Valid Manufacturing Ltd. is a privately owned and operated Canadian engineering and advanced manufacturing company located in Salmon Arm, BC. With more than 125 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. Valid has partnered with AIS to manufacture and develop mobile, autonomous robots that have the potential to disrupt entire industries.
Van Belle Nursery grows more than 400 varieties of plants on 100 acres in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. The company was established in 1973, with 10 acres and the dream of growing cold-hardy ornamentals for the Eastern market. Today, VanBelle ships flowering shrubs, evergreens, perennials an specialty annuals as well as the “tried and true” varieties to growers and retailers across North America.
VanBelle has partnered with AIS to deploy BigTop, the company’s flagship autonomous robot, for nursery automation and smart agriculture. The BigTop moves and spaces pots for optimal growth, increasing productivity, performance and employee satisfaction at VanBelle Nursery.
Advanced Intelligent Systems Inc. (AIS) is a custom robotics engineering firm that develops autonomous modular robotic solutions to address industry-specific business challenges. Our core strategy is reducing the cost, time, and risk of developing autonomous robotic solutions. We do this by leveraging a deep library of software and hardware modules that can be readily customized and integrated to suit unique customer requirements. AIS was established in 2013 with the vision of making robots accessible to everyone.