12 Robot Companies to Watch

Here’s a range of robot companies that offer automated solutions in a wide range of industries that include manufacturing, warehousing, and even delicate surgery.
  • FANUC, robots, robotics, Stryker, ABB, Staubli, Yaskawa, Locus Robotics, Robotiq, Diligent, PickNic, Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, Amazon Robotics

    Why are these robot producers important? For one, these companies have so far survived in a brutally competitive environment of exploding robot technological advances. They have done so by offering valuable solutions that can be justified with a tangible return on investment. (Image source: Robotiq)

  • FANUC, robots, robotics, Stryker, ABB, Staubli, Yaskawa, Locus Robotics, Robotiq, Diligent, PickNic, Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, Amazon Robotics

    Amazon Robotics

    Amazon Robotics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com that was created to provide smarter, faster warehouse automation. The company automates fulfilment center operations using various methods of robotic technology including autonomous mobile robots, sophisticated control software, language perception, power management, computer vision, depth sensing, machine learning, object recognition, and semantic understanding of commands. (Image source: Amazon Robotics)

  • FANUC, robots, robotics, Stryker, ABB, Staubli, Yaskawa, Locus Robotics, Robotiq, Diligent, PickNic, Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, Amazon Robotics

    Diligent Robotics

    Diligent Robotics provides robotic technologies for healthcare providers, creating robots that operate side by side with humans. Diligent’s technologies include artificial intelligence that enables robots to collaborate with and adapt to humans in everyday environments, supporting the work of healthcare providers. (Image source: Diligent Robotics)

  • FANUC, robots, robotics, Stryker, ABB, Staubli, Yaskawa, Locus Robotics, Robotiq, Diligent, PickNic, Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, Amazon Robotics

    PickNik Robotics

    PickNik combines robotics expertise with open source robotics frameworks. The company offers flexible support and development for robot projects. Robotic services include ROS integration to complex inverse kinematics and motion planning. (Image source PickNik Robotics)

  • FANUC, robots, robotics, Stryker, ABB, Staubli, Yaskawa, Locus Robotics, Robotiq, Diligent, PickNic, Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, Amazon Robotics

    Boston Dynamics

    Boston Dynamics is a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology the focuses on robots that run and maneuver like animals. The company is combining the principles of dynamic control and balance with mechanical designs, electronics, and software for perception, navigation, and intelligence. (Image source: Boston Dynamics)

  • FANUC, robots, robotics, Stryker, ABB, Staubli, Yaskawa, Locus Robotics, Robotiq, Diligent, PickNic, Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, Amazon Robotics

    Universal Robots

    Universal Robots provides collaborative robotic technolog using robot arms as manufacturing tools. The robot arms can be used by all levels of production to help increase productivity and reduce injury. The Universal Robots robot arm can automate and streamline repetitive or potentially unsafe processes. The company touts an average payback period of just six months for its robot arm installations. (image source: Universal Robots)

  • FANUC, robots, robotics, Stryker, ABB, Staubli, Yaskawa, Locus Robotics, Robotiq, Diligent, PickNic, Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, Amazon Robotics

    Locus Robotics

    Locus offers a multi-bot pick system designed to deliver higher productivity and lower labor costs that can be scaled to meet demand. The picking system was created to improve e-commerce fulfillment productivity. The goal is to more orders faster, using less labor, and with high accuracy compared to traditional cart-based and follow-bot picking systems. (Image source: Locus Robotics)

  • FANUC, robots, robotics, Stryker, ABB, Staubli, Yaskawa, Locus Robotics, Robotiq, Diligent, PickNic, Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, Amazon Robotics

    Amazon Robotics

    Amazon Robotics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com that was created to provide smarter, faster warehouse automation. The company automates fulfilment center operations using various methods of robotic technology including autonomous mobile robots, sophisticated control software, language perception, power management, computer vision, depth sensing, machine learning, object recognition, and semantic understanding of commands. (Image source: Amazon Robotics)

  • FANUC, robots, robotics, Stryker, ABB, Staubli, Yaskawa, Locus Robotics, Robotiq, Diligent, PickNic, Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, Amazon Robotics

    Stryker

    The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology from Stryker has become a solution for those suffering from painful arthritis of the knee or hip. Using a 3D virtual model of a patient’s unique anatomy, Mako helps surgeons plan and perform your joint replacement surgery. Stryker also provides the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Knee replacement as a treatment option for adults living with mid- to late-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. (Image source: Stryker)

  • FANUC, robots, robotics, Stryker, ABB, Staubli, Yaskawa, Locus Robotics, Robotiq, Diligent, PickNic, Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, Amazon Robotics

    ABB

    ABB Robotics is a leading supplier of industrial robots and robot software, equipment and complete application solutions. The company has installed more than 400,000 robots, supported by a broad service network. In the spirit of eating your own dogfood, the company uses robots to build its robots. (Image source: ABB)

  • FANUC, robots, robotics, Stryker, ABB, Staubli, Yaskawa, Locus Robotics, Robotiq, Diligent, PickNic, Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, Amazon Robotics

    FANUC

    FANUC aims for reliability, quality, speed, and precision with its range of industrial robots. The company offers more than 100 models that are designed to be configured in a manner that avoids costly original programming. (Image source: FANUC)

  • FANUC, robots, robotics, Stryker, ABB, Staubli, Yaskawa, Locus Robotics, Robotiq, Diligent, PickNic, Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, Amazon Robotics

    Staubli

    Staubli Robotics provides engineering and technical support to make sure its robot applications are efficient and reliable. The company produces a range of robots, including SCARA, 6 axis robots and cobots that can be configured into mobile robot systems. Staubli builds robots and robot systems for a wide range of industrial settings. (Image source: Staubli)

  • FANUC, robots, robotics, Stryker, ABB, Staubli, Yaskawa, Locus Robotics, Robotiq, Diligent, PickNic, Boston Dynamics, Universal Robots, Amazon Robotics

    Yaskawa

    Yaskawa provides high-speed industrial robots include high-payload, extended-reach, ultra-maneuverable seven-axis, and 15-axis dual-arm robots. Yaskawa robots include vision systems, peripherals, and a range of other components that can be configured into custom manufacturing solutions. Each robot arm model is designed to be compatible with one or more robot controller models, enabling users to program and control tasks of a single robot or coordinate multiple robots. (Image source: Yaskawa)

  • Yaskawa Yaskawa provides high-speed industrial robots include high-payload, extended-reach, ultra-maneuverable seven-axis, and 15-axis dual-arm robots. Yaskawa robots include vision systems, peripherals, and a range of other components that can be configu

    Robotiq

    Robotiq robot tools for collaborative robot applications. This include end effector and grippers that can lift heavy objects and delicate objects such as eggs. Robotiq works with a wide range of robots and offers a global network of connected robot experts to support local manufacturers. (image source: Robotiq)

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News . Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

 

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