Siemens | April 06, 2021
Siemens recently launched PCBflow, an innovative cloud-based software solution that connects the electronics design and manufacturing ecosystems. PCBflow enhances Siemens' XceleratorTM portfolio by offering a safe platform for printed circuit board (PCB) design teams to interact with a range of manufacturers, as well as by rapidly executing a variety of design-for-manufacturing (DFM) assessments in the context of each manufacturer's process capabilities, enabling customers to accelerate design-to-production handoff.
PCBflow, which is powered by the industry-leading ValorTM NPI software engine and executes over 1000 DFM checks, allows PCB design teams to quickly detect manufacturability violations. These violations are then sorted and prioritized depending on the seriousness of the violation, directing users through photographs and locations on the design for quick detection and prompt correction.
Siemens' first step toward online PCB assembly solutions that simplify the design-to-manufacturing handoff process is PCBflow. Siemens is the first company to deliver a marketplace featuring online, fully integrated DFM analysis technology, which can help refine projects, minimize front-end engineering cycles, and streamline designer/manufacturer interaction, with a leading role in the design-to-manufacturing flow.
PCBflow simplifies client onboarding procedures for suppliers and offers designers a comprehensive source of experience, which will streamline customer/manufacturer cooperation. Furthermore, since manufacturers' capabilities are exchanged electronically, lengthy phone calls and email communications can be minimized, allowing real-time customer contact to concentrate more on the tactical, high-value conversation.
PCBflow, as a software as a service (SaaS) technology, implements Siemens' software's strict security requirements, minimizing threats and defending intellectual property (IP) with no additional IT investment.
PCBflow is compatible with MendixTM, a low-code application development platform. To realize the benefits of digital transformation more efficiently, the platform enables the creation of multi-experience apps and the sharing of data from any location, on any device, on any server, or platform.
PCBflow was designed for ease of use and is accessible from almost any location, including smartphones and tablets. Additionally, PCBflow provides images, tool-tips, measurements, and exact positions of solderability errors and other PCB design violations to designers. For ease of sharing, reports are accessible online and in downloadable PDF format. PCBflow currently supports the ODB++TM language design file format, IPC 2581, with additional formats expected in 2021.
Cognitiwe | February 21, 2022
Cognitiwe, a new entry into the rapidly increasing artificial intelligence sector, minimizes food waste with their predictive vision AI technology.
"We will be able to instantly monitor the freshness of vegetables and fruits in supermarkets, As well as checking for freshness of produce, shelf stock, and planogram analysis, we are breathing new life into the retail sector with fraud detection.
-Cognitiwe Co-Founder Attila Algan
Additionally, our technology provides quality control and the detection of defective items in the manufacturing process. We also offer solutions for stock management, health, and safety monitoring, explained Algan, adding:We want to position ourselves as a global brand, delivering our retail and manufacturing sector-specific products, developed using advanced technology on our predictive visual AI platform. Headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia, Cognitiwe has offices in Istanbul and Milan.
Sustainability for Retail and Manufacturing
According to the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) 2021 Food Waste Index Report, the retail sector generated 13% of the 931 million tons of food waste generated globally in 2019. "We will soon be able to use AI to reveal the environmental footprint of the retail sector's food waste that we have been able to prevent," Algan told reporters, adding further, "and thanks to data from deep learning algorithms deployed on manufacturing production lines, we will achieve materials, time and energy savings that contribute to greater sustainability". GDPR-compliant devices from Cognitiwe may be incorporated into existing IP cameras without requiring any hardware expenditure. Additionally, because it is cloud-based, they do not require server investments.
Preventing financial losses in the retail and manufacturing sector
Cognitiwe Co-Founder Mete Bayrak notes to clients, "above all, by providing real time and predictive data, we help retail and manufacturing industries to reduce risks, prevent loss, and improve quality." Bayrak added that they had added a feature to the retail product that prevents financial losses caused by mis-scan or walk-off detection at supermarket checkouts and self-service payment points but did not elaborate on the fact that a 5G mobile solution for employee health and safety is also in the pilot phase.
Volkswagen Group, Tesla | September 07, 2020
Volkswagen Group is in a position to overtake Tesla in both electric vehicle production figures and software development, the automaker’s labor chief, Bernd Osterloh, said in an interview with a German news outlet.
“If Tesla sets up three factories where 300,000 to 500,000 cars can be produced, then we are talking about a number of units between 900,000 and 1.5 million. We want to achieve the same in 2023, probably even earlier,” Osterloh, who is head of the automaker’s works council, told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday.
VW’s modular electric-drive matrix platform, or MEB, gives the carmaker a “huge” advantage,” as it can build any vehicle of any brand on it, Osterloh said. Osterloh also said he expected an engineering task force called Artemis, set up under under Audi CEO Markus Duesmann, to help the group catch up with Tesla’s technological edge. The new Car Software Organization, where all of VW’s software operations are bundled, is a step in this direction, Osterloh told the newspaper.