VP of Sales For Automation
Tom Reek has over 25 years of workpiece gripping and handling experience. He graduated from NC State University with a BSEE in Electrical Engineering, and began his career with SCHUNK in 1994 as an applications engineer in the early years of the company's launch into the USA. Tom went on to pursue new challenges in the field of Automation, gaining experience in vacuum technology and pneumatics. He rejoined SCHUNK as a Regional Sales Manager covering Southeast USA with a goal of growing the company's Automation products through a combination of direct sales and a network of industrial distribution partners. Tom's career has since grown and evolved at SCHUNK, expanding his territory and then more recently being promoted to Director of Sales for the Eastern states, and currently VP of Sales for the entire USA. Today, Tom leads a team of motivated professional territory sales managers dedicated to serving customers and making SCHUNK the recognized leader in workpiece handling technology.
Tom says: "Together we achieve growth of SCHUNK Automation products with industrial distribution partners and through direct selling. We take pride in supporting our customers and building the SCHUNK brand.
ROBOTIC ASSEMBLY WORKSHOP
Challenges in Gripping
Robots are amazing machines, but they’re useless without the right end-effector. Fortunately, a variety of end-effectors are available for robots, including grippers, rotary joints, tool changers and compliance devices. This presentation will review the options, explain how they work, and how and where to use them.
You will learn:
- Gripper choices. Two-finger vs. three-finger? Electric vs. pneumatic?
- What factors to consider when specifying grippers.
- Do you need a tool changer?
- What’s a compliance device?
- Lessons from the school of hard knocks.