SLM Solutions secures Metal Heart as South African reseller of 3D printing platforms

TCT Magazine | October 05, 2017

Metal Heart Additive Technology Africa will distribute the company’s Selective Laser Melting (SLM) platforms across the country and provide advice and support as and when required. The South African outfit has been working intensively with SLM technology since 2014, and will now add the offerings of SLM Solutions to its portfolio.

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Minimizing downtime and increasing production efficiency is one of the main goals of an effective maintenance strategy. Knowing the working hours, operating parameters, and consumption of one’s assets is the starting point for identifying operating conditions, studying their behavior, finding anomalies, and understanding the reasons for individual downtime. In this way, using different algorithms, it is possible to achieve the ideal strategy


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MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

Canvass AI Showcases AI Solutions for Steelmakers to Optimize Production and Reduce GHG Emissions

Canvass AI | November 22, 2022

Canvass AI, a leader in industrial AI-as-a-Service, will today detail and discuss its series of packaged AI solutions for the steel industry at the Artificial Intelligence and Steelmaking Summit. The Company will deliver a presentation on Leveraging Industrial AI to Increase Throughput in Steel Manufacturing at 12:00 pm November 22nd EST (17:00 GMT). "Canvass AI has worked very closely with steelmakers on maximizing throughput in steel production. The additional benefits, however, reducing energy costs, remelts, and GHG emissions, are what organizations are looking for most from AI and digital transformation – a road toward sustainability." -Humera Malik, CEO, Canvass AI. The session on Leveraging Industrial AI to Increase Throughput in Steel Manufacturing will cover: How a leading steel manufacturer is projecting an increase in throughput by over 10% within the first week of using the Canvass AI platform Key considerations on how to successfully apply industrial AI in operations How the Canvass AI platform predicts optimal throughput speed for common steel-making processes, such as annealing, to maximize productivity without jeopardizing quality Canvass AI's packaged AI solutions for the steel industry are designed to capture institutional knowledge and include: Process Suite that reduces raw material costs, improves quality and reduces waste; Net-Zero Suite™ that optimizes water use/reuse, waste reduction and minimizing GHG emissions without compromising production goals; and Asset Suite that reduces energy costs and increases reliability with reduced downtime. About Steel Times International and the Artificial Intelligence and Steelmaking Summit The Artificial Intelligence and Steelmaking Summit is run by Steel Times International, which has served as the leading journal for the steel and iron manufacturing industries for over 150 years. About Canvass AI: Canvass AI is a leading software provider enabling industrial companies to exceed their operations and sustainability targets with patented industrial AI technology. Its AI-as-a-Service is designed to co-exist with existing technologies and empower workforces to achieve faster sustainable outcomes. Backed by Alphabet, and Yamaha Motor Ventures, Canvass AI is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Innovation Community, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, and is recognized by CB Insights as one of the world's top 50 technology companies that is advancing manufacturing.

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SME Introduces Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification

SME | December 02, 2022

SME, a nationally recognized certifying body in manufacturing, announced today that it has developed and will offer the Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals (RMF) credential. The new certification, focused on assessing a candidate's comprehension of fundamental robotics concepts, may be used by those currently looking to upskill or reskill into manufacturing careers before pursuing equipment-specific or career pathway-specific training in robotics. The credential can help individuals begin a lifelong career in an industry where there is opportunity for advancement and good-paying jobs. The industry-recognized RMF credential was developed by SME, with two leading organizations in the robotics education area: Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and FIRST®. "Through our extensive networks in industry, education and workforce, SME identified a common need for a robotics credential that demonstrates certification holders have a basic understanding of robotics concepts before starting a more advanced training program, We worked closely with the REC Foundation and FIRST to validate the body of knowledge to cover topics relevant for foundational robotics topics across a wide range of industries. The global robotics market is expected to reach $74 billion by 2026 and there is tremendous opportunity for those who want to advance their career, o keep our industry thriving, we need to help meet the high demand for advanced manufacturing and robotics talent in our country." -Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME and member of the Education and Workforce Advisory Committee of ARM, the Robotics Institute. The RMF credential, focused on the fundamentals of manufacturing robotics, provides a starting point for any career pathway a candidate may pursue in the field of robotics. With a RMF credential and the fundamental knowledge it represents, a candidate has many options available to them including: Entry-level employment in manufacturing jobs that involves robotics and automation Pursuing further education and training toward Robotics-specific career pathway such as a robotics technician, robotics specialist, robotics integrator, or robotics engineer Equipment-specific robotics training and certification Skilled trade in which robots may be applied such as machining or welding Industrial maintenance or mechatronics certification "It is important for FIRST to recognize the high value of skills and experiences that students gain through robotics programs, The RMF credential unlocks exciting career pathways, helping us inspire young people to become leaders in robotics and advanced manufacturing, and we're proud to join SME in developing this program." -Chris Rake, Chief Operating Officer, FIRST. The RMF credential is ideal for high school and college students, dislocated workers, under-employed individuals, veterans, at-risk youth, and others who are seeking new employment in high-demand manufacturing jobs. The REC Foundation is pleased to partner with SME to create the Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals certification as a way to recognize students that are pursuing Industry 4.0 technology careers, said Dan Mantz, CEO, REC Foundation. Manufacturing is evolving and today's manufacturing jobs require high tech skills. But there is a critical shortage of tech workers for these jobs so students earning this certification will have excellent career opportunities. The Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals certification is an exciting complement to the existing REC Foundation industry certifications in Pre-engineering and Robotics that are part of our workforce development initiatives. SME has led the manufacturing industry in providing industry-recognized certifications for over 50 years, including Lean Certification, Additive Manufacturing Certification, Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA), Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT), and Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE). About SME: We believe in the power of technology and the innovation of people to advance our nation and solve the world's greatest problems. For 90 years, SME has been leading the manufacturing ecosystem to elevate manufacturers, academia, professionals, and the communities in which they operate. We build the bridge from today to the future by developing the next generation of manufacturing talent and informing industry on technology advances that can propel their operations into excellence. About The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation: The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC Foundation) provides educators with competition, education, and workforce readiness programs to increase student engagement in science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science. Through its robotics and drone initiatives, the REC Foundation is inspiring and preparing a global community of over one million students to become innovative leaders. About FIRST: FIRST® is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured afterschool programs. Boosted by a global support system of volunteers, educators, and sponsors that include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, teams operate under a signature set of FIRST Core Values to conduct research, fundraise, design, build, and showcase their achievements during annual challenges. An international not-for-profit organization founded by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST has a proven impact on STEM learning, interest, and skill-building well beyond high school. Participants and alumni of FIRST programs gain access to education and career discovery opportunities, connections to exclusive scholarships and employers, and a place in the FIRST community for life.

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Skillnote Releases "Skillnote Insight" for Analyzing Skill Data on Manufacturing Personnel

Skillnote | November 11, 2022

Skillnote Corporation has released Skillnote Insight, a new function of the Skillnote skill management system. Skillnote Insight is a function for analyzing skill information, qualification information and training information on employees centrally managed using Skillnote along a variety of axes such as division, age group and timeline. This enables analysis and understanding of information such as the status of skills held and the status of education for the entire organization from a macro perspective, and supports strategy formulation and decision making not only in front-line divisions, but also head office HR divisions and top management. Skillnote Insight is a new function integrated with the existing functions of Skillnote, significantly enhancing their value. Background of development The environment surrounding manufacturing is currently undergoing significant change. Under these conditions, there is pressure for transformation of the skills needed from employees and the methods used for human resource development. Skillnote perceives employee skills that are the source of strength for enhancing the competitiveness of manufacturing companies to be useful data, and believes it is important to actively utilize this in business strategy and management strategy beyond conventional management in front-line divisions. Skillnote Insight was developed to contribute to not only front-line divisions but also companywide strategy formulation and decision making by increasing the utility of data collected through skill management in manufacturing sites and analyzing it from a more macro perspective. Key Features of Skillnote Insight Multiple analysis templates reflecting Skillnote's insight and know-how are available Reduction of hassle and time needed for file integration and data collection Analysis results can be output to formats such as PDF and Excel to share and use in reports User permissions can be set About the Skillnote skill management system: Skillnote is a skill management system enabling the centralized management and operation of skill matrices that have previously been managed on manufacturing sites using paper or spreadsheets. It enables planned human resource development and human resource assignment using competence information on employees on manufacturing sites. Organically linking the training information and qualification information along the access of employees' skill information enables the drafting and progress management of development plans optimized for individuals. About Skillnote Corporation: Skillnote Corporation (head office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Takafumi Yamakawa) was founded in 2016 and is a global company providing the Skillnote skill and training management system focused on manufacturing sites. With the vision of "Realize a world where all workers can grow and have a fulfilling career" the company is aiming for the realization of a society where everyone involved in manufacturing works energetically by scientifically analyzing the growth of people working in manufacturing.

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Amcor investment in PulPac fiber technology to accelerate global deployment of innovative paper packaging

Amcor | November 09, 2022

Amcor (NYSE: AMCR, ASX:AMC), a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging solutions, has announced its investment of US$3 million in PulPac, a Swedish company providing disruptive manufacturing technology for low-cost, high-performance fiber-based packaging. Amcor is one of several strategic investors in a cross-industry alliance aimed at driving the deployment of PulPac's technology globally. PulPac is a pioneering, innovation-led company focused on developing its dry-molded fiber technology for use as a viable, sustainable option for the packaging industry. This solution uses raw materials readily found globally, manufactured using an innovative process that requires significantly less resources, which reduces CO2 emissions by 80%, compared to existing processes. This cross-industry investment will support PulPac's global commercialization ambitions, enabling the company to deploy its solutions across markets and provide the potential for applications in Amcor's own product ranges. The alliance with PulPac and investment into its fiber technology also follow the launch of the AmFiberTM platform earlier this year, through which Amcor aims to redefine the capabilities of traditional paper packaging, and build upon Amcor's extensive experience in paper and carton packaging. "Amcor is committed to developing solutions that meet the needs of our customers, consumers and the environment. Amcor's investment in PulPac will help to accelerate the global rollout of this innovative technology, and well as support research into its suitability for future applications. -Frank Lehmann, vice president of Corporate Venturing and Open Innovation at Amcor. Using PulPac's dry-molded fiber technology, the shape of products can be optimized for a wide variety of applications, including some that have traditionally not been able to employ a viable sustainable option. "With the backing and support of such world-class partners including Amcor, we'll continue to grow our offering and deploy our new packaging across the world. I look forward to working more with our partners and, through collaboration, providing solutions that are more sustainable." -Linus Larsson Green, co-founder and CEO of PulPac. Amcor is engaged in multiple start-up investment opportunities, supporting their journeys through the sharing of expertise from Amcor's own research and development teams, and exploring the potential for joint undertakings. Recent activity includes strategic investments into ePac Flexible Packaging and PragmatIC Semiconductors, together with seed-funding for two start-ups – Nfinite Nanotechnology and Bloom Biorenewables Ltd – as part of the Amcor Lift-Off initiative, through which seed-stage start-up companies can secure investment of $250,000 toward the development of innovative and sustainable technologies. About Amcor: Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging solutions for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal-care, and other products. Amcor works with leading companies around the world to protect their products and the people who rely on them, differentiate brands, and improve supply chains through a range of flexible and rigid packaging, specialty cartons, closures, and services. The company is focused on making packaging that is increasingly lighter weight, recyclable and reusable, and made using an increasing amount of recycled content. In fiscal year 2022, 44,000 Amcor people generated $15 billion in annual sales from operations that span 220 locations in 43 countries.

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