What took so long?
Haven’t we all been waiting for Universal Robots to get swept up in the M&A binge that’s been ramping up in the co-robot space? Really, what took so long?
Most recently, it was ABB grabbing up an inventive little guy like Gomtec; then rushing out its own YuMi (formerly Frida from 2013) at the Hanover Fair this April. KUKA, on the other hand, zeroed in on and snagged Swisslog.
Ever since last June when Automatica 2014 raised the curtain on thousands of square feet of exhibition space exclusively devoted to innovative robot arms and mobility from mostly new, no-name providers, the big cats of robotics must have gulped incredulously at having been so out-innovated, and then quickly went on a shopping spree for capabilities that they could never create for themselves.
It’s a spree that’s racing to full on and won’t end anytime soon.
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