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Our Story

Colin Riggs and Diane Abruzzini are inspired by people who make things.

Manufacturing businesses are the lifeblood of their regional economies. In today’s global economy, growing a competitive manufacturing business takes adaptability. Those that stand the test of time are consistently – and intelligently – innovating.

Rigorous was founded in 2020 to help smaller companies access the efficiency benefits of automation.

Since 2020, we’ve been achieving our mission by bringing advanced software controls to industrial robotics.

Rigorous co-founders standing proudly next to integrated Box Hopper robot.

Our Story

The Rigorous Approach


Rigorous was founded to help domestic manufacturers stay competitive by applying advanced automation.

We work with clients to replace the most dangerous, repetitive, and difficult-to-fill roles with novel technology.

We create user-friendly robots in order to expand access to automation to more companies and their employees.

Value 01

Act with Rigor

We’re methodical, we do the work, and we do it well. We do what we say and we hold high standards. The Rigorous team serves our partners by applying engineering methodologies to industrial system design.

Rigorous employee working on code next to the power and control cabinet.
Value 02

Do Hard Things

We’re passionate about solving hard problems. The Rigorous team shows up to challenge conventions with better, modern approaches. We value innovation while respecting people, products, and processes.

Rigorous employee assessing custom end of arm tool on the Box Hopper.
Value 03

Be Useful to Humans

Rigorous creates products that improve peoples’ lives. We prioritize value over functionality, and impact over bells and whistles. We build robots in service of human operators, and partner best with partners that share this vision.

Smart corrugated pre-feeder robot picking material.


Colin Riggs

CEO & Co-Founder

Diane Abruzzini

COO & Co-founder

Chelsea Allen

Director of Product

Harriet Matthews

General Manager

Ryan Rubino

Marketing Manager

Bryan Miller

Robotics Engineer I

Ethan Klesch

Jr Robotics Engineer


Chief Woof Officer