Agile Planet Changes Name to Yaskawa Innovation

Agile Planet Changes Name to Yaskawa Innovation 
DAYTON, OH  -- (Marketwired) -- 05/21/14 --  Agile Planet Inc., a
leading developer of intelligent software and hardware engineered to
dramatically improve the performance of industrial robots, has
changed its name to Yaskawa Innovation. Yaskawa America, Inc.,
Motoman Robotics Division (Yaskawa Motoman) acquired all outstanding
shares of Agile Planet, Inc. in June 2013, to strengthen its global
leadership position in the advancement of "next generation"
automation solutions. 
"The name change is intended to better communicate the value that
Agile Planet brings as part of the larger Yaskawa family and the
purpose behind the organization," said Steve Barhorst, president and
COO of Yaskawa Motoman. "Yaskawa Innovation will develop robotic
controls solutions for the Americas and will work closely with our
parent company, Yaskawa Electric Corporation in Japan, to drive
advancements in the company's global automation offerings." 
Yaskawa Innovation moved to 9233 Waterford Centre Blvd. in Austin,
Texas on March 1, 2014. This location is strategically near the J.J.
Pickle Research Center at the University of Texas. Yaskawa Innovation
plans to collaborate with the Research Center on a variety of
projects designed to generate advances in robotic controls.  
"Our job at Yaskawa Innovation is to make high-quality Yaskawa
products easy to use so our customers can experience rapid ROI," said
Chetan Kapoor, PhD, senior director of technology innovation for
Yaskawa Innovation. 
"We purchased Agile Planet to offer new and unique approaches to
robot control," said Roger Christian, vice president of marketing,
Yaskawa Motoman. "This strategic acquisition will allow easy
integration of robotics into semi-structured and eventually
unstructured areas of manufacturing, logistics, bio-medical and
About Yaskawa Motoman 
Founded in 1989, the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America,
Inc. is a leading robotics company in the Americas. With nearly
300,000 Motoman® robots installed globally, Yaskawa provides
automation products and solutions for virtually every industry and
robotic application; including arc welding, assembly, coating,
dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal,
packaging, palletizing and spot welding. For more information please
visit our website at or call 937.847.6200. 
Sally Fairchild
Sr. Mgr. Marketing
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