Your Trusted Automation Partner

RND Automation is your trusted guide to fulfilling your immediate automation goals and helping you innovate for the future.

While it’s true that our Robotics, Packaging and Assembly platforms can make you more efficient and competitive, we go beyond, implementing machines that will improve your business.

Our consultative approach finds the true source of your bottlenecks whether that be labor, quality or capacity issues.  We have proven expertise uncovering how automation can transform your business.

For RND, custom is standard. For over 16 years, we’ve built an expansive variety of machines in countless configurations and are well-positioned to guide you to the ideal solutions for your business.

While our standard Horizontal & Vertical Form Fill & Seal machines (HFFS / VFFS) and agile standard platforms such as our Dial Indexing & Modular Assembly Platform works well in many situations we welcome the opportunity to develop customized solutions that will fit your unique needs.

Our History

1957

Aidlin Automation Founded in Brooklyn , NY by Samuel Aidlin.

1977

Aidlin Automation acquires Bradenton, FL based Arvin Automation and moves all Aidlin Automation operations to Florida.

1995

Montreal based GEBO acquires Aidlin Automation for their expertise in feeding and sorting machinery.

1997

Sidel Group, based in Laval France, acquires GEBO, adding to it’s global portfolio of equipment manufacturers.

2003

The Sidel Groups joins Tetra Laval, a Switzerland based packaging conglomerate.

2005

Tetra closes the Bradenton based Sidel facility. Sean Dotson, Doug Robertson & Bruce Naylor purchase the custom automation and robotics division that was formerly Aidlin Automation and form RND Automation.

2011

RND Automation named “Autodesk Inventor of the Year

2012

RND Automation acquires the assets of Baytool, a Bradenton base machine shop, brining CNC manufacturing capabilities in-house.

2013

Sean Dotson, President of RND Automation nominated to the 2013 40 under 40 class by the Business Observer

2014

RND moves to a new facility located in Sarasota FL.

2017

FANUC Robotics names RND Automation as the winner of their “Innovate System of the Year” award.  This award is voted on by RND’s competitors and peers.

Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes recognized RND as the runner-up for the “Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards” in their category.

Named as one of “Florida’s Top 50 Companies to Watch” by Grow FL

2018

RND Automation acquires MDC Packaging Machinery, a manufacturer of medical device and consumer product horizontal and vertical form fill and seal machinery.  RND relocates both business units to a brand new, state of the art 35,000 SF facility in Lakewood Ranch, FL.

Meet Our Experts

Not sure how to gauge your automation needs? Not familiar with automation technology? Not sure if a task can even be automated? Our automation experts will work closely with you to identify the best equipment and processes for your project. Our project process will expose issues you might not have considered, helping you pinpoint where automation can maximize your ROI.

Our team of 49 engineers, technicians, designers, programmers, sales and accounting professionals are ready to help make your automation solutions come to reality.

Key Management

Sean Dotson, PE, President/CEO

Sean Dotson, PE

PRESIDENT & CEO - FOUNDER

Sean is President and major partner of RND Automation.  A Florida native he received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida.  Sean has been in the industrial automation and robotics industry his entire career.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida and works with key accounts to build strong manufacturing partnerships.

In his off time he competes in triathlons ranging from Olympic to full Ironman distance races.

Doug Robertson, Founder

Doug Robertson

SR. MECH DESIGNER - FOUNDER

Another Florida native, Doug's focus at RND is high level engineering and design of machinery.  Doug also utilizes his extensive manufacturing background helping train new assemblers and technicians.  He has done it all from being a machinist and welder to engineering management.

Doug enjoys fishing from his air-boat (that he custom built) at his Lake Okeechobee lake home.

Bruce Naylor, Founder

Bruce Naylor

SR. MECH DESIGNER - FOUNDER

Bruce is RND's creative cornerstone.  When others get stuck it's Bruce that can often solve the problem.  He has been designing and building custom automation machinery for over 35 years.  A Vermont native Bruce moved to Bradenton, FL when he was young and has stayed ever since.

Bruce enjoys long distance rifle shooting at the local range.  He also collects vintage firearms.

Aaron Laine, Director of Operations

Aaron Laine

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

As Director of Operations, Aaron likes to be involved in everything.  It's not uncommon to find him in Design Reviews, on the shop floor working with the team and/or interfacing with sales and customers.  He has risen through the ranks, starting at RND as a Mechanical Engineer, then Robot Programmer, Project Manager, Engineering Manager, and now oversees Operations.

Aaron loves fast cars and adventure, so he’s our resident traveler.  A day at the track is a dream day for him.

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Michelle Bergeron

DIRECTOR OF SALES

Michelle was a co-founder and President of MDC Packaging Machinery until acquired by RND in 2018.  Michelle is a degreed Mechanical Engineer but has performed every role possible from programming to design to operations and sales.  Michelle directs both RND's Sales & Applications groups and serves as our Key Accounts Manager.

In her spare time she enjoys travelling back to her native New Hampshire and plays a wicked game of tennis.

Steve Black, Director of Finance

Steve Black

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Steve rejoins Sean, Doug & Bruce, having been the Controller at GEBO USA in the 2000's.  Steve is a CPA and controls most aspects of finance, insurance, and forecasting.  Steve has a BS in Accounting from the University of Florida and has worked in manufacturing for most of his career.

Steve is an avid sailor and enjoys sailboat racing.

Travis Robert, Manufacturing Manager

Travis Robert

MANUFACTURING MANAGER
Chris Conley, Engineering Manager

Chris Conley

ENGINEERING MANAGER
Paul Troyer, IT Manager

Paul Troyer

IT MANAGER
Paula Bartlett, Supply Chain Manager

Paula Bartlett

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER

Join The Team

Automation is the future of business...and business is booming. Explore opportunities with our dynamic team.  Only rock stars need apply.

Awards and Recognition

  • RND Automation named 2011 “Autodesk Inventor of the Year”
  • Sean Dotson selected to the 2013 "40 under 40" class by the Business Observer
  • FANUC Robotics names RND Automation as the winner of their 2017 “Innovate System of the Year” award.
  • RND announced as the runner-up for the “Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards”
  • Named as one of 2018's “Florida’s Top 50 Companies to Watch” by Grow FL

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3155 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. #110
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