A Toyota Way Teachable Moment

Toyota | April 24, 2020

On February 1,1997, a fire destroyed an Aisin factory that made the inconspicuous P-Valve, a brake part required for every Toyota vehicle worldwide. Toyota’s policy is to source any critical part from multiple geographic locations, but in this case, 99% of global production of the part came out of this one plant-at that time, 32,500 units per day. Toyota’s vaunted Just-in-Time system meant only two days of inventory were available in total in the supply chain.

In two days, disaster would strike. What happened next was a premiere of the Toyota Way in action. After the fire, 63 different firms took responsibility for making the parts, piecing together what existed of engineering documentation, using some of their own equipment, rigging together temporary lines to make the parts, and keeping Toyota in business almost seamlessly.

The Toyota Way management principles were formalized in 2001, introducing a new house, at a higher level than the Toyota Production System. Continuous improvement and respect for people are the two pillars of the Toyota Way.

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Accelerate large-scale development of mobile robot, YouiBot has completed B series round of financing, exceeding RMB 300 million

YouiBot | December 28, 2021

YouiBot, the head enterprise of industrial mobile robot, announced that it has completed two rounds of B-series financing, the accumulated amount exceeded RMB 300 million. The two rounds of financing mainly come from the investment of FG Venture and Xicheng Jinrui, followed by the investment of IDG, Pine Venture, SIG, BlueRun Venture, SoftBank and HAX, and TAIHECAP was designated as the exclusive financial advisor. The investment institutions in early period include ZhenFund, C&I Capital, INNO, BOLE and XJTU 1896. As a leading mobile robot and solution provider in China, YouiBot is rooted in industrial logistics, intelligent routine inspection and operation & maintenance, specialized in production and operation scenarios of precision electronic manufacturing and energy industry and always keeps its first ranking in semiconductor and power plant. So far, YouiBot has become the cooperative partner of many famous brands in domestic and abroad such as LUXSHARE ICT, ASM, CRRC, FAST, China Huaneng, AICC, COMAC and Hitachi, covering 26 provinces and cities, with the products being exported to more than 30 countries like Japan, Korea, Singapore, Spanish and Germany. YouiBot has taken scenario development and service as its first objective as early as its establishment, setting far ahead of its peers in customer scenario cognition and process understanding. By relying on the powerful technology support of AMR positioning navigation algorithm in high precision and stability, YouiBot becomes one of the few mobile robot manufacturers in international realm with the positioning accuracy of ± 2mm. In addition, as the earliest mobile robot enterprise in software system in China, the software-hardware integrated solution of YouiBot not only meets the flexible production requirement of enterprises in the era of personalized consumption, but also realizes digital production and information management, so as to achieve the objective of intelligent upgrading and transformation. Taking industrial logistics scenario as an example, YouiBot can get through the whole material flow and data flow with self-developed AMR and YOUI TMS system, realizes a whole business process closed loop of "raw material warehouse – warehouse beside production line – production line – finished product warehouse", and assists enterprises to truly realize stable, continuous and high-efficiency production. Owing to the unremitting effort in scenarios, YouiBot has achieved the capacity in whole plant logistics planning, large-scale cluster deployment and multi-machine coordination, and realizes large-scale production. So far, YouiBot software-hardware integrated solution has been widely applied in semiconductor, 3C, electric power and IDC. In the 36000 m2 Frame factory of a precision electronic manufacturing head enterprise, YouiBot builds an unmanned workshop with 150 mobile robots and YOUI TMS system, realizes automatic upgrading of production and logistics of mobile phone middle frame and improves production efficiency and benefit simultaneously. About YouiBot leadership in large-scale development in industry is benefited by the supply chain system and the lean management of project. In order to serve all customers better, YouiBot has established many offices based on the principle of "nearest service" to achieve the quick response capacity, realizes standardization of sales, supply chain and production links by taking various measures and guarantees the overall project progress and implementation by means of special engineering service department. Besides, the strict control of company's quality team on production, incoming materials and finished products ensures the high quality and stability of mobile robot.At present, industrial mobile robot is ushering in a new demand explosive period. YouiBot will focus on precision electronic manufacturing and energy continuously by means of its core advantages in scenario, algorithm, software/hardware and large-scale development, expand its mature scenario experience into new scenes and further quicken the pace of overseas market expansion.

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European Manufacturers Embrace the Cloud to Improve Their Agility

ISG | January 25, 2022

European manufacturing firms are embracing cloud-based technologies and services to accelerate their go-to-market plans and improve digital marketing efforts, according to a new report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.The 2021 ISG Provider Lens™ Manufacturing Industry Services Report for Europe finds manufacturers on the continent also looking to the cloud to enable direct-to-consumer business models. “Manufacturers in Europe are turning to the cloud to increase their business agility, And they are turning to manufacturing services providers to help them create new reference architectures and bring resiliency to their operations.” -said Christian Decker, EMEA partner, ISG Smart Manufacturing. In addition, manufacturing firms want service providers to help them establish robust configuration management databases and leverage automated testing, including shift-left techniques, the report says. The report also sees the manufacturing industry in Europe looking to revamp its supply chain infrastructure by using predictive models. Manufacturers are looking for more transparency into their supply chains following shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, companies are using AI for client or customer forecasts. A chip shortage across all industries, meanwhile, is a challenge for the European automotive industry, which uses older chip designs, the report says. Fabrication facilities (fabs) are available for 3 and 5nm nodes, which are applicable for servers and mobile and laptop processors, but there’s a shortage of 28, 40 and 65nm fabs to make chips used by automakers. Most of the new fab investments are directed towards new nodes and there is an ever-increasing demand from medical, industrial, and automotive verticals. The automotive industry may face chip shortages until 2023, when it may begin using more high-performance parts. Another trend among automakers in Europe is a focus making more electric vehicles, the report says. Automobile manufacturers are working to scale up their electric vehicle infrastructure, which is now taking precedence over autonomous driving technologies. Many auto manufacturers in Europe have announced plans to end sales of gas-powered vehicles, but they face several challenges before realizing these ambitions. Manufacturers of industrial and off-highway vehicles, meanwhile, are looking for ways to optimize their outputs, the report says. Many of these companies are focused on integrating their manufacturing shopfloors across agriculture, construction and heavy vehicles. They are also integrating many layers of automation. The report also sees many European manufacturers looking for custom application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) instead of traditional, complex processes and systems on chips. With the rapid adoption of the IoT and edge computing, companies are integrating multiple sensors on the edge to deliver powerful and intelligent end-to-end systems. Even mid-sized companies are considering developing their own custom ASICs. In response, service providers have evolved their offerings from conventional design and validation to multiple stages of ASICs. Some service providers are developing smaller and less complex ASICs through turnkey development engagements for clients that are new to this space. The 2021 ISG Provider Lens™ Manufacturing Industry Services Report for Europe evaluates the capabilities of 41 providers across three quadrants: Digital Engineering – Transportation, Digital Engineering – High Tech, and Digital Engineering – Industrial. The report names Capgemini, HCL and Wipro as Leaders in all three quadrants. Bertrandt, LTTS, TCS and Tech Mahindra are named Leaders in two quadrants, and AKKA, Alten, eInfochips, IAV, Infosys and UST are named Leaders in one. In addition, Caresoft Global, IAV, Ignitarium and LTTS were named Rising Stars—companies with “promising portfolios” and “high future potential” by ISG’s definition—in one quadrant. A customized version of the report is available from LTTS. The 2021 ISG Provider Lens™ Manufacturing Industry Services Report for Europe is available to subscribers or for one-time purchase on this webpage. About ISG Provider Lens™ Research The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG's global advisory team. Enterprises will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help guide their selection of appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG's enterprise clients. The research currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., France, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, the Nordics, Australia and Singapore/Malaysia, with additional markets to be added in the future. For more information about ISG Provider Lens research, please visit this webpage. A companion research series, the ISG Provider Lens Archetype reports, offer a first-of-its-kind evaluation of providers from the perspective of specific buyer types. About ISG ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 800 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data. For more information, visit www.isg-one.com.

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Faraday Future Unveils First Production-Intent FF 91 EV Manufactured at its Hanford, Calif. Plant

Faraday Future Intelligent Electric Inc | February 24, 2022

Faraday Future Intelligent Electric Inc. (“FF”) (NASDAQ: FFIE), a California-based global shared intelligent electric mobility ecosystem company, unveiled the first production-intent FF 91 ultra-luxury EV. This marks the company’s manufacturing Milestone #4, pre-production builds for final engineering validation and certification, now referred to as production-intent vehicles. FF “Building the first production-intent vehicle at the Hanford plant is an important step towards reaching the start of production in Q3. This iteration is the closest to the FF 91 production model we’ve seen to-date, The FF 91 is expected to be the first ultra-luxury EV to reach the market, with a unique driver and passenger experience.” -Matt Tall, vice president of manufacturing at FF. The company will build more production-intent vehicles over the coming months for vehicle testing and validation, as well as final certification. Production-intent vehicles feature production-specification components.In October 2021, FF laid out seven manufacturing milestones leading into the FF 91’s SOP. Milestone #1 - Installation of pilot equipment in the Hanford manufacturing plant’s pre-production build area; Milestone #2 - Securing a Certificate of Occupancy, clearing the path for the company’s pre-production builds; and Milestone #3 - Begin foundation construction for all remaining production areas including body, paint, warehouse and vehicle assembly. The first three milestones have been reached, and today’s event marks Milestone #4 - Pre-production builds for final engineering validation and certification. With the completion of the first production-intent vehicle, FF is launching the "Born in California, Global DNA" multi-channel communication campaign along with our “ieMedals” co-creation campaign. The FF 91 is designed and built in California by FF Co-Creators and the company’s global employees, with technology from many top tier suppliers from across the globe. To commemorate the production achievements of the FF 91, the company launched the ieMedals campaign. With each production-intent vehicle manufactured in the months leading up to the FF 91’s SOP, FF will honor a different supplier of the FF 91 from around the globe with a unique ieMedal. Users on the FF Intelligent App can earn the supplier ieMedals for their individual accounts by completing specific tasks or fulfilling co-creation challenge requirements. The ieMedals are electronic awards added to users’ FFID accounts on the FF Intelligent App. The FF 91 Futurist Alliance and FF 91 Futurist models were designed to deliver the next generation of mobility in luxury, performance, and technology. They are high-performance EVs, with unique Internet, Autonomous, and Intelligence (I.A.I.) technology capabilities that enables the vehicle’s unique third internet living space. ABOUT FARADAY FUTURE Faraday Future is a class defining luxury electric vehicle company. The Company has pioneered numerous innovations relating to its products, technology, business model, and user ecosystem since inception in 2014. Faraday Future aims to perpetually improve the way people move by creating a forward-thinking mobility ecosystem that integrates clean energy, AI, the Internet and new usership models. Faraday Future’s first flagship product is the FF 91 Futurist.remains on schedule for the FF 91 start of production (“SOP”) in Q3 2022.

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MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

Honor unveils behind-the-scenes technology for new honor magic4 pro production line

HONOR | May 31, 2022

Global technology brand HONOR today revealed the proprietary technology behind the manufacturing of HONOR Magic4 Pro, the brand's latest flagship smartphone made exclusively in HONOR Intelligent Manufacturing Industrial Park. Demonstrating manufacturing excellence, the flagship smartphone exemplifies the brand's commitment to delivering cutting-edge innovation and is a testament to HONOR's capability to manufacture high-quality premium products at scale. The HONOR Magic4 Pro is set to arrive in select international markets starting this month. "The opening of the HONOR Intelligent Manufacturing Industrial Park last year was a significant milestone of our success in integrating our R&D capabilities into our manufacturing processes. The consolidation allows us to better harness our expertise across both fields, In addition to bolstering our manufacturing capacities, the smart manufacturing facility houses world-class production, testing and quality control equipment that ensures our premium products live up to our customers' high expectations." George Zhao, CEO of HONOR Device Co, Ltd. Seamless Integration between R&D and Manufacturing Operational since September 2021, the HONOR Intelligent Manufacturing Industrial Park is the brand's first self-funded factory. Equipped with cutting-edge manufacturing and testing facilities to support every aspect of smartphone manufacturing, the Park is integral to assuring the quality of the brand's premium offerings. With 20 percent of the staff working in the Park being R&D personnel, HONOR weaves its R&D resources into the Park's core capabilities, maximizing the synergy between the two and enabling manufacturing technology to keep pace with innovation. Custom Production Line for HONOR Magic4 Pro Innovations Arriving to select international markets beginning this month, HONOR Magic4 Pro debuts with AI Privacy Call, a pain point killer feature that massively minimizes sound leakage during voice calls; Ultra-Fusion Computational Photography, a camera solution that enables users to take full advantage of the smartphone's multiple rear cameras; and the Quad-Curved LTPO Display, a stunning display that provides immersive viewing experiences. Each of these features poses a set of unique manufacturing challenges, the solutions to which are only made possible by HONOR's R&D and manufacturing synergy. With each generation of smartphones, smartphone makers have been continuously shifting the receiver towards the top bezel in attempt to achieve an increased display area. However, the closer the receiver is placed near the edge, the more pronounced the sound leakage during voice calls, leading to privacy concerns. To address this user pain point, HONOR identified and solved over 100 technological challenges and created AI Privacy Call. This innovative feature leverages the industry-first Intelligent Dual Sound-Emitting Unit, which includes a bone conduction component using piezoelectric ceramics that is mounted directly to the display. Due to the nature of glass, the assembly process requires extreme precision – even minor manufacturing deviations will permanently damage the panel. Working hand in hand, the R&D and manufacturing teams were able to overcome the challenge in three months' time. The concerted efforts resulted in the creation of the automated high-precision mounting equipment, which leverages computer vision and optimized algorithms to achieve an accuracy of 0.01mm and a yield of 99.99 percent, contributing to HONOR's ability to meet consumer demands for the HONOR Magic4 Pro. The HONOR Magic4 Pro is also equipped with a powerful Triple Camera combination supporting Ultra-Fusion Computational Photography. The complexity of the solution in the new flagship smartphone necessitated double the camera calibration equipment compared to what was required for its predecessor. Benefitting from improved calibration and testing procedures, the Triple Camera system, combined with AI algorithms, delivers more detailed images with more authentic colors across the full supported focal range. Advanced assembly processes are also adopted for the Quad-Curved LTPO Display on HONOR Magic4 Pro. Leveraging a cutting-edge setup of six-axis robotic arms, high-precision cameras and HONOR-developed computer vision algorithms, the mounting equipment operates with an accuracy range of ±0.075mm and outputs products with a low manufacturing tolerance of just 0.1mm, further demonstrating HONOR's superior manufacturing capabilities. The Park is also equipped with industry-leading laboratories, including a reliability laboratory, regulatory laboratory and environmental protection laboratory, with which HONOR conducts over 200 reliability tests on the HONOR Magic4 Pro to ensure its premium quality. For instance, the HONOR Magic4 Pro is tested to have a Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) value – which measures smartphone radiation emission that is 56 percent below the limit of the most stringent industry standard. Three Pillars of Manufacturing Excellence Automation, digitalization and intelligent technology serve as the cornerstones underpinning the Park's core manufacturing capabilities. The Park operates with 75 percent of its production line automated, minimizing the risk of human error. Additionally, more than 40 percent of the automated production equipment is developed in-house, which serves as further evidence of the tight integration between R&D and manufacturing capabilities at the Park. All key equipment in the production facility supports digital control systems, allowing HONOR to better manage the entire production line and reap better efficiency as well as improve product quality. Manufactured exclusively in the Park, the HONOR Magic4 Pro represents the best of HONOR's manufacturing capabilities, which international consumers will soon be able to experience firsthand when the flagship smartphone arrives in select markets starting this month. About HONOR HONOR is a leading global provider of smart devices. It is dedicated to becoming a global iconic technology brand and creating a new intelligent world for everyone through its powerful products and services. With an unwavering focus on R&D, it is committed to developing technology that empowers people around the globe to go beyond, giving them the freedom to achieve and do more. Offering a range of high-quality smartphones, tablets, laptops and wearables to suit every budget, HONOR's portfolio of innovative, premium and reliable products enable people to become a better version of themselves.

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