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MeloneeWise400x275Tailos, which is developing autonomous robots for the hospitality and industrial cleaning industries, has announced the election of Melonee Wise to the company’s board of directors. Wise, the founder of Fetch Robotics and current vice president of Automation at Zebra Technologies (which acquired Fetch in 2021), brings decades of experience in robotics development and building innovative companies.


LivingVehicle2023 400x275Living Vehicle, which is creating a luxury travel trailer, has announced its 2023 model that includes technology that gets it closer to achieving a Net-Zero offering. The new Living Vehicle 2023 Travel Trailer lets owners “travel far away from campgrounds and overcrowded RV parks” with solar technology capable of creating an endless water supply for its owners.


Automate2022 Wrapup400x275The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) said the Automate 2022 trade conference was the most successful in its history, with new records for registrants, exhibit booths and online engagement during its four-day run earlier this month. Organizers said the event is expected to be even bigger in 2023, with nearly 75% of an expanded show floor already booked for the event, May 22-25, 2023, in Detroit.


AlliedMotion Airex400x275Allied Motion Technologies, which designs and manufacturers precision and specialty motion control products, has announced it acquired Airex LLC, a privately owned company with more than 70 years of history providing high-precision electromagnetic components for aerospace/defense, life sciences, semiconductor and other commercial industrial applications.


AutomateTrends FANUC 400x275One of the great things about attending trade shows and conferences in person is being able to see “the big picture” and larger trends within a market based on conversations with several companies and attendees, rather than individual news announcements or meetings. Such was the case for us at this week’s Automate 2022 event in Detroit, where robot manufacturers, component makers and systems integrators gathered to meet with customers and potential customers looking to automate their organizations.


AutomatePR 400x275Starting on Monday, June 6, thousands of attendees are expected to visit the Automate 2022 show, which runs through June 9 in Detroit. Along with the attendees, hundreds of exhibitors will show off the latest in robotics, automation, components, vision systems and more to highlight the current and future state of automation.


KUKA A3Q1 22 400x275The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) reported that North American companies purchased the most robots ever in a single quarter during Q1 2022, with 11,595 robots sold at a value of $646 million. This broke the record previously set in Q4 2021, indicating that companies continue to buy robots to solve their automation challenges.


NalaRobotsCook400x275In a survey conducted on behalf of Nala Robotics, 58% of Americans said they have either eaten food cooked by a robot, or would be interested in doing so. In addition, respondents said robot benefits in restaurants include better hygiene, consistency, food, and cost.


USARC Clusters400x275Three of the largest robotics clusters in the U.S. have joined to form the United States Alliance of Robotics Clusters (USARC), which aims to support the development, commercialization and scaling of robotics through collaborating with government and industry stakeholders.


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. 


RelayRobotics400x275Relay Robotics – a new company formed by the acquisition of robotics developer Savioke – has announced completing a $10 million Series A financing round, as well as the appointment of Michael O’Donnell as chairman and CEO. Savioke’s co-founder, Steve Cousins, will become chief technology officer of Relay Robotics and lead the company’s product strategy and innovation efforts, the company said.


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


PepperNAO400x275The United Robotics Group (URG), a subsidiary of the RAG-Stiftung in Essen, Germany, has announced an agreement with SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. (SRGB) to acquire the French subsidiary SoftBank Robotics Europe SAS (SBRE). SBRG will acquire a minority stake in URG and the two companies will continue to cooperate in the global marketing of various robots, including the Pepper and NAO humanoid robots.


ElectroRoute400x275Electreon, which develops wireless and in-road wireless electric vehicle (EV) technology, has announced a one-year extension of the Smartroad Gotland pilot project in Sweden. Funded by the Swedish Transportation Administration, the $2.17 million extension includes an upgrade of 400 meters to the existing installation.


RE2 Sarcos400x275Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation has announced a definitive merger agreement with Pittsburgh-based RE2 Inc., which develops autonomous and teleoperated mobile robotic systems for use in the aviation, construction, defense and medical industries. The transaction is $100 million, consisting of $30 million in cash and $70 million of Sarcos common stock.


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.