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Posted September 29 , 2021


Mujin Inc., a Japanese company that has brought “machine intelligence” to robots across Asia since 2011, today opened its first office in North America. Mujin Corp.'s facility in Sandy Springs, Ga., north of Atlanta, will house its expanding engineering, sales, and support staff, including Ross Diankov, co-founder of Mujin and CEO of Mujin Corp.

“Companies that want to automate mundane and repetitive material-handling tasks face a myriad of challenges, from the high costs of developing solutions for their difficult applications to unscheduled downtime and reprogramming costs when things don’t go as planned, or when robots must be reprogrammed due to a change in product or workflow,” stated Diankov.

“As some of the largest companies in Asia have experienced, Mujin will bring a new wave of robotics technology to the U.S. market, with robots no longer needing to be taught how to move explicitly,” he claimed. “Instead, the robots will already ‘know’ what they need through what we call ‘machine intelligence,’ which enables more capability and efficiency for robot picking applications that were previously impractical or difficult to deploy.”

{mprestriction ids="1,4,9"}Tokyo-based Mujin said it has designed a common platform for industrial and collaborative robot arms specializing in logistics and other pick-and-place applications.

The Mujin Controller uses real-time perception, motion planning, simulation, and universal control to enable robots to handle complex tasks without the need for coding, the company said. It added that it has worked to make automation easier to deploy, more accurate and reliable, and less costly.

Mujin minimizes human intervention

“As we come into the Americas, we've been talking to end users and integrators,” Diankov told Robotics 24/7. “When we ask them how many systems are in production, they're still in the single digits. Amazon can hire tens of thousands of people and use thousands of robots, but very few companies can do that.”

“We're seeing human beings picking everywhere,” he said. “Most facilities start with pilot projects, but a lot of automation deployments end there because the solution provider wasn't at the technology level to be stable in production.”


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