AI Debaters, 1M Warehouse Bots, and the Cheetos Chicken Sandwich

Robotics Business Review | February 04, 2019

In case you’re recovering from your Super Bowl party last night, I’ll try to speak quietly when discussing things that you should be aware of this week in the world of robotics and automation. As always, we’re taking a look at some recent trends, reports, news items and other areas of interest that enter my brain.
A new report by research firm Tractica predicts that worldwide shipments of warehousing and logistics robots will grow rapidly over the next 5 years - from 194,000 in 2018 to 938,000 (almost 1 million) by 2022. In 2021, the rate will slow as major market players will have adopted robotic systems by then, Tractica said.

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If you understand a product in its entirety as well as the processes used to plan, develop, manufacture and sustain it – and if you can monitor and measure the relationships between these processes – you can systematically mitigate program risk and materially improve a product’s chance for achieving marketplace success.

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If you understand a product in its entirety as well as the processes used to plan, develop, manufacture and sustain it – and if you can monitor and measure the relationships between these processes – you can systematically mitigate program risk and materially improve a product’s chance for achieving marketplace success.

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MATERIALS, ENGINEERING TECH

Cornerstone Building Brands Partners with pulsESG™ for ESG Reporting and Measurement

Cornerstone Building Brands | October 31, 2022

pulsESG, a pioneering software as a service (SaaS) platform offering enterprises a centralized system of record and reference for environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics, announced today that Cornerstone Building Brands has selected pulsESG as its ESG platform for data collection, management and analytics. The technology enables companies to more fully integrate ESG efforts into their operations and build the framework to drive and measure sustainability goals. Cornerstone Building Brands will use the pulsESG platform to report ESG metrics from across their facilities and to streamline the collection, integration and analytics of their ESG data from ERP, HR, Supply Chain and other systems. The application will be used to simplify SASB, GRI and other sustainability standards reporting. “At Cornerstone Building Brands, we are committed to helping build stronger communities now and for generations to come. Strengthening our ESG capabilities is a significant step toward creating more sustainable exterior building solutions, and our partnership with pulsESG will allow us to measure and analyze our ESG data with improved speed and accuracy.” -Alena Brenner, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Cornerstone Building Brands. The pulsESG team is excited to provide a comprehensive, integrated and flexible SaaS platform that will support Cornerstone Building Brands’ efforts to capture, analyze and measure progress, said Murat Sönmez, pulsESG Co-founder and CEO. “Our technology offers a complete ESG performance management platform, including disclosure frameworks, regulatory compliance, GHG calculators, benchmarking, and goal setting with full audit trail, We are looking forward to partnering with Cornerstone Building Brands to help them accelerate their impact through our innovative platform.” -Inderjeet Singh, co-founder and CTO of pulsESG. About Cornerstone Building Brands: Cornerstone Building Brands is the largest manufacturer of exterior building products by sales for residential and low-rise non-residential buildings in North America. Headquartered in Cary, N.C., we serve residential and commercial customers across the new construction and repair and remodel markets. Our market-leading portfolio of products spans vinyl windows, vinyl siding, stone veneer, metal roofing, metal wall systems and metal accessories. Cornerstone Building Brands’ broad, multichannel distribution platform and expansive national footprint includes more than 20,000 employees at manufacturing, distribution and office locations throughout North America. Corporate stewardship and environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibility are embedded in our culture. We are committed to contributing positively to the communities where we live, work and play. About pulsESG: Founded in 2021, pulsESG is a public benefit corporation dedicated to empowering purpose-driven enterprises to manage and improve their ESG footprint with an integrated and comprehensive SaaS platform built for compliance tracking and insight.

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ENGINEERING TECH,CONSTRUCTION

Coastal Resilience Solutions by Taylor Engineering & Woolpert Under Mentor-Protégé Agreement

Woolpert | January 12, 2023

In yesterday’s announcement, U.S. Small Business Administration approved a six-year Mentor-Protégé agreement between Taylor Engineering and Woolpert. Under the agreement, Taylor Engineering, which provides coastal and water resources research and engineering services, and Woolpert a global architecture, geospatial, and engineering firm, will help Taylor expand its technical consulting capabilities, remote-sensing instrumentation and data collection capabilities to support domestic federal clients. In addition, Woolpert’s management and technical assistance will expand Taylor’s relationships with federal agencies, enabling it to compete successfully with other large Mentor-Protégé Programs teams and small businesses. Taylor’s end of the agreement will include delivering modeling expertise and coastal engineering experience to assist Woolpert’s consulting, geospatial and engineering capabilities. Broadly, the collaboration will be for online decision support tools, project design, data evaluation and continuous modeling for developing engineered solutions to persistent coastal issues. Tom Mochty, Senior Vice President at Woolpert, said “Taylor provides that next step in the flow of knowledge application to communities.” He further added, “We are known for our ability to acquire and integrate topographic, bathymetric, and hydrographic data along coastlines and in the near-shore environment to support dredging, stormwater management, floodplain mapping, etc. Taylor specializes in coastal engineering and coastal modeling, which complements our capabilities perfectly. We are excited to expand our relationship with this talented group.” (Source: CISION) Taylor Engineering offers cutting-edge solution for the water environment. For the public, corporate, and governmental clients, the company concentrates its efforts on water-related engineering, planning, management, and environmental concerns with a concentration on coastal regions. About Woolpert Founded in 1911 and headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, Woolpert is an architecture, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategic consulting firm. It provides innovative services within and across markets to serve private, government and public clients worldwide. An ENR Top 150 Global Design Firm, Woolpert is an ENR Top 150 Global Design Firm, and was recently awarded its sixth-straight Great Place to Work certification. With more than 1,600 employees and 60 offices on 4 continents, Woolpert is the fastest growing AEG firm in America.

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ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION,ENGINEERING TECH

Hexagon and VI-Grade Tie-Up Accelerates Zero-Prototype Automotive Engineering

VI-Grade | December 28, 2022

Digital reality solutions leader, Hexagon’s partnership with professional driving simulator solutions provider, VI-grade to make way for high-fidelity vehicle simulators. Hexagon AB's Adams Real Time multibody dynamics simulation software is now validated for use on VI-grade Driving Simulators, as recently announced by the Manufacturing Intelligence division of Hexagon. This allows carmakers and tier-one automotive suppliers to develop safe and desirable driver experiences without physical prototyping efficiently. Automotive engineers use Adams to create virtual vehicle prototypes and to bridge the gap between physical tests. Adams Real Time Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) high-fidelity simulations are used to evaluate engineering decisions for the ride, handling, and durability targets to produce safe and comfortable vehicles. VI-grade, a leading provider of driving simulator technology, allows engineers to physically test Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) models without needing system or vehicle prototypes. Adams Real Time is now VI-Certified, which only includes third-party solutions that pass stringent real-time reliability and safety tests. In addition, Hexagon relied on its years of collaboration with VI-grade to bring high-fidelity physics to VI-grade's experiential driving platforms. This makes it easier to replicate on-road experiences in the manufacturer's test facilities, where engineers and focus groups can improve future vehicles. “The program will reduce the integration burden on our customers by ensuring that the best of our third-party partner software tools work seamlessly on our simulators. Through our partnership, Hexagon and VI-grade are providing a valuable, time-saving solution that makes it easier for our customers to use virtual prototyping with confidence to save cost and get safe, compelling products to market on time.” About Hexagon AB Hexagon is the world's leading provider of digital reality solutions. We use data to improve efficiency, productivity, quality, and safety in industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, public sector, and mobility applications. Our technologies make production and people-related ecosystems more connected and autonomous for a scalable, sustainable future. AboutVI-grade VI-grade is a leading provider of real-time simulation and professional driving simulator solutions that help the transportation industry accelerate product development. VI-grade provides turnkey simulator solutions that include proprietary software, hardware, services, and an open framework for customization through its global network of trusted partners.

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