CINCINNATI, Ohio – ProMach, a producer of packaging machinery solutions, has acquired Quest Industrial, a provider of robotic integration solutions. The addition of Wisconsin-based Quest expands ProMach’s capacity for sophisticated robotics projects, enhances ProMach’s robust robotics support competencies, and strengthens its integrated solutions capabilities for a wide range of applications.
Quest, founded in 2001, is a full-service robotic integrator that specializes in automation solutions across food, beverage, plastics, metal, and other industries needing to automate, better utilize floor space, and improve the flexibility of their production lines. Quest has a strong expertise within the food industry, with leading solutions for dairy, produce, and other markets installed across North America and beyond.
Their unique robotic solutions include applications in pick and place, cup filling, knife cutting, vacuum sealing, case erecting, tray forming, palletizing, vision and verification systems, and much more, including bundling multiple application technologies into a single robotic packaging cell. Quest systems are capable of direct food contact with USDA compliant and wash down designs.
“We’re excited to welcome the Quest team to ProMach,” says Mark Anderson, ProMach president and CEO.
“Robotics has been a strong growth engine for ProMach recently, with significant double-digit growth over the last few years, driven by customers looking to add automation, flexibility, consistency, and more to their packaging lines.Quest is a high integrity team with a well-earned reputation for designing, fabricating, delivering, and supporting robotic cells to customers across a range of industries.”
Quest is an award-winning FANUC Authorized System Integrator and Certified Vision Specialist and has received recognition from FANUC with the Robotics Innovation Award, multiple Outstanding Sales Growth Awards, and multiple Excellence in Intelligent Robotics Awards.
Don Wickstrum, founder and CEO of Quest, will join ProMach as vice-president of business development for Robotic Solutions. Current Quest president Bill Weichmann will join ProMach as vice-president and general manager of Quest. ProMach will continue to invest in Quest’s team and operations to strengthen their innovative solutions portfolio and accelerate growth and support capabilities in key markets.
“ProMach has a strong reputation in the marketplace for acquiring and integrating companies with minimal disruption and driving organic growth within their product brands by giving them the autonomy to run their business combined with access to ProMach’s resources and network,” said Wickstrum.
“This deal lets Quest continue to grow, expand our operations, add talented team members, and most importantly create additional value for our customers. We are looking forward to working with the entire ProMach team to continue this journey we embarked on nearly two decades ago.”
“The latest PMMI research shows nearly 30 percent annual growth for robotic solutions within the food, beverage, and personal care industries,” Anderson added.
“The addition of Quest ensures we have best-in-class robotic solutions to help customers navigate and support this growth, combined with access to the entire ProMach portfolio of solutions to solve almost any packaging challenge, including integrated turnkey systems for complete packaging lines.”