Amazon Web Services, Arcelik | September 17, 2020
Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Arçelik, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household appliances, has selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider for machine learning and analytics across its entire operations. Arçelik, which owns 12 global appliance brands including Beko and Grundig, is relying on the breadth and depth of AWS services to transform itself into a data-driven organization and provide enhanced customer experiences, innovate new services, and lower costs across its operations in nearly 150 countries. By adopting AWS analytics, compute, database services, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, and storage, Arçelik is gaining deeper visibility across its organization, optimizing processes related to production and quality control, and driving efficiency across all business segments, from customer care to manufacturing.
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.
Cornerstone Building Brands, The Manufacturing Institute | September 25, 2020
Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CNR), the largest manufacturer of exterior building products in North America, announces its Chief Human Resources Officer, Katy Theroux, will receive the Women in Manufacturing 2020 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award from The Manufacturing Institute.
The annual STEP Ahead Awards program recognizes exceptional women in manufacturing – from the factory floor to the C-Suite – who exemplify leadership within their companies.
Theroux leads the human resources function supporting the approximately 19,500 employees across Cornerstone Building Brands’ more than 100 manufacturing, distribution and office locations. She has built her career, working in technology, service and most recently manufacturing companies, by focusing on creating a culture where everyone feels valued, and can contribute to their fullest potential.