Company

We are a robotics automation company helping manufacturers thrive

Rapid created the first affordable robotic machine operator to solve the industry’s oldest problem: scale

OUR PRODUCT

 

The 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. 

 

This productivity boost enables US manufacturers to take on more projects, outbid foreign competitors and scale their business so they can promote human operators to more profitable and more rewarding jobs.

OUR STORY

 

Fixing the labor shortage in manufacturing.

 

With decades of experience in contract manufacturing and robotics, our team knows how difficult it is to fill machine operator jobs.

 

Right now, US contract manufacturers have more than half a million open jobs for machine operators — people who perform simple tasks such as pick-and-place, welding and pad printing. Because they can’t hire machine operators fast enough to compete with offshore facilities, they’re losing billions of dollars of unrealized revenue.

 

Rapid Robotics was founded to help US businesses overcome the labor shortage in manufacturing so they can thrive and compete globally.

OUR APPROACH

 

Making robotic automation affordable and accessible

 

If manufacturers automated the highly repetitive machine tasks that demand 80% of their operations, they could truly compete with foreign powerhouses.

 

The problem is, the only existing robotic automation solutions need to be programmed by specialized systems integrators. Installing and training an industrial robotic arm is so expensive that it takes manufacturers years to see ROI.

 

That’s why we created a low cost cobot that gets to work on day one — no programming, no systems integrator, no extra hardware, no robotics skills required. Starting at just $25K a year, Rapid’s robotic machine operators pay for themselves in as little as three months.

A robotics automation company founded on deep robotics, manufacturing and SaaS expertise

Jordan Kretchmer

Co-Founder and CEO

Jordan was previously the founder and CEO of Livefyre, which he founded in 2009 and sold to Adobe in 2016. Livefyre was the largest cloud-based content and community platform on the web for marketers and publishers. Jordan led the company through four capital raises totaling over $100M.
At the time of the acquisition, Livefyre’s average deal size was $250K/yr. Enterprise customers included Coca-Cola, Disney, Kimberly Clark, CNN, FedEx, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Sony, Chevrolet, Cisco and dozens of others. Jordan has over 20 years of experience as a product strategist, marketer and business leader with expertise in scaling enterprise software companies.

Ruddick Lawrence

Co-founder and CTO

Ruddick has spent his entire career working in robotics, hardware and manufacturing. Most recently he was the VP of Engineering at Carbon Robotics, where he led the entire engineering team. Prior to Carbon, Ruddick was in charge of the manufacturing software group for all new robotic end effectors for the da Vinci robot at Intuitive Surgical. The da Vinci robot is the most-used surgical robot in the world, capable of performing extremely precise medical procedures. Ruddick’s group wrote calibration and testing for over 30 instrument types representing tens of thousands of shipped products. Ruddick has a Master’s from Stanford in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on mechatronics.

Tom Hummel

VP Technology

Tom previously spent three years as the Director of Robotics at Kindred. He was responsible for architecting both the robotic software and hardware systems and growing the cross-functional teams that delivered them. Tom has 12 years of robotics experience in both industry and academia, including founding his own startup, and developing high end robotic vision systems for space and defense. Tom holds a PhD in Systems Engineering from the University of Guelph in Canada

Mike Lewis

VP Sales and Marketing

Mike has over two decades of experience driving market and revenue growth for leading technology manufacturing companies, successfully scaling go-to-market strategies across the Fortune 500. Previously, Mike was a VP of Business Development at FLEX, a $25B design and manufacturing company. He spent 18 years at Seagate Technology leading global GTM teams and also has held executive sales and marketing roles at Aricent and Enphase Energy. Mike has an MBA from Regis University.

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