Diakont And Its Founder Mikhail Fedosovsky — Company History, Projects and a Glimpse into the Future

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The Diakont technology company began its operations in the early 1990s. Since then, it has been constantly expanding its sphere of activity and the geographic of its presence. The head of the company is Mikhail Fedosovsky, a man of both great scientific talent and outstanding entrepreneurial skills.

Diakont’s Early Days and Business Development

During the Perestroika period, many Soviet scientists and engineers had a difficult time adapting to the new reality and were unable to continue working on their scientific and technological projects. Mikhail Fedosovsky chose a different path and never stopped doing what he was passionate about — designing optoelectronic products. However, this time, he had to do it not as an employee at a research institute but on his own. In 1990, he founded an engineering and manufacturing company called Diakont, whose first product was a television camera that was used for monitoring industrial processes in high background radiation areas.

In the early years, the company made almost no profit and was able to stay in business only thanks to its founder, who continued to invest in it, using funds from his other commercial activities.

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The year 1997 became a turning point in Diakont’s history, when the company attracted the attention of Peter Schaub, the CEO of ABB TRC (Sweden). He recognized the great potential of Diakont’s tech products and ordered a custom robotic system equipped with a gyroscope. That was how Mikhail Fedosovsky and his team managed to conclude their first major deal and switch to internal financing.

Entering the U.S. market became another significant milestone for the company. In the early 2000s, it welcomed the American corporation General Electric as a new customer. At the same time, the company continued to expand and modernize its production facilities, worked on switching from custom manufacturing to mass production, and seeked to introduce an integrated enterprise management system.

In 2011, the company launched a new branch called Diakont Advanced Technologies, headquartered in California. Soon after, the company successfully conducted inspection of high-pressure pipelines at a large power plant in Nebraska. After that, D.A.T. began to win contracts for the inspection and diagnostic services in other states.

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Current Projects and Exhibition Participation

Today the list of Diakont products and services includes:

  • radiation-resistant television control cameras;
  • high-precision electromechanical actuators;
  • automated process control systems;
  • non-destructive testing equipment;
  • in-pipe diagnostics;
  • energy facility maintenance using robotic systems.

Diakont products are in high demand in various industries around the world.

In 2022, more than 180 industrial actuators were delivered to numerous factories in North America. The company received its first commercial order from Canada for 150 DA45 actuators that were designed in 2021 for positioning tasks.

Diakont is also quickly developing the Asian market. In the first half of 2022, the company signed 6 contracts for 848 DA99 actuators with welding tong manufacturers that work with one of the largest Chinese automotive companies. Prototypes of DA99 actuators have been delivered to their factories in Shanghai and Anhui.

In 2018, Mikhail Fedosovsky spoke at the international IEEE Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS) conference that included participants from the EU, the United States and several Asian countries.

Last June, Bangalore hosted IMTEX 2022, which helped Diakont to get a contract for the supply of the first commercial batch of DA99 actuators to an automotive body parts manufacturer in South Asia.

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In October, a large automotive company organized an exhibition of innovative technologies. It attracted over 100 thousand visitors. The DA99 actuator was displayed at the Diakont partner stall.

At another exhibition that was held last autumn in central Europe, the company showcased the DA99-D22 actuator model designed for dispensing purposes. This was also where the company presented its DA108 actuator, a solution for plastic injection molding.

Factory in Italy

Since 2012, Mikhail Fedosovsky’s company has been developing the Motion Control project. It involves designing and manufacturing electromechanical actuators customized for certain industries and individual buyers. Diakont built a factory for the mass production of this equipment in the Italian city of Lucignano, about 90 miles from Florence.

This production site incorporates the Industry 4.0 concept, which focuses on environmentally friendly, highly automated processes. Among other things, the factory also provided the small town with over 100 highly skilled jobs. It is from here, from Italy, that the Diakont company is conquering the global market for high-precision electromechanical actuators.