What can you Automate?

With all the automation tools currently available on the market today for businesses, there is still a lot of time spent performing tasks manually. Organizations are missing opportunities to automate business processes that can save their employees’ time and boost productivity. John Henry Foster offers control panels that include the latest in electrical design, data collection, PLC, pneumatic, and electromechanical technologies that consistently deliver high-quality performance to automate these tasks making them safe and reliable.

Our electrical engineering team partners with customers to build cost-effective solutions that meet technical specifications and business objectives.

We were able to assist a local canning company in increasing their production and reducing overall costs by implementing a can sorting machine.


A local manufacturing facility was looking for ways to increase output of their canning production. They were running into difficulties sorting out the defective cans from their overall marketable product. All the cans eventually ended up together on a pallet and had to be sorted through manually by agency temp workers depending on date and imperfect product. The workers were only able to get through half a pallet a day, slowing down production rates and costing money to resolve. The temp jobs also had a very high turnover costing additional time and money to the Company’s bottom line.


JHF teamed up with the manufacturing company and designed a can sorting machine, featuring technologies such as:

• A vision system
• DC Drive
• AC Drive
• Blowoff


By optimizing control panel design, you can simplify your job and benefit from cost savings solutions and a higher return on investment. What would these cost savings solutions mean for your business?

    • Lowering running costs
    • Hiring less temps
    • Avoiding wasting product
    • Receiving higher efficiency
    • Producing more, faster
    • Better quality, precision and accuracy
    • Quality Control



Concept-to-completion electrical design; PLC, HMI, SCADA development. Our engineers have extensive experience in applying the right technologies to solve the toughest automation problems. We are skilled in PLC programming, SCADA/ HMI development, custom software development, information systems, safety systems, and control panel engineering.



Programming, system integration, testing and database development. IT is integrated into our design, allowing us to provide you with the benefits of a modern control system. We specialize in the following areas: secure industrial network architecture, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), relational databases, barcode/RFID data collection, data historians, data visualization, and reporting.



Control panel installation, power wiring, control system wiring, instrument installation, NEC, field checkout of PLC systems. We provide you with custom designed solutions from PLC and IO panels to higher voltage switchgear, MCC, and drive panels. Our systems fit your unique needs while meeting NEC and UL requirements.



Our experienced services team will get you up and running quickly and hassle-free. Whether onsite or remote, our commissioning crew will work with your schedule to ensure a safe, efficient, and timely startup of your system.



The dedicated project management team at John Henry Foster is skilled in monitoring and controlling all aspects of a technical project. We make sure projects are completed on time, within scope, and budget.



Our commitment to the customer experience is demonstrated through easy access to service and solutions by phone to troubleshoot, as well as service on-site. Customers receive professional, above and beyond, efficient and customized support when they need it.

John Henry Foster’s goal of providing innovative and state-of-the-art products continues to expand and now includes a range of industrial robots. Our team of experts are positioned to support your productivity and efficiency needs with this versatile product.  Please contact us today at 651.452.8452 or email us to learn more about this or any of our product offerings. You can also read more about electrical panels and controls on our website.

As a leading provider of premium quality compressed air and automation solutions since 1938, John Henry Foster delivers customized automation products and design-to-build solutions to clients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and northern Iowa. Our talented and innovative employees serve customers in virtually every industry that utilizes motion control technology and power generation.

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651-452-8452 | 800-582-5162


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