Expert warns manufacturers not to rush into using AI

Manufacturers must heed recent crashes involving self-driving cars and “tread with caution” before introducing fully autonomous systems in factories, an expert has warned. Speaking over the buzz and whirr of 3D printers and robotic arms at the MACH 2018 exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham, engineer Andrew Banks from software verification and compliance firm LDRA urged caution as companies embrace automation and artificial intelligence.
Admitting he was “a little more to the cynical end” than others in the British Standards Institution panel discussion, Banks said manufacturers risk stepping backward on vital qualifications, which ensure that repeatable robotic tasks always happen safely.
“We’ve been using robots in manufacturing for a good many years to do the nitty-gritty, the repeatable tasks where getting things exactly the same is so important,” he said. “Once we start introducing robots that can ‘think’ for themselves, we are undoing a lot of the process development that we spent a lot of years getting right.”


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Four US-Based Metal Fabrication Companies Join to Form Manufacturing and Fabrication Solutions Company, Caldera Manufacturing Group

Business Wire | October 25, 2023

In partnership with Lorraine Capital, four US-based industrial manufacturing companies – Summit Steel & Manufacturing, Inc., Fairlawn Tool, Inc., Laser Specialties, Inc., and Summit Storage Solutions – announced the formation of Caldera Manufacturing Group, a new manufacturing entity, which is now one of the largest and most comprehensive single-source solution providers within the manufacturing space. As part of and to guide the four companies through this merger, Caldera Manufacturing Group has hired longtime industry leader Mark Jurman, who brings more than 25 years of experience within the global industrial manufacturing space, as CEO. In this role, Jurman will be responsible for Caldera Manufacturing Group’s overall operations while establishing company goals and strategic direction for the newfound entity to not only maintain the success of the combined four companies but to expand on growing services and capabilities. We are thrilled to officially introduce Caldera Manufacturing Group to customers, as this well-diversified and strategically positioned company is poised to significantly impact a wide range of manufacturing customers and partners as well as their respective industries nationwide. By combining the deep industry expertise and extensive capabilities from each of the four business units, Caldera Manufacturing Group will help to reduce total costs and improve overall quality while raising the bar for an unmatched customer experience, said Mark Jurman, incoming CEO, Caldera Manufacturing Group. I’m eager to step into this leadership role as Caldera Manufacturing Group forges its path in the industry. I look forward to driving the new company forward from its infancy, meeting – and exceeding – the needs and expectations of our current and future customers. Separately, Summit Steel & Manufacturing, Inc., Fairlawn Tool, Inc., Laser Specialties, Inc., and Summit Storage Solutions were industry leaders in their respective sectors and industries. Together, they now offer customers and partners an unmatched set of comprehensive capabilities under this unified, rebranded solution. The four companies under Caldera Manufacturing Group will operate as usual; however, Caldera Manufacturing Group will continue to grow its network of facilities and capabilities, upgrading equipment and processes to today’s demanding standards for excellence in quality and competitiveness. Caldera Manufacturing Group will specialize in providing full service, unparalleled manufacturing, and fabrication solutions across a variety of industries, including aerospace, agricultural equipment, conventional and alternative energy, automotive, consumer products, construction, entertainment, military/defense, and recreational vehicles. Some of Caldera Manufacturing Group’s current capabilities include 2D sheet laser cutting, 3D tube laser cutting, bending and forming, centerless grinding, CNC turning and milling, manual and robotic welding, stamping, tubular bending, turret punching, batch and automated powder coating, and value-added assembly. Bringing an aligned yet varied range of capabilities and industry specialties will offer a unique set of opportunities and challenges for Caldera Manufacturing Group, and no one is better suited to lead these efforts than Mark Jurman, said Gary Romig, shareholder and former CEO of Summit Steel & Manufacturing, Inc. With Mark at the helm, we’re confident Caldera Manufacturing Group can effortlessly navigate the ever changing fabricated metals industry space, positively impacting the marketplace for years to come. Throughout his career, Jurman has been at the forefront of implementing and executing new product road maps and strategies that have exponentially grown domestic and international markets and channels. Most recently, Jurman served as CEO for Dedoes Industries, a global leader in equipment for the automotive refinish market. He has also worked for companies, including Silver Eagle Manufacturing Company, Rheinmetall Automotive, Superwinch, and Novawinch. Alongside CEO Jurman, the leadership team will include COO Steve Mitchell and CFO Christine Staub. Romig, a shareholder and former owner and CEO of Summit Steel & Manufacturing, Inc. and Lorraine Capital’s board of directors will also provide company oversight. Caldera Manufacturing Group will be headquartered in Reading, PA, at the current site of Summit Steel & Manufacturing, Inc. About Caldera Manufacturing Group Established in 2023, Caldera Manufacturing Group is a metal manufacturing company group providing a single-source solution to customers across a variety of industries including but not limited to aerospace, agricultural equipment, conventional and alternative energy, automotive, consumer products, construction, entertainment, manufacturing, military/defense, and recreational vehicles. Representing more than 30 years of combined experience across its leadership team, Caldera Manufacturing Group consists of leading U.S.-based industrial manufacturing companies: Summit Steel & Manufacturing, Inc., Fairlawn Tool, Inc., Laser Specialties, Inc., and Summit Storage Solutions. For more information visit,

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Desktop Metal Launches Live Monitor™ for Users of Additive Manufacturing 2.0 Production Technology

Business Wire | October 04, 2023

Desktop Metal, Inc., a global leader in additive manufacturing technologies for mass production, today announced the launch of Live Monitor™ — a software application that provides useful real-time data from printing systems to improve efficiency and management of one printing system or a full fleet. Part of the Live Suite™ package of exclusive software offerings from Desktop Metal, Live Monitor provides easy access to system data from any web browser at any time. The new offering has helpful dashboards to manage a fleet or drill down on printer or furnace performance in ways that assist capacity planning, maintenance management, and more. Real-time information includes job and event status, time reporting, and consumable usage, among other key metrics. “At Desktop Metal, we’re committed to driving additive manufacturing into production, and Live Monitor is a vital tool for managing a single productive printing system, such as a Shop System and Furnace, or an entire fleet,” said Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “Our goal is to help users improve their Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) to optimize their utilization and scale their business with ease.” Italy-based Aidro, a pioneer in the volume production of next-generation hydraulic and fluid power systems through metal AM and traditional manufacturing technologies, has been a beta tester of Live Monitor for its Desktop Metal Shop System and Furnace for the past year. “Live Monitor is an essential tool for keeping the most important process variables under control and giving customers with critical parts, such as those in the energy industry, visibility and traceability of AM part production,” said Valeria Tirelli, President and CEO of Aidro, a subsidiary of Desktop Metal. Aidro will be exhibiting at ADIPEC, a global energy industry event, to be held in Abu Dhabi today through Oct. 5 in Booth M1 of the Manufacturing and Industrialization Hall. “The variables are visible, customizable, and recordable and this is the basis for having a qualified process. Thanks also to this tool, DNV has awarded Aidro AM manufacturer certification in accordance with the DNV-ST-B203 standard. Compared to other systems, Live Monitor can be customized in a simple and efficient way depending on the specific needs of the user.” An optional add-on feature in Live Suite, Live Monitor will be offered to users of the Studio, Shop, and Production System printers, along with Desktop Metal branded furnaces. The feature will also be rolled out in the future to users of other Desktop Metal and Team DM equipment sold under the ExOne, Desktop Health, and ETEC brands. About Desktop Metal Desktop Metal is driving Additive Manufacturing 2.0, a new era of on-demand, digital mass production of industrial, medical, and consumer products. Our innovative 3D printers, materials, and software deliver the speed, cost, and part quality required for this transformation. We’re the original inventors and world leaders of the 3D printing methods we believe will empower this shift, binder jetting and digital light processing. Today, our systems print metal, polymer, sand and other ceramics, as well as foam and recycled wood. Manufacturers use our technology worldwide to save time and money, reduce waste, increase flexibility, and produce designs that solve the world’s toughest problems and enable once-impossible innovations.

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Lean Manufacturing

Adcole Improves OptiShaft Product Line for Accuracy and Precision

Adcole LLC | October 13, 2023

Adcole LLC, a global leader in precision measurement solutions, has launched an enhanced version of its OptiShaft product line, featuring improvements in accuracy, repeatability, extended capacity, and faster results. The enhanced OptiShaft product line is available for purchase globally. Adcole's OptiShaft product line leverages advanced measurement algorithms and proprietary optical technology, resulting in exceptional accuracy and precision. Rigorous testing ensures enhanced repeatability, even in high-volume production settings. The machines now offer a 1.2-meter length capacity and faster scanning speeds. The user interface and software have been improved for a more efficient and intuitive experience. Enhanced data handling capabilities facilitate seamless integration with quality control systems and Industry 4.0 initiatives. This advancement addresses the evolving needs of industries such as automotive, aerospace, and precision shaft manufacturing, where precision measurement is critical. The improvements include: Exceptional Accuracy: Improved measurement algorithms and proprietary optical technology ensure unparalleled accuracy. Enhanced Repeatability: Rigorous testing and fine-tuning lead to consistent and dependable measurements. Extended Capacity: The machines now offer a remarkable 1.2-meter length capacity, enabling measurement of longer and more complex shafts and precision components. Enhanced Scanning Efficiency: Improved linear scanning speeds, quicker rotational scan measurements, and more efficient data processing Upgraded Software and User-Friendly Interface: Boasts a more intuitive user interface, streamlining measurement setup, operation, and analysis, and offering an expanded feature set for enhanced measurement capabilities. Streamlined Data Management: Equipped with advanced data handling capabilities, it ensures seamless integration with existing quality control systems and Industry 4.0 initiatives. The enhanced OptiShaft product line empowers customers to achieve higher levels of precision in their manufacturing processes. It provides improved accuracy, repeatability, and the ability to measure longer components, all of which contribute to increased productivity and cost savings. About Adcole LLC Adcole LLC, a prominent figure in precision measurement solutions, operates on a global scale, offering pioneering metrology systems and services to diverse industries across the world. Its storied history in the domain of shaft metrology spans over 50 years, testifying to its unwavering commitment to advancing measurement technology. Adcole's primary objective revolves around expanding the horizons of measurement technology to empower its clientele in attaining the utmost levels of quality and productivity.

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Manufacturing Technology

MongoDB Atlas Launched for Automotive and Manufacturing Sectors

MongoDB | September 22, 2023

MongoDB, Inc. has unveiled MongoDB Atlas for Automotive and Manufacturing, a new initiative aimed at helping organizations leverage real-time data to optimize processes and enhance user experiences through connected technologies in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. The manufacturing and automotive industries are transitioning to intelligent, software-based operations that rely on real-time data. However, collecting, processing, and analyzing vast amounts of data from connected devices poses challenges. MongoDB aims to accelerate this transformation by providing industry-specific solutions and expertise. The initiative targets organizations in the manufacturing and automotive industries, which are transforming connectivity, automation, and real-time analytics. This includes innovation workshops, technology partnerships, and industry-specific training paths designed to assist developers in creating data-centric applications that address various use cases, such as digital twins of manufacturing facilities, applications for connected cars and predictive maintenance for factory equipment. Wendy Bauer, General Manager of Automotive and Manufacturing at AWS, stated, that MongoDB and AWS had collaborated extensively over an eight-year partnership, covering various industries. It was noted that MongoDB was among the initial partners for the AWS Automotive Competency, adding to their list of collaborations. MongoDB is collaborating with partners such as AWS, HiveMQ, Share Now, Digitread Connect, and customers in the automotive and manufacturing sectors to drive innovation in real-time data applications. MongoDB is also a launch partner for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Automotive Competency, further strengthening its commitment to helping automotive organizations build a customer-centric and sustainable future through real-time data applications. Christoffer Lange, CEO at Digitread Connect, added, “Time-series data is our bread and butter, and MongoDB made it simple for us to handle this. We were impressed by the simplicity and its performance. Using MongoDB Atlas actually showed that we don't have to worry about the nitty-gritties of treating the database. We got the live solution for our customers in a short period of time." [Source: Cision PR Newswire] About MongoDB MongoDB, headquartered in New York, has a mission to empower innovators to revolutionize and reshape industries by harnessing the potential of software and data. Crafted by developers, their developer data platform is more than just a database; it's an integrated ecosystem of services tailored to meet the diverse demands of modern applications. MongoDB serves a vast customer base spanning over 100 countries, with its database platform being downloaded millions of times since 2007. Additionally, MongoDB University courses have trained millions of individuals.

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