Swiss firms team on four legged autonomous robot

September 15, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Swiss firms team on four legged autonomous robot
Swiss drive specialist maxon is joining forces with neighbouring robotics startup ANYbotics and setting up a new lab

Maxon will supply the drive systems of the autonomous ANYmal inspection robot that will soon be marketed in large quantities. The deal includes maxon setting up a new laboratory on the Zurich campus near to ANYbotics, and maxon will also handle the future development and production of the actuators for ANYmal.

ANYmal is an autonomous, four-legged robot that is capable of inspecting and monitoring industrial systems and is targeted at dangerous maintenance tasks in the future. The robot, which has 12 motor drives, can cope with difficult infrastructures such as stairs and inclines, and is used in a wide variety of industries.

The partnership is described as a close, long-term collaboration to strengthened Switzerland as a prime location for robotics.

“By collaborating with ANYbotics, we are merging know-how from different worlds. The creativity and high responsiveness of a startup are paired with the global and stable industrial environment of the maxon Group. Together we will create an energy-efficient and intelligent robotic drive, the likes of which has never been seen before,” said Eugen Elmiger, CEO of the maxon Group.

maxon wants to use the lab to get even closer to ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich and offer technical support to young engineers, provide workspaces, and for recruitment. “We are already heavily involved with vocational education in and around Zurich and Lucerne. With the new lab, we will be in an even better position to support talents in drive technology and robotics,” said Elmiger.

ANYbotics recently won the Swiss Economic Award 2020 and has been chosen as the best young entrepreneur in Switzerland in the Hightech/Biotech category.,

“In maxon, we have found the ideal partner for taking care of our drive technology as we transition from small series to mass production. With maxon’s expertise and infrastructure, we will be able to further optimize a core element of our robots and access state-of-the-art production methods,” said Péter Fankhauser, CEO of


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