Joint venture opens robot “employment agency”

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

NAWE ILAN, Israel – MusashiAI, a joint venture between SixAI Ltd. of Israel and Musashi Seimitsu of Japan (a Honda Motor Corporation affiliate company), has launched fully autonomous robots to integrate seamlessly with human workers in an industry 4.0 factory environment.

The robots are designed to take the strenuous and repetitive work away from human industrial workers.

Both forklift and visual inspection AI-controlled robots are being tested by Musashi Seimitsu, an automotive transmission parts manufacturer with 35 plants worldwide. The robots are genuinely autonomous, opposed to automated – they are given tasks and define their own optimal way to perform them, just as humans do.

The JV also introduces a unique business model by providing industrial employers an option to source needed labour through a robotic “employment agency”, instead of investing significant capital in purchasing robots.

The model allows companies to hire robot labour by the hour or pay a task-completed-based salary rate.

“Our goal is to find ways to integrate smart robots in real-world workplaces,” said Ran Poliakine, founder and chairman of SixAI.

“We want people and companies to be able to allocate repetitive, but essential work to robot workers, while humans focus on the more complex and engaging tasks, where they have a competitive advantage over machines.”

An experienced human quality control inspector checks manufactured parts for defects in approximately two seconds per part with 97 percent accuracy. Traditionally, robots took over 20 seconds per component at 70 percent accuracy.

MusashiAI claims its robots work at a similar effectiveness to humans at two seconds with 98 percent accuracy. Self-taught machine learning is central to this achievement.

“Our new partnership with SixAI allows us to step into the future,” said Hiroshi Otsuka, president and CEO, Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co., Ltd.

“Our challenge is to change the world by combining AI tech with our Japanese manufacturing technology. Bringing the best new AI tech, together with our 80 years of manufacturing experience, will make this happen.”