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Jacobs Honored with Engelberger Robotics Award for Leadership



Michael Jacobs

Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), an independent automation engineering company, announced that founder and CEO Michael P. Jacobs has been named to receive the Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Award for Leadership by Association for Advancing Automation (A3).

Named after the late Joseph F. Engelberger who was the founder and driving force behind industrial robotics, the Engelberger Robotics Award is presented to individuals for excellence in technology development, application, education and leadership in the robotics industry. Each winner is selected by an award committee consisting of Past Chairs of the A3 Robotics Technology Strategy Award. Award recipients are given a $5,000 honorarium and commemorative medallion with the inscription, "Contributing to the advancement of the science of robotics in the service of mankind." Since its inception, the Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Award has been presented to 128 leaders from 17 countries.

In the association's award announcement, A3 cited Jacobs' expertise in the robotic automation industry and his early work at GMF Robotics (now FANUC) as contributing to his selection as well as his pioneering product development and market introduction of robot simulation and offline robotic programming systems.

"I was thrilled that Mike Jacobs was selected for the Engelberger Award for Leadership," said Jeff Burnstein, President of A3. "He has been a tireless supporter of the robotics industry and our trade association for decades and has built Applied Manufacturing Technologies into one of the world's top system integrators."

Jacobs has a long history with the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the organization that originated the Engelberger Award and is now under the umbrella of A3. Joining the RIA in the early 1990s after founding Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Jacobs was an active contributor, serving on various committees, transitioning in the 2000s to committee chair positions, and culminating in his tenure as chair of RIA from 2016-2017. After his term as RIA chair ended, Jacobs served as a board member for A3 and was part of a select group that created the strategic plan to steer RIA's transition to A3. He was subsequently invited to be one of the first members of A3's Artificial Intelligence Technical Advisory Board, where he serves today.

"Recognition by industry leaders with an award that bears the name of Joseph Engelberger is a highlight of my career," Jacobs said. "I am truly honored and deeply humbled."

Applied Manufacturing Technologies offers full-service systems integration, specializing in end of line solutions, complex material handling systems and engineering support such as turn-key industrial controls, robotic programming and automation consulting.

For more information contact:

Applied Manufacturing Technologies

219 Kay Industrial Drive

Orion, MI 48359

248-409-2000

www.appliedmfg.com

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