20 Most Promising Robotics Solution Providers - 2019

From driverless cars to delivery drones, advancements in the field of robotics are bridging the gap between science fiction and reality. Equipped with sensors and easy-to-use interfaces, robots, today, can perform repetitive or dangerous tasks that were too hard to automate a few years ago. And owing to the ease of automation, the field of robotics is slowly penetrating into several industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, military, and many more.

Alongside, with the rise of industrial internet of things (IIoT), robotics solutions providers are developing robots that incorporate smart sensors to collect previously inaccessible data to manufacturers. In addition, as robotics automation gains widespread adoption, industry leaders are collaborating to produce standards and open documentation—open architecture robotics—that make robotic integration easier, improving the compatibility of the manufactured product. And with that, the technology companies are bolstering the ability of robots to blur the lines between the physical and virtual worlds, and ensuing the development of collaborative robots that can work safely alongside humans to execute operational tasks at peak efficiency and speed.

To help businesses in selecting promising robotics solutions, a distinguished panel of prominent marketing specialists and analysts, along with CIOReview’s editorial board has assessed and shortlisted the companies offering pioneering technology solutions in the robotics industry. This listing gives a comprehensive understanding of solutions that can be implemented to automate and optimize your business process.

We present to you CIOReview’s “20 Most Promising Robotics Solution Providers – 2019.”

Top Robotics Companies

Whether retail distribution centers employ conveyor systems, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), or manual order picking processes, BG’s robotic picking solutions fit in to pick items with high efficiency. There are several solutions in BG’s portfolio. Some are conveyor integrated. Others make use of the company’s flexible mobile robots to convey and sequence both inventory and orders. The mobile robotic solution handles various totes simultaneously, while its integration with the customers’ warehouse management systems (WMS) allows easy prioritization of orders, allowing faster order completion

Mitsubishi Electric USA has been a pioneer in manufacturing state-of-the-art cooling and heating products, elevators and escalators, data wall cubes, LCD digital signage monitors, industrial printers, professional photo printers, contact image sensors (CIS), and semiconductor devices. The company is now entering a new phase in its evolution, courtesy a brand new Space & Sensing Systems division at its Cypress, CA headquarters. Earlier this year, it announced that the new division will manufacture satellite onboard equipment, including solar array panels, lithium-ion batteries, and RF equipment

Tompkins is supplanting traditional systems with small robotic vehicles that are flexible, scalable, and modular. To address the various sorting needs of the modern retail and eCommerce industries, the company is offering two different robotic vehicles. The original t-Sort solution can carry loads (items of different shapes and sizes) of up to 11 pounds and move at a speed of 2 meters per second. On the other hand, Tompkins’ newer, larger robotic vehicle, t-Sort Plus, can carry loads of up to 66 pounds and move at a speed of 1.5 meters per second with an option to carry even larger items

6 River Systems

Offers a fully collaborative mobile robotics solution that enables that enables flexible and scalable warehouse automation. The 6 River Systems engineering team has decades of automation, software and operations experience and has designed, built and deployed the world’s largest warehouse automation solutions. The company’s goal is to make fulfillment faster and more efficient by building flexible automation solutions that generate immediate and lasting value for customers. 6 River Systems is supported by world-class venture capital firms and strategic investors, including Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Eclipse and iRobot.

ABB

Manufactures, integrates and implements industrial robotics and manufacturing automation systems. ABB Robotics features a wide range of robot sizes and types for welding, material handling, industrial assembly, painting, finishing and coating, material removal, packaging, and machine tending applications. Key industrial markets include solar industry, automotive, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, healthcare, aerospace, and plastics. Additional services include training, parts, field service, rebuilding/refurbishment and 24-hour assistance. With flexible automation centers in more than 53 countries, ABB continues to provide manufacturers with systems that make their manufacturing and product handling processes more productive and efficient than ever before

AUBO Robotics

A leading provider of lightweight collaborative robots (Co-bot) for the small and midsize manufacturing sector. AUBO's Cobots are user-friendly, flexible, cost-effective, easy to move and deploy and can work closely within a human work-space without safety equipment, depending on a risk assessment. Today, AUBO Robotics holds several core patents and has strategic cooperation with several public companies leveraging the best of all new technology. With its Cobots, the company’s mission is to help organizations reduce the dangerous and repetitive tasks performed by workers today

Autonomous Solutions, Inc.

Being a world leader in vendor-independent vehicle automation systems, Autonomous Solutions, Inc. designs and manufactures unmanned vehicle systems, software, and components for a variety of industrial, agricultural, automotive proving ground, and military customers. From small bomb disposal robots to massive mining haul trucks, the company has extensive experience automating vehicles of all shapes and sizes with an emphasis on multi-vehicle command and control, mission planning, sensor fusion, obstacle detection and avoidance, teleoperation, and point-and-click ease of use

Bastion Solutions

As a systems integrator, Bastian Solutions seeks out leading technologies in both material handling equipment and information systems coupled with proven operational strategies. Bastian’s experts combine the powers of scalable material handling systems, innovative software, and custom automation engineering for complete, unique solutions. Bastion’s goal is to use these tools to help companies, across a broad spectrum of industry segments, become leaders in their industries.Bastian has designed and installed hundreds of successful robotic systems in over 60 years. Some of the most popular applications include: robotic palletizing, picking and placing, machine tending, end of arm tooling and case packing

Cimcorp

With a modular, overhead gantry design, Cimcorp’s robotic solutions can cover large working areas. Any number of robots – each equipped with grippers designed specifically for handling the particular unit load – can be employed, according to the throughput demands of the application. Cimcorp’s robotic installations range from simple systems to complex solutions. Cimcorp’s revolutionary order fulfillment solution is designed to meet the requirement of today’s retail and distribution sectors for smaller order-processing windows and thereby increased sales. The simple, scalable, and movable robotic system is easy to install and maintain, which results in a rapid return on investment (ROI)

Daifuku

Offers a complete line of high-performance robotic and non-robotic automated palletizing solutions, Daifuku works with clients to provide carefully thought out designs for custom solutions to automate the arrangement of cases onto a pallet, slave board, or slip sheet. Daifuku has developed robotic technology to automatically load and unload cases as well as other products. Using a robot on a servo-driven transfer, Daifuku’s automated system can pick product from fixed shelving and place it into a storage location. Daifuku offers cutting-edge advances in robotic technology to provide substantial benefits in higher rate handling applications such as case packing

Energid

The company brings its NASA engineering roots to provide highly sophisticated motion control for industrial, medical, commercial, collaborative, and consumer robotic systems. They provide the industry’s premier commercial software development kit (SDK) and tasking framework that supports real-time, adaptive motion control. Its advanced test solutions for semiconductors, electronic systems, wireless devices, and other automation hardware ensure that manufacturers of all sizes improve productivity and lower costs. For developers of robotic systems in dynamic environments, on moving platforms, using multiple arms or manipulators, or with unpredictable or varying workpieces or orientations, Energid offers differentiation and dramatically faster time to market

FANUC

"The company offers the most complete range of industry-leading products and services for industrial robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation solutions. To offer its customer peace of mind, the company offers coverage to all its automation products. The coverage plan called ‘Service First’ guarantees lifetime maintenance on Fanuc products for as long as they are used - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. FANUC America is dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of manufacturers by creating opportunities to help them maximize efficiency, reliability, quality, and profitability"

Fetch Robotics

An industrial robotics startup that develops and manufactures collaborative, autonomous mobile robot solutions for the warehousing and logistical markets. It takes advantage of its deep robotics expertise to provide safe, reliable, and versatile AMR (Autonomous Mobile Robot) solutions for two commercial applications: material handling and data collection. They are the pioneer of On-Demand Automation — the only solution that deploys AMRs for the warehousing and intralogistics markets. The result is demonstrable improvements in throughput, efficiency, and productivity within both commercial and industrial environments — all while working alongside people

Future Robotix

The creators of Future Robotix have been at the vanguard of the U.S. precision and surgical robotics market for the past five years, providing motors and design services to the leading U.S. manufacturers of surgical robots, exoskeletons, DARPA robots, and other consumer products. The firm’s line card includes high precision frameless motors and housed motors (brushless motors, synchronous motors, stepper motors, atex brushless motors), industry leading Precision brushless motors with integrated encoders and controller paired with a strain-wave gearhead, collaborative robot (6 DOF), and slip rings/rotary joints. Future Robotix also offers integration and custom design services

GreyOrange

As a multinational technology company that designs, manufactures and deploys advanced robotics systems for supply chain automation in distribution and fulfillment centers, GreyOrange combines expertise in industrial hardware and enterprise software to deliver AI-powered robotics solutions across industries and geographies to increase efficiency multi-fold. GreyOrange has over 450+ employees with more than half of the workforce dedicated to Research and Development. Their marquee solutions Butler (goods-to-person for inventory storage, picking and order consolidation) and Linear Sorter (modular system for automating sorting processes) have been deployed in customer sites in Asia, Europe and the Americas

IAM Robotics

IAM Robotics provides a complete set of technologies required for autonomous mobile manipulation solutions, with a focus on order picking and retrieval. With a platform of products including the Swift autonomous piece-picking robot, IAM is uniquely suited to help supply chain managers succeed and scale in the face of e-commerce challenges and increasing customer demands. The firm designs robots that act autonomously without the help of humans, requiring tight integration of acute perception, autonomous navigation, manipulation, and artificial intelligence. In addition, they design operations that are optimized for both humans and robots

ifm efector

A manufacturer of sensors and controls for industrial automation that include assembly and robotics, automotive, material handling, packaging, metal forming, mobile equipment, plastics, and food and beverage. ifm has built a business model that focuses on working directly with our customers. Located throughout the US, the company’s sales team of trained engineers are knowledgeable about their products and can offer solutions to application challenges on the factory floor. With the belief that a customer’s time is too valuable to waste, the company’s customer support team is comprised of technical engineers and customer service representatives who strive to provide first-time call resolution

inVia Robotics

A technology company founded in 2015 that provides the next generation of robotics warehouse automation solutions for e-commerce distribution centers and supply chains. The inVia system is a comprehensive AI-driven robotics platform that takes all of the manual and costly effort out of storage and retrieval of warehouse inventory. A key part of our system is a team of autonomous mobile robots that effortlessly moves your goods to your people, whether coming in or going out. Working within existing warehouse environments and workflows, inVia robots operate 24/7 and can autonomously pick totes up to 40 pounds, at heights of up to 8 feet. They gather intelligence in the process to continually identify the most efficient paths

Liquid Robotics

Liquid Robotics, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, designs and manufactures the Wave Glider, the world’s first wave and solar powered unmanned ocean robot. Based in Silicon Valley with an Engineering & Test Facility in Hawai’i, the company works with global partners to address many of the planet’s greatest challenges, by transforming how to assess, monitor, and protect the ocean. Since 2007, the Company has conducted 100s of Wave Glider missions around the globe, from the Arctic to Antarctica, for customers in the Defense, Commercial, and Science markets

Nachi Robotic Systems

An ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2015 certified company, which is a full-service supplier of a wide range of robots and successful turnkey solutions for many applications for robotic application and engineering support, design and plant installation. It supplies successful turnkey solutions for many applications including collaborative, spot welding, arc welding, sealant dispensing, material handling, machine tending, press tending, dross removal, vision, and palletizing. NRS offers user training (on-site and in-house), field service, preventative maintenance and design/build of work cells through complete lines