ProceptAquaBeam400x275PROCEPT BioRobotics, which is developing surgical robots to help transform the field of urology, has announced raising $85 million in Series G financing. The round was led by Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC. The company said it intends to use the funds to support global commercial expansion of its AquaBeam Robotic System, an image-guided surgical robot system for use in minimally invasive urologic surgery.

 

InterventionalMicromate400x275Austria’s Interventional Systems has announced that Micromate, a miniature medical robot for percutaneous procedures, has received FDA 510(k) clearance, allowing the robotics company to operate in the U.S. The company said it plans to launch operations throughout the second half of 2021 by launching centers of excellence for robotic-guided interventional procedures, and establishing commercial partnerships with third parties looking for a robot offering to their customers.

 

CMRSurgicalVersius400x275CMR Surgical has announced it raised $600 million (£425 million) in a Series D financing round. The round was co-led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Ally Bridge Group, with the goal of making keyhole surgery accessible to more people worldwide. The funding will be used to increase the global commercialization of CMR’s Versius next-generation surgical robotic system and further develop its digital ecosystem, the company said.

 

UVDRobots ISS400x275Denmark-based UVD Robots has announced that it was chosen by ISS World Services, a global workplace experience and facility management company, to provide autonomous robots for disinfection as part of its global offering.

 

CoreTrustADIBOT 400x275Coretrust Capital Partners has announced the deployment of several ADIBOT UV-C disinfecting robots at its office properties in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Philadelphia. The robots, manufactured by China’s UBTECH, were introduced in January and provide air and surface disinfection via UV-C light.

 

InnophysMuscleSuit400x275Innophys Co. Ltd. has announced it will release the wearable, work-assisting robot suit known as “MUSCLE SUIT Every” to Italy as part of its efforts to promote sales of the product overseas, particularly in European Union member countries.

 

TRI Punyo SoftGripper400x275The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced it is sharing the design source files and full build instructions for its innovative domestic robot hands, with the goal of accelerating the field of soft robotics. Starting today, any research institution or aspiring roboticist can visit punyo.tech to build their own Punyo Soft Bubble Gripper.

 

AvaRoboticsCisco400x275With the rollout of vaccines and nicer weather in play, businesses are building and iterating on plans for hybrid collaboration and operations. These plans have to account for employees, customers and clients, as well as existing workspaces and systems. As enablers for hybrid work, telepresence robots offer unique opportunities to extend collaboration technology in four primary ways that advance: mobility, choice, systems integration, and workplace design.

 

EksoNR 400x275Ekso Bionics Holdings, which develops exoskeleton technology for medical and industrial usages, has announced expanding its partnership with Kindred Healthcare. The expansion will bring EksoNR, its robotic exoskeleton, to four of Kindred’s long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals in the U.S. The multi-unit order follows a successful pilot program of the EksoNR last year, the company said.

 

THINKSurgical400x275THINK Surgical, which develops orthopedic surgery robotics, and Ortho Development Corp., an orthopedic device manufacturer, have announced FDA clearance to use Ortho’s Balanced Knee System and BKS TriMax implants with THINK’s TSolution One Total Knee Application. The system for total knee replacement supports an open implant library, giving surgeons a choice of implant options.

 

FANUC A3reportQ12021 400x275Substantial increases in robot orders from the metals sector, pharmaceuticals, food and consumer goods helped drive a 20% increase in North American robot orders during the first quarter of 2021, the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) reported today. The Q1 2021 numbers were also the second-largest quarter ever for non-automotive sector robot sales, as companies recovering from COVID-19 slowdowns realize that robotics and automation can help them recover.

 

USMI Canady400x275US Medical Innovations (USMI) has announced it is developing “the first robotic delivery system used for cancer surgery.” The Canady Surgical System (CSS) is a space-efficient, stand-alone solution for robotic-assisted surgery during open, laparoscopic/mini-invasive, endoscopic, thoracoscopic and trans-oral surgical procedures, the company said in a statement.

 

HarmonicBionics400x275Harmonic Bionics, a robotics company that aims to augment human movement, has announced closing $7 million in Series A funding. The new funds will support the company’s clinical research efforts and enable an increase in product development to bringing its advanced upper extremity rehabilitation technology to market.

 

ABB IRB1300 Cleanroom400x275ABB has announced that its six-axis industrial robot, the IRB1300, includes new protection elements that allow it to be used in tough industrial applications and contamination-free production processes, opening new opportunities in several industry spaces, including electronics assembly, and automotive and metals fabrication.

 

AMProboticsTech400x275AMP Robotics, which develops artificial intelligence, robotics and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry, has announced AI-powered material characterization software that enables the recognition and classification of recyclables that flow through different recovery stages of the recycling process. This innovation helps provide measurable transparency on the recyclables captured and missed during different recycling processes, as well as confirming the composition of recovered material bales destined for resale to end markets in the supply chain.

 

RoboKindMilo400x275The Gallup-McKinley County Schools in New Mexico, which recently deployed several autonomous cleaning robots to disinfect school buildings, has announced a partnership with RoboKind to deploy an assistive technology program to improve social-emotional outcomes for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).