Kulicke & Soffa | January 05, 2022
Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KLIC) ("Kulicke & Soffa", "K&S" or the "Company") announced at SEMICON Taiwan the launch of KNeXt™, the new web-based industry 4.0 software solution that connects K&S equipment and enables fleet management, factory automation and productivity improvement.
Over the past three decades, K&S has been focused on developing and enhancing equipment connectivity and factory automation solutions to drive efficiency and productivity for semiconductor assembly equipment. Over the last 5 years, strong customer demand drove more than 20,000 new active equipment connections.
Leveraging the Company's factory automation strength and existing installed base, KNeXt™ provides several new value enhancing features:
Web based platform, with instant access anywhere within a customer's network
Factory dashboards with equipment fleet view, search and control of up to thousands of connected machines
Customized and cost-effective software modules to cater to different customer requirements
Option to provide standalone software as a service to integrate into a customer's existing manufacturing system and host software
"Industry 4.0 adoption is a continuous journey with increasing automation needs as semiconductor assembly becomes more complex. KNeXt™ is designed to serve different market segments by providing the most comprehensive solutions for K&S equipment, with flexibility to customize based on customer and application specific process flows. We are committed to the continuous development of industry 4.0 solutions through learning and partnership with our customers in their industry 4.0 journey."
-Meng Kwong Han, Kulicke & Soffa's Vice President of Aftermarket Products & Services
KNeXt™ has already been successfully deployed at multiple customers and is ready for new customer evaluations and sales.
Please contact your local sales and services representative for more information on K&S' comprehensive solutions.
About Kulicke & Soffa
Kulicke & Soffa (NASDAQ: KLIC) is a leading provider of semiconductor, LED and electronic assembly solutions serving the global automotive, consumer, communications, computing and industrial markets. Founded in 1951, K&S prides itself on establishing foundations for technological advancement - creating pioneering interconnect solutions that enable performance improvements, power efficiency, form-factor reductions and assembly excellence of current and next-generation semiconductor devices.
Leveraging decades of development proficiency and extensive process technology expertise, Kulicke & Soffa's expanding portfolio provides equipment solutions, aftermarket products and services supporting a comprehensive set of interconnect technologies including wire bonding, advanced packaging, lithography, and electronics assembly. Dedicated to empowering technological discovery, always, K&S collaborates with customers and technology partners to push the boundaries of possibility, enabling a smarter future.
Contactile Pty Ltd | May 05, 2022
Australia-based company Contactile has closed US$2.5 million in seed funding to develop and pilot tactile sensors that give robots a human sense of touch and enable robotic dexterity. The round was led by Silicon Valley's True Ventures with participation from Flying Fox Ventures, Radar Ventures and UNSW Founders, the last of which is a program launched by the university where Contactile's three co-founders developed the company's core technology.
What makes Contactile's sensor technology superior is its ability to measure 3D forces and torques, partial slip and friction all essential parameters for enabling robotic dexterity.
"To hold an object without letting it slip from our grasp, we squeeze it with our fingers," said Dr. Heba Khamis, Conctactile co-founder and CEO. "When an object is heavier, we squeeze harder, and when an object is slippery, we squeeze harder. People know how hard to squeeze an object because they can feel the weight and the slipperiness by touching the object. But robots haven't been able to feel these things before now."
Khamis co-founded Contactile with Benjamin Xia, CTO, and Associate Professor Stephen Redmond. The three co-founders have been developing tactile sensors together for eight years, beginning at UNSW Sydney, where they each studied or taught, and performed research in electrical, software and biomedical engineering. Together, they've developed deep expertise in human tactile physiology, artificial tactile sensing, signal processing and machine learning, and control.
"We're delighted to partner with True and this amazing group of investors, each of whom brings deep experience in different aspects of rapidly scaling businesses," said Khamis. "They understand the massive opportunity in robotics and the need for smarter, more flexible and more reactive robots that can help do the jobs that are too dull, dirty and/or dangerous for people to do."
While robots currently on the market can pick up and place items, they must be precisely programmed for every object they encounter; they cannot adapt to pick up new objects without new, more advanced programming. As such, their behavior is un-human-like and incapable of complex manipulation. Opening jars, turning door handles, and even operating tools are triumphs. Contactile's technology enables robotic grippers to autonomously handle objects never before encountered but also to perform more complex manipulation through touch sensor feedback, enabling robots to use their 'hands' in a more flexible, versatile way.
Contactile is looking to solve both short-term and long-term problems from warehouse fulfillment e.g., autonomous gripping of thousands of unique products in a grocery store to space applications e.g., versatile robots for building infrastructure on planets other than Earth.
"We're thrilled to partner with the Contactile team and join their bold vision to lead the tactile revolution in robotics, Their innovations in tactile-grip sensors have the potential to transform robots from single-task machines to multi-purpose handy helpers. Applications of Contactile's technology span multiple industrial and consumer robotics scenarios and our investment will accelerate the development of their products and pilots worldwide."
Rohit Sharma, partner at True Ventures
There is a mega trend towards robotics and automation in every sector, including agriculture, warehousing and logistics, security and rescue, health and medicine, and space. Rich tactile sensing and dexterous robots will be required in these industries as robots are needed to perform more human-like tasks.
Contactile will use this funding round to pursue further research and product development in addition to executing a number of pilots to demonstrate the value of tactile sensing.
Contactile's sensing technology gives robots a human sense of touch and enables dexterous robotic gripping. The technology was developed at UNSW Sydney with initial funding support from the Australian Research Council and US Office of Naval Research Global.
About True Ventures
True Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm focused on early stage technology startups. With more than $2.8 billion under management, True provides seed and Series A financing to entrepreneurs in today's fastest growing markets.
About Flying Fox Ventures
Flying Fox Ventures injects early stage capital to propel Australian and New Zealand companies across the globe. They look for amazing people who deeply understand the challenges around them and are breaking the mould on how to solve them.
About Radar Ventures
Radar Ventures is a private fund based in Australia and New Zealand, investing globally in companies developing frontier technologies that aim to solve some of the world's biggest challenges. Partners are Atlanta Daniel and Rod Drury (founder of Xero).
About UNSW Founders
UNSW Founders is Australia's leading university-based entrepreneurial program. Contactile is one of 62 graduates from its flagship 10x accelerator program, which has helped its startups raise $70 million of investment capital post program, create 175+ jobs and rapidly expand to new markets.
Unitron Group B.V. | February 17, 2022
Aegis Software, a global provider of Manufacturing Operations Management Software (MOM/MES), announces that Unitron Group B.V. has selected the FactoryLogix IIoT-based MES solution for their factory in the Netherlands.With over 30 years of experience in manufacturing complex mechatronic and electronic equipment, Unitron is dedicated to creating life-science devices in areas including electrophysiology, optics, ventilators, and heating. With certification to ISO 13485 and Ordinance 169 and compliancy to FDA, Unitron specializes in efficient scalability from prototype to volume for the medical market, covering the European, American, and Japanese markets.
Producing more than 250 different products each year, Unitron’s goal was to implement a modern, IIoT platform-based Smart MES solution, replacing their older system that worked together with an in-house solution.
“In our highly regulated industry, it became essential to streamline our engineering operations, through the implementation of interactive electronic assembly documentation, as well as also providing holistic traceability, which demonstrates compliance, We found confidence in Aegis’ proven track record in the Medical market and strong customer base in Europe.”
-Mario Steel, Operations Manager at Unitron Group B.V.
As progress is made towards Industry 4.0, FactoryLogix works “out-of-the-box” to make the most out of data available on the shop-floor and within the enterprise, enabling Unitron to adapt and evolve operations very quickly, retaining focus on specific needs of their customers.
“We are proud to be working with Unitron, who are helping take global healthcare to the next level in this crucial medical sector. Now more than ever, excellent manufacturing operations, building products with outstanding quality and reliability, is critical to all of us.”
-Daniel Walls, Managing Director EMEA at Aegis Software
FactoryLogix is a holistic and modular IIoT-based Manufacturing Operations Management platform that delivers leading-edge technology with easily configurable modules to support and execute a discrete manufacturer’s strategy towards Industry 4.0. FactoryLogix manages the entire manufacturing lifecycle: from product launch to material logistics, through manufacturing execution and quality management to powerful analytics and real-time dashboards. This end-to-end platform helps companies accelerate product introductions, streamline processes, improve quality and traceability, reduce costs, and gain greater visibility for competitive advantage and profitability.
About Unitron Group B.V.
Headquartered in IJzendijke in The Netherlands, Unitron develops and produces high-quality life science devices, always focusing on innovation, quality, and flexibility. With more than 60 professionals, Unitron works on high-end life-science products that everyone can depend on and act as a sustainable partner for several major players in the medical field. Together with them, Unitron strives for the best possible care experience. For more information, please visit https://www.unitron.nl/en/.
About Aegis Software
Founded in 1997, Aegis Software uniquely delivers a comprehensive and flexible end-to-end manufacturing execution system (MES) platform giving manufacturers the speed, control, and visibility they require. Aegis has international sales and support offices in Germany, UK, and China, and partners with more than 37 manufacturing equipment suppliers. Since its inception, Aegis has been helping more than 2,200 factories across the military, aerospace, electronics, medical, and automotive industries, drive rapid and continuous innovation with the highest quality while reducing operational costs. Learn more by visiting https://www.aiscorp.com. Speed, Control and Visibility for Manufacturing.Note: FactoryLogix is a registered trademark of Aegis Industrial Software. All other company and product names contained herein are trademarks of the respective holders.
AnkerMake | April 12, 2022
AnkerMake, Anker Innovations new 3D printing brand, announced today the launch of the AnkerMake M5, the first 3D printer designed to improve the user experience by reducing printing time up to 70%. The AnkerMake M5 is available today on Kickstarter.com, starting at an super early bird price of $429.
"3D printers help us imagine a world where ideas and creative concepts can be instantly transformed into physical form. However, the reality is 3D printing can be slow, cumbersome, and difficult to figure out," said Steven Yang, CEO of Anker Innovations. "AnkerMake is committed to removing these pain points so that artists, inventors, hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts can take advantage of a more practical tool to bring their creations to life."
The AnkerMake M5 solves the most critical issues that have prevented 3D printing from becoming a more mainstream endeavor. These issues include slow print speeds, the need to constantly supervise printing for errors and a needlessly complicated user experience.
The AnkerMake M5 solves these issues by delivering:
Quick and Easy Assembly
3D printing has never been this accessible. The M5 is designed is easy to set up in just three steps within 15 minutes. Several user-friendly features including 7x7 auto-leveling, PEI soft magnetic printing bed, auto-resume after power outage and printing notifications. These enhancements help the user focus completely on their prints instead of technical aspects and handcrafting.
A New Standard in Print Speeds
Thanks to its new PowerBoost technology, the AnkerMake M5 basic print speed is 250 mm/s, which can be used for printing jobs that require a smoother and more detailed finish. For faster print jobs, perfect for prototyping and less detailed finishes, the M5 can save even more time with an acceleration of the extruder up to 2,500 mm/s². In this print mode, the M5 can reduce the average print times by up to 70% in comparison to other 3D printers.
Stable, Quality Printing
The aluminum alloy die-casting design increases the weight of the base, reducing the center of gravity of the machine. The sleek design makes printing more stable and allows fast speeds and extreme acceleration. The installation error of the base is also reduced, improving the accuracy of the printing tool and surface even at high speeds with 0.1 mm precision.
AI Print Monitoring
The built-in HD camera will monitor print jobs for issues like layer splitting, spaghetti mess or nozzle plugging. When it detects an issue, the AnkerMake M5 will alert users. This feature helps avoid wasting time and valuable printing materials.
Live WebCam View With Time Lapse
Users can view live feeds of their print jobs from anywhere using the AnkerMake mobile app. Time lapse videos are also automatically generated after the printing job is complete. With an adaptive light-sensing algorithm, users can see the printer output clearly, even at night.
Smart, Connected Printing
The AnkerMake M5 can be seamlessly connected and controlled through both the AnkerMake mobile app and AnkerMake slicing software1. Multi-device management and remote messaging notifications enable the user to start printing from their smartphone or computer anytime, anywhere.
5X industry average print speed (250 mm/s in standard print mode)
2,500 mm/s² in accelerated print mode
Can reduce average print time by up to 70 percent
AI print monitoring with auto shut-off
Integrated HD cam with remote viewing
Supports WiFi and USB connectivity
Easy filament loading and extraction with heat assist
Magnetic base for easy removal and cleaning
Weight: 12.4 kg / 27.3 lb
Measurement: 502x438x470 mm / 19.76x17.24x18.50 inches
Price & Availability
The AnkerMake M5 3D printer is available on Kickstarter.com starting today for special, limited super early bird price of $429. The normal early bird price is $499. Additional press materials, including product images, can be found here.
1 AnkerMake App and software will be available later this year at the commercial launch of AnkerMake M5.
About Anker Innovations
Anker Innovations is a global leader in charging technology and a developer of unique, consumer electronic products that support premium audio, mobile entertainment, and the emerging smart home space. This innovation is being led by its six key brands: Anker, AnkerWork, eufy, Nebula, Soundcore and now, AnkerMake. More information on Anker Innovations and its various brands can be found at anker.com.
AnkerMake is committed to becoming the world's #1 brand for intelligent manufacturing by helping artists, hobbyists, DIY enthusiasts and professional users bring their creations to life.