ABB acquires German robotics company

ABBRobotABB made a significant foray into collaborative robots with YuMi. (Image source: ABB)Power and automation company ABB has acquired Munich-based Gomtec GmBH, in a bid to expand its offering in the field of collaborative robots

The German company’s technology platform aims to strengthen ABB’s new generation of “safe-by-design” robots that can be operated out of cages or protected fences. They can be applied to a range of industrial applications, stated ABB.

Gomtec CEO Bernd Gombert said, “We have found the best partner for the next step in our journey. ABB’s global reach and broad installed base, coupled with its world-class operations will help us bring innovative robots and solutions to the rapidly growing market for collaborative automation.”

The acquisition of Gomtec is in line with ABB’s human-robot collaborative automation technology that includes YuMi, the world’s first collaborative dual-arm industrial robot designed to expand automation for small-parts assembly.

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