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Schneider Electric, AVEVA Partner with IN-CORE

MISSISSAUGA, Canada, June 24, 2024 – Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, today announced a partnership with IN-CORE Systèmes to drive efficiency in Electric Vehicle (EV) battery production.

Schneider Electric and AVEVA partner with IN-CORE Systèmes to improve Electric Vehicle battery production process (Photo: Business Wire)

The joint offering will connect electrode level to final cell performance and provide customers with a complete data picture to improve processes.

As the EV market continues to see exponential growth, battery production is under greater pressure to improve quality, efficiency and business outcomes. This increased production can lead to new issues, including failure modes and process variation, which in turn create operational, material and labor losses.

In recent years, EV battery production has seen up to 20 per cent of materials scrapped, and an inefficient use of energy with 47 kWh of energy needed to produce 1 kWh of an EV battery cell. These challenges can only be mitigated by greater operational insight.

The partnership between Schneider Electric, AVEVA and IN-CORE will bring greater data connectivity to the production process by addressing data traceability at the electrode level. The IN-CORE Traceability Solution will work with AVEVA System Platform to connect critical parameters to electrode manufacture, final cell, and pack performance, providing relevant data at the right time and format to ensure a complete data picture. This provides customers with positive outcomes such as:

  • Faster troubleshooting of field issues
  • Waste Reduction
  • Production Optimization
  • Materials Optimization

“Operational challenges are the greatest barrier to success in EV battery production,” said Christel Galbrun, Segment President for Mobility at Schneider Electric. “As demand grows, we must improve quality and efficiency, while reducing variation and scrap. This partnership with IN-CORE will provide new levels of data connectivity to the EV market and help customers establish a complete data architecture across all processes.”

“We are delighted to partner with Schneider Electric to address one of the key challenges in the EV market, electrode level data connectivity,” said Michel POPOVIC at IN-CORE Systèmes. “Together, we can collect traceability data, connecting it to the rest of the value stream and contextualize it to bring immediate value to customers.”

About IN-CORE Systèmes

IN-CORE solutions are renowned for their flexibility and scalability, seamlessly integrating into complex environments and adapting swiftly to changes. Additionally, their architecture eliminates the silo effect by consolidating data into a single access point shared by all machines.

This approach ensures data is readily available for analysis of quality production and automatic processes, such as scrap rejection at the stacking line.

By choosing IN-CORE, manufacturers gain easy access to qualified data for rapid ramp-up, maintain high yields through swift analysis of a unified data set, and reduce costly manual interventions by automating defective electrode treatment processes.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider’s purpose is to create Impact by empowering all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all.

Schneider Electric is a global industrial technology leader bringing world-leading expertise in electrification, automation and digitization to smart industries, resilient infrastructure, future-proof data centers, intelligent buildings, and intuitive homes.

They are a people company with an ecosystem of 150,000 colleagues and more than a million partners operating in over 100 countries to ensure proximity to customers and stakeholders.

For more information, visit www.se.com.

AspenTech Partners with Oregon State University

BEDFORD, MA, June 19, 2024 – Aspen Technology, Inc., a global leader in industrial software, today announced a three-year partnership agreement with Oregon State University (OSU) that expands traditional academic collaborations focused on incorporating process simulation solutions into curricula by adding sustainability software, training and competency development. The partnership aims to help students build industry-ready skills and knowledge to make an accelerated impact on critical sustainability initiatives upon entering the workforce.

“Generational workforce changes have made it more important than ever to quickly and effectively prepare new engineers with the skillsets required to successfully enter the workforce and help companies innovate and tackle the challenges associated with net-zero ambitions,” said Steven Qi, SVP, customer support & training, AspenTech.

“Over the next three years, hundreds of our students and faculty will learn new digital competencies that we expect to have a direct impact on global sustainability efforts,” said Chih-hung (Alex) Chang, PhD, Stephen Slavens Faculty Scholar, professor & associate head of Undergraduate Programs, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, OSU. “Navigating the energy transition has become an urgent priority, and we’re thrilled to collaborate with AspenTech on empowering the next generation of engineering talent with the skillsets needed to help solve this massive undertaking.”

The collaboration between AspenTech and OSU is one of many AspenTech initiatives designed to help students expand their engineering and sustainability skills. Among other international universities, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, partnered with AspenTech on technical training and curriculum content development based on its solutions. Over 1,300 universities in more than 80 countries utilize AspenTech software in their coursework.

In addition, approximately 3,700 individuals at customer and partner organizations have completed AspenTech’s Sustainability Training Program. The program is helping to close the industry skill gap by expanding users’ expertise on how to accelerate progress on critical sustainability pathways with digital technology.

For more information about how AspenTech is working with global universities, customers and partners to grow industry knowledge of digital solutions for the energy transition, please visit the following resources:

About Aspen Technology

Aspen Technology is a global software leader helping industries at the forefront of the world’s dual challenge meet the increasing demand for resources from a rapidly growing population in a profitable and sustainable manner. AspenTech solutions address complex environments where it is critical to optimize the asset design, operation and maintenance lifecycle. Through their unique combination of deep domain expertise and innovation, customers in asset-intensive industries can run their assets safer, greener, longer and faster to improve their operational excellence.

To learn more, visit AspenTech.com.

ASME Appoints Christine Reilley as Managing Director Publishing

NEW YORK, NY, June 18, 2024 – Christine Reilley has been appointed managing director of publishing for The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), reporting to chief operating officer Jeff Patterson. One of the largest technical publishing operations in the world, ASME offers thousands of titles including some of the engineering profession’s most prestigious peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and ASME Press e-books.

Christine Reilley

“With this appointment, ASME reaffirms our longstanding commitment to support global research communities through the production and distribution of high-quality journals, conference proceedings and new content types,” said Jeff Patterson, ASME’s chief operating officer. “Christine’s deep background in strategy, innovation, and publishing workflows makes her the ideal leader to accelerate our efforts to raise impact factors, improve paper submission and review processes, and increase subscriber satisfaction.”

Reilley began her tenure with ASME more than 20 years ago in the publishing department as an editor, overseeing the production of codes and standards from manuscript to final bound and digital product. In 2012, she moved to the emerging technologies unit, leading the development of content and conferences in the areas of bioengineering, nanotechnology, thermofluids, and materials. She also served as staff lead for the bioengineering/healthcare team and the engineering sciences segment. Most recently, she was managing director of strategy and innovation for ASME.

Reilley earned a Master of Science degree in biomedical engineering with a concentration in tissue engineering and biomaterials from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Rutgers University, Douglass College.

About ASME

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real-world challenges.  Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education, and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. In 2020, ASME formed the International Society of Interdisciplinary Engineers (ISIE) II & III LLC, a new for-profit subsidiary to house business ventures that will bring new and innovative products, services, and technologies to the engineering community.

For more information, visit www.asme.org.

Sev1Tech Joins Digital Twin Consortium as Contributing Member

BOSTON, MA, June 13, 2024 – The Digital Twin Consortium (DTC) announced that Sev1Tech, a leading provider of information technology, engineering, and mission support services for government and commercial entities, has joined the Consortium. Sev1Tech joined the DTC to collaborate on research, testing, and standards for digital twins, digital threads, MBSE, AI/ML, and the intersection of the technologies. In addition, Greg Porter, Principal Solutions Architect at Sev1Tech, will join the DTC Steering Committee.

“We’re excited to have Sev1Tech’s Greg Porter join the DTC Steering Committee and to the guidance he will offer, based on his extensive experience working with the government and private sector on digital twins and related technologies,” said Dan Isaacs, DTC’s GM and CTO. “Sev1Tech’s move to the Steering Committee level continues their strong commitment to bringing forward their leadership and innovation. Their practical expertise and combination of Digital Twins, Reality Capture, and AI knowledge with their multi-agent approach, as presented at prior Quarterly member meetings, proves to be a valuable addition to DTC working groups, advancing the level of work product.”

“Our new Digital Twin Platform Solution represents a significant leap forward in harnessing the power of data to drive innovation and efficiency. By providing a comprehensive, real-time digital replica of physical assets, we empower our clients to optimize operations, reduce costs, and enhance decision-making processes,” said Greg Porter. “By being part of the Digital Twin Consortium for this groundbreaking technology reflects our commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers in a rapidly changing digital landscape.”

At Sev1Tech, Greg sets strategies and builds technologies around artificial intelligence, machine learning, data engineering, digital threads, and digital twins. He has spent the last decade assisting clients across many different government and commercial entities in designing and implementing these technologies. For the past two years, Greg worked with NASA on the creation of the Industrial Metaverse, a dynamic twin-of-twins platform capable of incorporating all of NASA’s campuses and manufacturing into a single digital domain. You can find more information on Sev1Tech’s Digital Twin capabilities and platform here (www.sev1tech.com/digital-twin).

Sev1Tech is a trusted IT consulting firm dedicated to transforming and securing critical missions for U.S. government agencies and major commercial organizations in classified and unclassified environments. We specialize in IT modernization, cybersecurity, cloud services, network solutions and engineering and manufacturing support.

Sev1Tech supports a wide range of government missions, including those for the Air Force, Space Force, Army, Navy, NASA, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial aerospace.

With a strong emphasis on corporate responsibility and service excellence, the Sev1Tech team of experts ensure innovative solutions are delivered to their customers.

View the complete DTC Steering Committee.

About Sev1Tech

Sev1Tech provides IT modernization, cloud, cybersecurity, engineering, training and program support services to U.S. government agencies and major commercial organizations. Headquartered in the Washington D.C. metro area, Sev1Tech is a trusted contractor supporting critical missions across the defense, intelligence, homeland security, space, and health markets. Sev1Tech delivers excellence through highly qualified people, CMMI SVC 3, ISO 9001, ISO 20000, ISO 27001 and ISO 27017 certified processes, and cutting-edge technology.

To learn more, visit www.sev1tech.com.

About Digital Twin Consortium

Digital Twin Consortium is The Authority in Digital Twin. It coalesces industry, government, and academia to drive consistency in vocabulary, architecture, security, and interoperability of digital twin technology. It advances digital twin technology in many industries, from aerospace to natural resources.

For more information about Digital Twin Consortium, please visit www.digitaltwinconsortium.org.

MongoDB Joins Digital Twin Consortium as Member

BOSTON, MA, June 13, 2024 – The Digital Twin Consortium (DTC) announced that MongoDB has joined the consortium. MongoDB‘s developer data platform helps organizations drive innovation at scale by providing a unified way to work with data that addresses transactional workloads, app-driven analytics, full-text search, AI-enhanced experiences, streaming data, and more. Adding MongoDB to the consortium simplifies access to its developer data platform for DTC’s network, creating digital replicas of physical assets, processes, and systems through bi-directional data and information synchronization.

“Joining the Digital Twin Consortium and its network of industry leaders allows MongoDB to help more organizations leverage real-time data and AI for improved decision-making, optimization, and innovation,” said Dr. Humza Akhtar, principal of industry solutions for manufacturing and motion at MongoDB. “MongoDB’s developer data platform can play a part in enhancing the development and prevalence of digital twin technology to ensure the technology solves real-world challenges and powers smarter applications across industries.”

“We’re excited to have MongoDB join the DTC,” said Dan Isaacs, DTC GM, and CTO. “MongoDB’s distributed scalable architectures and diverse data type management are ideally suited for a wide range of digital twin applications.  Their experience in streamlining software development and AI-infused applications will help to further the adoption of digital twins.”

About Digital Twin Consortium

Digital Twin Consortium is The Authority in Digital Twin. It coalesces industry, government, and academia to drive consistency in vocabulary, architecture, security, and interoperability of digital twin technology. It advances digital twin technology in many industries, from aerospace to natural resources.

For more information about Digital Twin Consortium, please visit www.digitaltwinconsortium.org.

Vaupell Unveils Recycled, Bio-Based Cove Light Panels

EVERETT, WA, June 5, 2024 – Vaupell’s (a group company of Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.) R&D & engineering teams have been able to demonstrate the ability to meet the high-performance standards required for aerospace applications and are working very closely with major OEMs in order to qualify and introduce these new products by the end of the year.

Vaupell’s teams have developed a meticulous process allowing the plastic waste generated during the injection-molding process to be collected, inspected, shredded and granulated to create uniform granules. These recycled granules are blended with virgin pellets to form a mixture containing up to 20% recycled material. This new mixture will be melted and injected into precision molds to form the final aerospace components.

By recycling high-performance plastics, Vaupell is able to reduce the need for virgin raw materials on the final assembled Cove Light Panels by more than 10% and avoiding the waste of used materials which would normally end up in landfill. It also minimizes the environmental impact associated with traditional manufacturing processes.

“At Vaupell, we are deeply committed to pioneering sustainable and cost-efficient solutions for the markets we serve. Our latest innovative initiative, the recycled and bio-based Cove Light Panels, exemplifies our dedication to environmental stewardship without compromising on performance. We are excited to present these advancements at AIX 2024 and to collaborate with industry leaders to drive forward sustainable practices not only in aerospace manufacturing but in all we do.” says Matthias Hacker, vice president – business development & programs, Vaupell.

In addition, Vaupell has successfully tested Cove Light panels with SABIC bio-based ULTEM 9085 resin, aiming to replace oil-derived materials with bio-based alternatives, utilizing a mass balance approach. These materials offer an alternative to traditional plastics, further reducing the environmental impact of aerospace manufacturing.

These groundbreaking advancements underscore the company’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship in the manufacturing of aircraft interior components. We look forward to meeting you at AIX and engaging with all industry stakeholders to foster advancements in terms of sustainability and cost-efficiency.

About Vaupell

Vaupell is an integrated aerospace, defense, and medical global partner, combining material science, molding technology, and highly engineered product solutions for our strategic customers which include several Fortune 500 companies.

Vaupell’s capabilities include program management, material science engineering, design & development, in-house tooling design & fabrication, injection molding, advanced composites manufacturing, precision machining, surface finishing, automated painting & assembly, kitting & sustainable packaging, and aftermarket product support. Vaupell is a group company of Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. Sumitomo Bakelite is a Japanese multinational corporation that employs 6,750 people worldwide and is a pioneer and global leader in the plastic materials industry.

For more information, visit https://vaupell.com/.

Emerson Announces Branson GLX-1 Laser Welder

Emerson has announced its new Branson GLX-1 Laser Welder, which offers users flexibility to meet the growing demand for joining small, complex or delicate plastic components and assemblies. Its small footprint and modular design make it compatible for use in ISO-8 cleanroom environments, while an integral automation controller simplifies installation and interfaces with production robotics.

Emerson’s Branson GLX-1 laser welder revolutionizes the assembly of small plastic parts with intricate designs. This automation-friendly solution ensures clean, vibration-free welding, supporting closed-loop product recycling.

The precise, servo-based actuation controls of the GLX-1 welder allow for greater freedom to design and join components with three-dimensional contours in small-part applications for the medical market, such as catheters and wearables with microfluidic parts, as well as sensors in the electronics, automotive and appliance markets. The new welder can join high-performance and blended polymers and components with critical or complex 3D joint geometries or preassembled parts without risk of damage due to heat or vibration. Laser welds are completed without flash or part marking, giving parts a superior aesthetic appearance.

To support device makers’ increased interest in closed-loop product recycling, the GLX-1 can also safely and nondestructively “un-weld” plastics used in common medical devices and wearables. This disassembly capability enables reclamation and reuse of valuable internal components while enhancing sustainability initiatives and reducing waste.

“There is increasing demand for smaller and more intricate high-quality plastic components, often housing sensitive electronic components in a range of important markets,” said Emma Wood, global product manager for non-ultrasonics at Emerson. “Delivering strong, clean joints and advanced connectivity features in an extremely compact package, the new GLX-1 Laser Welder enables manufacturers to design and efficiently produce the highest-quality products.”

The GLX-1 welder relies on Emerson’s Simultaneous Through-Transmission Infrared (STTlr) laser-welding technology, which delivers unmatched production efficiency, weld strength and aesthetics that typically surpass those that are possible using other plastic welding methods. The GLX-1 delivers weld power using Branson’s high-power laser banks, which offer configurable power levels up to a maximum of 250 watts per bank.

An advanced servo-driven actuator provides precise, repeatable, closed-loop downforce control, from low to high levels. An optional, closed-loop pneumatic control is also available. The results are rapid weld cycle times that support high-volume, high-quality production in a range of applications. Efficient and accurate tool changeover is ensured, thanks to a radio frequency identification (RFID) function that recognizes and matches weld recipes with correct production tooling.

The GLX-1 also provides exceptional connectivity and security, with weld data collection, transfer, and security features simplifying weld-data transfer over internal customer networks. Operational and security features are accessed through the welder’s intuitive, easy-to-use 12-inch touchscreen HMI, which is mounted on a swiveling pendant arm for easy viewing at convenient angles.

The welder ensures maximum security, with 99 levels of customizable password protection. It also connects easily with plant networks to meet industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or communication requirements, offering Data Interface Gateway (DIG) and Fieldbus interface gateway compatibility, a USB port and an OPC-UA interface.

To learn more, please visit https://www.emerson.com/en-us/catalog/branson-glx-1.

About Emerson

Emerson, headquartered in St. Louis, MO (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Their automation solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Their commercial and residential solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure.

For more information, visit Emerson.com.

AspenTech Introduces aspenONE v14.3

BEDFORD, MA, May 30, 2024 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (AspenTech), a global leader in industrial software, introduced new and expanded capabilities now available in aspenONE, the company’s portfolio of asset optimization solutions, spanning design, operations and maintenance. The latest version of aspenONE, v14.3 May 2024, helps customers achieve new levels of operational excellence with expanded Industrial AI throughout the portfolio, additional integration of industrial data management across solutions and advancements in planning and scheduling capabilities.

“On the heels of OPTIMIZE 24 earlier this month where 1,100 customers and partners joined AspenTech for a week of discussions, it’s clear that asset-intensive industries are intensely focused on leveraging technology to achieve business performance objectives while making operations greener and safer,” said Rasha Hasaneen, chief product and sustainability officer at AspenTech. “The newest version of aspenONE, specifically enhancements to Aspen Unified solutions, is designed to enable customers to significantly streamline user workflows and drive the highest levels of optimization possible.”

AspenTech’s AI and Aspen Unified

AspenTech uniquely embeds Industrial AI in modeling solutions that leverage more than 40 years of experience applying engineering fundamentals. These models provide guardrails, robustness and trusted results to ensure customers can leverage AI-based technology to improve agility, guide decision-making and drive higher levels of efficiency through automation.

With the release of v14.3, the planning and scheduling capabilities in Aspen Unified have been enhanced with Industrial AI to attain higher levels of optimization. This is accomplished by enabling schedulers to close the gap between planned and actual operations. Through unique, innovative and dynamic optimization capabilities, refining and olefins producers can streamline and integrate planning, scheduling and yield accounting, resulting in smaller deviations and faster remediation.

According to Peter Reynolds, Principal Analyst with ARC Advisory Group, “The v14.3 release provides breakthrough enhancements to help refining and petrochemical industries optimize supply chains and meet sustainability targets. Once again, AspenTech uniquely addresses Industrial AI by embedding technology into customer planning and scheduling models. This approach should help customers improve plan effectiveness and reduce margin leakage.”

Furthermore, according to Janice Abel, Principal Analyst with ARC Advisory Group, “Aspen Unified is a powerful solution that will have a major impact on the Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) market and allow users to integrate AI and new functionalities that reduce costs, improve operations and scheduling efficiencies.”

Additional highlights of v14.3 include:

  • Industrial AI is now incorporated in Aspen Unified PIMS with the availability of Aspen Virtual Advisor (AVA), which guides production planners to save time, make better decisions and explain the impact models have on performance and sustainability.
  • Aspen Maestro, an existing capability within Aspen Mtell that automates the development of better models faster, now includes an anomaly capability that accelerates alert resolution. In addition, Aspen Mtell includes FMEA templates and KPIs for accelerated deployment, guided detection strategies and risk analysis.
  • AspenTech Inmation now provides direct integration capabilities with Aspen Mtell, leveraging the data management platform’s components to make data access simple and easy to maintain over time. AspenTech Inmation also integrates seamlessly with both Aspen InfoPlus.21 and aspenONE Process Explorer, delivering scalable and performant access with minimal impact on production as well as feature-rich, real-time data visualization, reporting and analysis at an enterprise level.

Visit our release page for a comprehensive view into the features and capabilities included in aspenONE v14.3 May 2024.

About AspenTech

Aspen Technology, Inc. is a global software leader helping industries at the forefront of the world’s dual challenge meet the increasing demand for resources from a rapidly growing population in a profitable and sustainable manner. AspenTech solutions address complex environments where it is critical to optimize the asset design, operation and maintenance lifecycle. Through our unique combination of deep domain expertise and innovation, customers in asset-intensive industries can run their assets safer, greener, longer and faster to improve their operational excellence.

To learn more, visit AspenTech.com.

Siemens Expands Software Portfolio for Water Industry

NUREMBERG, Germany, May 14, 2024 – Siemens, a leading technology company, has expanded its software portfolio for the water industry, enabling its customers to optimize their plant operations using artificial intelligence – without the need for technical expertise. These self-service solutions enable users to address the most pressing issues in water and wastewater operations: reducing water loss, preventing pollution from sewers, and ensuring the reliability of treatment assets. The effect of these applications is also a contribution to greater sustainability overall, as the world’s water resources can be better protected.

With the Siemens Water (SIWA) applications designed specifically for the water and wastewater industry, operators can optimize energy efficiency, prevent water losses, reduce water pollution, and improve predictive maintenance measures, among other things.

“Digital technologies have not yet been widely adopted in the water sector so far,” says Anja Eimer, general manager global water business at Siemens. “The existing OT and IT device landscape of is complex, skilled workers are in short supply, and the business benefits of many digital applications have often been unclear. With our new software offerings, we are addressing these conditions and enabling water companies to perform AI-based operational analyses.”

With the Siemens Water (SIWA) applications designed specifically for the water and wastewater industry, operators can optimize energy efficiency, prevent water losses, reduce water pollution, and improve predictive maintenance measures, among other things.

The new offerings include digitalization solutions with pre-integrated hardware and software. This means that AI-based analytics applications have been combined with corresponding sensors from Siemens to make the installment processes as easy as possible and to achieve faster analytics results. To this end, Siemens has launched the new SIWA Leak Finder and SIWA Blockage Predictor apps – available on the Siemens Xcelerator Marketplace.

AI to combat leaks and pipe blockages

The SIWA Leak Finder app uses data from smart flow meters to reduce water losses from pipe leaks by up to 50 percent. The app’s AI analyzes flow data and identifies leaks as small as 0.2 liters per second. While data from any flow meter can be used for the app, the integration of the Siemens Sitrans FM Mag8000 sensor eliminates the need for specialized knowledge or Siemens services for installation.

Clogged pipes in sewer systems can lead to pollution that also affects households and the environment. Inflow and infiltration (I&I) reduce the effectiveness of the wastewater network and can lead to expensive investments. Siemens’ SIWA Blockage Predictor application applies AI to water level data from sewers collected by sensors such as the Sitrans LR110 radar level transmitter to detect blockages, inflow and infiltration. Based on a single sensor installation, the app can be used in the event of network overflows or in manhole chambers. The application finds nine out of ten blockages and saves users time by automatically generating performance reports for regulators.

Both the SIWA Leak Finder and SIWA Blockage Predictor apps can easily process and analyze operational data from smart sensors via a connection to the cloud – without the need for additional IT expertise. In this way, the sensor data is available in the respective application within two hours. The apps’ AI is automatically trained and implemented with the sensor data from the day of installation. Cybersecurity is also taken into account in the design of the apps. Mendix, Siemens’ low-code platform, can also be used to create interfaces to the respective company’s IT making it possible to connect the data from the SIWA apps to ERP systems. Siemens’ expects these applications to typically pay for themselves in less than 36 months.

Learn more about the integrated Siemens portfolio for the water and wastewater industry https://xcelerator.siemens.com/global/en/industries/water.html.

About Siemens Digital Industries

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 72,000 employees internationally.

About Siemens AG

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a leading technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare. From more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, and smarter buildings and grids, to cleaner and more comfortable transportation as well as advanced healthcare, the company creates technology with purpose adding real value for customers. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform their industries and markets, helping them to transform the everyday for billions of people. Siemens also owns a majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, a globally leading medical technology provider shaping the future of healthcare.

In fiscal 2023, which ended on September 30, 2023, the Siemens Group generated revenue of €77.8 billion and net income of €8.5 billion. As of September 30, 2023, the company employed around 320,000 people worldwide.

For more information, visit www.siemens.com.

ASME Foundation Wins Grant for Technical Workforce Dev

NEW YORK, NY, Apr 24, 2024 – The ASME Foundation has been awarded an $800,000 multi-year grant from ECMC Foundation to help underserved community college and CTE students persist to graduation and enter the technical workforce or transition to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or related technical field. ECMC Foundation is a national foundation whose North Star goal is to eliminate equity gaps in postsecondary completion by 2040.

The ASME Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the world’s premier professional society for multidisciplinary engineers. The two-year grant, Accelerating Engineering Pathways for CTE Students in a COVID-Changed World, expands ASME’s Community College Engineering Pathways program to a total 15 community colleges (including five minority-serving institutions) and helps implement and evaluate STEM-focused activities and resources, which include work-based learning programs and professional networks for underserved students.

“The ASME Foundation is proud to partner with ECMC to open doors of opportunity for underserved students seeking to transition from community college to high-paying, in-demand careers in engineering-related fields,” said Stephanie Viola, executive director of the ASME Foundation and managing director of ASME Philanthropy. “This significant grant advances our work to build the technical workforce for the 21st Century while closing the equity gap that leaves too many women, rural learners, and students of color behind.”

ASME’s Community College Engineering Pathways program connects community college and continuing technical education students to opportunities for specialized training, internships, apprenticeships, and jobs. At the same time, it provides resources to community colleges to expand their employer networks and align curricula to the needs of local and national employers.

A companion program, HBCU Engineering Pathways, helps engineering students at historically Black colleges and universities expand their professional networks, participate in ASME student sections and activities, and connects employers to graduates of HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions.

“ASME’s project builds necessary capacity across existing successful engineering programs to improve student persistence, completion, and post-graduate employment outcomes,” said Anna Fontus, program officer at ECMC Foundation. “This project will generate new learnings on best practices in the field, and encourage increased collaboration between industry associations and community colleges”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than three million technical jobs are currently unfilled in the United States. Contributing to the employment gap is a severe equity gap, with women representing only nine percent of US mechanical engineers and members of BIPOC communities only 11 percent. The ASME Foundation’s philanthropic programs in engineering education, career resources, and innovation support aim to correct these inequities by empowering more people from underrepresented groups to pursue technical careers.

About ECMC Foundation

ECMC Foundation a national foundation whose North Star goal is to eliminate equity gaps in postsecondary completion by 2040 so that underserved learners have greater opportunity for social and economic mobility. The Foundation’s mission is to improve higher education for career success among underserved populations through evidence-based innovation. ECMC Foundation makes strategic grants and program-related investments to support both nonprofit and for-profit ventures, guided by a strategic framework that aims to advance systemic change by removing barriers to postsecondary completion; building the capacity of organizations, institutions and systems; and transforming the postsecondary ecosystem. Learn more about ECMC Foundation by visiting www.ecmcfoundation.org and our parent company, ECMC Group, by visiting www.ecmcgroup.org.

About ASME Foundation

The ASME Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), supporting an array of programs in three core pillars: engineering education, career engagement, and global development. With the goal of empowering tomorrow’s technical workforce, the ASME Foundation advances equitable access both to professional opportunities and to engineering innovations that improve quality of life.

For more information, visit www.asmefoundation.org.

About ASME

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education, and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. In 2020, ASME formed the International Society of Interdisciplinary Engineers (ISIE) II & III LLC, a new for-profit subsidiary to house business ventures that will bring new and innovative products, services, and technologies to the engineering community.

For more information, visit www.asme.org.