ABB expands R&D capabilities in AI and software-driven automation with Meshmind acquisition
January 18, 2024
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION
ABB has agreed to acquire a majority of software service provider Meshmind to expand its research and development capabilities in AI, Industrial IoT and machine vision. Through this acquisition, ABB will reportedly integrate engineering talent, AI and software knowledge to form a new global R&D hub to further accelerate the development of innovative automation solutions within its machine automation division (B&R).
“AI-powered robotics and automation have the power to transform industries, providing businesses with greater flexibility and intelligence amidst critical global trends and workforce challenges,” said Sami Atiya, president of ABB Robotics and Discrete Automation business area. “Through this acquisition, we will further accelerate the development of our software and AI-powered solutions to make automation more adaptive and accessible, enabling businesses of all sizes to become more resilient.”
ABB shares in a press statement that the integration of Meshmind’s employees will expand collaboration with B&R teams in a range of R&D projects. This includes deep learning vision systems, AI-enabled engineering tools and IoT app development. The collaboration will be carried out from their office in Sarajevo, Bosnia, which will serve as B&R’s new global hub for AI and software development.
“This acquisition builds on our successful relationship with Meshmind to establish a new global R&D hub for B&R,” said machine automation division president Joerg Theis. “As part of our wider ecosystem that includes universities, partners and start-ups, this latest investment will strengthen our capacity and expertise to create solutions that make our customers’ lives easier, helping them shape the future of their industries.”
The investment coincides with ABB’s recent acquisition of Sevensense, a provider of AI-enabled 3D vision navigation technology for autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).
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