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News, trends, products and productivity solutions that showcase the latest in robotics equipment, systems and process for warehouses and distributions centers.

SME announces 2023 College of Fellows
SME, teh national nonprofit leading the industrial ecosystem, honors nine members who have made outstanding contributions to the social, technological, and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession.

Warehouse automation provider stow Group launches Movu Robotics brand
The new brand replaces the “stow Robotics” name, offering solutions based on autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).

Körber celebrates partnership milestone with robotics provider Geek+
Software provider Körber and Geek+ mark third year as partners, noting 30 implementations in eight regions and thousands of bots deployed.

IAM Robotics rebrands to Onward Robotics
Mobile robotics company rebrands to mark its next chapter, reinforcing its mission to improve order fulfillment by coordinating humans and robots as a cohesive system.

Agility Robotics readies RoboFab, a 70,000 square foot factory for producing its humanoid robots
Located in Salem, Oregon and set to open later this year, the factory will have the capacity to eventually produce than 10,000 of Agility's 'Digit' bots annually.

Rocrich AGV Solutions joint venture now in operation
The joint venture between Jungheinrich and Mitsubishi Logisnext America, announced in June, offers mobile automation solutions spanning customer use cases from standard to special purpose AGVs and automated forklifts.

Retailer Otto Group teams with Boston Dynamics on warehouse robotics deployments
Strategic agreement calls for Boston Dynamics robots, including both its Stretch and Spot robots, to be deployed across more than 20 facilities over the next two years.

ABB to invest $280 million in its European robotics hub in Sweden
Significant upgrade of the site in Västerås follows recent investments in China and the United States. The 65,000 square meter integrated Robotics Campus, planned to open in late 2026, will bring together automated manufacturing, R&D, customer experience and training centers to develop next generation AI-enabled technologies.

A.P. Moller – Maersk teams with Fabric on automated ecommerce fulfillment center
The advanced, AI-driven 38,000-square-foot automated-fulfillment center in Dallas is expected to be fully operational this fall in support of an online B2C retailer.

Kardex Solutions and Tompkins Robotics enter partnership
Kardex Solutions can offer its AutoStore solution paired with an adjacent Tompkins Robotics tSort solution to drive further efficiencies and a faster ROI for the ASRS solution.

OSARO and FANUC America collaborate to enhance warehouse robotics solutions
The collaboration combines FANUC’s expertise building and deploying robotics systems with OSARO’s advanced vision software, which gives FANUC robots the ability to automatically learn how to successfully pick and place new objects

Rockwell Automation signs agreement to acquire autonomous robotics vendor Clearpath Robotics
Deal for Clearpath and its OTTO Motors division, which is known for larger format mobile robots, is seen as accelerating Rockwell’s autonomous production logistics solutions, providing safer, more efficient manufacturing environments.

Wauseon Machine announces consolidation of aftermarket services through merger
Aftermarket Services by McAlister Design and Automation and Wauseon Machine combine in formal merger

Mujin secures $85 million in Series C funding
Japan’s fastest-growing intelligent robotics company, Mujin, secures capital to pave the way for a new era of robotic automation.

North America robot orders drop for second quarter
Association for Advancing Automation’s latest report shows 37% fewer robots were purchased in April through June of 2023 than during the same period in 2022, a record year; downturn exacerbated by slow economy and high interest rates.

Cognex joins OSARO’s partner program to enhance pick-and-place robotics
Combination of OSARO’s AI-driven SightWorks vision and control software and Cognex’s DataMan scanners helped achieve over 99% accuracy on Zenni Optical's high-throughput fulfillment line

POLA ORBIS taps solution from ForwardX Robotics to transform warehouse operations
The AMR solution uses customized mobile robots equipped with built-in weighing scales to cater to the warehouse’s specific operational requirements.

Locus Robotics passes 2 billion units picked milestone
Mobile robotics fulfillment provider doubles global picks in just 11 months.

Chery Automotive’s deployment of AMRs from ForwardX Robotics tops 100 robots
Autonomous mobile robots from ForwardX automate line-side replenishment of materials in Phase One of Chery's Super Factory.

Exotec announces two integrator partnerships that expand its solution reach
Warehouse robotics provider Exotec partners with Polish integrator A1 Sorter in the Central European market; also partners with POSCO DX Co. Ltd., to introduce Exotec solutions to the South Korean market.

September 2023 Modern Materials Handling

Providers of automated packaging and carton right-sizing solutions have thrived by offering systems that deliver on labor and parcel shipment savings— now they’re looking to further evolve by looking to use lighter materials and support flexible “box-first” workflows.

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