Emulate3D Ltd.
 
   
MHIsolutionsmag.com—Gorbel reimagined its G-Force® overhead load handling technology and software, and the result is a rehabilitation lift concept that can be used for physical therapy. After spending six months gathering data and developing the prototypes, Gorbel brought more than 100 therapists, administrators and patients into its in-house product development lab to provide feedback and insights about additional improvements. The results have been well-received.
 
EBN—The idea of using digital technologies to shift business models and create new revenue and value-added opportunities has taken a significant hold in 2017; companies reported a 43% average budget increase in response to digitalization, according to the latest Supply Chain Hot Trends report from eft Supply Chain and Logistics Business Intelligence.
 
Chemical & Engineering News—For some manufacturers, 3-D printers are paying for themselves in two months. But, does that equate to 3-D printing living up to the hype of a few years ago?
 
Western Pacific Storage Solutions, Inc.
Vidir Inc.
MIT Technology Review—While the technology and applications underlying AR are rapidly advancing, the security, privacy or safety of users is falling by the wayside.
 
SupplyChainDive—Drones will be flying by new rules soon, as the White House is in the process of announcing a new model for regulating drones.
 
Automation World—Just as collaborative robots (cobots) are beginning to offer more flexibility than their stationary counterparts in manufacturing, so too are autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) providing more flexibility than more traditional automated guided vehicles (AGVs).
 
Facility Safety: When a Doorway Isn't a Doorway
Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, Inc.
Upper levels of enclosed elevated platforms often feature a set of doors that appear to be a doorway to another area of the mezzanine. However, if you were to open these doors you would discover that they do not lead to a room or a hallway, but instead lead to open space and the ground level below. This is an instance when a doorway isn’t a doorway, but rather a pallet drop area where a lift truck would load material up to these upper levels. Many times, swinging doors are put in place to enclose the mezzanine for climate or air control, and because there is a door in place, it’s often considered safe, but it is not, and can pose great risk to employees.
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Bloomberg—A company in Japan, Fanuc, uses robots to build robots, and production is around the clock – only stopping when no storage space remains. Automation has been on the rise in a variety of industries there, and it is even a robot that machines the metal casing for smartphones.
 
Modern Materials Handling—Based on data released by global trade intelligence firm Panjiva, U.S.-bound waterborne shipments will continue to gain momentum.
 

As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this episode focuses on the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 and the Internet of things is one of the most pervasive technologies identified by the 2017 MHI Annual Industry Report. Industry 4.0 signals the arrival of IT on the shop floor, and stands to be as big a disruptor of the industry as the steam engine, linear assembly and automation were before it. 

This is episode four of our 2017 Annual Industry Report Update Series. Find the previous three episodes here

 

 
ATRI—The American Transportation Research Institute unveiled its top industry issues report, which includes the list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry. For the first time since 2006, the driver shortage is the top-ranked issued.
 
Quartz—For years, commercial locations have been the sites for the locker program, but now, Amazon has expanded the sites to include apartments – and has signed contracts with more than 850,000 building owners and managers.
 
FOX IV Technologies, Inc.
Vada, LLC
CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly—The lines between 3PLs, technology providers and consulting firms are becoming harder to discern, especially as 3PLs are becoming increasingly involved in providing software and systems to support supply chain activities.
 
Transport Topics—President Donald Trump met with Gov. Ricardo Rossello on Oct. 19, during which the governor pledged to restore 95% of the island’s power by the end of the year. Distribution of supplies there is on the upswing and officials are considering public-private partnerships to help rebuild essential infrastructure.
 
Engineering Innovation
Columbia Machine, Inc.
The Washington Post—Online merchants are exploring options for returns as they try to bridge the gap between online purchases and in-store returns.
 
MHI’s new Career Forum enables manufacturing and supply chain professionals to view current job postings of MHI member companies. Go to http://www.mhi.org/careers to find the perfect opportunity for you.
 
Traffic Technology Today—A coordinated electric vehicle infrastructure is the goal of the Regional Electric Vehicle Plan for the West – and seven western states have already signed a memorandum of understanding to provide the framework.
 
LA Times—The Northern California wildfires not only closed two major hospitals, the healthcare supply chain was crippled as pharmacies struggled to fill prescriptions and emergency services and products were delayed -- or worse.
 
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