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NODE Robotics wins Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauernhansl as a member of the Advisory Council

NODE Robotics wins Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauernhansl as a member of the Advisory Council

Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg. NODE Robotics continues to assemble a top-class advisory council comprised of industry's experts. In doing so, NODE is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauernhansl to its advisory council. He brings decades of unparalleled academic and industrial experience that will help steer NODE as it continues to drive innovation in autonomous mobile robot solutions.

Stefan Dörr, CEO and Co-Founder of NODE Robotics, comments: “We are truly honored to welcome Prof. Dr. Bauernhansl to our advisory council. His exceptional experience in industrial automation, spanning both industry and academia, positions him as an invaluable asset in our mission to make mobile robots accessible to companies of all sizes.”

Esteemed Career at the Forefront of Industrial Automation

Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauernhansl is the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) in Stuttgart and concurrently heads the Institute for Industrial Manufacturing and Factory Operation (IFF) at the University of Stuttgart. His research focuses on digital and biological transformation, production organization, factory planning, automation, and robotics. Prof. Dr. Bauernhansl studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen and after his distinguished doctoral work, joined the Freudenberg conglomerate in 2003, most recently as Director of the Technology Center at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies where he focused on site planning, factory planning, production relocation, technology management and lean production.

Unified Vision for the Future of Mobile Robots

Prof. Dr. Bauernhansl shares NODE's vision that mobile robot automation will transform industrial environments in the coming years. When asked where he sees the mobile robotics industry in 5 years, Prof. Dr. Bauernhansl stated, “Flexible automation of production takes place in the first step in logistics. Mobile robots play a decisive role here - and the market will grow accordingly.”

This projection aligns with NODE's mission to proliferate intelligent mobile robot autonomy through its open NODE.OS software platform. On what makes NODE Robotics special, he commented, “The agnostic approach, i.e., being able to control fleets of mobile robots independently of manufacturers, coupled with openness, speed and an excellent team are NODE's strengths.” This manufacturer-agnostic capability is a key differentiator of NODE.OS, allowing customers to utilize best-of-breed mobile robot hardware and avoid vendor lock-in.

Invaluable Strategic Resource

Regarding his strengths to help NODE as a strategic consultant, Prof. Dr. Bauernhansl noted, “NODE was developed at my institute, the Fraunhofer IPA. Now, I would like to help NODE quickly become a success on the market.”

Prof. Dr. Bauernhansl's guidance from the cutting-edge of industrial automation research will be an invaluable strategic asset as NODE brings its mobile robotic solutions to manufacturing, warehousing, and other industrial use cases. The entire NODE Robotics team welcomes Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauernhansl to the advisory council and looks forward to tapping his unrivaled expertise.

About NODE Robotics

NODE Robotics offers with NODE.OS state-of-the-art plug & play software solutions customized for autonomous intralogistics. The focus is on driverless transport vehicles and mobile robots, which are turned into manufacturer-independent, autonomous, and collaborative fleets with software solutions. In doing so, NODE creates a foundation for the widespread use of autonomous mobile robots (AMR) in production, warehousing, and care facilities. For further information and inquiries, please visit: