About Us

Dedicated to Life Sciences Automation Solutions for 30+ Years

Expertise Based on Nearly 50 Years in Business

R+D Automation designs, builds and maintains machines that automate manufacturing and processes of the life sciences industry. Many of our machines automate multiple processes – with each process seamlessly communicating with a subsequent process.

While the automation systems we build are truly customized for specific needs, we are experts at integrating existing, proven technologies in our machines – streamlining the design and manufacturing process and removing risk.

Along with the design and manufacture of automation solutions, we maintain machines built by R+D and others, and provide retrofit and upgrade services on machines.

Solutions for Major Corporations and Start-Ups

We work with some of the world’s biggest life sciences corporations, as well as start-up companies that want to benefit from automation, or that are developing new processes that could be automated.

From our headquarters in southeastern Wisconsin, we serve clients throughout the U.S. as well as abroad, providing custom machine building that is second to none.

R+D started as a tool-and-die shop in 1977. Since then, we have continuously expanded our automation capabilities to bring the latest proven, innovative, and fully customized systems to our customers. For more than 30 years, our main focus has been collaborating with the life sciences industry on automation systems for assembly lines and manufacturing processes.

A Krones Group Company with International Scope

In 2022, we became part of The Krones Group – an international family of companies with a focus on automation but also providing other services and products.

Today we operate out of a modern, clean, 65,000-square-foot facility, and we’ve built a team of knowledgeable and experienced engineers, machinists and assemblers. We have a stable, consistent leadership team and we continually develop the next generation of leadership.

With our capable and cross-trained team, R+D provides full-service capabilities so that 98% of custom machine building can stay in-house, allowing greater control and accountability for budget, quality, and deadlines. If deadlines and time to market are driving factors, R+D’s proven Flex Capacity model can be engaged.

Explore Markets

auto injectors


Automation for assembly, inspection and packaging for pharmaceuticals. 

sharps containers

Medical Devices

Manufacturing, assembly and packaging of single-use medical items.

industrial automation

Beyond Life Sciences

Automation systems for industries and markets outside of Life Sciences.


“R+D has played a tremendous role in helping us increase our efficiency, productivity, and quality of our products across all of our centers.”

– Pharmaceutical Process Development Engineer

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Full Scope of In-House Services

  • Consulting & Collaborating
  • Planning
  • Process Development
  • Machine Design
  • Software Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Assembly & Installation
  • Commissioning
  • Qualification
  • Post-Installation Support
  • Preventive Maintenance