OnRobot is a company born global with headquarters in the robotic cluster capital Odense, Denmark. We provide innovative Plug & Produce End-of-Arm Tools that help manufacturers take full advantage of the benefits of collaborative robots: ease of use, cost-effectiveness and safe to use alongside human workers.
Vision – Beliefs
Our vision is to be the leading collaborative End-of-Arm Tooling company and offer our customers innovative collaborative solutions with true Plug & Produce functionality.
Simultaneously, our passion centers on ‘strengthening your collaboration’ and that's why we've designed our products to be as user-friendly, safe and versatile as possible.
OnRobot A/S was established in June 2018 as result of the merger of three innovative End-of-Arm Tooling companies with the aim of facilitating the ongoing growth of collaborative robotics. Our new company combines U.S.-based Perception Robotics, Hungary-based OptoForce, and Denmark-based On Robot to become OnRobot A/S. This strong alliance drives innovation and ease-of-use for robotic End-of-Arm Tooling.
On Robot, founded in 2015, provided plug-and-play electric grippers — RG2 and RG6 — that mount directly on the robot arm, are highly flexible and are simple enough to be programmed and operated from the same interface as the robot without a need for engineers. In 2014, Bilge J. Christiansen, driven by entrepreneurial spirit, embarked on designing an innovative cable-free gripper. Ebbe O. Fuglsang joined Bilge to develop the software and the user interface for the RG2 gripper. In 2015, On Robot ApS was established and the first grippers were sold in Europe. A network of distributors started to emerge. In 2016, the company received substantial investments from private investors and The Danish Growth Fund. The distribution network expanded to Asia, North America and Oceania. In 2017 and 2018, On Robot established offices in the US, Malaysia and Germany, while the distribution network expanded to over 100 distributors in more than 40 countries.
OptoForce, founded in 2012, provided force/torque sensors that bring the sense of touch to industrial robots so that they can automate tasks that would otherwise require the dexterity of the human hand. OptoForce started as a university spin-off in 2012, then brought the newest technologies from robotic research to industry. The story of the company started as a university project when the two founders of the company – Ákos Tar, Ph.D. and József Veres, Ph.D. were studying bionics and robotics in the same class at university. They started a project to build a two-legged robot. One of the focus areas was to develop the senses of the robot so they needed to measure forces acting on the leg along the X-Y-Z axes. They developed a layered structure in which silicone would actually change its form under a greater load and this made measurement in all directions possible. OptoForce was supported by renowned investors, such as Hungarian venture capitalists Day One Capital, Finext Startup and Momentum as well as Enrico Krog Iversen, former CEO of Universal Robots.
Perception Robotics, founded in 2012, and based in Los Angeles, developed bio-inspired robot grippers: a gecko-inspired gripper for handling large, flat objects, and a tactile gripper with compliant rubber tactile sensors (“skin”) to give robots a sense of touch.