Lake Forest, Ill., Dec 3, 2015 – RiV Manufacturing Group (RiV) and Colborne Foodbotics, LLC (CF) today announced that RiV Manufacturing Group has completed the acquisition of Colborne Foodbotics, LLC. “Through our previous successes, we are well positioned to serve our brands with solutions and services that help our customers achieve greater manufacturing efficiencies,” explains Rick Hoskins, Chairman and CEO of RiV Manufacturing Group. He adds, “This acquisition allows us to build on over a century of design and manufacturing experience in the Baking and Food related Industries. As a market share leader in Pie and Cake Make Up Equipment combined with our expertise in the application of Food Focused Robotic Automation, we look at this acquisition as an opportunity to accelerate our vision for organic growth through new innovative designs, and also look for new partnerships and acquisitions that will allows us to double down on the added value we already provide to our customers.”
Rick Hoskins will serve as President and CEO of Colborne Foodbotics, LLC and the company will continue operations in Lake Forest, IL, a suburb of Chicago, IL.
About Colborne Foodbotics, LLC
An industry leader in the design and manufacturing of automation systems for the Baking and Food Related Industry focusing on the automation of Pie and Cake based products and providing Food Focused Robotic Automation Solutions.
Colborne Foodbotics was featured this summer in two articles in the August 2015 issue of Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery!
In the “Packaging flexibility” article, Rick Hoskins, Colborne’s VP, discusses advances in our pick and place robotics, “The robot-driven end effectors feature precise, specified movement of each tool to reorient the product from pickup point to placement into the tray or container,” he says, “The system operates with smooth movements and can transfer high levels of product with low breakage.”
In the “Automation advances” article, Rick says, “Robotic system sales have been rising steadily over the past few years, and new applications are being developed. To compete, most integrators are adding creative features that provide additional utility.” He notes that recent developments include features that minimize changeover, maximize product transfer efficiency, reduce manpower, and improve safety.
See the full articles on pages 42 and 46!
Colborne Foodbotics is featured in Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery Magazine’s article “Processing Technology: Pans and pan-handling equipment.” Rick Hoskins shares, “One of our most recent developments is our Anti-Shingling Pan Handling System, which is unique to the industry because of its ability to handle stock, rolled-edge pans in an automation environment.”
The full article is on page 56, but the link below should take you straight to it. http://digital.bnpmedia.com/publication/?i=203728&p=56
This winter Rick Hoskins accepted Fanuc’s “Growth Award” from Dick Motley at the Integrator Conference. The Growth award recognizes outstanding growth of robot sales in 2013.
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