According to a press release, ANYbotics, a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, has increased its capital by $50 million in a Series B funding round. The funding round was led by Walden Catalyst and NGP Capital, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Aramco Ventures, Swisscom Ventures, Swisscanto Private Equity, Equity Pitcher Ventures, Verve Ventures, and other existing investors.
With ANYmal, the Zurich-based company has created a ruggedized four-legged robot capable of carrying out diagnostic and inspection tasks in laboratories and industrial facilities where access is difficult or dangerous for people. ANYmal can carry out visual, acoustic and chemical inspections. Equipment error reports are sent directly to a control center and trigger maintenance work. By using ANYmal, facilities can increase operational safety and lower their maintenance costs. The four-legged robot is used by companies like PETRONAS, Shell, Siemens Energy, BASF and Vale.
“This funding validates our unique approach to addressing fundamental challenges of operating complex industrial facilities,” says Dr Péter Fankhauser, Co-Founder and CEO of ANYbotics, in the press release. “With this investment, we will expand internationally and accelerate the development of our robots’ AI capabilities such as manipulation for maintenance work to revolutionize automated industrial operations.” ce/ww