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About us - SMS Machine Automation

SMS Machine Automation: Motion Control, Machines Automation and Robotics

Established in 1999, SMS are a machine automation company and supplier of components and machine systems based in South Yorkshire UK. We believe that to provide the best service in our field our engineers need to have in-depth knowledge and experience of the products and how they are applied. Purchasers of machines and components are faced with an ever increasing and often bewildering choice of options and there is often a compromise to be made. By the very fact that we work with a wide range of products we have first hand experience of “what works in which circumstance” and this can save our customers many hours of valuable time.

We are ISO 9001:2008 accredited and have a clear and defined system for dealing with enquiries and we have a wealth of experience in PLC's, Drives, Electro mechanical systems and robotics. A copy of our certificate can be found here.

SMS can cost-effectively integrate automation into your manufacturing processes to help you increase efficiency, improve production rates, attain higher quality levels, and ensure high safety levels.

21st century manufacturing demands a high return on capital - this is not achieved by buying the cheapest product but is achieved by getting your product to market fast and with the overall lowest cost which includes cost of ownership, cost of design etc. We provide a very low cost of ownership solution because we support all the products we sell and very often manufacture the products we sell!

Over a decade of experience

SMS has engineered not one or two motion control systems but hundreds of complex multi-axis motion control systems. We have used Rockwell, Siemens, ABB Baldor, Moog Animatics, SEW and Stoeber – We understand Machines and work with the fundamentals of machine design every day.

Most of our customers come back to us because we offer straightforward system advice and importantly, we back it up by going to site when necessary. It is fair to say that most companies do not carry mechatronic engineers, especially with our knowledge of the supply chain and application expertise and so we are often employed to provide a service in one form or other.


SMS also have partnerships in place with the following globally recognised components manufactures:


SMS are the United Kingdom’s only ABB Added Value Partner for Motion Control. This grants us access to numerous ABB products ranging from drive and motors all the way through to robotics. It also illustrates ABB confidence in SMS and our expert knowledge of all things related to motion control.


SMS are also the United Kingdom’s only Moog Components Group Partner. This grants us access to numerous MCG products such as drives, motors, and slip rings to name a few. Moog is well known for the quality of their products as a significant part of their business deals with military and aerospace applications. Moog also has the capability to create custom variants of their products to meet customer needs this means that no matter the application Moog will have a solution.


Again SMS is the only UK partner of Japanese company Miki Pulley. Miki Pulley is regarded as a solution provider in virtually every field of mechanical power transmission and power control. Through the pursuit of efficiency and quality over numerous decades, Miki Pulley has developed into the Asian market leader for couplings, brakes and clutches.

Miki Pulley has also recently acquired the highly successful company VMA. This allows SMS to not only have access to the Miki Pulley range of products but also those uniquely belonging to VMA who over the years have registered as many as 20 national and international patents.


Case Studies

To read more about some of our past projects and experience please click here to take a look at our case studies.


Certificate Number:UK/01/0551925626

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