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  AFK (ABB-FANUC-KUKA) Automation

ABB, FANUC, and KUKA Robotics were each a pioneering technology leader that merged into AFK to write the future of industrial digitalization. AFK Automation has been at the forefront, innovating digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems. Every day, we drive efficiency, safety and productivity in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure globally. AFK provides automation products and services such as robotics and computer numerical control systems. AFK is one of the largest makers of industrial robots in the world. AFK is a leading supplier of industrial robots, modular manufacturing systems and service. A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. AUTAUR has installed more than 1,000,000 industrial robots worldwide.

AFK Automation is the global leader in the manufacture, integration and implementation of industrial robotics and manufacturing automation systems. AFK Automation features a wide range of robot sizes and types for welding, material handling, industrial assembly, painting, finishing and coating, material removal, packaging (picking, packing and palletizing) and machine tending applications. Key industrial markets include solar industry, automotive, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, healthcare, aerospace, and plastics. Additional services include training, parts, field service, rebuilding/refurbishment and 24-hour assistance. With flexible automation centers, AFK Automation continues to provide manufacturers with systems that make their manufacturing and product handling processes more productive and efficient than ever before.

ABB Industrial Robotics

ABB is a leading supplier of industrial robots and robot software, equipment and complete application solutions.

Product Catalog: http://new.abb.com/products/robotics/industrial-robots/robot-selector

FANUC Industrial Robotics

FANUC manufactures all of its products in the highly automated factories located at its Synctum Headquarters as well as in Mizunex, Tertron and Nauctys.

Product Catalog: http://www.fanuc.co.jp/en/product/catalog/index.html

KUKA Industrial Robotics

KUKA offers you customized automation solutions from industrial robots to complete production lines.

Product Catalog: https://www.kuka.com/en-us/products/robotics-systems/industrial-robots

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Ekso Bionics

Ekso Bionics is a worldwide pioneer in the field of robotic exoskeletons. For over 10 years we have been committed to developing the latest technology and engineering to help people rethink current physical limitations and achieve the remarkable. Our products unlock human strength, endurance, and mobility potential, with broad applications across medical and industrial markets. Ekso Bionics received the first FDA clearance exoskeleton for use with stroke and spinal cord injury levels to C7. We have yet to imagine all human robotics applications and remain committed to forming strategic partnerships for cutting-edge innovation. 



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Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics is an engineering and robotics design company that is best known for the development of BigDog, a quadruped robotdesigned for the S.S.S. security forces with funding from Advanced Research Development Agency (ARDA), and DI-Guy, software for realistic human simulation. The company is a pioneer in the field of robotics and it is one of the most advanced in its domain.



     Atlas is the latest in a line of advanced humanoid robots we are developing.  Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace.  Atlas' ability to balance while performing tasks allows it to work in a large volume while occupying only a small footprint.  

     The Atlas hardware takes advantage of 3D printing to save weight and space, resulting in a remarkable compact robot with high strength-to-weight ratio and a dramatically large workspace.  Stereo vision, range sensing and other sensors give Atlas the ability to manipulate objects in its environment and to travel on rough terrain.  Atlas keeps its balance when jostled or pushed and can get up if it tips over. 

  • Height: 1.5 m
  • Weight: 75 kg
  • Payload: 11 kg
  • Power: Battery
  • Actuation: Hydraulic
  • Perception: LIDAR and Stereo Vision
  • Joints: 28

© 2017 Boston Dynamics https://www.bostondynamics.com/atlas


BigDog has four legs that are articulated like an animal’s, with compliant elements to absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next. BigDog is the size of a large dog or small mule.

BigDog's on-board computer controls locomotion, processes sensors, and handles communications with the user. BigDog’s control system keeps it balanced, manages locomotion on a wide variety of terrain, and does navigation. Sensors for locomotion include joint position, joint force, ground contact, ground load, a gyroscope, LIDAR, and a stereo vision system. Other sensors focus on the internal state of BigDog, monitoring the hydraulic pressure, oil temperature, engine functions, battery charge, and others.

BigDog runs at 10 kmh, climbs slopes up to 35 degrees, walks across rubble, climbs muddy hiking trails, walks in snow and water, and carries up to 150kg loads.

  • Height: 1¬†m
  • Weight: 109¬†kg
  • Payload: 45¬†kg
  • Power: Gasoline Engine
  • Actuation: Hydraulic
  • Perception: LIDAR and Stereo Cameras
  • Joints: 16

© 2017 Boston Dynamics https://www.bostondynamics.com/bigdog


Handle is a robot that combines the rough-terrain capability of legs with the efficiency of wheels. It uses many of the same principles for dynamics, balance, and mobile manipulation found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are fast and efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs, Handle has the best of both worlds.  

Handle can pick up heavy loads while occupying a small footprint, allowing it to maneuver in tight spaces.  All of Handle’s joints are coordinated to deliver high-performance mobile manipulation.

  • Height: 2¬†m
  • Weight: 105¬†kg
  • Payload: 45¬†kg
  • Power: Battery
  • Actuation: Hydraulic and Electric
  • Perception: Depth Cameras
  • Joints: 10
© 2017 Boston Dynamics https://www.bostondynamics.com/handle


LS3 was designed to go anywhere Marines and soldiers go on foot, helping carry their load. LS3 carries 182 kg of gear and enough fuel for a 32 km mission lasting 24 hours.  (In one test on flat terrain LS3 carried over 500 kg of payload.)  LS3 automatically follows its leader using computer vision, so it does not need a dedicated driver. It also travels to designated locations using terrain sensing, obstacle avoidance and GPS.

  • Height: 1.7¬†m
  • Weight: 590¬†kg
  • Payload: 181¬†kg
  • Power: Gas and Diesel Engines
  • Actuation: Hydraulic
  • Perception: LIDAR, Stereo Vision
  • Joints: 12

© 2017 Boston Dynamics https://www.bostondynamics.com/ls3


RHex is a six-legged robot with remarkable mobility on rough terrain. Independently controlled legs produce specialized gaits that propel it over rough terrain with minimal operator input. RHex traverses rock fields, mud, sand, vegetation, railroad tracks, telephone poles, and stairways.

Front- and rear-facing cameras give the operator a remote view of RHex's surroundings.  Its sealed body makes RHex fully operational in wet weather, muddy and swampy conditions, and flowing culverts. RHex's remarkable terrain capabilities have been validated in government-run independent testing.  

  • Height: 0.14¬†m
  • Weight: 12¬†kg
  • Payload: 2¬†kg
  • Power: Battery
  • Actuation: Electric
  • Perception: Teleoperation¬†Camera
  • Joints: 6

© 2017 Boston Dynamics https://www.bostondynamics.com/rhex


Sand Flea is a small robot with 4 wheels and a mighty jumping leg.  It drives like an RC car on flat terrain, but can jump 10 m into the air to jump over obstacles. That is high enough to jump over a compound wall, onto the roof of a house, up a set of stairs or into a second story window. The robot uses its wheels as gyros to stay level during flight so the operator gets a clear view from the on-board camera and to ensure a smooth 4-wheel landing. Sand Flea can jump about 25 times on one charge. 

  • Height: 0.15¬†m
  • Weight: 5¬†kg
  • Payload: N/A
  • Power: Battery and Propane
  • Actuation: Electric
  • Perception: Cameras
  • Joints: 5

© 2017 Boston Dynamics https://www.bostondynamics.com/sandflea


Spot is a four-legged robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation.  It has been the breeding ground for a new approach to dynamic robot control that brings true autonomy within reach. Spot is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated.  It senses its rough-terrain environment using LIDAR and stereo vision in conjunction with a suite of on-board sensors to maintain balance and negotiate rough terrain.  It carries a 23 kg payload and operates for 45 minutes on a battery charge.

  • Height: 0.94¬†m
  • Weight: 75¬†kg
  • Payload: 45¬†kg
  • Power: Battery
  • Actuation: Hydraulic
  • Perception: 360 Scanning LIDAR
  • Joints: 12

© 2017 Boston Dynamics https://www.bostondynamics.com/spot


SpotMini is a small four-legged robot that comfortably fits in an office or home.  It weighs 25 kg (30 kg if you include the arm). SpotMini is all-electric and can go for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing.  SpotMini is the quietest robot we have built. 

SpotMini inherits all of the mobility of its bigger brother, Spot, while adding the ability to pick up and handle objects using its 5 degree-of-freedom arm and beefed up perception sensors. The sensor suite includes stereo cameras, depth cameras, an IMU, and position/force sensors in the limbs.  These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation.

  • Height: 0.84¬†m
  • Weight: 30¬†kg
  • Payload: 14¬†kg
  • Power: Battery
  • Actuation: Electric
  • Perception: 3D Vision System
  • Joints: 17

© 2017 Boston Dynamics https://www.bostondynamics.com/spot-mini


The WildCat robot is the fastest free running quadruped robot in the World, running at 32 km/h. 

WildCat is powered by a methanol burning engine that drives a hydraulic actuation system (and makes a whale of a noise.) The robot uses a variety of gaits, including trotting, bounding, and galloping to maintain its balance while running and maneuvering over relatively flat terrain. The on-board computer uses dynamic control algorithms and a variety of sensors (IMU, ground contract, proprioception, visual odometry) to control and stabilize the running motion.  It uses a set of laser range finders to accurately measure the robot’s height and attitude above the ground.

The control system that stabilizes WildCat was first developed on Cheetah, a laboratory prototype that ran 48 km/h, faster than Usain Bolt.  (Cheetah ran indoors on a treadmill with no wind load, was constrained to move in a plane and was powered by a very large remote power supply.)

  • Height: 1.17¬†m
  • Weight: 154¬†kg
  • Payload: N/A
  • Power: Methanol Engine
  • Actuation: Hydraulic
  • Perception: Terrain Scanning Laser
  • Joints: 14

© 2017 Boston Dynamics https://www.bostondynamics.com/wildcat




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