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Fabtech 2021 Exhibitors Offer Systems for Small and Midsize Manufacturers
As manufacturers struggle with skilled staffing shortages, exhibitors at Fabtech 2021 displayed robots for gripping delicate objects, painting, and other production processes.

9 Welding Robots to Watch From Fabtech 2021
At Fabtech 2021, cobot vendors displayed the latest features and accessories for automated welding, as shops struggle with worker shortages exacerbated by the pandemic.

Flow Robotics Brings flowbot ONE Pipetting Robot to North America
Flow Robotics designed flowbot ONE to simply and safely handle liquids, relieving laboratory personnel of tedious or dangerous pipetting. The company

Stord Raises Series D Funding, Acquires Fulfillment Works to Widen Cloud-Based Logistics
With Fulfillment Works' facilities and direct-to-consumer experience, Stord said it is building out its supply chain network for high-volume, high-complexity customers in advance of peak season

Warehouses Not Yet Taking Full Advantage of AI, Finds Lucas Systems Study
Lucas Systems recently commissioned a study conducted by Vanson Bourne. It found that warehouse executives are interested in AI and automation but worry about costs.

GEODIS Partners With AHS to Implement Exotec Skypod Automation for E-Commerce Fulfillment
GEODIS, a logistics provider for e-commerce fulfillment, is working with Advanced Handling Systems to deploy Exotec's Skypod system at its new Nashville facility.

Argo AI, Ford, and Walmart to Launch Autonomous Vehicle Deliveries in Three Cities
Self-driving vehicle developer Argo AI, automaker Ford, and retailer Walmart said they will address growing demand and learn about last-mile, autonomous deliveries.

Soft Robotics Launches SoftAI to Help Food Industry Adopt Robots
SoftAI can augment industrial robots with "hand-eye" coordination, says Soft Robotics. It could drive automation adoption for a more resilient food supply chain, it said.

Keenon Robotics Raises $200M in Series D Funding for Service Robots
Keenon Robotics plans to use its latest financing, led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, to develop applications for its mobile service robots and expand into new markets.

MassRobotics Opens Applications for Second Jumpstart Fellowship Program to Encourage Robotics Diversity
MassRobotics has opened registration for the second cohort of its Jumpstart Fellowship Program offering diverse high school girls opportunities to learn about STEM careers.

Cobot Arc Welders Draw Attendee Attention as Fabtech Returns
While attendance was off a bit from 2019 at Fabtech 2021 in Chicago this week, the show was an opportunity to see the latest in collaborative robots for welding.

DeepRoute.ai Closes $300M Series B Funding, Plans to Scale Urban Logistics and Fleet Operation
DeepRoute.ai, which raised $100 million in addition to the stake that Alibaba acquired last month, plans to grow its urban robotaxi and autonomous truck operations.

Ambi Robotics Raises $26M Series A Funding Led by Tiger Global
Ambi Robotics, which has applied simulation-to-reality AI technology for highly dexterous sorting robots, plans to use its latest funding to continue supply chain growth.

Locus Robotics Obtains $50M More Funding for Further Global Expansion
Mobile robot provider Locus Robotics said its latest investment from Tiger Global will help it grow into new markets worldwide, as warehouse demand continues to grow.

Smart Technics to Integrate Scallog Mobile Robots in Newpharma Warehouse
Scallog's goods-to-person robots will be integrated at Newpharma's new distribution center. Scallog is also demonstrating its new Flexytote robot this week at SITL.

Tower Semiconductor Says New Lidar Technology Can Make Autonomous Vehicles More Responsive
Tower Semiconductor, which provides foundry platforms for integrated circuits, said it has made a breakthrough for high-precision lidar in autonomous vehicles.

Agile Robots Raises Series C Funding, Claims to Be First Unicorn in Field
Agile Robots, which has headquarters in Munich and Beijing, has developed software and hardware and said it is the first intelligent robotics company worth $1 billion.

Plus Starts Development With Teledyne FLIR to Test Thermal Cameras for Autonomous Trucks
Autonomous truck developer Plus is exploring with defense systems maker Teledyne FLIR to explore if thermal imaging can complement cameras, lidar, and radar for certain conditions.

Robots Deliver in the Last Mile, Giving Retailers and Patrons More Options
Last-mile logistics was once thought of as too complex to automate, but here are three companies that are tackling the problem with robotic delivery serivces.

X-Bots Robotics to Expand Pilot STEM Program to Help Toddlers With Mobility Issues
X-Bots Robotics has partnered with the PPG Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs to apply STEM skills to help toddlers with mobility issues on the National Day of Service and Remembrance.



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