Agility Robotics is nearing completion of its new plant, RoboFab, in Salem, USA. The 70,000 square feet facility will be used to mass-produce humanoid robots named Digit. These robots are designed with two legs and two arms and have the capability to work alongside humans in warehouses and factories.
According to the company’s co-founder and CEO, Damion Shelton, RoboFab will be the first of its kind and is expected to employ over 500 people. The plant has the capacity to produce up to 10,000 Digit robots annually, once it is fully operational.
However, before reaching maximum capacity, Agility Robotics is currently focused on setting up and testing its first production lines. The Digit robots are powered by lithium-ion batteries and have been specifically designed to maneuver and operate in environments with obstacles such as steps or other structures that would typically hinder the use of robots.
Some of Agility’s customers can anticipate receiving their first robots by next year. Although the company plans to sell the Digit robots, they have stated that renting or leasing options will not be available in the near future.
Agility Robotics’ initiative to establish a mass-production plant for humanoid robots places them ahead of potential competitors, including Tesla and its Optimus initiative. While Elon Musk presented a prototype of a humanoid robot in the previous year, Agility Robotics has progressed further with its plans.
Agility Robotics: www.agilityrobotics.com
1. Humanoid Robots – Robots designed to resemble and mimic human movements.
2. Lithium-ion Batteries – Rechargeable batteries commonly used in electronic devices and vehicles.
3. Optimus Initiative – Tesla’s project focused on developing a humanoid robot.
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