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AMT Tech Report: Issue #293

Not gouda 'nough? Digital twin improves robotic programming. Fires are recession-proof. FBI anti-piracy warning.
Jan 26, 2024

"Today there are only two types of fighter aircraft, stealth fighters and targets

– Tom Clancy


1. Not Gouda ‘Nough? Optimizing Cheese With AI  

This is pretty grate. Ever.Ag’s Cheese Yield Optimization program uses AI and machine learning to help cheese manufacturers improve production processes by analyzing data and providing tailored recommendations. Ever.Ag claims the system can deliver results in 90 days, maintains the artistry of cheese making, and supports knowledge retention as older employees brie-tire. Use-quesos include enhancing product consistency, quality, yield, and profitability. As for me, I’ll take my cheese fried or with wine, thanks. 

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2. Digital Twin Improves Robotic Programming 

Toyota has teamed up with Ready Robotics to use Nvidia's Omniverse for simulating and programming industrial robots. There, the digital twin technology allows testing in virtual environments before implementation in real-world factory settings. The digital twins refine production processes, transfer simulation results directly to production, and continuously improve through live data feedback. This approach enhances safety, minimizes downtime, and allows for better monitoring and optimization of production lines. 

Read more here.


3. Fires Are Recession-Proof 

Oshkosh's fire truck factory in Wisconsin has a backlog stretching to 2026, defying the U.S. manufacturing slump and signaling a divide in the sector. While essential industries are benefiting from recent federal spending bills and post-pandemic municipal investments, high interest rates and inflation have hurt demand for consumer goods, causing other areas to contract. Still, demand for heavy equipment and infrastructure projects, along with a trend toward electrification, keeps companies like Oshkosh optimistic. 

Read more here.


4. FBI Anti-Piracy Warning 

Remember those too-cool-for-school PSAs that would say “you wouldn’t steal a car”? Well, with standardized modular construction components, you can cut and paste a house – kinda. The WikiHouse project is a modular building system for quick assembly of CNC-made pre-insulated homes, emphasizing sustainability and ease of disassembly for material reuse. It provides an efficient alternative to traditional construction, with similar concepts like PlyPad and Brikawood available. 

Read more here.


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