31 March 2020 - 7 Nisan 5780 - ז' ניסן ה' אלפים תש"פ
Honda teams up with Poliakine on quality-assurance robots E-mail

Japanese auto manufacturer Honda has said it will install robots in a joint venture by Israeli entrepreneur Ran Poliakine and Honda subsidiary Musashi Seimitsu, a tier-1 supplier of parts to the Japanese auto industry.

Last month Musashi Al, the joint venture, completed a pilot with Honda for one of its products, a robot for testing the quality of parts on the production line. The company now reports that it has received orders from customers in the auto industry, headed by Honda, which will install the robot in its assembly line in the coming months. The company is not revealing the size of the order, but market sources say that the deal with Honda is worth in the tens of millions of dollars.

Musashi Al has been working at the Neve Ilan assembly plant near Jerusalem for six months, with around 30 employees. The company also has dozens of production workers in Japan.

Following completion of the pilot, the company is expanding, and plans to increase the number of its employees to 100200 by the end of the year.

The joint venture has developed two products for automated assembly lines so far: an optical system for detecting defects in metal parts on auto production lines and an automated forklift for factories. The company displayed both of them at the artificial intelligence (AI) exhibition in Tokyo last month.

According to Poliakine, Israel has a great deal of knowhow in computer vision and AI, while Japan has a lot of expertise in robotics. The combination of these led to the development of a robot for testing the quality of components.

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