Integro helps companies make products better, faster

  • Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 1:25 a.m.

SALISBURY — Integro opened in Salisbury in 2005 with a single employee.

Since then and despite the recession, the company has grown to 18 employees and repeatedly doubled its revenue.

Sought after by Fortune 500 companies like Toyota and Kimberly-Clark, Integro has outgrown a converted warehouse on North Lee Street and plans to build a $4 million office building at the corner of South Main and East Bank streets.

Integro provides light-sensing technology used by manufacturers to improve quality control.

Using cameras, lighting, mechanical and electrical engineering and other technologies, Integro creates an integrated “machine vision system” that can detect flaws on a production line invisible to the human eye, Vice President Shawn Campion told the Post last year.

Gatorade turned to Integro when the sports drink manufacturer was experiencing a series of jams during production, costing the company time and money. Integro eliminated the jams by designing a system that inspects 1,300 Gatorade bottles per minute, Campion said.

That’s one decision every 46 milliseconds.

By preventing jams, Integro helped Gatorade increase productivity and eliminate wasted energy, scrap materials and gallons of disposed sports drink, Campion said.

An Integro system is programed to take photos, analyze them and then tell the operator immediately if something is missing. All in a split second.

“We work in every industry,” Campion said. “The only rule we have it that we will not inspect anything that is God-made.”

The company’s diverse client base has been one key to its phenomenal growth, he said.

“When one industry declines, we shift and focus on another that has money to spend,” Campion said.

Integro’s growth helped Salisbury land a $290,000 state grant last year that paid to replace crumbling, narrow sidewalks in the 300 block of North Lee Street.

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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