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Ambi Robotics picks up $32 million for smart robotic sorting systems

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Ambi Robotics picks up $32 million for smart robotic sorting systems

Ambi Robotics, a Berkeley-based AI and robotics company for e-commerce operations, has announced the successful funding of $32 million from existing investors Tiger Global and Bow Capital. These investors are joined by Ahren and the company’s strategic partner Pitney Bowes.

Ambi Robotics aims to use the funding for the deployment growth of its AI-powered parcel sorting system and expand its product portfolio. Other areas of focus include:

  • Increasing investment in research and development
  • Improving customer support
  • Improving operations
  • Onboarding supply chain experts

The news announcement follows a $23 million deployment expansion deal with its strategic partner, Pitney Bowes. Ambi Robotics’ AI-powered robotics will help Pitney Bowes speed parcel sortation to last-mile delivery providers. This will improve productivity, accuracy and worker safety. Ambi Robotics is installing more than 80 AmbiSort A-Series parcel sorting solutions across the United States ahead of the peak holiday season.

“Ambi Robotics is an important part of an innovation strategy that is helping Pitney Bowes improve service to our clients and efficiently grow our global e-commerce business,” said Gregg Zegras, EVP and president of global e-commerce at Pitney Bowes. “In Ambi Robotics, we see the same commitment to client-led innovation that has helped Pitney Bowes evolve and win in the marketplace for over 100 years. We look forward to continuing to work together to drive innovation in our Global e-commerce hubs.”

Ambi Robotics’ AmbiSort systems are full-stack sorting solutions that combine robotic picking, item analysis and quality control. The AI robotics startup is also deploying an upgraded version of its AmbiSort system — AmbiSort A-Series v3, which complies with the American National Safety. According to Ambi Robotics, each warehouse associate can work with three or four AmbiSort A-Series systems. This increases the average throughput per employee to over 1200 items sorted per hour and more than 99 percent accuracy.

Ambi Robotics combines advanced AI, simulation and modular hardware based on simulation-to-reality AI technology. This technology builds dexterous robotic solutions that can scale manufacturing operations. The AI solution works on AmbiOS, an operating system that uses proprietary simulation-to-reality technology to teach robotic systems to pick and pack manufactured items. The operating system can provide insights into the manufacturing plant operation by automatically analyzing data on productivity, utilization, item dimensions, weights and more.

“Consumer shopping behavior is demanding a more modern warehouse. The strains of surging parcel volume shouldn’t rest on the shoulders of the supply chains’ most valued asset – people,” says Jim Liefer, CEO of Ambi Robotics. “It’s humbling to see such sophisticated investors stepping forward and contributing to the success of our mission to empower people to handle more.”

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