Beistle Company Wins Big with Yaskawa’s MotoMini Robot

Dayton, OH (July 2019) — The winner of Yaskawa Motoman’s recent “Win a MotoMini” contest is the Beistle Company (Shippensburg, PA). The contest, held in conjunction with the launch of Yaskawa Motoman’s Smart Series product line was held at Automate 2019 (April 8-11, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois).

The Smart Series suite of products, including the MotoMini robot, enables quick and easy implementation of a robot system. Only weighing 7 kg, 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 – 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 Caleb 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. Participants could register to win at over 30 designated Yaskawa Motoman partner booths located throughout the Automate trade show hall.

About Yaskawa Motoman

Founded in 1989, the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. is a leading robotics company in the Americas. With over 400,000 Motoman® robots installed globally, Yaskawa provides automation products and solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application; including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal, packaging, palletizing and spot welding. For more information please visit our website at or call 937.847.6200.

About Beistle

Established in 1900, Beistle Company is the oldest and largest manufacturer of decorations and party goods in the United States. With the highest quality products in the industry, Beistle’s 10,000+ item product line is designed with unsurpassed skilled craftmanship and produced from the finest raw materials. Known for their Honeycomb Tissue products and Halloween decorations, nearly every holiday, season, theme and special occasion is represented in the company catalogue. Custom manufacturing for P-O-P displays, as well as private label manufacturing, is also available.


Sally Fairchild

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