U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan “Manufacturing Universities” Legislation

Troy, N.Y. — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced bipartisan legislation to help universities in New York and throughout the country strengthen their engineering programs to meet the demands of the modern manufacturing industry. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a national leader in advanced manufacturing education and research, has endorsed the legislation. The Manufacturing Universities legislation authorizes the Department of Defense to support training at U.S. universities to help equip students with skills to compete in the 21st century manufacturing workforce. Universities would be selected through a competitive grant-based process and would tailor their educational curriculum to the needs of modern U.S. manufacturers. The provision passed the Senate as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and now heads to the President for signature.


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Manufacturing Technology

Eyelit Introduces v7.0 of its Industry-Leading Manufacturing Technology Platform

EIN Presswire | October 06, 2023

The Eyelit Group, developer of the fastest-growing MES software platforms in the market, today announced the release of Eyelit v7.0, anchored by Eyelit Insights and Eyelit Central modules that will lead to immediate performance gains. The new release, including improvements in user experience, analytics, and device/machine connectivity, extends the platform to benefit manufacturers across a wide range of industries. Eyelit v7.0 represents an acceleration in the roadmap to grow category leadership through performance-focused enhancements and the addition of AI, machine learning, automation, and device/machine integration capabilities. Leading US-based semiconductor manufacturers use Eyelit software to run their manufacturing, counting on its precision support for the complexities of their processes. In Eyelit v7.0, manufacturing and operations leaders will immediately realize new value from the embedding of Microsoft® Power BI to enable self-service analytics to track and assess key metrics such as On-Time Delivery (OTD), Production Schedule Attainment, and Total Cycle Time, among the 80+ KPIs recorded with high precision. New central integration of multiple instances and device management, offered through a state-of-the-art user experience (UX), will unlock additional advances in performance and efficiency. “We’re excited for the new value creation our customers will realize through the comprehensive new capabilities in Eyelit v7.0” said Mark Carleton, CEO of Eyelit Group. “Our engineering teams have added in all the top-requested capabilities, innovated in analytics and user experience, and brought this all together in a rigorously-tested release that is ready for the high demands of the world’s leading manufacturers. Eyelit Group’s relentless focus on performance is woven throughout and a key reason our two manufacturing software platforms – Eyelit and MESTEC – are the fastest-growing in the market.” Eyelit v7.0 is available immediately and can be deployed rapidly for existing customers, with minimal disruption and effort. To learn more, customers can connect with the Eyelit team or visit eyelit7.com to see video demonstrations and a detailed description of the major enhancements across Eyelit v7.0. About Eyelit and MESTEC Joined together in the Eyelit Group, Eyelit and MESTEC are the two fastest-growing manufacturing software platforms, deployed by many of the world’s most valuable and innovative manufacturers across an ever-expanding range of industries including aerospace & defense, battery technology, electronics, medical device, semiconductor, and solar energy. Eyelit uniquely delivers a broad set of smart factory and Industry 4.0 solutions, including Asset Management, Factory and Equipment Integration (Automation/IoT), Manufacturing Execution (MES), Recipe Management, Quality Management, and Business Process Management. These solutions enable customers to rapidly and cost-effectively optimize production and company processes. MESTEC, the pioneer in SaaS for manufacturing, helps leading manufacturers achieve advanced planning and scheduling, asset performance management, quality and compliance, manufacturing KPIs, inventory control and labor management. Through its SaaS cloud platform, MESTEC platform updates and improvements are delivered rapidly, with no up-front costs and fast-track deployment.

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Manufacturing Technology

MongoDB Atlas Launched for Automotive and Manufacturing Sectors

MongoDB | September 22, 2023

MongoDB, Inc. has unveiled MongoDB Atlas for Automotive and Manufacturing, a new initiative aimed at helping organizations leverage real-time data to optimize processes and enhance user experiences through connected technologies in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. The manufacturing and automotive industries are transitioning to intelligent, software-based operations that rely on real-time data. However, collecting, processing, and analyzing vast amounts of data from connected devices poses challenges. MongoDB aims to accelerate this transformation by providing industry-specific solutions and expertise. The initiative targets organizations in the manufacturing and automotive industries, which are transforming connectivity, automation, and real-time analytics. This includes innovation workshops, technology partnerships, and industry-specific training paths designed to assist developers in creating data-centric applications that address various use cases, such as digital twins of manufacturing facilities, applications for connected cars and predictive maintenance for factory equipment. Wendy Bauer, General Manager of Automotive and Manufacturing at AWS, stated, that MongoDB and AWS had collaborated extensively over an eight-year partnership, covering various industries. It was noted that MongoDB was among the initial partners for the AWS Automotive Competency, adding to their list of collaborations. MongoDB is collaborating with partners such as AWS, HiveMQ, Share Now, Digitread Connect, and customers in the automotive and manufacturing sectors to drive innovation in real-time data applications. MongoDB is also a launch partner for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Automotive Competency, further strengthening its commitment to helping automotive organizations build a customer-centric and sustainable future through real-time data applications. Christoffer Lange, CEO at Digitread Connect, added, “Time-series data is our bread and butter, and MongoDB made it simple for us to handle this. We were impressed by the simplicity and its performance. Using MongoDB Atlas actually showed that we don't have to worry about the nitty-gritties of treating the database. We got the live solution for our customers in a short period of time." [Source: Cision PR Newswire] About MongoDB MongoDB, headquartered in New York, has a mission to empower innovators to revolutionize and reshape industries by harnessing the potential of software and data. Crafted by developers, their developer data platform is more than just a database; it's an integrated ecosystem of services tailored to meet the diverse demands of modern applications. MongoDB serves a vast customer base spanning over 100 countries, with its database platform being downloaded millions of times since 2007. Additionally, MongoDB University courses have trained millions of individuals.

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3D Printing

Fictiv Launches Major USA 3D Printing Service Expansion

PR Newswire | October 19, 2023

Fictiv, the operating system for custom manufacturing, today announced a series of exciting new updates to its 3D printing service in order to meet the needs of its industrial customers' most demanding additive manufacturing programs. Fictiv now offers 14 new 3D printing materials for advanced engineering applications, including high-temperature materials such as Ultem 9085, biocompatible materials such as ABS-M30i for surgical guides and medical devices, and a suite of SOMOS materials for optical clarity and water resistance. The new materials are ideal for a wide variety of use cases across automotive, industrial, consumer products, and medical industries, for production quantities, functional assemblies, jigs and fixtures, and much more. All of these materials are available today for on-demand purchase in the USA via Fictiv's digital manufacturing platform. Additionally, customers will enjoy new online quoting features for 3D printing via the Fictiv platform, including expanded lead time options that allow customers to select from three different production times for improved flexibility and pricing, new configuration options for infill density and threaded insert specification, and improved filtering for material selection by application. Available at the end of October, customers will have access to Carbon Digital Light Synthesis™ (Carbon DLS™) 3D printing technology via the Fictiv platform. Carbon DLS™ printing stands out for its rapid speed, high-resolution capabilities, and diverse range of materials, making it an ideal choice for scalable production across a range of industries. Expanded partnerships with cutting-edge additive manufacturers, including Jabil Additive, has opened up new production-level 3D printing solutions for ordering hundreds to thousands of parts with industry-best prices. With Fictiv's digital supply chain infrastructure and quote-to-order platform, it's never been easier to access the best additive manufacturing technologies to fuel product innovation in all stages of development. We are committed to providing our customers with industry-leading 3D printing solutions for R&D as well as high-volume production needs for new product introduction, said Riley Hall, Director of Additive Manufacturing at Fictiv. With this expansion, our customers will not only be able to source parts with cutting-edge lead times for 3D printing, with more options than ever, they'll also have access to all of this at an incredibly cost-effective price point." "We are thrilled to partner with Fictiv to provide customers with streamlined access to the highest quality industrial 3D printing solutions," said Curt Miner, Business Development Manager at Jabil. "Fictiv's technology platform combined with our robust additive manufacturing capabilities enables a level of speed and scale this industry has never seen before." About Fictiv Fictiv is the operating system (OS) for custom manufacturing that makes it faster, easier, and more efficient to source and supply mechanical parts. Its intelligent OS, supported by best-in-class operations talent, orchestrates a network of highly vetted and managed partners around the globe for fast, high-quality manufacturing, from quote to delivery. To date, Fictiv has manufactured more than 25 million parts for early-stage companies and large enterprises alike, helping them innovate with agility and get products to market faster.

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Additive Manufacturing

BMW Partners Desktop Metal for Reduced Emission, Uses Binder Jetting

Desktop Metal | September 20, 2023

Desktop Metal, a global leader in Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies, has released a video highlighting how the BMW Group employs ExOne binder jet 3D printers for the serial production of powertrain components. The use of binder jet 3D printing for casting applications is a sustainable choice, with advantages like reduced waste, cost-efficiency, and flexibility in materials. It aligns with efforts to minimize environmental impact and reduce emissions. BMW and ExOne, a brand under Desktop Metal, have collaborated for over two decades on various project developments. The automaker currently utilizes four ExOne Exerial binder jet 3D printing systems to produce water jacket cores for metalcasting in serial production. These systems operate continuously at high speeds, with two more slated for delivery. The setup includes a microwave, a desanding station, and a fully automated conveyor system, ensuring high-accuracy parts. The key points to be noted from this video release are: Desktop Metal's ExOne digital casting brand manufactures binder jet 3D printers for sand castings. BMW Landshut uses a fleet of four ExOne 3D printers for serial production of cores made with inorganic compounds that produce no aromas or emissions. Binder injection technology from ExOne enables the delivery of complex designs for cast aluminum powertrain components. Binder jetting is employed in this process, where an industrial printhead deposits a binder selectively into a bed of powder materials, creating a solid part layer by layer. For sand casting, the sand part is removed and used in a mold package for casting molten metal. This technology is favored for its speed, minimal waste, cost-efficiency, and material flexibility, making it an environmentally sustainable production method. The partnership showcases how advanced manufacturing technologies, like binder jet 3D printing, are used to enhance efficiency and sustainability in the production of critical automotive components. The technology's ability to produce parts with high accuracy at high speeds makes it a valuable asset in the automotive manufacturing process. About Desktop Metal Desktop Metal is at the forefront of Additive Manufacturing 2.0 in a new era characterized by on-demand, digital mass production of industrial, medical, and consumer goods. Its innovative 3D printers, software, and materials suite are engineered to meet the speed, cost efficiency, and part quality demands inherent to this transformative shift. Its systems can 3D print various materials, including polymer, metal, ceramics, foam, sand, and recycled wood. It streamlines operations, minimizes waste, reduces costs, enhances adaptability, and brings designs that tackle some of the intricate challenges to life.

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