Mitsubishi Electric to Beef up Stake in Realtime Robotics

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it will increase its existing investment in Massachusetts-based Realtime Robotics, Inc.

Realtime Robotics pioneers motion-planning technology for calculating trajectories to enable factory-automation (FA) equipment to avoid obstacles and generate optimized routes.

By expanding the use of Realtime Robotics’ advanced technology in Mitsubishi Electric’s FA solution software products and control-system equipment, the partners expect to further enhance the digitalization and optimization of automated production at manufacturing sites.

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The partnership aims to enhance digitization and optimization of automated production.

In May 2019, Mitsubishi Electric first invested in Realtime Robotics. Since then, the two companies have been promoting technological collaboration between Realtime’s motion-planning technology and Mitsubishi Electric’s industrial robots. Specifically, it aims to help manufacturers achieve agile, variable-volume production and flexible manufacturing. Accordingly, it targets improved productivity in the face of rising capital-investment and labor costs as well as diversifying consumer needs.

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Realtime Robotics RapidSense motion planning technology

Towards Becoming a Circular Digital-Engineering Company

As Mitsubishi Electric strives to transform into a “Circular Digital-Engineering Company,” its FA systems business is investing in and cooperating with software companies to strengthen automation and digitalization in diverse manufacturing processes. Among them include design, manufacturing, testing, operation and maintenance. Ultimately, it seeks to provide customers with best-in-class products and solutions.

By increasing its stake, Mitsubishi Electric plans to further integrate Realtime’s cutting-edge motion-planning technology into 3D simulators and other software to optimize manufacturing through the power of digital twins. Later, Mitsubishi Electric expects to incorporate Realtime’s technology into FA control system devices, such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs), servo motors and computer numerical controllers (CNCs), to ensure uninterrupted plant operations by responding to needs for expanded automation capabilities, streamlined plant operations for improved efficiency and fast responses to unexpected events.

Going forward, Mitsubishi Electric is committed to promoting open innovation by collaborating with innovative companies and cutting-edge technologies. Through diverse partnerships, the company aims to steadily address challenges faced by manufacturers to drive impactful solutions and continued advancement.

-27 May 2024-