VentionFunding400x275Montreal-based Vention, which develops a digital manufacturing automation platform (MAP), has announced raising $95 million in Series C financing. The company said it will use the new funds to grow its go-to-market, expand its global distribution footprint, and accelerate the development of its hardware and software platform.


SouthieFunding400x275Boston-based Southie Autonomy, which develops intelligent robotic automation software, has announced raising $2.5 million in seed funding. The company also announced an additional $5 million in venture lease funding to support Southie’s robot-as-a-service business model.


CybernetixVentures400x275Cybernetix Ventures, an independent venture capital firm that invests in early-stage robotics, automation and artificial intelligence companies, has announced launching its first global fund, headquartered in Boston. 


Amorphology400x275Amorphology, a NASA spinoff company created from technology developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the California Institute of Technology, has announced a partnership with Additive Technologies (AddiTech), which develops affordable multi-metal 3D printing systems. Together, the two companies are developing the additive manufacturing of multi-metal gear components for robotics.


3MRoboTape 400x275Commercial bonding manufacturer 3M has teamed up with systems integrator Innovative Automation to provide industrial manufacturers with an automated solution for tape applications that require precision, repeatability and high output. The RoboTape System for 3M Tape allows manufacturers to gain the benefits of 3M tape in an assembly process, while also maximizing production throughput, improving quality, and reducing manual labor and limiting re-work.


UniversalQ1Revenues400x275Denmark-based Universal Robots has reported record Q1 revenue of $85 million, up 30% from its Q1 2021 revenue.


SeegridSumitomo400x275Seegrid, which develops autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for material handling tasks, has announced that Sumitomo Drive Technologies has chosen Seegrid’s mobile automation solutions for its expanded manufacturing operations. Sumitomo, which makes power transmission components, will deploy Seegrid’s Palion AMR fleet and the Fleet Central enterprise software to support autonomous hauling of parts and equipment between an existing 250,000-square-foot assembly facility and a new 100,000-square-foot warehouse.


ABB high speed alignment400x275ABB Robotics has announced a new software solution to transform speed and accuracy in electronics assembly. The High Speed Alignment software includes 50 years of software expertise, and is the first to offer manufacturers the ability to increase the speed of six-axis robots by 70%, and accuracy by 50%, ABB said.


KinovaLink6 400x275Montreal-based Kinova Robotics has announced the Link 6, a new generation industrial robot created from start to finish in North America, and designed for businesses looking to benefit from automation.


ADLINK EOS JNX G400x275ADLINK Technology today has launched its four-channel Gigabit Ethernet NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX-based Edge AI Vision Inference System. The EOS-JNX series features smart Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE loss detection, dedicated GigE bandwidth, and 100m GigE cable non-drop frame capture, designed for PoE camera-based applications. The system is designed for edge AI applications that can process real-time visual intelligence at the edge with ready-to-deploy software tools and outstanding hardware design, ADLINK said.


GeekPlusBosch400x275Geek+, which develops autonomous mobile robots, and Bosch Rexroth, which develops drive and control technology, have announced a strategic channel agreement for North America. THe partnership also helped develop a unique version of Geek+’s MP1000R mobile robot, augmented with laser localization software ROKIT Locator by Bosch Rexroth. The partnership aims to develop new technologies and deploy them to clients in North America.


ToyotaVentures22Call 400x275Toyota Ventures has launched its third global “call for innovation,” searching for early-stage companies that can help make the factory of the future a reality sooner. In partnership with Toyota’s Manufacturing Project Innovation Center (MPIC) and the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), the 2022 call focuses on scalable solutions that can modernize manufacturing and advance sustainable production.


SICK deTec4 400x275SICK has launched its deTec4 Smart Box Detection access protection system, which allows secondary packaging machines in the end-of-line area, top and side loaders, or sorter and ejector modules to be operated in a safe and user-friendly manner.


KassowKR1018 400x275Denmark’s Kassow Robots has announced a new 7-axis robot and cobot solution for machine tending, material handling and related applications. The KR1018 is available in North America, with capabilities strong enough to perform machine tending with heavy metal and plastic parts, and to carry out pick-and-place tasks at high payloads, the company said.


ABB IRB5710 400x275ABB has announced two new robot families to its portfolio of large robots for complex manufacturing applications. The new IRB 5710 and 5720 robots aim to deliver increased productivity and enhanced performance with higher uptime for applications including electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, foundry, forging, rubber, plastics and metal fabrication.


DOBOT M1Pro400x275China’s DOBOT has announced the new M1 Pro, its second-generation SCARA collaborative robot, or cobot. It showed the cobot at this week’s International Robot Exhibition 2022 (iREX 2022) event in Japan.