January 30, 2010      

ST Robotics Inc., based in Princeton, N.J., introduced its new Firefly industrial robot in November 2009. This release comes on the heels of a number of other announcements of industrial robots targeted specifically to small and midsize enterprises (SMEs), particularly in the manufacturing sector. This is a trend, and a major one, with all classes of existing industrial robotics suppliers participating, as well as newly emergent companies.

There are many reasons for this trend, but the overarch...

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