Pohlad’s PaR Systems Has A New CEO

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Pohlad Companies, a privately held portfolio of businesses and investments spanning a variety of industries, today announced that effective February 4, 2019, Tom Pohlad, president and COO of Carousel Motor Group (CMG), will become CEO of PaR Systems LLC, a leading provider of automation, robotics and specialized material handling solutions.”

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Plymouth-Based PRI Robotics Bought Up By Eckhart

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“Eckhart, Inc. announced today that it has acquired PRI Robotics & Automation, a specialty robotic systems integrator located in Plymouth, Minnesota. Eckhart is an Industry 4.0 leader that designs, builds, and integrates turn-key systems for the largest industrial companies in the world.

Eckhart’s suite of solutions includes AUTOCRAFT™ autonomous guided vehicles, collaborative robotics, 3D printing, automated conveyance & assembly systems, mechanical & electrical design services, simulation, and specialized ergonomic assembly line tools and equipment.”

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Minnesota’s Banner Engineering Is A Well Kept Secret In The Sensor Industry

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“The sensor looks like a hockey puck — but it saves McDonald’s and other companies a whole lot of money. This Banner Engineering sensor hides beneath the drive-through lanes and feeds McDonald’s the number of cars that go through the line and how fast it takes for each driver to receive their food.”

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[VIDEO] Cargill Has Built Robotic A Cowboy

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“Three quarters of a ton. That’s the size of the average bovine moving through Cargill’s beef plant in Schuyler, Nebraska. Multiply that by 5,000— approximately how many head of cattle the facility processes on a daily basis—and you begin to understand the scale of the potential safety risks that are inherent to working alongside these hefty mammals.

“These are very large animals that we deal with,” said Sammy Renteria, general manager at the plant. “And it’s something that causes concern because there is no way of knowing what the animal is going to do.”

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After Investing Millions, Medtronic To Buy Mazor Robotics For $1.6 Billion

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“DUBLIN and CAESAREA, Israel, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Medtronic plc (NYSE :MDT ), a global leader in medical technology, and Mazor Robotics (NASDAQ :MZOR , TASE: MZOR.TA), a pioneer in the field of robotic guidance systems, today announced the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Medtronic will acquire all outstanding ordinary shares of Mazor for $58.50 per American Depository Share, or $29.25 (104.80 ILS) per ordinary share, in cash, for a total of approximately $1.64 billion, or $1.34 billion net of Medtronic’s existing stake in Mazor and cash acquired. The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction.”

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Q&A With Sentera CEO Eric Taipale On The $14m Funding Round

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Sentera CEO Eric Taipale poses with his company’s proprietary drone sensor in hand.  The Minneapolis-based firm, which sells drone hardware and software to farmers, raised $14m earlier this month. Here’s what he had to say about it:

Why the decision to raise more investment in the first place and how did you settle on $14m?

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St. Paul HQ Power/mation Opens New Office In North Dakota

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“St. Paul, Minnesota – August 2018 Responding to strong customer demand, Power/mation is pleased to announce its expansion to North Dakota with its new location at 1307 Grumman Lane in Bismarck. The office and warehouse facility is fully equipped with products, sales support and automation industry expertise. Since 1961, Power/mation has become a leader in the distribution of high-tech automation products and cutting—edge technology solutions for its customers throughout the Midwest.”

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Robot Rickshaw Is The Geekiest Thing In Minnesota’s Tech Scene

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Music meets machine with Robot Rickhaw: “A rapidly-deployable, human-driven, two wheeled cart full of robots that play music. Piloted by a lunatic in a hazmat suit+teddy bear.”

Created by the brilliant artist and humble human Troy Rogers — this is hands down the geekiest thing going on around town…and it comes to us from Duluth.

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