Energetx acquires KMT Robotic system for wind blade cutting

Energetx acquires a KMT RoboTrim WT-200 Root Cut and Drill System for production of utility-scale wind blades.

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KMT Robotic Solutions Inc. (Auburn Hills, Mich., USA) and Stiles Machinery Inc. (Grand Rapids, Mich., USA) on Nov. 10 announced the sale of a Wind Turbine Blade Root End Cut and Drill System to Energetx Composites LLC (Holland, Mich., USA). The project was made possible by funding provided by the Bureau of Energy Systems, Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 

Energetx Composites was launched in the summer of 2008 to focus on the manufacture of wind turbine blades, building on the expertise developed as boat builder S2 Yachts. A new facility is planned for the production of utility-scale blades that measure 150 ft/45.7m and beyond in length. There are plans to employ up to 750 people at the Energetx facility over the next five years. 

Energetx contracted with Stiles Machinery Inc., another Michigan company, to act as its project manager focused on assembling the equipment required for this new facility. KMT Robotic Solutions built on its expertise of trimming composite parts for the boat, bath and truck industries, expanding into wind energy in 2007. The solution provided to Energetx is based on KMT’s RoboTrim WT-2000 Root Cut and Drill system.