Foster-Miller Acquiring Two Pittsburgh Robotics Companies

Acquisition of Automatika and Applied Perception will allow Foster-Miller to strengthen its position in robotic market.

Foster-Miller, Inc., an engineering, manufacturing and technology development firm, announced Monday that it has acquired two Pittsburgh-based robotics companies, Automatika, Inc. and Applied Perception, Inc.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

According to Dr. William Ribich, president and CEO of Foster-Miller, the acquisitions will allow the company to become a market leader in the development of the next generation of robotics for the military, industrial, and energy markets.

Foster-Miller, a QinetiQ North America company located in suburban Boston, MA, is a manufacturer of man-transportable robots to the Department of Defense. The company recently delivered its 1000th TALON robot to the U.S. military in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Automatika provides invention, design, system prototyping, and product manufacturing for a wide variety of automated and robotic systems used in military and civil defense, oil and gas exploration, remediation and utilities inspection.

Applied Perception creates standardized perception, planning, and control software and development tools to support the navigation of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs).

QinetiQ North America provides world-class technology and responsive solutions to U.S. government customers.  It is part of QinetiQ Group plc, a defense and security technology company.



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