FTL Systems' Cognitive, Autonomous Robotic Systems
Cognitive, Autonomous Robotic Systems
FTL Systems' autonomous, cognitive robotic systems free humans from repeating the same
high precision, minimally constrained manufacturing tasks. The systems leverage FTL's
unique range of processor, software, image understanding, telecommunication and other
Initial robotic systems are used exclusively on FTL's own lines to produce electronic devices
(fab), produce/assemble substrata, produce/assemble chassis, produce/assemble electro-optics,
test, package and recycle other products. Inherent flexibility allows for rapidly shifting
among product versions and product lines. Humans are freed to perform more interesting and
creative tasks. The resulting internal-use-only systems help to validate the effectiveness of
many pre-product technologies in a demanding, real-world, system-scale environment.
Products resulting from autonomous, cognitive robotic manufacture offer our customers higher
quality, greater integrity/security, increased functionality and lower cost. For the
communities where FTL operates, our robotic systems result in greater employment stability,
higher average wages and most importantly, increased job satisfaction. The systems are a
winning strategy for all parties.
Practical Artificial Intelligence Maximizes Adaptibility
Manufacturing of high-end, precision goods requires that robots be able to understand
an unpredictable environment, be able to plan and to execute a successful strategy so
as to accomplish the required manufacturing goals or seek higher level assistance.
Cognitive Capability Maximizes Autonomy and Flexibility
Cognitive capability is essential to allow manufacturing robots
to achieve autonomy. Direct human supervision of a robot conveys
much less value than a robot which can operate for hours, days or
weeks without directly involving a human.
Cognitive and Autonomous Does Not Mean Self-Aware
Reacting to discussions in the popular press, just because robots have an ability to
reason and act autonomously toward goals does not yet mean that robots are self-aware.
Nor would a self-aware robot clearly be desirable for manufacturing operations.
Manufacturing Floor Coordination
Higher-level artificial intelligence coordinates robotic teams together with
automated tools and external supply / distribution assets. Such coordination
helps to implement higher level goals with only minimal human interfaces as
long as situations are within the system's autonomous parameters. Otherwise
humans must be consulted for tasks such as a leaking roof.
Intended Only for Manufacturing and Industrial Installation
FTL's robotics technology currently addresses only manufacturing and
industrial scale installation. Specifically the robots are not
intended for operation in proximity to humans, in life-critical
situations (such as offensive military use) or in unstructured
environments (such as a shopping centre).
Integration with FTL Systems' Design/CAM and Business Suites
At the highest level, FTL's system-level view enables coordination
with Design / Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Business
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Industry Suites to insure a steady
supply of raw materials and a ready worldwide distribution chain.
Integration from one supplier, FTL, helps to achieve a reliable flow
of products at a highly competitive end-user price.