Team Spotlight: Brent Landau

For our second Team Spotlight, we met with Brent Landau, iCobotics’ VP of Engineering. We covered everything from his favorite type of music to the most important lesson he’s learned in his career so far.  

We’ll start with some easy questions. What do you like to do in your free time? 

Work?  Ok, I’m partially kidding.  When I have free time, I like to watch trains, work in our woods and shoot firearms. 

Favorite movie?  

No question, The Blues Brothers! 

Favorite music genre?  

It’s changed over the years.  Honestly, I listen to a lot of stuff: blues, funk, classic rockand older country music. 

Now for the hard questions! What interests you most about the robotics industry? 

I would say the sheer number of applications that are ready for automation is what gets me excited.  I love solving problems with cool technology!  The robot, along with whatever end-of-arm tool you put on it, provides nearly endless options for improving manufacturing. The increasing accessibility of automation is encouraging individuals to make enhancements to applications beyond the typical high volume manufacturing applications you might associate with robotics. Ultimately, wherever your passion lies, be it material handling, assembly, dispensing, inspection, etc., there is most likely an opportunity for you to improve quality, safety, and cost using robotics. 

Where do you see the industry heading in the coming years?  

As the cost of automation continues to decrease and safety technology becomes easier to use, I believe there will be continued deployment of collaborative robots in both high mix/low volume manufacturing and non-manufacturing environments.  

Okay, last question! What is the most important lesson you've learned so far in your career?  

I’ve learned a lot of important lessons during my career. I think the most important is to not let artificial roadblocks stop you from dreaming about the next solution to a problem.  You have to recognize when things are good enough to move on, and when good enough just isn’t.  In other words, don’t let the desire for perfection diminish your returns. The fear of discomfort often masks the need to continuously improve. 

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