Smart Factory Hackathon: Talented data-science specialists develop solutions for the factory of the future

Press Release via AutomotiveWorld:  “Data drives our production – you innovate from our data” is the motto of the Smart Factory Hackathon, which was held at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt from October 19 to 21. Talented young data-science specialists from the fields of IT, mathematics and engineering developed innovative software solutions for the factory of the future, based on genuine but anonymized data sets from Audi’s production. On Friday afternoon, the winners of the IT competition were awarded their prizes: The “Happy Unicorns” team won first prize with its idea on the subject of container management. The Smart Factory Hackathon is a programmers’ marathon in which participants work out digital solutions and prototypes for genuine application cases over a period of 24 hours. For the competition, more than 20 departments from the pre-series center, toolmaking, paint shop, assembly and logistics had provided anonymized data sets with which the teams had to work. The results were assessed by a jury of four Audi experts and the startup consultant Thorsten Weber from “UnternehmerTUM,” the center for innovation and startups at the Technical University of Munich. The teams then presented their ideas to an audience. The winners were decided equally by the jury assessment and the audience’s votes.   Cont'd...

SME Hosts First-Ever 3D Scan of Pittsburgh Bridge

SME, in connection with its RAPID + TCT 3D technology event, worked with FARO Technologies, Inc., Direct Dimensions, Inc., and the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University, to take the first-ever 3D scan of the Roberto Clemente Bridge. This scan will be used to create 3D printed miniature replicas of the bridge, to be used as puzzle pieces at the RAPID + TCT event May 9 to 11 in Pittsburgh.

Butler Automatic to Highlight SP1 and SP3HSL Automatic Film Splicers at PACK EXPO 2016

Middleborough, MA. Butler Automatic, the inventor and global leader of automatic splicing solutions, announces that it will showcase its SP1 and SP3HSL Automatic Film Splicers at PACK EXPO 2016, to be held November 6-9, 2016, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Butler Automatic experts will be on hand in Booth #S-3003 to demonstrate how the film splicers increase efficiency in a wide range of packaging operations by eliminating the packaging line downtime caused by manual film roll changes.

Metcar® Standard Cast Iron Flange Block and Pillow Block Assemblies

Designed to be self-lubricating at high temperatures

WSI Global Announces FZ Right Angle Gluer Ideal for Manufacturing Microbrewery Bottle Carrier Cartons

WSI Global, a leading manufacturer of finishing equipment for the carton converting, liquid packaging, and corrugated industries, announces that its FZ Right Angle Gluer is designed to manufacture bottle carrier cartons dependably at speeds up to 12,000 cartons per hour, making it ideal for short-run, microbrewery use. The FZ Right Angle is remanufactured on the cast iron frames of existing right angle gluer equipment, dramatically lowering the price point compared to new equipment while running at comparable speeds.

UBM Builds on Manufacturing Growth in Ohio Launching Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Cleveland, the Region's Most Comprehensive Design and Manufacturing Event

The inaugural ADM Cleveland event continues to grow with the support of key sponsors, exhibitors, suppliers and major Ohio manufacturing associations including: Absolute Haitan, American Ring & Tool Company, BioEnterprise, BioOhio, C&J Industries, Cincinnati Test Systems Inc., MAGNET, Maruka, Norman Noble, Qosina, Rotor Clip Company, RSW Technologies, Stratasys and TeamNEO, among others.

3D printing hack: Researchers crash drone with sabotaged propeller

Conner Forrest for TechRepublic:  University researchers were able to sabotage a drone by hacking the computer controlling the 3D printer that made its parts, according to a research paper released Thursday. By changing the design of the propellor before printing, they caused the $1,000 drone to "smash into the ground" and break, shortly after take off. The paper, titled dr0wned - Cyber-Physical Attack with Additive Manufacturing, was a joint effort from researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), the University of South Alabama, and Singapore University of Technology and Design. In the paper, the researchers explained how they committed the cyberattack, and what the attack could mean for the future of 3D printing security. Using a phishing attack, the researchers gained access to the PC that was connected to the 3D printer.   Cont'd...

Join Facebook, Google, Twitter & more at the Machine Intelligence Summit in New York

How are intelligent algorithms transforming industry and society today and in the years to come? We have yet to discover how to teach machines to communicate with humans. This is extremely hard and seems to be only possible if machines can have an understanding of how the surrounding world works.

CINTEC TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE NEW DISSIPATIVE ANCHOR

New anchor ideal for protecting historic buildings in areas of high seismic activity

NEW WIRELESS CONNECT ADDITION FROM SHOP FLOOR AUTOMATIONS

Shop Floor Automations will soon release a new device for their Wireless Connect Series

Sercos presents Industry 4.0-capable Demos at SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg

Sercos International, provider of the Sercos® automation bus, is presenting various Industry 4.0-capable demos during SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg from November 22 to 24, in hall 2, stand 440.

GE opening microfactory in Chicago to build industrial prototypes

Robert Channick for the Chicago Tribune:  GE is opening a microfactory in Chicago to turn big industrial ideas into small-batch prototypes.  The Chicago manufacturing facility, set to open in December, will be the first for Fuse, a new GE crowdsourcing initiative to create and build innovative industrial products. One of the first challenges on the Fuse drawing board, for example, is finding a new way to quickly inspect a hot jet engine between flights. "The idea of reaching out to the online community really accelerates how we introduce new products," said Axel Grippo, Fuse's inaugural general manager.  The microfactory will be housed inside the mHub technology incubator, and will employ a staff of about 15 to 20 once manufacturing gets up to speed, Grippo said. The first prototype is expected to roll out early next year.   Cont'd...

Industrial Connectivity Software from Kepware Fuels Pilot IoT Initiative for Leading Automotive Manufacturer

HIROTEC AMERICA improves shop floor productivity by building an IoT framework supported by PTC technology and six-week Agile sprints

5 key trends in the global smart factory market

Abhishek Budholiya for Embedded Computing Design:  Smart factories are being touted as the future of manufacturing. Continuous advancement in machine intelligence is expected to bring about a fourth industrial revolution, expected to offer a wide range of benefits, including greater efficiency, flexibility, and safety. The global smart factory market was valued at nearly $52 billion in 2014 and is expected to expand at over 13 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the next ten tears. Let’s take a look at some key insights on the global smart factory market. First, smart factories are gaining traction in the automotive and transportation sector. Tightening profit margins and stringent guidelines have made automotive manufacturing a highly competitive market.   Cont'd...

Maintaining Precision At Varying Temperatures

High precision transducers are increasingly in demand due to high-performance industrial applications such as precision motor controllers, metering, measurement accessories and test equipment for medical equipment such as scanners and MRI machines.

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