UniversalRobotsTesting400x275Cobot manufacturer Universal Robots has announced it earned $311 million in revenue in 2021, up 41% compared with 2020 and 23% higher than revenue from 2019, pre-pandemic. The revenue numbers for Universal also represent a new record.


Wandelbots Demo400x275Germany-based Wandelbots, a robotics software company that aims to make industrial robots more accessible, has announced it raised more than $84 million in a Series C funding round, led by Insight Partners.


FormicRobot400x275Formic Technologies, which utilizes a Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) model that lets companies pay an hourly rate for robot usage, has announced raising $26.5 million in a Series A financing round. In addition, the company secured access to more than $100 million of debt capital to fund equipment purchases. Formic said it will use the funding to expand its operation to support the rapid deployment of its RaaS offering for U.S. manufacturers.


FestoE30MagswitchFesto has announced surging interest in its electric series (E-series) of intelligent magnetic grippers from Magswitch, based in Lafayette, Colo. Festo has been a Magswitch distribution partner since 2019.


Doosan NINA 400x275Doosan Robotics has announced its entry into the entertainment industry marketplace with the unveiling of the NINA Camera Robot System. NINA, or “New Inspiration, New Angle”, is designed for prosumer content creators and mid-level enterprises to provide motion control through user-friendly software. The company said this will empower anyone to adopt professional cinematography skills and create production quality content at the highest levels.


UnitreeRobot400x275China’s Unitree Technology has announced the launch of its robotic arm Z1, which can be installed on the head of a quadruped robot. At a company event, Unitree showed a video in which the robot can smoothly complete actions such as pick up objects, open and close doors, pour wine and automatically fasten screws.


Staubli IFR ABI report400x275As part of a new whitepaper, research firm ABI Research predicts a total of 452,000 mobile robots will be shipped in 2022, representing a 65% increase compared to 2021 shipments. In addition, the firm said 45,000 cobots will ship next year.


Flexiv SFRT2Flexiv, which develops general-purpose robots, has announced it received CE and ETL approval for its Rizon 4 robot, awarded by testing, inspection and certification and assurance provider Intertek. Flexiv said this was the first-ever seven-axis force-controlled adaptive robot that achieved both certifications at the same time.


NimbleFulfillment400x275Nimble Robotics, which develops robotics for e-commerce fulfillment purposes, has announced some details regarding its intelligent robots picking and packing hundreds of thousands of customer orders. The company said it is working with several well-known brands, including Best Buy, Victoria’s Secret, Puma, NFI/CalCartage, iHerb, Adore Me, Weee! and others. Nimble robots are also being integrated by solution integrators that include AutoStore, OPEX, Bastian, Swisslog, TGW and Kuecker Pulse Integration (KPI).


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.


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.


TechmanRobot OMRON400x275OMRON has announced the signing of an agreement to invest capital in Taiwan’s Techman Robot, which manufactures collaborative robots that work with people at manufacturing sites. OMRON will hold a stake of approximately 10% in Techman, with the investment expected to be completed by December 2021.


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.


AvatarXPRIZE NimbRo 400x275XPRIZE, which designs and operates incentive competitions to solve humanity’s biggest challenges, has announced that 15 teams from eight countries advanced to the finals round of the $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition.


DexterityFundingDexterity, which creates intelligent robotic systems for logistics, warehouses, and supply chain companies, has announced it raised an additional $140 million in Series B equity funding and depth. The company said it will use the new capital to support the growth of the company as its first thousand robots are deployed into production. The latest funding raises Dexterity’s total capitalization over $200 million with a valuation of $1.4 billion.