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FANUC A3reportQ12021 400x275Substantial increases in robot orders from the metals sector, pharmaceuticals, food and consumer goods helped drive a 20% increase in North American robot orders during the first quarter of 2021, the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) reported today. The Q1 2021 numbers were also the second-largest quarter ever for non-automotive sector robot sales, as companies recovering from COVID-19 slowdowns realize that robotics and automation can help them recover.


PathRobotics400x275Columbus, Ohio-based Path Robotics, which is developing an autonomous robotic welding system, has announced raising $56 million in Series B funding, bringing the total invested into the company to $71 million. Leading the round was Addition, joining returning investors Drive Capital, Basis Set, and Lemnos Lab.


SymbioRobotics400x275Symbio Robotics, which develops artificial intelligence for industrial robotics, has announced working with Ford Motor Company to deploy an AI-controlled robot at the automaker’s Livonia Transmission Plant. The robot is programmed and managed with Symbio’s robot-agnostic platform, SymbioDCS, to assemble transmissions for the Bronco Sport, Escape, and Edge, among others.


ABB IRB1300 Cleanroom400x275ABB has announced that its six-axis industrial robot, the IRB1300, includes new protection elements that allow it to be used in tough industrial applications and contamination-free production processes, opening new opportunities in several industry spaces, including electronics assembly, and automotive and metals fabrication.


PlusOneRoboticsFounders400x275Plus One Robotics, which develops vision software for logistics robots, has announced raising $33 million of Series B funding. The funding will be used to support the company’s ongoing expansion in the U.S. and Europe, as well as continued product development to meet rapidly rising customer demand driven by the global boom in e-commerce, the company said in a statement.


FANUC LRMateSeries400x275FANUC America, which manufactures CNCs and industrial robots, has introduced the LR Mate 200iD/14L, the 10th model variation of its LR Mate series of tabletop industrial robots. Since launching the LR Mate Series almost 30 years ago, it has become one of FANUC’s biggest sellers, with more than 70,000 units installed across the globe.

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.

BerkshireGrey400x275SoftBank Robotics and SoftBank Logistics have announced a joint partnership with Berkshire Grey to offer an advanced third-party logistics service for eCommerce fulfillment. The SB Logistics’ 3PL offering uses Berkshire Grey’s Intelligent Enterprise Robotics solutions that autonomously pick, carefully place, and pack customer orders to best meet the extremely high standards in the Japanese market, the companies said in a statement.

ComauRockwell400x275Rockwell Automation and Comau have announced they are joining forces to give businesses worldwide vital tools to maximize manufacturing efficiencies through unified robot control solutions. The goal is to simplify robot integration for manufacturers, giving them easier, smarter and more productive ways to design, deploy and manage robot applications.

PickleRobotDill400x275Pickle Robot Co. has released a video showing off details of its Dill robot, which can unload boxes from messy trailers at a rate of more than 1,600 picks per hour. The company’s Trailer Unload configuration will be available for reservations in June, with shipping expected in 2022.

VeoFreeMoveFanuc 400x275Veo Robotics, which develops technology aimed to make industrial robots more responsive to humans, has announced that its flagship product, FreeMove, has received safety certification from TÜV Rheinland for its industrial robot safeguarding system. Through dynamic, 3D speed and separation monitoring the FreeMove system has been certified for compliance with ISO 13849 for PLd, Category 3, the company said. The certified solution is now available for purchase from Veo Robotics.

AmbiRobotics 400x275Ambi Robotics, which was previously known as Ambidextrous Laboratories, has emerged from stealth to introduce AmbiOS, an advanced robot operating system that is based on simulation-to-reality artificial intelligence. The company also announced a $6.1 million seed funding round as part of its announcement.

ST R18 Delta400x275ST Robotics has announced the latest addition to its range of low-cost industrial robots, the ST R18 Delta Robot System. With a cost substantially lower than other major manufacturers, the turnkey system is based on the Igus drylin delta robot, but powered by ST’s K11R robot controller, the company said.

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.


Piab CheeseSlices400x275Through the use of suction cups and vacuum generators, Piab and CAMA Group have created a new packaging system that can handle and package 280 pouches of cheese slices per minute. The system allows for the automatic handling of pouches of different formats at high process speeds.

YaskawaRobots400x275Robotics companies are expecting a 40% increase in employment during 2021, and revenue growth of nearly 50%, according to a new survey published by Interact Analysis and the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), which is holding its Automate Forward virtual trade show this week.