Mitsubishi Electric Acquires ASTES4

Swiss company ASTES4 is engaged in the development, production and sales of automated sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines.

Mitsubishi Electric Corp., an MC Machinery automation solutions partner, has acquired ASTES4 SA, a company based in Switzerland engaged in the 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 value-added sheet metal laser processing machines. The company aims to further expand its worldwide business through this acquisition.

“This acquisition by our global partner Mitsubishi Electric is exciting to us at MC Machinery because it means our customers now have direct access to a premium sorting solution for their laser automation needs,” says Shane Herendeen, North America sales manager for fabrication at MC Machinery. “Shops of all sizes are requiring more speed and agility to get the job done and sorting can be a bottleneck if you don’t have the right solution in place.”

According to Mitsubishi Electric, 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.