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Robotics transactions continue to slow in April 2020, but bright spots remain

Although the COVID-19 pandemic began late last year in China and started affecting the global economy in March, it was April 2020 when the U.S. shut down as governments scrambled to contain the infection and its economic aftershocks. However, investment and mergers and acquisition continued to benefit automation for healthcare, cleaning, and supply chain applications. Robotics Business Review tracked about 26 transactions worth a total of more than $600 million last month, compared with 29 deals worth $2.7 billion in March 2020 and 30 transactions worth $6.5 billion in April 2019. However, there were no reported shutdowns, even as driverless car testing, startup activity, and technology conferences faltered. According to ABI Research, 2019 was a record year for robotics, with $49 billion i...

maxon launches ‘medical fast track’ in response to COVID-19

maxon, a Swiss developer and manufacturer of drive systems, is a long-time partner of leading medical technology companies worldwide. Its products are used in medical devices such as ventilators, respirators, protection masks and lab automation. During these unprecedented times, maxon is focused on supporting the companies producing these life-saving devices so desperately needed during this COVID-19 pandemic. To do so, maxon launched a “medical fast track” process to ensure the best possible service for critical application needs to fight this pandemic. This fast track system is reviewed in real-time to expedite urgent requests for product. The maxon group management team reviews each request and matches the need with a solution – prioritizing manufacturing efforts globally to ensure prod...

3 nonsurgical robotics applications to watch in healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed and expanded interest in non-surgical healthcare robots worldwide. A growing number of hospitals and healthcare providers is realizing that robots can offer significant improvements in the delivery of care, laboratory efficiency, and rehabilitation, as seen in the examples below. The novel coronavirus has highlighted the global shortage of skilled medical staffers. In combination with sometimes laborious and slow laboratory test processes, it can limit access to life-saving treatments. ABB research hub demonstrates future of care In response to the talent shortage and laborious processes, biopharmaceutical and testing laboratories are turning to automation to improve productivity, safety, and consistency. In turn, higher-quality, more flexible care can enh...

Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum 2020 calls for presentations

The second annual Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum, which is scheduled for September in Boston, is seeking qualified and engaging expert speakers. Rich Mahoney, co-founder and CEO of Seismic, helped open the first Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum. By RBR Staff | March 24, 2020 WTWH Media has issued a call for presentations for the Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum, which is scheduled for Sept. 24-25, 2020, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Submissions are due May 1, 2020. As demand increases worldwide for healthcare services, the opportunities and challenges for automation also increase. A multidisciplinary approach is needed for safe, effective, and commercially viable intelligent systems. The second annual Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum is the premiere confer...