ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION

Plus One Robotics and Tompkins Robotics Announce Strategic Partnership for High-Volume Warehouse Sorting and Picking

Plus One Robotics | March 29, 2022

Plus One Robotics, a leading 3D and AI-powered vision software provider, announced a partnership with Tompkins Robotics, a global leader in robotic distribution and fulfillment automation. The two businesses collaborate to develop an automated picking solution that combines Plus One Robotics' 3D and artificial intelligence software with Tompkins Robotics' tSort technology.

Plus One's software and Tompkins AMRs will work together to provide efficient solutions for high-volume e-commerce fulfillment and distribution centers. The combined technologies provide more flexible sorting and classification of new package forms and varieties, resulting in increased throughput rates with less downtime.

“We are thrilled to be combining Plus One’s 3D and AI software with Tompkins cutting-edge robots,” said Brent Barcey, VP of Business Development for Plus One Robotics. “Supply chains and warehouses are stretched now more than ever with higher demands for faster material processing and the constant challenge of workforce shortages. This partnership will allow us to deploy scalable solutions for customers looking for significant reductions in operating times and costs.

“Joining tSort with Plus One’s induction robots is marrying two innovative and cutting-edge robotics solutions that offer end customers expedited and accurate parcel and unit sortation, The combined system will provide for greater flexibility not only in warehouses, but in distribution centers as well as restocking in stores.”

Mike Futch, President and CEO of Tompkins Robotics
Plus One presented at MODEX today, discussing the future of industrial automation and evaluating how technology enables unprecedented digitization of the supply chain. Attendees of MODEX are urged to stop by the Plus One booth #B3627 to learn more about the relationship and witness live demonstrations of the two companies' integrated systems operation.

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Industry 4.0 challenges the status quo and creates new opportunities as a result of the digital transformation of business processes and business models. Humans, machines, systems, logistics, and products will be able to communicate and collaborate directly with one another. Development processes, production processes, logistics processes, and service processes in companies and between different companies will be intermeshed intelligently, making end-to-end processes even more flexible and efficient.


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MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

Bespoke Manufacturing Company (BMC) chooses Lectra's solutions to automate its on-demand production

Lectra | May 09, 2022

A major global player in the fashion, automotive and furniture markets, Lectra designs industrial intelligence solutions software, equipment, data and services for brands, manufacturers and retailers. Lectra is equipping Bespoke Manufacturing Company (BMC) with its Gerber AccuMark range of solutions and Gerber Z1 cutting machine for its manufacturing site in Phoenix, Arizona. A made-to-measure womenswear manufacturer, BMC is known for its revolutionary on-demand business model, providing customized garments through onshore production to improve sustainability and profitability. All products are sold prior to manufacturing, minimizing fabric waste and excess inventory, which greatly reduces costs. By adopting this model, BMC also gains agility in helping its customers respond to sudden changes in consumer demand, tastes, and preferences. "Our aim is to provide a viable alternative to the traditional supply chain by reducing manufacturing time from months to minutes," says J. Kirby Best, Chief Executive Officer, Bespoke Manufacturing Company. BMC has selected Lectra's Gerber Z1 cutter and Gerber AccuMark CAD system to power its iCreate.Fashion platform, which serves as the backbone of its on-demand factory. This technological ecosystem incorporates a digital printing solution, the Kornit Presto, and Lectra's AccuMark 2D, AccuMark Made-to-Measure solutions, as well as the GERBERcutter Z1 allowing BMC to go from designing to printing and cutting and sewing within minutes, without facing the risk of errors. With Lectra's solutions, BMC can streamline and automate the on-demand production process, without having to handle complex logistical issues and long lead times. As a result, they can achieve high throughput using less resources and labor, ensure consistent profitability, and expand their business to other regions with the same production model. "Compared to mass production, the on-demand model is well adapted to fashion's new normal, as it digitalizes the supply chain, creates minimal waste, and is more agile to meet consumers' needs. Traditionally, it is a complicated and tedious process, with long lead times. Our Industry 4.0 technology connects the dots to enable more and more trailblazing companies like BMC to adopt this way of manufacturing without any of its inconveniences, thanks to automation. By helping BMC, we are promoting a flexible, responsible manufacturing mindset, which is a step toward the future of the fashion industry. At the same time, we are bridging the gap between profitability and environmental sustainability," Lenny Marano, President, Americas, Lectra About Lectra: As a major player in the fashion, automotive and furniture markets, Lectra contributes to the Industry 4.0 revolution with boldness and passion by providing best-in-class technologies.The group offers industrial intelligence solutions - software, equipment, data and services - that facilitate the digital transformation of the companies it serves. In doing so, Lectra helps its customers push boundaries and unlock their potential. The group is proud to state that its 2,400 employees are driven by three core values: being open-minded thinkers, trusted partners and passionate innovators.

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3D PRINTING

Dassault Systèmes Introduces Life Cycle Assessment Solution on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to Transform the Sustainable Innovation Process

Dassault Systèmes | February 25, 2022

Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: FR0014003TT8, DSY.PA) (Paris:DSY) announced the launch of “Sustainable Innovation Intelligence,” its life cycle assessment solution that enables companies to minimize the environmental impacts of the products, materials and processes they create and help drive the circular economy. Fully embedded in Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and covering the entire value chain, the cloud-based solution uniquely integrates the ecoinvent database on the impacts of more than 18,000 industrial and agricultural processes, into virtual design, product development, manufacturing engineering, operations and logistics. “Collectively building a sustainable economy requires transforming the sustainable innovation process, from extracting raw materials to usage, reuse and recycling, Whether in manufacturing, infrastructure and cities or life sciences, data science experiences that combine LCA capabilities with virtual twin technology offer companies new ways to innovate by understanding how their decisions affect natural resources, ecosystems and health. Through our 3DEXPERIENCE platform, we aim to help companies contribute to the United Nations’ ‘Decade of Action’ and thrive while doing so.” -Florence Verzelen, Executive Vice President, Industry, Marketing and Sustainability, Dassault Systèmes. Many businesses are working to reduce emissions in line with climate science and are aiming to develop more circular business models by 2030 by redesigning their product lines and manufacturing systems. However, most business solutions on the market today are still focused on measuring the footprint of yesterday’s economy, retroactively. To drive disruptive sustainable innovation, companies need to integrate ecodesign principles in the upstream thinking about their future products and processes before there is any environmental impact in the real world. Virtual universes provide this opportunity. By combining LCA data with virtual twin technology, “Sustainable Innovation Intelligence” will empower LCA specialists, industrial designers, product engineers and manufacturing engineers to create circular life cycles by setting up sustainability requirements early on and collaboratively driving them throughout the design, product development and manufacturing engineering phases. It integrates supply of materials, design, manufacturing, operations, logistics, sales, marketing, and end-of-life management, providing real-time insights that allow teams to identify problems or improvements virtually before acting on them, and ensure traceability and reliability. “Sustainable Innovation Intelligence” relies on the life cycle inventory database of the not-for-profit ecoinvent Association, whose datasets measure and provide information on the natural resources withdrawn from the environment, the pollution released into water and soil, the emissions released into air, the products demanded from other processes, and the products, co-products and waste produced in diverse sectors on global and regional levels. “Our partnership with Dassault Systèmes is the first one with a software company in which our database is used at the very beginning of the product and manufacturing engineering processes for sustainability assessments,” said Emilia Moreno Ruiz, Interim Director, ecoinvent Association. “LCA brings the metrics needed to evaluate environmental impacts across the product lifecycle. Integrating that with virtual twin technology opens new possibilities to address these impacts early on.” ABOUT DASSAULT SYSTÈMES Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, is a catalyst for human progress. We provide business and people with collaborative 3D virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. By creating virtual twin experiences of the real world with our 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, our customers push the boundaries of innovation, learning and production to achieve a more sustainable world for patients, citizens, and consumers. Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 300,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit www.3ds.com© Dassault Systèmes. All rights reserved. 3DEXPERIENCE, the Compass icon, the 3DS logo, CATIA, BIOVIA, GEOVIA, SOLIDWORKS, 3DVIA, ENOVIA, NETVIBES, MEDIDATA, CENTRIC PLM, 3DEXCITE, SIMULIA, DELMIA, and IFWE are commercial trademarks or registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes, a French “société européenne” (Versailles Commercial Register # B 322 306 440), or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.

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INNOVATION

LLumin's IoT-enabled Software Reduces Downtime for Manufacturers by Nearly 40%

LLumin | January 19, 2022

Four out of every five companies experience unplanned downtime. And that downtime significantly impacts the bottom line in manufacturing—costing companies as much as $260,000 per hour according to Aberdeen Research. To combat downtime, something that's increasingly difficult in an economy with ongoing labor shortages and supply chain challenges, companies are turning to advanced technologies to minimize and reduce downtime, using machine learning and predictive analytics. That's why LLumin's findings from analysis across manufacturing customers reveal something so important: Based on historical customer data, their real-time machine analytics platform reduces downtime by nearly 40% within the first 12 months of going live in a facility. Not only that, LLumin's platform reduces customers' mean time to repair (MTTR) score—which measures the average time it takes to recover from a system failure—by nearly 20% within two years of implementing their CMMS platform. "We know firsthand from conversations with our customers that this platform delivers a lasting solution for curbing downtime—these numbers prove that it can help essentially any manufacturer concerned about equipment faltering, Monitoring machines in real-time and triggering preventive maintenance before a major issue arises is going to become an increasingly important part of how manufacturers thrive in the future." -LLumin CEO Ed Garibian. Minimizing downtime is crucial in sectors like the food and beverage industry—less downtime means less potential for spoilage, helping manufacturers run at optimum efficiency. LLumin's IoT-enabled solution provides proactive maintenance, which is a combination of preventative and predictive maintenance. Proactive maintenance supports time, usage, and condition-based maintenance approaches, all of which can be deployed simultaneously with LLumin. LLumin, a trusted CMMS partner for prominent food and beverage manufacturers like Sunny Delight Beverages, American Beverage Corporation, a2 Milk, and Miller Milling, and a provider for global brands like Rockwell Automation and Caterpillar, is committed to providing solutions that curb downtime and enhance safety in plants. About LLumin LLumin Inc., is redefining industrial automation by integrating real-time machine and operations data with business rules and policies to automatically trigger intelligent, predictive actions and outcomes. Using a "bias towards action" approach, LLumin moves beyond traditional Asset Management Solutions to provide customers with an intuitive, always-on, software solution that integrates seamlessly into their existing technology platforms.

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3D PRINTING

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 clare.scott@nexa3D.com. 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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Industry 4.0 challenges the status quo and creates new opportunities as a result of the digital transformation of business processes and business models. Humans, machines, systems, logistics, and products will be able to communicate and collaborate directly with one another. Development processes, production processes, logistics processes, and service processes in companies and between different companies will be intermeshed intelligently, making end-to-end processes even more flexible and efficient.

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