PROCUREMENT & SUPPLY CHAIN,OPERATIONS
Inspectorio | November 24, 2022
Inspectorio, the leading cloud-based AI-powered SaaS solution for supply chain organizations, today announced the release of new features to extend the capabilities of its Inspectorio Sight quality management platform. Inspectorio Sight now includes added support for fabric inspections and production-line quality checks throughout the manufacturing process. By adding digitized quality checks further upstream in the supply chain, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, and brands can detect and correct production issues earlier, reducing waste and saving time and money.
Inspectorio offers several capabilities including digitized inspections across the supply chain to eliminate manual inspection tasks and provide real-time visibility into the production process to highlight high-risk areas. The new features allow Inspectorio Sight to provide quality control data at multiple points in production and give decision-makers using Inspectorio Sight an end-to-end perspective of production quality.
"As manufacturers and buyers look for new ways to automate their operations, production becomes more data-driven, We developed Inspectorio Sight to automate manual inspections and reveal quality issues using real-time data, ultimately bringing visibility to the quality processes which in the past were not visible at all. With the additional inspection features we're announcing today, we have moved automated inspections upstream. We are closing the loop on quality assurance and delivering data for better fabric quality control from raw material to finished goods. The addition of Inspectorio Fabric Inspections and Production Line Quality Checks moves Inspectorio and the industry towards a holistic quality management solution. Our new offerings enable end-to-end quality performance management from the fabric inspection to the finished goods. Manufacturers, retailers, and brands can now have a holistic understanding of quality performance across their suppliers and factory partners."
-Carlos Moncayo, CEO of Inspectorio.
Inspectorio has added improved quality oversight to two new areas of production:
Fabric inspections, including:
Configurable inspection workflows, purpose built for fabrics.
Centralized inspection scheduling and status tracking.
Executing inspections at the roll level.
Fabric inspection monitoring and reporting.
Analytics on fabric quality and supplier performance for decision-making.
Production line quality checks, including:
Monitoring quality during production to correct defects early and continually improve performance.
Configurable production line quality check standards, so inspectors know what to look for.
The ability to create item inspections from the factory floor using mobile devices.
Immediate uploading of reports to be shared with stakeholders.
Recording data on each shift, assembly line, and production date to identify assembly line performance.
Inspectorio Sight automates and standardizes quality inspections and simplifies data gathering and analysis. Real-time information improves communication between stakeholders, enabling preemptive corrections. Inspection reports are generated in seconds using real-time data. Inspectorio Sight also uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to analyze data sets and mitigate risk.
Inspectorio Sight customers report a range of operational benefits, including:
70% time savings on quality control activities.
85% increase in quality team productivity.
94% improvement in inspection pass rate.
Inspectorio leads the transformation of the global production chain by building an interconnected, empowered, and sustainable production network. Inspectorio helps brands, retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers manage risk through digitized quality, compliance and production tracking modules, and is used by over 8,000 customers globally, including some of the world's largest brands and retailers. Inspectorio offers Inspectorio Sight for quality management, Inspectorio Rise for compliance management, and Inspectorio Tracking to facilitate improved production tracking. In November 2022, Inspectorio launched Inspectorio DocuFlow, a document management system built for supply chains. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Inspectorio has over 280 employees across the globe.
Innodisk | November 24, 2022
Innodisk, a leading global provider of industrial-grade flash storage, DRAM memory and embedded peripherals, has announced its latest step into the AI market, with the launch of EXMU-X261, an FPGA Machine Vision Platform. Powered by AMD's Xilinx Kria K26 SOM, which was designed to enable smart city and smart factory applications, Innodisk's FPGA Machine Vision Platform is set to lead the way for industrial system integrators looking to develop machine vision applications.
Automated defect inspection, a key machine vision application, is an essential technology in modern manufacturing. Automated visual inspection guarantees that the product works as expected and meets specifications. In these cases, it is vital that a fast and highly accurate inspection system is used. Without AI, operators must manually inspect each product, taking an average of three seconds per item. Now, with the help of AI solutions such as Innodisk's FPGA Machine Vision Platform, product inspection in factories can be automated, and the end result is not only faster and cheaper, but can be completely free of human error.
Innodisk's FPGA Machine Vision Platform comes with 1GbE LAN, 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, 2 M.2 slots, and a series of other expansion and connectivity options. Thanks to the platform's 0° to 70 °C operational temperature support, and optional industrial temperature support from -40° to +85°C, EXMU-X261 is tough enough for the harshest of industrial environments. In addition, EXMU-X261 features support for Innodisk's InnoAgent out-of-band remote management module, allowing the platform to be remotely managed from anywhere, even during a system crash or an in-band network failure. This is important for any automated system, as it allows for it to be completely unmanned, which further reduces manpower and maintenance costs.
Customers can take advantage of AMD's Xilinx Kria K26 SOM's ability to quickly get applications to market thanks to EXMU-X261's full support for Innodisk's AI Suite SDK. The suite includes an FPGA Model Zoo, as well as Innodisk's in-house software solutions, such as iCAP (Innodisk Cloud Administration Platform), and iVIT (Innodisk Vision Intelligence Toolkit). iVIT for example, provides a deep learning environment for efficient development and deployment of "no-code-operation" solutions.
Rosotics | November 23, 2022
Rosotics, innovators in additive manufacturing, today announced $750,000 in pre-seed funding led by Draper Associates. The company's hyper-efficient, proprietary 3D printing process, Rapid Induction Printing™, requires significantly less energy and fewer material resources than current methods to produce a high-quality product, while also allowing for much larger prints than have ever been possible before. This round of funding also featured participation from Correlation Ventures, Vibe Capital, and Sequoia Capital, bringing significant aerospace heritage and deep-tech experience to the mission. Rosotics is currently working with the aerospace industry as it rolls out its technology.
"We hold the belief that the most natural and effective way to 3D print metal involves induction. Many metals conduct electricity and we can use that to our advantage, instead of adding incredibly inefficient and even dangerous hardware into the loop. Since our approach does away with the laser, we can even widen the nozzle and put down more material per hour."
-Christian LaRosa Founder and CEO, a former aerospace engineer.
Rosotics' proprietary printing system, called 'Mantis,' is designed to fold up like origami, allowing it to be easily packed and transported. Inspired by nature, Mantis gets its name from the insect world, with arms that unfold and stretch, allowing for larger 3D prints than ever before. When
fully deployed it can print items larger than any other 3D printer to date. In fact, Mantis (Generation 1) will be capable of printing from 1.5m (5') up to 8m (26') in diameter, and up to 9m (30') in height in aerospace-grade aluminum and steel. The system is purpose built for the materialization of large-scale 3D printing across a wide range of applications, including on-site manufacturing.
"Additive manufacturing has been with us in the mainstream for well over a decade and has revolutionized the manufacture of metallic complex parts like those found in rocket engines, The physical scale of such parts, however, has been limited to well under a meter and this new technology is needed to extend this revolutionary manufacturing technique to much larger structures. Rosotics is doing just that. Their new approach to additive manufacturing combines robotics and 3D-style printing into one unit that in essence has no scale limitations. This capability, in the long run, will revolutionize the manufacturing of metallic structures in ways that we cannot even imagine today. Rosotics is building the future of manufacturing right in my Arizona backyard and I am very proud to be advising them, and to use their capabilities in my aerospace and automotive enterprises."
-Jim Cantrell, Co-Founder of SpaceX, Phantom Space.
Rosotics is tackling the monumental task of revolutionizing metal additive manufacturing in a set of pristine hangars at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa, Arizona. The facility, which is fit for advanced rocket manufacturing, sits in the heart of a community of aerospace innovation, including giants like Boeing and Virgin Galactic, the latter having recently chosen to build its next-generation spacecraft SpaceShip III nearby.
The beautiful thing is that although we are starting in aerospace, our vision is that we will soon be able to create some part of everything. Mantis is just the beginning, and as our process becomes more dynamic there will be no size limit to what we can build and where we can build it.
And we're humbled to have earned the nickname 'baby SpaceX' from our peers in the area." says Austin Thurman, COO, who met LaRosa while they were both studying at Arizona State University.
Rosotics makes the largest metal 3D printers in the world and they will fundamentally change aerospace manufacturing forever. Their proprietary process, Rapid Induction Printing, allows customers of the company to easily iterate and produce novel vehicles for space and transportation, said Tim Draper, founding partner of Draper Associates. We at Draper Associates are thrilled to be part of their journey.
Rosotics uses a proprietary approach, Rapid Induction Printing™ to dramatically expand the scope and opportunities of additive manufacturing for heavy materials industries. The company's process and breakthrough platform for large-scale production dramatically reduces the energy and material requirements for large-scale 3D printing, bringing the concept of "no scale limitations.