38+ Years as a Leading North American Robotics Integrator


This year, Acieta, a leading robotics integrator, celebrates its 37th anniversary in the robotics industry. Founder John Burg ordered the company’s first robot in 1983 from GMFanuc Robotics. Today, Acieta leads the way in automation technology and experience, with more than 5,000 robotic system installations throughout North America and 150 employees between the Council Bluffs, IA, and Waukesha, Wis., locations. Many of the company’s engineers and lead builders are FANUC Robotics Master Certified Service Engineers.

We started out with technologies that were state-of-the-art at the time, which were primarily load/unload robots for machining operations,” John Burg recalls. “We’ve been helping our customers avoid worker exposure to dangerous and repetitive jobs. It’s always been our focus to use robots to improve work environments, and we have a huge sense of pride in that.”

In the last 38 years, technology and manufacturing have changed significantly, and robotic automation has continually evolved to meet the needs of manufacturers. However, one constant has been Acieta’s commitment to creating a positive future for North American manufacturing by partnering with many industry sectors to implement robotic automation. Robotics help manufacturers lower costs, improve worker safety, increase productivity, improve quality, address labor shortages and gain a competitive advantage internationally.

The company began in 1983 when founder John Burg, who was working as a machine tool distributor, and his father, Marlo, developed a fascination with robots used in machine shops. He and his partners started Automated Concepts with eight employees and no computers. Over time the company grew and utilized new technologies by merging with other companies to eventually be named Acieta in 2014.

A local newspaper features a story about Marlo and John Burg forming their first robotics company, Automated Concepts (which eventually becomes Acieta,) in 1983.

John Burg receives the Engelberger Robotics Award in 2002. Presented by the Robotic Industries Association, the award is the world’s most prestigious robotics honor, given to individuals for excellence in the robotics industry.

Perspective on Robotic Evolution

In the last three decades, Acieta has seen robotic technology expand significantly. Robotic controllers have evolved from simple alpha numeric one line displays with complex code to simple and intuitive programming and touchscreen displays. Lower equipment costs have given companies of all sizes the chance to benefit from robots. Where robotic arms were once limited in movement and range, today’s articulated robots are more flexible and move faster with greater agility. Now vision systems make it easier than ever for robots to identify and adapt to a variety of parts without human interaction.

With 38 years under its belt, Acieta looks to the future for state-of-the-art robotic solutions that help customers and industries change and grow.

Artificial intelligence, coupled with advanced vision systems, will play a bigger role in manufacturing.” said Robby Komljenovic, Chairman and CEO of Acieta. “Robots will continue to take on more jobs side-by-side with people to do tasks faster and safer, and we are uniquely experienced to help make that happen. It’s our goal to help companies integrate robotic solutions that provide a better quality of life for everyone.”

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Robotic automation yields benefits in terms of costs, safety and quality. In some cases, robots can perform tasks that aren’t possible any other way. Successful integration takes automation expertise and experience, both of which Acieta possesses in depth. Call or email to learn more about our skills and what we can do for you.

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