Agile Planet Adopts New Name

The developer of intelligent software and hardware changes its name to Yaskawa Innovation, reflecting its acquisition by Yaskawa America, Motoman Robotics Division. 

Formerly named, Agile Planet Inc. (Dayton, OH), a leading developer of intelligent software and hardware engineered to dramatically improve the performance of industrial robots, has changed its name to Yaskawa Innovation (Austin, TX).

Yaskawa America, Inc., Motoman Robotics Division (Yaskawa Motoman; Miamsburg, OH) acquired all outstanding shares of Agile Planet, Inc. in June of 2013, to strengthen its global leadership position in the advancement of “next generation” automation solutions.

“The name change is intended to better communicate the value that Agile Planet brings as part of the larger Yaskawa family and the purpose behind the organization,” said Steve Barhorst, the president and chief operating officer of Yaskawa Motoman.  “Yaskawa Innovation will develop robotic controls solutions for the Americas and will work closely with our parent company, Yaskawa Electric Corporation in Japan, to drive advancements in the company’s global automation offerings.”

Yaskawa Innovation moved to 9233 Waterford Centre Blvd. in Austin, Texas on March 1st of this year. This location is strategically near the J.J. Pickle Research Center at the University of Texas. Yaskawa Innovation plans to collaborate with the Research Center on a variety of projects designed to generate advances in robotic controls.

“Our job at Yaskawa Innovation is to make high-quality Yaskawa products easy to use so our customers can experience rapid ROI,” said Chetan Kapoor, PhD, the senior director of technology innovation for Yaskawa Innovation.

“We purchased Agile Planet to offer new and unique approaches to robot control,” said Roger Christian, the vice president of marketing, Yaskawa Motoman. “This strategic acquisition will allow easy integration of robotics into semi-structured and eventually unstructured areas of manufacturing, logistics, bio-medical and beyond.”



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