The Precision Automation Experts™
In 1973, Dennis Fritz had a vision of creating a company of problem solvers. With his background in machine design and mechanical engineering, he founded DWFritz Automation. The company is now a leader in high-speed, high-precision automation and is part of The Sandvik Group of companies. Dennis’ core values of honesty, integrity, continuous improvement, collaboration, and “wowing” clients, plus some good humor, continue to serve as the foundation for the company today.
In the mid-1980s...
DWFritz Automation had the opportunity to partner with Hewlett Packard on their innovative ink jet technologies. This relationship was so successful that eventually HP began outsourcing multiple projects to DWFritz as their own business grew.
By the late 1990s...
Dennis’ son, Mike, joined the company to work on business development, operations, and strategy. By the early 2000s, DWFritz was focusing its attention on building the highly precise automated systems that we produce today — trademarking the concept Microns and Milliseconds. The company soon entered the consumer electronics market.
From 2007 to the present...
Mike took over as CEO, strengthening DWFritz’s unique capabilities of delivering high-speed, high-volume precision automation solutions for advanced manufacturing. DWFritz’s strong leadership team is focused on client relationship building, while promoting an environment where strategic thinkers can solve the toughest precision automation challenges.
In October 2021, DWFritz became part of The Sandvik Group of companies.
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Founded as Dennis W. Fritz PE Counsulting Engineer in the West Hills of Portland, OR. Business focused primarily on lumber industry.
Relocated to Lake Oswego, OR. Transitioned away from wood products, and landed major projects with Boeing and Intel.
Completed first design/build project.
Landed Hewlett Packard ink jet business and revenue exceed $1 million for the first time.
Renamed to DWFritz Automation, Inc.
Relocated to 20,000-square-foot facility in Durham, OR and established precision automation focus.
Landed major new strategic account and opened up DWFritz China in Shanghai.
Relocated to 60,000-square-foot facility in Tualatin, OR. Annual revenue exceeds $25 million.
Relocated to 70,000-square-foot facility in Wilsonville, OR (Headquarters).
Partnered with two new large Fortune 500 medical device companies and shipped volume deployments of precision automation systems.
Inaugurated second 35,000-square-foot facility in Wilsonville
Partnered with Clean Engery Manufacturer to produce stationary energy storage modules. Annual revenue exceeds $125 million.
Relocated to 165,000-square-foot facility in Wilsonville, OR, including 100,000-square-feet of dedicated manufacturing space to support Smart Factories of the Future.
ZeroTouch® system launched.
Opened DWFritz Europe in Rennes, France. Launched ZeroTouch® Gear Metrology System.
DWFritz Automation joins the Sandvik Group of companies.