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Tesla Acquires Automated Manufacturing Machinery Supplier PERBIX

34 mins ago by Mark Kane

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Tesla has acquired PERBIX, a company that builds and services highly-automated, high-volume manufacturing machinery, and has also been a Tesla’s supplier for almost three years.


PERBIX — Delivering Excellence in Manufacturing and Engineering

PERBIX’s website already redirects to Tesla with a short description about the acquisition:
“With the acquisition of PERBIX, Tesla further advances its efforts to turn the factory itself into a product – to build the machine that makes the machine.

Founded in 1976, PERBIX, now a part of Tesla, designs, builds and services highly-automated, high-volume manufacturing machinery that will help Tesla accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”
It is no secret that Tesla is in a hurry to increase the automated production of Model 3, and as we understand it, requires even more manpower than Grohmann Engineering (acquired a year ago) was able to provide.


Tesla Model 3 Production

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has clearly stated that there are problems with some robots/machinery assigned to the task of building the Model 3, but once that bottleneck is solved, production will be both fast and cheap. When that happens however, is still an open question.
“With Model 3, either the machine works, or it doesn’t, or it’s limping along and we get short quite severely on output…”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About PERBIX via Linkedin:
PERBIX — Delivering Excellence in Manufacturing and Engineering For over 35 years, PERBIX has been a major supplier to the world’s top fortune 500 companies.

Founded in 1976 as Perbix Machine Company, we’ve grown from a build-to-print shop to a leading provider of comprehensive manufacturing and engineering services including complete design and fabrication of automation systems, build-to-print equipment, custom machining of components, and contract manufacturing services. Concentrating on creative, practical solutions and utilizing cutting edge technology, PERBIX provides unique, one-of-a-kind, automated machine solutions from concept through installation. We have put significant resources in place to deliver world class, high tech, automation solutions to our customers.

We focus on machine qualification and validation through stringent machine process and operation documentation. Data gathering, manufacturing communication, process control, and real time process performance analysis are expected and planned for in all of our machines. At PERBIX, process setup, calibration, and verification are built into each machine at the start of the design process. PERBIX is truly a complete machine supplier. PERBIX has a new 70,400 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in Brooklyn Park, MN and has an install base of machines throughout the world.
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