Rapid Robotics | November 22, 2021
Rapid Robotics, creator of the first ready-to-work robotic machine operator, today announced that it has been named to Fast Company’s inaugural Next Big Things in Tech list, honoring the technology breakthroughs that promise to shape the future of their industries—from healthcare to agriculture to artificial intelligence and more.
Rapid Robotics was recognized for the Rapid Machine Operator (RMO), an all-in-one cobot that gives manufacturers an easy and affordable way to automate common machine tasks and solve their labor shortages. Unlike other cobots, the Rapid Machine Operator needs no integration or training and can be up and running in hours. For an OpEx-friendly all-inclusive subscription of $2,100 per month, the RMO performs a wide range of machine-tending tasks out of the box, such as injection molding, pad printing, heat stamping, pick-and-place and dozens of others across sectors including medical devices, electronics, CPG, automotive and more. Each RMO learns new skills through regular free updates and can be easily moved between tasks — no retraining required.
“The Rapid Machine Operator is the first viable solution to America’s machine operator crisis,It brings automation within reach of facilities of every size, including ones that never thought they could afford it. It allows them to quickly ramp up production and take on new projects while upskilling existing staff. It’s what American manufacturers need to win more business in a global marketplace.”
Jordan Kretchmer, co-founder and CEO of Rapid Robotics
The Next Big Things in Tech list, which includes global giants, intrepid startups and research that’s fresh from the labs, recognizes 65 technologies that are making waves. While not all of the products, services and technological developments are on the market yet, they’re reaching key milestones in having a positive impact for consumers, businesses and society at large in the next five years.
“Fast Company is thrilled to highlight cutting-edge technologies that are solving real-world problems in unexpected ways. From climate change and public health crises to machine learning and security, these technologies will certainly have a profound impact on the future, and we’re honored to bring attention to them today,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company.
About Rapid Robotics
Rapid Robotics is the creator of the first affordable robotic machine operator (RMO) designed for simple machine tasks. Available for just $25K a year and requiring absolutely no programming, systems integration, specialized hardware or robotics skills, the Rapid Machine Operator enables manufacturers to easily deploy a pre-trained cobot in hours, moving it between tasks as needed and seeing ROI in months.
Rapid Robotics’ founding team combines robotics and manufacturing expertise with a SaaS business model to deliver affordable solutions to real-world industry problems. Investors include Tiger Global, Kleiner Perkins, NEA, Greycroft, Bee Partners and 468 Capital. Rapid Robotics is based in San Francisco, California.
About Fast Company
Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies and thinkers on the future of business. The editor-in-chief is Stephanie Mehta.
Hexagon and Plex Systems | May 25, 2021
Plex Systems, the leader in cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, and Hexagon, a global leader in sensor, software, and autonomous technologies, announced a new strategic alliance today. The global collaboration will enable Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division and Plex to co-sell Plex MES to Hexagon manufacturing customers, enabling them to take care of the plant floor by full visibility and connectivity and fulfill the promise of Industry 4.0.
Hexagon and Plex share a vision for smart manufacturing, providing manufacturers with a step-by-step approach to greater automation and Industry 4.0 adoption. Hexagon customers will be able to augment their workflows by streaming quality measurements, engineering data, and other manufacturing information through Plex's MES, providing a digital system of record in real-time, by using Plex's robust Manufacturing Execution System (MES) with integrated quality control. By combining Plex and Hexagon's digital solutions, manufacturers can achieve greater visibility and control of their inventory and manufacturing processes, as well as deeper insight, traceability, and opportunities for continuous innovation.
Hexagon and Plex will collaborate in opportunities, initially in Europe and India, where Hexagon prospects and customers require MES. For these manufacturers, the integration of Hexagon and Plex offers a completely digitalized solution ranging from plant measurement and metrology to end-to-end production management.
Hexagon is the world's leading provider of sensors, software, and autonomous solutions. Data is being used to improve efficiency, productivity, and quality in industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications.
Our technologies are reshaping urban and production ecosystems to become more connected and self-sufficient, ensuring a scalable and sustainable future.
Manufacturing Intelligence is a division of Hexagon that offers technologies that use data from design and engineering, production, and metrology to make manufacturing smarter.
Hexagon employs about 21,000 people in 50 countries and has annual net revenue of approximately 3.8 billion euros.
About Plex Systems
Plex Systems, Inc.® is the global leader in cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, enabling manufacturers around the world to build amazing products. To drive transformation, our platform enables manufacturers to connect, automate, track, and evaluate any part of their business. Plex's Smart Manufacturing Platform provides tools for manufacturing execution (MES), ERP, quality management, supply chain planning and management, Industrial IoT, and analytics to connect people, systems, machines, and supply chains, allowing them to lead with precision, efficiency, and agility.
Advantech, Techman Robot, Cosen Mechatronics, Axile Machine, AccuteX Technologies | September 15, 2020
The implementation of smart technology is accelerating, in part because of the global pandemic, organizers of an online press conference on smart manufacturing in Taiwan said today.
Representatives from five Taiwanese companies-Advantech, Techman Robot, Cosen Mechatronics, Axile Machine and AccuteX Technologies-spoke today about how Taiwan’s smart machinery can manufacturers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico build superior smart production lines through cloud platforms.
To supplement today’s event, Taiwan Excellence is hosting an online exhibition hall where 60 smart machinery products from 50 companies are on display.
As the world’s fourth largest exporter of machine tools, Taiwan “already has huge smart machinery and smart manufacturing momentum,” according to the Bureau of International Trade, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.