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Stout Industrial Technology Hires Brent Shedd as Chief Executive Officer

Stout Industrial Technology Hires Brent Shedd as Chief Executive Officer

Stout Industrial Technology Hires Brent Shedd as Chief Executive Officer

SALINAS, CA (December 3, 2021)

Adding to their roster of technology and industry experts, Stout Industrial Technology announced today that Brent Shedd has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the industrial solutions and artificial intelligence company. A serial founder and CEO of startups in the AI and autonomous vehicle industries, Shedd will work alongside the Stout team on both product and market expansion.

“No market has a greater need for automation today than agriculture,” said Shedd. “This is about our collective survival. We add more people to the planet every year and our food supply must keep up. The same labor shortages and workforce instability exists in agriculture as in other industries, but this is one industry that can’t afford to fail.”

Before joining Stout, Shedd served as the CEO for Zing Robotics, developing electric, autonomous vehicles for the aviation industry. Prior to that, he founded several artificial intelligence startups and will be leveraging his experience in electrification, autonomy, machine vision and AI in his role at Stout, with a focus on helping the company commercialize the Stout Smart Cultivator and develop additional solutions for sustainable farming productivity.

“Brent’s experience with machine vision, sensor fusion and AI in general is a huge differentiator in my opinion,” said Steven Snyder, Stout’s Chief Technologist. “He’s really plugged into the latest developments and has great relationships with leaders in the space that may become strategic partners for us.”

“Brent’s background in autonomy and AI make him the perfect leader to take Stout Industrial Technology forward. His passion for using technology to improve sustainability, productivity and working conditions in labor-intensive businesses is a perfect match with the solutions we’re developing for growers,” said Jeff Antle, Stout’s Chief Product Officer.

“I’m excited to work with this team and incredibly impressed with what they’ve accomplished,” says Shedd. “Together, we’re going to fundamentally change the dynamics of farming.”

Shedd obtained his Bachelor of Science in International Business from California State University, Chico, and his MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).

Brent Shedd

Chief Executive Officer of Stout Industrial Technology

Inventory & Replenishment Specialist

Inventory & Replenishment Specialist

Our Company:

At Stout we design, manufacture, and build machines for the agriculture industry. Our machines integrate artificial intelligence, machine vision and deep learning into smart agricultural tools.

Location: Salinas, CA

The Role:  In this role, you will manage and track inventory and replenish as needed, with the ability to forecast orders. You will work directly with out lead engineer. You should possess the ability to adapt and work in a unique environment. Stout is able to train and support the right and willing candidate.  

Areas of Responsibility: 

  • Order parts as needed
  • Ability to forecast orders
  • Maintain regularly used parts in stock
  • Inventory parts on a scheduled basis
  • Turn in inventory reports to accounting on a scheduled basis
  • Ensure all prices on all parts and or equipment is updated
  • Maintain a clean work environment
  • Receive, inspect and store all incoming orders/parts
  • Operate standard office equipment; including personal computers, iPads and other software
  • Prepare all company shipments
  • Maintain automated supply system for accounting of organizational and installation supplies and equipment
  • Pull parts as needed for shop technicians
  • Other administrative duties as assigned by department lead and or manager

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Agricultural knowledge preferred
  • Some experience preferred
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the ability to communicate effectively and respond to questions, including over the phone, email and in person.
  • Must have strong written, verbal interpersonal and cross-cultural skills to communicate and work with employees, team-members, supervisor, and management.

Ideal candidate:

  • Promotes a positive Company image
  • Must be able to maintain and abide by confidentiality.
  • Must be honest, trustworthy, and respectful.
  • Must be a team player with a can-do attitude and ability to collaborate effectively.
  • Must work well with minimal supervision, take initiative, be a self-starter, have a sense of urgency and be process driven.
  • Must prioritize workload, track, and follow-up with pending matters.
  • Must be able to work independently and in a team environment, have strong analytical and organizational skills and great attention to detail.
  • Must be self-motivated with a positive attitude

Apply Here: 

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  • Max. file size: 64 MB.

Lead DevOps Engineer

Lead DevOps Engineer

Our Company:

At Stout we design, manufacture, and build machines for the agriculture industry. Our machines integrate artificial intelligence, machine vision and deep learning into smart agricultural tools.

Location: Salinas, CA

The Role:  A multifunctional role in an exciting ag-tech company. The primary responsibility of the Lead DevOps Engineer is to develop and maintain data pipelines and infrastructure for data analytics applications, edge AI software, and provisioning new systems. You will utilize the Tools, platforms, and programming languages that are currently used at Stout, which include: SaltStack, Elastic, GitLab CI, Python, C/C++, and Javascript, with deployments on Azure, AWS, and mobile embedded systems.

Areas of Responsibility: 

  • Develop and maintain SaltStack configuration and YAML state files to configure and deploy applications and updates to cloud, on-prem, and mobile minions
  • Develop and maintain continuous integration and deployment pipelines in GitLab CI
  • Develop and maintain utilities for automated provisioning of new computer hardware in assembly line manufacturing
  • Configure local and cloud computing hardware to support computational and data storage needs
  • Maintain clear documentation to facilitate collaboration, troubleshooting, and future development

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science or equivalent in experience and evidence of exceptional ability
  • 3+ years DevOps experience in a production environment
  • Expert with Docker and at least one CI/CD tool
  • Expert with Python
  • Ability to communicate effectively and respond to questions, including over the phone, email and in person.
  • Must have strong written, verbal interpersonal and cross-cultural skills to communicate and work with employees, team-members, supervisor, and management

Ideal Candidate:

  • Promotes a positive Company image
  • Must be able to maintain and abide by confidentiality.
  • Must be honest, trustworthy, and respectful.
  • Must be a team player with a can-do attitude and ability to collaborate effectively.
  • Must work well with minimal supervision, take initiative, be a self-starter, have a sense of urgency and be process driven.
  • Must prioritize workload, track, and follow-up with pending matters.
  • Must be able to work independently and in a team environment, have strong analytical and organizational skills and great attention to detail.
  • Must be self-motivated with a positive attitude

Apply Here: 

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  • Max. file size: 64 MB.

Full Stack Software Developer

Full Stack Software Developer

Full Stack Software Developer

 

 

Job Description:

At Stout we design, manufacture, and build machines for the agriculture industry. Our machines integrate artificial intelligence, machine vision and deep learning into smart agricultural tools.

We have in immediate opening for a Full Stack Software Developer.

This opportunity is a multifunctional role in an exciting ag-tech company. The primary responsibility of the Full Stack Software Developer is to develop and maintain software solutions for image labeling, data analytics, data organization, and machine learning pipelines.

Tools, platforms, and programming languages used at Stout include: C, C++, Python, Javascript, Node, React, Redux, OpenCV, GStreamer, Linux, Windows, Gitlab, JIRA, Confluence, Docker, ARM, Intel, NVIDIA, AWS, Azure

 

The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop software for image labeling, data organization, and data analytics
  • Configure local and cloud computing hardware to support computational and data storage needs
  • Support deployed production systems by implementing performance improvements and new functionality
  • Follow best practices for software development including test automation, bug tracking, code reviews, post-deployment support, and updates
  • Participate in end-to-end software development from design through implementation, deployment, and maintenance
  • Write clean, functional code on the front end and back end
  • Write unit and integration tests
  • Troubleshoot and debug software
  • Maintain clear documentation to facilitate collaboration, troubleshooting, and future development
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

 

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • BS in Computer Science or related field
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience in a full-stack development role
  • Experience with user interface and interaction design
  • Experience using Javascript and Python in a production environment
  • Familiarity with databases (e.g. MySQL, MongoDB)
  • Experience with web servers (e.g. Apache, NGINX)
  • Experience with version control systems, continuous integration, and automated testing
  • Familiarity at least one cloud computing platform (e.g. Azure, AWS)
  • Ability to collaborate with development partners and end-users to design workflows
  • Ability to diagnose and fix problems quickly
  • Ability to communicate well with others in written and verbal forms
  • Understanding of smart ag equipment is a plus

 

Language and Communication Skills

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the ability to communicate effectively and respond to questions, including over the phone, email and in person. Must have strong written, verbal interpersonal and cross-cultural skills to communicate and work with employees, team-members, supervisor, and management.

 

Other Skills and Attributes

  • Promotes a positive Company image and supports the Manufacturing efforts.
  • Must be able to maintain and abide by confidentiality.
  • Must be honest, trustworthy, and respectful.
  • Must be a team player with a can-do attitude and ability to collaborate effectively.
  • Must work well with minimal supervision, take initiative, be a self-starter, have a sense of urgency and be process driven.
  • Must prioritize workload, track, and follow-up with pending matters.
  • Must be able to work independently and in a team environment, have strong analytical and organizational skills and great attention to detail.
  • Must be self-motivated with a positive attitude

 

Compensation/Salary:

  • Varies by experience

 

 

Apply Here: 

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  • Max. file size: 64 MB.

Innovative Smart Cultivator Knows Weeds From Crops

Innovative Smart Cultivator Knows Weeds From Crops

Not too long ago, the idea of a machine cultivator that could tell the difference between the weeds and the crop would have seemed impossible. However, now it’s not only possible — it’s available. An innovative new automated machine developed by Stout Industrial Technology, the Smart Cultivator, can now eliminate weeds and cultivate ground in a single pass – with just one tractor and driver. With the critical labor shortages in the agriculture industry, it comes not a moment too soon.

The Smart Cultivator uses a cutting-edge artificial intelligence vision system, called Stout True Vision, to differentiate between the crop and weeds. A significant benefit Stout True Vision has over traditional machine vision is it automatically adjusts for lighting conditions, soil color, and plant sizes. To train it to recognize a crop — romaine lettuce, broccoli or iceberg, for example, thousands of images were labeled and uploaded so the machine could “learn” dozens of characteristics such as the color, leaf edges and shape and crown structure. Armed with that knowledge in the field, Smart Cultivator looks specifically for the commodity being grown and knows anything else should not be there.

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The blades open and close around the plants and remove any weeds sur-rounding them as it moves down the rows. The cultivating and weeding blades, along with the row width and height, are all easily adjustable. The Smart Cultivator processes fields at one to two acres per hour.

“With the ability to reduce both labor needs and chemical inputs at the same time, early adopters of the Smart Cultivator have found that there is an immediate financial benefit,” says Steven Snyder, Chief Technologist at Stout Industrial Technology. “It’s a great fit for both organic and conventional growers.”

 

A Machine That Keeps Learning

Currently, Smart Cultivator has the ability to work in fields of leafy greens such as romaine, iceberg and red-leaf lettuce, and brassicas. New crops are continually being added, Snyder says. Tomatoes and melons are coming soon.

“If a grower contacts us about a specific crop, we have a system in place that allows us to very quickly get the images we need to train our system to work on a new commodity,” he says.

 

Rugged Construction Designed for Field Conditions

The Smart Cultivator has cutting-edge technology, but it is designed with the user in mind. It has a user-friendly, touch-screen interface, precision seed line tracking for tight machine-to-plant spacing, automatic blade depth control and more. The Smart Cultivator requires only a 1,000 RPM PTO and three-point hitch, with no electrical or hydraulic connection to the tractor needed.
It is also designed with field conditions in mind, Snyder says. The Smart Cultivator works on any soil type and has automatic bed pressure and height control systems, which adapt to different soils – even rocky ones.

“We wanted something that would be easy to use and extremely durable, because we know it’s really hard for businesses to integrate new technologies into their operations,” Snyder says. “It’s made of heavy steel, with shock absorbers, and all the electronics and wiring are completely sealed and waterproof. You can pressure wash it; it doesn’t need special handling. Growers who are already using it say it’s reliable, it works, and it’s easy to use,” Snyder says.