Surgere partners with Fetch Robotics to launch cycle-counting logistics robot

Surgere has partnered with Fetch Robotics to launch what it calls a “Robotically Optimized and Balanced Inventory” system – or, in other words, a logistics robot called Robi. The companies say Robi is designed to help automate cycle counts and improve overall accuracy of on-hand inventory within automotive manufacturing and warehouse environments. Automated and autonomous … Continue reading Surgere partners with Fetch Robotics to launch cycle-counting logistics robot

DHL and Wärtsilä complete tests of mobile robots from Fetch Robotics for warehouse operations

Industrial technology company Wärtsilä and the world’s largest logistics company, DHL, say they have been utilising mobile robots from Fetch Robotics to streamline warehouse operations.  The companies say they have completed a “successful pilot”, where they tested autonomous vehicles from Fetch Robotics. The pilot was carried out in Wärtsilä’s central distribution centre in Kampen, the … Continue reading DHL and Wärtsilä complete tests of mobile robots from Fetch Robotics for warehouse operations

Fetch Robotics unveils expanded line of autonomous mobile robots

Company says it now offers “comprehensive options” for autonomous collaboration with transport robots Fetch Robotics has introduced two new autonomous mobile robots to its fleet: Freight500 and Freight1500. Both new robots, like the Freight predecessor, operate safely in commercial and industrial environments where they are deployed to automate the delivery of bulky and heavy loads. The … Continue reading Fetch Robotics unveils expanded line of autonomous mobile robots

Fetch Robotics expands executive team

Fetch Robotics has added two new faces to the company’s executive team. Peggy Fong joined as Chief Operations Officer and Dave Robson was named Chief of Staff. Fong and Robson will help to support the rapid growth of Fetch, a pioneer in building robots for the logistics and material handling industries. Most recently the President … Continue reading Fetch Robotics expands executive team

University receives $1 million grant to improve collaborative robotics

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have been given $1 million to research how to improve the way robots interact with people in US factories Laurel Riek, a roboticist at the UC San Diego, will lead a three-year, $1 million project funded by the National Science Foundation to help change the role of … Continue reading University receives $1 million grant to improve collaborative robotics

Fetch signs deal with SAP on logistics robot warehouse system

Fetch Robotics has entered a partnership with SAP that incorporates SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) application with the Fetch and Freight robots from Fetch Robotics. Fetch Robotics builds robot systems for the logistics industry. Unveiled in May 2015, the Fetch Robotics system is comprised of an autonomous mobile platform (called Freight) and an advanced mobile … Continue reading Fetch signs deal with SAP on logistics robot warehouse system

Nasa to send robots to Moon, Mars and comets to fetch water

Honeybee robotic spacecraft to fly around space and extract water from anything it lands on   Nasa has decided to pour money into a project by Honeybee Robotics to build robots that fly around space, collecting water from different planets and celestial objects. Neither Nasa nor Honeybee has made public the exact amount of money … Continue reading Nasa to send robots to Moon, Mars and comets to fetch water

DHL could stop Amazon from taking over the world. Probably

It’s not a glamorous business, logistics. Doesn’t make the mainstream news very often. And it’s not likely to be the top career choice for most people.  It’s understandable. After all, how interesting can it be to move boxes from point A to point B? Put like that, it’s not much to write home about. But … Continue reading DHL could stop Amazon from taking over the world. Probably

Boeing to test self-flying plane technology next year

By Alwyn Scott, Reuters Boeing is looking ahead to a brave new world where jetliners fly without pilots and aims to test some of the technology next year, the world’s biggest plane maker said in a briefing ahead of the Paris Airshow. The idea may seem far-fetched but with self-flying drones available for less than … Continue reading Boeing to test self-flying plane technology next year

Video: Fanuc open to building manufacturing plant in outer space

The world’s largest industrial robot manufacturer could build a facility in space. In a wide-ranging interview with RoboticsAndAutomationNews.com, recorded at Hannover Messe, Neil Dueweke – who was competing to be heard over a loud musical band in the background – says the company has big ambitions. “Anywhere there’s robotics involved, Fanuc will be there,” says Dueweke. “Space … Continue reading Video: Fanuc open to building manufacturing plant in outer space

Bosch reports increased sales of €73 billion. Wins massive new sensor contract from Apple

Bosch – one of the world’s largest industrial companies, producing a wide variety of engineered products, from automotive components to home appliances – has reported increased sales for the year 2016.  In a press conference last week to launch the German giant’s annual report, Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner listed the key figures: sales rose from €70.6 billion in 2015 to … Continue reading Bosch reports increased sales of €73 billion. Wins massive new sensor contract from Apple

HIT Robot Group to showcase Nano-Robotic Manipulation system WRC

One of China’s leading robot producers, HIT Robot Group, is to showcase its latest “nanomanipulation system” at the 2016 World Robot Conference in Beijing from October 20-25. Since its debut last year, HRG’s Nano-Robotic Manipulation System has received wide attention for the possibilities it opens up regarding manipulation of materials on a nano level. Through … Continue reading HIT Robot Group to showcase Nano-Robotic Manipulation system WRC

Universal Robots launches in Sri Lanka

The pristine island of Sri Lanka with its serene Buddhist culture will make way for a technology pit-stop for one of the world leaders in the concept of collaborative robotics. Universal Robots, which claims to have pioneered collaborative robots or “cobots” as they are sometimes called, has launched its machines into the Sri Lankan market and talked about … Continue reading Universal Robots launches in Sri Lanka

Manufacturing: Smarter than the average factory

What’s all this talk about “smart factories”? It’s just a bunch of machines being connected to the internet, right? What’s the big deal? What’s the big idea? True, it’s all about connectivity. But that is, in fact, a very big deal – lots of very big deals, lots of very small deals, just lots and lots of deals, … Continue reading Manufacturing: Smarter than the average factory

Logistics robots: The way you move

As Joni Mitchell once sang, and Janet Jackson reiterated, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone”. So it was when Amazon bought Kiva Systems in 2012 for a chart-topping $775 million. Now one of the world’s largest online retailers, Amazon is also growing its logistics business, with 30,000 Kiva robots working away at its warehouses … Continue reading Logistics robots: The way you move