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From Humble Beginnings to Great Achievements...

Oscar Swanson, founder


Swanson Tool & Die was founded by Oscar Swanson as a shop specializing in precision tool manufacturing and deep draw dies.


Leonard Swanson established a machine design department which focused on the development of advanced multiple station equipment, both indexing and continuous, linear and rotary configured.

Machine design department
1950's adverstisment


Intense new machine development and an emphasis on machine standardization, including rotary and inline machines.  Automatic assembly was now becoming necessary to achieve higher production levels and improved quality.

Established high production in the 1970's


Integrated manufacturing systems were now rationalized and entered into production. The Swanson Demand System incorporated a series/parallel machine arrangement for high productivity, high yields, and better utilization, and Synchro Bank System was to combine the best of synchronous and non-synchronous characteristics.


Swanson expanded its international reach with installations and support stretching the globe. 

Large scale production in the 1990's


Swanson reaches its broadest spectrum of industries served and continues to innovate in large scale and high volume production machines.

Standardize modulation at a high production rate in 2010's

2010 & Beyond

Developments in Swanson Agile Assembly lead to further standardization of modularized machine components and dramatic improvements in machine platform stability for key processes, motion control and even shipping advantages to worldwide locations. Smarter machines now lend themselves to both high volume production as well as lower volume, high mix requirements.


The first decade of operation saw the company establish itself as a modest group of talented tool makers in a hard-working industry

Profile of tool makers and their founder in front of the Swanson Erie building.
Leonard Swanson with his machine designers.


Leonard Swanson, second from the left, believed that interchangeability, when applied to machine design, especially multiple station machine design, could be made to run fast, replicated, and produced in quantities by assured parts.

Early stages of assembly machine standardization in the 1960's


This decade saw the early standardization of comprehensive assembly machines and machine chassis. Toward the later years, began the industrial incorporation of programmable logic controls.


Higher volume demands met with computer programming and diagnostics in the 1980's

Greater demand for high volume production was met with advances in computer generated machine and systems diagnostics, which permitted greater productivity along with qualitative data.

The 2000's see a high advancements in multiple facets of precision link conveyor chassis systems.


Advances in servo controlled motion, robotics, vision systems, data tracking and system flexibility reach goals never previously achieved.

Let Swanson-Erie be your choice in automation solutions!

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