It was in Material Science class that Ben Pouladian first became aware of the major paradigm shift happening in the lighting industry with the advancement of LED technology, and he was intrigued. Ben decided to put his degree in electrical engineering to work with the goal of helping companies and municipalities achieve energy efficiency.
So Ben founded Deco Lighting with his cousin, Sam. But they had greater aspirations than just energy savings for their customers. They also wanted to keep design and manufacturing in California – quite a challenge when competing with low cost imports and employing a local workforce not considered technology savvy.
As lighting technology continued to evolve, adding data collection and asset tracking, lighting was becoming “smart”. At the same time, customers were demanding more customized configurations. And the market demand was growing rapidly. How to scale their business in California?
They needed to innovate. They needed easy-to-use advanced robotic technology solutions. They needed to automate repetitive labor tasks, get orders out on time and maintain quality.
They found Sawyer, the smart, collaborative robot.
As Deco designs their products of the future, Sawyer’s task is to optimize their flexible manufacturing processes by working in a “lights out” scenario overnight, to keep production running during off hours. By introducing Sawyer into this process, Deco Lighting hopes to reduce assembly time on its products from about an hour per unit to less than five minutes.
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About the Author
Sue has spent the last two decades marketing for emerging technologies, building new categories, and applying science to the art of marketing. It took one look at Baxter to sign on to Rethink Robotics – a human-safe robot out to change the world. When not promoting “all things Sawyer and Baxter”, she is focused on “all things food”: where to eat it, how to prepare it, how to write another cookbook about it.