The Hahn Group, an international automation and robotics technology firm, has strengthened its portfolio and service offering by acquiring robotic technology from US robotic pioneer Rethink Robotics, which shut down in October.
Hahn Group has acquired all patents and trademarks of Rethink Robotics as well as its software platform “Intera5”.
Using the Intera software platform, which enables users to intuitively program industrial robots, Rethink Robotics has been the leader in the industrial deployment of collaborative robots, or “cobots.”
Hahn Group intends to further develop Rethink Robotics’ technology, and combine it with German engineering and know-how of industrial applications.
Hahn Group will thereby be able to provide its customers with high-quality collaborative robotic solutions and reliable service offerings. In addition, it intends to make the software platform available to suitable partners through licensing or other arrangements.
In addition to its integration business and renting offerings, the business unit “Rethink Robotics” will become the third pillar of the Hahn Group’s robotic division and complete its service portfolio.
“The acquisition of Rethink Robotic’s technology marks an important milestone for the development of our portfolio of collaborative robotics solutions,” said Thomas Hähn, CEO.
“This transaction will bring us not only a boost in innovative technologies but also access to highly specialised know-how in one of the most dynamic future markets.
“We are very pleased that we could convince the owners of Rethink Robotics to agree to the sale of its robotic technology around the ‘Cobot Sawyer’ as well as the Intera5 software,” Thomas Hähn added.