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S u n s h i n e   T O O L

"Automation Production Done Right" for over 25 years

Your Processes Made Safer & More Productive

Welcome to Sunshine TOOL

Design, Development & Building of Industrial Automation Machinery

& Robotics Solutions for Companies Around the World

Here to Meet All Your Industrial Automation Needs

Sunshine TOOL caters to multiple industries such as Automotive, Light Industrial, Medical Devices, Metal Fabrication, Packaging & Pharmaceutical no matter how large or small the project.

We have a complete in-house machine shop to fabricate &  prototype components, assemblies & machines for your automation projects.

Our solutions are as unique as the tasks & markets we serve. From drilling, welding, machining & assembling parts, solutions are our business. Our customers span the world from Western Europe & throughout the USA. 

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Screen Door Frame Drilling Machine

Screen Door Frame Drilling Machine closeup

Industrial automation is the use of control systems such as computer or robots & information technologies for handling different processes & machinery in an industry to enhance a human operator.  It is the second step beyond mechanization in the scope of industrialization.

Sunshine TOOL provides 3 basic types of automation:

  • Fixed or Hard Automation refers to the use of special purpose equipment to automate a fixed sequence of processing or assembly operations. Each part of the operation is in sequential steps usually involving either a plain linear or rotational motion or a combination of the two. It is difficult to accommodate frequent changes in the product design with fixed or hard automation.
  • Programmable or Soft Automation offers the capability to change the sequence of operations to accommodate different product configurations. The operation sequence is controlled by a software program which is a set of coded instructions to be read & interpreted by the system. New programs can be prepared & entered into the equipment to produce new products.
  • Flexible Automation is an extension of programmable automation. A flexible automation system is capable of producing a variety of parts with virtually no time lost for changeovers from one part style to the next. There is no lost production time while reprogramming the system & altering the physical set-up. This is where we normally integrate robotics.

Automation solutions add value within companies & release associates from repetitive, dangerous or dirty & low value-added jobs.  Sunshine TOOL focuses on helping our customers move from purely mechanical & people-oriented production to automating as many processes as needed.  Let's discuss how we can apply these various types of automation to your company.

Reasons to Automate

  • Increases production output rates while reducing operating costs
  • Improves process quality & workplace health & safety concerns
  • Increases manufacturing flexibility (product change-over) to meet market demands
  • Reduces turnover rate of labor & difficulty of recruiting skilled labor
  • Reduces capital costs of inventory & work-in-progress

Robot on Track

Robotic Bakery Machine Handling

Advantages of Industrial Automation

  • Minimizes maintenance costs as industrial automation has a high up-time
  • Minimizes staff for off-shifts & obtains better utilization of equipment to increase productivity
  • Reduces errors associated with operator fatigue
  • Improves process flow & reduces waste utilizing "Big Data" to obtain detailed key production information
  • Eliminates operators working in hazardous conditions improving safety & lowering insurance costs
  • High return on both investments & assets to become more competitive

Our full-fledged in-house machine shop at our Sarasota, FL location where we machine the components for your automation & machining projects

Trust Us To Handle Your Next Automation Project


What our customers are saying

When it comes to automation, there are many companies to choose from.  While I have used several different ones to help retrofit our legacy equipment, no one has made it happen as fast & efficient as Sunshine TOOL.  They helped reduce cost by upgrading our legacy machines to today's readily available components & have a program team at their disposal who can wire & code logic programs on the job as they work.

Richard Kidd, Maintenance Supervisor

AAF Flanders in Hillwood, PA