Roth & Rau - Ortner and MetraLabs Unveil New Mobile Robot at SEMICON West 2013 for Automated Transportation in Semiconductor

Roth & Rau - Ortner and MetraLabs Unveil New Mobile Robot at SEMICON West 2013 
for Automated Transportation in Semiconductor Cleanrooms 
SCOUT(R) -- an Autonomous Mobile Robot -- Automates Reticle
Transportation and Is Suitable for up to ISO Class 3 and US FED Class
1 Cleanrooms 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/09/13 --  Roth & Rau -
Ortner, a factory automation specialist, and its partner MetraLabs
Automation, Inc., a provider of freely navigating autonomous mobile
robots, today introduced their jointly-developed mobile robot,
SCOUT(R) at SEMICON West. SCOUT has been specially developed for the
flexible and automated transportation of materials in semiconductor
fabs and other clean production environments.  
SCOUT navigates autonomously, without any kind of guidance system,
and communicates via WiFi and operator GUI to issue new transport
jobs and show important status information like its current position.
The robot is cleanroom suitable up to ISO class 3 / US FED class 1
and has more than 5,000 km of autonomous navigation in clean rooms,
which proves its reliability.  
"Thanks to its compact size and reliable sensor technology, SCOUT can
be used safely in areas where people and machines work closely
together," explains Dr. Matthias Merten, CEO of MetraLabs Automation,
Inc. "This makes SCOUT an ideal alternative in cases where a
permanently installed transport system such as a rail or a conveyor
system cannot be implemented or would be too expensive." 
At SEMICON West, booth # 1831, South Hall, Roth & Rau - Ortner and
MetraLabs will demonstrate SCOUT's reticle transportation
application.  
SCOUT is capable of transporting various materials and products
between any point in the fab, taking measurements, providing tools
and auxiliaries. Various attachments like mechanical manipulators
(e.g. robot arms or linear axis) and transportation trays (e.g. for
the transportation of four SMIF Pods or HA200 storage boxes) enable
SCOUT to be adjusted to different conditions according to the desired
use.  
"SCOUT is an integral part of our "Missing Link" concept, which
covers custom-tailored automation solutions for existing
semiconductor fabs. These solutions are primarily directed at
semi-automated production lines with high requirements for personnel
because they can cut costs dramatically by minimizing downtime and
freeing up manpower," says Dr. Karli Hantzschmann, Division Manager
Automation of Roth & Rau - Ortner.  
About Roth & Rau - Ortner:
 Founded in 1998, Roth & Rau - Ortner
specializes in products, solutions, and services in factory
automation for clean production rooms, especially in semiconductor
fabs. The company develops and implements customized solutions, which
integrate smoothly into new or existing production environments. The
global company employs 110 people at its sites in Dresden, Germany,
and Salt Lake City, Utah. Last year the company generated a turnover
of EUR 13,5 million. It operates as a full subsidiary of Roth & Rau
AG and has been a member of the Meyer Burger Group since 2011. 
About MetraLabs Automation:
 MetraLabs Automation, Inc., located in
San Diego, California, develops and markets freely navigating
autonomous mobile robots for industrial automation. Target markets
include semiconductor manufacturing, where MetraLabs' systems help
lower human-caused contaminations and failures; pharmaceuticals,
where autonomous mobile robots enable a consistent and scalable
production scheme ranging from R&D to mass production facilities; the
analytical industry, in which MetraLabs' robots increase traceability
of sample management; and the automotive industry, where
transportation and mobile handling systems help lower costs and
optimize on-demand processes.  
The technology of MetraLabs Automation is based on developments of
the German company MetraLabs GmbH that has deployed more than 80
robots in markets that cannot be addressed by traditional automation
technologies. 
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Company Contacts: 
Roth & Rau - Ortner GmbH
Head of Marketing
Kathrin Maletzki
Telephone: +49 (351) 8886128
Email: kathrin.maletzki@roth-rau.com 
MetraLabs Automation Inc.
Sr. Director of Sales
Judith A. Perigyi
Telephone: +1 (760) 484 4795
Email: judith.perigyi@metralabs-am.com