Elementary Robotics Launches AI Camera for Cloud-Based Inspection
February 24, 2021
Elementary Robotics, which develops artificial intelligence vision systems, has announced a new AI camera system for cloud-based inspection tasks. The new system combines software, deep learning AI and camera systems to make it faster and easier for manufacturers to deliver top-quality products to their customers, the company said.
Founded in 2017, Elementary Robotics has built a hardware and software platform that applies machine learning and computer vision for intelligent automation of quality and traceability workflows in manufacturing and logistics. Hardware includes the company’s Radian camera and Vector robot, a five-axis visual inspection robot.
While manufacturers have used computer vision to inspect problems for defects and other problems for years, this would traditionally involve programming rules to identify the flaws, making it time-consuming to deploy and change equipment. Elementary said that by using AI, inspection systems can be fed examples of particular flaws, or be trained on what a product is supposed to look like and then asked to identify abnormalities. AI-based vision yields 90% more detections in manufacturing, and can be deployed in less than 30 minutes, Elementary said. The new AI camera system for cloud-based inspection provides AI models that allow non-technical operators to teach systems to find defects. It will also deliver cloud analytics, allowing manufacturers to deploy, upgrade and keep an eye on production lines remotely, from anywhere in the world.
The company said many manufacturers in the consumer packaged goods, logistics and automotive sectors have deployed the system, including Toyota and Chicago-based Home Run Inn Pizza. The pizza company uses Elementary’s technology to ensure consistent quality in their frozen pizzas, which are delivered to 30 states across the U.S.
“We are excited for the opportunity to leverage Elementary’s innovative technology to ensure the highest quality all-natural pizza is making it into our customers’ hands,” said Nick Perrino, COO of Home Run Inn Pizza. “The ease of use of this technology, coupled with its rich data analytics, gives us the power to take quality to the next level.”
The company announced a successful 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. It moved into a larger office space in Pasadena, Calif., and grew its customer base and revenues. It plans to double employee headcount in 2021 to meet customer demand. Elementary Robotics also announced two senior executives to the team as well – Monique Apter, executive vice president of sales and marketing; and Milind Karnik, executive vice president of engineering.