SALEM, OR—Agility Robotics will soon open a new factory here to produce its bipedal humanoid robot Digit. Dubbed RoboFab, the factory will be able to produce more than 10,000 robots per year. 

Initial construction of Agility’s 70,000 square foot factory began last year, and it is set to open later this year. Agility anticipates that the factory will produce hundreds of Digit robots in its first year of operation. At full capacity, RoboFab will employ more than 500 workers. The factory will also employ the Digit robot for moving, loading and unloading totes. 

Digit is designed from the ground up to go where people go and do useful work, safely, in spaces designed for people. Because so many tasks are designed around human workflows, Digit’s human-centric design enables multipurpose utility. Initial applications include bulk material handling within warehouses and distribution centers. With the opening of the new manufacturing facility, customers that are participating in the Agility Partner Program can expect delivery of the first Digits in 2024, with general market availability in 2025.

“The opening of our factory marks a pivotal moment in the history of robotics: the beginning of the mass production of commercial humanoid robots,” says Damion Shelton, Agility Robotics’ co-founder and CEO. “We built Digit to solve difficult problems in today’s workforce like injuries, burnout, high turnover and unfillable labor gaps, with the ultimate vision of enabling humans to be more human. When you’re building new technology to make society better, the most important milestone is when you’re able to mass produce that technology at a scale where it can have a real, widespread impact.”