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With their flexibility, ease of use, and amazing speed of deployment, it’s no wonder our smart, collaborative robots are showing up for work across so many different industries.  Baxter and Sawyer easily integrate into work cells designed for people, taking over dirty, dull and dangerous tasks so workers can apply their skills elsewhere. Below are just a few examples of our robots’ favorite industries.

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The lightweight nature of parts and materials in plastics facilities makes this industry a great fit for our robots. From loading and unloading injection molding machines, to kitting plastic components, to packaging finished parts into blister packs or containers for shipping, one thing is certain – our robots give you the ability to automate almost any task.

Contract Manufacturing/Packaging/3PL

Because of the variable nature of contract-driven production schedules, companies in these industries generally value flexibility above volume – and flexibility is where our robots excel. Their ability to be deployed and redeployed quickly and easily using existing staff makes them ideal for switching from line to line as needed.


With delicate components and frequent line changeovers, the electronics industry has historically been challenging to automate effectively with traditional industrial automation systems. But our collaborative robots excel in these environments, providing the force sensitivity and flexibility needed to automate a wide range of electronic manufacturing, while protecting sensitive machinery.

Metal Fabrication

Metalworking environments can be among the most challenging for workers to deal with – heat, noise and odor can be overwhelming. Some of the hardest jobs in these plants are also the best suited for our robots. Whether it’s tending press brakes and other machines, loading lines and fixtures, or handling raw materials and finished parts, our robots show their mettle in metal.

Consumer Goods

Consumer goods industries are particularly affected by seasonal activity. Ramping labor up and down during peak periods is not unusual, and it can be hard to staff accordingly. Thanks to their flexibility, our smart, collaborative robots manage third shift and seasonal labor requirements across many different lines as needed – case packing, line loading, inspections, and more.

Automotive (and their Suppliers)

Industrial robots have been utilized by auto and transportation equipment manufacturers for many years, doing high speed operations behind cages. Our robots prefer jobs that put them near the workers on the line – whether that’s handling materials, machine tending, performing test and inspection, packing finished goods – wherever there is a repetitive task.


Institutions around the world rely on our open-source SDK to provide their researchers with a safe, affordable platform and full compatibility with ROS tools. Our Gazebo simulator enables work outside the lab or classroom, and we provide access to a worldwide community of open source developers. Rethink is inspiring tomorrow’s innovations, with today’s technology.


Rethink Robotics is transforming education with our smart, collaborative robots. From K-12 to graduate studies, these versatile robots are helping educate students in a broad range of disciplines. From the classroom to the research lab to the factory floor, our robots are preparing students for the future, while helping schools increase enrollment and academic achievement.

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