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 capabilities.

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.

Artificial Intelligence:

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.

System Capability:

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.