Amazon Web Services | April 29, 2020
With industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 revolutionising manufacturing, we look at AWS’ services that can help organisations drive value from this change. Harnessing its own Amazon Web Services (AWS) at its core, Amazon has been designing, manufacturing and distributing globally smart products that utilise cutting edge automation, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics for over 25 years.
Amazon’s AWS, provides manufacturers with the ability to focus resources on optimising production, create new opportunities and improve operational efficiencies across the entire value chain. “From product design to smart factory and smart products, AWS helps leading manufacturers transform their manufacturing operations with the most comprehensive and advanced set of cloud solutions available today, while taking advantage of the highest level of security,” says AWS.
Aeva | November 08, 2021
Aeva a leader in next-generation sensing and perception systems, today announced that it has selected Fabrinet a leading provider of advanced precision optical and electronic manufacturing services, to produce Aeva’s 4D LiDAR chip module. As the engine of Aeva’s unique frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) technology approach to LiDAR, the module integrates key components onto a single silicon photonics chip module including laser transmitters, optics, and receivers. The silicon photonics design brings together a compact and mass-manufacturable LiDAR solution for automotive and industrial applications.
Aeva selected Fabrinet for its deep expertise in silicon photonics integrated devices and advanced precision optical systems. With today’s announcement, Aeva is bringing online an advanced production line at Fabrinet and is establishing a local team in Thailand to support manufacturing activities. This new production line will produce Aeva's third generation 4D LiDAR chip modules and scale to support mass production volumes. The facility is automotive qualified with IATF 16949 certification.
“We are excited to have been chosen by Aeva to manufacture their unique FMCW LiDAR chip module for automated driving and beyond using silicon photonics technology,Our advanced manufacturing capabilities will enable Aeva to bring their vision to reality at mass production scale and we look forward to supporting Aeva as long-term partners as they ramp toward production.”
Seamus Grady, CEO at Fabrinet
“Fabrinet is a trusted manufacturer and automotive qualified supplier to some of the largest global OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in automotive and non-automotive applications, and this agreement allows us to accelerate our production manufacturing capabilities well ahead of schedule,” said Tim Willis, Vice President of Global Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Strategy at Aeva. “We are thrilled to partner with them to deliver the world’s first 4D LiDAR chip module at mass scale for the global automotive industry and beyond as we aim to fulfill our mission to bring perception to all devices.”
About Aeva Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 2017 by former Apple engineers Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk, and led by a multidisciplinary team of engineers and operators experienced in the field of sensing and perception, Aeva’s mission is to bring the next wave of perception technology to broad applications from automated driving to consumer electronics, consumer health, industrial robotics, and security.
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.