Shape Process Automation in Auburn Hills Partners to Speed Robotic Automation

Shape Process Automation (SPA) in Auburn Hills and Mujin Corp. have partnered to speed SPA's robotic automation solutions.
Shape Process Automation (SPA) in Auburn Hills and Mujin Corp. have partnered to speed SPA’s robotic automation solutions.

Shape Process Automation (SPA), a robotic systems integrator and process cutting solutions provider based in Auburn Hills, and robotics technology company Mujin Corp. announced a collaboration to enhance SPA’s robotic automation solutions with Mujin’s intelligent robotics platform.

At Automate 2022 Show and Conference June 6-9 at Huntington Place in Detroit, SPA and Sandy Spring, Ga.-based Mujin will showcase a Mujin-powered mixed-case depalletizing and palletizing solution.

“The joining of Shape Process Automation’s and Mujin’s advanced technology and system integration capabilities will allow us to enhance our customers manufacturing operations, as well as discover new opportunities within Industrial Automation,” says Nino LaDuca, president of SPA. “This partnership came at a perfect time since we are celebrating 50 years of providing intelligent automation solutions worldwide.”

The SPA/Mujin collaboration is designed to more quickly bring difficult-to-automate tasks, such as mixed-case depalletizing and palletizing, to a greater number of warehouses and manufacturing facilities throughout North America.

SPA is an integrator for the top robotic manufacturers, including Rochester Hills’ Fanuc, one of several robot arms compatible with Mujin’s flagship product, the MujinController. To facilitate these applications, the MujinController uses machine intelligence, a type of AI that automatically manages potential downtime scenarios through perception, autonomous decision making, and real-time motion planning without the need for human intervention.

In addition to the Mujin-powered depalletizing and palletizing application, SPA will also feature its innovative robotic laser cutting solution showcasing how its Newton technology can increase part throughput and dimensional quality compared to traditional CNC cutting processes, specifically when dealing with EV lightweight materials. This demo will specifically focus on how battery trays can be manufactured and assembled.

“SPA’s experience and reputation in deploying robotics automation solutions make them an ideal fit as Mujin seeks to empower the North American logistics market with Mujin’s revolutionary machine intelligence,” says Ross Diankov, co-founder of Mujin. “Together, we can accelerate a new wave of robotics technology in the U.S. and help to advance the vision of a completely autonomous warehouse.”

Visit SPA and Mujin in booth 805 in Automate’s Integrated Solutions Center, dedicated to automation, robotics, and machine integrators.