Can Gen Z Save Manufacturing from the Silver Tsunami?

IndustryWeek | July 24, 2019

Can Gen Z Save Manufacturing from the Silver Tsunami?
It seems that the efforts, over the past few years, of manufacturing companies showing up in classrooms and in the guidance counselors offices touting the field as a good career choice, is paying off. A new study, 2019 L2L Manufacturing Index,  which examined the American public’s perceptions of U.S. manufacturing, found that adults in Generation Z those aged 18-22 are 19% more likely to have had a counselor, teacher or mentor suggest they look into manufacturing as a viable career option when compared to the general population. One-third 32% of Generation Z has had manufacturing suggested to them as a career option, as compared to only 18% of Millennials and 13% of the general population. Better still, the survey also found that Generation Z is intrigued by careers in manufacturing.

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Oliver Zipse, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production: “The innovative High-Voltage Battery Centre in Shenyang is an important step in the BMW Group’s electro-mobility strategy. It is the first battery factory of any premium automotive manufacturer in China and already the third in our production network, after Germany and the US. The BMW Group is integrating its battery factories into the existing international production network.

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Oliver Zipse, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production: “The innovative High-Voltage Battery Centre in Shenyang is an important step in the BMW Group’s electro-mobility strategy. It is the first battery factory of any premium automotive manufacturer in China and already the third in our production network, after Germany and the US. The BMW Group is integrating its battery factories into the existing international production network.

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Symbio Robotics Enters in Software Solution Landscape to Modernize Industrial Manufacturing

businesswire | February 24, 2021

Symbio Robotics has announced its official launch which is armed with $30M. Being a pioneer in the manufacturing industry as it combined artificial intelligence (AI) and industrial robotics, now its goal is to modernize industrial manufacturing. The company will be working on giving new life to existing industrial robots through the above-mentioned combination of technology Symbio’s strategy gives the introduction of SymbioDCS. It is an industrial robotics middleware and python programming framework. It thoroughly simplifies the programming of industrial robots to make them far more intelligent. SymbioDCS allows robot programmers to influence real-time sensor information and takes feedback from existing automation sensors. As a result of which, the well-programmed and managed industrial robots with SymbioDCS quickly learn and execute tasks. Those tasks increase efficiency, improve quality and reduce ergonomic hazards. At the same time, Symbio is currently working with Nissan Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation along with other major companies. ACME Capital made the recent investment in partnership with existing investors which includes Andreessen Horowitz, Eclipse Ventures, and The House Fund. At this event, Symbio CEO and co-founder mentioned that Symbio is doing the same for manufacturing in the same way that Windows did for DOS. Existing industrial manufacturing robots run proprietary programming languages. It makes them slow and cumbersome. Not only do these robots lack agility, they even lack the intelligence to make them do what they need to do. The technology is designed to fundamentally reframe these existing manufacturing pain points with the help of utilizing the best practices of AI and human-robot interaction. Furthermore, automotive manufacturing is transforming. This transformation is driven by demand for differentiated offerings that have much faster product life cycles. As per the International Federation of Robotics, the automotive industry remains the largest adopter of robots globally. The significant investments made with the need to adopt modern manufacturing methods will encourage new, quicker competition, and raise demand for being significantly faster in the future. Therefore, to meet this demand, industry incumbents are focused exclusively on the fully autonomous black box. But Symbio is focused on a different problem, which depicts building automation. This enables the best of human-machine collaboration. Its framework is supportive of the programmers that are already working in these environments. With these, Symbio is also designing the tools that will allow developers and domain experts to work in manufacturing and create high-end automation solutions. To bring new innovative solutions, they are building products that encourage AI strengths and human insight in a mutual way. Symbio’s focus is also on providing generalized solutions that facilitate companies to adopt AI as a core competency. This means that AI solutions will appear differently. It is because the matter is not just about creating automation. It is about creating and providing the tools that strengthen teams to design novel solutions using AI technology.

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Addman Develops Space Industry and Expertise in Refractory Metals Through Castheon Acquisition

ADDMAN Engineering | January 04, 2022

On January 4, ADDMAN Engineering announced the acquisition of Castheon Inc., a market leader in additive manufacturing technology for mission-critical space applications. Castheon is ADDMAN's third acquisition in the last ten months. Castheon, founded in 2016 by Dr. Youping Gao, is a pioneer in the development of additive manufacturing technologies and a leading manufacturer of metal additives for demanding end industries. The company has extensive expertise in metal printing and has developed technologies that can significantly increase the usage of hitherto difficult-to-create refractory metals. In addition, Castheon collaborates with firms developing next-generation spacecraft to design, manufacture, and print complicated components with rapid turnaround times. "This investment affirms ADDMAN's strategic proposition in space. We believe that the technologies created by Dr. Gao will revolutionize the additive manufacturing industry and transform thinking around component development for the end markets that Castheon serves. Dr. Gao's accomplishments represent the cutting-edge of additive manufacturing, especially in refractory metals applications and solutions for the space industry," -said Joe Calmese, ADDMAN CEO. Dr. Gao added, "Castheon has made breakthroughs in technology to print refractory metals, including demonstrating success in difficult applications such as reaction control system ("RCS") thrusters for spacecraft customers. Castheon's technology and know-how, combined with ADDMAN's scale and resources, will supercharge the next chapter of Castheon's growth. ADDMAN brings a national manufacturing and engineering footprint with over 300 employees, dozens of additive manufacturing machines, key quality certifications, and over 100 traditional subtractive machines to Castheon's customer base. "The ability to efficiently produce certain refractory metals via additive manufacturing is a breakthrough for customers who depend on high-temperature structural components." Castheon's offerings, which include solutions to print Niobium and other refractory metals, can transform the way additives serve advanced industries. AIP is fully committed to supporting the continued growth of the combined company. “Mr. Wilken added, "We welcome Dr. Gao to the ADDMAN team and look forward to delivering innovative solutions that enable our customers' success." -Kevin Wilken, Partner at AIP

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BISTel Unveils BISTelligence 2020 for Access to the Latest Smarter Manufacturing Solutions

BISTel | July 07, 2020

BISTel, the world leader in engineering equipment systems and AI applications for semiconductor smart manufacturing announced today that registration for BISTelligence 2020 is now open. BISTelligence 2020 is a virtual, year-round tradeshow room dedicated to providing manufacturers access to the latest AI, cloud and edge solutions for smarter manufacturing. With all of the world’s tradeshows cancelled in 2020 and uncertainty over their status for 2021, BISTel is providing this new platform as a forum to share the latest advances in AI for smart manufacturing with a steady stream of technical and business content that informs and engages engineering communities in the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, oil and gas manufacturing sectors throughout the year. BISTelligence 2020 opens on July 20, 2020.

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