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Vietnam Kickstarts Development Of A Series Of National Innovation Centres

Vietnam Kickstarts Development Of A Series Of National Innovation Centres

Vietnam is looking to build a National Innovation Centre (NIC) and Minister of Planning and Investment, Nguyen Chi Dung, has mentioned that this is vital for promoting economic development based on science, technology, and innovation while allowing industries to adapt to the demands of industry 4.0.

Currently, it is intended that for the innovation centre to provide an ecosystem that will serve as a resource hub for companies while providing them with a means of market access for their products. Thus, it is projected that the NIC will be located in the Red River Delta which contributes a quarter of Vietnam’s GDP. Additionally, the government has laid out four focus areas for the centre in the fields of smart manufacturing, digital media, digital games and cybersecurity.  And according to consultants, the NIC will be the first of many innovation centres that will be developed across Vietnam, with each innovation centre expected to possess different focus areas that will serve to promote the overall adoption of technology within the country as well as the creation of new technologies.

As of now, there are numerous innovation centres globally that are aimed at accelerating technology developments such as the ones in Beijing (China), Seoul (South Korea) and CyberSpark at Beer Sheva (Israel). And Vietnam’s entry into this space indicates that global shifts towards the adoption of Industry 4.0 practices is occurring at a heightened pace.

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The Economic Times Recognises Marposs India As One Of The Best Brands In Metal Cutting For 2018

The Economic Times Recognises Marposs India As One Of The Best Brands In Metal Cutting For 2018

The Metal Cutting Industry is central for the growth and development of the Indian manufacturing Sector because it includes several segments from machine tools to cutting tools, from saw blades to laser machines, from plasma cutters to water jet cutters, from accessories and metrology equipment to lubricants and everything in between.

The Economic Times, through its Best Brands awards series, endeavors to highlight brands that have gained customers’ confidence and maintained their positions. And to be a part of ‘The Economic Times Best Brands in Metal Cutting Industry 2018 Initiative’, companies will have to fulfill several criteria such as having considerable presence both across the country and in the international market. Additionally, they should also be focused on Innovation, Technology and Service, as well as possess positive and consistent business performance.

Thus, it is with these considerations in mind that the Economic Times has awarded Marposs India as one of the Best Metal Cutting Brands in 2018 in the category of “Metrology Solutions”.

The event took place on September 21 at Le Meridien, in Bangalore, India, and the award was collected by Mr. Sood, General Manager of Marposs India.

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Tenfold Increase In Number Of “Intelligent” APAC Enterprises Since 2017

Tenfold Increase In Number of “Intelligent” APAC Enterprises Since 2017

SINGAPORE: Zebra Technologies Corporation has announced the results of its second annual “Intelligent Enterprise Index.” which is a global survey that measures where companies are on the journey to becoming an “intelligent enterprise” – one that connects the physical and digital worlds to drive innovation through real-time guidance, data-powered environments and collaborative mobile workflows.

By scoring more than 75 points on the overall Index, the number of companies globally defined as an “intelligent enterprise” doubled to 10 percent in 2018. In Asia-Pacific, there was a spike in the number of companies that were rated as truly “intelligent” – moving up by 20 percentage to 22 percent this year. The average Asia-Pacific score increased from 49 points in 2017 to 63 points in 2018, underscoring the rapid adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in the region. The Index measures to what extent companies today are meeting the criteria that define today’s Intelligent Enterprise. Overall, the Index reveals year-over-year growth of Internet of Things (IoT) deployment and investment, highlighting new momentum as enterprises expect less resistance to adoption and increasingly acknowledge IoT solutions as a core component for driving future growth across their organizations.

“As new technologies continue to transform the front line of business, real-time data-driven signals at the edge of operations are empowering front-line workers with the right information to optimize actions and outcomes,” said Tom Bianculli, Chief Technology Officer, Zebra Technologies. “Based on our second annual Index, it’s clear that more companies acknowledge the value of leveraging IoT strategies, and they will continue to propel adoption and investment in the future.”

Key Index Findings

  • IoT investment is up, and resistance to adoption is down. The Index reveals for those companies surveyed, their average annual spend on IoT is up 4 percent year-over-year globally, while it was a 12 percent increase in Asia-Pacific. And 86 percent of the companies surveyed globally expect that number to increase in the next 1-2 years, with nearly half anticipating investment growth of 11-20 percent. As employees become more receptive to new technologies, the number of companies that expect resistance to their IoT plans moving forward has dropped from 75 percent in 2017 to 64 percent this year.
  • Enterprises are driving a performance edge with real-time guidance. 52 percent of respondents globally say information from their IoT solutions is shared with employees in real or near-real time. This is up 37 percent from last year’s Index, underscoring the increased need for collaborative mobile workflows. Asia-Pacific companies are more advanced in this area, with 58 percent of companies sharing data with employees in such frequency. In addition, two-thirds of those surveyed globally have established a plan on how to organise and analyse their data. This is up 10 percent from last year. Real-time analytics (66 percent) and security (63 percent) were reported as the most prevalent elements of a company’s data management plan.
  • Empowering the front-line. Notably, organisations are empowering their front-line with actionable data as 32 percent of the respondents say they provide insights to the front-line workers. This reflects the need for innovations, technologies and real-time data at the edge of the enterprise. In Asia-Pacific, this stands at 41 percent, up seven percentage points from last year’s index.
  • Security is a top priority across the enterprise. Companies are taking a more proactive, thorough approach when it comes to employing security standards within their IoT solutions. The Index revealed an 18 percentage point increase in the number of companies that are constantly – versus routinely – monitoring their IoT security to ensure privacy and integrity. In Asia-Pacific, the increase was 20 percentage points from a year ago.
  • Companies are demonstrating a greater reliance on a solution ecosystem. 40 percent of the companies surveyed globally report using a strategic partner to manage their entire IoT solution, up from 21 percent from 2017. This was higher in Asia-Pacific at 54 percent. This dependence on third-party expertise and management of IoT processes, similar to Zebra’s Savanna platform empowering its customers and partners, is a key indicator that an enterprise is committed to accelerating data intelligence and adopting IoT.

Survey Background And Methodology

  • The online survey was fielded from Aug. 6 – Sept. 14, 2018 across a wide range of segments, including healthcare, manufacturing, retail and transportation and logistics.
  • In total, 918 IT decision makers from nine countries were interviewed, including the U.S., U.K./Great Britain, France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, China, India, and Japan.
  • Eleven metrics were used to understand where companies are on the path to becoming an Intelligent Enterprise, including: IoT Vision, Business Engagement, Technology Solution Partner, Adoption Plan, Change Management Plan, Point of Use Application, Security & Standards, Lifetime Plan, Architecture/Infrastructure, Data Plan and Intelligent Analysis.
  • The criteria were identified by executives, industry experts and policymakers across different industries at the 2016 Strategic Innovation Symposium: The Intelligent Enterprise, hosted by Zebra in collaboration with the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH).
  • The framework of an Intelligent Enterprise is based on technology solutions that integrate cloud computing, mobility, and the Internet of Things (IoT) to automatically “sense” information from enterprise assets. Operational data from these assets, including status, location, utilisation, or preferences, is then “analysed” to provide actionable insights, which can then be mobilised to the right person at the right time, so they can be “acted” upon to drive better, more-timely decisions by users anywhere, at any time.

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EuroBLECH 2018: Post Show Review

EuroBLECH 2018: Post Show Review

The 25th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, EuroBLECH 2018, ended last week after four successful show days. A total of 56,301 visitors from around the world came to Hannover to get an overview of the latest innovations and digital technologies for sheet metal working and to invest in new manufacturing machinery. A total of 1,507 companies from 40 countries exhibited at this year’s show.

“There was a great atmosphere at the show, with an excellent mood on the exhibitor side as well as the visitor side. Many exhibitors presented themselves this year with even more impressive stands. They showcased an enormous variety of new machinery and innovative solutions, and many of these were, once again, demonstrated live at the exhibition stands”, said Evelyn Warwick, EuroBLECH Exhibition Director, on behalf of the organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions. She also added that, “there was a noticeable technological advancement within the last two years. Many exhibitors demonstrated how well the industry is prepared for digitalisation and how these new technologies can be used within a manufacturing environment.”

“We are very pleased with the positive results of EuroBLECH 2018, which, compared to the previous exhibition, attracted a consistently high visitor number across the four show days from Tuesday to Friday. Therefore, EuroBLECH 2018 ends with a record floor space of 89,875 net square metres and a sustainable visitor figure, which of course is also due to the booming industry. Many exhibitors reported positive sales figures”, concluded Warwick.

A total of 58 percent of exhibitors came from outside Germany at this year’s show. This represents a further increase in international attendance by four percent. The preliminary results of the exhibition survey show that 37 percent of visitors came to EuroBLECH from outside Germany, resulting once again in good international visitor attendance. Major visitor countries, next to Germany, included Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, India, Great Britain, Poland, Austria and Belgium.

A great majority of the visitors came from the industry (73 percent), followed by visitors from workshops, trade and services. The most important sectors visitors belonged to include engineering, sheet metal & products, steel and aluminium construction, the automotive industry and its suppliers, electrical engineering, iron and steel production as well as rolling mills and heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology.

97 percent of the visitors were also from the trade and besides the high number of international visitors, the exhibition could, once again, register a high percentage of visitors from the top management with decision-making and buying capacity. The percentage of visitors involved in decision-making was almost consistent at 79 percent.

The preliminary results of the exhibition survey show that both exhibitors and visitors at this year’s EuroBLECH were highly satisfied. The visitors praised the comprehensiveness and international range of the products on display as well as the quality of the exhibition stands and the many live demonstrations of digital processes. The exhibitors praised the qualified and international audience with its high percentage of decision-makers. The exhibitors also stated that they had made a large number of new business contacts. More than 70 percent of all exhibitors stated on-site that they intended to exhibit again at the next EuroBLECH in 2020, which will take place from 27 – 30 October 2020 at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany.

In addition to EuroBLECH, Mack Brooks Exhibitions is organising a range of sheet metal working exhibitions in different markets: the next BLECH India will take place from 25 – 27 April 2019 in Mumbai. AsiaBLECH 2019 will be held in Chengdu City from 20 – 22 November 2019. The first BLECH France is taking place from 21 – 23 January 2020 in Paris, France.

Winners Of The EuroBLECH 2018 Online Competition

Once again, EuroBLECH put innovative technologies and a professional audience in the focus with this year’s EuroBLECH Online Competition. “Step into the digital reality” was the theme of the awards and the winners were chosen online by the sheet metal working community. The winners were officially awarded with a trophy on the second day of the show.

TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG won the award in the category “Digital Transformation” for their indoor localisation system, Track&Trace, which is based on Ultra Wide Band Technology (UWB) and can determine the unambiguous position of markers in real time with the help of satellites.

In the category “Best Start-Up”, Fractory Solutions OÜ from Estonia received the award for the development of their on-demand sheet metal manufacturing platform Fractory.co which streamlines the outsourcing process. Through this platform, customers can get instant quotes and lead times by uploading a CAD drawing which makes the ordering process ten times faster and more economical.

Q-Fin Quality Finishing received the award in the category “E-Mobility”. They presented their “F200 XL” which was designed for the deburring, grinding and edge rounding of very small, light sheet metal parts.

Further information about EuroBLECH as well as new videos and pictures of the show are available on the show website: www.euroblech.com.

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NTU And HP Launch Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab To Drive Industry 4.0

NTU And HP Launch Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab To Drive Industry 4.0

SINGAPORE: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), HP and the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) have launched the HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab. As Singapore’s newest corporate research laboratory and HP’s first university laboratory collaboration in Asia and largest university research collaboration worldwide, the HP-NTU Corporate Lab will drive innovation, technology, skills and economic development critical for the advancement of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The $84 million lab will also support Singapore’s push toward industry transformation in the areas of digital manufacturing and 3D printing technologies. This is taken with the view that advanced manufacturing and engineering constitute one of the four technology domains under the Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 Plan, which is Singapore’s national strategy to develop a knowledge-based innovation-driven economy and society.

Located at NTU, the HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab was launched by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance and Chairman of the NRF. The NRF facilitates the setting up of corporate labs via public-private partnerships and the Corporate Lab is the 13th supported by NRF and the seventh such lab at NTU.

The lab’s 100 researchers and staff will focus on digital manufacturing technologies, specifically in areas of advancing 3D printing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, new materials and applications, cybersecurity and customisation.

The partnership was inked by NTU Vice President (Research) Professor Lam Khin Yong and HP Chief Technology Officer and Head of HP Labs Mr Shane Wall. It was witnessed by Guest-of-Honour Minister for Finance and NRF Chairman Mr Heng Swee Keat, NTU President Professor Subra Suresh, and HP Chief Executive Officer and President Mr Dion Weisler.

NRF CEO Professor Low Teck Seng has said, “Corporate laboratories are an integral part of our strategy to anchor joint R&D partnerships between our universities and companies in areas that have direct relevance to the growth of industries in Singapore. The HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Laboratory is significant to our long-term competitiveness in the advanced manufacturing sector, and ensures that we stay relevant in the Fourth Industrial Revolution that is evolving and growing rapidly world-wide. It will also strengthen our capabilities to support multinational companies for expansion from Singapore into the region.”

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh has said that the partnership with HP is a significant milestone for NTU, as 3D printing – along with adjacent technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and cybersecurity – are integral parts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“NTU has established deep capabilities and is a recognised leader in the areas of machine learning, data science and additive manufacturing. These cutting-edge technologies are now an integral part of NTU’s education and research ecosystem, and the NTU Smart Campus serves as a test bed for them. This is aligned with Singapore’s vision of transforming into a Smart Nation,” Professor Suresh said. “Together with HP Inc., a renowned innovator and leader in the tech industry, NTU seeks to address today’s fundamental challenges with solutions that will benefit both industry and society in Singapore and the world, such as developing automation that is capable of boosting manufacturing productivity,” he continued.

“The World Economic Forum estimates more than $100 trillion in value will be created by digital transformation across all industries in the next 10 years,” said Dion Weisler, CEO and President, HP. HP is helping to lead the development of the underlying technologies, like 3D printing, that will enable the benefits of this transformation. Singapore is one of our key worldwide technology development and manufacturing centres in print technology. The HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab will significantly deepen our involvement here and serve as a nucleus for this ecosystem. We are proud to collaborate with NTU and we are looking forward to this becoming a blueprint for innovation, collaboration and economic progress.”

The new Corporate Lab will be a key pillar of NTU’s Smart Campus initiative and will build on HP’s strong research and manufacturing capabilities.

Once launched, the lab will prioritise 15 projects to better understand:

  • New materials and applications: such as advanced polymers for manufacturing applications, the development of bioprinting models toward printing viable tissues, and 4D printed smart systems that adapt shape with temperature change
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning: helping printers autonomously predict and resolve issues
  • Cybersecurity: research to improve end-to-end point security infrastructure and malware mitigation

The collaboration will also include developing educational curriculums on designing for Additive Manufacturing – covering areas such as data management, security, user experience and business models.

“One out of every three jobs worldwide, more than 30% of global GDP, and nearly one-third of carbon emissions are related to manufacturing,” said Mr Weisler. “We are committed to innovating with purpose, not only driving the technology breakthroughs that improve HP’s business but also contribute to creating economic opportunity and improving people’s lives.”

HP began its presence in Singapore in 1970. Today, Singapore is home to its Asia Pacific & Japan Regional Headquarters, global supply chain control towers, and print manufacturing.

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