Direct Controls Inks Deal With Precast Concrete Manufacturer

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Direct Controls, Inc. (DCI) today announced a partnership with Tuscan Stoneworx, a manufacturer of precast concrete. Under the terms of the agreement, DCI will integrate its TruPathTM Controller with a Kuka industrial robot to automate Tuscan Stoneworx’s finishing process.

Direct Controls, Inc. (DCI) today announced a partnership with Tuscan Stoneworx, a manufacturer of precast concrete. Under the terms of the agreement, DCI will integrate its TruPathTM Controller with a Kuka industrial robot to automate Tuscan Stoneworx’s finishing process. Tuscan Stoneworx expects this to be the first of many robot based systems that it will purchase from DCI for its growing manufacturing process.

“We plan to purchase a number of turn-key systems from DCI to manufacture our growing line of stone products,” stated Marc Stephenson, President of Tuscan Stoneworx. “We expect that DCI will be an integral part of our automation process as we move forward with our business strategy. We have done an extensive search for a company like DCI and are fortunate to have found this capability here in our backyard in Utah.”

“DCI’s TruPathTM delivers new levels of precision use and productivity to robotics,” said Kyle Bowen Love, DCI’s CEO. “This technology allows robots to replace the time consuming hand finishing process currently used and provides scalability to Tuscan Stoneworx’s growing business. We are very pleased about the opportunity to work with Tuscan Stoneworx to help them automate and scale their business.”

Tuscan Stoneworx specializes in a precast concrete and finishing process that produces custom shapes with the appearance of polished architectural stone. Currently they use this process to produce high-end stone fireplaces, countertops, conference tables and various ends and trims for architectural requirements. Their finish process produces a glazed-polished finished and is unique and patented.

One of the greatest inhibitors to scaling the current process is the hand finishing required for each piece. DCI’s TruPathTM technology will allow a six-axis robot to replicate the current hand finishing process and be able to do it faster and more effectively. “DCI’s controller is the only robot controller that will allow a robot to follow the complex motions needed to produce the correct finish”, said Mark Evans, DCI’s Founder and Chief Technology Officer.

Utah-based Tuscan Stoneworx is being acquired by a technology licensing company, E.K. Industries, with the intent of replicating this shaping process on a grand scale. E.K. Industries will license these processes to other manufacturing and distribution companies around the world. Initial sales projections increase the number of units from less than 10 per month to thousands per month.

Under the agreement, Tuscan Stoneworx has agreed to a proof-of-concept, including NRE paid to DCI, to validate using a robot to finish the products. Upon successful completion of the proof-of-concept, Tuscan Stoneworx will take delivery of the first of many systems that it plans on buying. Tuscan Stoneworx’s goal is to have 24 systems installed within the first 12 months following completion of the proof-of-concept. In addition, they will be forming manufacturing partnerships with a number of companies as they expand the business world wide. These partners will also be purchasing systems.

About Direct Controls

Founded in 2001, Direct Controls, Inc. (DCI), (http://www.directcontrols.net) is a privately held company developing and marketing Direct-from-CAM Machining and Control (DMAC) technology for a broad range of industrial robotic applications. Direct Controls proprietary technology enables direct machining from Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) applications. The technology has patents pending in the U.S. and many foreign countries.

The revolutionary DMAC technology, initially developed with internal funding at Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, Utah, to the working prototype stage, is now well ahead of the competitive curve. BYU has patent pending covering the controller architecture, the digital interface, and the direct machining methods and concepts. DCI has an exclusive worldwide license to the technology from BYU.

Direct Controls, Inc. (DCI) has solved the complex and time-consuming problems of programming and control for robotic applications where path-following accuracy is critical. Their patented and patent-pending Direct-from-CAM Machining and Control (DMAC™) and TruPath™ contour-following technologies bring to the field of robotic applications the same ease of programming and path-following accuracy previously only possible from Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling machine controllers. DCI’s revolutionary TruPath™ robot controller delivers new levels of precision, use and productivity to robotics.

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