Modern Technologies Offer Opportunities For Smart Manufacturers To Transform Businesses

Which-50 | August 10, 2020

The emergence of technologies such as AI and machine learning, along with sophisticated analytics, offers opportunities for smart manufacturers to transform their businesses radically — to create new product and service offerings while maximising the efficiency of supply chains and processes.

Contemporary computing models — such as Cloud and, increasingly, Edge computing — release huge amounts of sensor- and device-related data, to help with decision-making.

To succeed, however, companies need to be able to leverage this vast trove of data. In far too many cases, much of the data that is produced at the Edge is discarded, rather than transferred to a core environment for long-term storage.


Manufacturers are increasingly facing new challenges as they look to stay competitive in the global market place. From changing market forces to the need for increased production efficiency, the issues are broad. And all whilst trying to ensure that the quality of their goods is exceptional and customer response times are kept to a minimum.

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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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TriRx Completes Acquisition of Elanco Manufacturing Facility in Speke, United Kingdom

TriRx | February 09, 2022

TriRx Pharmaceutical Services, LLC, a leading international CDMO, announced that it has finalized and closed on its agreement with Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE:ELAN) to acquire the ownership and operations of its manufacturing site in Speke, United Kingdom. Elanco is one of the world's leading animal health companies, dedicated to innovating and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets. The two companies agreed a two-facilty sale and long-term supply agreement in 2021, covering a facility in Shawnee, Kansas, USA, and the Speke, UK site.Timothy C. Tyson, Chairman & CEO of TriRx, stated, The Speke facility deal constitutes the second part of our acquisition and supply agreement with Elanco, following our closing on the Shawnee, Kansas facility in August 2021. We look forward to continuing our successful strategic partnership with this global leader. This important two-facility acquisition represents a significant step in our strategy to be a leading global CDMO in both animal health and human health. We welcome the skilled workforce at Speke to TriRx, and look forward to growing this team as we invest in the site, fulfilling the long-term supply agreement with Elanco Animal Health and bringing in new business as part of our strategic plan. The Speke facility, initially built by Eli Lilly, offers capabilities to manufacture human health and animal health products. The sale includes the physical assets of the site and transfer of approximately 350 employees. Under the long-term supply agreement, TriRx will continue to provide Elanco with reliable delivery of its products. "The Speke facility is located close to Liverpool, UK, which is strategically important for TriRx. It is the fifth location for us and takes us to two manufacturing facilities in North America and two in Europe. It also adds API and biological capabilities to our portfolio, and further capacity capable of manufacturing both animal health and human health products." -James Scandura, COO of TriRx, TriRx officially took ownership of the Speke facility on February 1st, 2022 with a formal celebration event scheduled for February 8th, attended by Maria Eagle, UK Member of Parliament for Garston and Halewood, as well as other local dignitaries, key customers, pharmaceutical executives, personnel from TriRx and Elanco, and local community members. "Since the sale of the Shawnee facilty to TriRx in August last year, our partnership has been very successful, and we are delighted to complete this next step with the Speke facilty sale and continue our long-term strategic supply agreement with a major supplier that shares our vision." -Dave Urbanek, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing & Quality at Elanco Animal Health About TriRx TriRx Pharmaceutical Services is a global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) serving biopharmaceutical and animal health markets. Headquartered approximately 50 miles outside of New York City in Norwalk, Connecticut, TriRx operates facilities in multiple regions providing state-of-the-art laboratory, manufacturing, packaging, warehousing, and technical service capabilities. Founded and led by a team of pharmaceutical industry executives, who have served as both contract service providers and outsourcing customers, TriRx has a profound and multifaceted understanding of client needs. It has the knowledge and commitment to deliver an exceptional experience on every project, consistently meeting or exceeding quality standards, regulatory requirements, on-time-in-full (OTIF) delivery, and all other customer requirements and expectations. Learn more at

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Hibiki-Seiki and Optima Manufacturing enter Strategic Partnership to Supply North American Aerospace Industry

Hibiki | March 23, 2022

Japan-based Hibiki-Seiki and Alberta-based Optima Manufacturing (Optima), with support from the Invest Alberta Corporation (IAC) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly manufacture and supply high-precision machining and components for the North American Aerospace Industry. This partnership is expected to generate $5 million in new business for the partners and create 10 new high-skilled jobs in Alberta over the next year with up to 50 new jobs between the two companies within the next five years. “Thanks to the support of JETRO and IAC, we identified Optima Manufacturing as the ideal strategic partner for us to establish our initial entry into the North American market and leverage both complementary manufacturing capacities to rapidly expand our collective business and capture new opportunities across the global value chain,” said Isao Matsuyama, Vice President, Hibiki-Seiki. "This partnership will allow us to fill a major gap in the global supply chain of semi-conductors and meet the growing demand for specialized parts in North America’s rapidly expanding aerospace and satellite industry.” Based in Yamaguchi, Japan since 1967 with a team of 107 employees, JISQ9100 certified Hibiki-Seiki specializes in reducing the weight of complex parts and components for the global semiconductor manufacturing equipment and satellite industry through its unique combination of turning technology and machining centers for thin precision metal cutting. The partnership between Optima and Hibiki-Seiki will benefit a variety of industries on a global scale by alleviating current supply chain issues of precision components while unlocking new opportunities for expansion. Following the successful rollout of this initial partnership, Hibiki-Seiki is considering expanding its investment in Alberta by establishing a physical presence with additional equipment and human resources working alongside the Optima team at its Calgary-based headquarters. "We are elated about this partnership with Hibiki-Seiki, and to expand our global reach, Optima has been growing its global customer-base with clients throughout Japan, Europe, and other international markets. This partnership means we can take on new business opportunities at an accelerated pace by leveraging our combined manufacturing capacity and expertise. What’s more, is that it places us in an optimal position to generate new jobs back home in Alberta. We truly appreciate the support of Invest Alberta and JETRO in making this connection to Alberta’s supply chain and manufacturing advantage.” Duane Hertzer, President, Optima Manufacturing Optima is one of Western Canada’s most diversified precision machining facilities. A Calgary-based corporation, it has been ISO-9001 certified since 2005 and specializes in the machining, assembly and kitting of small-to-medium-sized precision components for a globally diverse market of international Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). Optima’s team is currently comprised of 52 associates and its global industry market portfolio includes energy, transportation, aerospace and process control. This is spread between markets in North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. "We are pleased to collaborate with Invest Alberta and Optima Manufacturing to Hibiki-Seiki’s entry into the North American market,” said Kimiya Nakao, Business Development Partner, JETRO. "We intend to continuously support Hibiki-Seiki and other Japanese companies by helping introduce high-end Japanese technologies and promoting investment into new international markets.” “This partnership between Hibiki-Seiki and Optima is a perfect example of how Alberta’s economy is being further diversified,” said Honourable Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation. "Their collaboration in the aerospace and manufacturing sectors presents new opportunities for Albertans. Our province is a destination of choice for business and I look forward to seeing more from Hibiki-Seiki and Optima in the future.” “Alberta is strategically positioned to be a leading destination for manufacturing and aerospace companies. We’re excited to work with top-tier partners from Japan to support new technologies that are in demand from global industries, creating new investment, opportunities, and jobs in Alberta,” said Rick Christiaanse, CEO, Invest Alberta Corporation. About Hibiki-Seiki Founded in 1967 with its headquarters in Yamaguchi, Japan, Hibiki-Seiki is a second-generation family-owned machining and manufacturing company specializing in the production of semi-conductors and satellites for the global aerospace industry. For more information, visit About Optima Manufacturing Established in 1990, Optima Manufacturing is a Calgary, Alberta-based family-owned business dedicated to providing the highest quality state-of-the-art close-tolerance machining and precision assembly services. Our parts are used in a variety of industries, including Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Environmental Control, Agriculture and Telecommunications. About Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) JETRO, or the Japan External Trade Organization, is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO's core focus in the 21st century has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small to medium size Japanese firms maximize their global export potential. About the Invest Alberta Corporation The Invest Alberta Corporation is dedicated to investment attraction, with a mandate to engage the world and provide high-end tailored support to companies, investors, and major new projects. Alberta, Canada has the lowest corporate payroll and sales taxes; the youngest and highly educated workforce in Canada, and the most livable and affordable cities. Invest Alberta works to break down barriers so investors and businesses can start up, scale up, and succeed without limits.

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Nexa3D Launches the Ultrafast, Affordable NXE 200 Industrial 3D Printer

Nexa3D | April 11, 2022

Nexa3D, maker of ultrafast 3D printers, today announced the release of the NXE 200 industrial 3D printer, an affordable entryway into Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology. The NXE 200 is a natural expansion of Nexa3D’s portfolio, which also currently includes the NXE 400 industrial 3D printer and NXD 200 dental 3D printer, with the intention of broadening LSPc’s accessibility. Designers, engineers, and manufacturers who need fast, accurate, and scalable prototyping and manufacturing solutions will benefit from the NXE 200. The system offers not only 6.5x the speed of competitive resin 3D printing technologies but a spacious build volume of 8.5L and build area of 275 x 155 x 200mm. With this combination of speed and volume, users can produce large parts and production runs of smaller parts in a fraction of the time required by other 3D printers. “Consumers should not have to accept tradeoffs between quality and affordability, The NXE 200 offers extremely high productivity, in addition to superior accuracy, aesthetics, and mechanical properties, at the lowest total cost of ownership. Nexa3D intends to reach as many users as possible, and the NXE 200 will make LSPc more widely available.” Michele Marchesan, Nexa3D Chief Revenue Officer, Industrial Products Nexa3D offers a large selection of materials for use with the NXE 200, along with its intuitive and user-friendly NexaX 2.0 software, which enables intelligent build optimization, process stability, and print consistency. Closing out the validated workflow are xWash and xCure post-processing technology. Each of these elements is fast and easy to use, eliminating wasted time in print preparation and post-processing. The NXE 200 includes Nexa3D’s proprietary Everlast 2 membrane, a key component to LSPc’s speed and which, thanks to its long lifespan, results in more printer uptime and lower consumables costs. The printer’s 4K LCD light engine eliminates light diffusion near the part’s edges, resulting in exceptional accuracy and surface finish. Uniform exposure and process control with high power and irradiance enable strong cure at each layer for better mechanical properties. The NXE 200 is priced at $49,990 with installation included, and for a limited time, the printer comes bundled with Nexa3D’s high-capacity xCure curing unit and NexaX 2.0 software. This offer is good until the end of May. The affordability of the NXE 200 goes beyond its price point. Built from industrial hardware with modular components, the 3D printer is easy to service and affordable to upgrade, resulting in a long-lasting, reliable machine. Nexa3D is launching the NXE 200 at this week’s Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference, taking place in Chicago April 3-7. A Diamond Sponsor of the conference, Nexa3D will also be showcasing the larger-format industrial NXE 400 3D printer and the brand new industrial resin desktop XiP 3D printer, which is scheduled to begin shipping in Q2. Other Nexa3D products at AMUG will include xWash and xCure, NexaX 2.0 software, and information and part showcase for the upcoming QLS 350 powder bed 3D printer. Visit Nexa3D at Booth D12, and to set up a meeting with a Nexa3D team member, please contact About Nexa3D Nexa3D is passionate about digitizing supply chain sustainably. The company makes ultrafast polymer 3D printers that deliver 20X productivity advantage, affordable for professionals and businesses of all sizes. Partnerships with world-class material suppliers unlock the full potential of additively manufactured polymers for volume production. Automated software tools optimize the entire production cycle using process interplay algorithms that ensure part performance and production consistency, while reducing waste, energy and carbon footprints.

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Manufacturers are increasingly facing new challenges as they look to stay competitive in the global market place. From changing market forces to the need for increased production efficiency, the issues are broad. And all whilst trying to ensure that the quality of their goods is exceptional and customer response times are kept to a minimum.