What We Do

Custom Control Systems

APT provides custom electrical controls for a wide range of equipment. Our designs are based solely on the customer’s needs; we do not have a stock product line. Our custom control systems have covered a wide range of applications from the control of one motor to large systems controlling almost 400 motors on one machine.

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Custom Mechanical Integration

APT provides all of the mechanical engineering services required to integrate our controls into your existing equipment. Small stand-alone mechanical engineering projects are also within our capabilities. We are one of the few system suppliers that offer single-source project responsibility.

Special Needs

Commercially available equipment may not always meet your needs. APT is a custom engineering house and can build or modify equipment to meet your specific needs.

Repair Services

APT provides electrical control system repair services for the full range of equipment used in the printing industry. Typical repairs involve equipment with a sheet/web width of 40” or more. We have made repairs ranging in size from simple replacement of fuses on a load turner to replacing the main motor and its power supply on a large sheetfed printing press. Our current rate sheet is available on request.

Project Management

APT provides project management services for major projects in your plant. We coordinate work from various vendors and internal trades people. This allows you to concentrate on your day-to day business while we handle side projects such as equipment relocations, modifications, overhauls, and startups.

Process Control

APT has extensive experience in process control in a wide variety of industries. We can help you determine how to control your process, the data you should collect, and define the optimum operating parameters.


APT offers consulting services to help you determine the most economical solution for your equipment and process problems. If you have a problem but don't know the best way to solve it, this is the best place to start. We will work with you to determine the most cost-effective approach to meet your specific needs.

Our standards

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During our quotation process, we work with the customer to define an accurate, measurable scope for the project and establish appropriate options. In our experience, most customers know exactly what they want to accomplish, but struggle with efficiently developing a cost effective solution.


All APT designs are created with similar goals:

  • Meet or exceed our customer’s requirements in terms of productivity and quality - The goal Is always to exceed the customer’s expectations. Apt wants to be called back for future projects!
  • Provide for future expansion or speed Increases as defined by our customer - Designs are laid out and components specified so predefined future expansion can be accomplished with minimal rework.
  • Simplicity of design - Only those functions that will provide a measurable benefit to the customer are provided. We do not add unnecessary “bells and whistles” because they cause additional downtime and expense.
  • High Quality Components to Improve Up Time - Components With High Mean Times Between Failures May Be Slightly More Expensive Up Front, but Pay Huge Dividends in Terms of Improved Reliability and Reduced Downtime for Repairs.
  • Open Architecture for Ease of Maintenance - Equipment and Documentation Are Designed So the Customer’s Personnel Can Handle Maintenance Without the Need to Contact Apt. Panel Layouts, Drawings, and Wire Numbers Are Coordinated So All Components Are Easy to Locate.
  • Dust Tight Enclosure to Improve Component Life - All Panels Are Specified as NEMA-12. Where Cooling Is Required We Suggest Panel Air Conditioners as a Better Alternative Than Cooling Fans.


Standard “off-the-shelf” components are used whenever possible. These components are available from local distributors throughout the United States. Repair parts can be sourced locally; no need to call American Press Technologies for replacements.

Examples of our components of choice are as follow:

  • Programmable Controllers – Allen Bradley or Automation Direct
  • Human Machine Interface – Automation Direct C-More or A-B PanelView
  • Drives/Inverters – Nidec Control Techniques
  • Motors – Marathon, Reliance, Leeson
  • Power Supplies – Acopian, Allen Bradley, Automation Direct
  • Push Buttons – Allen Bradley (30mm, NEMA-Rated)
  • Enclosures – Saginaw Control & Engineering or Hoffman


All projects are delivered with hard copy documentation including:

  • Electrical Schematics
  • PLC I/O Tag/Symbol lists sorted by Tag/Symbol and by Wire Number (On large projects, a copy is posted on inside of the panel door(s) for quick reference)
  • Drive Parameter lists
  • Manufacturers Cut Sheets for purchased components
  • Electronic backup of all configurations/programs is delivered via Email in source format.