About Us

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Brian McMorris is the founder and President of Futura Automation.  Mr McMorris is committed to Factory Automation and Robotics through a 40 year career.  He did undergraduate engineering work at Oregon State University and received a BSBA, Cum Laude, in Marketing and Finance from Arizona State University.  Mr. McMorris has automation manufacturing experience in a wide array of industries: building materials, electronics, food processing, machining, medical device, packaging machinery, semicon and wood products.   

His expertise is in technical sales, support and project management of industrial automation: sensing, measurement and control, industrial robotics and AGVs / AGCs through management roles with Westinghouse, Omron/STI, SICK, Panasonic and Omron/Adept.  Brian served on technical committees for ANSI (American National Standards Institute), the Robotics Industry Association (RIA) and NIST.

Mr McMorris set the mission for Futura Automation to help make American manufacturers globally competitive through the application of robotics and advanced automation using lean production processes.

tel: (612) 756-2390
email: brian(at)futura-automation.com

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George Wilken is a 30 year+ veteran of manufacturing and machining, primarily in the aerospace industry in southern California.  He is motivated and engaged in creating and driving change, leveraging lean consulting experience, manufacturing depth and knowledge to solve problems with a well defined business case.  George graduated from the University of Phoenix with a BSIT, in Information Technology and Project Management.

George’s expertise includes developing machine learning algorithms to detect patterns to solve manufacturing and quality issues to root cause.  He has professional expertise in Process Control Systems, Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), Tooling Management Systems, CNC Machines (programming and maintenance), Industrial Automation (Robotic and non), Industrial Networks, CCTV and Access Control Hardware and implementation, Project Management and Implementation at Alcoa Aluminum and its aerospace fastener spinoff Arconic where George became a corporate manufacturing trouble-shooter, spending time at various plants around North America evaluating manufacturing issues and finding solutions.

tel: (714)-309-2810
email: george(at)futura-automation.com

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Lizbeth Flores is an experienced leader collaborating with people from America, Europe and Asia. She has experience planning and executing global sales strategies building effective teams achieving double digit growth year over year in the Automation and Robotics market. She held various leadership roles in Sales management positions; In her most recent role, Lizbeth drove the Robots and Applications Sales in the Americas region supporting  the countries working with local organizations and global business lines to continuously improve sales processes, sharing best practices and successfully building pipeline with hit rates that supports defined growth targets.

Currently she is responsible for development and implementation of high impact strategic initiatives to increase market share working as a Solutions Partner for Futura Automation.

Lizbeth holds a bachelor’s degree in computer systems with specialization on Robotics and Artificial Neuronal Networks from Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico.

In her own words: “The digital transformation of the manufacturing industry in a changing world opens the possibilities to create a space where the automation is at service for the people”.

tel: +52 442 159 0650
email: lizbeth(at)futura-automation.com

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Chris Jaworsky, originally from Durango, CO, has experience in mechanical and controls engineering from his education and career. Chris received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming – College of Engineering. Chris previously worked for Siemens as an Inside Sales Engineer, quoting projects for electrical distribution gear for 2 years. He worked closely with the top sales engineers at Siemens and was hands-on in project management, consulting, and understanding the buyers needs.

While at Wyoming, Chris found a passion for leadership and served as president of two organizations on campus. Due to his leadership performance as an undergraduate he went on to work as a leadership consultant working with over 25 universities across the nation. Chris has always had a passion for creating a better environment, whether it be technology or people, and has carried the same passion and work ethic into Futura Automation.

Chris is Futura Automation’s Solutions Partner in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Texas. He will be working with clients to find solutions to create productivity and timeliness in their production. Time management, customer relations, and precision are some of Chris’s strongest assets.

tel: (970) 769-1944
email: chris (at) futura-automation.com

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Marc Skelding joined the Futura Automation team in March 2022.  Marc was educated at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Milwaukee School of Engineering.  He is an automation industry expert and has had many years and many roles in engineering, estimating, sales and management. In his years he has been involved in all kinds and sizes of robotics  and automation projects.  These projects include high speed assembly to robotics systems in industries from foundry to medical applications.  Over the past three years, Marc has focused on developing his own manufacturing automation consulting practice and is therefore a perfect fit as a Futura Automation solutions partner.  Marc will assist in robotics and automation consulting, project planning and implementation. He helps develop ROI, RFQ, vendor review and recommendations. If you have a project you are considering Marc invites you to work with him and “take a look.  I will offer any assistance that I can”.

tel: (608) 302-8283
email:  marc(at)futura-automation.com

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Futura Automation’s wood industry expert.  B.S. from Oregon State University and a Masters in Engineering from the University of Colorado with a focus in Product Development and Lean and Agile Management.  Journeyman Electrical License.  Was the Engineering Manager for Ventek/USNR (Eugene, OR) for 13 years focusing on automation and vision systems for the wood products industry.  Before that was an engineer at McDiarmid Controls (Eugene, OR) for 9 years working on automation projects for various industries including agriculture, mining, chemicals, and packaging.

Experienced in Rockwell Automation, Siemens, and other PLC systems we have the ability to assist in whatever control system you might have.  We also have experience building custom control systems in C++ as well as developing unique vision systems for product inspection systems.

On behalf of Futura Automation’s clients, Devin has a UL508A listed panel shop that offers a full range of services, from design to a completed and certified finished panel. Devin is also very experienced with custom vision systems.  We can help you navigate through all the different options and find the solution that best fits your needs.

tel: (541) 968-5182
email: devin(at)orelectricservice.com

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Don’s passion is solving problems in the industrial automation arena, and over the course of 30+ years in the industrial hardware and software spaces, he has been successful working on multi-million dollar projects, finding bold and profitable new applications for existing methods and technologies, and maximizing resources and effectiveness in the most challenging situations.

As a controls engineer, Don honed his skills for programming PLC’s and HMI’s.  Don has robot programming experience in the automotive assembly process, optimizing the work path and tooling for cycle time improvement.  Don also has experience specifying, programming, and configuring process hardware in the most challenging applications including machine vision and sensors.

Don works with our clients to understand KPI and ROI goals and can help integrate factory floor generated production data with customer ERP systems.

tel:  913-558-7718
email: don(at)futura-automation.com

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Ted Palmer has been a member of the Futura team since 2020.  He is experienced in motion controls, process controls and electrical systems focusing on custom equipment.  Ted also has a wide range of automation and programming skills.  He graduated from the University of Missouri — Rolla with a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering with a controls emphasis.

Ted established his own electrical controls business, “360 Consulting” in 1999.  His focus was and is PLC-based control systems.  Ted has expertise as follows.  See his “Capability Profile” for more detail:

  • Sr. Engineer responsible for all aspects of projects. Concept design, electrical drawings, PLC programming, HMI programming, Database/Data collection programming, MRP interface.
  • Responsible for parts ordering, panel build coordination, commissioning of systems.
  • Responsible for all aspects of the business. Sales, purchasing, invoicing. 
  • Managed 5 engineers time, projects.


Click here for Ted’s Capability Profile: 

tel: (612) 756-2390
email: tech(at)futura-automation.com

Trevor McLeran

Trevor McLeran Futura Automation in 2022 to provide engineering design, programming and startup services on the West Coast of the USA.  He aims to bring his  passion, skills, and strong work ethic to companies of all sizes and industries.  Trevor offers the following capabilities to F-A’s clients:

 

  • Design and engineer electro-mechanical systems and machinery.
  • Configure and Program Robots and Cobots:  Fanuc, ABB, Motoman / Yaskawa, Kawasaki
  • Creates and maintains documentation such as BOMs, specifications, service requirements, etc.
  • Creates electrical schematics, control architecture and mechanical designs for fabrication of support equipment.
  • Builds physical systems such as electrical panels, pump skids, pinch rollers, etc.
  • Repairs and maintains prototype machinery for pilot operations.

 

 

tel:  (612) 756-2390
email:  tech(at)futura-automation.com

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Wilson Fajardo provides engineering services on behalf of Futura Automation and our clients. He provides 2D-3D design / modeling services, machining and manufacturing services, product development, R&D & testing services, developing concept ideas into production.  Wilson has:
• Ability to turn “napkin ideas” into functional prototypes with the assistance of 3D modeling software, 3D printing and rapid prototyping tools. Focusing R&D in innovative engineering, part reduction, product modifications, and cost reduction.
• Responsibility to render fully detailed 3d models and 2D blueprints for manufacturing per ASME 14.5Y – 2009 standards.
• Runs a feasibility studies taking in consideration costs, available technology, time and resources to build each prototype.
• Composes Project Proposals and RFC’s, provide customers with time estimates, quotes, and/or costing analysis to fabricate a single prototype or a full scale production run.

tel: (612) 756-2390
email: wilson(at)futura-automation.com

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Aragorn Zolno joined the Futura Automation team in early 2022.  He brings a wealth of experience to our team and yours, including:

  • Project management, plan, budget, oversee and document all aspects of projects. Work closely with upper management to make sure that the scope and direction of each project is on schedule, as well as other departments for support.
  • Product design: uses his mechanical design skills and technical knowledge to improve the way that existing products work and look, and/or produce them at a lower cost. Also designed entirely new products.
  • Production automation: designs and validates production equipment for various industries.
  • Product testing and validation:  develops test plans and procedures for several different products. Implemented testing to get products into production.

tel: (612) 756-2390
email: tech(at)futura-automation.com

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Jordan Radley is a multi-talented automation consultant and diligent entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in the industrial instrumentation & process control industry.  He graduated from Perry Technical Institute’s instrumentation & automation program with honors and has continued his education through regular factory training & work experience .

With a background of 15+ years in sales & customer service and by understanding the great potential additive manufacturing brings to the industrial sector, Jordan has helped create QuikJig, the additive manufacturing division of Futura Automation that utilizes cutting edge 3D printing technology.   Jordan consolidated a network of engineering & manufacturing service providers to offer full-service custom manufacturing solutions for a multitude of industries across the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  Mr.Radley brings his combined business experience and eager can-do attitude to Futura Automation and QuickJig to offer solutions of the future for customer’s present applications.

tel:  509-868-9248
email: jordan(at)futura-automation.com

David Grove

David Grove has been a member of the Futura team since December 2020.  He has 34 years of experience with CNC machine tools and automation systems.  He has been in field service positions and in-plant positions.  He is available to assist our clients with machining projects:  Design, Programming, Training, Startup and Service 

Field Service Engineer – US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

Specialties:

CNC Machine Tools: SNK, Niigata, Nissen, Mori Seiki, Okuma, Mazak, Matsuura, G&L, Cincinnati Milacron, Finn Power, Chiron, Chinese Made, Toshulin VTL, Horizontal Boring Machines. AGV material handling, ASR Systems, Conveyor Systems.

  • CNC controls and Servo Systems: Fanuc, Siemens, Heidenhain
  • Industrial Robotics: Fanuc
  • Automation Systems: Siemens
  • PLC and Automation control Fanuc, Siemens, Heidenhain.
  • CNC Laser Cutting and Waterjet Systems

Click here for David’s Capabilities Profile

tel:   (612) 756-2390
email: tech(at)futura-automation.com

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Scott Burgett is our Northwest Services Partner with an engineering and system integration focus (has a personal business, Elliot Integration and MTS Controls since 1997).  Scott graduated in 1983 from General Motors Institute, Flint, MI with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.  He achieved his Masters degree from Oakland University, Rochester, MI, M.S. Systems Engineering (Electrical and Controls) in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering (Image Processing and Robotics) in 1991 from Oakland University, Rochester, MI.

Mr. Burgett is a licensed electrical contractor (MTS-Services) in Washington state since 2008.  He has extensive experience developing OEM products including robotic paint automation, robotic prep/sanding automation, robotic sealer application, industrial bridge cranes, industrial water jet cutting equipment, mobile engine powered articulated lifts/cranes, mobile engine powered high-pressure washers and VFD 18-pulse rectifiers.  Mr. Burgett has 30+ years of experience managing all phases of technical projects involving robotic automation, conveyors/material handling, electrical power distribution, manufacturing automation, process control systems, data networks and enterprise systems ranging in size for the automotive, aerospace, mining, wood/paper industries, data centers and building automation.

Additional skills include:  Proficiency with scheduling/resource management tools, quality management tools and office software tools.

Click here for Scott’s Capability Profile: 

tel:  (612) 756-2390
email: tech(at)futura-automation.com

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Mr. Jerry Bitler has 35+ years of experience in the PLC and motion controls industry with a most recent specialty in plastic molding and extruding processes.   PLC programming (Rockwell, Siemens, Automation Direct), motion control (Servotronix, SXTI, Galil), embedded IoT & IIoT systems including MODBUS and Weintek’s EasyBuilder and EasyAccess.

tel:   (612) 756-2390
email: tech(at)futura-automation.com

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Mr. Kurt Schoedel is a resident of Battle Creek, WA.  He has a B.S.E.E. from Washington State University and has 30+ years experience in PLC-based control systems for industrial automation and designs, programs, and integrates PLC-based control systems for both machine control as well as process control.  His controls experience includes Rockwell Automation / Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Omron, Yokogawa, and Mitsubishi. Further he has SCADA/HMI and MQTT / OPC UA experience including Kepware.  Application experience include OEM machine building, refrigerated warehouses, general industrial applications, and semiconductors.

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tel:  (612) 756-2390
email: tech(at)futura-automation.com

Shelby McMorris

Ms Shelby Donlin is the Director of Customer Services for Futura Automation.  She supervises customer order execution and supplier relationships, including purchasing and accounts payable.  Ms Donlin works with the manufacturing consulting team to make sure business processes are optimized and utilized consistently for the benefit of our clients.

Ms. Donlin attended Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ and University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.   She has 10 years of business experience including hospitality as a server in a quality restaurant, 6 Smith in Wayzata, MN.  She has customer service and executive assistant skills from time with Anchor Plastics, an injection molding OEM in Plymouth, MN.  Ms. Donlin has a Minnesota Real Estate license and works with Edina Realty.  She is also a Beachbody counselor for lifetime health and fitness.

tel:  (612) 590-1592
email:  shelby(at)futura-automation.com

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Pat Farrell, originally from Michigan and now in Park City, UT, has a wide range of mechanical and controls engineering experience through his career.  Pat attended University of Michigan receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree, Engineering Science – College of Engineering.  He has worked for Rockwell Automation (Allen-Bradley), owned his own business, Perfect Conveyor, designing and manufacturing unique conveyor systems for SunSource and MSI Tec and as a Automation Support Specialist for Pro Automation in Utah and Colorado.  Pat currently operates an engineering LLC, AutoByte, as a partner at Futura Automation.

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tel: (612) 756-2390
email: tech(at)futura-automation.com