Mitutoyo Corp., a manufacturer of measuring instruments and metrological technology, headquartered in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, and Kitov Systems Ltd., a developer and provider of automated smart visual inspection software solutions, headquartered in Petah Tikva, Israel, have signed a partnership agreement that will enable Mitutoyo to integrate Kitov’s technologies across its metrology solutions.
As part of the agreement, Mitutoyo will invest and become a shareholder in Kitov. The agreement also establishes the framework for joint development of new solutions that combine Mitutoyo’s measurement technologies and Kitov’s planning and inspection technologies.
Kitov’s proprietary AI, robotics, and computer vision technologies allow semantic understanding of the part or product under inspection including its 3D structure and components. This results in automated and cost-effective visual inspection and measurement solutions that significantly improve quality control and reduce manufacturing costs, according to the companies.
“While constantly striving to identify the best complementary technologies for our metrology systems, we have been seeking an effective technology that can help us fully automate and further enhance our measurement and inspection solutions. Kitov’s technology is an advanced and innovative solution that meets Mitutoyo’s high standards,” said Yoshiaki Numata, president of Mitutoyo.
Hanan Gino, CEO of Kitov, said, “The Kitov solution is already deployed by electronics, automotive and aerospace manufacturers in Europe, China, the U.S., Mexico and Israel. We are proud to team up with Mitutoyo and we are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce our unique technology to this industry. We value our strategic partnership with Mitutoyo, which will allow us to integrate our software platform into the most advanced manufacturing environments that are constantly seeking to achieve high quality control.”