NASHUA — Waypoint Robotics has relocated into a larger manufacturing space in the Gate City.
The company moved three weeks ago from its former Merrimack location on Webb Drive into a new facility at 248 Main Dunstable Road that features a test track, expanded office area and significantly more manufacturing space.
“This is four times bigger,” said Jason Walker, CEO and co-founder of Waypoint Robotics, during a tour on Tuesday.
His company hosted representatives from the New Hampshire Tech Alliance for the NHTA’s series of listening tours in the region. Waypoint Robotics showcased its Vector and MAV3K robots. The bots are designed to assist businesses by providing them with a tool to complete real work in the real world — and to also help employees in the process, said Walker.
Rather than having employees waste time and resources on completing mundane or risky tasks that could be completed by a robot — such as transporting boxes or larger items that often require the use of a forklift — it allows companies to be more competitive in the global market, he said. Waypoint Robotics is accomplishing unprecedented work in the field of autonomous mobile robots, according to Walker, who said the newest machines have the capability of transporting items up to 3,000 pounds.
“We have lots of other cool stuff on the way,” he added.
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The new, MAV3K robot was selected as one of five finalists for the NH Tech Alliance’s Product of the Year award. It is designed for manufacturing use, and is meant to complement existing workflow, equipment and processes.
Waypoint Robotics currently has eight full-time workers, and its sister company that specializes in research and development has an additional four employees. The robots start at a cost of nearly $40,000. Walker stressed that the robots are not replacing employees, but the technology is instead built for people who put them to work.
Walker said the new, 12,000-square-foot facility in Nashua provides Waypoint Robotics with more demonstration space for customers who are considering the relatively new technology to enhance their operations.
“Businesses of all sizes are having trouble attracting and retaining talent and want to give their existing, valued workforce the tools they need to be more effective in an Industry 4.0 environment,” he said in a statement. “We can demonstrate how quickly Vector and MAV3K can be set up to do real work in the real world.”
On Tuesday, Vector was on hand for the listening tour, making its way throughout the facility and offering donuts to visitors.
Julie Demers, executive director of the NH Tech Alliance, said the listening tours are critical in gaining honest feedback from companies on how to improve and enhance the organization’s offerings. “We really want to strengthen the technology ecosystem,” she said.