OnRobot, a Danish company that makes end-of-arm tooling for collaborative robots, commonly known as cobots, has opened its first location specifically dedicated to research and development in the United States, in Culver City, Calif.
A 2015 startup, OnRobot merged with Perception Robotics and OptoForce in 2018. Perception brought OnRobot the tactile Gecko Gripper technology, which uses millions of micro-scaled fibrillar stalks that adhere to a surface of a part the same way that lizards climb.
OnRobot said the Gecko Gripper was originally created to help NASA salvage and repair satellites, and now is available for OnRobot’s industrial automation customers.
OnRobot CEO Enrico Krog said the Culver City operation has room for the company’s current staff of 17. It also is across the street from an entertainment industrial hub, called Ivy Station, that will be home to HBO, Apple and Amazon — bringing Culver City a pool of qualified candidates with OnRobot plans to increase its staff next, Krog said.
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