DexterityFundingDexterity, which creates intelligent robotic systems for logistics, warehouses, and supply chain companies, has announced it raised an additional $140 million in Series B equity funding and depth. The company said it will use the new capital to support the growth of the company as its first thousand robots are deployed into production. The latest funding raises Dexterity’s total capitalization over $200 million with a valuation of $1.4 billion.


AgileRobots400x275Agile Robots, which develops intelligent robotics, has announced the completion of a Series C financing round with a total investment of $220 million. The company said funds from this series will be used to further product development, mass production and global sales expansion.


FormicRaaS400x275Formic Technologies, which provides robotics-as-a-service for manufacturers, has launched an offering that lets small and midsize manufacturers hire fully customized robots from top vendors at a low hourly rate with no upfront costs. The company said it handles every aspect of financing and deployment – from scoping, engineering, purchasing, implementation, and maintenance. Formic said it also guarantees uptime, with customers paying nothing for system downtime.


Made4CNC SD100 400x275Denmark-based Made4CNC has announced its first official product, an automatic door opening solution for robotic machine tending. The Safedoor SD100 can open CNC doors up to 1 meter wide and weigh 400 kg, at a speed of 500 mm/sec. The door opener can connect to any robot and CNC via galvanic insulated digital inputs and outputs.


CobotNation Cognex400x275Cobot Nation, an industrial automation company that provides systems for manufacturing companies, has announced partnering with Cognex to incorporate its machine vision systems with collaborative robots (cobots).


Osaro400x275Osaro, which develops and deploys advanced robotic automation for logistics, has announced completing a $30 million Series C funding round, led by Octave Ventures. The new round brings Osaro’s total funding to date to $67.5 million.


Universal ActiNav400x275Universal Robots has announced it will go “on tour” this summer in the U.S. to show off its ActiNav application, which combines intelligent vision and sensor software with its collaborative robots (aka cobots). The application kit aims to solve random bin picking challenges in machine tending applications. The tour will allow manufacturers to experience ActiNav hands-on, with Universal Robots, its partners, and systems integrators.


SICKRuler3000 400x275SICK has announced the first in a new generation of Ruler3000 3D streaming cameras, designed to offer systems integrators with a way to harness the speed and measurement precision of SICK’s high-definition 3D imaging technology. The Ruler3000 is a pre-calibrated device that combines SICK’s Ranger3 streaming camera with a Class 2 eye-safe laser, pre-selected optics and fixed geometries to enable simpler configuration and commissioning.


MechMindMechEye400x275Mech-Mind Robotics, a Chinese AI startup, has announced the launch of its next-generation Mech-Eye Nano Industrial 3D Camera. Featuring a smaller size with high-quality 3D imaging, the Mech-Eye Nano is aimed at precision-required applications and on-arm mounting for pick-and-place robot applications.


Micropsi MIRAI 400x275Micropsi Industries has announced the next-generation of its MIRAI software, which uses artificial intelligence to help industrial and collaborative robots learn to perform camera-guided movements more quickly. Through the software, robots can flexibly react to variances in their tasks in real time by learning from humans. The company said MIRAI customers will notice quicker setup times, down from 2-3 days per skill to about three hours, along with increased robot speeds.


OnRobotVention400x275Vention, which develops manufacturing automation platforms (MAP), has announced a partnership with end-of-arm tools-maker OnRobot to help accelerate the design and deployment of end-to-end cobot applications. As part of the partnership, Vention will offer OnRobot’s library of tools and end-effectors directly on its digital platform where users design their collaborative automation cells.


Cobot MachineTending400x275A new report from research firm ABI Research predicts that the cobot market will grow substantially over the next decade. With a global valuation of $475 million in 2020 and expansion to $600 million this year, BI said the market will surge to $8 billion by 2030, with a compound annual growth rate of 32.5%.


CoBoStack UR10e 400x275Universal Robots has announced enhancing its UR10e with an increased payload of 12.5 kg (25.55 lbs.), giving its best-selling robot the ability to handle heavier items for palletizing, machine tending, and packaging applications. The company said the robot’s price will remain unchanged, with shipments scheduled to start in the second half of June.


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.