Mitsubishi Electric Invests in Realtime Robotics

By Shin Kai

Company and Product News

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it has taken an equity stake in Realtime Robotics, Inc., a U.S. technology startup that develops and commercializes motion-planning technologies. Funding by Mitsubishi Electric is expected to accelerate the development of industrial robot systems offering enhanced safety and performance.  Motion planning is the process of calculating and determining the optimized path that a robot should take to reach a goal without colliding with any obstacle.  Realtime Robotics’ motion path planning solution performs the necessary calculations in real time.

Through its investment in and collaboration with Realtime Robotics, headquartered in Boston, MA, Mitsubishi Electric aims to accelerate the integration of its MELFA industrial robot systems with advanced motion-planning technologies.  The envisioned new systems will perform tasks, such as pick-and-place, while autonomously, rapidly and smoothly avoiding collision with workers and obstacles in unstructured working environments.

Mitsubishi Electric expects to launch new industrial robot systems that integrate Realtime Robotics’ motion-planning technologies by 2020.  At the same time, Mitsubishi Electric will continue collaborating with other companies as well to further enhance its smart-manufacturing solutions with innovative technologies.

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