Joe Kimbrell, product manager for motion control products at AutomationDirect, has more than 25 years’ experience with automation, motors, drives, motion control, and servos, and has worked as engineering manager at a packaging original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and at a multi-axis motion control integration firm. Joe holds a BSEE degree from Georgia Tech.
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