FIRST Robotics Competition Show, GameSense, Sponsored by Symbotic

Symbotic is proud to announce its sponsorship of the FIRST Robotics Competition GameSense show and affiliated FIRST Robotics Team 319 Symbotic is proud to announce our sponsorship of FRC GameSense as they continue to expand their program. GameSense will be debuting several new shows this season, including a live-event broadcast and color commentary show, premiering live at Chezy Champs, a premiere … More     

Making the Jobs Creation Argument: The Evolution of Robotics in Warehousing

In a recent New York Times article by John Markoff, the application of nimble and adept robots replacing manual labor is explored and arguments both for and against are put forth with the fundamental fact remaining ⎯ there is a need to reduce the complexity and cost associated with handling materials through today’s supply chains for consumer products to stay competitively … More     

Robots in the Warehouse: Expanding Beyond Manufacturing

Larry Sweet of Symbotic and Chris Ray of Hartness International presented their work in robotic applications of material handling in distribution centers at the recent RoboBusiness Leadership Summit covering the historical applications, the market drivers that are challenging these approaches and the emerging software and mobile robotic technologies that are attempting to solve these problems. Warehouse Process Flow Material handling … More     

Introducing the Symbotic Platform – a New Breed in Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS)

When you think of Steve Jobs and Apple Computer, they are not necessarily innovators of new technology – they leverage existing technology like the cell phone and tablet and make it more powerful, easier to use and more accessible to the masses. Just like Apple, Symbotic has taken a similar approach with conventional AS/RS (Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems) and … More     

Symbot, Tim Perrault, Speaks at The World Automation Congress 2012 About His Bomb Disposal Robot

Fellow Symbot Tim Perrault was invited to speak at the World Automation Congress conference this month about his senior robotics project at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Inspired by his work with the Boston Bomb Squad who have used current market robots for the last 10+ years, Tim and his team set out to develop an economical bomb disposal robot with … More     

Computational Challenges to Supply Chain Automation

Just recently, our Chief Technology Officer, Larry Sweet, shared his view with other top thought leaders at a Georgia Tech workshop about how mobile robots are presenting a disruptive paradigm for the supply chain. The objective of the workshop held on ARC-RIM Industry Day  was to bring together leading researchers/developers from different high tech industries together with leading researchers from … More     

Can One Robot Do It All? The Economic Need Behind Robotic Automation in Warehouses

As long as warehouse operations work in perfect sequence, mixed SKU order picking and palletizing work great in your warehouse operations. But what happens when cases aren’t presented in the right sequence or fall off leaving your pallet with an inaccurate or unstable shipment? At MODEX 2012, Symbotic’s Chief Technology Officer, Larry Sweet, delivered his thoughts on the topic of … More     

The Fuel Behind US Jobs Creation: Sen. Scott Brown Tours Disruptive Technology at Symbotic and a New Economic Model for Business

In a recent visit to Symbotic on Feb. 3rd, U.S. Senator Scott Brown toured Symbotic’s manufacturing, research and development facility in Wilmington, Massachusetts and discussed his new crowdfunding bill which is intended to help revitalize the nation’s innovative edge and its ability to compete in the global economy. Symbotic CEO Jim Baum, Todd Krasnow from Highland Capital Partners and executives … More     

Automation Solutions that Enable the Warehouse Supply Network: The Launch of Symbotic and the Power of Simplicity

It’s widely accepted that any great start-up has three vital ingredients that will ultimately determine its success: It’s Disruptive. Disruption can come in many forms – industry disruption which involves improving or expanding upon an existing business model, technology disruption like what social media and the internet is doing to disrupt – well, just about everything, and product disruption like … More     

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