LAKE WALES. Fla. — Tend.ai claims to be the world's first artificially intelligent (AI) cooperative robot (co-robotic) tender of 3-D printers, in-circuit-testers (ICTs) for printed-circuit boards (PCBs), punch presses and other automated manufacturing devices. It now aims to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. by offering a cloud-based software automation system for users with no technical knowledge.
Using a web-cam attached to the robot's gripper and thin-client into which the user plugs all their devices, its AI software in the cloud manages the performance of all the tasks workers would have to perform manually. This includes configuring all devices, pushing their buttons, moving partly constructed devices from machine to machine, fetching the final manufactured parts and packaging them into boxes.
“Evidence shows that bringing manufacturing back to your own country can be accomplished by making fully automated factories,” Mark Silliman, CEO of Bold Robotics LLC (Bend, Ore., doing business as Tend.ai) told EE Times in an exclusive interview “The transfer from 'mass production' to 'mass customization' is the driving force plus the ability of local factories to deliver two-day turn-around instead of shipping all the way from China.”
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