PROCUREMENT & SUPPLY CHAIN
Prnewswire | April 06, 2023
Overhaul has partnered with MCA Connect to offer a comprehensive set of integrated capabilities spanning the value chain. Overhaul provides software-based, supply-chain visibility, risk, compliance, and insurance solutions for the world's leading brands. MCA Connect is a systems integrator and business consultancy that helps manufacturers succeed by unlocking innovation with actionable business insights.
Organizations can add these robust intelligence capabilities in a matter of weeks versus months. As a result, companies can make positive, tangible progress in gaining a holistic vision over their operations.
The combined capabilities are powered by both organizations' experts in supply chain, logistics, manufacturing, and data science. Overhaul's real-time visibility and 24/7/365 risk management system gives customers a control-tower view of operations, while MCA Connect's Inspire Platform optimizes data for analytics and spurs smarter decisions.
"We don't know what the next supply chain constraint will be, but we do know our customers will need detailed, immediate analyses at every step of the process to easily move past it. Partnering with MCA Connect ensures our customers can meet the demands of today and tomorrow," said David Warrick, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Division at Overhaul. "Our combined capabilities offer actionable insights that will help organizations better mitigate risk and make more informed decisions with the most up-to-date data. This partnership supports our mission to provide the most comprehensive, intelligent, and resilient supply chain platform on the market."
Overhaul enables organizations to increase visibility so they can better manage any shipment in real-time and alleviate the impact of uncertainty. Its hybrid model has seen unprecedented success: Overhaul currently has a 96% full truckload cargo theft recovery rate and an 80% loss ratio reduction compared to insurance industry benchmarks. It is expected to track more than $1 trillion in total moving cargo in 2023.
For more than 20 years, MCA Connect's seasoned experts have helped manufacturers reduce end-to-end lead times, eliminate waste and extra inventory, and improve profitability. MCA Connect Inspire Platform consolidates that data and best optimizes it for analytics, helping customers make better and more timely decisions.
"More than ever, supply chain organizations are acutely aware that time is money. One late shipment or lost or damaged container can mean tens of millions in work-in-progress inventory and lost sales," said Doug Bulla, Senior Vice President Solution Development at MCA Connect. "Together with Overhaul, we can help our mutual customers unlock the power of real-time insights, prediction, and automation from planning to procurement, production, fulfillment, and delivery to the end customer in a matter of weeks."
Overhaul and MCA Connect share a mutual relationship with Microsoft. Both were selected as launch partners for the Supply Chain Center and Supply Chain Platform to offer more customers their forward-thinking solutions and create more agile global supply chains — a testament to the organizations' robust knowledge. Overhaul and MCA Connect will continue to keep their mutual clients on the front foot.
Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Overhaul is the only device-agnostic supply chain visibility and risk management software company. As the global leader in in-transit supply chain risk management, Overhaul transforms real-time visibility into risk management, compliance, and insurance solutions for its partners. Its software-based approach offers high configurability and efficient time-to-value to supply-chain organizations without heavy tech. Overhaul is a trusted provider for Fortune 100 companies moving freight globally across industries, such as pharmaceutical and healthcare, technology, logistics, and food and beverage. Customers include Microsoft, Bristol Myers Squibb and many others.
About MCA Connect
Through passion and deep industry expertise, MCA Connect helps manufacturers succeed by unlocking innovation with actionable business insights. Our strategic solutions, innovation, and industry intelligence help manufacturers solve critical issues, modernize operations, and gain a competitive edge.
Businesswire | May 19, 2023
Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), the global market leader in autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), will feature the company’s latest safe, flexible and cost-effective AMRs as well as advancements in fleet management software and artificial intelligence (AI) at Automate 2023 in Detroit May 22-25. Attendees can see MiR’s full range of AMRs for automating internal logistics in manufacturing and warehouse environments, experience how its new MiR Insights optimizes fleets of robots and hear about the role AI plays (or will soon play) in unlocking the value of AMRs for any operation.
“Advancements in AMRs, from artificial intelligence to fleet management and data analysis capabilities, make the decision to automate or expand robot fleets to handle new applications easy while delivering increased efficiencies and faster ROI,” said Jane Heffner, director of sales, Americas. “Seeing our user-friendly and highly flexible robots in person—whether in limited motion at the booth or full out in the AMR Technology Demonstration booth—makes it clear how they can benefit nearly any organization. It’s what keeps our customers, especially some of the largest multinational enterprises worldwide, coming back for more AMRs to handle even more logistics applications within their facilities.”
AMRs and how MiR Insights help optimize fleets
In addition to AMRs at its booth (#4032), MiR will offer expanded demonstrations at the AMR Technology Demonstration Center (#450) May 22 from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and May 24 from 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Featured AMRs include the MiR250, capable of transporting materials up to 250 kg (551 pounds), along with the MIR600 and MiR1350, the first IP52-rated AMRs designed for transporting heavy materials through challenging manufacturing and logistic warehouse environments. As demonstrated, MiR’s AMRs navigate smoothly and safely among people and other transport equipment in dynamic environments, even on busy trade show floor. Sensors, 3D cameras and the latest laser scanning technology ensure 360-degree vision for precise and safe navigation and operations.
MiR will also feature, upon request, an in-depth video demonstration of the company’s newest software tools suite, MiR Insights, in operation at a customer facility. This cloud-based software tool enables fleet owners to track and analyze the operations of its robots and get actionable insights that can improve the robots’ performance. Key features include:
Data dashboards: Monitors key performance indicators (KPIs) such as distance driven, completed missions, and robot utilization rate.
Heatmaps: Tracks robot activity over both time and physical locations and visualizes areas with poor WiFi coverage and potential robot traffic bottlenecks.
Learn how artificial intelligence accelerates AMR deployments
With AI dominating the headlines, MiR chief architect, James Davidson, will share conference session on “AI for AMRs: A synergistic approach to unlocking the value of autonomous mobile robots for your operation.” Scheduled for Monday, May 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., in room 320 of the conference, Davidson will simplify the conversation around AI and zoom in specifically on the landscape of AMRs, highlighting how AI is (or soon will be) unlocking incremental value for a company’s operations.
“Adopting AMRs into wide-scale operations is still in its infancy, and artificial intelligence could well be the critical component needed to accelerate adoption worldwide,” Davidson said. “While AI has developed into somewhat of an abstract and confusing ‘buzzword’ across all industries, the potential is. massive and wide-reaching, and real-world use cases with AMRs already demonstrate the benefits AI can offer.”
Partners expand MiR AMR demonstrations across the show floor
In addition to robots in MiR’s booth and the AMR Technology Demonstration Center, partners will feature MiR AMRs as part of their automation solution. MiR AMRs can be found in the following booths:
Wauseon Machine (#4439)
Alliance Automation (#200)
GCG Automation (C&E)
(#5520) Rhino (#3752)
Motion AI (#1035)
Applied Automation (#4039)
About Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR)
MiR develops and manufactures one of the industry’s most advanced range of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), which can quickly, easily, and cost-effectively automate internal logistics and optimize material handling. MiR offers one of the most advanced fleets of mobile robots used by both large enterprises and small and medium customers in a range of industries from manufacturing to logistics to healthcare. Founded in Denmark in 2013, MiR has grown to become a global leader with nearly 220 distributors and certified system integrators in 60 countries. MiR was acquired by Teradyne in 2018, and in 2022, Teradyne combined AutoGuide Mobile Robots with MiR to deliver a broad AMR product line from low to heavy payload. MiR’s headquarters is in Odense, Denmark, with regional offices in Holbrook, NY, San Diego, CA, North Reading, MA, Georgetown, KY, Singapore, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai.
FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING
Globenewswire | June 01, 2023
Coherent Corp., a leader in advanced laser processing solutions, today introduced HIGHtactile, a new laser welding head with tactile seam-tracking technology ideal for electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing applications.
The growing demand for EVs is expanding applications for lasers in automotive manufacturing, spurring innovations in process automation and improvements in laser usability. Coherent introduced HIGHtactile, a laser processing head with a new patent-pending seam-tracking technology that is easily configurable to perform highly automated fillet welding and brazing.
“HIGHtactile is the culmination of twenty years of experience designing seam-tracking systems for welding and brazing, making it a truly unique product on the market,” said Dr. Karlheinz Gulden, Senior Vice President, Laser Components and Subsystems Business Unit. “Our laser processing heads have had great success in automotive manufacturing applications. Now, with the rapidly growing demand for electric vehicles, we are addressing a broad range of new opportunities in critical applications, such as fillet welds that enable battery trays to be stronger and stiffer while at the same time reducing weight.”
HIGHtactile is extremely user-friendly, thanks to its wide range of embedded sensors that streamline almost every functional aspect of the welding head. The sensors improve process learning and enable faster laser processing. HIGHtactile can be configured to maximize performance for specific applications such as brazing steel or welding aluminum and steel. Those processes are typically found in body-in-white applications such as trunk lid and roof top brazing. HIGHtactile can be used with a wide range of lasers, wire feeders, and process monitoring systems.
Coherent will exhibit at Laser World of Photonics, in Munich, Germany, June 27-30, stand B3.321; Laser Korea, in Seoul, July 5-7, stand 4101; and Laser World of Photonics China, in Shanghai, stand W2 2140, July 11-13. At these conferences, Coherent will showcase the most recent additions to its broad portfolio of differentiated solutions for materials processing.
Coherent empowers market innovators to define the future through breakthrough technologies, from materials to systems. We deliver innovations that resonate with our customers in diversified applications for the industrial, communications, electronics, and instrumentation markets. Headquartered in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, Coherent has research and development, manufacturing, sales, service, and distribution facilities worldwide.