SAN FRANCISCO— Bright Machines™ is aiming to make it easier for manufacturers of all sizes to procure and deploy next-generation factory automation. The company recently introduced Bright Machines Select, a new microfactory-as-a-service model that is said to bring all of the benefits of software-defined manufacturing to manufacturers without the upfront costs associated with traditional automation equipment purchasing.

Bright Machines Select is reported to offer a cost-effective path for manufacturers looking to reap the benefits of Bright Machines’ software-defined microfactories without incurring capital expenses. It also  “removes friction and streamlines the purchasing process for manufacturers looking to deploy intelligent automation to improve their lines,” the company said in a release.

Bright Machines Microfactories, introduced in June 2019, combine adaptive robots, machine learning, and computer vision to provide a modern, software-defined approach to assembly automation. The economics of Bright Machines Select now allows companies who are challenged by constraints in the labor market to meet production demands using what Bright Machines called “market-leading automation at a cost that is comparable to using human operators.”

“At Bright Machines, our goal is to democratize how products get manufactured so that eventually, anyone, anywhere can get something made efficiently and cost effectively,” said Amar Hanspal, CEO, Bright Machines, in the release. “While some manufacturers prefer the traditional model of buying expensive hardware, Bright Machines Select offers a more inclusive service which combines hardware and intelligent software without high capital costs, putting factory automation within the reach of even more manufacturers.”

In addition to simplifying the automation procurement process, Bright Machines Select is reported to enable manufacturers to solve labor shortage issues, gain predictable output, and scale production both flexibly and affordably. The company said that it requires lower upfront financial commitment than traditional automation deployment so that manufacturers can fund factory lines with operating expenditures, rather than capital expenditures. Assembly lines can be seamlessly managed and reconfigured to meet new business or market demands. Manufacturers can choose to renew, redeploy, or return their microfactory after its initial term is complete.

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