by Brianna Crandall — November 4, 2016 — Brain Corp, a San Diego-based software technology company specializing in the development of vision-based, autonomous artificial intelligence (A.I.) systems for self-driving vehicles (SDVs), announced two partnerships in recent weeks that will see the company’s A.I. technology integrated into more commercial-grade cleaning equipment, creating autonomous machines. The company’s technology is said to represent the next generation of artificial brains for commercial robots.
Brain Corp announced its partnership with Minuteman International of Pingree Grove, Illinois, on October 19. Founded in 1951, Minuteman is a manufacturer of commercial and industrial maintenance products including walk-behind and ride-on auto scrubbers, critical filter vacuums, air vacuums, walk-behind sweepers, and ride-on sweepers. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hako Group, a multinational equipment manufacturer based in Bad Oldesloe, Germany.
The partnership enables Minuteman to introduce EMMA, Brain Corp’s A.I. technology, to the various markets served by the Illinois-based company, including the manufacturing, aviation, healthcare, retail, government, and hospitality industries.
EMMA (Enabling Mobile Machine Automation) is an efficient vision-based A.I. technology that automates commercial-grade equipment, including industrial floor care machines. She is built on a commercial-grade version of BrainOS, Brain Corp’s proprietary operating system for robotic development. Automating Minuteman’s cleaning equipment furthers the company’s mission of providing innovative solutions to its customers. Minuteman says it has always focused on being the value brand, which means providing a combination of reliability, quality, and ease of use to its customers.
Brain Corp’s EMMA offers a smart, safe and sustainable cleaning solution that empowers operators by enabling them to manage new technology, while also allowing them to shift their attention to higher-value tasks. By enabling employees to multitask, Brain Corp’s revolutionary navigation technology significantly increases efficiency and improves consistency, thus resulting in a more scalable environment.
The two companies reportedly have a strong shared philosophy of providing cutting-edge solutions to customers. Minuteman designs and builds the E3330, a highly reliable walk-behind scrubber that Brain Corp will automate with its cutting-edge A.I. technology.
Brain Corp had previously announced its partnership with NSS Enterprises of Toledo, Ohio. Founded in 1911, NSS Enterprises is a manufacturer of industrial and commercial cleaning solutions, which include automatic scrubbers, battery burnishers, carpet extractors, vacuums and floor machines.
This partnership enables NSS to introduce Brain Corp’s EMMA artificial intelligence software, to its customers, which range from cleaning contractors to facilities management teams. Automating NSS’s cleaning equipment helps their customers maximize productivity and increase efficiency in the cleaning process, says Brain Corp.
The two companies have a shared philosophy in autonomy as a service being a fundamental component for manufacturing companies with industrial warehouses. NSS employs more than 100 people and is enabling its customers to provide cleaner, healthier and more comfortable workplaces.