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Formic Hires Amazon, Coco, and BeyondTrust Alums Amid Hyper-growth Trajectory

Formic’s risk-free, affordable, full-service pay-by-the-hour rental model removes traditional barriers to automation, helping small and mid-sized manufacturers compete CHICAGO―August, 2022, Formic, accelerating the adoption of automation across American manufacturing, has seen sustained 70% QoQ growth in both customer count and ARR since announcing $26.5 million in Series A funding in January and today announced a slate of new hires that...

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Hire Robot Workers for your Packaging Process with Zero Capital Investment

“Robotics-as-a-Service” is a new service model that is lowering the barriers and risk of automation. As labor force challenges increase and robotic automation becomes more critical, this new delivery model allows factories to “hire” automation and pay as if it was manual labor, but at a lower wage rate and with zero turnover. For zero capital investment, you can automate...

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Integrator Spotlight: Designhawk Innovations

There are many aspects to successfully deploying an automation system.  One of the most critical aspects is choosing the right system integrator partner.   We recently had the opportunity to catch up with one of our valued integrator partners, Jeff Benning, the Founder and President of Designhawk Innovations.  Jeff has built an extraordinary team that is passionate about what they do -...

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Andy Larson: How to Master the Deployment Process

Andy Larson Robotics Deployment Manager With more than 28 years of experience in robotics and automation, Andy is an expert on project management for sophisticated engineering systems and processes. At Formic, he employs his skills and knowledge to provide best-in-class solutions to manufacturers alongside our integration partners.    Here is our recent conversation with Andy, which highlights some of the...

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Whitepaper: How to Get Started with Robotic Automation

Introduction   Robotic automation is not a new concept, yet it can be difficult to fully grasp its complexity and overcome its barriers to entry. Which integrator is the best partner for this project? How do you approach your CFO with evidence that you should automate now? What tasks can you even automate? It can be difficult to make sense...

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Takeaways from ATX West 2022

Although live events took a hit during the pandemic, they are now back and booming. Trade shows specifically are perfect opportunities to network and strengthen relationships between manufacturers and solutions providers like us.  From the recent ATX West trade show in Anaheim, which gathered over 13,000 people, it was clear to our team how important it is for us to...

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How to Prepare Your Plant for an Upcoming Automation Rollout

Implementing a new automation system represents a transformative change for everyone at a plant. The use of novel technology is sure to alter workflows and recalibrate responsibilities for managers and operators alike.  Despite the scale of the change, an automation rollout doesn’t have to be disruptive. The key is to plan properly for a seamless transition. If you keep these...

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Malcolm Kerr, Marketing a New Disruptive Offering

Interview with Malcolm Kerr, Head of Growth and Go-to-Market Strategy Malcolm’s experience spans across Corporate Strategy, Product Marketing, Sales, and Growth Marketing, all within rapidly growing start up environments. He is also an investor and mentor to early-stage growth companies.    What is your position and role here at Formic? I am the Head of Growth and Go-to-Market Strategy, which...

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Bloomberg Businessweek

Society has long worried that the widespread adoption of robots will displace workers and eliminate jobs. But rather than fearing the arrival of automatons, Shakerria Grier, a 27-year-old quality auditor at Georgia-based Thomson Plastics Inc., is relieved to get the help. In late 2020, Thomson began installing robots that take plastic parts, such as fenders for ATVs or covers for lawn...

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When Automation Fails, is the Robot to Blame?

If you’ve ever had your car break down, you know the frustration of suddenly broken equipment.  Regardless of whether you were driving to the emergency room or on a casual trip to the grocery store, it is stressful at best and maybe life-altering in the worst scenarios. Equipment downtime in manufacturing does not carry the same life-changing effects, but it...

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