We talked to Moonseong LEE of MAKERBOX about the automation of repetitive tasks and processes, and he had the following to say:-
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Moonseong LEE: We are returning to our daily routine while following the quarantine rules. Wearing a mask has also become the norm in many places.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded MAKERBOX.
Moonseong LEE: I majored in engineering, and after graduation, I got a job at a measuring instrument manufacturer.
I believed that the core in the era of the 4th industrial revolution is the convergence of technologies, which inspired me to establish a company to realize this.
Recruiting ‘crews’ to work with, I started my own company that’s based on engineering.
How does MAKERBOX innovate?
Moonseong LEE: The keyword is: automation. With the automation, repetitive tasks and processes can be automated, allowing humans to focus on the higher-level concerns.
We at MAKERBOX bring this into reality, and our clients (R&D centers, production facilities, etc.) are introducing the automation system to their processes.
Currently, based on this technology, the smart-factory and autonomous-driving simulation R&D is in progress. Leveraging on this technology, we are working on the research and development of the smart factory and autonomous-driving simulations.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Moonseong LEE: In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, many companies had to implement strict measures to prevent the spread of the infectious disease. As a result, the collaborations between companies were temporarily halted, and everyone had a hard time.
However, since the second half of last year, our partners and we have been improving our structure to stabilize the business ecosystem which was affected by the pandemic.
We are exerting maximum efficiency in work through the efforts to promote remote response, minimal offline meetings, and to eliminate unnecessary work.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Moonseong LEE: Many companies have gone through 2020 – the year that has not fully overcome the crisis. In particular, it was painful for us to have to watch our business partners go bankrupt.
The positive parts of startups would always be highlighted. But, going through these difficult times, I newly realized the importance of the invisible power to overcome crises.
In what industries is automated control measurement technology used?
Moonseong LEE: Automated control measurement technology can be applied to a wide range of industries.
The testing process for semiconductor products and abrasion test through repeated friction of vehicle seats are examples. In addition to these processes and tests carried out in the field, software automation such as data analysis via SILS in autonomous ADAS is also one of the domains where the technology can be applied.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Moonseong LEE: In most cases, competition and cooperation coexist. Appropriate role-sharing and technology-sharing with other companies promote the growth of all. When the roles and technologies are appropriately shared with other companies, it can promote growth for all.
I would rather say the more proficient in collaboration you are, the higher the probability of survival is.
Your final thoughts?
Moonseong LEE: The era is coming when the creation of a new value through convergence is essential. Convergence will be needed in all areas, including manufacturing, and you need to be prepared to adopt it.
We are committed to creating a healthy business ecosystem where the startups taking on challenges, companies managing to survive, and individuals overcoming crises can coexist.