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Southie Autonomy Raises $2.5M to Expand Smart Robot Automation

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 May 9, 2022

Boston-based Southie Autonomy, which develops intelligent robotic automation software, has announced raising $2.5 million in seed funding. The company also announced an additional $5 million in venture lease funding to support Southie’s robot-as-a-service business model.

The company’s no-code robotic arm software solution uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to automate highly variable contract packaging tasks, which include kitting, packing and palletizing, to enable daily line changeovers. The company said the robotic arm can be configured within minutes, eliminating the setup burden for companies. The software is compatible with any robotic hardware, and is currently being deployed by a handful of customers, Southie said.

It added that current solutions are too costly, complex and time-consuming to changeover within highly dynamic manufacturing, warehousing and distribution environments. The fast and flexible automation through Southie’s turnkey cell can help adapt to fluctuating demands of manufacturers, without needing additional programming and engineering expertise to integrate and manage the automation.

“We are thrilled to have investors that are pioneers in understanding how AI is changing our world and their support will enable Southie Autonomy to scale rapidly,” said Rahul Chipalkatty, founder and CEO of Southie Autonomy. “Our mission is to unlock the potential of robotic automation, removing the long-established barriers to adoption, cost, and complexity. Supply chain providers and manufacturers now have a turnkey solution to help overcome labor challenges.”

To view the different types of applications that Southie Autonomy can automate, visit its website here.

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