America’s Robot Future: Rajant Celebrates New HQ, Plans For Growth
Is automation destroying familiar jobs, reducing drudge work, collecting more information than anyone expected, and opening opportunities?
Yes, yes, yes, and yes, say Robert Schena and Paul Hellhake, founders of Rajant, a leader among Pennsylvania’s growing network of automation hardware and software firms. Several of them, including Rajant, are backed by the state-funded Ben Franklin Technology Partners and other area investors. The entire filed has grown as self-driving vehicles and the artificial intelligence that helps drive them have gained visibility.
Late last month, Schena and Hellhake presided over a free lunch, cool hardware demos by area robotics makers, and some excited talks about our automated future at their firm’s new headquarters in Great Valley for what they billed as the Autonomous Summit. The founders of the 16-year-old, 100-employee company wanted to celebrate their success in the new wave of vehicle autonomy and call attention to what they say is a robotics boom in the state, as they boost sales to the U.S. military, mining, and other U.S. and foreign clients. Rajant plans to add 40 engineering, sales, and support staff in its new space over the next year.
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