Paderborn-based start-up Unchained Robotics has received €5.5 million of capital which will continue to fuel their global expansion and deepen their services and partnerships. Future Industry Ventures, Teklas Ventures, vent.io, and existing investors including business angels in the industry are backing the company. Unchained Robotics aims to use the investment to expand its sales and services, and to serve the booming demand for its new MalocherBot into a wider range of applications.
Agile Robots AG, a Munich-based leader in robotics solutions for complex automation, has announced the acquisition of FRANKA EMIKA GmbH, another Munich-based robotics specialist. This move comes after the approval from the creditors’ committee of FRANKA EMIKA, which had declared insolvency. The financial details of the transaction remain undisclosed.
IVECO S-Way truck equipped with the PlusDrive enhanced driver-assist solution based on its open autonomy platform, has started operating on public roads in Germany. This milestone follows a testing and validation process including closed-course testing, validation of previously collected public road data and in-depth training for the test drivers on the advanced safety features of the truck.
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The Global Collaborative Robot (Cobot) Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 40% from 2022 to 2030, according to a new report published by Verified Market Research. The report reveals that the market was valued at USD 1.6 Billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 16.8 Billion by the end of the forecast period.
GEA Group is one of the largest system suppliers for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The Food Solutions division manufactures components for packaging machines at its Wallau site. There, a well thought-out automation concept has significantly increased productivity. Two Grob G751 5-axis machining centers produce the same amount of parts as five machines previously did – and almost exclusively in batch size 1. And this is thanks to the automated loading of the Liebherr PHS 1500 Allround pallet handling system.
SAP has announced the launch of Joule, an AI assistant utilizing natural language processing, intended to support operational processes within businesses. Joule will be embedded within SAP’s cloud enterprise portfolio and is designed to provide insights based on data from SAP solutions and third-party sources.
Hamburg-based intralogistics pioneer Jungheinrich is fully taking over Magazino, a Munich-based robotics specialist. In addition to its shareholding, which has existed since 2020 and was increased to 21.7 percent in 2022, Jungheinrich is acquiring all shares held by the founders as well as the previous co-shareholders, a.o. Cellcom, Fiege Logistik, and Körber.
Hawle Armaturen GmbH, a manufacturer of heavy-duty valves for municipal water and sewage management, as well as gas supply, has awarded Jungheinrich with the construction of a new logistics warehouse. The company will build a fully automated high-bay warehouse with over 15,000 storage locations and five aisles near Hawle’s headquarters in Freilassing, Germany, by October 2024. The warehouse, planned as a greenfield project, will replace Hawle’s former manual distribution center.
Work environments and society at large will experience great changes in coming years. automatica, the leading exhibition held in Munich from June 27 to 30, 2023, showcased solution approaches that automation and robotics offer in this context. A roaring comeback after just one year: 40,000 visitors from approx. 88 countries, 650 exhibitors from 34 countries, and a captivating supporting program. The co-location with LASER World of PHOTONICS and World of QUANTUM has provided significant added value to many participants.