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“The biggest challenge the shoe industry has is how do you create a robot that puts the lace into the shoe...
That’s a complete manual process today. There is no technology for that.” said Kasper Rorsted, CEO of Adidas, when interviewed by Financial Times in April 2017.
Unbeknownst to Mr. Rorsted, the world’s first automated lacing machine has been developed and patented recently. Using 3D stereo vision to guide robot lacing through eyelets imprecisely punched by labors, Auto Lacer is capable of lacing at speed approaching that of factory worker. The algorithm also detects deviations in how shoes are placed onto the machine and adjust robot’s lacing path accordingly.
Several major shoe brands, both sports and casual shoes, are evaluating Smart Lacer as part of their efforts to automate shoe production processes. The machine also demonstrates that by deploying advanced vision technologies robots can carry out tasks previously considered only possible by humans.
About SOLOMON Technology Corporation
Solomon was established in 1973. The company became publicly listed in 1996 on Taiwan Stock Exchange. The company's main businesses today are in power generation, automation, and LCD Display. Headquartered in Taipei, Solomon has one branch office in America, 7 in China, and two in Southeast Asia. Solomon also owns SGD and Data International, both are makers of LCD and LCD modules. The company including subsidiaries has 1,000 employees.
While Solomon began as a distributor of power generators, electronics components, and welding machinery, it has an increasing focus on automation business. Since 2014 a significant amount of corporate resources are dedicated to research and development of leading-edge technologies, including artificial intelligence, 3D machine vision, Internet of Things, and robotic applications. The management team's goal is to establish Solomon within the next three years as a technology leader in these emerging fields not only in Taiwan but also globally.
The push for automation has brought more robots into factories globally. Despite their growing presence, robots today are only capable of routine and simple tasks. For all its durability and precision, the robot alone lacks the sensing capability and intelligence of humans to perform complicated jobs. Solomon prides itself as an enabler of intelligent robots. Just as King Solomon in ancient Israel offered his vision and wisdom, today we are providing state-of-art 3D vision and artificial intelligence to robots. An advanced 3D vision system allows robots to ‘see’ the world as humans do and automatically perform tasks requiring variations. Our AI software enables robots to not only ‘see’ but also ‘learn’ on its own to detect things like humans do. “Vision with Intelligence” is Solomon’s core proposition. Enabling intelligent robots will be indispensable to increase factory productivity and frees up human resources to perform even more value-added jobs.