Software : Operational Technology : Connected Worker
At First Resonance, we believe we’re on the verge of a new dawn for the way we build hardware. A day when the power of artificial intelligence, connected devices, and skilled workers combine to manufacture paradigm-shifting technology faster, cleaner, and smarter than ever before. Where data flows from human-to-human, human-to-machine, and machine-to-machine. The things of science fiction made real.
Exponential Industry’s thoughts on CB Insights’ Advanced Manufacturing 50. Data lakes drive MLOps into manufacturing processes. 3D printing companies continue to merge.
The Factory OS
Hardware manufacturing is the bedrock of our society. Everything from automotive and air transport, energy, consumer goods, medicine, and much more is manufacturing. Despite the focus being taken away for the past few decades, these things did not become less important. We interact with them every day. And now, the great challenges of the 2020s are in addressing climate change, energy, new forms of sustainable transportation, and promoting the use of robotics to create safer work and lifestyles by reducing stressful and rote labor. To take on these new challenges, companies new and old need new methods of building. These methods are rooted in more flexibility, more automation, and a freer flow of data.
In isolation, all of these things sound good; however, we have found that existing systems claim flexibility, traceability, and collaboration, but they do very little to actually deliver on those claims. We believe that is because these systems were built in a fundamentally different time — a time when factories were not connected and people were not interacting with software on a daily (or minutely) basis.
A Factory OS fixes this. Below, we discuss the history of how existing manufacturing software solutions came to be and what has changed to necessitate a more connected Factory OS workflow. Then, we look at how a flexible, modular, and connected approach of a Factory OS enables the next generation of manufacturing. Finally, we will discuss how a Factory Operating System enables the evolution of society in the 21st century and how making the companies and people building hardware faster, more flexible, and more connected enables entirely types of product categories and workflows.
Announcing our $14m Series A
This funding will allow us to significantly grow our team and accelerate the development of the ION platform. More workflows to support complex manufacturing and assembly coordination. This includes managing and understanding equipment and tools used in operation as well as connecting parts with barcode scanning. Connect the supply chain – from parts planning, purchasing, inventory management, and traceability into operations. We will continue rolling out ION Autoplan to more manufacturers as a data-driven solution for supply chain planning. Empower engineers with APIs and SDKs. We believe that the future of the factory will be connected with automation and code, and we are going to empower developers to extend the factory to be more connected, automated, and data-powered.