Picnic | August 20, 2022
Picnic Works, a Seattle-based developer of kitchen automation technology, today announced a partnership with Minnow Technologies, a neighboring Seattle IoT startup that has developed the Pickup Pod™, a self-service pickup solution for foodservice operators. The partnership leverages the expertise of both companies to help commercial kitchens, stadiums, large franchises, universities, and commercial food service providers envision and enable end-to-end food automation services. This includes a focus on mobile and kiosk ordering, automated food assembly, and secure contactless pickup solutions.
"Both companies share a desire to create automation solutions for the foodservice industry, Minnow's cloud-connected pickup solutions are an excellent complement to Picnic kitchen automation technology. From mobile ordering to secure pickup, together we offer a complete modern automation solution."
-Clayton Wood, CEO of Picnic.
The partnership will build customized solutions using the two companies' technology. Examples include building out new concession concepts at theme parks, stadiums, or schools. A customer can place a mobile or kiosk order that is made automatically by the Picnic station and then put in a heated or insulated Pickup Pod for the customer to retrieve at their convenience. At universities, students can place mobile pizza orders which are assembled by the Picnic Pizza Station and then picked up from a Pickup Pod. End-to-end automation solutions like these can help increase the efficiency of a kitchen at peak times, reduce food waste through efficient just-in-time ordering and production, and increase customer satisfaction with ordering and pickup.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with Picnic to bring leading-edge automation solutions to foodservice operators, Our goal is to create solutions that delight diners while improving the efficiency and profitability of kitchens. By leveraging Picnic kitchen automation technology and Minnow's pickup offering, we have an opportunity to bring best-in-class automation solutions to our customers."
-Steven Sperry, CEO and co-founder of Minnow.
The Picnic Pizza Station is autonomous and completely customizable for each order – after loading the dough, the Picnic station takes care of applying the sauce, cheese, fresh-cut pepperoni, and additional toppings. The finished pizzas are then loaded into the kitchen's ovens for cooking. Each hour, the Picnic station can assemble up to 100 pizzas. The Picnic technology also allows for integration with a kitchen's point-of-sale (POS) equipment and mobile ordering platforms. The customer roster for the Picnic Pizza Station includes managed foodservice providers Compass, Chartwells, and Sodexo Live!, Texas A&M University, The Ohio State University, SeaWorld, and numerous regional pizzerias with new customers coming online weekly.
The Minnow Pickup Pod is an IoT-enabled, smart food locker that provides restaurants, ghost kitchens, cafeterias, and other foodservice operators with a self-service order pickup solution. Instead of leaving delivery and takeout orders on an unattended shelf, which inevitably leads to pick up errors and shrinkage, orders are kept in secure, insulated cubbies. To help ensure food safety and freshness, the Pickup Pod monitors every pickup, alerting the foodservice operator when food isn't picked up within a specified time. Minnow Pickup Pods are proudly made in the USA by Hatco Corporation, a world-class foodservice equipment manufacturer. Today, Pickup Pods can be found in more than 15 states and most major cities including Atlanta, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Washington D.C, and Chicago with new installations happening weekly.
The Picnic Pizza Station and the Minnow Pickup Pods are NSF and ETL/UL certified, feature online connectivity, support integration with popular point-of-sale (POS) services like Toast and Square, and are supported with cloud-based software and over-the-air firmware updates. With a strong foundation of shared technological capabilities and an understanding of how to create customer-focused automation technology, the partnership between Picnic and Minnow sets the standard for food automation solutions.
Founded in 2016, Picnic Works (hellopicnic.com) has collected an experienced team of food and technology industry veterans to develop and provide specialized intelligent technology and exclusive solutions for the food service and hospitality industries. Restaurants, convenient and grocery stores, university and corporate campuses, casinos, hotels, cruise lines, sports venues, catering groups, healthcare cafeterias, small kiosks, ghost kitchen operators, mobile food operations, food trucks, delivery, and military sites are among the many segments poised to benefit from the company's automated food assembly platform integrating RaaS, software, cloud, and deep learning technology.
Founded in 2017, Minnow's smart food lockers (called "Pickup Pods") provide a better way to manage order pickups. With a modern design and a small footprint, Pickup Pods are perfect for restaurants, ghost kitchens, cafeterias, and other places where food is picked up. They can also streamline food deliveries to office buildings, multifamily properties, universities, and hospitals.
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Cepton | July 21, 2022
Cepton, Inc. (“Cepton” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CPTN), a Silicon Valley innovator and leader in high-performance MMT® lidar solutions, today announced that it has selected Fabrinet (NYSE: FN), a leading provider of advanced precision optical and electronic manufacturing services, for the production of its Vista®-X90 lidar, which will be deployed in the industry’s largest ADAS lidar series production program.
Cepton selected Fabrinet for its deep expertise in advanced optical packaging and precision optical, electro-mechanical and electronic manufacturing services for the production of high-performance, proprietary assemblies of its Vista-X90 lidars. Trusted by the world’s most demanding OEMs, Fabrinet is known for its delivery of high-quality complex optical, mechanical and electrical assemblies for optical communications and automotive applications. A strategic move, the partnership furthers Cepton’s goal of making lidar an essential and standard auto part in everyday consumer vehicles.
The Vista-X90 lidar features Cepton’s patented MMT (Micro Motion Technology), a highly efficient lidar imaging mechanism that enables long-range and high-resolution 3D imaging through a unique, dense scan pattern. Free of rotation, mirror and friction, MMT was specifically designed to address the need of the automotive industry for scalable lidar solutions that achieve the right balance between performance, reliability and cost.
In addition to MMT, Vista-X90 also packages Cepton’s proprietary lidar engine ASICs, designed for optimal illumination control, detection and signal processing. Utilizing Fabrinet’s expertise in high-volume optical and opto-electrical manufacturing, Cepton will be able to deliver high-quality and cost-effective assemblies to ramp up production and achieve scalable growth.
“At Cepton, our goal is to be the world’s go-to supplier of automotive lidar solutions, and working with an OEM-trusted and validated manufacturing partner is a crucial part of that effort, Fabrinet has earned a strong reputation within the automotive industry with its excellent service and precision-manufacturing expertise. We are excited to work with Fabrinet to accelerate the production of our Vista-X90 lidar, as the partnership is a crucial step towards getting our lidars into an unprecedented volume of automobiles through our flagship ADAS lidar program.”
-Dr. Jun Pei, Co-founder and CEO of Cepton.
We are excited that Cepton has chosen Fabrinet to manufacture their flagship lidar program, said Seamus Grady, CEO at Fabrinet. With our advanced manufacturing capabilities and significant expertise, Fabrinet is well-positioned to support Cepton in ramping production of their ADAS lidar program. We look forward to our continued partnership with Cepton in pursuit of their long-term ambitions.
About Cepton, Inc:
Cepton is a Silicon Valley innovator of lidar-based solutions for automotive (ADAS/AV), smart cities, smart spaces and smart industrial applications. With its patented Micro Motion Technology (MMT®), Cepton aims to take lidar mainstream and achieve a balanced approach to performance, cost and reliability, while enabling scalable and intelligent 3D perception solutions across industries.
Cepton has been awarded the largest known ADAS lidar series production award in the industry to date, based on the number of vehicle models awarded, to support General Motors’ Ultra Cruise program. Cepton is also engaged with all other Top 10 global OEMs.
Founded in 2016 and led by industry veterans with decades of collective experience across a wide range of advanced lidar and imaging technologies, Cepton is focused on the mass market commercialization of high performance, high quality lidar solutions. Cepton is headquartered in San Jose, CA and has a center of excellence facility in Troy, MI to provide local support to automotive customers in the Metro Detroit area. Cepton also has a presence in Germany, Canada, Japan, India and China to serve a fast-growing global customer base.
Fabrinet is a leading provider of advanced optical packaging and precision optical, electro-mechanical, and electronic manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers of complex products, such as optical communication components, modules and subsystems, automotive components, medical devices, industrial lasers and sensors. Fabrinet offers a broad range of advanced optical and electro-mechanical capabilities across the entire manufacturing process, including process design and engineering, supply chain management, manufacturing, advanced packaging, integration, final assembly and testing. Fabrinet focuses on production of high complexity products in any mix and any volume. Fabrinet maintains engineering and manufacturing resources and facilities in Thailand, the United States of America, the People’s Republic of China, Israel and the United Kingdom.
Tianma | July 25, 2022
On June 8th, 2022, Tianma, a leading global manufacturer of flat panel displays, signed a contract to invest in a new display module production line project in Wuhu, Anhui, China. With a total investment of 8 billion RMB ($1.2B), this project is scheduled to begin construction in November 2022 and start mass production in 2H 2024.
This module production line will primarily support 6.5- to 40-inch professional display module products (Automotive and Industrial) and IT display module products (including tablet, laptop, monitor, etc.).
"This project will greatly enhance Tianma's ability to fully meet the diversified and incremental needs of our various customers, providing one-stop solutions and ensuring product life cycle quality management, This investment also helps to lay a solid foundation for long-term support and a more strategic engagement with our customers."
-Charles Peng, the Chairman of Tianma Microelectronics Co. Ltd.
This additional investment will specialize in module production capabilities needed for the new G8.6 Panel line, which was announced in April 2022. That new facility will significantly expand Tianma display module production capacity and resources, improving display module market share and competitive advantage.
Furthermore, this new module production line will also enable Tianma to better align with other module needs associated with other Tianma panel production lines, providing advantages of large-scale production, further reducing costs and improving efficiency. It also improves and expands Tianma's industrial and business layout to greatly enhance the company's overall strength in the display field.
About Tianma America, Inc.
Tianma America (TMA) is the leading provider of small- to medium-size display solutions to the Americas market utilizing advanced technologies and manufacturing resources of the Tianma Group Companies, which includes Tianma Micro-electronics (Shenzhen and Shanghai) and Tianma Japan, Ltd. (formerly known as NLT Technologies Ltd.), as well as manufacturing locations in Chengdu, Wuhan, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Shanghai China. Tianma America technologies can be found in smartphones, tablet PCs, industrial and medical instrumentation, wearables, home automation, household appliances, office equipment, and automotive and rear seat entertainment devices. Additional applications include test and measurement systems, instrumentation equipment, point-of-sale and ATM systems, gaming systems, global positioning systems, radio-frequency identification devices and barcode scanners.
Tianma America's technology portfolio comprises TFT, LTPS, Oxide-TFT, AM-OLED, flexible, transparent, 3D, PCAP and In-cell/On-cell integrated touch. With a network of best-in-class distributors and value-added partners, Tianma America provides complete display module solutions for a broad base of customers and applications.