Featured Image

AMT Tech Report: Issue #234

Challenges faced by manufacturers. No more greasing ball bearings??? In-field inspection. Making additive more better. Automating customers.
Nov 18, 2022

I have not failed, but found 1000 ways to not make a light bulb.

– Thomas Edison


1. Challenges Faced by Manufacturers

Recruitment and retention are still problems for most manufacturers. Technology adoption is another big problem for small to medium-sized companies. These companies are seeking cost-reduction strategies and identifying growth opportunities.

Read more here.


2. No More Greasing Ball Bearings???

Oh, that’s right. The plastic ball bearing is a thing in the industrial space. The material development of polymers continues to make inroads in traditionally metal-only applications.

Read more here.


3. In-Field Inspection

As plants and facilities grow, the need for automated inspection becomes more important. Now, this can be automated – like completely automated. Using quadruped AGVs, the assessment of facilities can be handled autonomously.

Read more here.


4. Making Additive More Better

Seems like we found another material gap in additive: functional materials in power applications. This research team is looking into additive materials for semiconductors, batteries, and electric motors. This could be an interesting reset on the design of electric motors for industrial applications.

Read more here.


5. Automating Customers

There have been a lot of discussions around automating the last mile of delivery service. A different approach is to automate the entire store. Similar to a vertical carousel storage system, this new tech offers a new approach to providing goods to the end customer.

Read more here.


To get the latest tech developments delivered directly to your inbox, subscribe to the weekly Tech Report here.

To access Tech Trends, log in to or register for an MTInsight account at https://www.mtinsight.org/ 

PicturePicture
Author
Benjamin Moses
Director, Technology
Recent technology News
Check in for the highlights, headlines, and hijinks that matter to manufacturing. These lean news items keep you updated on the latest developments.
Lean leadership. Manufacturing: there’s an app for that. Reshoring is real. Shrinkflation fit tooling. What do you call a hedgehog with ADHD.
Chinese hi-fi showed a strong performance-per-dollar-value prop in the sector of in-ear monitors (IEMs). IEMs are like fancy earbuds, but they work like sound-isolating earplugs with extreme definition sound reproduction.
Martian gears. Increase profits by sustainable manufacturing. Don’t forget your identity. Artificial intelligence and quality. Value of a production lab.
Sustaining a massive shift in U.S. Manufacturing. Guys, I can predict the future. Material flex. Yup, managing data is a thing now. Let’s have an honest conversation on cybersecurity.
Similar News
undefined
Technology
By Stephen LaMarca | Dec 02, 2022

A valet that won’t burn out your clutch. Y’all need facility tours. Paper batteries. Prototyping to mass production. Cybersecurity and the FBI.

5 min
undefined
Technology
By Stephen LaMarca | Nov 26, 2022

It’s a small manufacturing cell on a wheeled, 8-gauge steel workbench with its own secluded wireless network and uninterrupted power supply so it can keep functioning while being wheeled from outlet to outlet ...

6 min
undefined
Technology
By Peter R. Eelman | Nov 24, 2022

What a show! We are incredibly grateful to each of you who gathered in Chicago and joined in the excitement of IMTS 2022. Here are just a few highlights that impact the future of manufacturing.

8 min