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Rockwell acquisition adds linear motors

Oct. 1, 2003
Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wis., agreed to acquire Anorad Corp., Hauppauge, N.Y., an acquisition that expands the company's prospects in the growing

Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wis., agreed to acquire Anorad Corp., Hauppauge, N.Y., an acquisition that expands the company's prospects in the growing market for high-end linear motion control products.

Anorad is one of the market-share leaders in linear-motor-based precision positioning equipment. The company makes Piezo ceramic linear motors and linear servo motors, as well as positioning stages and platforms, air bearing systems and servo controllers and amplifiers. Founded in 1972, Anorad has 400 employees, one plant in Hauppauge and five regional sales offices. A sales figure for privately held Anorad was not disclosed.

Rockwell Automation has worked with Anorad in the past and has sourced Anorad linear electric motors for certain applications, according to a Rockwell Automation spokesperson.

Following the acquisition, Anorad would become part of Rockwell Automation's Motion and Information Group, which is led by John McDermott, senior vice president. Under the Rockwell umbrella Anorad will continue to operate from Hauppauge under the continuing direction of Amir Chitayat, president. Anwar Chitayat, chief executive officer of Anorad, will become vice president and chief technical officer of the Motion and Information group.

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Doug has been reporting and writing on the electrical industry for Electrical Wholesaling and Electrical Marketing since 1992 and still finds the industry’s evolution and the characters who inhabit its companies endlessly fascinating. That was true even before e-commerce, LED lighting and distributed generation began to disrupt so many of the electrical industry’s traditional practices.

Doug earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Kansas after spending a few years in KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism, then deciding he absolutely did not want to be a journalist. In the company of his wife, two kids, two dogs and two cats, he spends a lot of time in the garden and the kitchen – growing food, cooking, brewing beer – and helping to run the family coffee shop.

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