MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

MicroAI FactoryTM Expands the Use of Edge-Native AI in Manufacturing for Real-Time Analysis and Increased Equipment Effectiveness

MicroAI FactoryTM | March 04, 2022

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On March 3, MicroAITM, the pioneer in edge-native artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) software, announced MicroAI Factory's General Availability (GA). Edge-native AI is used to get data from existing systems and sensors on the factory floor. This helps improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), real-time cycle time analysis, and predictive maintenance.

A MicroAI Factory is a locally deployed industrial computing device that ingests data from programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and sensors linked with machines or humans on a manufacturing or industrial site. It then employs an edge-native AI engine to automatically generate cycle time analyses and behavioral models that provide a wealth of information about how machines and humans operate. Thanks to this modeling, real-time analysis of performance, productivity, and uptime can be done. It can also detect operational irregularities and set up maintenance and alarms based on pre-set thresholds.

"MicroAI Factory improves overall equipment effectiveness for manufacturers by providing a holistic, real-time, cycle-time analysis of operations and providing advanced, early anomaly detection to predict potential failures and performance issues, Ultimately, the MicroAI Factory will transform equipment from human-managed to self-managed."

-Yasser Khan, CEO of MicroAI.

Philippe Cases, CEO of Topio Networks, a leading industry catalyst tracking Industry 4.0 and the hyperconnected world, said: In addition to innovating with AI on the shop floor, MicroAI doesn’t create any additional work to maintain the application on-site, thereby significantly lowering the cost of ownership for predictive maintenance applications." MicroAI is the first hassle-free manufacturing software company. 

A MicroAI Factory is placed at the edge of the factory or industrial facility in a small-form-factor computing appliance coupled to PLCs and sensor systems. The data is processed, analyzed, and stored entirely on-site, removing the concerns about data security and connection reliability that come with cloud computing.

A single point of command and control is given for operation management. Dashboards can be viewed within the facility through a local area network (LAN) or remotely via the internet. Servers can be networked across several sites to share information without revealing sensitive data. MicroAI Factory can be used as a stand-alone solution in a single facility or across many locations that work independently but share insights and keep data integrity at each location.

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Additive manufacturing, or ‘AM’, is also known as 3D printing. Lockheed Martin is collaborating with Sintavia to expand research of metal additive manufacturing. AM has the capability to improve efficiencies in existing castings and forgings supply chains, and provide parts with a higher level of detail and greater design opportunities.

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Additive manufacturing, or ‘AM’, is also known as 3D printing. Lockheed Martin is collaborating with Sintavia to expand research of metal additive manufacturing. AM has the capability to improve efficiencies in existing castings and forgings supply chains, and provide parts with a higher level of detail and greater design opportunities.

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MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

CESMII, Amatrol Introduce Smart Manufacturing Learning System

Amatrol | November 16, 2022

To satisfy the growing demand for hands-on learning in Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies, CESMII, the Smart Manufacturing Institute, has partnered with Amatrol to offer the Smart Manufacturing Learning System (990-SM10). This self-contained workstation combines hardware, industrial software, and in-depth exercises to educate learners at all levels of expertise in smart manufacturing methodologies. Additional partners contributing to this important initiative include the OPC Foundation, Microsoft, Rockwell Automation, and Phoenix Contact. "Today's manufacturing professionals need hands-on training and exercises for implementing the latest data capture and cloud analytics solutions to digitally enable small- and medium-size manufacturers to make decisions in real-time, This system accelerates the hands-on learning curve for professionals, regardless of their skills and background, teaching them to envision, develop, and sustain practical solutions using real-world, best-in-class methodologies." -Conrad Leiva Vice President of Ecosystem & Workforce Development, CESMII. The Smart Manufacturing Learning System (SMLS) is designed to create an ideal, portable, standardized training environment for equipping all types of manufacturing stakeholders with the practical, hands-on skills they need to begin or advance their smart manufacturing journey. It is designed to facilitate training for low-cost, entry-level smart manufacturing practitioners, as well as the most advanced, modern OT/IT design and implementation architectures and approaches. "Amatrol is excited to now offer a workstation that focuses on Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 capabilities, Partnering with CESMII is an important step in training the next generation Smart Factory and Automation technicians." -Paul Perkins President, Amatrol. The SMLS™ doesn't just stop with the hardware itself. As part of CESMII's workforce development initiatives, the workstations will be accompanied by optional training curriculum geared to connect the link between smart manufacturing and better business practices, delivering the training through the lens of relevant manufacturing experiences. This is an important element of CESMII's education and training strategy, which, in partnership with SME will enable holistic, broad-based education for students and manufacturers of all sizes and types. Among other roles, this SMLS is aimed at the 'citizen technologist' who may not have prior knowledge of automation or IT systems, said CESMII CEO, John Dyck. This will enable us, together with our partners at the National MEP Network to equip the thousands of small and mid-sized manufacturing practitioners across the country, inspiring them to engage in an affordable and sustainable smart manufacturing journey. About CESMII: CESMII – the Smart Manufacturing Institute – is a public/private partnership committed to transforming the U.S. manufacturing market. Its mission is to enhance U.S. manufacturing productivity, global competitiveness, and reinvestment by increasing energy productivity, improving economic performance and raising workforce capacity. About Amatrol: Amatrol creates innovative, interactive technical learning solutions for industry and education to equip technicians and operators with the skills they need to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing workplace. Our passion has led us to the forefront of the Technical Education market in both hands-on, skill-building educational labs and highly detailed and expansive curriculum. Our technical learning systems are utilized by many types of organizations, including community colleges, industry training centers, high schools, universities, apprenticeship training centers, and vocational training and education centers.

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MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

iBASEt Expands Collaboration with Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

iBASEt | January 11, 2023

iBASEt, a company that simplifies manufacturing and maintenance of complicated products for its clients, recently announced an expansion of its collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) by becoming a Tier 1 MTC member. iBASEt will make its Solumina iSeries-powered Digital Operations Suite available to MTC members and researchers of its National Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. The cloud-native solution will assist UK manufacturers in developing, collaborating, and speeding up the transition to a fully digital operations system strategy. During an Industrial Transformation Roundtable, this expanded partnership was declared at the MTC in Coventry. The panelists examined how the UK's manufacturing industry can collaborate to advance digitalization, boost productivity, and address sustainability. "UK manufacturing needs to collaborate to compete. Our expanded partnership with iBASEt provides the digital tools required to bring everything together. We all want to complete the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' and move to digital, but it's worth remembering the first industrial revolution didn't happen in a day," said Professor Ken Young, Technology Director, MTC. He further stated, "We need to work together to digitise and optimise entire supply chains before UK manufacturing can truly reap the rewards." (Source- PRNewswire) About iBASEt iBASEt software simplifies how complex products are developed and maintained. Since 1986, Southern California-based iBASEt has provided digital continuity for manufacturing, quality, maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations. The company’s customers of the company include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney, and Textron. Its solutions are paperless, digitally integrated solutions that replace disparate production, quality, and MRO applications. iBASEt Digital Operations Suite synchronizes data and processes across business systems for internal and external teams to promote cooperation. From process and inspection to shop floor planning and execution, iBASEt's proven, pre-configured, and out-of-the-box solutions provide real-time visibility and control that accelerates manufacturing performance.

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ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION

Micropsi Industries’ AI Software MIRAI Now Compatible with FANUC Robots, Enabling Increasingly Flexible Automation

FANUC America | December 01, 2022

Micropsi Industries today announced that its artificial intelligence (AI)-based software MIRAI is now compatible with numerous robots produced by FANUC, a leading supplier of robotics and factory automation in Japan, and its U.S. subsidiary FANUC America. With MIRAI, FANUC customers can now add valuable hand-eye coordination to multiple FANUC industrial and collaborative robots (cobots) to handle difficult-to-automate functions such as cable plugging and assembly. Using AI, the MIRAI controller generates robot movements directly and in real-time. Robot skills are trained, not programmed, in a few days through human demonstration, without requiring knowledge of programming or AI. To train a robot, a human repeatedly demonstrates a task by manually guiding the robot by the robot’s wrist. The recorded movements are then transformed into a skill. “MIRAI is a game changer, For the last 20 years I’ve heard companies ask for this kind of dynamic path augmentation technology repeatedly, so seeing it work is really amazing. What’s even more amazing is how affordable it is to add this kind of automation-enabling technology to any of our robots or collaborative cobots. I’ve already showed this technology to large and small manufacturers that are asking us to implement flexible robot automation faster, and unanimously, they are very interested in implementing MIRAI.” -Jerry Perez, executive director of global accounts, FANUC America. That’s because while robots can work tirelessly and precisely with high repeatability, they are limited in their ability to perform complex motorized processes. The required hand-eye coordination is just not present in a robot. If the robot falters due to variances or deviations, employees must intervene, and are sometimes burdened with unergonomic tasks. This inhibits the performance of manufacturing companies who are already struggling with the prevailing shortage of skilled workers. Cable plugging, which can now be automated quickly and intelligently is just one example of MIRAI's further automation potential. Micropsi Industries plans additional automation projects that will expand the range of applications for FANUC’s industrial robots. The medium- and long-term goal: to revolutionize industrial work from the ground up. "Cable plugging applications such as flat ribbon cables for the electronics industry or industrial automotive connectors typically require a high degree of flexibility to accommodate shape instability, making it a difficult task for any robot. MIRAI makes this type of application possible, Grabbing a flexible part, guiding it and placing it accurately into a socket may be a trivial task for humans, but it has been basically impossible to complete for industrial robots.Micropsi Industries working with FANUC’s robots will break new ground by making automation possible where it has never been before, In this strategic relationship, our MIRAI intelligent controller meets the world's largest portfolio of industrial robots. Together, we are tapping into the nearly unlimited possibilities of task-specific machine learning for robotics. In doing so, we are making it accessible to even more industries and users, ensuring greater flexibility under real production conditions." -Prof. Dominik Bösl, chief technology officer, Micropsi Industries. About Micropsi Industries: Micropsi Industries provides artificial intelligence-based software for industrial and collaborative robots (cobots). MIRAI, its flagship product, allows these robotic arms to be controlled in real time, in direct response to sensor information. This is made possible by AI that enables the robots to learn from humans and deal with variances so they can more easily and cost-effectively operate in dynamic environments. With offices in Berlin, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Micropsi Industries is working to make task-specific machine learning a reality in industrial automation. The company’s vision is to reliably automate work processes while reducing the effort required.

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