The Team

Shawn Lange

President + Founder

Dr. Krishna Rao

Chief Technology Officer 

Bill Muise

VP of Sales and Client Engagement

Jonathan Wyatt

Operations Manager

Bret Sylvester

Western Sales Manager

Hogan Hempy

Engineering Manager

Bob Thompson

NPI Manager

Dr. Li Gao

Sr. Staff Engineer - AI & ML

Peter Ishiguro

Sr. Systems Engineer

Elaine Chesoni

Software Engineer

Refugio Gonzalez

NPI Engineer

Alex Becerra

Field Ops Specialist

Samuel Tanaka

Sr. Mechatronics Engineer

Dan Mcguinness

Engineering Technician 

John Paul Norman

Mechatronic Engineer

Cory Lent

Controls Engineer

Malonda McElwee

Mechanical Engineer

Danny Bautista

VP of Operations

 

Better together. Part of the Middleby

family of companies.

Since 2011, L2F has helped companies innovate and bring new ideas from the lab to full-scale fabrication (Lab2Fab™). Our clients have been acquired by major multi-nationals, received tens of millions in VC financing, and launched disruptive technologies in their markets.

 

We now bring our skillset, with laser focus, to the number one food equipment manufacturer in the world, The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD). 

Middleby's large network of foodservice equipment companies, and their track record for constant innovation makes them a perfect match for our vision and values.

Respect, grace, and grit enabled us to put rockets in the sky, robots in kitchens, and electric vehicles on the road. We're thrilled to help position the world’s leader in industrial kitchen appliances at the cutting edge of food service automation.

Our Advisors

Dr. Christopher Kitts

Associate Dean, School of Engineering, SCU

Marc Van Den Berg

General Partner,  DBL Partners

 

2012

In their infancy, LuxVue contacted L2F for help developing an automated work-cell for their proprietary micro-LED screen technology.

Two years later, Apple bought LuxVue and has been on a patent rush for micro-LED technology ever since.

L2F's History

 

2013

Cogenra Solar was a stealth solar start-up struggling to reduce production costs for their proprietary solar cell design. After extensive analysis, L2F helped them create the world’s fastest and most accurate pick-and-place robotic system.

Within two years of L2F finalizing their automated production line, Cogenra Solar was acquired by SunPower, a global leader in the photovoltaic industry.

 

Zee.Aero is now Kittyhawk, backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, and released the world’s first vertical take-off and landing electric taxis in New Zealand.

2014

Zee.Aero had just finished building their first prototypes. Assembly was by hand, laborious, and prone to issues.

L2F developed a custom robotic system for rapid prototyping and a path forward to automated manufacturing.

 

2015

Elon Musk believes fences in factories are ugly and impede progress. L2F designed Tesla’s first collaborative robot system – a work cell where humans and machines interact without slowing down production.

Using laser scanners and machine intelligence, L2F produced a fence-less work cell enabling humans to continue working inside vehicles without robot interference.

 

In 2018, L2F was the first to deliver a robotic system smart and accurate enough to handle the task. L2F halved the time it took a certified aircraft technician more than 24 hours of painful labor to complete.

2016

SpaceX approached L2F to increase throughput. L2F decided to tackle an industry issue identified by NASA in a 1993 white paper, but left unsolved for more than two decades.

 

2017

Zume Pizza approached L2F to apply their knowledge of robotic manufacturing to pizza. Three months later, after beating ABB’s fastest-ever sprint from concept to production by eight months, Zume was selling pizza made by robots.

Emboldened with a robotic production line with yields and throughput much higher than restaurant industry standards, Zume was able to raise $48M in a late 2017 financing round.

 

2018

Less than a year after being acquired by Middleby, the world's largest kitchen appliance manufacturer, L2F took over the Skyflo product and began reinvigorating it with IoT connectivity advanced analytics backed by artificial intelligence. 

Powered by the intelligence of servR, Skyflo has increased speed-of-service by 30% at major stadiums & entertainment centers, while decreasing COGS by 10% and post-event reporting time by 80%.

 

2019

L2F released an innovation to the food industry with the introduction of CORI, a conveyor oven robotic interface. 

Reception at the National Restaurant Association was off the charts, and multiple clients are currently designing L2F Kitchen Automation into solutions that will be released in 2020. 

 
 

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