VersaBuilt Robotics

Transforming Manufacturing

About


VersaBuilt Robotics is a leading technology company, based in Boise, Idaho, providing robot automated CNC solutions to manufacturers worldwide. The Company also offers advanced engineering and support services to its global customer base.

VersaBuilt Robotics holds multiple patents for their MultiGrip™ techology.

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Management Team


Al Youngwerth

Al Youngwerth

CEO

With several successful startups behind him, Al brings leadership in startup management, growth, product development, software development, mechanical design, manufacturing and operations. In addition to founding Rekluse Motor Sports and VersaBuilt, he has also held senior level positions at Apexx Technology and Extended Systems. Al holds a Masters degree from California State University, Chico in Computer Science. When not tinkering with robots or new business opportunities, Al likes to fly airplanes with his newly aquired pilots license.

Brian Havey

Brian Havey

Director of Sales

Starting his career as an electrical engineer with Orbital Sciences provided Brian with a unique perspective as he seized the opportunity to transition into a customer facing role in technical field sales helping organizations increase sales for global manufacturers. Brian holds a Bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University in Electrical Engineering. Currently he provides leadership for the VersaBuilt team in customer management and sales as well as the occasional electrical engineering project. After work Brian seeks adventure by tackling many of Idaho’s beautiful whitewater rapids.

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Andrea Keithline

Customer Engagement Manager

Andrea, with her background in growing company administration, has played a vital role in building the foundation of VersaBuilt. Her primary responsibility is to function as a liaison between customers and VersaBuilt’s engineering and production department making sure that the lines of communication remain open and productive. Outside of the office, you can find Andrea exploring the mountains of Idaho (and beyond), camping, hiking, or challenging the rapids on rafting trips.

Ben Blaine

Ben Blaine

Director of Mechanical Engineering

Ben has more than 20 years of experience in development of new products and industrial automation, with invaluable experience in the Medical Device, Wood Products, and Solar industries. Ben holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Idaho. When not designing, testing or breaking things at VersaBuilt, Ben enjoys playing or watching sports with his wife and 3 sons.

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Nathan Bussey

Software Engineering Manager

Nathan has more than 20 years of experience in high tech. Previously Nathan lent his talents to TSYS and HP. Nathan holds an MBA from Boise State University as well as a BBA from Boise State University in Computer Information Systems. Currently he provides leadership for the VersaBuilt team in project management and software development. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys traveling near and far with his beautiful wife.

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Sarah Haight

Director of Operations

Sarah has more than 10 years of experience in engineering and operation management. Prior to Versabuilt, Sarah brought value to Daimler-Chrysler, MotivePower, Boise State University, and Rekluse Motorsports. Sarah holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Idaho and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Sarah brings leadership to the team through lean manufacturing implementation and strong analytical skills. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys climbing rock walls, riding her pedal bike and spending time with friends and family.

Our Story


The VersaBuilt Robotics was born out of the CNC production facility of Rekluse Motor Sports. Rekluse is a leading manufacturer of aftermarket motorcycle clutches. Being successful in the aftermarket motorcycle clutch business requires making many different part numbers in small quantities, with large swings in volume due to seasonal demand. Recognizing that CNC operator labor was a constraint for the business, Rekluse management made the decision to pursue robotic CNC automation.

Working with a local robotics integrator, and starting with traditional robot grippers and CNC vises, the team was soon struggling. Trying to integrate the dozens of diverse part shapes that were candidates for robotic automation was proving to be more difficult, time consuming and expensive than anticipated.

One day, after a frustrating round of failures, one of the engineers asked, “Why can’t the robot and CNC vise use the same jaws?” After a round of glances with raised eyebrows, the discussion quickly moved to a whiteboard brainstorming session. The team recognized that if they could make a jaw system that was shared by both the robot and the CNC, they could truly generalize the integration of almost any part shape for automation.

After several months of R&D, the first version of MultiGrip jaws were put into production. With MultiGrip jaws, the team was soon integrating new parts for automation in hours instead of weeks. Patents for the new technology were filed.

The management team at Rekluse recognized that MultiGrip technology had applications far beyond the needs of Rekluse. In 2014, VersaBuilt, Inc. was formed as a new company to build a product around the new MultiGrip jaw technology.

Today, VersaBuilt Robotics is helping global manufacturing organizations recognize the benefits of robotic automation across a wide range of industries.