FORT Robotics

Canvas Category Machinery : Industrial Robot : Autonomous Systems

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Primary Location Philadelphia, Pennslyvania, United States

Financial Status VC-B; Tiger Global, Lemnos, GRIDS Capital, Creative Ventures, Compound, Funders Club, Prologis

Smart machines can be dangerous if they’re not operated safely and securely. FORT enables OEMs and end users to speed the adoption of smart machines, maximize productivity, aid in compliance, and reduce risks.

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Using the Power of AI to Make Factories Safer

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✍️ Author: Riccardo Mariani

🔖 Topics: Worker Safety

🏢 Organizations: NVIDIA, FORT Robotics, Protex AI

AI-powered stationary outside-in safety platforms, which monitor activity across many distributed machines or robots, can predictively and proactively orchestrate consistent safety policies. Machines and robots equipped with inside-out reactive safety can detect any specific interaction within their workspace and take appropriate measures.

If the worker continues or crosses the stop safety zone, the FORT safety stack on IGX commands (WiFi) the FORT endpoint (embedded in the machine) to activate the emergency stop (reactive safety). The Protex edge computer vision app uses NVIDIA DeepStream 6.2 and the Protex model has been trained with NVIDIA TAO Toolkit and quantized with NVIDIA TensorRT.

Read more at NVIDIA Blog

Improving Conveyor Belt Safety For Mining Worksites

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🔖 Topics: Worker Safety

🏭 Vertical: Mining

🏢 Organizations: FORT Robotics

In 2020 alone, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported 29 fatalities in the mining industry in the United States. Additionally, the MSHA reports that the rate of non-fatal injuries in mining was 2.9 per 100 full-time workers in 2020–indicating the importance of ensuring proper safety measures are in place to prevent accidents and injuries in mining operations.

While essential to many large-scale mining operations, conveyor belts are involved in many mining site safety incidents. Conveyor belt accidents often highlight a lack of training, an absence of proper PPE, or a failure to implement the right safety measure to protect the employees who operate, maintain, or work alongside of these belts.

Lockout Tagout (LOTO) is a safety procedure used to protect workers from hazardous energy machinery and equipment, such as conveyor belts. Wireless emergency stops are a valuable safety feature that can make bulk material handling on conveyor belts in mining safer. These stops allow workers to shut down the conveyor belt quickly and safely from a distance if an emergency arises. Unlike traditional emergency stops that require physical contact with the machinery, wireless emergency stops can be activated remotely, providing an additional layer of safety if something unexpected occurs.

Read more at FORT Robotics News

FORT’s $25MM Series B Funding Accelerates Expansion of its Machine Communications Platform

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🔖 Topics: Funding Event

🏢 Organizations: FORT Robotics, Tiger Global, Prologis, Hexagon

FORT Robotics (FORT), a pioneer in communications and control for smart machines, today announced the close of a $25 million Series B funding round, led by Tiger Global. The company will use the funds to accelerate the rollout of its machine communications platform, which aims to make autonomous machines safer and more secure.

FORT’s platform technology is the foundation for its hardware solutions, including wireless emergency stops and remote control systems, that are used by industry leaders including Agility Robotics, Hexagon, Moog, and hundreds of others. With the new investment, FORT plans to expand its platform functionality and enhance security offerings to address growing demand from end users.

Read more at FORT Robotics Blog