Bright Machines to Raise $435M in SPAC Merger Toward Industrial Automation IPO
May 17, 2021
Bright Machines, which plans to expand thanks to its SPAC merger, said its a modular, software-defined approach provides manufacturers with scalability and easy deployment for flexible automation.
Robots Rise to Help Humans in Metalworking
May 14, 2021
The shortage of skilled welders can be mitigated by adopting robots for tasks that can still be supervised by humans.
Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas, Phantom Auto Partner to Scale Up Remote Operations of Unmanned Forklifts
May 13, 2021
Phantom Auto is integrating its vehicle-agnostic tele-operations software with Mitsubishi Logisnext America's UniCarriers and Mitsubishi-branded lifts.
Robotic Vacuum Impregnation Can Reduce Costs and Waste, Says Ultraseal International
May 13, 2021
Automotive manufacturers can benefit from automation to seal porous metal parts, minimize scrappage, improve sustainability, and reduce costs, says Ultraseal International.
Pony.ai and Luminar Technologies Partner on Sensors for Robotaxi Testing in Five Cities
May 10, 2021
Pony.ai said its partnership with Luminar for 360-degree lidar sensing will enable it to expand its robotaxi testing globally.
Oculii Offers AI-Powered 4D Radar for Autonomous Vehicle Guidance, Raises $55M Series B Funding
May 8, 2021
Oculii, which has developed AI software for radar perception, has raised Series B funding as it launches two products intended to help autonomous systems navigate.
Chinese Mobile Robot Startup Youibot Raises $15.5M, Led by SoftBank Ventures Asia
May 7, 2021
Youibot, whose "end-to-end" set of mobile robots and software offerings serve the manufacturing, power, and logistics industries, plans to continue global growth.
First-Quarter 2021 Robot Sales Increase 20% Over Q1 2020, Reports A3
May 6, 2021
The Association for Advancing Automation said that non-automotive purchases of robots in Q1 2021 were the second-best ever.
Symbio Robotics Deploys Robot AI at Ford Livonia Transmission Plant
May 4, 2021
Symbio Robotics provides AI to help robots at Ford learn how to install heavy and complex torque converters, learning and adapting so it can continuously increase efficiency.
ExOne Acquires Assets of Freshmade 3D for 3D-Printed AMClad Tooling
April 29, 2021
ExOne said its acquisition of Freshmade 3D's assets, which include a method of creating durable AMClad, will accelerate its expansion into 3D-printed tooling.
Mobile Industrial Robots Reports 55% Increase in Q1 Sales
April 29, 2021
Mobile Industrial Robots said that its first-quarter sales increased significantly over the same period last year because of increasing automotive and electronics demand.
Toyota Unit Woven Planet to Acquire Lyft’s Level 5 Autonomous Driving Division for $550M
April 27, 2021
Woven Planet Group, a new mobility unit of Toyota, is buying Lyft's Level 5 division as investments and consolidation continue in the self-driving space.
Additive Manufacturing Production System Can Now Use 316L Stainless Steel, Says Desktop Metal
April 22, 2021
Desktop Metal said it has qualified 316L stainless steel, which is useful in applications requiring hygiene and durability, for use in its Production System P-50.
Navya and REE Automotive Agree to Develop Level 4 Autonomous Vehicles
April 20, 2021
Self-driving systems provider Navya will work with REE Automotive's REEcorner technology for Level 4 autonomous vehicles.
NVIDIA GTC 2021 Shows New Processors, Simulation Tools for Robotics Developers
April 19, 2021
At its annual GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA showed new processors, simulation software, and tools. The Omniverse simulation framework will allow for faster prototyping, says the company.
AutoX and Honda China Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicle Testing on Public Roads
April 17, 2021
AutoX, which is already offering robotaxi services in China, is working with Honda China to continue self-driving car development.
SIERA.AI Adds Autonomous Safety Features to Lift Trucks
April 16, 2021
Rather than striving for full autonomy immediately, mobile robot provider SIERA.AI has developed a bolt-on kit to add driver-assistance and safety features to forklifts.
Top 10 Robotics and Automation Transactions in Q1 2021
April 5, 2021
From autonomous trucks and aerial drones to mobile robots, companies across robotics and automation obtained funding in the first quarter.
WaveSense Obtains $15M to Accelerate Development of Radar for Vehicle Positioning
April 2, 2021
Growing demand from automakers for safer and higher-performing advanced driver-assistance systems signals a critical need for sensing systems that work despite challenging road conditions, says WaveSense.
Robotics Can Boost Business Recovery From COVID-19, Says IFR President
March 30, 2021
Despite challenges from international trade and the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the best time for businesses to adopt automation, says IFR President Milton Guerry.