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Beckhoff implements open automation systems based on PC Control technology. The product range covers Industrial PCs, I/O and Fieldbus Components, Drive Technology and automation software. Products that can be used as separate components or integrated into a complete and seamless control system are available for all industries. The Beckhoff “New Automation Technology” philosophy represents universal and open control and automation solutions that are used worldwide in a wide variety of different applications, ranging from CNC-controlled machine tools to intelligent building automation.

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Wayne Schmeichel Joins Beckhoff USA as Director of Operations

POSTED 09/20/2019

SAVAGE, Minnesota, September 19, 2019 – To enhance oversight of daily operations at the rapidly expanding subsidiary, Beckhoff Automation LLC recently hired Wayne Schmeichel as Director of Operations. Based at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Greater Minneapolis, Schmeichel has assumed management responsibilities for multiple teams, including customer service, logistics and inventory/supply chain. He also helps direct, plan and coordinate operational activities for the Savage, Minn. headquarters.

After excelling in several operational capacities in the manufacturing industry as a business analyst and consultant, Schmeichel joined IoT and wireless communication solutions provider Digi International Inc., headquartered in Hopkins, Minn. Over the course of 18 years at Digi, he held several key positions — most recently Director of Operations.

“Throughout his career with high-tech companies, Wayne developed a wealth of analytical and operational skills,” said Kevin Barker, President of Beckhoff Automation LLC. “We will channel his impressive strategic management experience to strengthen our daily operations and efficiency as Beckhoff business infrastructure and market share continue to grow in the U.S. Wayne’s track record shows that he is the right person to manage these core responsibilities as we continue to accelerate our business development.”

Schmeichel served for seven years in the South Dakota National Guard and then earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from North Dakota State University.