Mobile (AMRs)

Cincoze 400x275Taiwan’s Cincoze has announced that its Cincoze DS-1300 rugged industrial computer series has become the choice of epidemic prevention equipment vendors. The DS-1300 can be used within intelligent thermal gate warning systems and intelligent autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that provide disinfection tasks.


inViaRobotics400x275InVia Robotics, which develops next-generation warehouse automation solutions including autonomous mobile robots, has announced raising $30 million in a Series C funding round. The round was co-led by M12 (Microsoft’s venture fund) and Qualcomm Ventures, with participation from Hitachi Ventures and existing investors Point 72, Upfront, and Embark. The company has raised $59 million from strategic funders to date.


Cepton dSPACE 400x275Cepton, which provides intelligent lidar-based solutions, and dSPACE, which develops simulation and validation solutions, have announced a collaboration to enable easier adoption of lidar technology in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), autonomous vehicles (AV), and other autonomous applications. The partnership looks to enable dSPACE to integrate Cepton’s lidar sensors into its simulation tool chain, helping customers accelerate their development using Cepton lidars.


InOrbitArch400x275InOrbit, which develops a cloud-based robotics operations platform, has announced that it is fully compatible with robots that implement the recently announced MassRobotics AMR Interoperability Standard. In addition, the company said it is helping robotics companies become compliant with the standard, which allows autonomous mobile robots to share information about the robot’s speed, location, direction, health, tasking/availability, and other performance statistics.


ABB ASTI Mobile400x275ABB has announced it will acquire ASTI Mobile Robotics Group, a global provider of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). The acquisition will expand ABB’s robotics and automation offerings, giving it a complete portfolio for the next generation of flexible automation, the company said in a statement. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, but the deal is expected to close in mid-summer 2021.


FetchCasePicking 400x275Fetch Robotics and Körber have announced a new integrated case pick-to-pallet solution that combines Fetch’s autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) with Körber’s warehouse management systems. The offering dynamically orchestrates the movement of warehouse associates and robots (the Freight500 and Freight1500) to assist distribution centers with picking workflows.


BerkshireGrey400x275Berkshire Grey, which develops artificial intelligence-enabled robotic solutions to help automate supply chains, has announced securing more than $23 million in a multiphase order with a global retailer for online same-day grocery fulfillment. The company’s Intelligent Enterprise Robotics (IER) solutions will robotically pick grocery items from inventory and pack them into customer bags to fill orders that are placed online and via mobile apps. The company declined to name the name of the retailer in the agreement.


BrainTennant DenverSchools400x275Brain Corp, which develops AI software for robots, has announced that the Denver Public Schools will deploy BrainOS-powered robotic scrubbers, manufactured by Tennant Company, to enhance their cleanliness and sanitation at more than 200 schools.


FanucRobots400x275Two robot manufacturers have announced milestone deployments or shipments of its robots this week. Japan’s FANUC, which develops CNCs, robots and factory automation systems, announced the production of its 750,000th industrial robot, which it said represents a record high point in the industry. Meanwhile, China’s Geek+ announced it has sold 20,000 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) worldwide for global supply chain purposes.


FetchFamily400x275Zebra Technologies has announced its intention to acquire Fetch Robotics, which provides on-demand automation through autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). The $290 million purchase price includes 95% of the business that Zebra does not already own, and the transaction is expected to close in Q3 2021.


Pregis InViaPartner400x275inVia Robotics, which develops next-generation warehouse automation systems, has announced agreements with more than 10 companies providing technology solutions in warehouses. The agreements are part of a new channel partner program designed to supplement inVia’s direct selling initiatives through new channels, including international markets. 


OTTO1500 load 400x275OTTO Motors, which develops autonomous mobile robots, has announced a series of partnerships to extend availability of its robots to a global audience. The company also said it completed third-party assessments that meet or exceed relevant safety standards in Europe and the U.S., including ANSI/RIA R15.08.


SwisslogCarryPick400x275Swisslog has announced that Toyota Motor North America will install a goods-to-person automation system that features Swisslog’s CarryPick storage and order picking system in its Hebron, Kentucky, facility to enable continued growth and keep up with demand in the automotive spare parts market.


RufusInVia 400x275Rufus Labs, which develops intelligent wearable warehouse technology and workforce analytics software, and inVia Robotics, which provides warehouse automation solutions, have announced a strategic partnership to help warehouses increase their productivity in fulfillment, replenishment, and returns processes.


JabilOptics400x275Jabil has announced that its optical design center is currently developing a new ominidirectional sensor aimed at robotic and industrial platforms. The 3D time-of-flight  (ToF) depth sensor with a 360-degree-by-60-degree field of view is being developed by combining a custom optical assembly with an active illumination approach. Jabil said the solid-state design is one of several sensing systems that Jabil Optics is designing to support lower-cost autonomous mobile robot and collaborative robot platforms.


BerkshireGreyMobile400x275Berkshire Grey, which develops AI-enabled robotic solutions that automate supply chain processes, has launched the next generation of its Intelligent Enterprise Robotic (IER) picking and mobility solutions that utilize mobile robots. The company said the robots offer increased fulfillment throughput at a lower cost point to enable shorter delivery times and support more SKUs.