Does Dexter Really Need a Hard Hat?

Motoman Robotics’ groundbreaking featured this ambidextrous robot.


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Motoman Robotics’ groundbreaking featured this ambidextrous robot. Watch him dig here.

On August 13, 2010, ground was broken for Motoman Robotics’ new facility in Miamisburg, Ohio. The new facility will serve as Motoman Robotics’ headquarters and main manufacturing facility for its North and South American operations. The company is a division of Yaskawa America, Inc.

According to reports, stealing the show was a Motoman SDA10D robot. Nicknamed Dexter Bot, this dual-armed robot showed off its agility by wielding a shovel to turn the first dirt in the construction process. (Perhaps a hidden message to other manufacturers is that robotic automation can help them hit pay dirt, too.)

Company executives and local officials also took turns breaking ground.

When construction is completed next June, the new 300,000 square foot office and production facility will combine the current West Carrollton, Ohio headquarters, along with a manufacturing plant and a warehouse located in Troy, Ohio.

The new facility will house approximately 250 to 275 employees. The 25-acre site allows for the building to be expanded by an additional 200,000 square feet to support future growth.

To learn more about robots from Motoman, click here.