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Fastems Launches Version 8 of its Manufacturing Management Software

[West Chester, OH – November 2021]  MMS Version 8, the newest release of Fastems’ Manufacturing Management Software (MMS), boosts CNC automation intelligence to the next level by introducing a new MMS Insights view, giving practical ideas and suggestions on how to improve CNC production. In addition, Fastems has developed the user experience and added functionalities that support an economical use of modular fixtures, allowing higher production mix with smaller work holding investment. Version 8 will be available for new and as an upgrade to existing Fastems automation systems during the spring of 2022.

The new MMS Insights module provides CNC companies with numerous highlights and suggestions on how to improve their production processes based on data gathered from the automation system, including all the integrated machinery and data systems. MMS overviews the whole production and comes up with suggestions such as adding or removing certain tools or fixtures based on usage rates or updating NC-program runtimes for more precise order scheduling. It builds upon the functionality of the earlier MMS versions which offer users a full suite of options for automated production planning, including production resource preparation and indication of missing resources such as cutting tools, raw materials, NC programs, or workholding. This enables operators to execute the planned production in a proactive manner, leading to higher machine utilization, shorter lead times and less work-in-process.

For manufacturers using the simple pallet automation systems like Flexible Pallet Container (FPC)  or  Flexible Pallet Tower (FPT), Fastems is introducing a new single-screen user interface with drag-and-drop pallet ordering, and a new MMS EasyRoute function that allows the operator to bring entirely new workpieces into production in under one minute. In addition, for the manufacturers that do not produce purely based on customer orders, there is a new Order Generator that automatically creates production orders based on rules defined by the user. For instance, the system can automatically maintain a certain stock level or produce a recurring batch at regular intervals. 

For manufacturers producing high mix and therefore needing a lot of fixtures, Fastems has built a new optional Fixture Resource Management module. It allows the use of modular fixtures that enable higher production mix with fewer pallets. Using modular fixtures can generate cost savings on fixture investment, space savings on pallet storage, and time savings with less fixture building work.

“MMS is what makes Fastems automation the best in the market in terms of our customer’s capacity utilization levels, ability to deliver just-in-time and produce high mix with low volume economically. We are and want to continue as the market leader in CNC automation for any machine tool brand, and the efficiency, integration capabilities and usability are what make the difference. With version 8, we’ve enhanced our pallet handling features based on customer feedback, resulting in a new single-view user interface for the simple CNC automation systems, and ability to bring new workpieces into production in under 60 seconds. The Insights module helps manufacturers to make data-based decisions with the real-time reports on resource usage and the system data accuracy. Since many of our customers produce high mix, we have also introduced significant improvements for modular fixture management that can save a lot of money and time,” said Mikko Nyman, Fastems CEO.

Fastems is hosting a live launch event to demonstrate the MMS Version 8 to those interested in learning more about innovative ways to optimize their manufacturing processes. The online event takes place Tuesday, November 30th at 12:00 GMT (London time in English), 9:00 CET (Berlin time in German), and 12 PM EST (New York time in English). Registration is free at www.fastems.com/mmsv8-launch

For more information, visit www.fastems.com, or call toll-free 866-702-0611.

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Embedded Automotive Telematics to Procure US$ 6 Bn for Automotive Telematics: Fact.MR Study

A market research and competitive intelligence provider predicts, the global sales of automotive telematics to reach US$ 217.7 Bn by registering a CAGR of 18% in the sales indicator period 2021-2031. Increasing concern towards safety and security has propelled the demand for automotive telematics across various end sectors.

Historically, from 2016 to 2020, demand for automotive telematics registered an impressive 16% CAGR. A Y-o-Y increase of 23.3% was recorded in 2019 over 2018, mainly on the back of increased deployment of advanced safety features across both conventional and electric vehicles. Despite facing a crunch of 16% due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the automotive industry stimulated high demand for automotive telematics.

As per statistics published by the World Health Organization, more than 50 million people are injured due to road accidents, while 1.35 million succumb to the same across the world, which comprises of a figure greater than those dying of AIDS or malaria. Furthermore, road deaths and injuries cost between 3-5% of developed countries GDP. Hence, automotive manufacturers are including high grade automotive telematics.

Key Takeaways from the Market Study

  • By product, embedded automotive telematics to garner US$ 6 Bn for automotive telematics in the assessment period
  • By sales channel, OEM to yield an opportunity worth US$ 32 Bn for automotive telematics in the forecast period
  • Europe to emerge as the fastest expand automotive telematics landscape, clocking a 10% CAGR
  • Asia to register a 9% CAGR, generating US$ 77.2 Bn in value for automotive telematics
  • By 2021, automotive telematics market value to reach US$ 41.6 Bn, expanding over 5x by 2031

“As global ownership of automobiles increases, prominent manufacturers are introducing enhanced safety and security features across new car models to prevent road accidents and damage, widening prospects for automotive telematics,” opines Senior Research Analyst.

Competitive Landscape

Prominent service providers are relying on introducing new software which facilitate advanced damage detection systems, based on cloud and artificial intelligence approaches. Noteworthy developments in the past few months are as follows:

  • In January 2021, Harman International Industries Inc. announced the introduction of HARMAN Turbo Connect (TBOT). The software anticipates and mitigates connectivity discrepancies on the road. This addition to the current portfolio satisfies current demand for high speed connectivity with low latency, especially when used with 5G-enabled technologies, including  its Smart Conformal Antenna
  • In November 2021, Robert Bosch GmbH introduced its Ridecare services, equipped with a sensor box, to detect damage to a vehicle and smoke inside the vehicle. The sensor deploys a cloud-based data analysis using artificial intelligence, disbursing information on whether a vehicle has been damaged, or someone has smoked in it. Pilot projects are being initiated across North America, Asia and Germany

These insights are based on a report on Automotive Telematics Market by Fact.MR.

E-mail: shantanu@factmr.com

Web:    www.factmr.com

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Rapid Robotics Named to Fast Company’s First-Ever List of the Next Big Things in Tech

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rapid Robotics, creator of the first ready-to-work robotic machine operator, today announced that it has been named to Fast Company’s inaugural Next Big Things in Tech list, honoring the technology breakthroughs that promise to shape the future of their industries—from healthcare to agriculture to artificial intelligence and more.

Rapid Robotics was recognized for the Rapid Machine Operator (RMO), an all-in-one cobot that gives manufacturers an easy and affordable way to automate common machine tasks and solve their labor shortages. Unlike other cobots, the Rapid Machine Operator needs no integration or training and can be up and running in hours. For an OpEx-friendly all-inclusive subscription of $2,100 per month, the RMO performs a wide range of machine-tending tasks out of the box, such as injection molding, pad printing, heat stamping, pick-and-place and dozens of others across sectors including medical devices, electronics, CPG, automotive and more. Each RMO learns new skills through regular free updates and can be easily moved between tasks — no retraining required.

“The Rapid Machine Operator is the first viable solution to America’s machine operator crisis,” said Jordan Kretchmer, co-founder and CEO of Rapid Robotics. “It brings automation within reach of facilities of every size, including ones that never thought they could afford it. It allows them to quickly ramp up production and take on new projects while upskilling existing staff. It’s what American manufacturers need to win more business in a global marketplace.”

The Next Big Things in Tech list, which includes global giants, intrepid startups and research that’s fresh from the labs, recognizes 65 technologies that are making waves. While not all of the products, services and technological developments are on the market yet, they’re reaching key milestones in having a positive impact for consumers, businesses and society at large in the next five years.

Fast Company is thrilled to highlight cutting-edge technologies that are solving real-world problems in unexpected ways. From climate change and public health crises to machine learning and security, these technologies will certainly have a profound impact on the future, and we’re honored to bring attention to them today,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company.

Click here to see the final list.

The Winter 2021/2022 issue of Fast Company is available online now and will hit newsstands on December 7.

About Rapid Robotics

Rapid Robotics is the creator of the first affordable robotic machine operator (RMO) designed for simple machine tasks. Available for just $25K a year and requiring absolutely no programming, systems integration, specialized hardware or robotics skills, the Rapid Machine Operator enables manufacturers to easily deploy a pre-trained cobot in hours, moving it between tasks as needed and seeing ROI in months.

Rapid Robotics’ founding team combines robotics and manufacturing expertise with a SaaS business model to deliver affordable solutions to real-world industry problems. Investors include Tiger Global, Kleiner Perkins, NEA, Greycroft, Bee Partners and 468 Capital. Rapid Robotics is based in San Francisco, California.

About Fast Company
Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies and thinkers on the future of business. The editor-in-chief is Stephanie Mehta. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication, Inc., and can be found online at fastcompany.com.

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Yeti Tool launches free online CNC Academy for the Smart Router market

Yeti Tool, the home of CNC Multitool SmartBench, has launched a free CNC Academy for Smart Router users to provide online resources and advice.

Specifically created for those who are new to CNC Routing or those who are looking to expand their working knowledge, the CNC Academy has a range of freely-accessible online courses covering everything from setting up a CNC Multitool Smart Router to creating exciting new projects.

The CNC Academy provides tutorial-style videos, combined with articles to allow visitors to learn in a way that suits them.

Yeti Tool Director and Co-Founder Andy McLaren commented:

“The decision to invest heavily into setting up and launching CNC Academy came from a genuine desire to help customers get the very best from their CNC Multitools. This is whether they are a business owner or a hobbyist.”

“CNC Academy provides a simple and easy point-of-reference online with free video tutorials and expertly-written articles to help CNC novices and experienced multitool users on their journey with CNC Routing.”

The visual and written content provided in the CNC Academy is structured in a way to get Multitool users working as quickly as possible.

Yeti Tool’s CNC Academy is a comprehensive free online resource which has been devised and developed by the Yeti Tool in-house team of CNC experts.

The resources within CNC Academy cover the following areas: 

SmartBench

CNC Stylus

CAD/CAM

Spindle Motors & Tooling

Having researched the market carefully and surveyed customers’ CNC requirements before launching CNC Academy, the most popular online courses are Feeds & Speeds, Hardware Troubleshooting and First set-up. 

“Over 70% of Yeti Tool’s customer base are working in the sign and display sector, so it’s important for them to be able to quickly and easily access these free resources and get their Smart Router and CNC Multitools running rapidly,” added Andy.

“The Yeti Tool CNC Academy is designed to be an invaluable online resource for CNC users who are using any multitool machine, and not just for our  SmartBench product,” he concluded.

To find out more and start utilising the free tools, videos and articles available at the CNC Academy, please visit here. (hyperlink with https://academy.yetitool.com/)

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Four Reasons to Implement Industrial Gearboxes in Your Operations

Industrial gearboxes play a crucial part in maximizing operational efficiency and reducing operational costs in many industries around the world. The importance of industrial gearboxes should never be overlooked as they offer increased output, decrease costs, and minimize factory operation’s environmental footprint. 

Modern gearbox engineering and technology has enabled industrial gearbox suppliers to manufacture, maintain, service, and reverse engineer parts to increase output and maximize energy efficiency. In this article, we share 4 reasons why you consider implementing industrial gearboxes into your operations.

Increased Output

Well-integrated and advanced industrial gearboxes speed up work and maximize production efficiency. In industries such as manufacturing, food and beverage production, automotive, and agriculture, durable gearboxes are often the backbone that supports the automation of tasks. 

Efficiently Manipulate Torque

Never underestimate the power of torque. Modern gearboxes increase torque while reducing the prime mover’s output shaft speed. This results in the gearbox’s output shaft rotating at a slower rate than the input shaft.  This speed reduction creates a mechanical advantage, as the gearbox multiplies the torque from the motor by an amount proportional to the gear ratio and the efficiency of the gearbox. Gearboxes such as bevel and helical models are used to increase torque in machines and reduce speed and are often used in high torque situations like cement processing.

Benefits to the Environment

Over the last decade, environmentally conscious manufacturing (ECM) has become an important consideration for most manufacturing organizations. The global awareness of environmental risks and the need to compete through efficiency, manufacturing operations adopting industrial gearboxes are developing into a standard of environmental consciousness.

Various environmental-friendly strategies and techniques allow businesses to become more eco-efficient pushing industrial gearboxes to the forefront of innovation. Using industrial gearboxes is an excellent strategy to increase profits while reducing environmental footprint.

Cost Saving

Energy costs and downtimes are reduced as more companies switch to industrial gearboxes. The efficiency and reliability they provide offers immediate benefits to applications as they multiply torque, match inertia, and reduce speed. 

The standard of gearbox and industrial pump repairs have increased tremendously over the years. Repairing and exchanging instead of replacing is arguably one of the most cost-effective ways to keep the production line and operations going. 

How To Implement Industrial Gearboxes in Your Business

Gearboxes are progressively becoming more essential year- over-year. Wherever power transfer is required, whether it be in automobiles, airplanes, helicopters, marine vessels, wind turbines, or any other application, the industrial gearbox provides a solution to improve efficiency. The businesses taking advantage of the use of industrial gearboxes are benefiting from reduced costs, increased efficiency, torque multiplication, and reduced environmental footprints.

If your businesses is already taking advantage of industrial gearboxes within your operations, the professionals at Houston Pump and Gear can help you pinpoint if your gearbox needs to be inspected, remanufactured, repaired, or overhauled. They also offer an exchange gearbox program in which they will offer a rebuilt unit at a discounted rate in exchange for your used or inoperable gearbox. Whatever gearbox repair services you may need, working with an experienced pump repair team will get your industrial equipment back to like-new condition and up to OEM spec, tolerance, and size.

Author: Lorain Wilson is the Content Marketing Specialist at Houston Pump and Gear — home to North America’s most reliable industrial gearbox and pump repair. Whatever the brand, issue, or timeline, the Houston Pump and Gear team of certified engineers is standing by to offer a free quote and durable solution.  

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How Machinists Will Adapt to Automation: Programming Skills

Metalworking is an industry that has been consistently growing. This growth has come with many changes, including the commercialization of the sector. Like in any other industry, commercialization in metalworking requires machinists to be creative and use technology.

That’s the main reason why automation is becoming a significant part of metalworking today. With automation in machining, businesses experience more growth and diversification. They can get the most out of the machines they have without the need to increase their workforces.

However, the existing workforce needs automation knowledge and skills. Otherwise, working with automation tools can be tricky. This article will discuss automation and machining in more detail. Read on to learn more about this.            

Increasing Demand For New Skills

Technology is simplifying work in every industry that uses it. But then, it has pushed machinists to learn and improve their programming skills. For instance, they need to learn various programming languages and other skills like software testing.

The demand for these programming skills is growing daily. And, it will be tricky to succeed in the industry in the future if you don’t update your knowledge. Having software testing skills, for instance, makes it easier for you to work in an environment like ours, where people test software.

Having the software testing skills needed and the right automation testing platform is the key to success. With the many automation testing tools in the market, you’ll need to pick from the available tools carefully. Ensure that the tool you choose is one that will meet your testing needs more effectively.

Conversational Programming For Easier Machining

Conversational programming skills are becoming essential for machinists. There are tools like Advanced One Touch (AOT), designed to make program generation easier for machinists. It will be vital to know how these tools work and how you can use them to increase production cycles.

You can use conversational programming skills and tools to simplify part design. Also, they can help with fast prototyping and shorten lead times. Thankfully, most conversational programming tools are user-friendly. You only need a little understanding of how they work to use them.

How Will Automation Improve MetalWorking?

Automation has contributed to the growth of every industry that has implemented it. An excellent example is the software testing industry. Free testing automation tools have increased efficiency and simplified work. But how will it improve machining and metalworking? 

Let us look at some of the ways below.

  1. Better Efficiency in Production

Production efficiency is one of the most significant benefits of automation in metalworking. You cannot talk about more production without mentioning better efficiency. Automated machines edge humans in performance. They are faster and better than humans in many other aspects.

Besides, automation helps businesses avoid inconsistencies in their products. With humans, you can never be assured that a product will look exactly like the next one. This is why you need programming skills and knowledge of automation tools. It will help you increase your efficiency.

  1. Contribute To Safety

Working as a machinist exposes you to various risks. Large steel beams can be a safety hazard for employees. One can get injured in the process of moving or fabricating them. However, with automation and technology tools, working with these tools directly is no longer feasible.

Today, businesses are investing in technology to reduce contact with steel beams, modular pieces, etc. But then, automation tools can only complement humans, not replace them. Thus, employees only need to acquire skills that will enable them to maximize the power of automation.

  1. Improved Data Retention

Record keeping has also improved with automation. Today, you no longer need to use paperwork to preserve business data. You can store everything digitally on the cloud and devices like computers. This makes storing employee, customer, and production data seamless.

Besides, it increases convenience, especially as automation tools make task scheduling easy. It is possible to have your data preserved automatically with the right tools. But machinists need to learn and adapt to using data storage technology to achieve their business goals better.

  1. Enhance Control in Machining

Businesses need to keep track of their production. Such control ensures that they make the most of every resource used in production and reduce wastage. Control in machining has been a challenge in the past since tracking human teams isn’t easy.

Automation is set to make tracking production more manageable and more rewarding. With automated production, the systems are more calculated. That means you require less effort to produce and track your operations.

  1. Increased Accuracy

As mentioned earlier, consistency isn’t easy to achieve with humans. Even with software testing, businesses using manual testing techniques have accuracy issues. Most of them have resorted to using automated website testing tools to avoid costly human errors.

Automation in machining also helps in improving production accuracy. It reduces the amount of human input needed for production. This eliminates human errors, improves product quality, and helps businesses grow.

Major Automation Trends Machinists Should Know

Various trends are shaping the future of machinists and the machining industry. It is vital to know these trends as a machinist or a machining business owner. They’ll help you

Let’s look at the two major trends.

  • Automation and 3D printing

Automation is improving the machining industry in several aspects. We have discussed the main benefits this growing trend will bring. 3D printing, on the other hand, is taking design to better levels. This trend will continue in the future and will result in more complex designs.

  • Robots and Cobots

More machining businesses are automating operations with robots. This increased adoption of robots will require that machinists have specific programming skills. Working alongside robots will reduce and simplify work for humans, increasing their productivity in the future.

Conclusion

As a machinist, you need to embrace automation and technology as a whole. The reality is that automation is not going anywhere, and humans have to adjust to accommodate it. The benefits that automation brings far outweigh its disadvantages making more businesses consider it.

The best way to adapt to these changes is by having the correct skillset. The skills used before automation may not be feasible in the future. It would be best if you considered learning programming and how to work with automated machines. The acquired skills will take your machining career to higher levels.

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IMTS Is the Additive Manufacturing Destination for 2022

McLean, Va., (October 28, 2021) – Just as space sparks the imagination, additive manufacturing (AM) is sparking new solutions while also solving mainstream industrial challenges in ways unimaginable just a few years ago, such as 3D printed components for NASA’s Artemis moon program. The people and companies propelling AM forward will connect at IMTS 2022 – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is now considered a primary AM destination.

IMTS 2022 will showcase AM solutions as part integrated manufacturing technology offerings in the Metal Removal, Quality Assurance, CAD/CAM, and other Technology Pavilions covering 1.1 million sq. ft. of exhibit space. Held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, IMTS 2022 will also feature more than 55 exhibitors in the Additive Manufacturing Pavilion, AM breakthroughs in AMT’s Emerging Technology Center, and co-located conferences with AM technical presentations.

“The pace at which AM technologies accelerate makes IMTS 2022 a must-attend event,” says Peter R. Eelman, vice president & CXO at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns and produces IMTS. “Visitors will see AM solutions for production and high-volume part applications, tooling, workholding and fixturing that improve performance, lower lifecycle costs, and help reshore production. They’ll also be able to meet people pushing the boundaries of AM, including multiple technologies and components being developed for NASA.”

Credit: NASA / DM3D: The IMTS 2022 Additive Manufacturing Pavilion will showcase technology for large parts, such as this rocket engine nozzle liner for NASA, from exhibitor DM3D Technologies, booth 433020 in the West Building.

 

Benjamin Moses, director, technology at AMT, says that, “IMTS exhibitors and AMT members have developed new additive systems with extremely large print volumes, yet they deliver the deposition precision and repeatability that NASA demands due to in-situ metrology and closed-loop controls.”

Developments include an 11-ft.-tall main rocket engine nozzle liner printed from JBK-75 (a stainless steel hydrogen-resistant superalloy) and a scanning electron beam microscope combined with an electron beam 3D metal printing system for replicating parts in space (see story).

“Wire AM systems developed for aerospace parts are well-suited for tooling and other large components,” comments Moses. “In addition, modeling software developed to validate these concepts will help other industries build AM parts faster, at lower cost and with high quality.”

Tank Teamwork

To create solutions for complex challenges, companies with AM solutions are collaborating to win contracts by coordinating with best-in-class technologies. As an example, a team of subcontractors from Ingersoll Machine Tools utilizing their MasterPrint® product offering and integration abilities (large scale additive machines), Siemens (digital twin software) and MELD Manufacturing (the patented thermo-mechanical MELD® process) will help build the world’s largest metal 3D printer as part of U.S. Army’s Jointless Hull Program. The system will have a print volume of 20 x 30 x 12 ft. — large enough to print the next generation of main battle tank hulls and other combat vehicles, as monolithic hulls have well-established advantages in survivability and weight savings.

“Teamwork solved a real market problem, and that’s a great reason to attend a show like IMTS,” says Jason Melcher, vice president of sales, Ingersoll Machine Tools, Inc. “From a collaboration standpoint, we attend conferences and trade shows specifically to listen to a particular technology presenter or visit a particular exhibit. What we don’t know is who else we’ll meet at the show — yet we always find people with solutions that we haven’t been able to even think about. Today, there’s too many problems and too many opportunities to tackle on our own. We as an industry need to find partners, and IMTS and its conferences are great venues for doing so.”

Surging Demand

AM education opportunities at IMTS 2022 include the next edition of the Additive Manufacturing Conference presented by Additive Manufacturing Media, which is co-located with IMTS during show years. The AM Pavilion and AM Conference are located across the main concourse from each other in the West Building of McCormick Place (see floor plan with exhibitors).

“In the midst of what appears to be long-term supply chain issues and a greater emphasis on reshoring, we are now in a different place with additive manufacturing,” says Peter Zelinski,  editor-in-chief of Additive Manufacturing Media as well as Modern Machine Shop magazine. “Using 3D printing to make both end-use parts and tooling is now recognized for the part it plays in an agile production strategy. It is no longer the case that it’s a novel and interesting development that AM has a place at IMTS. Instead, it’s now vital that IMTS includes AM, because attendees need this capability and know they need it.”

“The manufacturing economy has grown for 16 consecutive months, and the challenges manufacturers and job shops face have never been greater,” says Eelman. “The most efficient way to increase productivity per employee and create a lean supply chain is by implementing digital technologies such as additive manufacturing, and IMTS showcases the most complete breadth and depth of digital technologies available.”

Conversations within the IMTS community are continuing on social media: @ Twitter: @IMTSchicago or #IMTS LinkedIn: The IMTS LinkedIn Group Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IMTS.show


MEDIA NOTES:

Visit IMTS Network and IMTS spark – IMTS.com/network and IMTS.com/spark Watch IMTS YouTube Channel – youtube.com/imtsvideos

IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show – The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2022 will run Sept. 12-17. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology as well as connecting the industry’s supply chain. IMTS attracts visitors from every level of industry and more than 117 countries. IMTS 2018 was the largest in number of registrations (129,415), net square feet of exhibit space (1,424,232 sq. ft.), booths (2,123) and exhibiting companies (2,563). IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

ReBuilding the Supply Chain

ReThink. ReEngage. ReEstablish.

Digital Manufacturing. Implemented.

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New Allegro LED Drivers Bring High-End Lighting Technology to Mainstream Vehicles, Enhancing Automotive Safety

Manchester, NH, Nov. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. (“Allegro”) (Nasdaq: ALGM), a global leader in sensing and power solutions for motion control and energy-efficient systems, has expanded its automotive lighting portfolio to include two new offerings for advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) applications. A unique solution in the market, the A80803 leverages multi-topology conversion and patented IP to enable smooth high/low/high beam transitions in a single integrated circuit (IC). The A80804 linear LED driver provides high power for automotive lighting applications through multiple, independently-configurable channels. Both products help designers reduce the number of ICs required to create safety-enhanced automotive lighting systems, enabling higher performance and more compact designs at lower system cost.

Vehicle lighting plays a key role when it comes to driver and passenger safety. According to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), driving at night is three times riskier than driving during the day, and crash rates for vehicles that have headlights with an IIHS “good” rating are nearly 20 percent lower than ones with a “poor” rating. ADAS applications and lighting enhancements that improve night-time road and vehicle visibility can significantly improve driver response times, helping prevent crashes and saving lives.

The A80803 is a switch-mode, constant-current controller for high-power LED automotive lighting applications that addresses many common pain points for headlight designers, with innovative features that make it easier for headlight designers to bring advanced functionality to mainstream vehicles. The multi-topology single-ended controller design, combined with wide input/output voltage capability, provides a universal solution for a wide variety of use cases and/or number of LEDs. Options for SPI-based control or EEPROM-based end-of-line programming for standalone operation further extend the range of possibilities.

The A80804 is Allegro’s first four-channel linear driver for high-power LEDs. In addition to targeted applications such as DRL/position and stop/tail lights, it gives lighting designers increased design flexibility for popular features such as sequential turn signals, animation effects, and theater-style transitions. No switching elements or inductors are required, and the A80804’s low EMI output helps it achieve CISPR25 Class 5 compliance. It also offers multiple analog and PWM dimming methods, dual brightness mode operation, and is configurable without the need for a microcontroller.

“Today’s high-end and luxury cars have comfort and safety features that take years to make their way into less-expensive mainstream vehicles, mostly due to solution costs” said Mark Gaboriault, Product Line Director for Regulators and Lighting at Allegro. “The A80803 gives headlight designers a compact, cost-effective solution that automatically manages the electrical transition from low to high beam, without the need for multiple LED drivers and local microcontrollers. It’s a unique offering that will help democratize headlight design and help increase driver safety. Today’s consumer also expects an engaging, personalized driving experience. With the A80804, lighting designers now have a cost-effective way to enable animations and other lighting effects in a way that simplifies the design process while enhancing visibility and driver safety, as well as minimizing bills of materials.”

Features and Benefits

The A80803 includes first-to-market features that help simplify headlight design and increase driver safety:

  • Multi-topology high/low beam switchover, removing the need for a second LED driver IC
  • A unique slew-control feature that minimizes LED current overshoot and under­shoot while transitioning between high and low beams
  • Two configuration options including factory-programmed EEPROM to remove the need for a local microcontroller, and an SPI interface for control and status registers to enable software control
  • Extensive diagnostics for ASIL capability, with two programmable fault pins and reporting via SPI
  • Multiple methods for analog LED setting/control for base intensity, foldback for thermal conditions via NTC, or using a single design with different LED “bins”
  • Multiple methods for PWM LED control via an internal PWM signal (standalone mode) or an external PWM signal for direct PWM control on the EN/PWM pin (MCU mode)

Innovative features in the A80804 help lighting designers simplify system design while increasing safety:

  • Linear control over four channels, each with an independent enable/PWM input
  • Multiple methods for PWM LED control via an internal PWM signal (standalone mode) including automatic phase shifting, or an external PWM signal for direct control on the EN/PWM pin (MCU mode)
  • Ability to switch between low and full intensity for applications including stop/tail or DRL/position lighting, without the need of a local microcontroller
  • Selectable LED current slew-rate control for tuning PWM edge times, improving EMI performance
  • Multiple methods for analog LED setting/control, LED binning, NTC foldback, or hybrid dimming
  • Integrated/optional derating for high Vin and/or temperature
  • Unique “MINOUT” function that can significantly reduce power losses by dynamically adjusting for the inherent changes in LED Vf versus temperature
  • Extensive protections to protect the device and the LEDs, reported via fault pin
  • Ability to parallel multiple devices together in order to extend the number of strings

Pricing and Availability

The A80803 is available in a thermally enhanced 32-pin 5mm × 5mm QFN package with wettable flank. The A80804 is available in a 32-pin 5mm × 5mm QFN package with wettable flank. For product pricing and samples, contact an Allegro sales office or authorized distributor. For datasheets and more information on Allegro’s comprehensive LED controller family, including the new A80803 and A80804, please visit the Allegro website.

About Allegro MicroSystems

Allegro MicroSystems (Nasdaq: ALGM) is redefining the future of sensing and power technologies. From green energy to advanced mobility and motion control systems, our team is passionate about developing intelligent solutions that move the world forward and give our customers a competitive edge. With global engineering, manufacturing and support, Allegro is a trusted partner to both large enterprises and regional market leaders worldwide. Visit www.allegromicro.com.

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Transform Ordinary Pipe into a Powerful Conveyer for Abrasive & Heavy Materials

EXAIR’s new 3 NPT Heavy Duty Threaded Line Vac™ is a powerful in-line conveyor that transports high volumes of material through ordinary pipe. Designed for rugged, industrial applications, it is made of a hardened alloy to prevent premature wear when transporting abrasive or heavy materials like garnet, glass, sand, shot blast, tumbling media or metal fittings. These units feature large throat diameters that make it possible to convey more material over long vertical and horizontal lengths. The conveying rate is typically twice that of ordinary air powered conveyors.

Heavy Duty Threaded Line Vac conveyors eject a small amount of compressed air through directed nozzles to produce a vacuum on one end and high output flows on the other with instantaneous response. Utilizing a pressure regulator, conveyance rate can be finely tuned to suit the needs of your application. There are no moving parts to wear out and no electricity is required.

Seven sizes from 3/4 NPT to 3 NPT fit standard pipe and coupling sizes. Additional models made from aluminum, 303SS and 316SS are also available in eleven sizes, with or without threads. Sanitary flange models from 1-1/2 inch to 3 inch are also available. All EXAIR Line Vacs are CE compliant, meet OSHA pressure requirements, and are ready to ship from stock. Heavy Duty Threaded model prices start at $552. Learn more at https://exair.co/3hdtlv

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MasterControl Releases Its Latest Product Designed to Leverage Quality and Manufacturing Data into Actionable Insights

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MasterControl Inc., a leading global provider of software solutions that enable life sciences and other regulated companies to deliver life-changing products to more people sooner, today announced the release and general availability of MasterControl Insights, the company’s newest product. MasterControl Insights will assist quality and manufacturing professionals in analyzing and interpreting large amounts of data gathered during the product life cycle by presenting users with exactly the right data at the right time in easy to interpret visualizations.

The new product is available to all MasterControl cloud customers and will be included with MasterControl Quality Excellence and Manufacturing Excellence solutions.

“With the amount of data collected during product development and manufacture, companies need a solution to quickly analyze information for data-based decision-making,” said Sue Marchant, senior director of product at MasterControl. “Throughout beta and early adopter phases, our customers provided excellent feedback and helped shape the product features that will help companies do just that.”

MasterControl Insights gives customers immediate access to their data and the tools to analyze it in just a few clicks. The basic functionality provides pre-built, persona-based visualizations that pull in data from MasterControl products for analyzing and reporting. A more advanced option allows users to create their own dashboard visualizations, develop custom analyses, and manage KPIs and performance.

“We are giving our customers a tool that gives them visibility into operations and quality management,” said Marchant. “They will see what is happening, why it’s happening, and what steps they should take to manage it.”

As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more prevalent in business use, MasterControl is weaving these capabilities into their software to provide relevant recommendations and predictions that are meaningful and useful to the life sciences industry. With MasterControl Insights, the data science is built into the product allowing users to easily adopt the technology and garner the benefits of advanced analytics.

For more information about MasterControl, please visit mastercontrol.com

About MasterControl
MasterControl Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based quality and compliance software for life sciences and other regulated industries. Our mission is the same as that of our customers – to bring life-changing products to more people sooner. The MasterControl Platform helps organizations digitize, automate and connect quality and compliance processes across the regulated product development life cycle. Over 1,000 companies worldwide rely on MasterControl solutions to achieve new levels of operational excellence across product development, clinical trials, regulatory affairs, quality management, supply chain, manufacturing and postmarket surveillance. For more information, visit www.mastercontrol.com.

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