Agility Robotics, a leading robotics company, is set to open a state-of-the-art humanoid robot factory in Salem, Oregon. Known as the RoboFab, this groundbreaking facility will mass produce a line of humanoid robots called Digit. Digit is designed to function as a robotic co-worker and is capable of maneuvering around factories and warehouses with its two arms and two legs.
The 70,000-square-foot RoboFab will have an annual production capacity of up to 10,000 units and is expected to employ over 500 individuals in its construction. This factory is the first of its kind and will position Agility Robotics as a leader in humanoid robot manufacturing.
Digit’s robust capabilities make it ideal for tasks such as lifting, sorting, and material handling. The robot’s rechargeable batteries provide power, while its claw-like hands with five fingers enable it to perform a multitude of tasks. Agility Robotics plans to utilize Digit within its own factory operations, as well as prioritize its preferred partners for robot deployment next year.
Addressing concerns about automation replacing human jobs, Agility Robotics CEO Damion Shelton believes that Digit will help logistics and manufacturing businesses meet increasing demands. With recruitment challenges and an aging workforce, the introduction of humanoid robots like Digit could alleviate labor shortages and fill unmet roles. The company has also prioritized safety and autonomy in the design of its robots to ensure they can function as reliable and cooperative co-workers.
– Agility Robotics