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HeatGenie Engages Deaton Engineering to Provide Engineering & Design Services

Austin, Texas – September 2, 2010 – Austin-based, self-heating technology developer, HeatGenie, announced today that it has engaged the services of locally based, Deaton Engineering to improve the manufacturability and design of its compact, self-heating technology. The contract, executed on August 26th is the next step toward making self-heating food products a reality for convenience-conscious consumers across the globe.

With the successful completion of bench level testing HeatGenie will rely on Deaton’s full suite of engineering and manufacturing expertise to scale its heater manufacturability to start-up level over the next 6-8 months, then to industry pilot level of 100M units a year in 2012, and finally to the eventual goal of over a billion units a year.

“HeatGenie is at a stage where interested brand partners are increasingly asking us to address the supply of heaters. Deaton’s proven manufacturing expertise with companies like Honda and Dell will accelerate the transition of HeatGenie products into high volume production.” said HeatGenie’s founder and Chief Technology Officer, Brendan Coffey. “After reviewing a number of firms, it was clear that Deaton was the perfect fit to work with us on design for manufacturing and scale-up.”

Deaton is a full-service engineering and design firm that caters to clients from a variety of industries, including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, medical device and contract manufacturing. “Deaton Engineering is excited about this opportunity to work with HeatGenie to improve the manufacturability of their design”, said Deaton Engineering’s VP of Sales and Marketing, David Knieriem. “We are looking forward to applying our extensive manufacturing experience into design and manufacturing equipment that will allow HeatGenie to meet their goals of high volume manufacturing at a competitive price”, he added.

About HeatGenie:
HeatGenie™ has pioneered a safe, patent-pending, self-heating technology that can easily integrate into multiple forms of consumer packaging to heat food/beverages “on the go”. HeatGenie is the first and only company to satisfy the non-negotiable criteria for a commercially viable technology: safety, ease of use, cost effectiveness, light weight and sustainability. For more information visit:

About Deaton Engineering:
Deaton Engineering, Inc. is a full service mechanical, electrical, software control engineering and integration company based in Georgetown, Texas. Established in 1991, Deaton Engineering offers a wide variety of engineering solutions and consulting services to clients in technology and process industries. Composed of a diverse group of Texas licensed Professional Engineers, engineers, designers, and technical staff, Deaton Engineering provides services to support many fields of industry. More information on the company and its products can be found on their website at

Deaton Engineering Named as New National Instruments Associate Alliance Partner

DEI joins worldwide network of consultants, integrators, developers, and industry experts that partner with NI to provide high-quality virtual instrumentation solutions.

Austin, Texas – January 02, 2007 – Deaton Engineering, a full service mechanical, electrical, and control software engineering firm, today announced it has joined forces with National Instruments as an Associate Alliance Partner. The formal affiliation with NI will allow DEI to expand its software services business by providing its LabView developers with more resources to help shorten the software development cycle. Deaton Engineering provides a wide array of software engineering services to clients in many industries including the pharmaceutical, medical device, industrial manufacturing, semi-conductor, food & beverage, and general manufacturing sectors. DEI has developed applications for automated control systems, embedded firmware, data acquisition, test and measurement hardware and client-server applications in complex environments. Custom products are designed and built to be highly efficient, network-enabled, and secure.

“We are excited to join the NI team and look forward to working with the Alliance Partnership network to expand our software services,” said David Knieriem, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Deaton Engineering. “We believe that this resource – combined with over 15 years of industry experience – will allow us to seize new opportunities for growth in the custom software markets that we serve.”

About National Instruments:
For 30 years, National Instruments ( has been a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging PCs and commercial technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for test, control and design applications through easy-to-integrate software, such as NI LabVIEW, and modular measurement and control hardware for PXI, PXI Express, PCI, PCI Express, USB and Ethernet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has 4,000 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past seven years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. For more information visit:

Baldor Electric Announces Deaton Engineering as New OEM

DEI partners with Baldor Electric to offer more affordable custom machine solutions

Austin, Texas – January 05, 2006 – Deaton Engineering, a full service mechanical, electrical, and control software engineering firm, today announced it has joined forces with Baldor Electric as an official OEM Partner. The affiliation with Baldor will allow DEI to expand its machine design business by providing its customers with more affordable component pricing. Deaton Engineering is a leader in the custom equipment field with clients in many industries including pharmaceutical, medical device, industrial manufacturing, semi-conductor, and general manufacturing. Custom machines developed by DEI for many applications including manufacturing automation, test and measurement, facility systems, entertainment and heavy industry. Deaton Engineering machines are designed and built to the highest standards in quality to ensure consistency, efficiency and minimal down time. “We look forward to working with Baldor on several upcoming custom machine projects,” said David Knieriem, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Deaton Engineering. “We believe this partnership will allow us to offer our customers the same high-quality custom machines at a more economical price.”

About Baldor Electric:
Baldor Electric Company is a leading manufacturer of industrial electric motors, drives and generators. Baldor is headquartered in Fort Smith, Arkansas and had 2005 revenues of $721 million. Since its founding in 1920, Baldor has had a strategy of providing the highest value in the marketplace. Baldor has approximately 3,900 employees worldwide, 14 manufacturing facilities and the highest customer preference in the industry.

KUKA Robotics Signs Deaton Engineering as New System Partner

Partnership to Provide Robot Application Bundle Utilizing KUKA Robots and Deaton’s Secure Graphical User Interface for regulated and security sensitive industries.

Clinton Township, Michigan – March 22, 2005 – KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced it has signed Deaton Engineering of Georgetown, Texas as its newest system partner. The partnership will provide customers with a new robot application bundle that includes a KUKA robot and Deaton Engineering’s new secure graphical user interface (GUI) that controls the robot and associated system applications. The interface ensures the security of the robot control system software, overall system control applications, taught robot positions, and process data while maintaining a certain level of flexibility.

“Deaton’s GUI is one of the few front end Windows-based user interfaces used in robotics that supports FDA security standards,” said Joe Campbell, Director of Strategic Alliances for KUKA Robotics Corporation. “With a KUKA robot and the DEI interface, manufacturers will have all the technical controls needed for data integrity and security along with the reliability and high performance of a KUKA robot.”

“We are very pleased about this partnership,” said David Knieriem, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Deaton Engineering. “We believe that our combined technology will give our security sensitive customers the security they require with the flexibility they need.”

The new bundle will feature KUKA Robotics’ high performance industrial robots and Deaton Engineering’s secure GUI. The interface allows administrators to customize the security settings to give different levels of access to groups of employees. If used in a pharmaceutical or medical device facility, this interface provides the tools needed to comply with 21 CFR Part 11 data integrity and security administration regulations. The interface also helps maintain the control system in a validated state by not allowing unauthorized access to the system software.

About KUKA Robotics:
KUKA Robotics Corporation, with its parent company KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial robots, with an annual production volume approaching 10,000 units, and an installed base of over 60,000 units. The company’s 5 and 6 axis robots range from 3kg to 570kg payloads, and 635mm to 3700mm reach, all controlled from a common PC based controller platform. KUKA robots are utilized in a diverse range of industries including the appliance, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, logistics, food, pharmaceutical, medical, foundry and plastics industries. KUKA robots are found in a multitude of applications including: material handling, machine loading, assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing. For more information contact KUKA Robotics at 866-873-5852 or visit their website at

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