PolarFormic400x275Polar Hardware, which manufactures door and truck body hardware, announced it chose Formic’s robotics-as-a-service system to automate for the first time in 105 years of business. Formic partnered with DesignHawk from Chicago to engineer a machine tending system, which leverages a Universal Robot URe collaborative robot (cobot) to automate Polar’s press brake application.


SVT team400x275SVT Robotics, which develops software to accelerate and simplify the integration and deployment of robotics, has announced raising $25 million in Series A funding. The investment was led by Tiger Global, with participation from Prologis Ventures.


MachinaLabs400x275Machina Labs, which aims to advance manufacturing through robotics and artificial intelligence, has emerged from stealth mode and announced it closed a $16.3 million Series A round of funding. The financing will be used to grow Machina’s team in Los Angeles and to expand R&D and manufacturing capacity to meet increasing customer demand.


A3 Q3 RobotOrders400x275The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) has announced that strong robot sales in Q3 2021 has brought the total number of orders so far this year to nearly 29,000 units, valued at $1.48 billion. This represents the best numbers ever recorded for the North American robotics market.


OnRobot WebLytics 400x275OnRobot has announced its software debut with the launch of WebLytics, a production monitoring, device diagnostics, and data analytics solution designed to enhance productivity and minimize downtime. Capable of monitoring the performance of multiple collaborative applications simultaneously and in real time, WebLytics gathers equipment data from both robots and tools and displays the data in easy-to-understand, visualized device and application-level intelligence.


Fanuc LR 10ia10 400x275FANUC America, which supplies CNCs and robotics offerings for manufacturers and warehouse operations, has announced the new LR-10iA/10 robot, designed for machine tending and picking applications found in warehousing and logistics markets.


UR KimPovlsen400x275Universal Robots has released its Q3 2021 results, reporting record revenue of $78 million, up 46% compared to Q3 2020, and 31% up from its pre-pandemic Q3 2019 revenue.


LearnOnRobot400x275OnRobot, which develops tools for collaborative robot applications, has launched Learn OnRobot, a free online training platform that gives step-by-step directions through the process of designing and deploying cobot applications with tools such as grippers, vision cameras, processing kits, and sensors. The system works with all major cobot and light industrial robot brands and supports nine languages.


ABB FlexLoaderM 400x275ABB has announced a new family of modular machine tending applications cells for the metals industry, aimed at maximizing flexibility and machine utilization while minimizing lost productivity caused by unforeseen production stoppages. With six different versions, the ABB FlexLoader M family offers several ways to load and unload machines based on the size, shape and amount of workpieces being handled. ABB said the FlexLoader M series would be ideal for applications such as foundries and die casting operations that produce multiple types of products in varying quantities.


AmazonRobotMfg 400x275Amazon has announced the opening of its new robotics manufacturing facility in Westborough, Mass., which will expand Amazon Robotics manufacturing capability in the U.S. The company said it has created more than 200 manufacturing jobs with this facilities.


ABB automotive 400x275Robot orders in North America in the second quarter of 2021 were up 67% over the same period in 2020, showing a return to pre-COVID-19 pandemic demand for automation, the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) reported. North American companies ordered 9,853 robots, valued at $501 million in Q2 2021, up from 5,196 robots in Q2 2020, the peak of the pandemic.


EpsonRCExpress400x275Epson Robots has announced new software that aims to bridge the gap between robot programming and users of industrial robots with limited automation experience. The Epson RC+ Express software is an intuitive visual-based teaching environment that offers fast, efficient programming of Epson SCARA robots, aimed at users with little-to-no programming experience.


Fluke SV600 400x275Fluke Process Instruments, which develops infrared imaging and thermal profiling solutions for industrial applications, has announced the release of its first acoustic imaging solution, the SV600 Fixed Acoustic Imager.


ForwardX Warehouse Funding400x275Research firm Interact Analysis is predicting that by the end of 2025, 2.1 million mobile robots will be deployed in more than 53,000 warehouses and factories. This compares to 2020, in which over 9,000 customer sites had mobile robots deployed.


Nabors PACE R801 400x275Nabors Industries Ltd., which provides advanced technology for the global energy industry, has announced that its PACE-R801 automated land drilling rig has reached total depth on its first well, a horizontal well for ExxonMobil in the Permian Basin.


OttoSiemens400x275OTTO Motors, which develops autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) has announced a partnership with Siemens Canada, which develops digital transformation software. The company will develop high-performance collaborative mobile robot control to physical asset tracking using real time location systems (RTLS). The RTLS is Siemens’ latest technology that uses a scalable locating system designed for industrial applications.