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Mercedes-Benz Hires “Apollo”, a Humanoid Robot, for its factory



Mercedes-Benz Hires Apollo, a Humanoid Robot, for its factory

In a groundbreaking move that pushes the boundaries of automotive manufacturing, Mercedes-Benz has partnered with Apptronik to introduce Apollo, a state-of-the-art humanoid robot. This pioneering collaboration between a renowned car manufacturer and a leader in next-generation robotics marks a significant milestone in the evolution of automated manufacturing. With Apollo, Mercedes-Benz aims to revolutionize its production process, enhance the capabilities of its workforce, and build the world’s most desirable cars. Hello Apollo (

The Partnership: Apptronik and Mercedes-Benz

Apptronik, a Texas-based company specializing in next-generation general-purpose robots, has entered into a commercial agreement with Mercedes-Benz. This partnership signifies Apptronik’s first publicly announced deployment of Apollo and the first application of humanoid robotics within Mercedes-Benz’s manufacturing facilities. The collaboration aims to leverage the advanced capabilities of Apollo to optimize various aspects of Mercedes-Benz’s manufacturing operations.

What is Apollo?

Apollo, a humanoid robot developed by Apptronik, is designed to work alongside humans in industrial spaces. Standing at 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds, Apollo possesses the ability to lift up to 55 pounds. Its form factor closely resembles that of a human worker, enabling it to seamlessly integrate into the existing manufacturing environment. With a unique force control architecture, Apollo is safe to deploy around humans, making it a trustworthy collaborator on the production line.

Enhancing Efficiency in Manufacturing

Mercedes-Benz recognizes the potential of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) in transforming the automotive manufacturing landscape. By incorporating Apollo into its production process, Mercedes-Benz aims to automate physically demanding, repetitive, and dull tasks that are becoming increasingly challenging to staff. This strategic move not only optimizes efficiency but also frees up highly skilled team members to focus on more complex and creative aspects of car production.

Applications of Apollo in Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing

Mercedes-Benz is exploring various use cases for Apollo within its manufacturing facilities. One such application is logistics support, where Apollo can transport parts to the production line for assembly. This innovative approach, known as the delivery

of assembly kits, streamlines the manufacturing process and increases overall productivity. Additionally, Apollo can inspect components while delivering totes of kitted parts later in the production process, further enhancing efficiency and quality control.

Benefits of Humanoid Robots in Manufacturing

The integration of humanoid robots like Apollo offers numerous advantages for manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz. Firstly, humanoid robots can operate in spaces designed for humans, eliminating the need for extensive facility redesigns. This approach allows manufacturers to leverage existing infrastructure while optimizing productivity. Secondly, humanoid robots can perform physically demanding tasks with precision and consistency, reducing the risk of human error and enhancing overall quality. Lastly, by automating repetitive tasks, humanoid robots contribute to a safer and healthier working environment for human workers, while freeing them up from the mundane and applying them to more productive areas of operation.

Mercedes’ Vision for the Future

Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Production, Quality & Supply Chain Management, highlights the company’s commitment to evolving automotive production and exploring new possibilities. “To build the most desirable cars we continually evolve the future of automotive production. We are exploring new possibilities with the use of robotics to support our skilled workforce in manufacturing. This is a new frontier, and we want to understand the potential both for robotics and automotive manufacturing to fill labor gaps in areas such as low skill, repetitive and physically demanding work and to free up our highly skilled team members on the line to build the world’s most desirable cars.”

Manufacturing a Better Future

The partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Apptronik represents a significant leap forward in the field of robotics and manufacturing. This fusion of automotive excellence and cutting-edge robotics sets the stage for a new era in manufacturing, where the thoughtful application of robotics hold the potential to transform traditional manufacturing processes and create a more sustainable and innovative future.