ActiNavUniversal400x275Universal Robots has chosen four U.S.-based systems integrators to assist manufacturers with deployments of its ActiNav system, which combines real-time autonomous motion control, UR cobots, vision and sensor systems in a seamless application kit. The kit helps solve random bin picking challenges in machine tending applications where precision is needed during the placement phase.


AI2THOR 400x275The Allen Institute for AI (AI2), which conducts research and engineering in the field of artificial intelligence, has announced the 3.0 release of its embodied AI framework, known as AI2-THOR. The new version adds active object manipulation to its testing framework to allow robotics developers to train robots in a virtual environment instead of real-world training methods.


IndustrialRobotsFrostSullivan400x275A new analysis by Frost & Sullivan says the global industrial robotics market will reach revenues of $38.3 billion in 2024, up from $22.2 billion in 2020 (a 12.2% compound annual growth rate). Despite uncertainty in the automotive space and the COVID-19 pandemic, rising demand from industries such as pharmaceuticals, food & beverage, and electrical and electronics are expected to propel growth over the next five years.

HireboticsCobotWelder400x275Hirebotics, which develops cobot technology applications, has announced its new Cobot Welder a user-friendly collaborative robot welding system that enables painless automated welding deployments. The company will host an online launch event next week with its partner, Universal Robots, to showcase how cobot welding can increase productivity and decrease the time required to teach the cobot.


UniversalWeldingMetalFabExpo400x275Universal Robots is holding the latest of its virtual events that focus on industries and applications most relevant to collaborative robots to the manufacturing audience. Held on April 13 and 14 (and available for 90 days after), the Metal Fabrication is part of Universal’s Cobot Expo Series for 2021. 

WaypointProductive400x275Waypoint Robotics has teamed up with Productive Robotics to create a mobile manipulation robot aimed at small and midsize companies. The combination takes Waypoint’s omnidirectional autonomous mobile robot (AMR) with the 7-axis collaborative robot arm from Productive to create a mobile manipulator for manufacturing and logistics applications. Workers can use the mobile platform to perform repetitive tasks such as machine tending, quality assurance sampling, material replenishment, packaging, among other tasks.


DoosanCobots400x275South Korea’s Doosan Robotics has announced the release of its ROS 2 package, compatible with the latest ROS 2 Foxy Fitzroy. The company said it plans to release the package later this year, positioning itself as the first company to operate collaborative robots driven by the newest version of ROS 2.

Umbratek400x275China’s Umbratek, a new robotic startup, has released its first robotic arm series, called the UTRA, on Kickstarter. The company is offering five different robot arm models to choose from, with a modular design aimed to be powerful and affordable. The UTRA series is available for as low as $2,999 via a Super Early Bird Special on Kickstarter.


MIT RF Grasp400x275In recent years, robots have gained artificial vision, touch, and even smell. “Researchers have been giving robots human-like perception,” says MIT Associate Professor Fadel Adib. In a new paper, Adib’s team is pushing the technology a step further. “We’re trying to give robots superhuman perception,” he says.

Universal SiemensNews400x275Universal Robots has announced that information about its collaborative robots will be added to the Simatic Robot Library, part of the Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portal. This will give machine builders and system integrators the opportunity to integrate UR cobots into complex machines and manufacturing environments. The interpreter interface is planned to be completed within Q4 2021, Universal Robots said.


SICK sBotStop URCap400x275SICK and Universal Robots have announced a new safety solution that can help safeguard accessible robotic applications. When combined, the sBot safety system and URCap from SICK increases productivity with immediate automated restart, creating the fastest way to implement speed and separation monitoring for cooperative robot applications.

ScanCobot400x275Capture 3D, a provider of 3D measurement solutions and the U.S. partner for GOM GmbH, has announced the GOM ScanCobot, a mobile automated 3D scanning system that integrates with GOM’s blue light 3D scanners ATOS Q and ATOS Core. The combined system lets users create automation routines to produce precise, accurate, and repeatable measurement results without any prior knowledge of robotics programming, the company said.


NimbleRobotics400x275San Francisco-based Nimble Robotics has announced raising $50 million in Series A financing, led by DNS Capital and GSR Ventures, with participation from Accel and Reinvent Capital and others. The company said it will use the capital to further accelerate hiring plans, product and technology development, and scaling of robot deployments for customers’ fulfillment operations.

OnRobotMG10 400x275OnRobot has launched the MG10, an advanced magnetic gripper designed for material handling, assembly and machine tending applications in the manufacturing, automotive, and aerospace sectors. Fully compatible with all major robot brands, the all-electric gripper includes programmable force features and comes with a built-in grip and part detection sensors.


Inrotech Crawler400x275Denmark-based Introtech has announced an order for an extensive set of welding robots placed by Halter Marine, based in Pascagoula, Miss., The robots will be used during the construction of the U.S. Coast Guard’s new Polar Security Cutter, a 460-foot vessel that will support U.S. interests in Arctic and Antarctic waters.

VicariousSystem400x275GreyOrange, which develops software and robotics for fulfillment automation, has announced a partnership with Vicarious, an AI robotics integrator that automates tasks that are too versatile and complex to be handled by traditional, hard-coded automation systems. The partnership has launched an Autonomous Vertical Picking solution that automates pick-and-pack operations for omnichannel fulfillment in the apparel space.