6 advances in robotic grippers to watch

The Robot Report | March 04, 2019

Robots have used multiple types of grippers for years, but the push for more manual dexterity has become more urgent because of rising demand from e-commerce order fulfillment and other applications. Human-level manipulation of various objects is a difficult technical challenge, and robotics developers and vendors have responded with a range of solutions.
From claw, parallel, and rotary grippers to bellows, magnetic, and vacuum grippers, robotic manipulation has evolved to meet the needs of industries including automotive and electronics manufacturing and food processing. With the rise of collaborative robot arms or cobots, machine manipulation has diversified to handle a widening variety of objects.

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Executing the vision of your construction firm is priority number one. This list shows the top ten ways that fast and accurate financial reporting delivers increased value to your firm, helping to round out your vision. From enabling cash flow for new projects to the decision-making process needed for predictive trends, this infographic can empower your organization to meet both today’s and tomorrow’s challenges in the construction industry.

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Executing the vision of your construction firm is priority number one. This list shows the top ten ways that fast and accurate financial reporting delivers increased value to your firm, helping to round out your vision. From enabling cash flow for new projects to the decision-making process needed for predictive trends, this infographic can empower your organization to meet both today’s and tomorrow’s challenges in the construction industry.

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Procore Expands Digital Twin Partnerships Through Integration with Willow

Procore | October 13, 2022

Procore Technologies, Inc., (NYSE: PCOR), a leading global provider of construction management software, today announced its partnership with Willow, a leading provider of digital twin solutions for smart infrastructure and real estate. This partnership will allow real estate and infrastructure owners to streamline the transition of digital deliverables from the construction phase to the handover and operations phases in a more structured and efficient manner. The integrated solution solves a key industry challenge by allowing owners to deliver reliable project data in a format that can be easily used by the operations team. Through this integration, asset owners can trace and navigate a complete historical record of construction data from their supply chain that is leveraged throughout the asset's life cycle. This “digital thread” of information can be used to drive a variety of benefits, from vendor performance assessment to informing portfolio performance management, maintenance, and future construction planning. The integration will allow owners to deploy digital twin smart asset management solutions with greater speed. Willow’s digital twin software, WillowTwin™ assembles and structures data across static, spatial and live data sources, into a virtual replica of the built form. Through the twin, users can drive operational efficiency and cost reductions, improve their sustainability management, and improve IoT/Operational Technology security across their facilities. “We believe digital twins will transform the built environment, Through this partnership and integration, digital twins and smart asset solutions can be deployed faster and more seamlessly, which in turn can drive smarter maintenance and capital planning.” -Joshua Ridley, CEO and Co-Founder of Willow. By integrating directly with Procore at the start of a construction project, delivery teams can save a significant amount of integration time that is usually spent on asset data checks at the end of construction. Additionally, assets that leverage this approach can have complete digital information that is compliant with data handover standards on day one of operations, rather than spending time finding or recreating information from architecture, engineering or contractor teams. “Digital twins are now widely accepted and are being implemented on many major portfolios and infrastructure networks, By integrating Procore and Willow, owners can now sync critical data collected during construction execution with any digital twin. This is a great step toward creating a more connected supply chain and solves the issue of siloed data in the delivery of assets.” -Tiffany LaBruno, product director, owners at Procore. About Procore: Procore is a leading global provider of construction management software. Over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion USD in construction volume have run on Procore's platform. Our platform connects every project stakeholder to solutions we've built specifically for the construction industry—for the owner, the general contractor, and the specialty contractor. Procore's App Marketplace has a multitude of partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with our platform, giving construction professionals the freedom to connect with what works best for them. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore has offices around the globe. About Willow: Willow is the “digital twin” for the built world. Through its software, Willow creates a digital replica of a built asset, that collects and aggregates data into a “twin”. Through this approach, Willow enables the owners and operators of major portfolios and infrastructure to make smarter, more proactive, and data-led decisions. By providing data-driven insights, Willow empowers users to manage with greater efficiency, drive operational improvements at scale and provide their occupants with an enhanced and more connected experience. Willow’s customer base includes some of the world’s largest and most influential owners of real estate and critical infrastructure including Brookfield Properties, as well as several Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft. The company also boasts several iconic campus and stadium precincts including the newly completed SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Willow is a global technology company with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Dallas, London, Amersfoort and Manila.

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MATERIALS, CONSTRUCTION

White Cap Expands Northwest Region with Acquisition of Valley Supply Company

White Cap | October 06, 2022

White Cap L.P. ("White Cap") has closed on an agreement to acquire Valley Supply Company, a Washington-based supplier of construction materials to contractors in the Puget Sound area. With six locations across Washington State, Valley Supply Company will join White Cap in its Northwest Region to serve local customers with exceptional customer service. "We look forward to offering expanded service capabilities for our customers in the Puget Sound area and across our Northwest Region, Our nationwide product offerings combined with the number of locations, strong relationships, and local expertise from the Valley Supply Company team will allow us to further enhance our exceptional service for customers." -John Stegeman, Chief Executive Officer of White Cap. About White Cap: White Cap L.P. and its affiliates serve as a one-stop shop providing concrete accessories and chemicals, tools and equipment, building materials and fasteners, erosion and waterproofing and safety products to professional contractors by meeting their distinct and customized supply needs in non-residential, residential and infrastructure end markets. White Cap is comprised of multiple brands in the U.S. and the Brafasco, Brock White and NCA brands in Canada. White Cap operates more than 450 branches across North America with more than 9,000 employees supporting approximately 200,000 customers. About Valley Supply Company: Valley Supply Company was founded in 1972 to become a premier supplier of construction materials to residential and commercial contractors in the Puget Sound area. With six locations in Woodinville, Puyallup, Ellensburg, Silverdale, Tumwater and Moses Lake, Valley Supply Company offers an expanded product line to serve customers in Western and Central Washington.

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Bectran’s Suite of Construction Job Sheet API Solutions will Further Support and Streamline Information

Bectran | November 11, 2022

Bectran, Inc., an industry leader providing cutting-edge credit, collections and accounts receivable automation software, has released a suite of API solutions to streamline the data transfer process between sales and credit departments when initiating or documenting construction job sheets, allowing for clearer oversight of information all in one central system. With this API suite, we have eliminated the need for sales professionals to leave their CRM in order to create, initiate, link or store construction job sheets in Bectran for the credit department’s review. These APIs will not require your sales team to have to learn a new system to keep work flowing from department to department. The enhanced construction job sheet APIs are designed to facilitate a simplified data transmission process between the Bectran platform and your current CRM, streamlining interdepartmental communication while maintaining consistent and accurate data. In the past, the construction job sheet initiation and documentation process involved the constant interchange of information between different applications, software or systems within the credit and sales teams. Companies without technology to supplement the data collection had it even worse, often requiring the manual input of data into multiple systems, which significantly heightened the probability of error. It was also an extremely time-intensive process, resulting in delays and, subsequently, dissatisfied customers. This combination of unhappy customers and overworked, burned-out teams only leads to further friction between departments and lost sales. More importantly, growing your company becomes nearly impossible because this redundant, repetitive, time-intensive process is difficult to maintain accurately at scale. That is precisely where Bectran identified a need for improved efficiency and established APIs so that sales teams no longer need to abandon your current CRM to initiate or store construction job sheets. Bectran makes it simple to capture existing project information and combine it with new data, all while remaining within your own CRM. These APIs can be called from the system that your sales team presently lives within for secure and instantaneous transmission of job data to the Bectran platform. “We recognized the need to have complete oversight of construction job sheet information in one system and the ever-present need for those processes to continue operating smoothly at scale. These APIs will improve the efficiency of your own existing workflow without having to become proficient in the intricacies of a new application.” -Louis Ifeguni, CEO of Bectran. Overall, these APIs will help facilitate more seamless interdepartmental communication while saving your teams time and resources to focus on more strategic business initiatives. The construction job sheet API suite is now available to our customers. To start using these APIs, please contact your product services specialist. About Bectran, Inc: Since its inception in 2010, Bectran has pioneered affordable credit management and accounts receivable automation solutions for all sizes of organizations. Bectran’s SaaS solutions — credit, collections and accounts receivable — provide seamless user experiences across various industries and empower users with robust credit evaluation services, putting you in control of your financial health. Our dedication to improving the efficiency of the order-to-cash cycle has helped companies cut down the time to process and approve credit by over 90% while significantly lowering the risk of default.

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