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Manufacturing Automation: Working like ants: Attabotics uses ant colony model to automate logistics

MA sits down for a Q&A with Scott Gravelle, the founder of Attabotics, a made-in-Canada robotic warehouse system

October 29, 2020  by Manufacturing Automation

Photo: Attabotics

Calgary-based Attabotics is not just new to the logistics automation sector, but a pioneer in the space.

In August, the company was recognized as one to watch by an investment group led by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, which provided $50 million in funding for Attabotics to scale up its manufacturing and commercial deployment, bringing the company’s total funding to $82.7 million.

What’s unique about Attabotics’ fulfillment platform is it provides “3D storage” by flipping the layout of a horizontal warehouse onto its side so that it’s arranged vertically, akin in shape and style to an ant colony.

Bins are stored in columns, and robotic shuttles on x, y and z axes move alongside to pick and transport the bins down to a workstation on the floor.

Read the full Q&A on Manufacturing Automation, one of Canadian Manufacturing‘s sister publications.


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