ABB announced Tuesday its acquisition of Gomtec GmbH to expand ABB's offering in the field of collaborative robots. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
Gomtec, based near Munich, Germany, is a privately held company that develops mechatronic systems combining mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, control and computer engineering for customers in diverse industries. It has 25 employees.
ABB said in a news release that Gomtec’s technology platform will strengthen ABB’s development of a new generation of "safe-by-design" collaborative robots that can be operated outside of cages or protective fencing, expanding opportunities to deploy them in new applications.
The acquisition of Gomtec complements ABB’s portfolio of human-robot collaborative automation technologies that already include YuMi, a collaborative dual-arm industrial robot introduced this week in Germany that is designed to expand automation for small-parts assembly.
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