AMR maker Seegrid hit with layoffs


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Seegrid’s Palion Tow Truck Sequence 8. | Credit score: Seegrid

There have been “vital” layoffs at Seegrid, a Pittsburgh-based developer of autonomous cellular robots (AMRs). Jim Rock, CEO of Seegrid, stated about 90 staff had been let go. The Robotic Report has additionally seen a number of now-former staff publish in regards to the layoffs on LinkedIn. Considered one of them stated the layoffs had been a part of an organization restructuring. 

“Seegrid decreased its workforce by roughly 90 positions throughout all departments,” stated Rock. “Whereas regrettable, this resolution was made in gentle of the worldwide financial slowdown and to raised place Seegrid for long-term development. The buyers, board of administrators and govt management staff proceed to believe within the firm’s imaginative and prescient, staff and development alternative.”


Whereas it’s unclear how many individuals work at Seegrid, its LinkedIn firm profile stated it has between 201-500 staff. At press time, there have been 286 folks on LinkedIn who listing Seegrid as their present employer.


In line with this Kind D submitting, Seegrid can also be in the course of elevating a $75 million fairness spherical of funding. It has already closed $30 million. In line with Crunchbase, Seegrid has raised $107 million because it was based, together with the $30 million from this newest fairness spherical.

It must be famous that Seegrid filed Chapter 11 chapter in late 2014. On the time, it listed $48.7 million in excellent liabilities, in response to courtroom paperwork. Almost $15 million of Seegrid’s secured debt was owed to its largest shareholder on the time, which was grocer Large Eagle Inc., which owned practically 32% of Seegrid at the moment.

Seegrid, which was based in 2003, has a wide range of fashions in its Palion portfolio, together with Raise AMRs, the Tow Tractor and Pallet Truck AMR. In June 2021, Seegrid launched assist for a Robots as a Service (RaaS) subscription mannequin. Along with the RaaS mannequin, Seegrid will proceed to supply its prospects choices to buy gear outright, in addition to numerous leasing fashions.

In April 2022, Seegrid stated Sumitomo Drive Applied sciences chosen its AMRs for its increasing manufacturing operations. The ability transmission part producer selected Seegrid’s Palion AMR fleet and Fleet Central enterprise software program to assist autonomous hauling of components and gear between its current 250,000 meeting facility and its new 100,000 sq. foot warehouse. The preliminary Seegrid Palion Tow Tractor workflow was 3,000 toes spherical journey, working as much as 30-40 instances per day.

Seegrid in October 2020 acquired LiDAR startup Field Robotics. On the time of the deal, Seegrid stated the acquisition will assist it advance its vision-guided robots for protected supplies dealing with.

Seegrid is the most recent robotics firm to be hit by layoffs. The Robotic Report discovered simply yesterday that Perceptive Automata, a Boston-based developer of human habits understanding AI for autonomous autos and robots, not too long ago shut down. In line with co-founder and CTO Sam Anthony, Perceptive Automata went “kablooey” after it failed to shut Sequence B funding. In July, various corporations reduce employees, together with Argo AI, Nuro, Pudu Robotics, and Starship Applied sciences. And DoorDash introduced it’s shutting down Chowbotics simply 18 months after buying the enterprise.

This story is creating and will probably be up to date if extra data turns into obtainable.


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