Q&A: Machine programming holds potential for autonomous vehicles | Company: Aircraft parts are made in hours with blockchain, 3D printing | What's the use case for in-space manufacturing?
November 27, 2019
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Q&A: Machine programming holds potential for autonomous vehicles
Machine programming, a field of artificial intelligence in which software is automated to create additional software, could help with developing self-driving vehicles, says Justin Gottschlich of Intel Labs. "Through machine programming, we will create many jobs, perhaps millions or hundreds of millions of jobs," he argues, as programming will be opened to more people.
Knowledge@Wharton (11/22) 
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Company: Aircraft parts are made in hours with blockchain, 3D printing
Aircraft component manufacturer Moog has successfully used 3D printing in combination with blockchain to manufacture a part ordered for an airplane within hours. The company is continuing to research the best ways to use the combination.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/26) 
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What's the use case for in-space manufacturing?
Outer space provides the ideal environment to manufacture fiber-optic cable, 3D-printed organs, metal alloys and meat, Prachi Patel writes. Although the cost of such manufacturing is expensive, making fiber-optic cables "would pay for itself and drive a profit," says Austin Jordan of Made in Space.
IEEE Spectrum online (11/26) 
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Supply Chain
Maximize "tail" spending in procurement with better analytics
Chemical manufacturers can get the most out of their "tail" spending on raw materials -- the bottom 25% of their budget -- by using advanced data analytics and automated procurement, writes Marc Sommerer of McKinsey. He lists four steps to follow, including gathering and standardizing procurement data and using an e-procurement system for requests for information.
McKinsey (11/2019) 
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Industrial IoT
Digital twins require metrics, purpose to be successful
Digital twins can help manufacturers optimize maintenance and product quality, but only if they are "anchored in a solid business case and linked to a production-driven purpose," Louis Columbus writes. Metrics and key performance indicators must be well-defined and used for accountability, he notes.
IndustryWeek (11/26) 
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Data governance can ensure success of IIoT systems
Manufacturers need to look ahead to the future when building systems to handle all the data collected by the industrial internet of things, writes Matt Schnugg of GE Power Digital. He recommends having good data governance in place that involves proper data modeling and infrastructure.
TechTarget (free registration) (11/25) 
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Sustainability
3D printing is crucial to circular economy, HP exec says
Additive manufacturing can reduce waste and carbon emissions, both by itself and through the parts it creates, such as lighter automotive components, writes Camille Caron, director of education and sustainability for HP's 3D printing and digital manufacturing business. "The longer-view promise is that highly optimized sustainability practices, enabled by 3D printing solutions, will tip the benefits into regeneration, where we move beyond minimizing impact and begin to actively replenish our resources," she writes.
Plastics Technology (11/26) 
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