Leonard Ginsburg

Photo of Leonard Ginsburg, President and Founder of Production RoboticsLeonard Ginsburg is the President and Chief Engineer of Production Robotics. A registered mechanical engineer (PE), Leonard has more than 30 years experience in mechanical engineering and design.

He founded Production Robotics in 1991. In that time he has developed a wide variety of products and manufacturing tools, including:

  • An economical package filler for a specialty bakery.
  • A compact 4-axis stabilized antenna pedestal for shipboard satellite communications.
  • Noise-reduced blower assemblies for Trillium semiconductor testing machines for Intel Corp.
  • An automatic bowl-fed hook welding machine for high-speed production of basketball hoops.
  • A steel fabric welder for concrete reinforcing mesh structures.
  • A punch-card reader for a ballot counter.
  • Three automatic assembly stations for an automotive component assembly line.
  • An automatic pouching machine for Cholestech Corp.
  • A series of automatic disposables processing stations for Boehringer Mannheim.
  • Microscopic instruments for DNA research.
  • A custom web-punch and drug-packaging machine for Aradigm Corp.
  • A proprietary packaging device for ALZA Corporation.

Before founding Production Robotics, Leonard had a variety of mechanical engineering positions, including Project Engineer for the Business Records Corporation, Berkeley, California. There he was responsible for mechanical engineering optimization of the entire line of high-speed ballot-processing machinery.

Additionally, he:
  • Developed a new motorized memory-pack receiver using low-cost sheet-metal mechanism.
  • Built a lens tester and constructed an optically optimized ballot read head.
  • Machined prototype parts and production tooling.

Previously, he had been the Project Manager for Cholestech Corporation, Hayward, California, where he developed automatic process, parts handling and assembly machines for disposable blood diagnostic cassette.

As a Mechanical Project Engineer for Bruning Computer Graphics in Martinez, California, he redesigned the Z-Axis drive and eight-pen carriage to lower the cost, increase the speed, and facilitate production of the Bruning Zetadraf 900 high-performance pen plotter.

When working as Project Mechanical Engineer for Bio-Rad Laboratories, Richmond, California, he developed pumps for high-pressure liquid chromatography; developed a titanium pressure transducer; and wrote computer programs for optimizing cam profiles and a low-pressure mixing system.

He was also Project Manager for M.I.D. Laboratories, San Leandro, California, where he:
  • Developed a pneumatically driven cutting-aspiration probe for vitreous microsurgery.
  • Developed a pneumatic foot pedal to provide linear control of the vacuum level of a microsurgical vitrectomy system
  • Built tools and assembly fixtures including a precision robotic TIG welder and equipment for crimping, forming, lapping, bonding, brazing, grinding, cleaning, sharpening, measuring and testing components and assemblies.
  • Designed molded plastic and rubber parts.
  • Developed sterile packaging systems for disposables for radiation, steam and ETO sterilization.
  • Invented the Nucleotome cutting and aspiration device (patented) for a new surgical procedure for the lumbar spine.

As a Mechanical Engineer for Novacor Medical Group, Berkeley, California, he:
  • Designed and tested components for an implantable heart assist pump.
  • Built the apparatus for, and performed the annealing process on, laminated solenoid cores in inert atmosphere and under magnetic field.
  • Designed weight- and space-optimized beam springs of titanium and stainless steel alloys.
  • Analyzed anti-friction bearings for 99.9 percent reliability life under fluctuating load.
  • Wrote computer programs for linkage optimization, spring design and stress analysis.


Leonard started his career as a Mechanical Engineer for Spectra-Physics, Mountain View, California, where he was the member of a team developing a semiconductor laser-based leveling system for construction and agriculture. He designed a level-sensing device, optical assemblies, alignment mechanisms, assembly tooling, test instruments, adhesive systems, watertight gasket system and injection-molded parts.

Leonard received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, California.

He has had articles published in journals such as American Journal of Neuroradiology, American Journal of Radiology and Radiology.

He holds a U.S. patent for an irrigating, cutting and aspirating device for percutaneous surgery.

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