Top 10 manufacturing trends for 2019

Manufacturing Global | December 07, 2018

As established enterprises wrestle with becoming more innovative and agile, ‘buying in’ that mindset and approach will be an increasingly attractive option. For start-ups and SMEs, the benefit is being able to access funding and support from a wide range of sources and being able to tap into the much wider resources of larger organizations, without necessarily compromising their independence.
Whether through financial investment, accessing IP or simply agreeing on a mutual sharing of resources, 2019 will see increased partnerships and collaborations between established manufacturers and smaller operators.
2018 saw the continuation of a major conversation and focus on diversity across all levels of society. From a manufacturing perspective, the business case is clear - an organization is likely to perform better financially if its workforce is more diverse.

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One of the difficult things about performing with a harmonica is holding the microphone while also using both hands to play. The world famous The Adler Trio has solved this problem with Stratasys 3D printing. For more information on Stratasys 3D Printing: http://ow.ly/vJkbI. Leveraging rapid design iteration, Stratasys PolyJet based 3D printing was used to create working prototypes of a microphone enclosure that would attach directly to the harmonica. Dror Adler began successfully using the 3D printed part in his performances and soon, other harmonica players were asking where they could buy their own. This led to small run commercial production using silicone molds based on Stratasys 3D printed patterns. Read more on 3D printing and RTV (silicon molds): http://ow.ly/vJkuQ . Watch this musical video to see the perfect harmony of art and technology, and learn how Stratasys 3D printing continues to shape lives in unexpected ways.


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FARO | October 19, 2022

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Innodisk | November 24, 2022

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Sight Machine | October 12, 2022

Sight Machine, creator of the data foundation for manufacturing, today announced that it has released Sight Machine Blueprint, a tool developed in collaboration with NVIDIA and Microsoft that provides manufacturers with high-speed, automated data labeling, mapping data tags to plant assets and the context they need to interpret their plant data. Blueprint makes it possible, for the first time, for manufacturers to analyze all their plant data, leading to improved outcomes in throughput, quality and sustainability. Before leveraging analytics to uncover valuable data insights, manufacturers must first label their data to provide context on what it means. Methods used today require a massive amount of time and subject matter expert effort to manually label data, and tags such as 268-IE-A-2ND-FFA-LC, a real example, are nearly unintelligible and almost impossible to contextualize. As a result of the challenges involved with interpreting tagged data, many manufacturers currently use only a fraction of the data available; in some cases, only 1%, creating significant missed opportunities for driving value through analytics. "The true value of Blueprint is that it makes automated data labeling feasible in a way that it simply was not previously, Without Blueprint, mapping data to the right machine is possible, but it is so slow and resource-intensive that it is prohibitive. With Blueprint's ability to automate data labeling, manufacturers can realize unprecedented processing speed acceleration. Blueprint empowers manufacturers to prepare 100x more data for analysis, and from there, rapidly and smartly uncover new data insights to optimize plant operations." -Kurt DeMaagd, Chief AI Officer and Co-Founder, Sight Machine. Blueprint combines Sight Machine's decade of expertise in digitizing manufacturing with NVIDIA's software and hardware AI platform, plus Microsoft's Azure AI capabilities. "With Blueprint's robust machine learning technology, automated data labeling becomes possible, The GPU-accelerated NVIDIA AI platform powers the development and deployment of highly performant AI pipelines to learn mapping between data sources and is ideal for crunching large volumes of data efficiently from edge to cloud – making this technology ideal to complement Blueprint and the impact it drives." -Piyush Modi, Global Business Development Leader and Chief Strategist of the Industrial Sector at NVIDIA. Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, combined with Sight Machine and advanced technology from NVIDIA, provides the infrastructure to easily scale GPU-based machine learning pipelines," said Indranil Sircar, CTO, Manufacturing at Microsoft. This combination in Sight Machine Blueprint will help eliminate manufacturers' massive time drain from manually labeling data, and enable them to tap into the full wealth of data at their fingertips for business impact through true analytics-driven decision-making. About Sight Machine: Sight Machine, creator of the data foundation for manufacturing, drives rapid increases in manufacturing productivity and helps accelerate digital transformation across plants. We empower manufacturers to unlock actionable analytic insights, and deliver tangible improvements in efficiency, sustainability, and quality. Manufacturers that deploy Sight Machine's software help teams to better collaborate, innovate and accelerate their journey of continuous productivity improvement.

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One of the difficult things about performing with a harmonica is holding the microphone while also using both hands to play. The world famous The Adler Trio has solved this problem with Stratasys 3D printing. For more information on Stratasys 3D Printing: http://ow.ly/vJkbI. Leveraging rapid design iteration, Stratasys PolyJet based 3D printing was used to create working prototypes of a microphone enclosure that would attach directly to the harmonica. Dror Adler began successfully using the 3D printed part in his performances and soon, other harmonica players were asking where they could buy their own. This led to small run commercial production using silicone molds based on Stratasys 3D printed patterns. Read more on 3D printing and RTV (silicon molds): http://ow.ly/vJkuQ . Watch this musical video to see the perfect harmony of art and technology, and learn how Stratasys 3D printing continues to shape lives in unexpected ways.

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