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Welcome to Episode 30 of The Robot Report Podcast, where each week Robot Report editors Steve Crowe and Eugene Demaitre review the latest robotics, automation and intelligent systems news and announcements, and interview leading roboticists, leaders of innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.
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In this podcast, Robot Report editor Steve Crowe chats with Greg Smith, president of Teradyne’s Industrial Automation Group. He is also the interim president of Universal Robots, which is owned by Teradyne, taking over for Jürgen von Hollen, who stepped down after four years at the end of 2020. Smith describes the goals and strategy of acquiring Universal Robots, Mobile Industrial Robots, Energid and AutoGuide Mobile Robots. Smith said Teradyne is looking for other industrial automation companies to acquire, and he breaks down what Teradyne looks for in companies.
And was Teradyne interested in Boston Dynamics before it was acquired by Hyundai for nearly $1 billion? Smith also offered a unique perspective on mobile manipulation, saying return on investment can be a major challenge for customers.
Crowe also broke down the shutdown of Bossa Nova Robotics Europe. Headquartered in Sheffield, U.K., Bossa Nova Robotics Europe had its funding cut off from the parent company, Calif.-based Bossa Nova Robotics. Bossa Nova Robotics Europe is in the Administration phase, the U.K.’s equivalent to Chapter 11. And what does this all mean for Bossa Nova Robotics, which has already pivoted its company twice?
- 0-2:41: Show Intro
- 2:42-36:25 Conversation with Greg Smith, president, Teradyne’s Industrial Automation Group
- 36:26-43:32 Bossa Nova Robotics Europe shuts down
- 43:33-44:30 Show Outro
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