Fetch Robotics raises $25 million in investment round led by Sway Ventures

Fetch Robotics, a provider of a range of warehouse automation and logistics robot solutions, has raised $25 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Sway Ventures with participation from existing investors O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Shasta Ventures and SoftBank Group US. The Series B round brings Fetch Robotics’ total funding to date to $48 … Continue reading Fetch Robotics raises $25 million in investment round led by Sway Ventures

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

Fast-growing sectors within robotics and automation

If we were to think of robotics and automation as one industry – which we at this website in fact do – we could argue that it’s one of the fastest-growing industries in the world right now. Certainly if we were to include software automation systems – such as robotic process automation – it would … Continue reading Fast-growing sectors within robotics and automation

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

Robotic gripper soft enough to change light bulbs without breaking them

How many robots does it take to screw in a light bulb? The answer: just one, assuming you’re talking about a new robotic gripper developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego. The engineering team has designed and built a gripper that can pick up and manipulate objects without needing to see them … Continue reading Robotic gripper soft enough to change light bulbs without breaking them

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

Alien robot from Forbidden Planet walks off with $5.4 million in New York. No word of a lie

The alien robot which starred in the classic 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet has just walked off with $5.375 million in New York.  Robby the Robot was last seen celebrating his film’s winning of an Academy Award for special effects. Now, the allegedly lovable robot has conspired with New York auctioneer Bonhams to nab … Continue reading Alien robot from Forbidden Planet walks off with $5.4 million in New York. No word of a lie

Material handling: An overview of a fast-moving market

Material handling refers to the movement of items within relatively small spaces, such as a warehouse.  In that sense, it’s different from logistics, which refers to movement of goods over longer distances, from city to city or across countries and continents. But material handling falls within logistics, obviously, and can sometimes be categorised within intralogistics … Continue reading Material handling: An overview of a fast-moving market

Graphene: A primer on the miracle material

Graphene is sometimes described as being two-dimensional, or 2D, which is probably more a reflection of the enthusiasm people feel about the material rather than a statement of fact since graphene is actually one atom thick.  It may only be one single atom, but it’s still there, which means that graphene is, in fact, three-dimensional. Another interesting thing about graphene is that the naturally occurring … Continue reading Graphene: A primer on the miracle material

Delta showcases smart production line at Taipei event

Delta Electronics has been demonstrating its high-flexibility multi-tasking smart production line at the Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition 2017. Delta, a provider of industrial automation solutions, has been promoting its theme of “Digitalization and Flexibility for Smart, Green Manufacturing” at the Taipei event. The company featured its brand new smart production Line with a customer-centric, … Continue reading Delta showcases smart production line at Taipei event