Welcome - SEPTEMBER 2020 Newsletter

Dave Haimbaugh, President
Dave Haimbaugh

I am excited to announce that our new robotic line has been fully integrated into our operation and it is in full production. I am also extremely proud of the fact that the installation was tackled by our in-house team. This new technology will enable IHT to automate processes and increase overall efficiency and quality.

Also, in this edition of the newsletter we will introduce you to our new setup technician, Jessica Donica.

Thank you,

Dave Haimbaugh


In late 2019, IHT seized an opportunity to purchase two Fanuc multi-axis robots. Our goal, driven by a core value to pursue continuous improvement, is to automate processes so that operators can be more productive and have more time to scrutinize quality. After considering outsourcing the first project, we realized that we had all the skills needed to tackle the installation of the robotic line internally. In March, we assembled a team consisting of people proficient in robot programming, control logic, and conveyor mechanics. They were able to complete a working prototype by July and were in production in August.


A second prototype is now under construction, incorporating improvements from lessons learned from the implementation of the first system. 

We are very pleased with and proud of the ever-expanding technical prowess of our employees.

Employee Profile

Jessica Donica
Jessica Donica

Where did you grow up?

Blue Island, Illinois

What is your favorite season of the year, and why?

Autumn – It is the perfect middle ground of temperatures. Also, Halloween and hoodie season!

What are your responsibilities/priorities at IHT?

I set up the machines to run work. I also dabble in quality control responsibilities.

What do you think is your strongest skill?

My curiosity and willingness to learn.

What goals are you setting in your first year at IHT?

I am looking forward to learning all I can about IHT and my job. So, my goal is to absorb all of it and be successful.

In which core value do you believe in the most strongly?

To support personal growth and well-being. I look forward to growing with the company and becoming a well-established employee.

How do you unwind from a rough day?

My cats, my significant other, and some X-Files sound like a great end to my day.


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