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Mitutoyo invests in Israeli AI start-up

March 3, 2021

Kitov’s AI-equipped robot system for visual inspection, which was unveiled at an exhibition in Japan

Mitutoyo, a leading global company specializing in measuring instruments and metrological technology, headquartered in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, and Kitov, a developer and provider of automated smart visual inspection software solutions, headquartered in Petah Tikva, Israel, announced on February 2nd, 2021 the signing of a partnership agreement. The agreement 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 complete semantic understanding of the part or product under inspection including its 3D structure and components. This results in automated reliable and cost-effective visual inspection and measurement solutions that significantly improve quality control and reduce manufacturing costs.

“While constantly striving to identify the best complementary technologies for our leading metrology systems, we have been seeking for an effective technology that can help us to 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, Mitutoyo President.

Hanan Gino, the CEO of Kitov states: ” 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.”

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