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Beacon Engineered Solutions Recognized with 2022 MAPP Innovation Award
Manufacturers Association of Plastic Processors (MAPP) acknowledges inventive automation solutions.

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (October 14, 2022) – Beacon Engineered Solutions, formerly Donnelly Custom Manufacturing, is pleased to announce its recent recognition as a MAPP Innovation Award winner. The company took second place in the large company category which was presented at the 2022 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference on Oct. 7, 2022. This peer-voted designation showcased successful methods and best practices in manufacturing automation.

The Beacon Engineered Solutions team leveraged in-house expertise to address labor constraints that put pressure on the mastering of manufacturing complexities associated with 1,900 active molds and an average of 25-40 mold setups per day on its 39 injection molding presses. With simultaneous investments in upskilling its people, technology and equipment, the team was able to design, build, program, and implement Flexible Automation that increased agility to respond to fluctuating customer demand. As of September 2022, Flexible Automation projects implemented in 2022 have saved Beacon Engineered Solutions 4,000 labor hours with projections of an additional 3,500 labor hours savings throughout the remainder of the year.

“I’m proud of the teamwork and creative problem solving that went into designing a solution that would overcome labor limitations and maintain our unrelenting commitment to finding innovative ways to manage complexities for our customers,” said Jerry Bienias, general manager at Beacon Engineered Solutions. “It is an honor to be recognized by our peers in MAPP for the innovative approach taken to address the ongoing workforce issues we’re all experiencing in our industry.”

The eighth annual MAPP Innovation Award competition focused on the theme of automated manufacturing solutions. Member plastic processors were encouraged to enter submissions demonstrating how they continue to do their work better with innovative automation at their facilities. The submissions were voted on by their peers within the association’s membership.


About Beacon Engineered Solutions

Formerly Donnelly Custom Manufacturing Company, Beacon Engineered Solutions is a plastics contract manufacturer focused on mastering production complexities throughout the product lifecycle. Leveraging decades of engineering expertise, the company successfully launches new products, manages ongoing production, and carefully adjusts deliveries to meet customers’ evolving needs across the Industrial, Electrical, and Aerospace / Defense markets – and beyond. Beacon Engineered Solutions is uniquely positioned to offer upfront engineering services supplemented with continuous inventory management to solve manufacturing complexities for its customers. The company has facilities in Alexandria, MN and Leominster, MA.

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