We began shipping our first robot Eva, nearly a year ago. Over this year, we have successfully shipped robots all over the UK and Europe and worked closely with a number of customers throughout their whole journey, from discovering the right automation strategy to having their automated cell deployed and running. This has helped us learn a lot about our customers and users, and understand the kind of information, help and support they need in getting them up and running successfully with their automation project.
We’re well into peak event season here at Automata HQ. Already this month the team has been out representing at PPMA (the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association’s annual event), the FT’s Future of Manufacturing Summit and the Engineering Design Show.
Despite each of the industry events we attend being quite different in nature, one of the most important factors in us deciding to invest in an event is whether or not it’s going to provide us with an opportunity to learn. We work in an industry that’s evolving faster than ever before and there’s always more to learn from our customers, partners and the wider ecosystem. As relative newcomers in the world of industrial automation and if we’re going to succeed in our mission to democratise robotics we can’t afford to rest on our laurels.
So what are the big themes and trends that have been coming up in conversation whilst out on the road so far this month?
2019 has already been a big year for Automata. We’ve achieved many significant landmark moments from technical, commercial and manufacturing perspectives, and now to add to that we’ve hit another big moment - winning our first awards.
We’re delighted to have won not one, but two accolades at the British Engineering Excellence Awards, taking home the top prize in both the Startup of the Year category and the overall Grand Prix prize.