Perception Robotics, OptoForce and On Robot announce merger with OnRobot

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  Perception Robotics, OptoForce and On Robot announce merger with OnRobot

11. June 2018 – Enrico Krog Iversen, former CEO of collaborative robot pioneer Universal Robots, joins forces with the Danish Growth Fund to face the next automation challenge through the merger of three toolmaking companies to enable the continued growth of collaborative robotics expected by 2025 8.5 billion dollars.

The new company combines US-based Perception Robotics, OptoForce, headquartered in Hungary. and Denmark-based On Robot becomes OnRobot, whose goal is to drive innovation for robotic end-of-arm tools. OnRobot's head office in Denmark is headed by Iversen, and the three companies will continue their individual activities and developments. In addition, OnRobot's global network of distributors will have access to local sales support, technical support and product training from its regional offices in Germany, China, the US, Malaysia and Hungary. Further offices for 2018.
In 2015, Iversen and the Danish Growth Fund sold the Danish Cobot pioneer Universal Robots to the US company Teradyne for $ 285 million. With their new company, the two investors are now further strengthening Denmark's global position in robotics.

Collaborative robots currently working safely alongside humans in applications such as packaging, quality inspection, material handling, machine maintenance, assembly, and welding According to the International Federation of Robotics, they represent 3% of global robot sales, but by 2025, the proportion is projected to be 34% market of $ 25 billion.

The three companies that will form the new OnRobot were, due to synergistic end-of-arm technologies, the ability to integrate these technologies to provide support and the long-term vision and capabilities of each company's founders.

  • On Robot, founded in 2015, offers plug-and-play electric grippers – RG2 and RG6 – which are mounted directly on the robotic arm, are flexible and can be programmed and operated by the same interface as the robot that engineers are needed.
  • OptoForce, founded in 2012, provides force / torque sensors that transmit the sense of touch to industrial robots so they can automate tasks that would otherwise require the dexterity of the human hand.
  • Perception Robotics, founded in 2012 and headquartered in Los Angeles, develops bio-inspired robotic grippers: 1) a gecko-inspired gripper for handling large, flat objects, and 2) a tactile gripper with compliant rubberized tactile sensors ("skin"), to give the robots a sense of touch. The first grapples will be available this year.
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At Automatica in June, OnRobot will introduce the first fully integrated products with combined user interfaces that simplify both the development and the use of Cobots.

About OnRobot

Based in Odense, Denmark, OnRobot offers technologies – both hardware and software – for end-of-arm tools, primarily for collaborative robots (Cobots). OnRobot is based on On Robot, founded in 2015 by Bilge Jacob Christiansen and Ebbe Overgaard Fuglsang.

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