One of the biggest obstacles to the acquisition of industrial robots in medium-sized manufacturing companies, apart from the high investment costs, is usually the lack of skilled personnel for commissioning and programming the robots. The company drag&bot has therefore developed an operating system for industrial robots at the Fraunhofer IPA with which robot programs can be put together from various modules via drag-and-drop. "With drag&bot, robot programming becomes as easy as operating a smartphone," promises Martin Naumann, founder and managing director of drag&bot.
For the further development of the software, the start-up has now received financing in the low seven-figure range - at least slightly more than 1 million euros. The financing round was led by Speedinvest Industry, a venture capitalist from Vienna specializing in industrial technology, and other strategic partners. "We see drag&bot as a great opportunity to make robots accessible for new areas of application in industry and thus to take a significant step forward in the digitalization of industrial production," explains Heinrich Gröller, partner at Speedinvest.