"Our product is tailor-made for the U.S. market, which is ideal as a prerequisite for successful expansion," said Christian Piechnick, Wandelbots founder and CEO. "The labor shortage in the United States is severe right now and is getting worse. Wandelbots can help to face this challenge and support U.S. companies on their way toward automation and digitalization of manufacturing processes."
The U.S. division will be led by Sue Nicole Susenburger, who joined Wandelbots after nearly eight years at Bosch, most recently as global innovation strategy manager.
"Wandelbots is driven by the mission to democratize robotics," Susenburger said. "We're providing solutions to family-owned manufacturers that are struggling with labor shortage and need help implementing automation."
The German firm has a strategic partnership in place with the Motoman Robotics division of Yaskawa America. "The Wandelbots Teaching technology adds great value and simplicity to our robots for our customers, especially with our ArcWorld cells," Joshua Leath, senior product manager for Yaskawa Motoman, said. "The easy-to-use software paired with its intuitive TracePen input device simplifies the user experience for any of our most popular industrial robots. It relieves the need for extensive robotics programming knowledge and opens new robotics automation opportunities for customers of all sizes." With more than 500,000 Motoman robots installed globally, Yaskawa provides automation products and solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application, including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal, packaging, palletizing and spot welding.