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CRG Automation Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the Most Innovative Robotics Companies for 2022

CRG Automation ranks 7th on the Fast Company’s Most innovative Robotic Companies list.


Louisville, KY (March 8, 2022) — CRG Automation has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the Top Innovative Robotic Companies for 2022.

This year’s list honors businesses that are making the biggest impact on their industries and culture as a whole ultimately thriving in today’s ever-changing world. These companies are creating the future today with some of the most inspiring accomplishments of the 21st century. 

CRG Automation’s engineers teamed up with the Department of Defense to overhaul the destruction of a stockpile of the Army’s chemical weapons, creating a more efficient and safe process. CRG Automation helped design an automated system utilizing eight industrial robots and six autonomous mobile robots to process more than 25 warheads per hour. Additional improvements to the process increased safety by identifying and handling leaking rockets, as well as reducing in-person maintenance requirements, lowering the risk of injury.

“As a past member of the military, this project took on a special importance for me,” said CRG Automation President James DeSmet. “The perplexing engineering problems to solve, the rapidly approaching deadline and the severity of the chemical agents involved all added up to a challenge we wanted to tackle. We’ve often talked here at CRG about how our engineers like the kind of problems that leave other R&D teams scratching their heads or banging them against the wall. We knew this was an opportunity unlike any other, and, even staring down the pandemic, we knew we could do it.”

Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out the most groundbreaking businesses across the globe and industries. They also judged nominations received through their application process.

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