Agility Robotics to Open Manufacturing Plant for Humanoid Robots

Agility Robotics, the developer of the bipedal robot Digit, is planning to open a manufacturing plant called “RoboFab” in Salem, Oregon. This 70,000 square foot facility aims to produce over 10,000 humanoid robots annually and is expected to begin operations later this year. The company intends to hire around 500 workers for the plant.

What sets Agility Robotics apart is the incorporation of its iconic humanoid robot, Digit, in the manufacturing process. The Digits will assist in moving, loading, and unloading goods within the warehouse. This integration showcases the versatility of the robot and its potential use in real-world applications.

The company has revealed that some customers can expect to receive their first Digits by 2024, with general availability in the market by 2025. According to Damion Shelton, Agility Robotics’ co-founder and CEO, the primary aim of creating Digits is to address existing workforce challenges, such as injuries, high turnover rates, burnout, and labor shortages.

While competitors like Boston Dynamics’ Atlas and Tesla’s Optimus robot prototype have dabbled in the manufacturing of bipedal robots, none have reached the level of mass production as seen in Agility Robotics’ efforts. However, it remains to be seen if Agility Robotics’ warehouse robots can surpass its competitors in this emerging market of logistics and distribution.

In conclusion, Agility Robotics’ decision to open a manufacturing plant dedicated to the production of humanoid robots marks a significant milestone in the industry. The company’s incorporation of its own Digits into the manufacturing process showcases the potential of these robots in addressing workforce challenges. As the first Digits make their way into the market, it will be interesting to see how Agility Robotics’ warehouse robots compare to their competitors.

1. Bipedal robot: A robot that has two legs and can walk or perform tasks.
2. Humanoid robot: A robot designed to resemble and mimic human movements and behaviors.

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– Damion Shelton – Agility Robotics’ co-founder and CEO