Reserve your virtual seat for Internet of Things for Manufacturing (IoTfM) Symposium

The Internet of Things continues to revolutionize manufacturing. Join us November 11 for a free, virtual symposium featuring leaders in this exciting field. 

Leading edge insights, practical applications

You’ll gain fresh insights from industry leaders, plus exclusive learnings from actual Internet of Things for Manufacturing (IoTfM) implementations.
 
Take away inspiration from thought leaders, major manufacturers and trusted experts.

Learn from the university ranked #1 in the field

Hosted by the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, this year’s 6th annual symposium will feature more than a dozen speakers, plus the opportunity to network digitally with hundreds of participants.
 

Register today

Reserve your virtual seat today for this free symposium. You’ll take away exciting ideas to accelerate your 2021 IoTfM plans.

We look forward to seeing you at the symposium on November 11!
 
Andrew Dugenske
Director, Factory Information Systems Center
Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute

Registration: https://iotfm2020.eventbrite.com

Construction Industry Strives to Adapt, Adopt, Reshape

Repost of article by Vicki Speed, original article can be found here https://insideunmannedsystems.com/technology-catch-up-construction-industry-strives-to-adapt-adopt-reshape/.

Drones that tie rebar. Robots that make roadway repairs. Machines that perform earthwork with little or no human intervention. These are just a sampling of the robotic solutions many believe can influence and improve construction performance and safety, as a key part of transforming how the industry works.

In its “Worldwide Robotics and Drones Spending Guide,” International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts a worldwide $128.7 billion in global spending for robotics systems and drones in 2020, with construction taking a good share of the investment lead. Construction robotics spending has a predicted 25.2 percent compound annual growth rate between 2019-2023.

Experts emphasize the need to blend transformation and technology. “We need a modern renaissance that re-defines how we think about the build process,” said John Voeller, an ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) White House Fellow who provided technical advice to Congressional policy makers and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Integration is key to this shift. “Technology is just an enabler,” said Scott Crozier, general manager of Trimble’s Civil Engineering and Construction Division. “In this time of transformation, industry professionals must understand how their business, operations and tools need to connect if we are to reverse decades-long practices and ingrained inefficiencies.”

Again, there’s reason for optimism. According to that McKinsey report, “A combination of sustainability requirements, cost pressure, skills scarcity, new materials, industrial approaches, digitalization and a new breed of player looks set to transform the value chain. Consolidation and internationalization will create the scale needed to allow higher levels of investment in digitalization, R&D and equipment, and sustainability as well as human capital.”

PAYLOADS AND POSSIBILITIES

Drone spending is anticipated to reach $1.4 billion in construction this year alone. While predominantly used to survey sites and perform volume calculations, these flying robots are capable of much more.

On the topic of UAS, White House Fellow Voeller pointed to the need for more advancements, such as 25-pound payload units that can stay aloft for 30-45 minutes, or a drone that can be partnered with a battery rack system that allows the drone to return home, swap batteries without human intervention and then return to its work.

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology are seeking to establish the framework for developing such next-generation, technology-enhanced solutions. The lab has already used small-scale aerial drones as tools for exploring potential benefits to safety managers within construction jobsites. The CONECTechLab at the School of Building Construction is collaborating with Rotor X and OptimAero on a research program to develop a drone capable of flying five miles carrying a 100-pound load. A version of the drone was tested at Fort Benning, Georgia, earlier this year.

“We see particular value in last-mile logistics on a jobsite,” associate professor Javier Irizarry said. “Instead of forklifts or heavy equipment being used to move tools, materials and supplies, these systems equipped with autonomous navigation could provide near-real-time services.”

Repost of article by Vicki Speed, original article can be found here https://insideunmannedsystems.com/technology-catch-up-construction-industry-strives-to-adapt-adopt-reshape/. Edited to fit this space.

Don’t miss the USPTO’s Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

The USPTO is offering a high-level, free-to-attend, online Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program on October 7. This is a chance for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and intellectual property (IP) professionals to learn about resources available to the Hispanic innovation community.  Take this opportunity to: Learn from accomplished innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners about best practices. Discover helpful resources available to innovators. Get practical tips on obtaining and protecting your IP. Visit the event page on the USPTO website to view the agenda and register for the event.

Don’t miss the USPTO’s free, online Hispanic Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, a chance for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and intellectual property (IP) professionals to learn about resources available to the Hispanic innovation community. Register early for this special event.

Take this opportunity to:

  • Learn from accomplished innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners about best practices
  • Discover helpful resources available to innovators
  • Get practical tips on obtaining and protecting your IP

Agenda (subject to changes) 

1 – 1:05 p.m. ET: Welcome

1:05 – 2 p.m. ET: Keynote Speaker Roselin Rosario-Meléndez, Ph.D, Polymer and Cosmetics Chemist Associate Principal Chemist, L’Oréal

2 – 3:15 p.m. ET: Networks and Resources Panel This panel will showcase service and support organizations for Hispanic inventors and entrepreneurs and the resources available for anyone getting started or in business.

Moderator: Eliseo Ramos-Feliciano, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO

Panelists:
-Lu Cordova, Governor’s Advisor on Efficiencies and Digital Transformation at State of Colorado
-James Foy, Founder of Hispanics and Technology
-Oscar Garcia, Managing Director of Training, Manos Accelerator
-Sandi Mays, CIO, CXO and Co-Founder at Zayo Group
-Nicole Quiroga, President and CEO, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

3:15 – 4 p.m. ET: USPTO Resource Overview This presentation will focus on free USPTO services and support for inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners

Presenters:
-Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Development Program Manager, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO
-Matthew Martin, Pro Bono Assistant Coordinator, USPTO

For more information, or to ask questions about the program, email InnovationOutreach@USPTO.gov