Hyundai Robotics and E&C Will Develop Construction Robots Together

Hyundai Robotics | July 27, 2020

Hyundai Robotics signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hyundai E&C for “Joint R&D of Construction Robotics Technology” at the Hyundai Building in Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

A research and development co-operation system will also be established by both the companies together. The system will allow demonstration and commercialization of developed technology at all times.

Hyundai Robotics and Hyundai E&C will jointly build “Autonomous Driving Integrated Software” by combining indoor and outdoor autonomous driving technologies, with their own strengths.

Dae-kyu Yoon, director of Hyundai Robotics,stated that through this cooperation, they’re going to expand the appliance of robot solutions to manufacturing and logistics, then to construction. He also added that they will continue to upgrade robots in the construction sector based on specialized technologies from each company in line with the era of the fourth industrial revolution.

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Meta Construction Industry launched MCI token with SAAS functionality use under development

Meta Construction Industry | March 15, 2022

Meta Construction Industry - already launched its native utility token - MCI on Binance Smart Chain blockchain. Basically holding MCI allows investors to hold a stake in a growing business that is runned by experienced specialists that are working in the construction industry for more than 10 years. Why MCI 1.0 ? With each passing year, innovative technology is gaining ground in our lives. While working 20 years in the construction industry, we noticed that house designing and detailing takes way to much time. For a building of 200 apartments / offices, the average time cost takes from one year to 3 years before the project is prepared, while the project implementation period itself takes about a year. Because everything moves forward, the most precious thing in our life is time, so those 3 years is way to much. So, we, engineers had an amazing idea, why can’t design and detailing works be done within a week? With the MCI software thanks to metaverse and blockchain it is possible!! It will be a total revolution in the construction industry. We have put together an excellent team of engineers and programmers who is working on individual and commercial projects at the moment. That’s right, 1 day is enough amount of time to compile basic technical data, and the rest of the work will be done by MCI 1.0 software. The MCI team already has higher expectations as the embedded infrastructure is launched so that it can also be adapted for the installation of roads, engineering networks and much more, but lets start from the begining. We see very big potential because of the growing market. Also we can justify the statistics which will confirm the fast-growing market for which innovation is essentiall, Oxford Economics estimate the global construction market was valued at US$10.7 trillion in 2020; US$5.7 trillion of this output was in emerging markets. The global construction market is expected to grow by US$4.5 trillion between 2020 and 2030 to reach US$15.2 trillion with US$8.9 trillion in emerging markets in 2030. Meta Construction Industry launched MCI token with SAAS functionality use under development We as developers see great potential to increase and improve the technical aspects of this market. Our main goal: Our aim is to develop efficient software that can be used by structural engineers in their building design work. This would be a major time-saver in order to obtain the highest quality drawings in the shortest possible time. The system would not only provide static calculations and detailed material extract, but also allow the client to see a 3D model of the planned building, details of the building walls, etc. This would directly save the main thing we value most - time. That is why we will introduce our product to the construction market - architects, structural engineers and designers will be able to use it. By working with this application, various changes to the building drawings could be made at the same time. This would therefore particularly improve the cost of designing large projects, as the system could be used simultaneously by all project participants. Meta Construction Industry TEAM: We are planning to have more than 10 professionals contributing to this project! The main developers are experts in the construction market with more than 10 years of experience in structural building design. They have defined the main problem of their work by running their own business as the large amount of time wasted in the preparation phase of the design drawings and the 3D view. This is why their idea was born at the beginning of the pandemic and finally saw the light of day after two years of start-up development. Today, the team is forming a marketing department. The programming team and the UI/UX designers are proving successful. We are trying to group up a large group of enthusiasts and professionals in our team. Why we launched MCI token? In order to implement our idea we were looking for a different ways to get funded. The most acceptable was Crypto token launch. We set 3 different types of tokenomics that will be used for software development and community growth: 6-10% MCI 1.0 Software creation. It will be used to pay for 3d drawings, programming works and all other services that is needed in order to launch the MCI 1.0 software. 2% Marketing That part will be used for organic growth of our community by hiring marketing specialists and influencers that will spread the word about our idea. 3% Liquidity Pool. By setting this up we will assure that after every transaction our token will be more stable.

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Aerospace and defense materials continue to challenge toolholding

cutting tool engineering | December 14, 2021

From Rene 41, 718 stainless steel and 625 Inconel to titanium and carbon fiber, the materials used in the aerospace and defense industry sector as well as space exploration continue to present significant toolholding challenges. Magnifying these challenges are complex workpiece geometries with deep cavities, features that require long tool overhangs, and jobs requiring small-diameter cutters. Toolholding is just as important as the machine that runs it, and sub-par tooling can keep a machine from running at its full potential. For these reasons, shops turn to high-quality, precise toolholding. Because many of these materials are hard on cutting tools, shops constantly strive for the longest possible tool life. For one shop, the simple switch to a high-precision mechanical-type toolholding system skyrocketed its tool life from machining 100 steel parts per cutter up to 700.Toolholder reduces TIR When it comes to toolholding, one key to increased cutter life is a holder that provides ultra-low Total Indicated Runout (TIR). The goal is to get as close to zero TIR as possible. With every 0.0001" of TIR reduction, the company says that tool life can increase by upwards of 50%. Another example when reduced cutter TIR is required are long tool overhangs to reach complex part features in parts that do not provide much clearance. Shops within the Aerospace, Defense and Space Exploration sectors often run cutters as small as 0.128" diameter in a CAT 40 machine tool spindles with the tools hanging out up to 8" from the spindle nose. To achieve TIR of 0.0002" and under in such overhang applications depends almost entirely on the precision of the toolholder. Part characteristics and features that involve 5-axis machining, such as those typically associated with 3D metal printed parts, compound the risk of cutter runout and breakage. In the Aerospace, Defense and Space Exploration sectors, 3D metal printed parts made from materials such as 718 Inconel and titanium are commonplace, and some of these parts can take as long as 40 hours to produce. Shops have one chance to machine them correctly, and must use toolholders that not only provide low TIR, but also offer the necessary strength and stability. Cutters create dillemma In addition to challenging parts, solid ceramic cutters for machining nickel-based and other heat-resistant alloys present a dilemma for shops in the aerospace, defense and space sectors.. Solid ceramic cutters generate significant amounts of heat that can affect the holding integrity of certain types of toolholders. For instance, toolholders that use heat or hydraulics for clamping would be at risk from the higher-than-normal levels of heat generated during machining with ceramic tools. Mechanical-based systems, however, are unaffected by extreme heat. Beyond the challenges of metal workpieces, those produced from carbon fiber composites also cause issues with tool life and for toolholding. Shops must use tools designed specifically for the materials, which are extremely abrasive. While cutting, these tools force the part material downward and upward simultaneously to prevent delamination of layers. When holding these tools, maintaining low TIR is once again critical to achieving part quality and the longest-possible tool life, but tool pullout is also a major concern, especially when shops want to run cutters at maximum rpm. To combat this, toolholders need tremendous gripping strength paired with some type of locking tool-retention mechanism. CO2-based cooling Because shops cannot use conventional coolant when machining carbon fiber composites, many have incorporated the use of CO2-based cooling systems. These systems use supercritical CO2 not only to cool, but also to lubricate and to evacuate chips. Not all toolholders are suited for CO2 coolant delivery, and with some, tool changeovers can be time consuming as well. Combined with the latest cutting tool technology and the right toolholders, CO2 cooling systems can provide productivity increases in the 70% range. Compared to shrink-fit toolholding systems, mechanical-based systems offer optimum CO2 delivery and the fastest, easiest tool changeovers. For heat shrink, the delicate ruby nozzles used to deliver the CO2 to cutters would need to be removed prior to heating the holder to change out a tool – a task that can require hours. Conversely, some mechanical toolholding systems incorporate modified collets specifically for either through-tool or external CO2 cooling that have no effect on tool changeout time. CO2 coolant also can be supplied through modified toolholding collets with 150µm slots that direct coolant around the shank and along the exterior sides of a composite tool. CO2 cooling offers especially beneficial performance when profiling and drilling carbon fiber composites. Those benefits include dramatic cooling of the cutting tool tip, which reduces wear and extends tool life. Most importantly, however, the tool will cut through the carbon fiber layers much better with fewer, if any, ragged edges. For drilling, instead of the large through holes used with flood coolant, the holes for CO2 are much smaller, in the 150 to 300 µm range. These tiny holes not only cool the drill but also the material, so the drill makes clean entries and exits. Both internal and external type CO2 toolholders ensure drills cut through the last layer, as opposed to punching through it and leaving ragged edges. High tool usage rates provide the first indication that a shop may not be using the right toolholding. Regardless of workpiece material or geometry, a shop that runs through many instances of the same tool for one part needs a better toolholder, especially one that is high precision, makes for fast and easy tool changeovers, provides extreme gripping force and, most importantly, delivers near-zero TIR.powRgrip achieves near-zero TIR toolholding Out-of-balance, poorly manufactured toolholders generate vibration that increases exponentially from the toolholder to the cutting tool tip. So, the longer the cutting tool, the higher the levels of runout. While the complete elimination of TIR and vibration is impossible, the REGO-FIX powRgrip toolholding system reduces both to near-zero levels. The powRgrip system consists of three basic components – holders, collets and press-fit assembly mounting units. In manual or automatic configurations, the hydraulic press-fit assembly units quickly press collets into holders with up to nine tons of force. The collets have high-precision tapers that match with equally high-precision internal tapers in the holders, all of which creates the system’s extreme levels of transferable torque. Unlike other clamping systems where heat or hydraulics are used, the powRgrip system uses the mechanical properties of the holder material to generate its tremendous gripping force. Such taper-to-taper collet-holding systems deliver extremely high levels of precision, and as a whole their TIR is typically less than 3µm, which ensures accurate finished parts. Such precision optimizes the machining of complex, critical Aerospace and Defense industry components through the use of high speed cutting (HSC) or high performance cutting (HPC) strategies. The lower the TIR, the less tool vibration, and the less vibration, the longer cutting tools last, which in turn reduces overall tooling costs.

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CREO Solutions brings Predictive, Controllable Processes to Canada's construction sites with CraneView

CREO Solutions | April 29, 2022

CREO Solutions, a Montreal based firm that offers professional project management services with a focus on implementing technological solutions in the construction industry, and Versatile Inc., a Bay Area construction technology pioneer using artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) to optimize construction processes, announced their partnership to bring Versatile's innovative CraneView solution to the Canadian market. CraneView analyzes thousands of data points from under the hook of any crane to deliver transformational insights on job site performance and streamline decision-making. This first-of-its-kind technology offers production data to provide visibility into crane utilization, outliers, construction progress, and more. Since its 2019 launch, CraneView has been adopted by more than 40% of the leading general contractors in North America. "We believe data is an incredibly powerful tool on the job site and insights from CraneView will make operational processes more transparent and efficient," said Enzo Conte, CEO of CREO Solutions. "Deploying artificial intelligence on construction sites is a logical next step to complement CREO Solutions' technological offerings." Innovation and process improvements in the construction industry have been a major focus for CREO Solutions. Since its founding in 2010, CREO Solutions was among the first in Quebec to use cloud-based collaborative platforms and implement recognized project management best practices. CREO Solutions' highly qualified team of professionals supports the construction industry by optimizing its operations through data analytics. This digital transformation enables informed decision-making using business intelligence. "As we continue to expand throughout North America, it's important for our clients to have access to expert, local representatives. We're excited to provide capable boots on the ground through our partnership with CREO Solutions, Local construction companies can now harness the power of CraneView and CREO Solutions' extended suite of technologies to empower their teams to create new efficiencies on their job sites." Meirav Oren, CEO and co-founder of Versatile About CREO Solutions Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, CREO Solutions offers specialized professional services in the management of building and infrastructure construction projects as well as top innovative technological solutions dedicated to the construction industry. CREO Solutions is also an integrator of the most widely used technological solutions available on the market. About Versatile, Inc. Headquartered in Los Altos, CA, Versatile creates technology that gives construction professionals unmatched visibility into their production rates. By delivering the right data to the right people at the right time while naturally fitting existing processes, a fragmented industry becomes a controllable manufacturing process. The result? Increased productivity, predictability, and safety with the insights needed to manage and bid on future projects more competitively.

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Volvo Construction Equipment enters partnership with FIA World Rallycross Championship to drive sustainable change

Volvo Construction | April 19, 2022

Demonstrating the potential of electric power on a global stage, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) will become the Official Construction Equipment Supplier to the new fully electric FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX). Volvo Construction Equipment signs three-year agreement to become official supplier to inaugural fully electric FIA World Rallycross Championship The championship will be held in iconic locations from July to the end of 2022, expanding to additional markets in subsequent seasons Establishes a multi-stakeholder engagement platform to accelerate sustainable transformation in the construction equipment industry and motorsport A partnership to accelerate transformation The three-year partnership will see Volvo CE put to work a mix of its industry-leading electric construction equipment and its most sustainable and innovative solutions in the exciting world of motorsport as the FIA World Rallycross Championship now enters a completely new era of fully electric racing. Further exciting details about the pioneering partnership will be revealed over the coming weeks. World RX has always been a spectator-friendly race series that sees production-based cars race on short, closed circuits on asphalt and gravel. Now for the first time, the championship is being reinvented for 2022 as a fully electric series – as it targets a younger, more diverse audience. Arne Dirks, Executive Director of World RX, says: "We are very proud to announce Volvo CE as our Official Construction Equipment Supplier. They are a great partner for World RX, and they join us at a seminal moment as the World Championship goes electric. Not only do we share similar goals with regard to sustainability, but Volvo CE will be working with us on some hugely exciting top-secret projects that we will be able to confirm shortly and which we are confident will kick-start rallycross' new era in sensational style." Change starts here Volvo CE intends to use its involvement in the championship to push the boundaries for sustainability, safety, equality, and diversity. Like the rallycross cars themselves, Volvo CE has a track-record of delivering high performance off-road solutions – and will use the international electric race series as a platform to showcase its growing range of electric construction equipment and innovative services to a global audience. Bill Law, Head of Brand, Marketing & Communications at Volvo CE, says: "A global shift to an electric future is inevitable and urgent – and we know that more sustainable construction solutions are a vital part of driving that change. That is why we are thrilled to partner with the now fully electric FIA World Rallycross Championship – a series that shares our commitment to not only demonstrate the power of electromobility today, but also work together on a journey to build the world we want to live in." Exciting journey ahead The season will begin with a 'Launch Event' at iconic Swedish circuit Höljes, before travelling to Germany's famous Nürburgring, Hell in Norway, Riga in Latvia, Montalegre in Portugal, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and one additional venue still to be announced. Sustainable and digital As part of a shared sustainability roadmap, the parties will aim to limit transportation and logistics' emissions at the races, boost inclusivity and reduce travel-related emissions. Volvo CE will engage principally local customers to attend races and roadshows, with digital tools including the championship's RX+ livestreaming platform allowing a wider audience to enjoy the races virtually. "The integration of the physical event and the digital experience makes World RX a good fit into our new marketing approach, reflecting evolving ways to reach all our stakeholders in an engaging and exciting way," Bill Law, Head of Brand, Marketing & Communications at Volvo CE

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