“Akeratos was born out of a manufacturer’s need to provide a more tailored integration package from a manufacturer’s perspective. Our experience started with manufacturing and not robotics, so we can appreciate the needs of someone new to automation and help them on their journey.”
David May began working in the aerospace manufacturing industry in 1997 and has enjoyed more than 25 years working in a manufacturing plant. Each day, the potential for problem-solving, process improvement and collaboration gives him continued energy in his work, and he is constantly excited to witness the production improvement.
Previously, David started his career as a parts expeditor at Cessna Aircraft before working his way into the strategic supply chain, where he had the opportunity to visit more than 250 different manufacturing plants across North America. This experience ignited an interest in the shop floor and small business, propelling him to join a privately held machine shop after 10 years at Cessna Aircraft. There, he helped grow the business from $12 million in revenue to a company of more than $40 million before eventually leaving to purchase Trinity Precision. There, he increased revenue by a factor of four in only five years through new technology, data systems, and process automation.
David later founded Akeratos in 2020 after his team observed the need to address several critical issues identified in integrating robotics into the manufacturing process. In his current role, David helps develop and support strategic direction for the company, assists customers in developing their automation strategy, and oversees the internal communication plan and deployment of the automation process. In his position, he has supported the development of the vision system used for inspection of close tolerance parts with little variation, a project that has eliminated all part marketing areas for part families with minimal variation between configurations.