Advanced Intelligent Systems partners with Valid Manufacturing to provide affordable nursery automation solutions

By October 3, 2019 June 17th, 2021 News Releases
AIS partnered with Valid Manufacturing

OCTOBER 3, 2019 

BURNABY, BC Advanced Intelligent Systems (AIS), a leading custom robotics company creating affordable, autonomous robotic solutions to solve labour shortage problems in agriculture, announced today the company has partnered with Valid Manufacturing to manufacture and develop custom robotic solutions for traditional industries needing to innovate in order to stay competitive.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to have Valid on board as our manufacturing partner,” said Afshin Doust, CEO of AIS. “We are working with Valid to manufacture BigTop, which provides an affordable solution to automate repetitive and dangerous tasks in the nursery industry, which is facing a challenge of finding workers to do labour-intensive tasks.”

“Working directly with AIS, our engineering and design teams can utilize game-changing innovation and proven technology to cost-effectively manufacture BigTop,” said Gerald Clancy, Founder and CEO of Valid Manufacturing Ltd.


solves the repetitive and laborious task of moving and spacing pots of different sizes and weights in greenhouses and nurseries. BigTop can move up to nine plant pots at a time and then places the plants securely on its rotating robotic platform base. It’s currently being deployed at one of Canada’s largest nursery operations – Van Belle Nurseries in Abbotsford, B.C.

The agricultural industry is being hit with massive labour challenges in finding skilled workers to sustain and increase production outputs; and, resource costs and other various constraints all add downward pressure on already thin margins for growers.
AIS’ flagship patented, autonomous mobile robot is designed to provide an affordable automation solution for the nursery and agriculture industries.


Advanced Intelligent Systems (AIS) is a practical autonomous robotics company that creates affordable, autonomous robots to solve real industry problems. The AIS team has superior intellectual property and patents, which are currently being applied to develop custom robotic solutions in the horticulture, agriculture, manufacturing, and warehousing industries. AIS’ autonomous robots have the intelligence to perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with exceptional dexterity and precision.

Collectively, the AIS team has decades of experience in robotics engineering, management, and operations. The company and its lab are based in Burnaby, British Columbia.


Valid Manufacturing Ltd. is a privately owned and operated Canadian engineering and advanced manufacturing company located in Salmon Arm, BC. With more than 140 employees and ~100,000 square feet of production facilities, Valid has been leveraging their mechanical, electrical and electronics engineering to develop solutions for multiple sectors, including film, forestry, electrical infrastructure, RV & agriculture.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Debra Hadden | DEBRA HADDEN COMMUNICATIONS | 604.240.3196


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