This Baltimore Startup Is Bringing Robots To Small Manufacturers

About 18 months after spinning out of Johns Hopkins, Ready Robotics inked the first distribution deal that will enable its platform to reach more manufacturing floors.

The City Garage–based startup reached an agreement with a new automation division of Baltimore-based Arnold Packaging that allows the latter company to become an official distributor of the system, which is known as the TaskMate, said Ready Robotics CEO Benjamin Gibbs. Under the deal, Arnold Automation can sell or lease the TaskMate.

The startup’s goal is to help small-and-medium-sized companies deploy robots “quickly and efficiently,” Gibbs said. Ready Robotics develops hardware – such as grippers and tooling – for robotic arms that allows customization for specific jobs. The company also develops software that’s designed so you don’t have to be a computer programmer to implement it, Gibbs said. Additionally, the robots are on wheels instead of in a fixed position, making them easier to move around the premises.

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