Impact


Custom robotics

We specialise in developing robotics in areas that have not traditionally been automated or, in some cases, where automation was not even considered possible.

Rather than pursuing incremental improvements on existing robotic systems, we focus on creating dramatic improvements and enabling completely new ways of doing business. 

Ripe for automation

Our expertise enables us to pinpoint which tasks are most amenable to automation, ensuring that investment is focused where it will deliver the most value.

In particular, we excel at automating ’semi-structured’ tasks – tasks that are clearly defined yet not purely repetitive. For example, as opposed to a robot that will pick all the apples on a tree, we might design a robot that picks only the ripe ones. 

Human augmentation

The use of robotics to enable humans to do their jobs better, faster or more precisely is set to bring huge benefits in many fields. For example, enhancing surgeons’ capabilities with features like motion scaling, tremor reduction and enforced ’no-fly‘ zones to protect sensitive tissues.

We’re helping our clients build the next generation of surgical robotics, drawing on our deep understanding of robotic technology, medical imaging, human factors engineering, safety critical software and medically regulated product development

Experience


Depth of knowledge

We draw on a wealth of experience when addressing each new challenge, having created robotic solutions across a range of industries, including industrial, consumer, agricultural and medical.

We combine market relevance with deep technical expertise – from both academia and industry – built on a foundation of core skills, including kinematics, dynamic modelling, real-time control and sensor fusion. This enables us to deliver outstanding custom solutions time-after-time. 

Breadth of expertise

Applying robotics in new areas is our specialty, but this requires more than just robotics expertise. Insight into novel sensor technology, machine vision and artificial intelligence (AI) are equally critical to success.

We draw on world-class expertise in all of these disciplines and more, assembling multidisciplinary teams capable of redefining the boundaries of robotics. 

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Tech, tools & facilities


Warehouse-scale-development-space
 

Warehouse-scale development space

For large-scale robotics development, we maintain a warehouse space suitable for the prototyping and testing of sizable robotics and automation projects.

Robotics-lab
 

Robotics lab - Cambridge, UK

In addition to our dedicated manufacturing and electronics prototyping capabilities, we maintain a robotics-specific lab to carry out development and demonstrations, equipped with several robotic arms and 3D tracking capabilities.

Robotics lab Boston
 

Robotics lab - Boston, MA

This dedicated robotics research and prototyping facility enables us to develop industrial automation, warehouse robotics, cobots, agri-robots and medical robotics. This lab contains several six-axis and SCARA manipulators, hardware-in-the loop control prototyping systems, 2D and 3D vision systems, and autonomous mobile robot prototyping platforms.

Case studies


 

Wireless breakthrough for the Ocado Smart Platform

A world-first in radio design helps transform online grocery across the globe

Axsis
 

Axsis medical robotic concept

AXSIS demonstrates the possibilities of intelligent robotic design – robots that are dramatically smaller yet significantly more capable than existing surgical equipment.

 

Pick of the bunch

Nature doesn’t provide blueprints, which are why our robot system can cope with handling all kinds of different fruit – and can even sort red apples from green ones.

 

Better Origin insect larvae rearing

Harnessing the science of synthetic biology and best-in-class automation to turn organic waste into high-protein fish food.

News & insights


Opinion

Closing the loop for true ploughing automation

21st Jul 2020

If your business is making agricultural equipment, you’d be forgiven a wry smile at the ongoing frustrations of automotive OEMs as they strive to develop autonomous vehicles

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Webinar

How to increase profitability in indoor farming

7th Jun 2019

Indoor farming promises high yield, high quality and locally-grown crops. But despite steadily decreasing operating costs, many crops are still not profitable. So, where are the innovation opportunities to drive down costs...

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Press release

Hank: The dexterous robot with the human touch

16th May 2019

Hank is a pneumatic robotic gripper with a sophisticated sense of touch and slip. It can emulate the human ability to grip delicate objects using just the right amount of pressure.

Press release

Mamut: The autonomous robot in the field of agritech

11th Mar 2019

Mamut explores crop fields, capturing granular data on health and yield on a massive scale. By automating data capture, Mamut will bring new efficiencies to food production, enabling growers to predict and optimize yields.

Events


ExhibitorPanel discussion

Autonomous Mobile Robots and Logistics Conference 2021

12th Oct 2021 - 14th Oct 2021
Renasant Convention Center, Memphis, Tennessee

Join us in Memphis, Tennessee for the Autonomous Mobile Robots & Logistics Conference, where you’ll learn about exciting advances in AMR technology, and gain specific insights into the latest developments in logistics automation. Come visit our booth and have the opportunity to network and learn from leaders across the industry.

Speaker

Annual Precision Farming and Agriculture 4.0 Summit

14th Oct 2021 - 15th Oct 2021
Virtual Event

Join us on October 14-15 as Simon Jordan, Head of Industrial Sensing at Cambridge Consultants presents a combination of remote sensing, modelling and new in-field sensor technologies.