EV Manufacturer Arrival Sparks New Investment

Having the latest technology in place can instantly become a key differentiator for a manufacturer. However, such investments require fully understanding the end goal before making the commitment.

Of course, technology is powerful once combined with the business expertise. As part of Unilever’s ongoing digital transformation, two powder towers in Indaiatuba, Brazil and Guayas, Ecuador are now part of the digital factory environment. These intelligent towers can now operate remotely, meaning staff can safely oversee the manufacturing process while working from home.

During this implementation, the strengths of process engineering, analytics and automation were very well synchronized in order to develop a final solution that fits to the operation’s needs. Finally, the ability to operate the intelligent tower and adjust operating parameters was placed back into the hands of the experts on site,.

Sarah Loftus, digital engineering director at Unilever tells IndustryWeek,  “The key to implementing this project effectively was

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Apple iPhone Event: The Arrival of 5G iPhones

The iPhone 12, the successor to last year’s iPhone 11, has arrived with an improved screen and faster chip, among other improvements.

Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, took the wraps off the new device on Tuesday and emphasized that it has the capability to run on 5G next-generation cellular networks, for much faster speeds.

The new iPhone is also 11 percent thinner, 15 percent smaller and 16 percent lighter than its predecessor. It has smooth, flat edges, unlike the round corners of past models. The screen uses OLED, a brighter display technology that replaces the older LCD technology in the last entry-level iPhone. Apple said it also toughened the glass of the touch screen, making it four times more likely to survive a drop.

The iPhone 12 will also come in two screen sizes: 5.4 inches and 6.1 inches. The smaller model, called iPhone 12 Mini, may appeal to people

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5G’s Arrival Tees Up Patent Fights in Market Set to Grow 12,000%


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Battles unfolding on several continents over who profits from connected cars, smarthomes, and robotic surgery may dwarf the size and scope of the tech industry’s first worldwide patent war — the one over smartphones.

Automakers are now in court fighting some of the same companies that phonemakers such as Apple Inc. had to pay billions of dollars for use of their wireless standards technology. Those companies — Qualcomm Inc., Nokia Oyj, and other telecommunications developers — may reap 5G royalties not only from “talking cars” but from products that will communicate wirelessly being planned in agriculture, medicine, appliances and other sectors.

“So many different types of companies have to find a way to get these deals done,” said Joe Siino, president of Dolby Laboratories Inc.’s patent licensing arm, which works with audio, wireless, broadcast and automotive industries. “It’s

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