Millions to back Autonomous Machine Vision
More than US $10 million invested into Inspekto
Leading multinational industrial companies from Germany and Switzerland have invested more than US $10 million into Inspekto. The company is the founder and developer of the Autonomous Machine Vision category ─ a visual system that allows manufacturers to set-up, install and detect defects in production in minutes, without the help of any external experts or systems integrators. The start-up will meet the needs of a yearly multi-billion-dollar market across a broad range of vertical manufacturing sectors, including automotive and electronics.
The $10 million injected comes from leading industrial players, as well as expert financial investors. Inspekto’s investors include: Grazia Equity, ZFHN, Mahle, Planven, THI Investments and Steinbeis. The company’s valuation post investment is in the region of $60 million.
The funding is for Inspekto’s launch activities of Plug & Inspect™ technology driving its leading product, the INSPEKTO S70. During research and development (R&D), Inspekto collaborated with tens of leading DACH manufacturers to ensure the product is perfectly aligned with market needs and requirements. The company is now heading to its official launch at VISION 2018 in Stuttgart, where it will hold live product
demonstrations and make its product available for general sale to manufacturing plants worldwide.
“The INSPEKTO S70 is the world’s first ever Autonomous Machine Vision product, which will reinvent machine vision QA,” explained Harel Boren, CEO of Inspekto. “Leading players chose to invest in Inspekto because of its huge expected impact on industry,” added Boren. “This financial support offers a vote of confidence in the expected impact of Autonomous Machine Vision on the quality assurance (QA) industry
– a multi-billion-dollar market. Inspekto’s mission is to make quality assurance managers love their jobs, by giving them complete control of where, when and how visual QA can be conducted.”
“Inspekto’s research team aspires to explore and push the boundaries of computer- vision and artificial-intelligence to allow autonomous machine-vision solutions for industrial manufacturers,” added Yonatan Hyatt, CTO of Inspekto. “Our introduction of zero-friction setup of inspection units throughout entire production lines is bringing factories to peak levels of efficiency and ensuring immediate detection of defects right as they appear in the manufacturing process. The current financing will allow us to further deepen our domain-specific research, alleviating major points of pain in the industrial domain.”
“As one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide, we identified early-on the enormous potential impact of Autonomous Machine Vision on production, performance and competitive edge,” said Johannes Diem, Corporate Planning, Corporate Strategy, Venture Capital and M&A Strategy at MAHLE International GmbH. “Inspekto’s work with our plants has been consistently useful and led us to make our first-ever direct investment in a start-up company.”
“Steinbeis has a long history of working closely with German industrial manufacturers,” explained Uwe Haug, Member of the Board of Directors of Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG für Technologietransfer. “We identified early on the strategic impact that Inspekto brings
to German industry, across any vertical and vendor size, which is what drove us to make our investment in the company.”
The company will officially launch at VISION 2018 in Stuttgart on November 6, when the product will be unveiled and become available for purchase. Inspekto’s S70 system is a small, smart, standalone visual QA product, which can be installed up to 1,000 times faster than a traditional solution, and at 1/10th of the cost.
Inspekto is a German industrial company with Israeli DNA. Backed by leading industrial businesses from across the DACH region, the start-up is out to reshape the machine vision sector, introducing the first powerful entries into the new Autonomous Machine Category.
Inspekto Autonomous Machine Vision systems are designed to put the Machine Vision market on a one-way course, replacing existing integrator-centric solutions by ready-to-go out-of-the-box QA systems put at the very hands of the industrial plant QA manager.
The systems are driven by Plug & Inspect™, the first integrator-less technology for visual quality inspection, gating and sorting, which eliminates the costly integration and customized developments that characterized traditional machine vision technology.