Epson Recognized Top Distributors at Robotics Distribution Conference for Taking Robot Performance to the Next Level

Doig Corporation Awarded Epson Robotics Distributor of the Year

Doig Corporation was awarded “Distributor of the Year” at the Epson Robotics Distribution Conference. (L-R: Tom Versfelt, vice president of Channel and Commercial Sales, Epson America, Inc.; Chris Karnitz, sales account manager, Doig Corporation; Jim Winistorfer, president and head coach, Doig Corporation; Tom Kettell, director of Robotics, Epson America, Inc.)

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. – July 6, 2023 – Epson Robots, the #1 SCARA robot manufacturer in the world, recently honored its top robotics distributors of its fiscal year 2023. Approximately 60 AutomateFirstSM partners were in attendance, representing nearly 30 different organizations, at the Robotics Distribution Conference that took place on June 28, 2023 at the Epson America, Inc. headquarters in Los Alamitos.

The conference was held in Epson’s new state-of-the-art Executive Briefing Center which allows Epson customers, partners and community members to interface with Epson technologies as well as conduct their own business. It incorporates Epson’s latest solutions to emphasize Epson’s product innovation and philosophy at all levels of business and operations. Robotics customers can visit the advanced robotic solutions demonstration area as well as review their projects with the application engineering team that is on campus. In addition, the robot training area is where customers can obtain hands-on programming and service training for SCARA and 6-axis robots.

“This past fiscal year, Epson Robots has seen great success in partnership with our standout distributors and leading robot technology. The Robotics Distribution Conference provided us with the opportunity to honor existing and new distributors for taking robot performance to the next level,” said Tom Kettell, director of Robotics, Epson. “These distributors embraced our team marketing approach, ensuring all sales team members completed Epson trainings, took online courses, and engaged with the Epson team to achieve success.”

To recognize the top Epson robotics distributors for their outstanding performance, growth and revenue generated in fiscal year 2023, Kettell and Kaysee Fortenberry, national sales manager of Robotics, announced and distributed the following awards:

  • “Distributor of the Year Award” – Doig Corporation
  • “Excellence in Growth Award” – Gibson Engineering, Inc.
  • “Platinum Sales Achievement Award” – Grupo Kopar
  • “Gold Sales Achievement Award” – Doig Corporation and Factory Automation Components
  • “Sales Achievement Award” – Air Automation Engineering, Air-Oil Systems, Inc., Finch Automation, Inc., Gibson Engineering, Inc., Kiser Controls, Co., Nor-Cal Controls, Inc., Ohlheiser – An OTC Industrial Technologies Company, and Schneider & Company

About Epson Robots
Epson Robots is a global leader in PC-controlled precision factory automation, with well over 150,000 units sold worldwide1 and a product line of hundreds of models of easy-to-use SCARA and 6-Axis robots based on a common PC-based platform. Building on four decades of experience, Epson Robots delivers robots for precision assembly and material handling applications in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, biotechnology, consumer product, electronics, food processing, medical device, pharmaceutical, plastics, semiconductor, and telecommunication industries. For more information, visit

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader whose philosophy of efficient, compact and precise innovation enriches lives and helps create a better world. The company is focused on solving societal issues through innovations in home and office printing, commercial and industrial printing, manufacturing, visual and lifestyle. Epson’s goal is to become carbon negative and eliminate use of exhaustible underground resources such as oil and metal by 2050.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of more than JPY 1 trillion.

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1 Epson internal sales data through 2021.

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