U.S. manufacturing veteran to start “microfactories” to mount the electronics

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – a Light Machines, a start up founded by a group of software and manufacturing executives on Wednesday released its latest “microfactories”, designed for the automation of the assembly of the electronics.

Light, Machines, and Chief Executive Amar Hanspal (L) and Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, and Nick Ciubotariu, standing next to an early version of one of the company’s “microfactory” of cells at the company headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S., on the 24th of June, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Stephen Nellis

As automation in factories, cars and other products, the company’s chief executive, Amar Hanspal, said the machines have been escaped as electronics, mechanics, as they are, it may take months of programming and electronics design will change quickly.

The microfactories, consist of pods, about the size of a large refrigerator, and will contain sensors, robotics, and software engineering. The machines are learning how to cope with the tasks, which are now dealt with by the person, such as the insertion of a delicate, memory or processor chips on the circuit boards.

Created by Autodesk, Inc., and the Flex Ltd. shortly after the San Francisco-based startup, raised $179 million in the previous year. Hanspal, a former co-CEO of Autodesk, has told Reuters the company has been working with about 20 different brands and more than two dozen locations, into Mexico, China, India, Hungary, Romania, and the United States of america.

Hanspal, would not, in the name of the company to the customers, but they are using the machines, devices, and various networking gear for data centers to on-site vending machines. He said in Light Machinery, it has signed contracts for approximately $100 million in sales in the next 18 months.

“They’re trying to double the capacity of what they can build with them,” Hanspal said. “The biggest problem for them is the part of the plant that is the least of the customer.”

Lightweight equipment that make the use of the software in order to meet the challenges of the electronics industry. Instead of programming a robotic arm to maneuver a screwdriver with a pre-determined set of coordinates on top of a printed circuit board, a Light Machine-to-feed systems are the photos of the finished circuit board should look like.

With the aid of a computer vision system to “learn” a new item is supposed to go, and a set of sensors, and machine learning can guide the robot to the part.

In the past, the factories don’t trust the machines to place the expensive chips, because the robotic arms can break them up as in a printed circuit board was slightly misaligned when fed into the machine, Hanspal said. For a Lightweight equipment, the customer’s use of machines to place dozens of processors which cost $1,000 each.

“To the scrap of a component as it is, to be a big deal,” said Nick Ciubotariu, the company’s senior vice president of software engineering, which is located in the business Inc., where he was a senior engineer in the So unit. “It’s a computer-vision system that automatically recognizes where things are supposed to go, even if it is a little bit of variance in where that part is, it’s a big deal to me.”

Report by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Leslie Adler

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