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Michael Sullivan

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July 11, 2019

South Korea's April 2019 launch of 5G networks by its three main operators (Korea Telecom, SK Telecom, and LG U+) is already yielding industrial use cases. The most prominent cases are in the automotive sector, where 5G connections are being used by parts suppliers for process improvement and by ... read more.

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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 11, 2019

At the end of May, Lux Research attended the Skin Microbiome Congress in Boston. Conference attendees hailed from a variety of backgrounds, including academia, law, medicine, and industry. Over the two-day event, presentations were given to provide conferencegoers the option of 1) building a more ... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

July 11, 2019

The Industry 4.0 landscape today is a complicated web of technologies, with solutions offering to translate incoming data feeds, structure the information, store data, and develop applications. Without proper infrastructure in place for these steps, enterprises have run into issues from dirty and ... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

July 11, 2019

Machine learning-based machine failure and production optimization software

Offers process optimization, predictive maintenance, and virtual sensor software for process industries; provides value for these industries by building tailored models for machine failure prediction and process optimization Claims that its machine learning-based baseline models save facilities the ... read more.
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Max Halik

Next Generation Power More...

July 11, 2019

Aerial inspection of photovoltaic systems

The company was started by Rob Andrews in 2014; since then, it has not disclosed any venture funding, but has received small grants from Ontario's SmartStart seed fund. Heliolytics offers aerial inspection services of photovoltaic (PV) assets for predictive maintenance, increasing yield through ... read more.
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Max Halik

Next Generation Power More...

July 11, 2019

Lux has been tracking the progress of bifacial photovoltaic modules (modules that can absorb light from both directions) for a number of years, but we've recently noticed an uptick of interest in the technology. One notable development was a recent U.S. decision to exclude bifacial modules from its ... read more.

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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

July 11, 2019

Starsky Robotics, an automated long-haul truck developer, recently announced that it has been operating its own traditional shipping service for two years now. The company has been commercially hauling freight for customers with its 40 trucks, 36 of which are completely nonautonomous. The four ... read more.

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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

July 11, 2019

Aroma delivery system

The company was started by Pascal Guillet (Head of Business Development) and Lea Pokorny (Head of R&D and Production), both previously Ph.D. students at the Food Process Engineering Laboratory at ETH Zurich. To date, the company has raised approximately $50,000 in grant and pre-seed funding. Among ... read more.
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 10, 2019

Foamable algae-based plastic for shoe components

Produces Solaplast, an algae-based plastic that contains 45% algal biomass in ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) that can be foamed and used in insole, midsole, and traction pad shoe components Solaplast has similar properties to conventional polyurethane or EVA foams, and the foamed components are sold ... read more.
Company Profile

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Many companies are trying to embark on their digital transformation. However, success rates are not that high; estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. While there are many determining factors for success, one of them is the structure of the organization and the culture within an organization. Interestingly, with the arrival of digital, companies also need to re-imagine their traditional structures. How can companies organize themselves to ensure success in their digital transformation efforts? What type of a culture should they build? With the arrival of digital, what should the org structure look like to ensure success in the future?

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Asia's rising urbanization presents numerous opportunities for bleeding edge technology deployment. However, at the same time, lack of traditional infrastructure and a variety of problems from traffic congestion and pollution, will only be amplified as droves of people migrate into cities. While most nations plan to address the immediate needs, several have futuristic aspirations for developing digital societies in a future city. In this report, we analyze the key technologies that will address the demands of Asia's future city as well as highlight the key innovators developing them domestically. 

Electronic Materials: The Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Demand for 5G electronics and the emergence of the internet of things have created new demand for materials that offer higher performance but are cheap enough to enable rollout of millions of new devices. This report will identify new materials technologies in polymers for electronics and thermal management, as well as the technology developers behind these efforts, and pick winners for commercialization.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Corrosion remains perhaps the most persistent challenge we face in the materials industry. New sustainability regulations are making this even more challenging, by pushing out chrome 6 and limiting the use of solvents. This report will scout early stage technologies, start-ups, and identify corporate approaches to tackling the corrosion challenge.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The apparel industry is a huge market for polymers, coatings, dyes, and more, but the low cost tolerance and fast development cycles make materials innovation a challenge. However, there are increasing demands for sustainable products, differentiation, more functional clothing, and cleaner manufacturing. All this creates new opportunities for materials innovation; this report will highlight the most promising areas.

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will examine the theoretical advantages of industrial fermentation (scale independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing; flexible production) and reasons for 2018 setbacks. It will examine the continued shift towards high margin products.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will analyze the technical capabilities of existing metal 3D printers to: 1) define common use cases; 2) highlight further development areas; and 3) emphasize the caveats of metal 3D printing applications.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Lux covers the potential for sustainability and green technologies to become an alternate source of revenue as concerns regarding environmental impact and risk continue to grow.