Tesla’s US factory to stay open as coronavirus lockdown begins

Manufacturing Global | March 17, 2020

Electric vehicle maker Tesla will be allowed to continue operating its Fremont factory as the San Francisco Bay Area begins a three-week lockdown to rein in the spread of coronavirus, the Los Angeles Times reported. Tesla’s sole US auto factory in Alameda County employs more than 10,000 workers and had annualised production of slightly over 415,000 units by the fourth quarter. The county is one of six covered by a ‘shelter in place’ order from regional authorities that limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential, and advises people to stay home except for the most crucial reasons. An Alameda County spokesman told the LA Times that Tesla had been declared an essential business that was allowed to continue operating amid the shutdown, but the spokesman was not able to provide further details. Tesla and Alameda County officials did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment. Under the county’s order, gas stations, auto-supply, auto-repair and related facilities are considered essential businesses, but it was unclear if Tesla managed to get an exemption under that rule.

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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 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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P&G and Microsoft co-innovate to build the future of digital manufacturing

Procter & Gamble | June 10, 2022

On Wednesday, The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) (P&G) and Microsoft Corp. announced a new multiyear collaboration that will leverage the Microsoft Cloud to help create the future of digital manufacturing at P&G. The two companies will co-innovate to accelerate and expand P&G's digital manufacturing platform and leverage the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to bring products to consumers faster, increase customer satisfaction and improve productivity to reduce costs. Together with Microsoft, P&G intends to make manufacturing smarter by enabling scalable predictive quality, predictive maintenance, controlled release, touchless operations and manufacturing sustainability optimization — which has not been done at this scale in the manufacturing space to date, At P&G, data and technology are at the heart of our business strategy and are helping create superior consumer experiences. This first-of-its-kind co-innovation agreement will digitize and integrate data to increase quality, efficiency and sustainable use of resources to help deliver those superior experiences." P&G CIO Vittorio Cretella. With Microsoft Azure as the foundation, the new collaboration marks the first time that P&G can digitize and integrate data from more than 100 manufacturing sites around the world and enhance its AI, machine learning and edge computing services for real-time visibility. This will enable P&G employees to analyze production data and leverage artificial intelligence to immediately make decisions that drive improvement and exponential impact. Accessing this level of data, at scale, is rare within the consumer goods industry. P&G selected Microsoft as its preferred cloud provider to build the future of digital manufacturing based on a four-year history of successfully working together on data and AI. The new collaborative effort will: Allow for better utilization of data, AI capabilities and digital twins technology. Optimize manufacturing environmental sustainability efforts. Increase workforce efficiency and productivity. We are excited to help P&G accelerate its digital manufacturing platform using Microsoft Azure, AI and IIoT to accommodate volatility in the consumer products industry with innovative, agile solutions that can easily scale based on market conditions, Our partnership will further P&G's growth and business transformation through digital technology that seamlessly connects people, assets, workflow and business processes that promote resiliency." Judson Althoff, Microsoft's chief commercial officer. Increasing sustainability and predicting equipment failure To optimize manufacturing sustainability, P&G will use Microsoft's machine learning and data storage platforms to improve energy utilization across its paper machines in Family Care. With the efficiency and speed of cloud computing, P&G teams can analyze large volumes of holistic data sets and pinpoint energy efficiency and machine maintenance opportunities across the manufacturing process. The Azure platform will allow P&G to easily integrate event summary data — such as production runs, downtime, changeovers and more — along with historical data. Co-innovation with a new Digital Enablement Office and incubator To accelerate technology integration and support pilot programs, Microsoft and P&G have co-created a Digital Enablement Office (DEO) staffed by experts from both organizations. They will jointly deploy the Azure platform, and the DEO also intends to serve as an incubator to create high-priority business scenarios in the areas of product manufacturing and packaging processes that can be implemented across P&G. About Procter & Gamble P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.

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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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Mitsubishi Electric Unveils HealthCam Scanning Technology that Performs Touchless, Line-of-Sight Monitoring of Vitals

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. | January 07, 2022

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced its HealthCam scanning technology, currently undergoing regulatory review, that performs touchless, line-of-sight monitoring of vital signs at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). A working prototype of HealthCam enables individuals to stand in front of the camera scanner and see their current body temperature, respiration rate, blood oxygenation, and heart rate.HealthCam uses a combination of facial recognition and thermal detection technologies to monitor vitals such as heart rate, blood oxygen level, body temperature and more, as well as other emergencies such as choking, sudden falls or collapsing, abnormal breathing, elder abuse and more. The product can be mounted on walls throughout a home, office building, assisted living facility, apartment building, fitness center, hospital or medical office waiting room, or any other location that will benefit from continuous monitoring of occupants. “The number of applications for a 24/7 health surveillance system is virtually limitless, especially in helping to save lives among older adults or the infirm, where detected health issues detected in real time can alert medical professionals of an emergency, With the rapidly emerging trend toward distributed, remote health, HealthCam fills a gap in the marketplace, offering a reliable, non-invasive product that promotes more positive medical outcomes based on early detection of peoples’ health problems through monitoring.” -Alan Sullivan, Computer Vision Group Manager at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) A prototype of the product will be exhibited via Mitsubishi Electric’s virtual CES exhibit. The initial product roadmap includes residential and commercial versions of HealthCam that will have different capabilities with regard to size of an area beginning scanned, number of simultaneous people being monitored, amount of data gathered and other specifications that pertain to scalability. “As part of our commitment to building a people-centric smart society, HealthCam fits into our focus on everyday life, with technology that meets people where they are and enables their safety, comfort and good health, In the not-too-distant future, HealthCam and technology like it will be pervasive and commonplace in the world by gathering and sending secure, private health data to medical professionals when incidents occur.” -Zafer Sahinoglu, vice president and general manager of Mitsubishi Electric Innovation Center (MELIC) Visit the Mitsubishi Electric virtual CES exhibit at ces.mitsubishielectric.com. About Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Headquartered in Cypress, CA, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., is a US affiliate company of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, and manufactures cooling and heating products, elevators and escalators, space and sensing systems, and semiconductor devices. Mitsubishi Electric contributes to a vibrant and sustainable society through continuous innovation and “Making Changes for the Better.” For additional information visit us.mitsubishielectric.com/en. About Mitsubishi Electric Corporation With 100 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) is a recognized world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment. Mitsubishi Electric enriches society with technology in the spirit of its “Changes for the Better.” For more information, please visit www.MitsubishiElectric.com

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