Automation solutions integrator Iconsys has appointed a business development manager to target multimillion-pound autonomous robot opportunities.
Former controls manager Graham Lee will be responsible for ramping up the roll-out of the company’s integration of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) that can be integrated across numerous industry sectors, including automotive, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), food and beverage, medical, logistics and pharmaceutical sectors.
According to the Telford-based company, multiple blue-chip companies have already adopted this technology and are benefiting from its holistic approach, which includes evaluating the situation, designing the tailored solution and then deployment plus life cycle maintenance to ensure the customer’s objectives are achieved.
“The latest industry findings show that by 2024, nearly four fifths of FMCG companies will be operating AMRs, with the logistics sector expecting them to be widespread across all distribution hubs,” said Lee.
“These figures clearly underline the opportunity and where many sectors are heading, with the use of autonomous technology set to be used to overcome skills shortages, increase efficiencies and to support new processes on the factory floor.”
“Iconsys is already leading the way, as not only are we providing AMR’s with sophisticated top modules, better still, our inhouse system software platform AMRconnect can integrate fleets of AMRs to high level ERP and MES business systems and industrial factory floor control systems to provide a totally integrated solution unique for all clients. AMRconnect also provides analytics for production feedback data that any customer can use to improve their knowledge of their own machines.
“For many years, in a consultative approach I have identified many pain points for clients and will now use this knowledge to recommend our integrated technologies to solve clients issues and requirements with innovative solutions.”
Previously, Lee has deployed turnkey solutions to improve automation and control systems for blue chip clients such as Muller, JLR, Mondelez, Lear and BMW.
Nick Darrall, managing director at Iconsys, added: “We are delighted to welcome Graham to the team and believe this appointment underlines our commitment to our 2020+ growth strategy, which aims to increase turnover to £20m in five years by encouraging industry to adopt automation and digital technology.
“The depth of Graham’s experience and a strong understanding of how our solutions can make a difference is something that will only benefit our customers in the long run.”
Lee’s appointment is one of 16 jobs created ahead of the official launch of Iconsys’ £3m new smart building in Telford. The company is in the final stages of its relocation to a 17,500 sq ft site on Stafford Park that will feature a new technology demonstration and training area, an amphitheatre and offices.