The HAHN Group has acquired robot technology from Rethink Robotics in a move, it said, that will strengthen its service offerings for collaborative robots.
Rethink Robots announced it was closing earlier this month.
The HAHN Group is an international technology leader for automatisation and robotics.
As part of the deal, HAHN acquired all patents and trademarks of Rethink Robotics as well as its software platform “INTERA5”.
HAHN told RoboPro Magazine that by utilising its INTERA software platform, which enables users to intuitively programme industrial robots, Rethink Robotics had become the leader in the industrial deployment of collaborative robots.
HAHN will further develop Rethink Robotics’ technology, combining it with German engineering and know-how of industrial applications. HAHN will then be able to provide its customers with high-quality collaborative robotic solutions and reliable service offerings. Also, HAHN intends to make the software platform available to suitable partners through licensing, or other arrangements.
In addition to its integration business (operated by HAHN Robotics) and renting offerings (operated by HAHN RobShare), the business unit “Rethink Robotics” will become the third pillar of the HAHN Group’s robotic division and complete its service portfolio.
“The acquisition of Rethink Robotic’s technology marks an important milestone for the development of our portfolio of collaborative robotics solutions,” said Thomas Hähn, CEO of HAHN Group. “This transaction will bring us not only a boost in innovative technologies but also access to highly specialized know-how in one of the most dynamic future markets. We are very pleased that we could convince the owners of Rethink Robotics to agree to the sale of its robotic technology around the ‘Cobot Sawyer’ as well as the INTERA5 software.