Industry 4.0 is the term used to address the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. With the boom of innovative technologies like robots, Artificial Intelligence (AI), 3D printing and etc., smart and automative manufacturing is the key to success for manufacturers in the near future.
Founded in San Francisco, Bright Machines, a software and robotics company in electronics manufacturing industry, was born out of the desire to help manufacturers effortlessly and autonomously build the next generation of products. This 1-year-old startup team consists of leading experts in applied science, software, robotics, process engineering and factory operations, with deep experience building cloud-based architecture, security and solutions. The founding board members are Carl Bass, former president and CEO at Autodesk; Stephen Luczo, Executive Chairman of Seagate; Mike McNamara, Flex CEO; Lior Susan, founder of Eclipse Ventures; and Amar Hanspal, former Co-CEO at Autodesk.
“Together we are re-imagining what manufacturing will be in the future, grounded in the reality that exists on today’s factory floors”, said the team.
On October 23, 2018, the company officially changed its name to Bright Machines and announced it raised $179 million for its Series A. The $179 million funding round was led by Eclipse, with participation from Flex Ltd.
By leveraging computer vision, machine learning and adaptive robotics, Bright Machines makes it easier to configure, replicate and scale automation. Their opening the way for intelligent production lines and fully-programmable factories. This method help implement positive changes in terms of economics, speed and flexibility of one of the world’s largest industries.
Software defined manufacturing introduces a higher level of intelligence to manufacturing industry with the help of AI, making it easier to configure, replicate, scale and, ultimately, automate automation. By digitising factory operations, the manufacturing process becomes more transparent and accessible.
Bright Machines Microfactories are comprised of integrated elements that together provide a modern, AI-powered approach to automation, which are Brightware, and Bright Robotic Cells. Brightware is a cloud-based software for design, simulation, and deployment of the configuration and instructions. Its purpose is to setup, reconfigure and run any number of physical production lines. The second element, Bright Robotic Cells (BRC), is pre-integrated and production-ready modular units, based on adaptive robotics technology, that can be configured to meet the manufacturing needs of the product being assembled.
The Benefits of Bright Machines’ products are:
– Reduce initial deployment and changeover time.
– Improve return on capital investment by easily repurposing equipment.
– Deliver efficient space utilization on the factory floor.
– Enable predictive maintenance with data analytics.
– Replicate lines quickly and scale up as business grows.
Find more about the company on their website: https://www.brightmachines.com/