Swisslog has acquired a carefully selected portfolio of technologies and employees from Grenzebach Automation GmbH in Karlsruhe, Germany, to strengthen its expertise in the areas of automated guided vehicles (AGV) and logistics robots. This acquisition dovetails with Swisslog’s strategy of expanding its positioning in the e-commerce and omni-channel segments and pursuing opportunities in the field of production logistics.
Following an existing partnership between the two companies, Swisslog acquired intellectual property from Grenzebach Automation GmbH on 16 April 2015. This includes software technology in the areas of AGV, including the jointly developed mobile storage and picking system CarryPick, automated case picking, automated item picking, and palletising/de-palletising.
Grenzebach engineers to join Swisslog
A select team of Grenzebach employees will transfer to Swisslog and form a new Swisslog location in Karlsruhe, Germany, headed by Dr. Volker Jungbluth.
“Swisslog is looking forward to utilising the experience and exceptional knowledge their new colleagues have in research and development, as well as in application development, solution design and technical sales. The expanded cooperation between Swisslog and Grenzebach as partners means that customers will continue to receive optimal support from a highly qualified team,” the company’s statement said.
Swisslog says it is already playing a key role in shaping the future of intra-logistics. Best-in-class technologies, combined with expert knowledge, will continue to translate into progressive solution concepts. In the near future, humans and robots will interact and collaborate seamlessly in intra-logistics optimising processes. In light of these developments, Swisslog’s acquisition of AGV and logistics robot technologies is another logical step toward becoming an automation powerhouse.