scope of collaborative automation that call for a strong, fast and precise robot.
As a result, the Toshiba Machine robots slot perfectly into the RARUK Automation product portfolio that includes collaborative Universal Robots, Robotiq grippers, MiR mobile transport robots and IEF Werner linear motion systems. There is also a good synergy between the new traditional robots and other established RARUK Automation products such as FlexiBowl feeding systems.
“TM Robotics is the perfect partner for us too,” comments Peter Williamson, MD of RARUK Automation. “The company’s technical knowledge and application engineering capability, allied with the quality of the Toshiba Machine products, supports our aim to offer a high quality and complete automation solution to UK manufacturers, either directly or through our countrywide network of integration partners.”