Industrial Robot Arms

SkylineWasher400x275Skyline Robotics, which develops the Ozmo high-rise window-cleaning robot, has announced a key investment from commercial and residential real estate company Durst Ventures. The venture company is an affiliate of The Durst Organization, which owns some of New York City’s most notable skyscrapers, including One Bryant Park, One World Trade Center and 151 West 42nd Street. 

 

Symbotic UNFI 400x275United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) and Symbotic have announced a commercial agreement to implement Symbotic’s artificial intelligence-enabled robotics and software automation in five of UNFI’s distribution centers over the next four years. The agreement also gives UNFI the option to implement Symbotic’s warehouse automation systems in additional distribution centers.

 

GelSightMini400x275GelSight, which develops tactile intelligence sensor technologies, has announced the release of its GelSight Mini, an artificial-intelligence powered 3D tactile sensor. The sensor offers “superhuman touch resolution” to the commercial market, with a compact design for human hands, and robust enough for use by robots and cobots, the company said. In addition, the GelSight Mini can take just five minutes to deliver shareable results out of the box.

 

IMTSRoundup400x275Last week in Chicago, thousands of people attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2022 (IMTS 2022), including companies that produce industrial robots, cobots, software and other robotics accessories. The presence of robots was not dominating like at other trade shows (such as Automate), but did represent a growing interest from attendees that were interested in supplementing their processes through the use of robots.

 

RealtimeFunding400x275Realtime Robotics, which develops collision-free autonomous motion planning software for industrial robots, has announced it raised an additional $14.4 million in funding, led by Soundproof Ventures, Heroic Ventures and SIP Global Partners.

 

OnRobotIMTS MachineTend400x275OnRobot has announced it will preview its automated, application-centered D:PLOY software platform for robotic deployment at next week’s IMTS 2022 show in Chicago. The system can automatically discover and configure all the components in a robotic cell – including collaborative or light industrial robot arm and tools, as well as integrating external I/O from sensors and machines.

 

Universal UR20 400x275Universal Robots has announced its UR20, a collaborative robot (cobot) designed for machining tasks in the manufacturing space. The company plans to demonstrate the UR20 at the upcoming IMTS manufacturing show, Sept. 12-17 in Chicago.

 

AerobotixInlet400x275Aerobotix, an AS9100-certified FANUC robotics integrator, has announced it supported the 40th restoration of air inlet ducts on F-22 Raptor aircraft, as part of a maintenance contract with the U.S. Air Force. The company’s automated painting system gets aircraft back in the sky 80% faster, and has saved the Air Force $8.8 million since 2016.

 

DematicDexterity400x275Dematic has announced a strategic partnership with Dexterity, which provides warehouse robotics, to offer full-task robotics as part of Dematic’s intelligent automation solutions. The relationship will see Dematic selling and deploying Dexterity robotics globally and facilitate Dexterity’s entry into the European market.

 

DHL DoraSorterContrib400x275In the e-commerce sector, the COVID-19 pandemic caused exponential growth, leading to a world of consumers with an insatiable demand to conveniently shop online for the most basic and most necessary items. For companies tasked with sorting and delivering these orders, the rise of volume has caused many challenges, including labor shortages. These factors have accelerated the adoption of robotics and automation.

 

RoboTire Install400x275RoboTire, a Detroit-based robotics and automation company, has announced that a Discount Tire store in Fountain Hills, Ariz., is the first Discount Tire location in North America to install and operate a RoboTire tire-changing system. With more than 1,100 stores in the U.S., Discount Tire said it is installing the RoboTire system as one of many enhancements at its stores, designed to deliver safety and satisfaction in the customer experience.

 

KassowTextileProject400x275Kassow Robots, which develops seven-axis collaborative robot (aka cobot) solutions for machine tending, material handling and other related applications, has announced that its KR1018 cobot is being deployed as part of a solution to automate the textile industry.

 

ABB IRB 365 bottle 400x275ABB has announced an expansion to its FlexPicker Delta robot series with the new IRB 365. The five-axis robot can handle payloads up to 1.5 kg and is designed for reorienting packaged lightweight products such as cookies, chocolates, peppers, candies, small bottles and parcels, among other items.

 

JAKARobotics400x275China’s JAKA Robotics has announced it successfully completed about $150 million in Series D funding in the first half of 2022. The new funds will further support the globalization of the company and the research and development of new generations of its collaborative robots (aka cobots) to have more flexibility and intelligence.

 

OmronFactoryRecorder400x275Automation solution provider Omron Automation Americas has launched a new Factory Drive Recorder software that is fully compatible with its Omron M Series cameras. The new solution aims to help engineers perform high-level corrective maintenance in the life science, automotive, semiconductor, electronics, machine tooling, and food and beverage industries.

 

ComauRacer 400x275Comau has announced its new Racer-5 Sensitive Environments (SE), a high-speed industrial robot designed for special and sensitive settings found in the pharmaceutical, health & beauty, food & beverage, and electronics industries. The Racer-5 SE features a food grade lubrication, protective water, heat and grease-resistant coating to respond to the demand for IP67 certification and ISO 5 Clean room classification. The design also protects from chemical agents and the need to reduce the risk of contamination.