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Cimatron develops and distributes CAD/CAM software for the manufacturing industry.

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Better gripping with intelligent picking robots

Jul 24, 2021

Better gripping with intelligent picking robots Researchers from Germany and Canada work on new artificial intelligence (AI) methods for picking robots. Production, warehouse, shipping - where goods are produced, stored, sorted or packed, picking also takes place. This means that several individual goods are removed from storage units such as boxes or cartons and reassembled. With the FLAIROP (Federated Learning for Robot Picking) project Festo and researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), together with partners from Canada, want to make picking robots smarter using distributed AI methods. To do this, they are investigating how to use training data from multiple stations, from multiple plants, or even companies without requiring participants to hand over sensitive company data. “We are investigating how the most versatile training data possible from multiple locations can be used to develop more robust and efficient solutions using artificial intelligence algorithms than with data from just one robot," says Jonathan Auberle from the Institute of Material Handling and Logistics (IFL) at KIT. In the process, items are further processed by autonomous robots at several picking stations by means of gripping and transferring. At the various stations, the robots are trained with very different articles. At the end, they should be able to grasp articles from other stations that they have not yet learned about. "Through the approach of federated learning, we balance data diversity and data security in an industrial environment," says the expert. Powerful algorithms for industry and logistics 4.0 Until now, federated learning has been used predominantly in the medical sector for image analysis, where the protection of patient data is a particularly high priority. Consequently, there is no exchange of training data such as images or grasp points for training the artificial neural network. Only pieces of stored knowledge - the local weights of the neural network that tell how strongly one neuron is connected to another - are transferred to a central server. There, the weights from all stations are collected and optimized using various criteria. Then the improved version is played back to the local stations and the process repeats. The goal is to develop new, more powerful algorithms for the robust use of artificial intelligence for industry and Logistics 4.0 while complying with data protection guidelines. “In the FLAIROP research project, we are developing new ways for robots to learn from each other without sharing sensitive data and company secrets. This brings two major benefits: we protect our customers' data, and we gain speed because the robots can take over many tasks more quickly. In this way, the collaborative robots can, for example, support production workers with repetitive, heavy, and tiring tasks”, explains Jan Seyler, Head of Advanced Develop. Analytics and Control at Festo SE & Co. KG During the project, a total of four autonomous picking stations will be set up for training the robots: Two at the KIT Institute for Material Handling and Logistics (IFL) and two at the Festo SE company based in Esslingen am Neckar. Start-up DarwinAI and University of Waterloo from Canada are further partners “DarwinAI is thrilled to provide our Explainable (XAI) platform to the FLAIROP project and pleased to work with such esteemed Canadian and German academic organizations and our industry partner, Festo. We hope that our XAI technology will enable high-value human-in-the-loop processes for this exciting project, which represents an important facet of our offering alongside our novel approach to Federated Learning. Having our roots in academic research, we are enthusiastic about this collaboration and the industrial benefits of our new approach for a range of manufacturing customers”, says Sheldon Fernandez, CEO, DarwinAI. “The University of Waterloo is ecstatic to be working with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and a global industrial automation leader like Festo to bring the next generation of trustworthy artificial intelligence to manufacturing. By harnessing DarwinAI’s Explainable AI (XAI) and Federated Learning, we can enable AI solutions to help support factory workers in their daily production tasks to maximize efficiency, productivity, and safety”, says Dr. Alexander Wong, Co-director of the Vision and Image Processing Research Group, University of Waterloo, and Chief Scientist at DarwinAI. About FLAIROP The FLAIROP (Federated Learning for Robot Picking) project is a partnership between Canadian and German organizations. The Canadian project partners focus on object recognition through Deep Learning, Explainable AI, and optimization, while the German partners contribute their expertise in robotics, autonomous grasping through Deep Learning, and data security. KIT-IFL: consortium leadership, development grasp determination, development automatic learning data generation. KIT-AIFB: Development of Federated Learning Framework Festo SE & Co. KG: development of picking stations, piloting in real warehouse logistics University of Waterloo (Canada): Development object recognition Darwin AI (Canada): Local and Global Network Optimization, Automated Generation of Network Structures May manufacturing technology increase from April 2021 US Manufacturing Technology Orders total $448 million in May 2021, an increase of 11% from April, pushing the 2021 total over the $2 billion mark. U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders totaled $448 million in May 2021, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report published by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology . May 2021 orders increased 11% over April orders and were nearly double that of May 2020. Total orders for 2021 topped $2 billion two months before that milestone was reached in 2020. “Given the state of the economy last year, orders were expected to be up, but so far, 2021 is shaping up to be a historic year,” says Douglas K. Woods, president of AMT. “In only three other years since 1998 have orders surpassed $2 billion by May. Manufacturers across the industry have expressed broadly positive sentiment, so we would expect the remainder of the year not only to return to the pre-pandemic trend but also to exceed previous forecasts. “Despite the general optimism felt across manufacturing sectors, one common impediment to growth is the inability to find sufficient labor. Manufacturing employment is still about half a million jobs below pre-pandemic levels, and the current number of open positions in the manufacturing industry is double the February 2020 level. Growth with fewer employees occurs regularly during manufacturing recessions, according to work done by the Brookings Institution. Studies have found that manufacturers in a position to do so will leverage a slowdown to invest in greater automation and more sophisticated production equipment. The result is a more productive in-place workforce, but continued growth is dependent on a larger, more skilled manufacturing labor pool. “Now, and during the recession, our members have reported that automation and new-tech sales continued to grow or barely saw a pause in order levels. Without these investments, growth in recovery would have been more susceptible to supply chain disruptions. We have seen industries with modest domestic capacity increase investments in production capacity by multiples of pre-2020 levels. Metal valve manufacturers, whose products are used as components in nearly every corner of manufacturing, increased orders by staggering margins in May 2021, suggesting that U.S. manufacturers are shoring up supply chain risks by looking to domestic sources.”   United Grinding North America will unveil new technology at event in October. Under the brand C.O.R.E. - Customer Oriented REvolution - United Grinding North America will unveil a revolutionary innovation at its Evolution to Revolution event October 13 -14, 2021 in Miamisburg, Ohio. The reveal will happen at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, October 13, followed by two days of educational seminars designed to help customers boost their operational efficiency and productivity. Prior to the official market launch of C.O.R.E., Stephan Nell, CEO of the United Grinding Group said, "we have invested unwaveringly in research and development both before and during the global pandemic to secure the future – not just for us, but above all for our customers. The manufacturing future is linked inseparably to the digitalization and simplification of production. Within this connection, C.O.R.E. is intended to shift the focus back on to people – and in a truly revolutionary way. The brand name says it all – C.O.R.E. – Customer Oriented REvolution.” Experts from each of the United Grinding Group's three technology areas – surface and profile grinding, cylindrical grinding, and tool machining – worked within a joint team on this groundbreaking development. “The project reflects our bundled development expertise,” explains Christoph Plüss, CTO of the United Grinding Group. "Through C.O.R.E., we are laying the foundations for a new generation of machine tools that will pave the way into the digital age." The result is a world first that encompasses all of the Group's brands and machine types. A live stream will also be offered for all those who are unable to experience the event in person. More details and RSVP information can be found at . Every day, regulatory, clinical, quality, and marketing teams at diagnostics manufacturers must refer to the EU’s upcoming In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). To make this process easier, a new, freely available IVDR filtering tool is being offered to the market by RQM+, the world's leading medical device and diagnostics focused regulatory and quality consulting firm. The tool has organized the IVDR by key themes and allows users to navigate the legislation using the subject areas most likely to be relevant to their day-to-day work. Even though the MDR deadline was delayed to May 2021, the impending deadlines for the IVDR have not yet changed, so diagnostics companies remain under considerable time pressure to achieve compliance with the new Regulation to keep their products available on the EU marketplaces. Failure to comply on time could result in CE mark certification being withdrawn. Therefore, any ways to make regulatory preparation more efficient will benefit the whole diagnostics industry to participate effectively in EU markets. RQM+ is hosting a dedicated webinar on July 27, 2021, offering “The Urgency of IVDR: Strategies for Overcoming the Biggest Challenges in Achieving IVDR Compliance.” The IVDR date of application is less than a year away and yet Notified Bodies are currently predicting certification timelines of at least 7-12 months. For expert guidance on achieving IVDR compliance in a timely manner, register to attend here! Legislation is drafted to define legal responsibilities, rather than to provide optimum ‘searchability’ for Regulatory, Clinical, and Quality Assurance professionals. RQM+ has drawn on its wide-ranging and in-depth expertise to overlay IVDR with thematic metadata which categorizes each section by fundamental compliance themes. Using this tool, regulatory, clinical, and quality teams can save considerable amounts of administrative time and concentrate their precious expert effort on professional workflows. Providing this tool free, for the general benefit of the diagnostics industry, is the initiative of Nancy Morrison, RQM+ Executive Director, Regulatory & Quality Consulting Services. She notes, “There’s nothing more frustrating than to have to spend time searching through legislation to gather the key sections (or even sentences!) for each phase of regulatory compliance. That’s something I’ve even been told by regulators and notified bodies! Many colleagues across the sector have already been using our IVDR search tool, and we look forward to adding its MDR equivalent soon. In this way, our initiative can become even more worthwhile.” Sandvik has signed an agreement to acquire U.S.-based DWFritz Automation Inc., a leading global provider of precision metrology, inspection, and assembly solutions for advanced manufacturing. DWFritz Automation designs, builds, and supports engineer-to-order, high-speed, non-contact metrology solutions and automation systems. Established in 1973, the company is a trusted partner of many Fortune 500 customers – with more than 2,000 systems installed worldwide. “This is in line with our strategic focus to grow organically and through acquisitions in the advanced manufacturing space, with special focus on industrial software, industrial metrology and additive manufacturing solutions,” says Stefan Widing, president and CEO of Sandvik. With DWFritz Automation, Sandvik would expand its current metrology offering and take a leading position in in-line metrology, including a broader position in high-speed, high-volume, non-contact inspection and assembly automation. “By acquiring DWFritz Automation, we will be able to expand our metrology and automation offering further. This will not only strengthen our position, but will also enable us to offer full metrology solutions to our customers – which will reduce cost and improve quality significantly in their broader value chain. I look forward to welcoming the DWFritz team to Sandvik,” says Kim Hansen, president of the metrology division in Sandvik Manufacturing Solutions. The privately held company, DWFritz Automation is headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, with offices in China and France. In 2020, the company had about 560 employees. Mike Fritz, CEO of DWFritz Automation says: “We are truly excited with the opportunity to become part of the Sandvik family. Since our founding, we have continuously advanced the interests of our customers by being innovative and investing in new technology to help accomplish their critical missions. This synergy will allow us to add even more value to customers and partners, in addition to expanding our footprint across key markets through Sandvik’s global presence. This agreement is a game-changer in the world of metrology and automation and we are thrilled to be part of it.” Over the years, DWFritz Automation has developed complex precision automation and metrology systems for some of the world’s most well-known brands across many verticals. Several products constitute the company’s product portfolio – including the ZeroTouch product family, which is based on a unique and patented, high-speed, non-contact metrology platform architecture with micrometer precision. Through this acquisition, DWFritz Automation will become part of the Metrology Division, within business area segment Sandvik Manufacturing Solutions. The transaction is expected to close during the second half of 2021, subject to customary regulatory approvals. Two metrology companies are already part of the Metrology Division in Sandvik: Metrologic Group and ATT Metrology Services. Metrologic Group designs and sells 3D measurement software solutions, electronic devices and related services to blue chip customers, where accuracy ranges from a few micrometers to sub-millimeters. With more than 40 years of experience, the company has also developed robotized solutions, combining robot programming and metrology in one single software. ATT Metrology Services is a provider of advanced on-site precision measurement services, using state of the art metrology equipment and software – and has more than 30 years of experience. Cambrio acquisition Sandvik has signed an agreement with Battery Ventures to acquire US-based Cambrio , a leading company with an end-to-end portfolio in CAD/CAM software for manufacturing industries like automotive, transportation, energy, medical and aerospace. Cambrio will be reported in the Design & Planning Automation division within Sandvik Manufacturing and Machining Solutions. “This is in line with our strategic focus to grow organically and through acquisitions in the advanced manufacturing space, with special focus on industrial software close to component manufacturing, industrial metrology, and additive manufacturing solutions. Cambrio will enable a broadened customer offering, covering more of the total manufacturing value chain,” Widing says. Sandvik’s strategic ambition is to provide customers with software solutions enabling automation of the full component manufacturing value chain – from design and planning to preparation, production, and verification. Computer aided manufacturing (CAM) plays a vital role in the digital manufacturing process, creating an offer of automated solutions from design to machining. By acquiring Cambrio, Sandvik will establish an important position in the CAM market that includes both toolmaking and general-purpose machining. This will complement the existing customer offering in Sandvik Manufacturing Solutions. Cambrio’s product portfolio includes GibbsCAM for production milling, turning, and mill-turn operations, Cimatron for mold and die, as well as SigmaNEST for sheet metal fabrication. “With the addition of Cambrio’s product offering, we will be able to help our customers to further increase productivity in the broader value chain. We share the same desire to automate workflows and make our customers more efficient and sustainable. I look forward to welcoming the Cambrio team to Sandvik,” says Mathias Johansson, president of the Design & Planning Automation Division in Sandvik Manufacturing Solutions. Cambrio is headquartered in Ohio and has 375 employees. In 2020, the company had revenues of about SEK 628 million (68 million USD) with an EBIT margin slightly dilutive to Sandvik Manufacturing and Machining Solutions. Impact on Sandvik’s earnings per share will initially be neutral. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2021 and is subject to customary regulatory approvals. Fanar acquisition Sandvik has signed an agreement to acquire the Polish company Fabryka Narzędzi FANAR S.A. (Fanar), a manufacturer of round tools. The company will be reported in Seco, a division within the business area Sandvik Manufacturing and Machining Solutions. “We continue to execute on our growth strategy and this acquisition is an additional step to strenghten our  round tools offering” Widing says. The acquisition enhances Seco’s product offering in taps and solid threading applications and improves the presence in Poland and the growing market for round tools. “I am very pleased that we have reached an agreement to acquire Fanar, it will enhance our presence in the important Polish market and strengthen our exposure to our focused segments” says Nadine Crauwels, president of business area segment Sandvik Machining Solutions. Fanar was established in 1966, is headquartered outside Warsaw and has 230 employees. In 2020, Fanar had revenues of about SEK 175 million. Impact on Sandvik’s earnings per share will be limited. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2021 and is subject to relevant regulatory approvals.

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  • When was Cimatron founded?

    Cimatron was founded in 1982.

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    Cimatron's headquarters is located at 11 Gush Etzion Street, Givat Shmuel.

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    Cimatron's latest funding round is Acq - Fin.

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    Investors of Cimatron include Battery Ventures.

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