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August 23, 2022


Disruptive Innovation

One of the world’s biggest deals for humanoid robots envisages their use in agriculture; Robotics innovator Beyond Imagination has entered into an agreement with SELF Labs to provide at least 1,000 humanoid robots for use in agricultural 'grow boxes'
Eurasia Review (08/19)

Andersen and Ubiquitous Energy to develop first-of-a-kind energy generating windows and doors; aim is to bring products to market that use transparent photovoltaic glass coating to harness solar power for residential and light commercial buildings
PR Newswire (08/17)

Montana is first US state to broadly approve 3D printing in construction; state building code regulators have approved 3D-printed walls as an equal replacement for walls made with concrete masonry units, or a standard cored concrete block
PR Newswire (08/17)

Smart Manufacturing/Smart Factory

Harpak-ULMA to provide automated flow wrap packaging lines for pipette tip production by a major medical device producer; Harpak-ULMA will deploy smart, connected packaging platforms outfitted with product loading, secondary/tertiary pack-out operations
Business Wire (08/18)

Reifenhauser to present c.Hub middleware for increasing nonwovens, films production efficiency, sustainability at K plastics in Dusseldorf, Germany, on Oct. 19-26; company says nonwovens, film manufacturers would be more productive with digitalization
Nonwovens News (08/17)

Gallus launches Gallus One, a digital hybrid label press to remove total cost of ownership barrier for adopting reel-to-reel digital labels; designed with Heidelberg, press includes new ink set, cloud-based workflow software, predictive monitoring service
Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG (08/15)

Zhejiang Great Shengda Packaging files Chinese patent for internet-of-things system for corrugated paper production process control; production line can be ensured, and frequent, repeated fluctuation is avoided: Publication No. CN113110366(A)
Paper and Pulp Patent News (08/09)


Henan University researchers develop silk nonwoven fabric modified with conductive carbon nanotubes for use as wearable strain sensor system, electronic skin; flexible sensor can detect real-time motion, strain as low as 0.05%, 'ultra-low' 10 Pa pressure
Nanotech Daily (08/19)

New Market/Market Expansion

Canada-based organic pet chew company Mellow Premium selects retail fulfillment company Fabric to help launch chews to the US market; Fabric uses AI-powered platform to help brands reduce operational costs and lead times for deliveries
SocialBizWire (08/11)

All4Labels Global Packaging Group acquires Italy-based Carlucci, a company that produces pressure-sensitive labels, packaging solutions for pharmaceutical industry; acquisition is part of All4Labels' strategy to expand its presence in pharma, healthcare
All4Labels Global Packaging Group (08/10)

SWIGR app, which enables consumers to scan labels with smartphones to discover product stories, is expanding beyond beer into the distilled spirits industry; concept uses AR to virtually animate packaging, requires no QR codes or specially printed labels
PR Newswire (08/10)

L'Oreal plans to close 14 standalone Maybelline stores in China, but CEO confirms brand will maintain a physical presence; company will shift 80% of Maybelline's distribution to online channels, remaining 20% will be primarily through drugstores
CosmeticsDesign-Asia (08/10)

Transformation - Company

Northwest Hardwoods rebrands as NWH to reflect organizational evolution, headquarters relocation to Frisco, Texas; new name and positioning, 'Simple. Natural. Hardwoods.', aligns with corporate transformation and goal of simplifying customer experience
Business Wire (08/22)


Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning/ Robotics

CleanRobotics to employ TrashBot smart recycling bins at Shine Music Festival in Denver on Aug. 27; ADA-compliant smart recycling bins sort recyclables, organic, contaminated items with 95% accuracy, feature large displays, sound systems
PR Newswire (08/19)

L'Oreal's US patent application for Digital Makeup Artist published online: USPTO 20220207802
Robotics & Machine Learning Daily News (08/19)

US Patent Issued to Diversey for robotic cleaning device with operating speed variation based on environment: USPTO 11,402,850
Robotics & Machine Learning Daily News (08/19)

Unilever's Lynx brand will launch A.I. Body Spray made with Firmenich; deodorant developed with AI using 46 terabytes of data, 6,000 ingredients and 3.5 million potential fragrance combinations, designed to tap into Gen Z fascination with tech and crypto
Grocer (08/19)

A robot is helping build Western Australia’s largest mass-engineered timber building, delivering screw fixings on site at Murdoch University in Perth; University of Technology Sydney, a world leader in robotics, collaborated on the custom-designed robot
Create Digital (08/19)

Augmented/Virtual Reality/Visualization

Boeing Gets Patent for Magnetic Field Visualization Using Modulation Screen and Compressive Sensing
Electronics Patent News (08/18)

Perfect Corp. announces Makeup Virtual Try-On Online Service, a new end-to-end solution to help indie beauty brands tap into AI and AR virtual try-on technology; online service solution comes equipped with new Virtual Try-On Web Widget
Business Wire (08/17)

US Patent Issued to The Boeing on Aug. 16 for "Magnetic field visualization using modulation screen and compressive sensing" (Washington Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/17)

At PACK EXPO International, Krones to showcase its Share2Act digital tools for production efficiency, Krones Digital Service offerings via augmented reality and network support, Krones Virtual Showroom, advances in aseptics, advances in processing, more
Packaging World (08/15)

Immertia launches Displai platform, which uses augmented reality and smartphone technology to activate a hyper-realistic experience where product packaging seemingly comes to life; use cases are in food and beverage, manufacturing, health, more
PR Newswire (08/15)

Blockchain/ Distributed Ledger

SustainAcre, a regenerative orchard farming project, wins Imperial College-London Climate Investment Challenge 2022; concept is that investors using blockchain technology can invest tokens in regenerative practices in orchard farming
Targeted News Service (08/22)

Miami-based blockchain company Sea Sweepers Foundation to track authenticity of recycled products, accept donations for credits on recycled products; foundation to document where plastic was recycled, who recycled it, and which company made final product
Miami New Times (08/19)

Patent Issued for Telematics offloading using V2V and blockchain as trust mechanism (USPTO 11399268)
Information Technology Business Daily (08/14)

Patent Issued for System and method for securing a private key transaction within blockchain (USPTO 11392941)
Network Business Daily (08/09)

Cloud Computing

Research shows 73% of companies have significantly increased their software supply chain security efforts due to Log4Shell, SolarWinds, Kaseya attacks; APIs, data storage and application container images are most susceptible to attacks, respondents say
PR Newswire (08/09)

Data Management/Analytics/Privacy

Team OneFist--volunteer hacktivists fighting for Ukraine--carry out cyberattack on Kupros Paper Mill in Russia, destroying machinery, equipment to further disrupt paper, board supply; team reprogrammed control systems, 'demolished' SCADA system, database
International Business Times (08/17)

Perfect Corp.'s Beauty SaaS Brand Console for AI skin analysis is certified as HIPAA-compliant, indicating Perfect Corp. delivers security procedures around personally identifiable health and health-related data from its AI Skin Analyzer solution
Business Wire (08/15)

7-Eleven reopens all of its 176 stores in Denmark following ransomware attack on Monday that blocked company's ability to accept payments; stores are now running on a backup system that is stable, but with longer processing times
M-Brain Nordic News (08/12)

CommerceIQ appoints former Amazon SVP Kal Raman as president; news follows recent acquisition of digital shelf analytics provider e.fundamentals to combine intelligent automation, shopper insights to drive omnichannel profitability
Best Media Info (India) (08/09)

L'Oreal among companies facing class action lawsuits in Illinois over virtual try-on tools; suit alleges L'Oreal's online Virtual Try-On tool collects data on biometric identifiers, data which is protected under state's Biometric Information Privacy Act
Legal Newsline (08/09)

Cybersecurity & Cyberspace Operations

Fibre Box Assn. is accepting data submissions for the 2022 IT security spend and strategy survey; company information will remain confidential and de-identified results of the survey will be shared with all participants
Fibre Box Association (FBA) (08/19)

Honeywell research shows 52% of cybersecurity threats in 12-month period were specifically designed to utilize removable media, up from 32% reported in previous year and up from 19% reported in 2020; along with USB attacks, Trojans remain a top concern
PR Newswire (08/17)

Response-based attacks targeting corporate inboxes have climbed to highest volume since 2020, representing 41% of all email scams targeting employees during Q2 2022; hybrid vishing attacks reached a six-quarter high in Q2, up 625% from Q1 2021: report
PR Web (08/15)

UK government unveils five-year maritime strategy to respond to emerging threats, enhance capabilities in cybersecurity, reduce environmental damage; plan includes leveraging UK’s seabed mapping sector and tackling illegal fishing, polluting activities
The Maritime-Executive (08/15)

Infosec Institute launches free resources to help organizations, employees level up their cybersecurity; resources include a training module, an employee assessment to help identify training needs, posters and templates on key security behaviors, more
PR Web (08/11)


Process Improvement/Operational Design

Swiss electronics wholesaler Sonepar invests in Kardex Robotics Pick and Pack, which automates small-parts orders processing; battery-powered robots can work 24/7, can pick, pallet, integrate with sortation, packaging machines using 3D vision
Swiss Equity Markets (08/18)


Gascogne secures €126.8M loan to finance 2022-2026 CapEx program, mainly for new paper machine at Mimizan, France, site; new PM to replace three of four existing PMs, optimize unbleached kraft paper production by making full use of mill's pulp capacity
Groupe Gascogne (08/22)

Neenah starts up new ProJet tail cutter and deckle cutter at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, paper mill that produces specialty paper grades on 160-inch-wide machine with frequent deckle changes; systems minimize paper loss, improve efficiency
Projet B.V. (08/22)

Graphic Packaging launches ClipCombo beverage multipack machinery system; ClipCombo system offers the ability to apply premium and standard clip style packs with a single machine, optimizing production efficiency and enabling differentiation of brands
Graphic Packaging Holding Co. (08/22)

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd Applies for Patent on Lens Structure Configured to Increase Quantum Efficiency of Image Sensor
Optics & Imaging Patent News (08/19)

Imageworx completes Miraclon Certification Program for Kodak FLEXCEL NX plates; certification program represents a feature set driving industry-leading efficiency, repeatability, consistent quality flexographic plate production supported by data analysis
WhatTheyThink (08/16)

Production & Output

Nabe Process validates Asahi Photoproducts CrystalCleanConnect benefits; Nabe's flexo division manager says water-wash plates improve print quality, productivity, save costs, reduce substrate waste and make-ready downtime, do not release odors
Asahi Kasei Corp. (08/16)

Energy Efficiency/Energy Management

Krones presents fourth generation of its Contiform stretch blow molder; the machine offers reduced energy consumption, lowered compressed air consumption, reduced downtimes, enhanced user friendliness, can be equipped with AI
Krones AG (08/16)

 Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

Euromonitor: Shift in strategic priorities is evident in 2022, whereby a greater focus is on considering partnerships/acquisitions, investing in new product innovation, improving supply chain resiliency, finds retailing survey of industry professionals
Euromonitor International Ltd. (08/22)

Logistics/Transportation Management

California-based company Bearing debuts AI solution to predict Carbon Intensity Indicator scores so ocean shipping firms can gauge risks, improve ratings, per IMO's CII rule beginning January 1; ships with better scores expected to see higher market rates
GlobeNewswire (08/18)

Circle Logistics builds AI-enabled bots to monitor non-API boards and competitive rates using Transport Pro’s backend rate engine platform; integration allows Circle to assist customers more effectively for automated bidding for the spot market
GlobeNewswire (08/16)

Sleek Technologies launches self-service mobile app that dynamically matches load requirements through AI for small-, medium-sized carriers, eliminating the middleman so 100% of the carrier's bid lands in their pocket; company boasts 96% on-time delivery
GlobeNewswire (08/09)

Logistics, Shipping & Delivery

TFI agrees to sell truckload, temperature control and Mexican non-asset logistics businesses to Heartland Express for US$525M; move to reduce TFI's capital intensity to allow company to focus on LTL, asset-light logistics and specialized truckload in US
CE Noticias Financieras (08/22)

Robotic Process Automation in shipping streamlines carrier, postage, service and packaging options to reduce costs; RPA can also help improve industry's quality, speed and reduce human errors in inventory by taking over repetitive tasks
TimesTech (08/16)

 Sustainability/Social Responsibility

Environmental/Ecological/Carbon Footprint

Toyota Research Institute partners with Northwestern University to develop new AI-driven method to discover, design, develop materials to reduce carbon emissions; first application is to find new catalysts to improve fuel cell vehicle efficiency
Toyota Motor Corp. (08/18)

Israel-based Granot Group and AI genomics company NRGene Technologies partner to develop elite indoor and vertical farming varieties to improve crop productivity while reducing environmental footprint; Granot will contribute US$2M to project financing
Business Wire (08/16)

Domino's technical director reviews how digital inkjet printing for labels can be sustainable, profitable; digital inkjet can combine flexographic print productivity with digital flexibility, is more cost effective, less wasteful compared to other methods
Domino Printing Sciences PLC (08/15)