This article showcases our top picks for the best San Francisco based Industrial Automation companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Industrial Automation industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top San Francisco Industrial Automation Companies
Sense Photonics is an RTP high technology company that enables reliable, modular, and configurable 3D sensing. The company produces advanced LiDAR and 3D sensor solutions for an autonomous vehicles, robotics, and industrial automation markets.
Their core technology protected by over 200 patents enables a simple, high-performance, solid-state solution with no moving parts that can uniquely meet the rigorous performance, reliability and cost requirements for automotive and industrial applications. Sense Photonics was founded in 2016 and is based in San Francisco, California, United States..
Culture Biosciences develops automated bio-reactor that helps biotech companies optimize their manufacturing processes and brings products to market faster. The company also builds automated tools for fermentation.
It has a digital bio-manufacturing platform to enable scientists to run, monitor, and analyze bio-reactors faster than traditional approaches by robotic sample handling and cloud data monitoring and analysis. Culture Biosciences was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California..
Overview.ai provides real time fault detection that uses cameras and AI to monitor manufacturing robots, shutting them down if something goes wrong. Its smart camera automatically learns normal machine routines to detect any deviations, crashes or anomalies.
Its system catches misalignments, breakage, and out-of-sequence behavior before significant damage occurs to product or machine.. .
ElectroNeek is a robotic process automation platform that comes with an unlimited number of free bot licenses and a built-in orchestrator. It lets clients automate hundreds of attended and unattended processes and run them concurrently at no cost, paying only for developer seats.
Its patent-pending ‘Voodoo Interfaces’ lets users automatically fix bots when UI of automated environment changes, significantly decreasing the need for costly maintenance of RPA solutions. It also provides a set of visual tools to make RPA heavy-lifting, like browser automation to OCR, easy for business users (Citizen Automators) and junior IT professionals.
The company was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
unspun is a robotics and digital apparel company building custom jeans for each consumer, on demand. Our mission is to reduce global carbon emissions by 1% through automated, localized, and intentional manufacturing.
Our revolutionary technology is currently being realized through our award-winning brand unspun.io (one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019), a software B2B platform powering digital customization for multiple large apparel labels, and a National Science Foundation-backed hardware team working on the future of additive and automated apparel production. We’re a fast-moving company powered by Fifty Years, Prelude Ventures, SOSV, and the H&M Foundation.
We also happen to make the best fitting jeans on the planet.. .
Pathmind helps simulation modelers optimize decisions in industrial operations and supply chains using deep reinforcement learning with an intuitive Web app. Use cases include manufacturing automation, supply chain, warehouse control, machine scheduling, and fleet routing.
Pathmind integrates with AnyLogic and other simulation software, and allows simulations modelers to discover better decision paths through complex scenarios with state of the art AI. Pathmind is a Y Combinator company..
Rapid Robotics provides box automation for manufacturers. It’s Rapid Machine Operator (RMO) enables manufacturers to easily deploy a pre-trained cobot in just a few hours.
It performs dozens of simple machine tasks to the highest quality standards and can quickly be redeployed to new tasks. With Rapid’s robotic machine operators, one employee can supervise as many as eight machines at a time using only an iPad.
The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
Multiply Labs manufactures personalized pharmaceutical capsules that are tailor-made to the unique needs of each patient. Multiply Labs’ product is enabled by the combination of pharmaceutical science with robotics technology.
The company has built and operates a unique robotic pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. Multiply Labs is the first company ever to bring to the market 3D printed capsules..
Phizzle develops an engagement automation platform designed to act on big data with applications in marketing. Its engagement automation platform gathers, analyzes, and uses digital and real-world customer actions to offer accurate information, enabling enterprise customers to automate and rely on the internet of things devices in mission-critical environments.
The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
Modbot brings industrial precision and power to consumer assembled robots. Imagine automated manufacturing and consumer robots within reach of everybody, assembled like Lego.
Modbot is a system of affordable and re-usable modules that snap together, filling the gap between $100 hobby and $20,000 industrial motion equipment.. .
Unmanned life enables industries to be fully autonomous through its full stack AI for Autonomy software platform that deploys and manages coordinated and interoperable swarms / fleets of unmanned ground vehicles, aerial vehicles and other robotics systems through a single unified management interface, whether on-Premises, over-the-Cloud or on the Edge. Unmanned life’s vision is to deploy “Autonomy as a Service” (#AutonomyasaService) across different industry sectors: Autonomy-as-a-Service is the provisioning and management of on-demand, scalable, flexible and agile autonomous workforces, composed of swarms / fleets of different types of drones, robots and IoT devices working together seamlessly.
The world’s first and only Autonomy-as-a-Service company, Unmanned Life’s platform can scale without limits in deploying large and flexible autonomous swarms of robots and drones and IoT over wifi, 4G and 5G to enable industry 4.0 use cases across industrial sectors such as autonomous logistics, autonomous public safety, and autonomous transport management, to name a few. This ground-breaking platform is now being used by the world’s top Telco and Supply Chain companies like Verizon, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Swiss post and US and European logistics giants.
Unmanned Life has already developed strategic partnerships with the likes of NVIDIA, US Telco Council, GSMA, IATA, Silicon Valley Bank, PwC, Telecom Infrastructure Project and others. Unmanned Life has generated an impressive 12.5x YoY growth, revenue acquisition of more than 600 K USD till date, and 2.5 M USD of funding from global marquee investors.
Unmanned Life has achieved multiple world firsts in this short period with its key customers including the world’s first autonomous multi-drone swarm for emergency rescue with Verizon and Nokia (https://vimeo.com/300315201) and the world’s first fully autonomous sorting center with Swiss Post (https://vimeo.com/283651695), as well as the world’s first transatlantic autonomous drone flight over 5G with BT and Ericsson earlier this year (https://vimeo.com/289780893). Unmanned has received 6+ prestigious awards in the field of AI, Telco, Supply Chain, Deep Tech including the UK’s most Disruptive Innovation Award and National Technology Award and Postal Industry’s Sorting Center Innovation of the Year Award.
Unmanned Life has impeccable references from the executive leadership of Verizon, Deutsche Telekom, Swiss Post and other notable figures. Unmanned Life’s 15+ highly skilled staff from over 9 nationalities have been educated at the world’s top schools in their respective disciplines and together have acquired more than 100 years of combined deep tech, management and business experience in some of the world’s leading companies in their respective domains before joining Unmanned Life to create a powerhouse team.
Unmanned Life’s founders, as a result of their achievements, are appointed members of prestigious global organisations such as the World Economic Forum, European Union, The Telegraph, IATA, and their views have been published by New York Times, Bloomberg and tech giants like Microsoft. Unmanned Life has been featured by both CNN and BBC as industry leaders with ground-breaking technology and its founders have been invited to speak at major conferences around the world including South by South West, World Summit AI, Mobile World Congress, Websummit, South Summit and institutions like the European Parliament, European Commission and Stanford University.
Built Robotics is an industrial automation company that designs to make autonomous construction equipment. They also allow one equipment operator to oversee a fleet of vehicles working autonomously in parallel.
It combines sensors such as GPS, cameras, and lidar with advanced software, and the systems can be installed on standard equipment from any manufacturer. The company transforms heavy equipment into autonomous robots for the $1 trillion earthmoving industry.
It also develops AI guidance systems to transform heavy equipment into autonomous robots. Built’s guidance systems are deployed today across the $1 trillion earthmoving industry, and they’re being used to build critical infrastructures such as wind farms, gas pipelines, and new housing developments.
Built Robotics is backed by some of the top investors in Silicon Valley, including Founders Fund, NEA, and Next47, and has raised over $48M to date.. .
Mirada Technologies develops the enabling components for advanced LiDAR. It builds the critical components for advanced LiDAR: laser scanning and detector technology.
Its flagship product is a breakthrough laser scanner that delivers ranging distance, field of view, reliability, and volume scalability. Mirada is based in San Francisco, California..
Scalable Press is using technology to reinvent the mass customization industry. Scalable Press was founded with an initial investment of just $2,000.
Today, we’re on track to produce more than 12 million shipments across 185 countries. We’re bootstrapped, profitable, and rapidly expanding.
We operate four B2C and B2B websites that are accessed by over 100 million visitors per year. Whether it’s embroidered dress shirts, all-over printed socks, or digitally printed t-shirts, we make it easier, cheaper, and faster to order customized goods than ever before.
Key facts: – Scalable Press has never raised funding; our company is bootstrapped and profitable. – We have over 300 employees.
– Our facilities include over 200,000 square feet of production space. – We’ve averaged triple-digit growth over the past 5 years.
– We print and ship millions of products each year.. .
We are committed to full automation and robotics of industry of laboratory studies, making it more accessible to public. In 2015, we started construction of the first laboratory of such a kind with its own software technologies, which has no analogues in the world.
“New Lab” laboratory is located in Silicon Valley, California.. .
accelQ is the only cloud-based continuous testing platform that seamlessly automates API and web testing without writing a single line of code. IT teams of all sizes use accelQ to accelerate their testing by automating critical aspects of lifecycle like test design, planning, test generation and execution.
accelQ customers typically save over 70% of the cost involved in the change & maintenance efforts in testing, addressing one of the major pain points in the industry. accelQ makes this possible with AI powered core to bring self-healing automation amongst other unique capabilities.
Design and User experience focus is at the heart of accelQ’s continuous innovation approach with a relentless effort to accelerate testing and improve delivered Quality for their customers.. .
Smartex uses cutting-edge AI tech in order to solve some of the biggest problems of an outdated but yet so relevant sector which is the Textile Industry. Our company is bringing the most sophisticated state-of-the-art technologies of Machine Learning and Computer Vision in order to detect textile defects and irregularities in real time, acting on the knitting machines as a way to reduce defective production to close to 0%.
This high-tech solution is able to not only stop the production of defects during production, using hardware and software, but also improve the business by offering an user interface where the factories can check their stats regarding the production.. .
Point One Navigation
Point One Navigation is building a localization service accurate down to a few centimeters at a cost 100x less than existing solutions. Using proprietary sensor fusion algorithms between computer vision and satellite navigation data coupled with a network of sensors, the solution out performs inferior single sensor techniques and does so without the need for special hardware.
More info available at [email protected]. .
3DPrinterOS is the world’s first operating system for 3D printers. Enterprises, Schools and Service Bureaus use their cloud-based 3D printing management platform to prepare, fix, securely store, and stream 3D designs to 3D printers with data tracking and analytics.
Unlike their competition, they have a working platform with 16,000+ hours of use, over ~70% of OEM’s supported, and 30,000+ hours of experience developing 3D printing software. They have users in over 94 countries and their current clients include Jabil Circuit Inc., Duke, Purdue and Florida State University.
3DPrinterOS graduated from VentureBeat’s “2013 Accelerator of the Year” Alchemist Accelerator in the San Francisco bay area and was seed-round backed by Vulcan Capital and other private investors. Founded in 2013, 3DPrinterOS is based in San Francisco.
Mission Statement: Deliver true value to our customers by being a trusted partner through excellence in quality, cost effectiveness, timeliness and reliable customer service. History: Skipfour was founded in 2006 with a specific focus on building accounting and CRM software for businesses based primarily in the US.
We grew at a phenomenal pace and expanded our offshore partnerships to keep the development supply steady. We scaled to offer additional technology offerings during but last year we realized that we are ready for the next step.
With changing technology landscape, in 2017 we began to restructure the company’s business model, alter the long-term vision to include cutting-edge technologies. We moved our headquarters to San Francisco, California, forged new partnerships abroad and rekindled our sales workforce, revamped sales strategy and expanded the spectrum of our offerings to include Artificial Intelligence, cloud services, IOT, machine learning, Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Our unwavering commitment to customer success and our extensive experience in delivering high quality, on budget, on time services to our customers has set us apart from the competition. Our team has served a wide variety of customers from healthcare, gaming, sports, technology, restaurants, banking, government and many other business domains.
In the past 11 years, we have served over 300 customers and counting. In a recent survey, the solutions we have provided our customers over this span is catering to over 1.9 million users globally.
We are committed to our customers’ success and they love us back for that, 96% of our customers return for repeat business when they have a need, that is a profound testament to the relationship we have created on solid trust. Our Team: Skipfour has over 125 associates globally.
Kügar is an industrial automation company that offers robotic automation solutions. It specializes in the fields of industrial engineering, manufacturing, and robotics.
It was founded in 2013 and headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
ID4A Technologies is a global B2B technology company that specializes in the design and development of customized automation technologies to accelerate manufacturing processes. We leverage the capabilities of Ai, machine vision, industrial robotics, machine learning and advanced analytics to increase efficiency, accuracy, productivity, scalability and flexibility across the entire manufacturing cycle; while reducing time, cost and waste and unlocking extraordinary value for our customers, the workforce and our planet through our commitments to SDGs 5, 8, 9, 10 and 12.
We also provide full systems integration and end-to-end product development services in collaboration with Fortune 500 companies, corporate R&D labs and startups across 25 countries in North America, Asia, and Europe. In 2016, ID4A Technologies ranked on Entrepreneur 360 List of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” for mastering impact, innovation, growth, and leadership; and was recognized by the White House Office of Technology Policy at the Champions of Change ceremony for fostering the development of advanced manufacturing in the United States and the World.
In 2018, ID4A was honoree on the Elite 2018 Inc. 5000 List of “America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies“, now sharing ‘a pedigree with Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Timberland, GoPro, CLIF Bar, Patagonia, Oracle, Grubhub, and other notable companies that have gone to become household names’.
In 2019, ID4A was recognized among the winners of the Real Leaders “100 Top Impact Companies” Awards, the world’s first ranking of positive impact companies who are driving a dynamic segment of the economy, and applying capitalism for greater profit and a greater good; and was recipient of the “World’s Best Emerging Design Technology Company” Award by LUX Leading Designers Awards. Most recently, ID4A received the “Best in Business” 2020 San Francisco Award, and the 2020 Technology Innovator Award by Corporate Vision..
Sensus Labs provides its clients with indoor positioning and navigation solutions up to cm level accuracy. It creates disruptive business models around the indoor positioning space.
The company aims to integrate its consumer grade hardware with smart devices like smartphone and AR devices. Sensus Labs positions position a user carrying a smart device in any indoor space with sub 30 cm accuracy, which is used to understand the users’ immediate context and then push contextually relevant information though their smartphones.
Founded in 2014 by Nadeem Ansari and Aviral Chandra, Sensus Labs is based in San Francisco, California.. .
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