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    Active8 Robots is Rethink Robotics' official channel partner, providing, comprehensive training, support, end of arm tooling design, proof of concepts, full on site application & deployment services.

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Rethink Robotics in the UK & Ireland

Making robotics more accessible, usable and practical than ever before.

When Rethink Robotics founder Rodney Brooks was producing the Roomba vacuum at iRobot in the 2000s, he saw first-hand how challenging and inefficient the manufacturing process could be, with so many manual processes.  By the end of that decade, he founded Rethink Robotics, with the intent of providing an entirely new type of automation to manufacturers.  One that was safe to work next to without cages, easily trained by non-engineers, flexible enough to move quickly from job to job, and affordable for companies of all sizes. That vision was realised with the introduction of the Baxter® robot in 2012.  For the first time, manufacturers had a cost-effective and easily deployed solution.  And the market had a new category of automation: collaborative robots. Rethink expanded that vision with the introduction of Sawyer™ the smart collaborative robot in 2015, a smaller, faster robot designed for high precision tasks. Best of all, Rethink continue to deliver on that vision with frequent releases to their one-of-a-kind Intera® software. A unique combination of hardware and software enables the easiest train-by-demonstration functionality in the industry, and reduces the time it takes to deploy the robots.  Rethink Robotics’ mission is to make robotics more accessible, usable and practical than they’ve ever been before, redefining automation.


Active8 Robots has supplied Rethink Robotics Sawyer and Baxter robots to all of the Russel group universities and many other colleges and universities that have robot labs and facilities.  The Sawyer Robot has many applications in industry too most commonly Co-Packing, machining, testing and assembly.


If you are thinking about automation solutions in your business you need a widely experienced partner to help you see the opportunities and pitfalls.  Call our team and have a conversation about how we can help you achieve the right solution.


Sawyer Robot

The Sawyer robot is the latest in smart, collaborative technology enabling low cost, flexible automation for manufacturers.

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Baxter Research Robot

Baxter is Rethink Robotics Dual Arm Collaborative Robot Available in Europe for Education & Research.

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