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Yaskawa Motoman announces winner of MotoMini robot contest


July 8, 2019
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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The Beistle Company with its new Yaskawa Motoman MotoMini robot

July 8, 2019 – The winner of Yaskawa Motoman’s recent “Win a MotoMini” contest is the Beistle Company from Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. 

The contest, held in conjunction with the launch of Yaskawa Motoman’s Smart Series product line, was held at Automate 2019, which took place April 8-11 in Chicago.

The Smart Series suite of products, including the MotoMini robot, enables quick implementation of a robot system. Only weighing seven kilograms, the MotoMini robot provides high-speed application flexibility in small-part handling and assembly applications.

The winning entry was submitted by Caleb Crawford, an electromechanical technician at the Beistle Company, which bills itself as the largest manufacturer of decorations and party goods in the United States. Anticipated for use in a small-parts picking application, the MotoMini robot was presented to Crawford and the rest of the Beistle automation group in early June at the company’s manufacturing headquarters.

“As a company, we’ve experienced the strong return on investment that robotic automation can bring to the table,” said Jody Messich, manager of machine development and production automation at Beistle Company. “And, we’re excited to begin the MotoMini integration process and document our progress with the robot on the production floor.”

Over 230 entries were received in the contest for a new MotoMini robot. Participants could register to win at over 30 designated Yaskawa Motoman partner booths located throughout the Automate trade show hall.