HERE’S WHY CES 2022 IN LAS VEGAS WILL BE FOR THE VACCINATED

Here’s Why CES 2022 in Las Vegas Will be for the Vaccinated

As a CEO running a national trade association – the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – these past 18 months put me on a roller coaster of emotion as I work to lead by example and make decisions that will have positive effects.

In July 2020, I led the decision process to cancel our live, in-person, CES and opt for a digital show instead.  This was a difficult choice because I knew it was going to have a negative effect on a lot of people. First, our staff – we had to downsize and lay off employees.  Second, the City of Las Vegas – they rely on events like CES to bring hundreds of millions of dollars to the city and fuel their local economy.  Canceling our in-person CES affected the hotels and the hospitality workers and the workers who welcome us each year and help us pull off the most influential tech gathering in the world! Third, the industry – tens of thousands each year gather at CES to see the latest innovation, to meet new business partners and to develop new ideas.

As difficult as that decision was, I knew it was the right one because with no vaccine available it simply was not safe to hold CES during a pandemic. Our only defense against COVID-19 at that time was to minimize contact with people, wash our hands and wear face masks. Canceling the in-person CES was the right thing to do – we wanted to do our part and not spread the disease.

Fast forward a year to August 2021. Vaccines are readily available in the United States and several other countries. More and more Americans are now fully vaccinated. However, as vaccines are making their way around the world, so is a new threat – the Delta variant.

We have seen a spike in cases due to the Delta variant, which is severely hurting the unvaccinated population. Yes, there are breakthrough cases for the vaccinated, but many of those have few or no symptoms at all. And of the vaccinated getting the Delta variant, only a tiny percentage are hospitalized.

We prioritize the safety and security of CES participants. Which is why, once again, my team has confronted a major decision: CES will be in person in Las Vegas in January 2022, and we will require all attendees to be fully vaccinated. We are also assessing proof of a positive antibody test as a requirement and will share more details on this later. Importantly, we will continue to follow state and local guidelines and recommendations by the CDC and will announce additional protocols as we get closer to the show.

We all play a role in stopping the spread – requiring proof of vaccination for CES 2022 is one way we can take responsibility on our part.

Many are clamoring to return to the serendipity and relationship-building of in-person events—so are we. CES is where business gets done. It’s an economic engine for our industry and an opportunity for companies from around the world, both large and small, to launch products, build brands and form partnerships. Tech has also evolved by leaps and bounds in the last year and a half—we need to convene and connect so we can maintain our momentum and continue to inspire innovative solutions for a rapidly changing world.

We know our decision to require vaccines—and potentially positive antibody tests—may not be popular for some, but for many others it will allow them to know they can experience CES once again—and get back to business as usual.

For those who cannot attend CES in person, we offer the CES experience through our digital platform and hope to welcome you back to Las Vegas in 2023. Regardless of how you choose to participate in CES 2022, I hope you find inspiration, make new connections, build your business and step into the rest of the year with a renewed sense of hope for how tech continues to improve all our lives.

The BMW Group sources aluminum produced with solar energy, with a CO2 savings of some 2.5 million tonnes by 2030.

Solar-powered aluminum will cover almost half of the annual needs of the Landshut plant’s light metal smelter +++ The € 3 million contract with Emirates Global Aluminum will enable the supply of 43,000 tonnes of aluminum in 2021 +++ The BMW Group also plans to source aluminum produced with green energy in the long term, with a CO2 savings of some 2.5 million tonnes by 2030.

The BMW Group begins sourcing aluminum produced with solar electricity with immediate effect. This is a great milestone for the company in reducing CO2 emissions in the supply network by 20 percent by 2030. Since producing aluminum requires a high energy level, the use of green energy, such as Solar electricity offers considerable potential to reduce CO2 emissions. For this reason, the BMW Group also plans to source aluminum produced with green energy in the long term, which will allow it to avoid approximately 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in the next ten years. This equates to about three percent of the CO2 targets that the company has set for its supplier network.

“We aspire to lead the way of sustainability and apply our sustainability goals consistently. We will be able to meet more than 50% of our CO2 targets for the supplier network, just by using green energy. Using solar electricity for aluminum production is a decisive step in this direction “, says Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for the Purchasing and Suppliers Network.

Aluminum produced from solar energy is processed in the light metal smelter at the BMW Group’s Landshut plant to make bodywork and propulsion components, including those needed for electric trains, for example. The supply of 43,000 tonnes of solar aluminum, valued at three million euros, will cover almost half of the annual needs of the light metal smelter at the Landshut plant.

The use of green energy is key to reducing CO2 emissions.

The trend towards electromobility means that a much larger share of a vehicle’s life cycle CO2 emissions now comes from the added value of the supplier network. In an electrified vehicle, the CO2 emissions of the use phase are much lower, but the production of battery cells or aluminum is very intensive in energy consumption. Without corrective measures, the CO2 emissions per vehicle in the BMW Group’s supply chain would increase by more than a third by 2030. The company not only wants to curb this trend, but also reverse it, and even reduce CO2 emissions by vehicle by 20% compared to 2019 levels. Therefore,

As electric mobility continues to grow, aluminum will become increasingly important as a lightweight material that can partly offset the heavyweight of batteries in electrified vehicles. However, aluminum production is extremely energy-intensive. The production of the electricity necessary to produce primary aluminum, that is, aluminum obtained directly from the mineral compound alumina, alone is responsible for about 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions of the global aluminum industry. The use of solar electricity is therefore an effective lever to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with aluminum smelting.

A solar park in the desert supplies green energy for the production of aluminum

 The BMW Group already has a long-standing primary aluminum supply relationship with Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA). Now, EGA has become the first company in the world to also use solar electricity for commercial aluminum production, which it will initially supply exclusively to the BMW Group. EGA is supplied with this electricity at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located in the desert outside Dubai, which is set to become the largest solar park in the world. It is managed by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, which has the electricity it produces certified by third parties as sustainable, ensuring that it can supply energy to EGA in a safe and transparent manner.

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Managing Director of EGA, said: “We are delighted that the BMW Group is our first customer for EGA’s low carbon CelestiAL aluminum. Aluminum is light, strong and can be infinitely recycled. That is why it plays a role. Such an important role in the development of a more sustainable society. But the way in which aluminum is produced in a sustainable way is also important. Solar aluminum is a step in the right direction: it uses a source of natural and abundant energy in our environment desert to produce a metal that is vital to the future of our planet. “

Wendt adds: “At EGA we have found a strong partner who values ​​sustainable development as much as we do. We are honored to be the first customer to receive aluminum produced with solar electricity. Aluminum plays an important role in electromobility and to use aluminum produced sustainably is tremendously important to our company. “

Innovative production processes: light metal smelting at the BMW Group plant in Landshut

The light metal smelter is the largest production unit in the BMW Group’s Landshut plant and the company’s only European plant dedicated to light metal smelting. Last year, the more than 1,600 employees in the light metal smelter at the BMW Group’s Landshut plant produced a total of 2.9 million cast components. The scope of production includes engine components such as crankshaft heads and housings, components for electric propulsion systems and large-scale structural components for vehicle bodies.

The light metal foundry is one of the most modern in the world. Its innovative and sustainable production processes have won numerous awards. Light metal casting also works with sand molds, among other methods, to make castings. Sand parts are manufactured with inorganic binders, making the casting process virtually emission-free. Five different casting methods are used for the standard production of castings. The most suitable casting method is selected based on the component concept, the technological requirements and the production volume.

Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Certification

The light metal smelter at the BMW Group’s Landshut plant was already certified for its sustainable use of aluminum in December 2019. It complies with the standards of the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI), an international non-profit organization with the support of environmental and industrial associations, NGOs, aluminum producers and processing companies. The ASI aims to maximize the contribution of aluminum to a sustainable society and defines sustainability criteria for an environmentally and socially responsible aluminum value chain. Through this initiative, following an independent third party audit, the BMW Group received confirmation that its light metal foundry handles aluminum in a conscientious and responsible manner.

Responsible use of natural resources

In addition to using green energy to produce aluminum, the BMW Group is also taking additional measures to safeguard reserves of critical raw materials. For example, the BMW Group has set itself the goal of significantly increasing the percentage of recycled raw materials, the so-called secondary material, by 2030 and using the raw materials multiple times in the framework of a circular economy. The use of secondary material substantially reduces CO2 emissions compared to primary materials and also conserves natural resources.

At the same time, the BMW Group is establishing carbon footprint as a new contract award criterion for its supply chain and has already started implementing it for tenders with the highest carbon footprint in 2020.

These measures are already paying off in the BMW iX (combined consumption: <21 kWh / 100 km in the WLTP test cycle *; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km): The use of renewable green energy to produce the fuel cells. Batteries, in combination with increased use of secondary material, reduces CO2 emissions in the BMW iX supply chain by 17%, compared to the same vehicle produced without these measures.

The BMW Group aims to have more than seven million electrified vehicles on the road by 2030, two-thirds of them fully electric. To do this, the BMW Group purchasing department is working with suppliers to ensure not only that the supply chain can manage the growth in volumes, but also that it can implement the requirements for sustainable development. In this way, the BMW Group purchasing department is making a vital contribution to the company’s transformation towards electromobility.

Brand Finance Global 500 Launch: The Role of Tech Brands in Driving Economic Growth

Brand Finance Global 500 Launch: The Role of Tech Brands in Driving Economic Growth

January 26, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Economic growth and technological innovation are historically perceived as concurrent. As we progress through the 21st century, the world is innovating at an increasingly rapid rate, and whereas previous predictions of technological development would be forecast over a 25 to 50-year period, this timespan has now become much shorter.

Nevertheless, 2020 saw the world experience unprecedented economic upheaval, as the health of populations and national economies took substantial blows. The primary focus of the foreseeable future will be to revive the global economy from the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join our webinar alongside a panel of C-suite executives as we discuss how important a role technology brands will play in the economic recovery after a year of turbulence, and how we predict where technological innovations will take brands in the next 5, 10, and 25 years.

Taking place at the time of our usual Davos event, the webinar will launch the Brand Finance Global 500 2021 rreport and present the findings of our annual study into the world’s 500 most valuable and strongest brands across all sectors and countries, as well as the Brand Finance Brand Guardianship Index 2021 ranking of the world’s top 100 CEOs.

To learn about your brand’s performance ahead of the launch, please email enquiries@brandfinance.com. Our Consulting Team is here to help.

LAVO™ and Nedstack have taken a first step in localising manufacturing hydrogen fuel cells in Australia

LAVO, an Australian technology and lifestyle company powered by hydrogen, and Nedstack fuel cell Technology BV (Nedstack), a world-leading Dutch PEM fuel cell technology manufacturer, today announced the intention to localise production of Nedstack fuel cell production technology in Australia.

  • Parties intend to cooperate on localising the production of Nedstack fuel cell technology for LAVO and other customers across the Australasia region
  • Nedstack is a leading producer of PEM fuel cells with a 20 year track record and a strong, well-established global network that the JV will leverage
  • LAVO has the first and only commercial-ready hydrogen energy storage system, set to be installation ready in mid-2021
  • Manufacturing capabilities are foreseen to be located on the east coast of Australia

Sydney, NSW and  Arnhem, Netherlands – 20 November 2020 – LAVO, an Australian technology and lifestyle company powered by hydrogen, and Nedstack fuel cell Technology BV (Nedstack), a world-leading Dutch PEM fuel cell technology manufacturer, today announced the intention to localise production of  Nedstack fuel cell production technology in Australia.

Based in the Netherlands, Nedstack is a leading producer of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells and fuel cell power systems. For more than 20 years, Nedstack has successfully implemented its technology across infrastructure assets, commercial vehicles and maritime solutions, including the world’s longest running PEM power plant, the world’s first PEM power plant above the megawatt power size and world’s largest PEM power plant in the field today.

LAVO has the first and only commercial-ready hydrogen energy storage system in the world designed for everyday use by residential homes and businesses, called the LAVO System. The LAVO System is set to be installation-ready by mid-2021 and will employ Nedstack PEM fuel cell as a critical component in the LAVO System and future applications still in development, such as its hydrogen-powered bicycle and barbecue.

Together, LAVO and Nedstack’s combined experience, market leading positions and innovative spirit will enable the cooperation to deliver an important boost to Australian manufacturing capabilities and capitalise on consumer demand across the Australasia region for secure, reliable and sustainable energy solutions.

Alan Yu, CEO and Executive Director of LAVO, commented, “We are thrilled to be joining forces with Nedstack to bring market leading fuel cell production facilities to Australia and the broader Australasia region. Through our work together in developing the LAVO System, we have already established a strong relationship with Nedstack and have full confidence in the team as a trusted manufacturing partner. We look forward to continuing to deepen that partnership through our joint venture, leveraging the full strength of Nedstack’s global network and creating additional opportunities for growth.”

Arnoud van de Bree, CEO of Nedstack commented, “We are very pleased to be expanding our footprint into Australia and could think of no better team to do it with than LAVO. Our work at Nedstack revolves around creating global solutions to address the environmental challenges that the world is facing, and LAVO’s innovative hydrogen technology is set to have a real, positive impact. LAVO’s vision for a lower emissions future and the role that hydrogen storage solutions will play is well-aligned with ours, and we are pleased to be coming together to develop the infrastructure necessary to deliver on that vision.”

–ENDS–

LAVO Media contact:

Megan Moore, FTI Consulting

Megan.moore@fticonsulting.com

+61 434 225 643

Nedstack Media Contact:

Ambrose Feukkink, Nedstack Communications

Ambrose.feukkink@nedstack.com

+31 263197674

About LAVO™

LAVO™ is changing the way people live with energy. A hydrogen technology and lifestyle company, LAVO™ designs and manufactures renewable hydrogen energy storage solutions for residential and commercial use. LAVO™ will challenge convention, spark a global conversation and enable a meaningful change in attitudes and behaviours around sustainability, the environment and responsible consumerism. Founded in 2020, LAVO™ Hydrogen Technology Limited was established to fast track the commercialisation of technology developed within the Hydrogen Energy Research Centre cofounded by Providence Asset Group and the University of New South Wales. LAVO is headquartered in Sydney Australia. For more information visit www.lavo.com.

About Nedstack

Nedstack is a Dutch manufacturer of PEM Fuel cell power solutions for heavy duty and long-life applications. Nedstack was founded in 1999 as a spin-out from AkzoNobel and is incorporated in Arnhem, the Netherlands. For more information visit: www.nedstack.com

Semiconductor Industry Applauds NDAA Enactment, Urges Full Funding for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Research Provisions

WASHINGTON—Jan., 2021—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today applauded Congress for enacting the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation that includes Title XCIX, “Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America,” which authorizes federal incentives to promote semiconductor manufacturing and federal investments in semiconductor research. SIA represents 98 percent of the U.S. semiconductor industry by revenue and nearly two-thirds of non-U.S. chip firms.

“Enactment of the NDAA will help propel U.S. economic growth and cement America’s position at the forefront of semiconductor innovation, which is critical to the game-changing technologies of today and the future,” said Bob Bruggeworth, President, CEO, and Director of Qorvo and SIA Chair. “The next step is for leaders in Washington to fully fund the NDAA’s domestic chip manufacturing incentives and research initiatives. Doing so will make America one of the world’s most attractive places to produce this foundational technology.”

The provisions authorized by the NDAA must still be funded through appropriations made by Congress. SIA and the Boston Consulting Group released a study in September finding robust federal incentives for domestic semiconductor manufacturing would reverse the decades-long trajectory of declining chip production in America and create as many as 19 major semiconductor manufacturing facilities, or fabs, and 70,000 high-paying jobs in the U.S. over the next 10 years. A separate SIA report released in June found federal funding for semiconductor research generates an outstanding return on investment for taxpayers, with each additional dollar invested adding $16.50 to U.S. gross domestic product.

“The semiconductor provisions in the NDAA will strengthen the U.S. economy, our national security, and our leadership in chips and the many technologies they enable,” said John Neuffer, SIA president and CEO. “We applaud the leadership and dedication of the provisions’ champions in Congress, a bipartisan group led by Sens. Cornyn, Warner, Cotton, and Schumer in the Senate and Reps. Matsui and McCaul in the House. Now it’s critical for leaders in Washington to put these provisions into action by fully funding them, and we stand ready to work with policymakers to make that a reality.”

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About SIA
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the voice of the semiconductor industry, one of America’s top export industries and a key driver of America’s economic strength, national security, and global competitiveness. Semiconductors – the tiny chips that enable modern technologies – power incredible products and services that have transformed our lives and our economy. The semiconductor industry directly employs nearly a quarter of a million workers in the United States, and U.S. semiconductor company sales totaled $193 billion in 2019. represents 98 percent of the U.S. semiconductor industry by revenue and nearly two-thirds of non-U.S. chip firms. Through this coalition, SIA seeks to strengthen leadership of semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research by working with Congress, the Administration, and key industry stakeholders around the world to encourage policies that fuel innovation, propel business, and drive international competition. Learn more at www.semiconductors.org.
From raw material to recycling: BMW Group develops sustainable material cycle for battery cells

 Development of innovative and recyclable battery cells +++ Near-standard production of battery cell prototypes at new pilot plant +++ Commissioning planned for late 2022 +++

Munich. Sustainability plays a central role in expanding electromobility. The BMW Group has therefore set itself the goal of creating a closed and sustainable material cycle for battery cells. With a new pilot plant that will produce lithium-ion battery cells, the company is taking the next logical step in penetrating all aspects of the battery cell value chain: from selection of materials, to battery cell composition and design, all the way to near-standard production and recycling.

From raw material to recycling: BMW Group develops sustainable material cycle for battery cells

 

Milan Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production: “The new pilot plant will strengthen our expertise in production of battery cells. We will be capable of testing new systems technology and innovative production processes. Our goal is to optimise near-standard production of battery cells from the perspective of quality, performance and costs. The new pilot plant will enable us to close the final gap in the value chain from battery cell development, to production of modules and powertrain components, all the way to installation of fully assembled high-voltage batteries at our vehicle plants. This makes us the first car manufacturer to cover the entire process chain for electric driving.”

Frank Weber, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Development: “By 2023, the BMW Group will have 25 electrified models on the roads, as it systematically increases electrification across all brands and model series. This continued expansion and our comprehensive battery cell expertise will give sustainability a major boost. At the same time, our models’ eDrive technology also ensures brand-typical dynamic performance and driving fun.” Weber continued: “We are not just focused on the most efficient battery cell, but on its entire value chain. That is why we are working with our partners to create a closed material cycle for battery cells.”

The pilot plant will be built in Parsdorf, near Munich, and is scheduled to go into service in late 2022. The total project volume is almost 110 million euros and about 50 employees will work at the plant.

The German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy is supporting the project within the framework of the European funding process IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest).

Near-series production of battery cells

The company just opened a separate Battery Cell Competence Centre in Munich in November 2019, covering the entire battery cell value chain, from research and development to battery cell composition and design, all the way to large-scale manufacturability.

The BMW Group is taking the next logical step with the new pilot plant and further expanding its expertise. The goal is to enhance battery cells’ performance capabilities and demonstrate large-scale manufacturability. To do so, the BMW Group will develop innovative production processes and systems, which will then be installed at the 14,000 m² pilot plant. Using production processes and systems also employed in standard production, the company will be able to demonstrate the industrial feasibility of future battery cell generations. The main focus will be on optimising production efficiency, costs and quality.

Building on know-how from the Battery Cell Competence Centre and, later, also from the pilot plant, the BMW Group will bring optimal battery cell technology to series maturity within the shortest implementation time possible and enable suppliers for battery cell production to its own specifications.

A quarter of BMW Group vehicles sold in Europe should have an electric drive train by 2021; a third in 2025 and half in 2030.

The sustainable battery cell of the future will be recyclable

To make an effective contribution to climate protection, the overall environmental balance of all vehicle components must be improved and partners brought into the process. This applies in particular to energy-intensive production of battery cells for electric vehicles. Up to 40 percent of a fully-electric vehicle’s CO2 emissions come from battery cell production alone.

To develop innovative and sustainable battery cell technology, the BMW Group is working as part of a technology consortium with the Swedish battery manufacturer, Northvolt, and Umicore, a Belgian developer of battery materials. The collaboration is focused on creating an end-to-end sustainable value chain for battery cells in Europe, extending from development to production to recycling.

Northvolt will produce the battery cells at its own gigafactory currently under construction in Skellefteå in northern Sweden from 2024 on. Northvolt will obtain the energy needed to produce the battery cells exclusively from wind and hydroelectric power generated regionally in northern Sweden.

Umicore will contribute to development of a sustainable battery cell in Europe. Recyclable cell design is a consistent focus from the very beginning of battery cell development. Faced with rapidly growing demand for battery cells, recycling of battery components at the end of their lifecycle and extensive reuse of raw materials will be key to closing the materials loop in the best way possible.

BMW Group battery cells to be produced with 100% green power from fifth generation on

As a leader in sustainability, the BMW Group has already reached a contractual agreement with its cell manufacturers that they will only use green power to produce fifth-generation battery cells.

The fifth-generation battery cell will be on the roads later this year in the BMW iX3* and rolled out in more products over the coming year, like the BMW iNEXT and the BMW i4.

As volumes increase, the use of green power will save around ten million tonnes of CO2 over the next ten years. For comparison, that is roughly the amount of CO2 a city of over a million inhabitants, like Munich, emits per year.

IPCEI: European support programme for innovative and sustainable battery cells made in Europe

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is currently working with German and European industry on two programmes to support battery cell innovation. These are being realised as “Important Projects of Common European Interest” (IPCEI) and include projects from many European member states. Projects from both support programmes cover the entire battery value chain, from raw and functional materials to cell production and integration, all the way to second use and recycling. The aim is to establish a value chain in Germany and Europe that uses innovative technologies, while also meeting the highest standards for sustainability and production carbon intensity. For this reason, the projects are focused on research and innovation, as well as industrialisation of new technologies. The BMWi is contributing more than a billion euros for both support programmes.

The BMW Group has been analysing battery cells since 2008 and, thanks to this long-standing experience, already has extensive knowledge in the field of cell analysis. Through the research conducted by the support programmes, the BMW Group will be able to refine chemical composition, cell mechanics, cell design and the production process down to the last detail. Battery cell manufacturers can build on this know-how and use it in a targeted manner for sustainable and successful industrialisation.

CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.

*Consumption/emission data:

BMW iX3: fuel consumption combined in the NEDC test cycle: 0.0 l/100 km; electric power consumption combined: 17.8 – 17.5 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km; fuel consumption combined in the WLTP test cycle: 0.0 l/100 km; electric power consumption combined: 19.5 – 18.5 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km

Industry 4.0 or Fourth Industrial Revolution refers to the process of digitization and automation of remote controlled jobs in the industrial sector. In this technological revolution, robotics and connectivity are the backbone of the manufacturing processes. The so-called Intelligent Industry, improves productivity, manufacturing costs, the quality of business and companies.

What is Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Industry 4.0 and the fourth Industrial revolution
Contents Index
What is connected industry and characteristics of 4.0 technologies
Industry 4.0 refers to the introduction in the production of advanced and intelligent technologies through the use of Internet applications as an essential tool. The digital integration of information is carried out using as pillars the technological advances that have occurred in robotics, Artificial Intelligence, data analytics (Big Data) and the Internet of Things (Internet of Things).

This flow of information between applications within the connected industry is called PDP, which is the acronym for “Physical to Digital to Physical”.

From physical to Digital. Physical information is taken and transformed into digital data.
From Digital to Digital. The data is collected and analyzed through analytics (Big Data) and processed by Artificial Intelligence algorithms.
From Digital to Physical. The result is transmitted to the physical world to communicate a decision or order.
The industry connected to Artificial Intelligence is characterized by offering immediate results with a degree of analysis and study infinitely greater than the traditional one. The technologies of Industry 4.0 are influenced, as well as complemented by others, such as Artificial Vision, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Cloud Computing or the intelligent virtual assistants themselves.

What is connected industry 4.0 and the technologies of industry 4.0
Connectivity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution


The optimization of processes is a large-scale challenge for the ecosystem of companies and organizations. The industrial sectors of the countries that do not manage to adapt to Industrial automation will see their survival chances and their potential diminished, since they compete in the market at a clear disadvantage and with lower profitability of a product.

To achieve this, associated technologies are used, such as 5G networks that allow fast data transmission between devices. A complete revolution is taking place in warehouse logistics, with the implementation of robots or autonomous AGV and AIV vehicles.

Cybersecurity in Industry 4.0
Preserving the security of the information that is most sensitive to production processes and especially customer data, is one of the great challenges we will face in the coming decades. Today, obtaining the most sensitive data of your clients is more lucrative than robbing a bank. The same happens with obtaining confidential information from the production processes and data analysis of your competitors.

An example is the dozens of cyber threats that a Vitoria robotics company called Alias ​​Robotics has detected in Universal Robots robots. Can you imagine hackers paralyzing a robotic car production line? What if bots start offering their customers toxic financial products? Well, to tell the truth, banks have never required the intervention of hackers to offer these services …

Industry 4.0 examples
Impact of Industrial 4.0 transformation
The Era of technological transformation of companies is allowing more versatile responses to a product or client, as well as an increase in business results. Studies show that smart factories that have integrated IT systems increase their production capacity by 20%. Intelligent organizations develop forms of production being more flexible, fast, efficient and with greater analysis capacity.

Of course, the digitization of industrial production processes also affects employees, improving the health and safety of the workers themselves. Nevertheless, they are not the only ones. Organizations now manage their productivity methods through software, which allows them to be more predictive and make decisions in real time.

Impact of Industrial 4.0 transformation
We see that in the Era of Connected Industry, the personalization of products to customers allows them to individualize their needs, increasing the degree of satisfaction in the consumption of a product and with the company itself. It is due to How Big Data works and the implementation of the Internet of Things to Industry 4.0

The Ultimaker S5 is our Spring 2020 pick for the “Best Dual Extruder 3D Printer”. Check out our Ultimaker S5 review to find out why it is an excellent multi-material machine for small businesses.

Ultimaker S5 Review: Best Dual Extruder 3D Printer 2020

Founded in 2011, the Dutch 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker has solidified itself as a pioneer in the open source 3D printing community. With a highly praised range of professional-grade 3D printers and one of the most popular 3D printing slicers in Cura, there’s no doubt that Ultimaker is one of the most influential players in the desktop 3D printing market.

In 2016, the company released the Ultimaker 3, a groundbreaking dual extrusion 3D printer that many still consider as the best professional machine that money can buy. Back in April, during the manufacturing technology trade show Hannover Messe 2018, Ultimaker unveiled the new Ultimaker S5 3D printer, a bigger and better model that would replace the beloved Ultimaker 3.

The company has recently started shipping its new machine to its first customers, so you can understand our excitement when a large Ultimaker-branded package arrived at the All3DP office. After cracking open the cardboard box, we were greeted with a sizable and sleek Ultimaker S5 3D printer. Here’s what we thought about it.

Is this microreactor the future of nuclear architecture?

The 50-foot-tall Aurora plant, designed by Oklo, unites old and new aspects of nuclear power.

Gensler’s design for Oklo’s Aurora micro-reactor and power plant. All images courtesy of Oklo.

Although nuclear power and weapons have influenced design since the  Atomic Age  , a new power plant designed by  Oklo  , developer of a 1.5MW compact passive fast reactor, is poised to start a new wave of nuclear architecture. The 50-foot-tall Aurora Microreactor Plant unites old and new aspects of nuclear power in several ways; Oklo made headlines recentlyAnnounced that Aurora, which is expected to begin operating in 2024, will be powered by low-enriched uranium from the Idaho National Laboratory. The use of HALEU (high enrichment and low enrichment uranium) is unique in that it takes advantage of already used nuclear fuel that has been discarded by large processing facilities, which often only use around 50% of the power potential of their core material Previously replacing it, Oklo, which launched in 2013 and debuted with the Aurora plant project in fall 2019, aims to recover 90-100% of the energy available within the fuel, using fast fission and fast reactors.

“We are using the same physical reactions, we are using fission, but almost everything we are trying to do is completely different from the industry, historically,” Caroline Cochran said    in a telephone interview with Hyperallergic. The microreactor and Oklo plant do not require water or a lot of land, and the small-scale footprint improves the ability to meet the energy needs of communities in remote locations, such as small Alaskan cities, but perhaps not just their needs. of energy. The Aurora plant also represents an evolution in the aesthetics of nuclear design, with Oklo’s conscious effort to make its power station accessible and attractive to the surrounding community.

The A-shaped plant shape is strong, weather resistant, and makes good use of sun angles for a variety of panels.

“We have been thinking a lot about how to meet their needs further, mainly to provide electricity, but how can we also be a meeting point?” Cochran said. “A town hall, a garden, an indoor pool, during the moments in Alaska when people don’t exercise much or don’t have access to fresh vegetables? That kind of things. How can the building itself be iconic and recognizable, but also take on the flavor of the available areas?

The company employed  Gensler  to focus on their vision of the structure, and decided on an A-frame structure that brings together various cultural references, practical considerations, and space efficiencies for Aurora. The team was inspired by structures including the  Cadet Chapel of  the  United States Air Force Academy  , and comments on the design have compared the smooth, domed triangular construction to a Star Wars building, a cathedral, a Swiss chalet. … and even some less elevated notions.

“One person thought they were being rude to us when comparing it to an IHOP,” said Cochran, “but I think it’s kind of interesting, the different opinions of what it reminds them of, and I’d say it’s a good thing.” . We were trying to think about the community aspects that we hope to develop together with them, and these will vary by site. ”

The mid-century feel of design is a fitting nod to the roots of the nuclear aesthetic of the atomic age.

In addition to mid-century aesthetics referencing the original era of nuclear design, A-racks are the strongest lattice construction, and therefore ideal for housing and protecting the working aspects of the power plant, including the supporting cranes that move the jobs inside the plant, but the angle of the sides also lines up well with the solar array that will be attached to the energy processing. In high snow and low light latitudes like Alaska, the angle of the A-frame roof throws snow and maximizes exposure to sunlight. But Oklo also has more fancy ideas for the panels, hoping to employ  Sistine Solar  in implementing custom solar panel designs, including one commissioned by the artist. Forest Stearns  for Aurora design, which creates a reflection of the Alaskan sky touched by Aurora Borealis.

Coming soon … Aurora lights the way for new approaches to nuclear power and design.

Everything about Oklo, including the company name, which refers to the Oklo region of the Gabon state in Central Africa, where  nuclear fission is a natural feature  of the prehistoric landscape, indicates that it is a company that thinks very holistically. on the role of nuclear energy. it plays in human society, in nature and in the universe. These nuclear innovators look to a future where people stop for a cup of coffee at their local power plant (radiation dose not included) before using that energy potential for deep space exploration. That’s a lot of weight on the shoulders of an A-frame structure, but for now, Oklo projects a healthy glow of confidence and potential in the quick-fission design and deployment.

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