qbrobotics is an Italian company founded in 2011 as a research and development company active in the robotics field as producer of innovative devices implementing the soft-robotics technology such as robotic hands, grippers for robots and cobots, handles, Robot KIT and VSA actuators.
The company is based in Tuscany in the Robotics and Technology Cluster of Pisa (Polo Tecnologico di Navacchio) and thanks to its international distribution network is able to operate internationally.
The organization structure evolved fast during the last three years, reaching 10 employees in 2020: the entire team can boast a high-level CV and top background in their field with solid primary background in robotics: from the technical and R&D side, all people are coming from the IIT – Italian Institute of Technology and from the University of Pisa (Research Center “E. Piaggio”) of which qbrobotics is a spin-off.
Each business process is implemented internally: from research, development and testing to hardware design and software programming to the production and assembly process.
The constant search for innovation in the field of robotics and automation has led qbrobotics to internalize all the production processes and to create its own robotics laboratory – qblab – where the testing phase is carried out and where the new product lines are developed.
The company has now four different research business units that are divided considering the peculiarity of the destination market:
- Biomedical & Prosthetics: qbrobotics is producing an anthropomorphic artificial hand that is used for prosthetic and rehabilitation activities by research institutes.
- Service robotics: qbrobotics is a provider of robot hands to private companies and robotics laboratories producing and commercializing humanoid robots.
- Educational & Research: in this field, qbrobotics provides two products (the modular actuator VSA and a robotic hand – qb SoftHand Research) to research institutes, universities, schools and R&D departments of private and public companies.
- Industrial Robotics & Automation: qbrobotics started a fourth industrial business unit at the beginning of 2018 to propose industrialized versions of the qb SoftHand to users that currently employ collaborative robots in their production and testing lines.
qbrobotics has grown to successfully consolidate its position in the soft-robotics field and the company can boasts collaborations with: multinational companies in the field of robotics, collaborative robotics and industrial automation, biomedical research institutes, universities and robotics departments worldwide.
Our Vision is to foster innovation and drive the diffusion of technologies that will propel the next generation of robots. The ever-increasing involvement of robots in human life will require a new level of motor control technologies to create machines that are safe and strong enough to interact with humans.
Our Mission is to implement the technologies that will revolutionize the way robots move and to produce accessible and safe robots developing the research in the soft-robotics field and translate it into marketable devices for research, industry and consumers.
Scientific research is the driving force behind the philosophy of qbrobotics. An open and accessible knowledge is the basis of the development of everyday life.