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Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

February 26, 2019

Without real-time information about the condition of in-transit cargo, container shipping companies risk damaged goods and cannot inform customers of the status of their shipments. Using a satellite communications-based IIoT solution, Maersk, a global container shipping and logistics company, is ... read more.

Case Study
Prologium
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Chloe Holzinger

Energy Storage More...

February 26, 2019

Li-ion cells and packs for consumer electronics, mobility, and industrial applications

ProLogium currently manufactures Li-ion batteries using a graphite anode, an LCO cathode, and an electrolyte that the company says is 90% ceramic oxide material and 10% conventional gel-type material Claims that these cells achieve an ionic conductivity between 1.9 to 2.4 mS/cm, a cycle life of 500 ... read more.
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Soft robotics
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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 26, 2019

The field of soft robotics has been gaining increasing attention over the past few years. Researchers started tackling the topic after realizing there was a need for robots that could interact with more fragile materials and humans. The topic generally deals with robotic end effectors that use ... read more.

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Aisensors bw
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Cole McCollum

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 26, 2019

Advances in AI techniques like machine learning provide powerful methods to analyze and derive insights from sensor data, unlocking new sensor capabilities and applications. While this trend is already readily apparent in a domain like computer vision for analyzing image sensor data, other sensor ... read more.

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Reality ai
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Cole McCollum

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 26, 2019

Koito is a leading exterior automotive lighting OEM. The company was interested in building a more accurate adaptive driving beam (ADB) solution for its headlights, in which a panel of LED lights would selectively turn off so as to illuminate the surroundings without blinding oncoming drivers. Given... read more.

Case Study
Lithium werks
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Chloe Holzinger

Energy Storage More...

February 25, 2019

Li-ion cell manufacturer

Lithium Werks manufactures Li-ion batteries with lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathodes using A123's nanostructured cathode material and Valence Technology's modular pack design. The company made several large acquisitions in 2018: Valence Technology, which made Li-ion batteries with lithium-iron-... read more.
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Cnano
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 24, 2019

Multiwalled carbon nanotubes, graphene nanoplatelets, and derivatives

Produces multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) for applications in polymer compounding and Li-ion batteries Has production capacity for 1,000 MT/yr of MWCNTs and 50 MT/yr of GNPs; plans to add an additional 2,000 MT/yr of MWCNT capacity over the next three to four ... read more.
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Nanox
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 24, 2019

Graphene supplier and manufacturer for compounding and molding

Produces graphene from graphite for compounding, molding, and forming of graphene-enhanced plastics; NanoXplore produces a multilayer graphene nanoplatelet (GNP) that is much cheaper than those of competitors but does not have comparable properties to single-layer GNPs Plans to scale graphene ... read more.
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Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.

Automating the Last Mile

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The rise of e-commerce platforms and subsequent demise of several well-known retails stores including Sears is itself a testament to the disruptive power of technology. As more packages are shipped around the world than ever before, many are asking how to move packages cheaper and quicker. The “last mile” – the last part of the delivery process to a final destination – is the biggest opportunity for innovation as it is the most challenging and expensive part of delivery, often through complex environments and comprising as much as 50% of total shipping costs. This webinar will analyze the landscape of last-mile technologies – ranging from drones to mobile robots and more – to identify which ones are worth the investment and which are doomed to fail.

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. 

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will looks at biologically enabled industrial productions processes like fermentation and synthetic biology. Their advantages are in being scale-independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing, and enabling flexible production. But many companies have struggled and had to pivot toward high margin products to survive. By reviewing the top players and partnerships, and looking closely at the economics of key processes, this report lays out the impact biotech will have on chemicals and materials industry and their customers in food, medicine, agriculture, consumer products and more -- and calls out the right business models to succeed.

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.

How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

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.