Who: Patrick J. Frater, Minneapolis Branch General Manager of Minarik Automation and Controls (Eagan, MN)
One branch (19 branches total)
Key products: Motion control and automation
Key markets: Small machine builders, packaging, material handling, medical and metal industries
Distributors recognize that products have a lifecycle. As products mature, inevitably they will be updated or removed from the market. But we want manufacturers to do everything in their power to give us plenty of notification, so we're not caught with our pants down.
With his macro view of the marketplace, the manufacturer can tell a product is going down the tubes and decide to take it off the market. But from my ...