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rbr50 list provides a glimpse into the factories of the future

in rethinking robotics by Eric Foellmer

Robotics Business Review (RBR) has unveiled its fourth annual RBR50 list, once again naming Rethink Robotics as one of the most noteworthy companies in the global robotics industry for 2015. We are honored to be on this list again, and we recognize along with RBR that the world is on the cusp of a paradigm shift in manufacturing, as well as other industries where advanced robotics will play a huge role in the years to come.

Praxis PackagingThe Boston Consulting Group estimates that investment in industrial robots is expected to jump from 2-3 percent annual growth to 10 percent annual growth in the next decade, and the companies on the RBR50 list are primed to make a big impact on how and where those robots are deployed. That same study suggests that adoption of advanced robots will boost productivity by up to 30 percent in many industries, while lowering total labor costs by 18 percent or more.

These expectations reflect what we at Rethink Robotics have been saying for years – that smart, collaborative robotics will fundamentally change how products are produced, packaged and handled around the world. Robots like Baxter are helping companies everywhere to build their factories of the future, while solving real-world challenges today that have vexed them for decades.

And robots are only a part of what tomorrow’s factories will look like. Technologies such as machine learning, AI, Big Data, 3D printing and the Internet of Things have matured to a point where we are beginning to see their true potential, and the convergence of these technologies is redefining the concept of advanced manufacturing around the world.

It’s an exciting time to be among those leading the charge into the future of robotics, the future of manufacturing, and the future of human-machine interaction. Fasten your seat belts.

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About the Author

Eric Foellmer

As Rethink Robotics’ Manager of Product Marketing and Marketing Communications, Eric’s job is to tell the company's remarkable story to the world – through our website, sales tools, videos, and the many events where Baxter and Sawyer are featured. When he’s not hanging out with robots, he enjoys hanging out with his family, surfing iTunes, playing golf or watching the Red Sox.



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