Improving Swab Effectiveness Using 3D Printing

IndustryWeek | April 09, 2020

Metal and carbon fiber 3D printer manufacturer Markforged is partnering with Neurophotometrics to produce Fiberflex Rayon, a 3D printed nasopharyngeal swab for use in diagnostic testing for COVID-19. The team is currently producing 10,000 swabs per day, with plans to scale to 100,000 per day. Identifying COVID-19 infected patients is the best way to slow down the spread of the disease, but we’re seeing a lot of issues with wide-scale testing, said Greg Mark, CEO and founder of Markforged. There are massive shortages of nasal swabs and to make matters worse, hospitals are reporting false negatives with the current swabs on the market. In a collaborative effort by the San Diego Covid Research Enterprise Network Initiative - a group of scientists, students, research institutions, and others in the San Diego area - Neurophotometrics, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, the Scripps Research Institute, and the University of California San Diego designed and tested the 3D printed swabs with fifty volunteers.

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Downtime costs money. Wasted money causes stress. Stress causes unhappiness. In order to prevent unhappiness, stress and wasted money companies are investing in smart technology which alerts staff when breakages or excessive wear is occurring in production lines.

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Allied Electronics & Automation Adds 12 New Suppliers to Better Serve Industrial and Commercial Customers

Allied Electronics & Automation | December 13, 2022

Allied Electronics & Automation, a trading brand of RS Group plc (LSE: RS1), a global omni-channel provider of product and service solutions, expanded its extensive portfolio of more than 3.5 million products from more than 650 trusted suppliers with the addition of more than 1,400 ready-to-ship solutions from 12 new suppliers to better serve its industrial and commercial customers. Allied expanded its connectivity portfolio with the addition of more than 300 ready-to-ship products from HUBER+SUHNER and Mencom Corporation. HUBER+SUHNER is a trusted global supplier of electrical and optical connectivity solutions for radio frequency, fiber optic, and low-frequency applications in the industrial, communications, and transportation markets. Newly stocked products include high-quality connectors, wire & cable, electronic components, and tools & hardware designed to deliver reliable performance and long lifetimes in even harsh environments. Mencom is a trusted supplier of high-quality, cost-effective, custom-made, and off-the-shelf electrical connectivity solutions engineered for industrial electronics applications and backed by 35 years of extensive design and development experience. Newly stocked products include wire & cable, connectors, and sensor junction blocks. Allied expanded its electronic components portfolio with new products from Siretta, a leading developer and supplier of IoT products and software solutions designed for industrial 2G, 3G, 4G, NB-IoT, and LTE Cat M cellular applications. Newly stocked products include antennas, wire & cable, connectors, and signal analyzers engineered to support frequencies spanning 150MHz to 6GHz. Allied expanded its portfolio of PLCs & HMIs with the addition of KUNBUS, which develops innovative and economical industrial communication products designed to support the steady growth of fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet networks in the automation, process, and manufacturing industries. KUNBUS offers a single source for standardized fieldbus solutions, including Profibus, CANopen, and DeviceNet products; Industrial Ethernet solutions, including PROFINET, Ethernet/IP, SERCOS, and EtherCAT products; and development, manufacturing, and logistics services. Allied expanded its industrial controls and mechanical power transmission portfolios with the addition of precision bearings from Nachi America, Inc. Nachi bearings are developed using superior materials and precision cutting tools made in-house, backed by 100 years of design and manufacturing experience, and trusted in applications spanning industrial equipment to automobiles. They are also compact, durable, and precise and deliver high-speed, high-reliability performance. Allied expanded its portfolio of lighting & indication products for commercial and industrial applications with the addition of seven new Signify brands: Philips, Day-Brite CFI, Lightolier, Advance, Chloride, Hadco, and Stonco. Signify is a leading global supplier of lighting solutions, and Philips is one of its most recognizable brands. Philips has been one of the world's most trusted lighting brands since 1981 and is synonymous with innovative, high-quality, and reliable technology that improves people's lives. Allied currently offers more than 450 ready-to-ship Philips lighting solutions optimized for use in homes, commercial businesses, and industrial operations. Allied's new selection of Day-Brite CFI lighting products extends from standalone and connected high-performance recessed ceiling troffers to industrial-grade high-bay luminaries. It includes more than 110 ready-to-ship solutions, all of which deliver high-quality, high-efficiency performance in applications ranging from general-purpose commercial facilities to medical and industrial facilities. Its new selection of Lightolier indoor track and downlighting solutions for high-end design and architectural markets offers an attractive blend of aesthetics, affordability, efficiency, sustainability, and long-lifetime performance. Allied also offers Advance LED drivers, modules, and ballasts for applications extending from commercial offices to industrial facilities and Chloride exit and emergency lighting fixtures for day-to-day and architectural life-safety applications in locations spanning upscale commercial spaces to harsh industrial environments. Other newly stocked Signify products include Hadco landscape and outdoor lighting solutions for commercial and residential products and Stonco general-purpose outdoor luminaries, which are known for offering a broad selection of contractor-friendly, easy-install, energy-efficient, reliable, economical, and long-lasting solutions, including bollards, floodlights, and garage, canopy, site, area, special-purpose, wall-mount, and landscaping lighting. "We're very pleased to offer our industrial and commercial customers an even wider range of high-quality, high-performance products extending across our connectivity, electronic components, PLC & HMI, industrial control, and lighting & indication categories, and we're excited about the opportunity to introduce them to new suppliers and products they may not already be familiar with, We take great pride in the trusted suppliers we partner with, as well as in helping our customers identify the best solutions for their unique applications and then implement and maintain those solutions to help maximize both their ROI and their productivity." -Kim Jackson, New Supplier Marketing Manager at Allied Electronics & Automation. Allied Electronics & Automation, part of RS Group: Allied Electronics & Automation is a trading brand of RS Group plc, a leading global omni-channel industrial product and service solutions provider to customers who are involved in designing, building, and maintaining industrial equipment and operations, safely and sustainably. RS Group plc stocks more than 700,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provides a wide range of product and service solutions to over 1.2 million industrial customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship nearly 60,000 parcels daily.

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Desktop Metal Installations of Additive Manufacturing Systems for Metal Parts Now Surpass 1,100 Units Worldwide

Desktop Metal | December 07, 2022

Desktop Metal (NYSE: DM), a leader in mass production additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, today announced the company has installed more than 1,100 3D printing systems for metal components worldwide. More than 80% of installed systems worldwide are direct metal 3D printing systems. Among sand 3D printing systems, which are used for the final production of digital metal castings, more than half of the installed systems are now located at multi-system sites dedicated to high-throughput mass production applications. A significant number of metal binder jet systems are also being used to print technical ceramics, most often silicon carbide. “As the highest throughput process in 3D printing, binder jetting is the additive manufacturing technology that will truly take the industry into mass production at high volumes, Our 3D printing systems are already being used to manufacture powertrain components, automotive interiors, oil and gas, food processing equipment, hydraulics and some of the most advanced aerospace and nuclear parts.” -Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. Binder Jet is a Differentiated AM Solution Binder jet 3D printing is one of seven additive manufacturing processes recognized by ASTM. The process transforms virtually any powdered materials — metal, sand or ceramic — into functional precision parts and tools at high speeds. An industrial printhead selectively deposits a binder into a bed of powder particles creating a solid part one thin layer at a time, just like printing on sheets of paper. The technology is viewed as a desirable and sustainable production method, largely because of its high speed, low waste and cost, as well as material flexibility. Desktop Metal offers the world’s leading portfolio of binder jet 3D printing systems, backed by the most experienced binder jet team in the industry. In addition to Desktop Metal’s binder jet systems for production of metal and ceramics, the company’s ExOne brand offers world-leading sand binder jet systems for digital metal casting, and the company’s Forust brand offers turnkey binder jet printing of upcycled wood waste. The company’s portfolio offers the widest selection of mass production solutions for metal 3D printing: The Production System™ P-50 — the world’s fastest metal binder jet system, offering the lowest cost per part, featuring Single Pass Jetting (SPJ) technology. The X160Pro™ — the world’s largest binder jet system for the production of both metal and ceramics, featuring Triple Advanced Compaction Technology (ACT). The S-Max® Pro — the world’s best selling brand of sand binder jet 3D printing systems for sandcasting molds and cores for aluminum and ferrous metal castings. The S-Max® Flex — an affordable binder jet 3D printing system for digital sandcastings. The Production System™ P-1 — the world’s best selling platform for qualifying binder jet 3D printing for serial production. The InnoventX™ — the world’s best-selling metal binder jet system in academia. The Shop System™ — the world’s best-selling metal binder jet system. The Studio System™ — the best-selling Bound Metal Deposition (BMD) system with only two steps and the widest material selection offered in its category. An open house to showcase the performance capabilities of the Production System P-50 will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Manufacturers interested in adopting the technology can sign up to attend at teamdm.com/p-50-open-house. About Desktop Metal: Desktop Metal, Inc., based in Burlington, Massachusetts, is accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with an expansive portfolio of 3D printing solutions, from rapid prototyping to mass production. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, the company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make additive manufacturing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world. Desktop Metal was selected as one of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum and named to MIT Technology Review’s list of 50 Smartest Companies

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Innodisk Proves AI Prowess with Launch of FPGA Machine Vision Platform

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.

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Satyajit Chaubal Joins Sharp Manufacturing Company of America as Senior Vice President

Sharp Home Electronics Company of America | December 06, 2022

Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), is pleased to welcome Satyajit Chaubal as Senior Vice President of Sharp Manufacturing Company of America (SMCA), succeeding Mike Kelly who recently announced his plan to retire from Sharp after 38 years of dedicated service. Based at SHCA's Memphis manufacturing facility, Mr. Chaubal brings over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and supply chain operations. In this role as the most senior leader of SMCA, Mr. Chaubal will provide strategic, commercial, operational, and technical leadership in driving profitable revenue growth. Functional areas of responsibility include product design and planning, engineering, OEM sales, component procurement, production, manufacturing quality control, product safety, and oversight of local HR. "Since 1979, our Memphis factory has been Sharp's pride and joy as the company's first overseas factory. Finding someone to replace the retiring Mike Kelly after 38 years of distinguished service and leadership was no easy task, That's why I'm so pleased to have found Satyajit. He checks all the boxes for a people-first, data-driven leader with extensive manufacturing operation experience. I look forward to collaborating with him as we strengthen our ethos of Simply Better Living through our home appliance offerings in the United States." -Jim Sanduski, President, SHCA. With vast experience leading multi-site manufacturing facilities and customer accounts, Mr. Chaubal is experienced in day-to-day manufacturing operations, supply chain, quality, safety, financial KPIs, and new product and process development. He will support manufacturing capabilities expansion and overall business growth. In addition, he will be responsible for talent recruiting, retention, and development. For my next professional endeavor, I am excited to join Sharp and contribute to their 110-year manufacturing heritage, which is committed to making consumers' everyday life better and simpler, said Mr. Chaubal. I look forward to continuing this legacy and raising the bar to set new benchmarks that serve our employees better and delight our customers with quality products and services. About Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA) : SHCA is the U.S. Consumer Products Group of Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. sales subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of one-of-a-kind premium technology products. SHCA includes the manufacturing of premium home appliances in Memphis, TN, together with the sales & marketing, and servicing of home electronics based in Montvale, NJ. Leading products include Sharp Carousel®, Microwave Drawer™ ovens, SuperSteam+™ ovens, and Plasmacluster® Ion air purifiers.

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Downtime costs money. Wasted money causes stress. Stress causes unhappiness. In order to prevent unhappiness, stress and wasted money companies are investing in smart technology which alerts staff when breakages or excessive wear is occurring in production lines.

In this video of the week, you can see how simple the technology and system and how effective it is in helping prevent downtime.

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