Kiva Systems / Amazon.com
Prior to forming Noca Labs, our founder, Patrick Dingle, was the first Mechanical Engineer hired by Kiva Systems (acquired by Amazon.com in 2012). During his seven years at Kiva, Patrick played key roles defining the hardware architecture of its mobile robots with the goal of maximizing total value for its customers. He played key roles in actuator selection and design, detailed mechanical design, industrial design, battery design, design for manufacturing, and on automated charging solutions. Additionally, he spent two years in program management leading new product introduction to bring its low-cost, high volume mobile robots to mass production for Amazon.com.
Noca Labs worked with RightHand Robotics to bring their innovative each-picking gripper from the lab to production environments. Noca helped rigorously test their existing technology to eliminate potential points of failure and hardened the design to work robustly in dirty production environments for many millions of grip cycles. Noca managed the full Bill of Materials for multiple generations of grippers used in customer Beta installations. Additionally, Noca helped RightHand establish rigorous engineering documentation standards and implement a PLM system to help streamline production going forward.
Baby Monitor Startup
Noca Labs conceptualized, designed, and prototyped an innovative baby monitoring solution that detects a baby’s breathing using vision alone. Leveraging off-the-shelf sensors, a single board computer, and rapid prototyping, Noca was able to quickly bring the concept to reality and prove functionality via alpha testing.
6 River Systems
Noca Labs began working with 6 River Systems at its formation to help define its mobile robot product architecture. Noca helped define product subsystems in depth, refine key parameters of the design to better serve customers, and scope out the team size needed to develop the product. Noca worked hand-in-hand with the 6 River engineering team to design, source, and build its first few prototypes that were used as proof-of-concept, and remains engaged with 6 River Systems on an ongoing basis to help with technical development projects.
Prior to founding Noca Labs, Patrick Dingle was Director of Engineering at Empire Robotics. At Empire, Patrick led a small team of engineers and interns to bring an innovative robotic gripper from prototype to production. This “soft robotics” end effector is capable of conforming to the shape of arbitrary objects, whereafter air is vacuumed from within the gripper membrane to solidify a grasp on the object. Patrick and his team executed all aspects of the product design as well as managing supply chain.