Machine Design for the Assembly Line

We work with manufacturers to identify and detail out problems and bottlenecks in production and provide engineered solutions.  We then work with you to build real solutions to address the needs.

We take a consulting role to the next level and finish the job by working with you to build out the solution.

We offer competent and professional services.

“We seek to control outcomes by emphasizing and moving towards proactive problem solving.”

Tom Knuth - Founder and CEO

(218) 343-2650

Tom Knuth is the founder of The Factory MachineThe Factory Machine is an offshoot of STILT.PRO.  After seeing the opportunity to expand on the ability to take a napkin sketch or a frustration from a customer and turn it into a commercialized product.  There is opportunity all around us to better serve manufacturers with machine design for factories.

Prior to STILT.PRO and The Factory Machine, Tom was a Senior Design Engineer at John Deere and Systems Engineer at Cirrus Aircraft.

He has worked on several notable projects, designing the landing gear and brake systems on the SF50 Vision Jet for Cirrus, and with John Deere designing critical structures and components on the 4R series tractors, leading agricultural backhoe development and strategy, and leading innovation initiatives where he invented and patented the John Deere Quik Knect which won an AE50 award in 2020.  

He has a BSME from Michigan Technological University where he was the chapter president of Sig Eps and is a Professional Engineer (Licensed) in the state of Georgia.

In his spare time, he likes to…, wait, he doesn’t have any of that right now.  Tom splits his time between his business and with his 3 boys and very supporting wife.  When he had a little more freedom, he enjoyed spending time outside, working in the shop, remodeling his home and learning how to do new things.