Introducing the Robot Revolution Podcast

Industrial Automation Consultant

We’re entering an unparalleled labor shortage in this country. This shortage is being felt across numerous industries. The labor shortage is anywhere from 10 to 40 percent depending on the industry. The hospitality industry alone is grappling with 40 percent of its job openings going unfilled. Ally Robotics was born out of the need to help automate workflows, bridge the talent gap, and drive greater cost savings and efficiencies. There is one simple goal: solve real human workflow problems through simple tech. 

“It’s my passion for helping people, my passion for technology and engineering. It’s coming together and we can help people at scale through technology and engineering,” Mitch Tolson, CEO and Founder, Ally Robotics.

To further explore that one simple goal, Ally Robotics has launched a new podcast series, Robot Revolution. Hosted by Mitch Tolson, Robot Revolution delves into the question of how technological advances and human behaviors are coinciding in today’s society while forging a new era of robotic automation.

The podcast series brings together industry experts and thought leaders to discuss how innovation in robotic technology is solving human workflow problems to empower people to live and work better. Guests include other robotics founders who are equally passionate about using automation to solve critical challenges.

“Robotic automation is pushing the boundaries of what was once thought possible,” said Tolson. “From streamlining manufacturing processes to revolutionizing food service, the integration of robotics is driving unparalleled advancements in productivity, efficiency, and quality of life. At Ally Robotics, we believe that making robotic innovation accessible to everyone is key to unlocking its full potential. Robot Revolution aims to explore this impact and inspire critical discussions around the future of robotics in our society.”

How Robotic Automation is Solving Human Workflow Problems

Robotic automation is transforming various industries, including hospitality, logistics, healthcare, and construction. The hospitality industry faces the perfect storm of increased tourism and a severe labor shortage. To help overcome this, the industry has quickly embraced robotic automation, testing and deploying robots in the kitchen area to cook food and in the dining area to serve food. 

The rise in online shopping and ecommerce is forcing logistics companies to scale up operations and increase productivity. Robotic automation is being used to sort and pick items from bins and move goods within a distribution center.  

The shortage of healthcare staff has forced the industry to look at other options. Robotic arms have been used previously to assist with non-invasive surgeries, but now it’s going a step further. The robotic arm is quickly gaining prominence in diagnostic and lab applications. Robots are being utilized to deliver supplies and assist nurses within the hospital.

The construction industry is using robotic automation to increase efficiencies and realize productivity gains by automating repetitive tasks. Robots with arms are being used for demolition, bricklaying, and masonry. Tying of rebar is now becoming automated, along with drywall finishing. 

Robotic arms aren’t new. They have been around for almost 50 years. But there are still hesitations and misconceptions from customers when it comes to actually implementing robotic automation. Many think robots can’t help them solve their problems; they are too big and cumbersome to deploy; and difficult to program and train. Ally Robotics has made it a point to listen to the customer and understand both their needs and hesitations. Ally’s robotic arm solves these concerns with its small footprint and the ability to train it using imitation learning. It learns by watching you. 

There is a perception that robotic automation will take jobs away from humans. But the fact is there is a labor shortage, and the move towards robotic automation can not only help with the labor shortage but also empower people to live and work better. A robotic arm with a lower cost to entry, easier to service, and simpler to program opens the door to a solution that is usable in many settings. It can exist alongside humans in many industries, working together to achieve a goal.     

The Future of Robotics in the Restaurant Industry

In the first episode of Robot Revolution, Paul Estes flips the script and interviews host Mitch Tolson. Listeners can learn about Mitch’s journey to Ally Robotics and how his passion for technology, engineering, and people are at the center of everything he does. 

Episode two kicks off a discussion of robotics in the restaurant industry. Mitch sits down with Dave Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO of Dexai Robotics, discussing how robotic automation is revolutionizing the industry and reshaping restaurant kitchens. 

With more job openings than people, the industry has looked at ways to put robots to work. Miso Robotics CEO, Mike Bell, joins Mitch in the third episode to examine the labor shortage in the restaurant and hospitality industry. They discuss how robotic innovation is helping bridge the gap, Miso’s partnership with Ally and what the future holds for the industry. 

Join the Robot Revolution

Ally Robotics has a vision of automation for all. Automation that improves life, the way we work, and empowers people and businesses. Robotic automation that is accessible, attainable, and understood by all, building a better future for everyone. The Robot Revolution podcast explores this vision and more.     

The Robot Revolution Podcast is available on Apple, Google, Spotify and all other major streaming services. New episodes will be released weekly. Listen and subscribe today.

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