Meet Our Newest Engineer, Mr. Geoffrey Sanko

Process and Data Automation (PDA) is proud to introduce you to our newest Engineer, Geoffrey Sanko. Geoff brings nearly 10 years of skill and experience with him making him a great addition to the PDA team.

PDA’s Vice President, Tim Andrews, shared his enthusiasm by saying, “I am very excited to have a person of Geoff’s attitude and talents join our PDA family. Along with his positive attitude and great personality, Geoff has nearly 10 years of experience in engineering, design, and project management. With his experience and skillset, Geoff will make an immediate impact at PDA and in servicing our clients.”

Geoff has both a BA in Economics and a BS in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Penn State Behrend. His previous employment has included working for RoviSys as a System Integrator and for Great Lakes Automation Services as an Assembly and Inspection Machine Builder.

Geoff is excited to be back in the Erie area as both and his wife are from the area and knew that this was where they wanted to raise a family. He shared, “My wife and I both grew up in Erie. After moving away, we came to miss everything you take for granted while living here. We really wanted to start our family here in Erie, and the opportunity from PDA came at the perfect time. PDA offered a stimulating work environment as well as allowing for the work-life balance, which allows us to enjoy coming back to this area.”

When asked about why he is excited to work at PDA he said, “I am excited to continue growing as a project manager and as an engineer. In today’s technology-driven society, if you are not always pushing yourself to learn and do more, then you are falling behind. PDA also services a wide breadth of customers, and each customer has unique products and systems. Each new site is like experiencing a new episode of How It’s Made.”

Join us in welcoming Geoff to the team!

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Process and Data Automation, a Member of the KRONES Group is a full-service, CSIA Certified industrial control systems integration firm while being Krones’ North American Industrial IT Provider and SYSKRON’s execution arm. PDA’s Controls Engineering group specializes in physical automation system design, programming, and commissioning. PDA also features a dedicated Digitalization Group (DSG) that connects automated equipment and systems to the business system environment including protected recipe systems, data collection and reporting, and data historian implementation. DSG can provide the systems you need to set your systems up for proper operation and then provide the tools you need to make sure you execute as planned.

 

 

 

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Process and Data Automation Announces Vice President’s Retirement and Replacement

April 28, 2020 — After 17 years helping to build Process and Data Automation (PDA) into the company it is today, Vice President and Co-founder, Michael Benedict, is announcing his retirement beginning May 1st, 2020. From humble beginnings in 2002, PDA President Joe Snyder and Mike began building a company with a solid reputation of professional solutions and promises delivered.

Mike shared, “Over the years of growing this company we have had a great time mentoring many to have successful careers in the automation field.  That is what I will miss the most. Automation is a field in which one will never get bored and will always be challenged. I look forward to reports of continued Process and Data Automation success and great customer satisfaction.”

Mike’s retirement plans include motorhome travel, more time with his grandchildren, fishing, camping, hunting, and some overseas adventures. Everyone at PDA will miss him and looks forward to hearing about his new retirement lifestyle.

Filling Mike’s position will be PDA’s current Electrical Engineering Manager, Tim Andrews. Tim, a Penn State Electrical Engineering graduate, joined PDA in 2004. In his first 16 years with the company, he has honed his engineering skills, built lasting internal and external relationships, sharpened his project management talents, and become part of the management team leading PDA through constant growth. In his new role as Vice President of Engineering, he will be an important part of PDA’s future development.

“I truly cannot wait to lead and work alongside our talented staff into the future of factory automation”, Tim said. “The needs of our current and future clients will continue to require bringing cutting edge technology to the factory floor, and PDA will remain a leader in delivering these solutions. I am ready to get started on this next chapter in my career and help the gifted PDA team provide the best solutions to our clients.”

About Process and Data Automation:

Process and Data Automation, a Member of the KRONES Group is a full-service, CSIA Certified industrial control systems integration firm while being Krones’ North American Industrial IT Provider and SYSKRON’s execution arm. PDA’s Controls Engineering group specializes in physical automation system design, programming, and commissioning. PDA also features a dedicated Digitalization Group (DSG) that connects automated equipment and systems to the business system environment including protected recipe systems, data collection and reporting, and data historian implementation. DSG can provide the systems you need to set your systems up for proper operation and then provide the tools you need to make sure you execute as planned.

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