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ATEK Access Technologies Offers Mat Graphic Inserts for Larco Safety Mats

February 06, 2018

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Feb. 6, 2018) – ATEK Access Technologies is proud to offer Mat Graphic Inserts for its Larco industrial safety and presence sensing mats that can be customized with any image. The material properties for Mat Graphic...

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Solar Plastics LLC Acquires Solar Plastics, Inc.

December 12, 2017

DELANO, MN – December 12, 2017 – Solar Plastics LLC today announced that it had acquired the assets and certain liabilities of Solar Plastics, Inc. Solar Plastics Inc. has long been a player in the rotational molding industry. The...

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ATEK Access Technologies Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certificate

November 09, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Nov. 9, 2017) – ATEK Access Technologies today announced the successful completion of its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 audit for its corporate office in Eden Prairie, MN and manufacturing...

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ATEK Access Technologies Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certificate

November 09, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Nov. 9, 2017) – ATEK Access Technologies today announced the successful completion of its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 audit for its corporate office in Eden Prairie, MN and manufacturing...

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ATEK Access Technologies Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certificate

November 09, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Nov. 9, 2017) – ATEK Access Technologies today announced the successful completion of its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 audit for its corporate office in Eden Prairie, MN and manufacturing...

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ATEK Access Technologies Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certificate

November 09, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Nov. 9, 2017) – ATEK Access Technologies today announced the successful completion of its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 audit for its corporate office in Eden Prairie, MN and manufacturing...

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Larco White Paper Lays Out New Industrial Safety Mats to Step Up Foundry Safety

October 03, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Oct. 3, 2017) – ATEK Access Technologies today released “Step Up Safety in Your Foundry,” a complimentary white paper from its Larco brand that reveals the need for a long-lasting solution to machine guarding...

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Tom Christie, ATEK Metal Technologies Pres. appointed to American Foundry Society Board of Directors

May 11, 2017

The American Foundry Society (AFS) is a non-profit association serving members of the metalcasting supply chain both in the United States and abroad. AFS provides members with advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., technical education through its...

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ATEK Access Technologies Celebrates European Distributor’s 30th Anniversary at Embedded World 2017

March 20, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (March 15, 2017) –ATEK Access Technologies today celebrated the 30th anniversary of Nexus GB Ltd., the European distributor for ATEK’s Datakey brand. ATEK presented Nexus with a plaque to commemorate the achievement...

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ATEK Access Technologies Adds New Industrial SD Models to Datakey RUGGEDrive™ Line at Embedded World

March 13, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (March 14, 2017) – ATEK Access Technologies today announced it has expanded its Datakey RUGGEDrive™ Line of USB flash drive and SD memory tokens with a new line of industrial models, providing industrial SD card...

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ATEK Access Technologies Launches Tank Monitor with GPS

February 07, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ATEK Access Technologies today announced that its TankScan Ultrasonic Cellular Monitor (TSU) product family now has a GPS version. The TSU monitor is an all-in-one cellular-enabled tank solution providing...

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Larco White Paper Reveals Copper as a Helpful Ally in Reducing Hospital-acquired Infections

January 20, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Jan. 19, 2017) – ATEK Access Technologies today released “A New Ally in the Fight Against Bacteria that Cause Healthcare-acquired Infections (HAIs) ,” a free white paper from its Larco brand that provides...

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Datakey Rep Channel Grows with Addition of Experienced Sales Firms

December 14, 2016

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Dec. 14, 2016) – ATEK Access Technologies® has entered into a partnership with MindShare Technical Sales and W. Koop Associates Enterprises, Inc. to meet the growing demand for its Datakey product line. Both sales...

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ATEK Access Technologies IoT Experts to Speak at NORA 2016 on the Industrial Internet of Things

November 02, 2016

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Nov. 2, 2016) – ATEK Access Technologies today announced that two of its Internet of Things (IoT) experts will be speaking at the 2016 NORA Annual Recycling Conference in Kohala Coast, Hawaii, Nov. 9-11. The discussion...

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ATEK Access Technologies Partners with Medical Resources to Grow Larco CopperShield Sales

October 19, 2016

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (October 19, 2016) – ATEK Access Technologies® has entered into a partnership with Medical Resources to meet the growing demand for its Larco® CopperShield ® push plates. Medical Resources will now offer Larco...

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New Hospital Study Finds Copper Alloys Used in Larco’s Line of Push Plates Kill Bacteria

October 12, 2016

October 12, 2016 03:37 PM Eastern Daylight TimeEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A recent clinical study found that using copper alloy materials in a hospital setting can play a leading role in fighting bacteria* that cause...

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Monitoring Critical Machinery and Reliability with the Industrial Internet of Things

September 15, 2016

As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) gains popularity, the cloud of confusion around it seems only to grow. What is the Industrial Internet of Things? What kind of data does it create and what value does it add to the business? Most...

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ATEK Metal Technologies Announces Hiring Mark Bradley as Vice President of Operations

September 07, 2016

August 31, 2016ATEK is pleased to announce that on July 11th Mark Bradley joined our organization as Vice President of Operations.  With over 30 years of aluminum casting and finishing experience, Mark has accumulated the knowledge and...

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ATEK Selected to Connect TankScan & AssetScan with John Deere API

September 07, 2016

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Sept. 06, 2016) – ATEK Access Technologies today announced that its TankScan and AssetScan solutions are now connected with the John Deere Operations Center through John Deere’s API services. These solutions enable...

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ATEK Access Technologies Partners with Fluidall to Promote TankScan Products

August 23, 2016

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.  – ATEK Access Technologies announced it has entered into a partnership with Fluidall to meet the growing demand for its TankScan wireless monitoring solution. The firm will be responsible for selling the TankScan...

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ATEK Reduces Equipment Downtime With Safety Mat - Modern Casting Publication

July 26, 2016

To protect employees operating its molding machine, ATEK Metal Technologies used a steel plate that sat on 4-in. springs .......however over time the springs became warped, the springs would stick, forcing employees to adjust limit switches in...

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Casting company improves manufacturing process by installing Larco Safety Mats

July 21, 2016

To protect employees operating its molding machine, ATEK Metal Technologies used a steel plate that sat on 4-in. springs .......however over time the springs became warped, the springs would stick, forcing employees to adjust limit switches in...

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ATEK President, Sherri McDaniel to speak at Sensors Midwest in Chicago this September

July 14, 2016

ATEK Access Technologies president, Sherri McDaniel, will speak about how Remote Monitoring Can Divulge Your Machine's Data Details. This presentation will take place at Sensors Midwest at the Education Theater this September. For more...

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ATEK President, Sherri McDaniel to speak at Sensors Midwest in Chicago this September

July 14, 2016

ATEK Access Technologies president, Sherri McDaniel, will speak about how Remote Monitoring Can Divulge Your Machine's Data Details. This presentation will take place at Sensors Midwest at the Education Theater this September. For more...

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Sherri McDaniel, ATEK president, receives honorable mention Embedded Computing Design

July 14, 2016

Sherri McDaniel, ATEK president receives honorable mention for 2016 Top Embedded Innovator from Embedded Computing Design.Read More...

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Sherri McDaniel, ATEK president, receives honorable mention Embedded Computing Design

July 13, 2016

Sherri McDaniel, ATEK president receives honorable mention for 2016 Top Embedded Innovator from Embedded Computing Design.Read More...

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The Ward Museum honors Tom Christie as a Living Legend at the 2017 Ward World Champions

July 11, 2016

Tom Christie (b. 1956) grew up in Marion, IN and developed a fascination with wildfowl at an early age.  His first exposure to waterfowl was “jump-shooting” Mallards, Black Ducks, and Wood Ducks with his dad—stalking them,...

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ATEK Access Technologies Adds First Canadian Distributor – Titan Logix

April 19, 2016

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ATEK Access Technologies has entered into its first Canadian partnership with Titan Logix Corp. to meet the growing demand for its TankScan monitoring products. Titan Logix will be responsible...

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ATEK Metal Technologies Announces Technical Alliance Partnership with Material Insights

March 29, 2016

March 23, 2016ATEK Metal Technologies is proud to announce its technical alliance in partnering with Material Insights, LLC. The purpose of the alliance is to further expand ATEK’s offering of high integrity aluminum castings in...

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Datakey White Paper Provides Tips for Linking Wireless Medical Devices

March 08, 2016

Designing and testing for wireless coexistence can safeguard medical device operationEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (March 8, 2015) – ATEK Access Technologies today released “Wireless Coexistence: Pairing Wireless Medical Devices,” a...

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ATEK Access Technologies Works with Donaldson Company to Develop AssetScan Remote Filter Monitor for

March 07, 2016

AssetScan is a cutting-edge comprehensive platform of hardware, software and data analytic services for monitoring devices’ dataEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (March 7, 2015) – ATEK Access Technologies worked with Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:...

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ATEK Access Technologies Launches AssetScan Remote Device Monitoring Platform

February 26, 2016

ATEK Access Technologies Launches AssetScan Remote Device Monitoring PlatformAssetScan allows OEMs to easily create connected productsEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Feb. 29, 2016) – ATEK Access Technologies, developers of the TankScan remote...

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ATEK Metal Technologies congratulates Worcester Polytechnic Institute on prestigious prize

January 13, 2016

ATEK Metal Technologies would like to congratulate our academic partner Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on receiving the Prestigious 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education.view article...

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The bacteria-fighting super element that’s making a comeback in hospitals: copper

September 28, 2015

from the Washington Post - Sept. 20, 2015 –Ancient Egyptians used copper to sterilize chest wounds and drinking water. Greeks, Romans and Aztecs relied on copper compounds to treat burns, headaches and ear infections. Thousands of years later,...

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Nexus GB Named as Exclusive Datakey Distributor in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

September 17, 2015

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Sept. 17, 2015) – ATEK Access Technologies has named Nexus GB Ltd. as its exclusive distributor of Datakey products in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The firm currently distributes Datakey rugged portable memory...

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Ray H. Witt Metallurgy Award received by former ATEK Metal Technologies President, Jerry Kucharczyk

August 31, 2015

The Bi-Annual Award, Given by the Advanced Casting Research Center of WPI, Recognizes Members Who Have Made Outstanding Contributions to the Metal Casting Industry.Jerry Kucharczyk, PhD, past president of ATEK Metal Technologies, has been...

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Ray H. Witt Metallurgy Award received by former ATEK Metal Technologies President, Jerry Kucharczyk

August 31, 2015

The Bi-Annual Award, Given by the Advanced Casting Research Center of WPI, Recognizes Members Who Have Made Outstanding Contributions to the Metal Casting Industry.Jerry Kucharczyk, PhD, past president of ATEK Metal Technologies, has been...

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ATEK Access Technologies Partners with Sales Firms to Grow Datakey Brand

August 27, 2015

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (August 19, 2015) – ATEK Access Technologies has entered into partnerships with four manufacturer’s representative firms to meet the growing demand for its Datakey rugged portable memory products. The firms will be...

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Larco Launches Round Push Plate Switch Box

August 24, 2015

EPA-approved push plate for automatic door activation now available in round option  EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Aug. 24, 2015) – ATEK Access Technologies, LLC expanded its line of Larco automatic door control products with the addition of...

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ATEK Access Technologies Expands U.S. Presence with Nine Sales Firms

August 03, 2015

Independent sales representatives to promote the TankScan liquid tank monitor to new and existing accountsEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (August 3, 2015) – ATEK Access Technologies has entered into partnerships with nine manufacturer’s...

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ATEK Companies sponsors Black-n-Blue Ball in Milwaukee

July 29, 2015

Having a Ball: An evening of fun and fundraising at MDA’s Milwaukee Black-N-Blue BallOn May 8, MDA, together with Harley-Davidson and other sponsors, held the 22nd annual Milwaukee Black-N-Blue Ball at the Wisconsin Center in...

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Sigma Space Develops Hermetically Sealed Connector for Datakey Portable Memory Devices

July 06, 2015

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (July 7, 2015) –ATEK Access Technologies today announced that Sigma Space Corporation has developed the SSRD memory connector, the first hermetically sealed receptacle for Datakey portable memory devices. The SSRD utilizes...

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Metal Processing Institute (MPI) Advanced Casting Research Center (ACRC)

June 09, 2015

ATEK Metal Technologies joined fellow ACRC members at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) to celebrate 30 years of Industry – University collaboration.  “This is an outstanding example where industry and academia join hands to...

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ISO 14001 Certification

June 09, 2015

ATEK Metal Technologies is pleased to report its recent award of the ISO 14001:2004 environmental certificate.  ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can...

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Larco HandiTap Wall Switch Opens the Doors to Total Access

May 29, 2015

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (June 1, 2015) – In an effort to provide ease of accessibility for all people including those with mobility devices, both manual and motorized, ATEK Access Technologies, LLC today launched the Larco HandiTap touch-...

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ATEK Access Technologies Offers TankScan Data Delivered Guarantee

May 20, 2015

TankScan guarantees daily reports of liquid inventory across all bulk sitesEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (May 21, 2015) – ATEK Access Technologies today launched the TankScan Data Delivered guarantee, which promises daily reports of tank readings using...

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ATEK Access Technologies and Basin Concrete, Inc. to Present at Williston Basin Petroleum Conference

April 28, 2015

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (April 24, 2015) – ATEK Access Technologies and Basin Concrete, Inc. will present together at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, April 28-30.  The conference allows...

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ATEK Access Technologies Launches Cost-Effective TankScan Solution for Indoor Applications

February 19, 2015

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ATEK Access Technologies today launched a cost-effective version of its TankScan tank level intelligence solution ideal for deployments in retail or other indoor applications. It provides Internet...

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ATEK Access Technologies Launches All-in-One TankScan Monitor

February 17, 2015

Tank monitoring solution provides real-time monitoring and analytics EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Feb. 17, 2015) – ATEK Access Technologies today launched the TankScan Cellular Ultrasonic (TCU) series of  liquid tank monitors, a fully...

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ATEK Access Technologies Launches All-in-One TankScan Monitor

February 17, 2015

Tank monitoring solution provides real-time monitoring and analytics EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Feb. 17, 2015) – ATEK Access Technologies today launched the TankScan Cellular Ultrasonic (TCU) series of  liquid tank monitors, a fully...

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ATEK Access Technologies Awarded ISO 9001 Certificate

December 15, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Dec. 8, 2014) – ATEK Access Technologies today announced the successful completion of its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 audit for its corporate offices in Brainerd and Eden Prairie, Minn....

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ATEK Access Technologies Awarded ISO 9001 Certificate

December 15, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Dec. 8, 2014) – ATEK Access Technologies today announced the successful completion of its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 audit for its corporate offices in Brainerd and Eden Prairie, Minn....

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ATEK Access Technologies Awarded ISO 9001 Certificate

December 15, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Dec. 8, 2014) – ATEK Access Technologies today announced the successful completion of its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 audit for its corporate offices in Brainerd and Eden Prairie, Minn....

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ATEK Access Technologies Awarded ISO 9001 Certificate

December 15, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Dec. 8, 2014) – ATEK Access Technologies today announced the successful completion of its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 audit for its corporate offices in Brainerd and Eden Prairie, Minn....

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Olin Brass announced it will showcase its range of products including Larco Coppershield switch

November 13, 2014

During the Healthcare Design Conference, Olin Brass announced it will showcase its range of products made with bactericidal copper, including the Larco CopperShield switch.SCHAUMBURG, IL November 13, 2014 – The unique CuVerro® supplier&...

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ATEK Access Technologies President to Speak at 2014 NORA Annual Recycling Conference in Puerto Rico

October 22, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Oct. 22, 2014) – ATEK Access Technologies today announced its president, Sherri McDaniel, will speak at the 2014 NORA Annual Recycling Conference in Puerto Rico, Nov. 5-8.  One lucky session attendee will win an iPad...

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Understanding the implications of gravity pour and low-pressure counter gravity filling of permanent

October 15, 2014

The question casting designers and procurement specialitists ask us most often is, “Which process, gravity or low pressure, is better suited for my permanent mold aluminum casting needs? The short answer is, “It depends.”At...

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Larco U-WAV Touchless Sensing Wall Switch Opens Doors with a Wave of the Hand

October 09, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Oct. 13, 2014) – Researchers at the University of Arizona found that it takes only two to four hours for a virus to spread through an office, hotel or healthcare facility after a doorknob or tabletop is contaminated.[1]...

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Q&A: How The Internet Of Things Has Transformed Our Service Operation

October 06, 2014

By Sarah Nicastro, publisher/editor in chief, Field TechnologiesPublisher/Editor-In-Chief Sarah Nicastro talks one-on-one with Sherri McDaniel of ATEK Access Technologies about the impact IoT can have.Unless you’ve been...

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Tech solutions for ‘tank wonderland’ -  Remote sensing saves labor, promotes safety

October 06, 2014

By Kathleen J. Bryan Forum News ServiceWILLISTON, N.D. -- Two years ago, Basin Concrete Trucking and Rental decided to up the ante of productivity and safety for its customers in the central Plains from North Dakota to Texas.The Williston-...

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ATEK Access Technologies Receives Business Impact Award at 2014 M2M Evolution Conference

August 14, 2014

TMC and Crossfire Media honor the ATEK Service PlatformEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Aug. 14, 2014) – ATEK Access Technologies has received a 2014 M2M Evolution Business Impact Award from TMC and Crossfire Media for its ATEK Service Platform.The...

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ATEK Access Technologies Partners with Sales Firms to Expand U.S. Presence

July 24, 2014

July 24, 2014 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight TimeEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ATEK Access Technologies has entered into partnerships with two manufacturer’s representative firms to meet the growing demand for its Datakey rugged...

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ATEK Access Technologies Offers Best-in-Class Customer Service with New ATEK Service Platform

July 07, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (July 7, 2014) – ATEK Access Technologies today launched the ATEK Service Platform, an industry-leading system that allows ATEK technical support personnel to remotely monitor the health of TankScan TSM8000 wireless tank...

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ATEK Metal Technologies promotes Tom Christie to President of ATEK Metal Technologies

July 07, 2014

Effective immediately Tom Christie has been promoted to President of ATEK Metal Technologies.  Since joining the company last November, Tom has quickly immersed himself in the operation and done a great job to really learn the business. ...

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ATEK Metal Technologies Invests in Employees through NICC Training Programs

June 17, 2014

Since 2006, NICC has coordinated training programs with ATEK that focused on a range of specific skill sets, including project management, production processes and leadership development.To stay current in today’s manufacturing environment,...

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ATEK Access Technologies Launches TankScan TSM8000 Wireless Liquid Tank Monitor

June 02, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (June 2, 2014) – ATEK Access Technologies today launched the TankScan TSM8000 liquid tank monitor, a tank level monitoring solution for fuel distributors, waste oil collectors and others managing liquid assets. The...

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Connected Solutions: Creating New Revenue Streams and Service Offerings

May 30, 2014

Drive Business Value with a Connected Solution StrategyThe Internet of Things (IoT) is created when physical objects are connected to the Internet. For businesses, IoT connectivity creates the opportunity to collect data that can be used as real-...

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New Larco CopperShield Push Plate Fights Bacteria* that Cause Hospital-Acquired Infections

May 01, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (April 29, 2014) – One in 25 hospitalized patients is battling a hospital-acquired infection (HAI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ATEK Access Technologies, LLC today released the Larco...

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ATEK Products Changes Name to ATEK Access Technologies

April 09, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (April 9, 2014) – ATEK Companies today announced that it has renamed ATEK Products as ATEK Access Technologies.  The new name aligns ATEK Access Technologies’ three product brands, Datakey, Larco and TankScan,...

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The White House Announced that MPI at WPI

January 29, 2014

The White House Announced that MPI at WPI is one of four core academic facilities for the American Lightweight and Modern Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (LM3I)!The new $148 million initiative is aimed at helping to revitalize the...

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ATEK Selects Etherios’ The Social Machine® to Drive the ATEK Service Platform

November 18, 2013

The ATEK Service Platform combines the TankScan Global application suite with Etherios' The Social Machine®,  enabling ATEK to further leverage connected products and provide preventative customer service to its global...

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Amphenol Aerospace and Datakey Electronics Collaborate to Design Storage Solution

April 03, 2013

Sidney, NY April 2013 – Amphenol Aerospace (NYSE: APH), a global leader in interconnect technologies, has collaborated with Datakey Electronics, manufacturer of rugged, portable memory systems, to provide a rugged, removable storage&...

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Memory Device Protects Use of Medical Disposables Gives Choice of Sterilization Method

February 07, 2012

February 7, 2012. Savage, MN–Datakey Electronics’ GammaSafe™ non-volatile memory tokens allow medical device manufacturers to add limit-use and anti-counterfeit features to their disposables, while sterilizing using their choice...

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TankScan™ strategic alliance with DIGI International

May 10, 2011

MINNETONKA, Minn. (May 10, 2011) - Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) today announced a strategic alliance with TankScan™, a global tank monitoring solution provider and division of ATEK Products. TankScan is usingDigi’s ...

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RUGGEDrive portable memory line gives OEMs USB flash drive or SD card functionality

March 29, 2011

SAVAGE, MN – Datakey Electronics’ new RUGGEDrive™ line of portable memory solutions offers the data storage and transfer capabilities of consumer-grade USB flash drives and SD cards in a more reliable and secure package. The...

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