Manufacturers Welcome USMCA as Trade Milestone

National Association of Manufacturers | January 29, 2020

President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement into law January 29th. The USMCA is the largest, most significant, modern, and balanced trade agreement in history. All of our countries will benefit greatly, said the President at the signing ceremony. The new deal, which includes new labor rules, rules of origin, and digital trade regulations among other NAFTA updates, is being hailed by manufacturing companies and groups in the United States as a victory. Jay Timmons, President of the National Association of Manufacturers, thanked the President and leaders in Congress “for their herculean efforts to deliver this win for manufacturers of all sizes-from small family businesses to iconic global brands.”

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Amorphology Partners with AddiTec for the Additive Manufacturing of Multi-Metal Robotics Gear Components

Amorphology | May 04, 2022

Amorphology Inc, a NASA spinoff company founded from technology developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the California Institute of Technology, has partnered with Additive Technologies (AddiTec), a founding partner of Meltio, an additive manufacturing company pioneering the development of affordable multi-metal 3D printing systems. Together, Amorphology and AddiTec are developing the additive manufacturing of multi-metal gear components for robotics. Building on their previous collaboration of 3D printing large-scale strain wave gear flexsplines using directed energy deposition (DED), the partnership between Amorphology and AddiTec has now turned to the development of multi-metal, functionally-graded gear components, combining two different steels together within a single part. The three-inch diameter flexspline demonstrator is part of a zero backlash strain wave gearbox used in robotic arms and precision-motion mechanisms. The thin-walled flexspline has competing requirements of wear resistance in the teeth and a fatigue-resistant body that motivates the use of two different materials during 3D printing. The steel in the toothed region is a precipitation hardening martensitic stainless steel typically used in high-strength applications with an average hardness of 35 Rc. In contrast, the steel below the toothed region is known for high toughness with a lower average hardness. By combining the two steels strategically in a gear, it becomes possible to tailor the mechanical properties to take advantage of the benefits of each alloy. Through its exclusive licensing agreement, Amorphology is developing its intellectual property around multi-metal 3D printing, specifically functionally graded metals, which allows for the strategic transition between more than one metal during 3D printing to produce multi-functional parts that are free from cracks and unwanted phases. The core technology, developed over a decade ago at JPL, focuses on the design of multi-metal transitions to achieve predictable mechanical or physical properties in the printed part. Unlike conventional claddings or overlays, functional grading aims to achieve the best possible properties at the interface between dissimilar metals or composites in a 3D printed part, which is useful for preventing failures such as those caused by thermal mismatch or fatigue cracks. Tailoring the interface between different metals during printing can be achieved through diffusion at the interface by allowing the disparate metals to mix or by adding one or more intermediate compositions at the transition. The prototype developed in the current partnership was produced through wire-fed DED by printing the base of the gear from high-toughness steel and then sharply transitioning to the high hardness steel at the vertical location where the teeth begin, using the melt pool to diffuse the layers. The materials could have also been transitioned by mixing powders of the two materials in the powder-blown configuration of the DED printer. "Functional grading with multiple materials allows us to develop gear components for robotics that cannot be fabricated with conventional metallurgy. The ability to tailor the properties of a gear via alloy composition gives us an entirely new design freedom when developing precision mechanisms," said Dr. Glenn Garrett, Amorphology CTO. "Whether it's improving the wear resistance of gear teeth while maintaining toughness in the rest of the part or using high-value steel in combination with low-cost steel to save cost, multi-material additive manufacturing is allowing us to innovate in the way that we approach gears for robotics. We can tailor properties for machinability, cost, hardness, strength, corrosion resistance, even density. For large gears where it makes sense to use additive manufacturing to save machining costs, this could be a real advantage." "Meltio's dual-wire DED technology provides an ability to change from one material to another material automatically during the fabrication of metal components. This results in gradual change in properties and functions which can be tailored for enhanced performance," Dr. Yash Bandari, Business Development Manager at AddiTec The multi-metal flexspline demonstrator from Amorphology and Additec is designed so that the high-performance high-hardness steel resides in the gear teeth and the rest of the cup is made from highly machinable tough steel. The as-printed hardness of the gear teeth through DED was measured to be around 30 Rc while the base of the cup measured at around 7 Rc (87 Rb). A further increase of the gear teeth hardness is possible through subsequent heat treatment. Future work will focus on different combinations of steels, and the development of localized heat-treating strategies to optimize the properties of each metal in the bi-metallic gear. Amorphology is actively developing other applications for functionally graded metals in applications such as thrusters, rockets, robotics, and gears, and is seeking partners for further development and licensing. About Amorphology Headquartered in Pasadena, California, Amorphology is a NASA JPL/Caltech spinoff with exceptional lineage and intellectual property developed as part of the space program. Amorphology is a leader in applying advanced materials and manufacturing technologies toward improving gear production for robotics and other industrial applications using amorphous metals, also known as bulk metal glass (BMG), additive manufacturing, and custom metal alloys and composites. About AddiTec AddiTec is a founding partner of Meltio and is proud to serve as the master reseller of Meltio's products in North America. Its focus is building an ecosystem for Meltio's technology and driving business opportunities. AddiTec has a 6-year heritage in the design and development of multi-laser metal direct deposition technology and has completed a broad range of customer installations and benchmark work, as well as providing training and customer application support. AddiTec's customers include prominent universities, major research centers, technology centers, national laboratories, and a wide range of industrial customers in the aerospace, nuclear, automotive, mining and energy sectors.

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Kryon Named "Best Robotic Process Automation Company" in 5th Annual Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough Awards Program

Nintex | June 24, 2022

Kryon, a process discovery innovator and robotic process automation (RPA) leader recently acquired by Nintex, today announced that it has been selected as "Best Robotic Process Automation Company" in the fifth annual AI Breakthrough Awards program conducted by AI Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global Artificial Intelligence (AI) market today. Kryon's AI-based Full-Cycle Automation Suite is the only solution that delivers Process Discovery, robot performance analytics, and direct deployment to Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in a single, intuitive platform. Powered by patented visual recognition technology, Kryon RPA combines advanced IMR and OCR capabilities to record and execute processes on any application, including Citrix, web-based, legacy and desktop, without the need for integration. Additionally, Kryon RPA-as-a-service is the first major RPA vendor product to be delivered via AWS, making it easier to deploy RPA than ever, from anywhere. This full network infrastructure enables fast and efficient scalability by providing quick deployment, reliability, and rapid response to change. "We offer our customers a unique full-cycle solution which combines innovative and best-in-class RPA and AI to empower enterprises to optimize their business and increase profitability. Importantly, our platform enables companies to embrace their digital transformation, An independent study found that Kryon's RPA delivers a 3-year ROI of 352% - the best in the industry. Our platform also offers the highest level of security. In fact, Kryon was the first RPA vendor to earn its ISO 27701 certification in March 2021." -said Kryon CEO Harel Tayeb The mission of the AI Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of AI and machine learning related categories, including AI platforms, Deep Learning, Smart Robotics, Business Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, industry specific AI applications and many more. This year's program attracted more than 2,950 nominations from over 18 different countries throughout the world. "Organizations need to be able to identify all the processes they should automate and have the ability to automatically create automation workflows," "The Kryon RPA platform delivers a breakthrough solution to address this need, setting the standard for secure, scalable, and cost-efficient robotic process automation management and optimization. We extend our sincere congratulations to the Kryon team on being our choice for 'Best Robotic Process Automation Company.'" -said James Johnson, managing director, AI Breakthrough. Kryon is also the first to offer Full-Cycle Automation as a Service (FCAaaS), an agile cloud-based suite combining rapid deployment with fast, flexible, scalability. Kryon offers desktop-based attended RPA, virtual-machine-based unattended RPA, or a hybrid combination of both. About Kryon Kryon®, now part of Nintex, the global standard for process intelligence and automation, is a leading innovator in enterprise automation, offering the only unified platform on the market which encompasses Process Discovery and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). The Kryon Full-Cycle Automation™ solution maximizes ROI by 352% according to Forrester Research and cuts RPA implementation time by up to 80%. Powered by proprietary AI technology, first-to-market Kryon Process Discovery™ automatically generates a comprehensive picture of business processes, evaluates them, and recommends which ones to automate. Kryon was the first to offer Full-Cycle Automation as a Service (FCAaaS), an agile cloud-based suite offering rapid deployment, flexibility and scalability. Kryon offers desktop-based attended RPA and guide learning, virtual-machine-based unattended RPA, or a hybrid combination of both. The company's award-winning suite is used by enterprises worldwide, including AIG, Allianz, Deutsche Telekom, EY, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, HP, Long Term Care Group, Microsoft, Singtel, Verizon, and Wyndham Hotel Group. About Nintex Nintex is the global standard for process intelligence and automation. Today more than 10,000 public and private sector organizations across 90 countries turn to the Nintex Process Platform to accelerate progress on their digital transformation journeys by quickly and easily managing, automating and optimizing business processes. Learn more by visiting www.nintex.com and experience how Nintex and its global partner network are shaping the future of Intelligent Process Automation (IPA). About AI Breakthrough Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the AI Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in Artificial Intelligence technologies, services, companies and products. The AI Breakthrough Awards provide public recognition for the achievements of AI companies and products in categories including AI Platforms, Robotics, Business Intelligence, AI Hardware, NLP, Vision, Biometrics and more.

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MOV.AI Partners with Ouster to Equip Autonomous Mobile Robots with High-Resolution Digital Lidar for Challenging Warehouse Environments

MOV.AI | May 19, 2022

MOV.AI announced today its partnership with Ouster, a leading provider of high-resolution digital lidar sensors, to provide autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) with uninterrupted autonomy in today's challenging intralogistics and industrial environments. MOV.AI has integrated Ouster digital lidar into its Robotics Engine PlatformTM for industrial equipment manufacturers that are looking to automate. The global warehousing and storage market is estimated to grow from approximately $450 billion in 2021 to $605 billion in 2027.[1] Demand for material handling and warehouse logistics is driven by the dramatic growth of e-commerce, where U.S. online sales, for example, were up by 32% in 2020.[2] With the demand for intralogistics services skyrocketing, warehouse environments are becoming increasingly dynamic and dense. AMRs need to be able to navigate and move around autonomously, in tall, narrow aisles, with frequently changing inventory and very few fixed physical features to guide them. Ouster's digital lidar provides AMRs with high-resolution data to accurately perceive the environment and accomplish specific tasks. The OS0 sensor's ultra-wide vertical field-of-view allows AMRs to map the entire warehouse environment, from floor to ceiling, in real-time. This data is then used in autonomy algorithms to help the AMR safely and efficiently navigate throughout the warehouse. Combining Ouster's high-resolution data with the MOV.AI Robotics Engine PlatformTM, advanced SLAM navigation, obstacle avoidance, and risk avoidance solutions, AMRs can operate efficiently and continuously in challenging warehouse environments, including: Dynamic environments Environments with little static information (features) Environments with repeated structures The MOV.AI ROS-based Robotics Engine PlatformTM provides AMR manufacturers and automation integrators with navigation, localization, calibration, and the enterprise-grade tools they need for advanced automation. It includes a visual Integrated Development Environment (IDE), off-the-shelf algorithms and integrations, fleet management, flexible interfaces with warehouse environments such as ERP and WMS, and cyber-security compliance. "MOV.AI's mission is to speed up robot development and to provide AMR manufacturers and integrators with everything they need to develop and operate great robots, Through our partnership with Ouster, we are able to offer our customers autonomy solutions that work seamlessly in environments with a limited field-of-view and physical features." Motti Kushnir, MOV.AI's CEO "Digital lidar is great for warehouse automation due to its high-resolution, wide field-of-view and reliability. It can provide incredibly precise 3D spatial information that just isn't possible with legacy laser scanning systems, cameras, or radar alone. Reliable data is what enables the robots to move safely and efficiently in dynamic environments," said Aaron English, Ouster's Head of Product Marketing for Industrial & Robotics. "The industry is at a tipping point for automation, which is why we're excited to be partnered with MOV.AI as they scale adoption of their Robotics Engine PlatformTM." About MOV.AI MOV.AI is changing AMRs as we know them. It provides AMR manufacturers and integrators with the tools they need to create enterprise-grade robots quickly, allowing users to benefit from automation products that are as flexible as the age we live in. MOV.AI is a Robotics Engine platform based on ROS and packaged in an intuitive web-based interface. It contains everything needed to build, deploy and operate intelligent robots. MOV.AI completely changes the way Autonomous Mobile Robots are developed, in terms of time to market, cost and flexibility. About Ouster Ouster (NYSE: OUST) is building a safer and more sustainable future through its high-resolution digital lidar sensors for the automotive, industrial, smart infrastructure, and robotics industries. Ouster's sensors offer an excellent combination of price and performance with the flexibility to span hundreds of use-cases and enable revolutionary autonomy across industries. With a global team and high-volume manufacturing, Ouster supports approximately 600 customers in over 50 countries. Ouster is headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices in the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East.

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Braskem Releases its First Ever Lineup of Sustainable 3D Printing Filaments for Additive Manufacturing

Braskem | May 10, 2022

Braskem the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas, as well as a market leader and pioneer producer of biopolymers on an industrial scale, announces today the release of three new sustainable 3D printing filament product offerings for the additive manufacturing market. These first of their kind products include 3D printing filaments produced from bio-based ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) filament derived from raw sugarcane as well from recycled polyethylene and polypropylene (PE/PP) blended filaments with, or without, carbon fiber. These sustainable products will be displayed in conjunction with Braskem's upcoming presence at Rapid + TCT, North America's largest Additive Manufacturing conference, being held at Huntington Place, in Detroit, Michigan from May 17 to 19, 2022. The RAPID + TCT 2022 conference brings together over 100 industry leaders focused on delivering leading-edge solutions to the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industry. "Braskem has a longstanding history of innovating and producing more sustainable bio-based polymers, and today's launch announcement regarding green EVA and recycled polymer 3D printing filaments reaffirms our commitment to a more circular, carbon neutral future. We couldn't be more excited to present these newest additions to our 3D printing product portfolio at the RAPID + TCT 2022 conference as our clients seek more sustainability solutions for the future." Jason Vagnozzi, Braskem Global Commercial Director of Additive Manufacturing New Sustainable 3D Filaments for Additive Manufacturing Bio-based EVA Filament – FL600EVA-BIO FL600EVA-BIO is a bio-based ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) filament, derived from raw sugar care, providing a more sustainable alternative to traditional flexible materials available on the market. This low carbon footprint formulation delivers a unique combination of sustainability, flexibility, ductility, light-weighting, and moisture resistance for direct drive printing 3D printing systems. FL600EVA-BIO expands the availability of sustainable materials for use in 3D printing applications such as consumer, packaging, and industrial markets. Applications Packaging, Shoes, Fashion, Consumer, and Industrial Applications Rapid prototyping and mass-customization Flexible parts Lightweight parts Compatible with direct drive system 3D printers Features Sustainability – Bio-based composition Flexibility – 94 Shore A hardness, elongation at break > 500% Low Density / lightweight Excellent Surface Finish Low Warpage and High Dimensional Stability Available Colors: Natural Available Diameters: 2.85mm, 1.75 mm Benefits No Drying Required High Chemical Resistance Heated Chamber not Required Excellent Bed Adhesion Recycled Polyolefin Filament – FL600R Braskem FL600R is a recycled filament designed for use in material extrusion-based Additive Manufacturing while maximizing sustainably sourced content. Primarily sourced from recycled bottle caps, FL600R is a recycled PE/PP blend containing over 90% sustainably sourced material, providing a more sustainable solution without sacrificing printability. This environmentally friendly filament provides the same low density as well as water, chemical, and impact resistance inherent to virgin polyethylene and polypropylene-based materials. Applications Automotive, Packaging, Consumer, and Industrial Applications Rapid prototyping and mass-customization Lightweight part design Compatible with Ultimaker, Creality and similar equipment Features > 90% Sustainably Sourced Content High ductility Low Density and lightweight Excellent Surface Finish Low Warpage and High Dimensional Stability Available Colors: Black Available Diameters: 2.85mm, 1.75 mm Benefits No Drying Required High Chemical Resistance Heated Chamber not Required Excellent Bed Adhesion Print Profiles Available on Ultimaker Cura Marketplace Recycled Polyolefin Filament with Carbon Fiber – FL605R-CF Braskem FL605R-CF is an engineering-grade polymer for additive manufacturing, containing 90% recycled content. Primarily sourced from recycled bottle caps, FL605R-CF is a recycled PE/PP blend that incorporates the use of recycled carbon fiber for added strength and durability, providing a more sustainable solution without sacrificing printability and mechanical properties. This environmentally friendly filament provides the same low density as well as water, chemical, and impact resistance inherent to virgin polyethylene and polypropylene-based materials. Applications Automotive, Aerospace, Packaging, Consumer, and Industrial Applications Rapid prototyping and mass-customization Lightweight and rigid part design Compatible with Ultimaker, Creality and similar equipment Features 90% Recycled content High Strength and Stiffness Low Density and lightweight Excellent Surface Finish Low Warpage and High Dimensional Stability Available Colors: Black Available Diameters: 2.85mm, 1.75 mm Benefits No Drying Required High Chemical Resistance Heated Chamber not Required Excellent Bed Adhesion Print Profiles Available on Ultimaker Cura Marketplace For those attending the Rapid + TCT Conference, Jason Vagnozzi, Braskem Global Commercial Director of Additive Manufacturing, and Michelle Sing, Ph.D., Braskem Materials Development Research Engineer, will be keynote presenters. They will discuss the development and design of sustainable materials for additive manufacturing. Please check the schedule for keynote presentation times during the show. Make sure to also stop by the Braskem booth #3813 to see Braskem's full range of 3D printing and additive manufacturing offerings as well as connect with Braskem industry and product specialists. Braskem 3D materials are also available through our strategic distribution partners M. Holland and Nexeo Plastics, as well as visiting our Braskem 3D storefront on Amazon. As one of the world's largest producers of polyolefins, Braskem offers solutions across 3D printing technologies such as Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and High-speed Pellet Extrusion. Through Braskem's decades of expertise in materials science and product development, its state-of-the-art 3D printing labs, as well as its strategic partnerships with industry leaders, Braskem is committed to delivering new and innovative products to the market. If you are a start-up, university, equipment manufacturer, converter, compounder, or brand owner, Braskem's product development professionals can collaborate with you on your next 3D printing solution. ABOUT BRASKEM With a global vision of the future oriented toward people and sustainability, Braskem is committed to contributing to the value chain for strengthening the Circular Economy. The petrochemical company's almost 8,000 team members dedicate themselves every day to improving people's lives through sustainable chemicals and plastics solutions. Braskem has an innovative DNA and a comprehensive portfolio of plastic resins and chemical products for diverse segments, such as food packaging, construction, manufacturing, automotive, agribusiness, healthcare, and hygiene, among others. With 41 industrial units in Brazil, the United States, Mexico, and Germany, Braskem exports its products to clients in more than 80 countries. Braskem America, Inc. is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Braskem S.A. headquartered in Philadelphia. The company is the leading producer of polypropylene in the United States, with six production plants located in Texas, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, an Innovation and Technology Center in Pittsburgh, and operations in Boston focused on leveraging groundbreaking developments in biotechnology and advanced materials.

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