Applied Manufacturing Technologies Partners With Soft Robotics for Materials Handling

AMT and Soft Robotics will provide robotics with soft grippers and 3D vision and AI to respond to a spike in interest in material handling systems.

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Soft Robotics provides compliant grippers for the food industry and other applications.
Applied Manufacturing Technologies will integrate end-of-arm tooling from Soft Robotics to meet increased demand for materials handling robots in multiple industries.

Applied Manufacturing Technologies, an automation engineering company supporting manufacturers, robot companies, systems integrators, line builders, and automation users worldwide, today announced a strategic partnership with robotic tooling and software manufacturer Soft Robotics Inc.

“We have seen a sharp uptick in requests to provide specialized material handling solutions for a variety of industries,” stated Rick Vanden Boom, vice president of sales at Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT). “We are excited to partner with Soft Robotics as a preferred system integrator to best take advantage of their unique gripping technologies and software.”

Founded in 1989, Applied Manufacturing Technologies said it has more than 120 experienced and highly trained controls and automation engineers with more 1,250 combined years of experience. The company assists customers with projects at any stage of development, from conceptualization and design to troubleshooting and expansion. AMT said it has engineered over 25,000 automation systems worldwide on 5,500 projects for over 600 customers.

Soft Robotics provides proprietary grippers

Bedford, Mass.-based Soft Robotics designs and builds automated picking solutions using proprietary soft robotic grippers, 3D machine perception, and SoftAI artificial intelligence. The company said its systems enable machine builders to solve the hardest piece-picking problems in industries such as food and beverage processing, consumer packaged goods, and logistics.

“As an industry leader in robotics automation for over 30 years, Applied Manufacturing Technologies provides the right solution to each and every application,” said Harley Green, director of business development at Soft Robotics. “Their knowledge, expertise, and dedication to their customers makes them a powerful and strategic partner for Soft Robotics.”

AMT supports range of applications, industries

Applied Manufacturing Technologies said it specializes in material handling projects with arbitrary object picking, packaging, and palletizing operations. The company offers systems integration and engineering services such as turnkey industrial controls, robotic programming, and automation consulting, combining “best-in-class technologies and custom automation.”

In addition, AMT designs customized hardware and software packages to support automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) and distribution centers. They are designed to speed up and optimize the order-fulfillment process for e-commerce providers, it said.

AMT said it works closely with customers in the warehousing, food and beverage, consumer products, and other industries to provide material transport systems for a variety of types of cargo. Manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, medical, alternative energy, fabricated metal, industrial machinery, and rubber and plastics space have also used AMT's systems.

AMT has integrated robots for case sortation and palletizing.

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Soft Robotics provides compliant grippers for the food industry and other applications.

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