OnRobot opens first US office dedicated to research & development

Aug. 1, 2019
New Los Angeles location provides the company an opportunity to attract talent and add new products.

OnRobot has opened its first location specifically dedicated to research and development (R&D) in the United States. Based in Culver City in Los Angeles, California. The new 6,000 square-foot office area will help enable engineers, researchers and local staff to work and develop new products.

Alex Starick (Electrical Engineer), Yaniel Ruiz (see above), Chi To So (Director, Operations) and Ash Nanakayya (Sr. R&D Engineer) looking at a Gecko Gripper sub-assembly.

Last year marked OnRobot’s first foray into the LA area, as it acquired Perception Robotics. With this acquisition, OnRobot brought the award-winning Gecko Gripper technology into its product offerings and developed it for commercial launch. Originally created to help NASA salvage and repair satellites, the Gecko Gripper has the ability to pick up porous and delicate objects.

Ilyssa Simsek ( Production Material Fabricator), Yaniel Ruiz (Production Material Fabricator) and Abdias Tellez (R&D Material Fabricator) reviewing post treatment of proprietary gecko pads.

According to OnRobot, the limited square footage in the original Perception Robotics space wasn’t enough room for OnRobot to focus on production and assembly, and continuing its R&D efforts.

"As OnRobot continues its aggressive expansion throughout North America, moving to a larger location in Culver City offers multiple benefits," said Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO of OnRobot. "It has space for our current staff of 17, with plenty of room for the research team to use multiple types of collaborative robot arms in our quest to develop new tools for these. It’s also directly across the street from a multi-million dollar entertainment industry hub that is currently being built, called Ivy Station. The new building will be home to HBO, Apple, and Amazon, bringing to Culver City a more qualified pool of candidates for us to choose from when we look at increasing our staff next year.We’re excited to be here and are looking forward to all the great things we’re going to accomplish in this region."

Angelo Moreno (Intern) and Lizzeth Sanchez (Robot Integration) testing Gecko Grippers on robot arms from Universal Robots and Yaskawa.

The new facility is located next to the Culver City light rail stop, between Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles near the 405 and 10 freeway intersection.

Elijah Pascual (Technician/QA) and Jason McCauley (Sr. Mechanical Engineer) looking at the Gecko Gripper that OnRobot’s new Los Angeles R&D office develops.

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