Ann Arbor Startup modernizes quality control

When the last step in an assembly line is a person inspecting the paintwork, mistakes are bound to happen.

Ann Arbor-based Autaza works to eliminate potentially costly flaws in the quality control process – and thus be part of the movement to divert those tedious and sometimes monotonous human inspection jobs to highly skilled, advanced manufacturing careers.

Autaza is a robot-assisted quality inspection system that uses artificial intelligence and cameras to detect dirt, bubbles, scratches or other paint defects on vehicles and other surfaces. It is the first to receive funding from the Michigan State Industry 4.0 Accelerator, a collaboration between Automation Alley, Lean Rocket Lab, and Centrepoolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University. The accelerator provides resources to support startups developing Industry 4.0 technologies and to support manufacturers who want to grow by adopting Industry 4.0.

“It’s about bringing Silicon Valley into industry, down to the ground floor, where work can make the most sense,” said Andrew Israel, product engineer at Autaza. “We’re trying to make inspections leaner and safer.”

The startup has a showroom in the North American headquarters of robot supplier ABB in Auburn Hills; ABB product specialist John Benjamin said his company was looking for an end-of-line inspection solution for its painting robots when it was connected to Autaza. ABB was looking for a technology that would prevent human error and also reveal error patterns that could be prevented further up the assembly line.

See Israel demonstrate the capabilities of the robotic system and Benjamin explain its benefits to manufacturers.

Learn more about how Michigan manufacturers can take advantage of Industry 4.0 to prepare for the future.

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