Concept: California-based startup Rapid Robotics introduced a robotic system, the Rapid Machine Operator, which functions as stamping, molding and labeling machines for manufacturers. Rapid Robotics automates common machine operator tasks that empower manufacturers to solve labor shortages and scale their businesses. With this service, Rapid Robotics aims to automate businesses that do not have process automation expertise and cannot afford the capital expenditure necessary to automate the production line.
Nature of the disturbance: The Fast Machine Operator is a six-axis robot preloaded with industrial robotics programming to perform shop floor tasks. They are integrated with code-free software for the configuration, control and updating of the robotic fleet. The tasks these robots automate include pad printing, injection molding, hot staking, hot stamping, ultrasonic welding, pick and place, and part inspection. These robots come with grippers, computer vision software, and pre-trained AI on computer-aided design models to perform common machine workloads. The grippers should lift, hold, or push the item of interest. Computer vision software is integrated with an on-board camera system which is used for navigation as well as for understanding the environment. Robots recently received an update that allows them to pick parts in any orientation. They use the on-board camera system to redirect moving parts back to their drop point, increasing the number of ways parts can be presented to it. AI used in robotics can reproduce human-like actions in the manufacturing environment. The benefits of using Automation as a Service from Rapid Robotics include increasing production, promoting human-machine operators to higher value-added tasks, and safety during the process.
Outlook: The most common processes in manufacturing plants typically involve humans. These processes are linked to the production of products that consumers regularly need. Due to the onset of the pandemic, the manufacturing sector experienced an acute shortage of manpower to perform manufacturing tasks. Without operators, factories cannot manufacture simple plastic and glass parts that force the entire production line to sit idle. Rapid Robotics’ Automation as a Service offering enables manufacturers to automate processes that require a human to perform them. The service includes the robot, its maintenance, its coding and the software platform. The benefits of using Automation as a Service from Rapid Robotics include increasing production, promoting human-machine operators to higher value-added tasks, and safety during the process. The startup claims to save an average of $ 110,000 per year with lower operating expenses in automating manufacturing processes. Rapid Robotics has raised $ 36.7 million in a Series B funding round. The capital raised in the funding is used to develop new features for Rapid Robotics and to support regional expansion in Detroit, Texas, California of the South and Arizona.
This article originally appeared in Verdict.fr