When making cars, too much automation can cause problems | The hunt continues for the perfect inorganic red pigment | Ingredient suppliers offer natural options for purple coloring
April 24, 2018
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When making cars, too much automation can cause problems
Automotive experts say Tesla has tried to do too much, too quickly with automation, experiencing similar problems other automakers encountered in earlier large-scale automation efforts.
Ars Technica (4/22) 
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The hunt continues for the perfect inorganic red pigment
Researchers have successfully created rich, true pigments of virtually every color expect for red, although the discovery of YInMn blue in 2009 has sparked hope for further innovation. The pigments industry is worth about $30 billion, according to research firm Ceresana.
Bloomberg Businessweek (tiered subscription model) (4/18) 
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Ingredient suppliers offer natural options for purple coloring
Ingredient suppliers offer natural options for purple coloring
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Purple is increasingly breaking out as a desired color in a wide variety of foods and beverages from ice cream to spaghetti. New innovations by ingredient manufacturers have brought natural purple coloring to the mainstream, often derived from juice, purple corn or flavonoids known as anthocyanins.
Food Business News (free registration) (4/23) 
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Safety
Acoustical confusion is a safety concern
Hearing loss caused by noise, or acoustical confusion, is a safety issue in industrial settings, but many protection devices also incur the risk of decreased situational awareness.
Safety + Health magazine online (4/22) 
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Workforce of Tomorrow
Factory workers are open to the digital shift, study says
Factory workers are open to smart technology, but they want or expect to have a role in the decision-making process, according to an Intel study. "These individuals are potential allies in the path to the future, if only we can harness their interest in change," study authors Irene Petrick and Faith McCreary write.
Automation World online (4/23) 
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Students' research supports manufacturing
Two high-school students are being credited for a manufacturing breakthrough at a Georgia company. The students, apprentices at Micromeritics, conducted new research on the effects of flow rate on temperature in catalytic reactions.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (4/23) 
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