The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-12-11T22:17:32Z Advantage Accounting chooses Epson EcoTank Mono Printer Solution 2019-12-11T22:17:32Z advantage-accounting-chooses-epson-ecotank-mono-printer-solution As a company who is constantly advising their clients on how to create cost savings and efficiencies, Advantage Accounting recently had a cost saving decision of their own to make – which office printer to buy. When they assessed all the options they chose the Epson EcoTank Mono ET- M1120 printer.Advantage Accounting’s Chris O’Dea explained, “`We did a lot of research and the EcoTank Mono ET-M1120 printer was recommended by several retailers due to its fast printing capabilities and cost savings in regards to ink usage. In other words, it came with a strong word of mouth recommendation.” The ET-M1120 comes with some eye-watering stats and boasts the latest in Epson inkjet printhead technology which enables it to print 6,000 pages in black at less than half a cent per page - just $0.004 cents to be precise. The cost efficiencies don’t stop there as not only does the printer come with 5,000 pages worth of ink included in the box, but replacement ink bottles cost just $24.99 - and that gives you another 6,000 pages of printed A4 documents. O’Dea continued, “You just can’t beat the EcoTank Mono for printing speed and cost effective ink usage. The speed combined with its compact form factor, WiFi capabilities and cost savings in ink consumption make it a no-brainer for the small office.” Advantage Accounting has a small office with high volume printing. They use the EcoTank Mono for printing multiple tax returns per week, financial statements, source documents from emails and many other day-to-day printing tasks. Chris O’Dea concluded, “ the EcoTank Mono saves us money on ink consumption. Its ability to connect to multiple devices via WiFi also saves us time. When you combine all those positives, the EcoTank mono printer is truly a valuable asset in the Advantage Accounting office.” The Epson EcoTank Mono ET-M1120 can be purchased from and all authorised Epson retailers and resellers for an RRP of $249. For more on the Epson EcoTank Mono ET-M1120 go to: Epson Develops Compact, Lightweight Spectroscopic Camera to Automate Colour Inspections 2019-12-11T22:09:09Z epson-develops-compact-lightweight-spectroscopic-camera-to-automate-colour-inspections Epson Develops Compact, Lightweight Spectroscopic Camera to Automate Colour InspectionsCamera can easily be integrated into manufacturing lines Epson has developed a compact, lightweight spectroscopic camera that can be integrated in manufacturing lines. Epson will launch its first spectroscopic camera, one that captures light across the visible spectrum, in the 2020 fiscal year ending March 2021. Differences in colour can occur between products in different production lots in ordinary manufacturing processes. A spectroscopic camera can be used by manufacturers to perform the following inspections to control these differences to a certain extent and ensure product quality:·         Colour variation inspections·         Surface coating inspections The RGB cameras currently used in these inspections are unable to capture detailed colour information and are not always able to distinguish between subtle differences in colour. Consequently, most visual inspections relied on human colour perception. However, colour perception varies among individuals, and human error puts manufacturers at risk of shipping defective goods. Time and cost constraints make colour management an issue in many industries. Spectroscopic cameras have traditionally been large and expensive, and those equipped with line sensors may have to composite images after scanning, adding to the time and expense. Epson has developed an optimal solution for colour management processes with a compact, lightweight spectroscopic camera that can be integrated into manufacturing lines, that can automate and quantify inspections, and output images without the time and trouble of compositing. This spectroscopic camera will enable manufacturers to manage colour in their manufacturing processes more easily than ever before. Features1.     About the same compactness and weight as an RGB camera. Can be installed in manufacturing lines.2.     Integral field spectroscopy. Can focus on an area, measure the colours, and distinguish colours of a target object within the visible light range.3.     Image processing functions needed on manufacturing lines can be used along with spectral imaging functions. SpecificationsWavelength range - 400 nm to 700 nmNumber of bands - 16Wavelength resolution - 45 nmImage resolution - 1,024 x 768 (XGA)Weight - 175gLens mount - C-mountOperating temperature range - +5 to +40℃ Epson will be demonstrating the spectroscopic camera on the Epson booth S1-02 at International Robot Exhibition 2019, to be held at the Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Centre) from 18-21 December 2019.  For more information about the exhibition and the demos that will be on the Epson booth go to: Epson Launches Efficient In-Vehicle Interface Conversion IC System 2019-12-10T00:16:00Z epson-launches-efficient-in-vehicle-interface-conversion-ic-system Epson has developed a new interface conversion IC for in-vehicle systems that converts eDP (Embedded DisplayPort) video signals to OpenLDI (open LVDS display interface). Samples of the S2D13V70 interface converter are now available. Epson plans to produce 100,000 of these chips per month. Both eDP and OpenLDI are interface standards for transmitting video signals to displays, but eDP supports higher resolution video and faster speeds than the more widely used OpenLDI. With the electrification and automation of automobiles, manufacturers will increasingly require higher resolution displays in in-vehicle systems such as instrument clusters and central information displays. As this *1 that control in-vehicle displays. On the other hand, in-vehicle displays that support eDP input are not yet mainstream, and since displays are connected using an OpenLDI interface, eDP output signals from an ECU*1 have to be converted to OpenLDI in the development of in-vehicle systems. To address this issue in in-vehicle systems development, Epson developed the S2D13V70, an interface conversion IC that supports automotive standards. The new product satisfies the strict quality requirements of the automotive industry. It is compliant with AEC-Q100*2 and operates at temperatures up to 105℃. The conversion IC is also equipped with safety functions required for automotive systems. For example, a CRC function monitors whether video signals output from an ECU are being properly received, and the IC supports the design of dual-display instrument clusters, with a splitter function that splits and outputs video signals on two displays. Product features-       Automotive standards-compliant eDP to OpenLDI interface conversion IC-       Extensive safety functions (SPI connection, CRC, blank screen)-       Splitter function that enables video of the same resolution up to full-HD to be simultaneously output on two displays *1 Electronic control unit (ECU)Any of various units that use electronic circuity to control a system, usually in a vehicle. Numerous ECUs are found in vehicles, where they control systems such as engines, brakes, and car navigation systems.*2 AEC-Q100The Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) is an industry group that creates standards for the reliability and qualification of automotive electronics. It was formed by the “Big Three” U.S. automobile manufacturers in partnership with major electronic component manufacturers. The AEC standard is a de facto global standard that has been widely adopted as a standard for automotive electronic components.Follow Epson on social media:Facebook: @EpsonAustraliaTwitter: @EpsonAustInstagram: @EpsonAust Epson and Elephantech Forge Capital and Business Ties 2019-12-09T21:05:23Z epson-and-elephantech-forge-capital-and-business-ties Epson has agreed to invest in printed electronics startup Elephantech Inc., and the parties have entered into a partnership agreement that includes the supply of inkjet printheads. Elephantech is a startup that manufactures and sells flexible printed circuits (FPC) manufactured using inkjet printing and electroless copper plating. The company uses a proprietary manufacturing method in which metal materials are printed only on the required areas of a board surface and then grown using plating technology. This method, which is shorter than a conventional lithographic FPC production process, offers benefits in the form of lower environmental impacts, lower manufacturing costs, and shorter lead-times. One of Epson's strategies under its Epson 25 Corporate Vision is to accelerate growth by taking maximum advantage of its existing assets and by engaging in collaboration and open innovation. In inkjet, Epson is seeking more open innovation opportunities and is expanding external sales of printheads based on its PrecisionCore technology.  The partnership with Elephantech, which has a large potential customer base, is a specific example of this. Epson expects the collaborative partnership with Elephantech to accelerate the use of inkjet printheads in industrial applications such as printed electronics, a priority area for Epson. Moving forward, Epson will create new markets by aggressively pursuing opportunities to provide inkjet printheads and related information for a wider range of printing applications.Elephantech, with funding from Epson, is on a mission to make the world sustainable with new manufacturing technologies.  Toward this end, it is expanding its inkjet-printed FPC manufacturing operations and creating markets by developing a broader range of applications for its technology, such as technology for forming wiring patterns on 3D plastic objects and the printing of biomaterials. Elephantech CEO Shinya Shimizu said, "The environmental impact of global manufacturing continues to grow and is set to exceed the level that the earth can absorb, making it harder and harder to claim sustainability. I believe that additive, inkjet-based manufacturing processes in which material is printed only where it is needed will become the global standard in manufacturing, replacing existing subtractive processes in which material that is not needed is removed and disposed of. We have and will continue to lead a technology revolution toward low-waste manufacturing processes." Epson President Minoru Usui said, "We at Epson are committed to playing a central role as an indispensable company in making the world a better place, and toward that end, we are creating new value that can help solve societal challenges and achieve sustainability. Innovations in manufacturing processes using Epson's inkjet printheads, which have competitive edge in terms of printing performance, environmental performance, and ink compatibility, are a core part of our strategy. The collaboration with Elephantech in printed electronics is an extremely important first step toward reaching our goal of driving innovation in global manufacturing by creating new, more compact, inkjet-based production processes that have a lower environmental impact." The investment of capital in Elephantech will have a negligible effect on Epson's financial results. Royal Commission Findings: The Need for a CarePlus™ Solution 2019-12-09T01:07:37Z royal-commission-findings-the-need-for-a-careplus-solution [Perth, 9 December 2019] On October 31, the Royal Commission released its findings following an investigation into the ongoing practices in Australian aged care facilities, described as a ‘sad and shocking system that diminishes Australia as a nation’.[1]  The three main points the inquires revealed are:  (1) Provide home care packages to reduce the waiting list for placement in aged care; (2) Respond to the ‘significant’ overreliance on chemical restraint; (3) Stop young people with disabilities entering aged care and expedite getting young people currently in aged care facilities out.[2] CarePlus™ offers sophisticated Nurse Call and targeted safety tools as immediate and viable solutions to these issues. A targeted Nurse Call system such as CarePlus™ Senior ensures residents are specifically taken care of with Auto Nurse Presence, Dementia Monitoring and Profiling, as well as accurate and traceable call initiation per resident, per location. The system operates ambitious yet purposeful programs to provide detailed analytics and reporting for greater accountability and transparency within your facility.  CarePlus™ Mobile Resident Call and CarePlus™ Mobile Staff Duress are RTLS care management solutions designed to maximise safety with detect and direct help where and when needed. Assets, residents, and staff can be tracked for visible and responsible safety throughout the facility.    Shop CarePlus™ Direct today, benefiting the entire facility and all its members to ensure you take the Royal Commission findings seriously. [1] [2] p. 10 Nearly 90 percent of Australian companies have sights set on artificial intelligence investment, IFS study reveals 2019-11-20T00:47:30Z nearly-90-percent-of-australian-companies-have-sights-set-on-artificial-intelligence-investment-ifs-study-reveals-1 Sydney, November 20, 2019 – IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today announces the findings of a global research study into the attitudes and strategies towards artificial intelligence (AI) among business leaders. The study polled 600 business leaders in countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Sweden, UK and the US and a broad spectrum of industries involved with their companies’ enterprise technology including enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM), and field service management (FSM). Key findings: About 90 percent of respondents (Australia and globally) reported at least some plans to implement AI in various parts of their business. Inventory planning and logistics was the most commonly reported area of investment in Australia with 54 percent planning AI projects (39 percent globally), while customer relationship management (CRM) was second at 46 percent (39 percent globally). Globally, industrial automation was the most common area of AI investment at 45 percent (28 percent in Australia). When asked how they plan to use AI, 57 percent in Australia (61 percent globally) said they expected it would help them make existing workers more productive. Less than half, 39 percent in Australia (48 percent globally), said they would use AI to add value to products and services they sell to customers. About 29 percent in Australia (18 percent globally) said they would proactively use it to replace existing workers. While a majority of respondents anticipated productivity increases from AI, only 21 percent in Australia (29 percent globally) anticipated AI would lead to a reduction in headcount in their industry. To manage this, 57 percent of Australian respondents (56 percent globally) stated that society could best prepare by changing educational programs to prepare workers to make direct use of AI tools to increase their own productivity. Another 29 percent (23 percent globally) said they expect the market to create new jobs for people displaced by AI, while 11 percent (15 percent globally) suggested a shortened 30-hour work week. “AI is no longer an emerging technology. It is being implemented to support business automation in the here and now, as this study clearly proves,” IFS VP of AI and RPA Bob De Caux said. “We are seeing many real-world examples where technology is augmenting existing decision-making processes by providing users with more timely, accurate and pertinent information. In today’s disruptive economy, the convergence of technologies such as AI, RPA, and IoT is bolstering a new form of business automation that will provide companies that are brave enough with the tools and services they need to be more competitive and outflank larger competitors.” An early adopter of industrial automation solutions that make use of robotics to transform its business strategy is leading North American packaging manufacturer Cheer Pack, who deployed a fleet of AI-powered autonomous vehicles to robotise material movements in its US factory and has already seen strong returns on the investment. Cheer Pack Director of IT, Alex Ivkovic noted, “We expect the costs savings to be over 1.5 million US dollars per year. In addition, each and every employee will be re-tasked to a higher-skilled position helping us with our labour shortage.” Bob De Caux concluded, “The findings of the study and the real-world scenarios being realised at our customers point to the conclusion that the time is right for companies to reap both business and financial benefits from technology automation. Falling for the hype of AI is easy, but success requires disruption to existing business models. The technologies themselves are not a panacea, nor are they a universal solution to any problem. However, with the right data model and viable use cases, AI can support improved productivity and deliver significant benefits to both operations and the wider business. AI will be used by the vast majority of organisations in some form in the near future, extracting real value from intelligent processes, for the long-term.” Download the complete IFS study, “How are Companies Planning to Adopt Artificial Intelligence and Adjust to Resulting Disruptive Change”, here. About IFS IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with a commitment to delivering value to every one of our customers, has made IFS a recognised leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,700 employees and growing ecosystem of partners support more than 10,000 customers around the world challenge the status quo and realise their competitive advantage. Learn more about how our enterprise software solutions can help your business today at Follow us on Twitter: @ifs Visit the IFS Blog on technology, innovation and creativity: Welders Run A 43% Increased Risk of Lung Cancer. 2019-11-12T22:45:00Z welders-run-a-43-increased-risk-of-lung-cancer The employer has the primary responsibility to ensure that welders, as far as reasonably practicable, are not exposed to health and safety risks whilst performing their job. The employer can achieve this by introducing engineering or administrative controls such as extract ventilation and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as welding powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR). 2019 meta-analysis on exposure to welding fume Based on the 2017 IARC reclassification of welding fume and the more recent 2019 meta-analysis on exposure to welding fume and the risk of lung cancer, all employers of welders should consider reviewing their risk assessments for welding activities and revise where necessary their control measures to protect those undertaking welding activities. If you want to learn more about the 2019 meta-analysis on exposure to welding fume and the risk of lung cancer, Australian Welding Supplies have just released their 2020 Welding Fume Update.  The paper takes a closer look at the 2019 statistical study on welding fume which concluded that welders run a 43% increased risk of lung cancer when compared with those who have never welded or been exposed to welding fume. The welding code of practice  The Welding Code of Practice released by Safe Work Australia stipulates that employers ‘must ensure that air monitoring is carried out to determine the airborne concentration of a substance or mixture at the workplace to which an exposure standard applies if: - you are not certain on reasonable grounds whether or not the airborne concentration of the substance or mixture at the workplace exceeds the relevant exposure standard or - monitoring is necessary to determine whether there is a risk to health (1)’. Australian & New Zealand Work, Health and Safety Laws Under both the Australian Work, Health and Safety Laws and the New Zealand Health and Safety at Work Regulations, a person who directs the carrying out of work (eg. employer) at a workplace must provide PPE to workers carrying out work unless the personal protective equipment has been provided by another person conducting a business or undertaking, like a labour-hire company. As an employer, once you have selected the appropriate PPE ‘you must provide the worker with information, training, and instruction in the proper use and wearing of that PPE’ (1). Proper guidance should be given on the storage of equipment and care and maintenance guidelines should be clear and adhered to. Where to from here? For help on selecting suitable respiratory protection for your specific welding application, or training and instruction on the proper use, fitting, or care and maintenance of your welding PPE, please contact AWS or use the links below. Download the 2020 Welding Fume Paper Here References 1) Welding processes code of practice, Safe Work Australia, May 2018 I Own a 3M Speedglas 9100 FX Air. How do I upgrade to the NEW Speedglas G5-01 Welding Helmet? 2019-11-11T00:01:21Z i-own-a-3m-speedglas-9100-fx-air-how-do-i-upgrade-to-the-new-speedglas-g5-01-welding-helmet By now you’ve likely heard about the new 3M Speedglas Heavy Duty Respiratory Welding Helmet G5-01. If you are one of the tens of thousands of Australian or Kiwi welders who own a 3M Speedglas 9100 FX Air and would like to upgrade to the new 3M Speedglas G5-01 Welding Helmet, you have TWO options:   1.      Keep your Adflo PAPR and Upgrade Your Head-Top Only The most economical way to upgrade to the new 3M Speedglas G5-01 Welding Helmet is by hanging onto your existing Adflo PAPR and simply upgrading your head-top. The 3M Speedglas G5-01 Upgrade Kit comes with the new 3M Speedglas G5-01 Flip-Up Welding Helmet and the new Speedglas G5-01 Welding Lens with True-View and Variable Colour. Simply attach the helmet to your existing Adflo PAPR and you can benefit from all the features of the New 3M Speedglas G5-01 Welding Helmet including climate control, larger welding lens with a shade 14, larger grinding visor, narrow more streamlined design, TrueView and Variable Colour, Bluetooth Connectivity and a number of configurable extra protection and lighting options. 2.   Upgrade Your Complete System The second option is obviously to upgrade your complete kit. The new 3M Speedglas G5-01 comes with a heavy-duty Adflo PAPR which gives you approximately 12 hours of battery life. If you’d like to take advantage of the configurable task light then we recommend this heavy duty battery option, as the task light draws its power from the Adflo battery. The complete kit also comes with the new 3M Speedglas Heavy-Duty Carry Bag to protect the welding helmet and respiratory system in between uses.   To Upgrade Your Speedglas FX Air Click Here pitt&sherry is delighted to announce that it has appointed Benita Husband to be the new CEO. 2019-11-07T23:55:16Z pitt-amp-sherry-is-delighted-to-announce-that-it-has-appointed-benita-husband-to-be-the-new-ceo pitt&sherry is delighted to welcome Benita Husband as its new CEO. Benita has enjoyed a successful career as a consultant engineer, working in many sectors and multiple countries and took over the reins this week. With 20 years experience working in professional services and the construction industry, Benita is recognised for her engaging leadership style, client focused outcomes, and guidance on aligning strategy with commercial success. Benita was attracted to the pitt&sherry CEO role as she knows and understands the brand and story and believes pitt&sherry has a unique value proposition.  Chairman Paul Hardy said, “We are excited to have Benita on board. She is a huge asset to the company, bringing a vast amount of experience, passion, strategic thinking and positive energy and will lead us on the next phase of our journey.” Benita has complemented her engineering degree with an MBA and holds other company director and governance qualifications. She has extensive involvement in professional organisations and networks. Here’s a link to her LinkedIn profile for information BLUGLASS LAUNCHES NEW BUSINESS TO ADDRESS GLOBAL LASER DIODE MARKET 2019-11-04T22:51:53Z bluglass-launches-new-business-to-address-global-laser-diode-market Sydney, 5 November 2019: BluGlass, the global leader in remote plasma chemical vapour deposition (RPCVD) technology for the manufacture of high-performance semiconductor devices, is targeting a new global market for its technology: high-performance laser diodes.  The company is setting up a new business unit that will be managed by Brad Siskavich out of BluGlass’ US office. Mr Siskavich has over 20 years of experience in laser diode business management.  BluGlass estimates the GaN laser diode market segment to be worth US$658 million by 2025. The company will focus initially on industrial laser diodes and has an initial target market share of 6-10% by 2025, equivalent to between US$40 million and US$65 million.  “BluGlass is entering the global laser diode market as a result of our success in demonstrating tunnel junctions as a building block for high-performance, cascade LEDs. Our proprietary RPCVD technology has compelling advantages to drive performance and cost improvements for the GaN laser diode market,” said BluGlass Managing Director, Giles Bourne. “LEDs and laser diodes are, in their physics and material growth, very similar, which allows us to accelerate our entry into this new market space without diluting our activities on other RPCVD applications. “Under Brad Siskavich’s leadership, this new business will capitalise on the credibility of our tunnel junction research published early this year, the commissioning of the first of two additional wafer fabrication machines at our Sydney facility in June, and the opening of our new laboratories, also in Sydney, in August.”  High-performance GaN laser diodes are used in a number of applications that include industrial lasers (cutting and welding), automotive, displays, and life sciences. They are also used in specialist applications that include R&D and government applications.  “This new business stream fits well within our existing strategy of commercialising the competitive advantages of the RPCVD technology to maximise returns,” said Brad Siskavich. “This customisable, end-to-end approach will enable BluGlass to generate significant revenue in this high-value market and build a leadership position in the manufacture of novel GaN laser diodes.” BluGlass’ patented RPCVD platform and unique tunnel junction capabilities offer laser diode manufacturers a number of performance and cost advantages over the industry incumbent technology. Benefits includes higher performing devices, reduced optical loss, and productivity and cost improvements. BluGlass is developing GaN laser diode prototypes and expects to deliver its first laser diode products in calendar year 2020, with significant revenue growth from calendar year 2021. ENDS About BluGlass   BluGlass Limited (ASX: BLG) is a global leader in the commercialisation of new technology for the manufacture of LED semiconductors and other devices.   BluGlass has invented new manufacturing processes based on its patented Remote Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition (RPCVD) technology to grow semiconductor materials such as gallium nitride (GaN) and indium gallium nitride (InGaN), substances that are crucial to the production of high-efficiency light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and other photoelectronic devices. These LEDs can be used in a variety of high-performance applications that include next-generation vehicle lighting, virtual reality systems, device screens, and power electronics applications.   BluGlass’ RPCVD manufacturing process offers benefits over existing alternatives: it’s cooler, uses chemicals less hazardous to the environment, delivers LEDs that are brighter across a broader spectrum, is lower-cost, can be used in a variety of semiconductor manufacturing options, can be scaled, and can be used to replace existing LED and silicon manufacturing devices.    BluGlass was spun off from Macquarie University in 2005 and listed in 2006. For More Information    Contact: Stefanie Winwood +61 2 9334 2300 or Alan Smith +61 404 432 700 Study: Companies using AI and IoT together catapult ahead of competitors using IoT alone 2019-10-29T22:40:05Z study-companies-using-ai-and-iot-together-catapult-ahead-of-competitors-using-iot-alone IoT Solutions World Congress, Barcelona (Oct 29, 2019) A recent survey of global business leaders reveals the most significant predictor in realizing value from Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives across an organization is the heavy use of artificial intelligence (AI). Ninety percent of survey respondents heavily using AI in their IoT operations reported exceeding value expectations. The research also showed organizations using IoT with AI appear to be more competitive than IoT-only enterprises by a double-digit margin across a variety of business indicators like employee productivity, innovation and operating costs. “In these results, we are seeing that organizations working with IoT data realize that if they want to get the real value out of the data, they need AI and analytics,” said Oliver Schabenberger, Chief Operating Officer at SAS. “I think it is fair to say that most successful IoT operations are actually AIoT operations.” AIoT is defined as decision making aided by AI technologies in conjunction with connected IoT sensor, system or product data. AI technologies include deep learning, machine learning, natural language processing, voice recognition and image analysis. Business leaders expect to increase revenue with AIoT The study, conducted by SAS, Deloitte and Intel with research and analysis from IDC, asked 450 business leaders from around the world about their use of IoT and AI technologies. Other key findings include: ·         79% of senior leaders are involved in IoT project decisions, and 92% of those leaders say that AIoT value exceeds expectations. ·         68% of companies rely on IoT data to inform daily operational decisions through spreadsheets and other non-AI technology. Only 12% of respondents use IoT to inform planning decisions, but when AI enters the picture, respondents using the data for daily planning increases to 31%. ·         34% of respondents said increasing revenue is the top goal for using AIoT. That’s followed by improving the ability to innovate (17.5%), offering customers new digital services (14.3%), and decreasing operational costs (11.1%). ·         Companies that have developed AIoT capabilities report stronger results across critical organizational goals including the ability to speed up operations, introduce new digital services, improve employee productivity and decrease costs. For example, companies using IoT data to speed up operations without AI saw a 32% increase; companies adding AI to the mix saw speeds improve by 53%. ·         Business intelligence (33%), near-real-time monitoring and visibility (31%), and condition-based monitoring (30%) topped the list of analysis techniques used with IoT projects. “AI and IoT are no longer in separate swim lanes,” said Melvin Greer, Chief Data Scientist at Intel Americas. “AI closes the loop in an IoT environment where IoT devices gather or create data, and AI helps automate important choices and actions based on that data. Today, most organizations using IoT are only at the first ‘visibility’ phase where they can start to see what’s going on through IoT assets. But they’re moving toward the reliability, efficiency and production phases, which are more sophisticated and require stronger AI capabilities.”  AIoT capabilities play a bigger-than-expected role in rapid planning processes Companies relying on IoT data to inform daily decision making overwhelmingly use it for operational decisions (68%) by employing spreadsheets and other non-AI technology. For Gautam Khera, Senior Director at Western Digital, a leading infrastructure provider, AI already has a practical impact on the company’s IoT strategy. “How do we build our storage devices and learn fast?” he said. “How do we ensure the quality and yield? How do we get a faster time-to-market, time-to-cost? We’re using AI schemes to help us do that internally in our development processes, in our R&D, and in our factories.” This important leap signals that AI opens the door to more sophisticated and rapid decision making that significantly affects results. It broadens focus from operational problems like, ‘Is the equipment running or not?’ to decisions about supply and demand, product quality, retail merchandising, or the spread of illness in a health care facility. IDC’s Maureen Fleming, Program Vice President for Intelligent Process Automation, agrees with Khera. “Improving the speed of data refresh in collecting sensor data combined with AI expands an organization’s ability to focus on immediate planning while also quickly identifying and resolving operational problems. The combination produces greater agility and more efficiency.” Manufacturers among top industries putting AIoT into play Western Digital’s Khera said they had to be persistent and keep pushing on pairing IoT data with AI. “Those projects are now our plan of record process to use AI,” said Khera. “It’s working well, and it’s trusted across the board. We are now using advanced analytics to help us tackle problems in R&D. I can use various advanced analytic techniques to understand the shape of my data, to understand the features, what are the drivers, I can look for hidden effects for anomalies that traditional techniques or the human eye just won’t see.” Jay Cei, Chief Operating Officer at Ulbrich Steel, a global metal manufacturer, said his priority is to gain acceptance for AIoT across the company. “People are going to fear losing their jobs,” Cei said. “What I really believe is [AIoT] is going to enable them to function at least two levels higher than they can now. I really see these operators functioning as business unit managers as a result of this. I’m looking at SAS® Analytics for IoT as one of the AI-embedded solutions for me to use to get us to be able to better execute our capabilities-driven strategy.” AIoT success means starting at the top For AIoT success, the bottom line is to start at the top according to Andy Daecher, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Internet of Things Practice Leader. “These initiatives really have to be on the CEO’s agenda,” Daecher said. “He or she needs to repeatedly say, ‘this needs to happen in our organization.’ You can’t have a successful AIoT initiative without the business initiating it, period. These are really business initiatives, not technology initiatives.”  Download the full report, AIoT- How IoT Leaders Are Breaking Away, from SAS. Follow SAS on Twitter @SASsoftware, on LinkedIn, and on Facebook. About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®. Rob Stummer to drive SYSPRO's growth strategy across the region as its newly appointed Chief Executive Officer for APAC 2019-10-21T22:58:57Z rob-stummer-to-drive-syspro-s-growth-strategy-across-the-region-as-its-newly-appointed-chief-executive-officer-for-apac SYSPRO, a Global Enterprise Resource Planning provider, today announced Rob Stummer has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of SYSPRO’s Asia Pacific (APAC) region.  This promotion comes on the back of his appointment as CEO of SYSPRO Australasia in January this year. Since his appointment Stummer has worked closely with the Australasia team, driving continued growth for the company in an area which is strategic to the business. The company has now increased his mandate to include the APAC region. With 20 years of leadership roles under his belt, Stummer is lauded as a senior technology industry leader who is passionate about customer and partner success. As part of his appointment Stummer will be responsible for the realignment of the business to ensure that it is on track with global priorities and goals. SYSPRO’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Phil Duff has welcomed Stummer’s appointment: “Since joining SYSPRO Rob has proven his ability to lead the team, develop strong relationships with customers and improve the performance of the business in the region. His appointment is instrumental in delivering on our customer centricity promise by ensuring SYSPRO provides exceptional customer experiences and support in implementing emerging digital transformation technologies.”   Part of Stummer’s new role will be to look at how the business can create operational efficiencies and thereby establish new structures for growth across the APAC region.     “APAC is a dynamic market to operate in as it has some of the most advanced manufacturing systems in the world.  I’m looking forward to putting my experience to use in further building this region and SYSPRO as a whole. Ultimately our customers and partners are central to the success of our business and they will remain key to our operational realignment and therefore our ongoing success,” says Stummer. Prior to joining SYSPRO, Stummer held executive positions in private as well as publicly listed companies including KPMG, Accenture and IFS. He holds  several degrees, including a Master’s Degree in Information and Communication Technology from the University of Melbourne. FIFO Workers: Have Your Say on Mental Health 2019-10-11T07:56:25Z fifo-workers-have-your-say-on-mental-health Current and past FIFO workers are being urged to anonymously share their experience in a short online survey, as part of an author’s ongoing research into FIFO mental health. A 2018 study found one-third of FIFO workers in the resource sector experience high levels of psychological distress, a number double the rate of the general population (see related article). Writer John Toomey said his book would explore how FIFO workers can reverse this trend, and create themselves a successful and rewarding FIFO experience. “For a long time, I have been watching the unfolding mental health challenges that seem to impact so many FIFO workers across Australia. I can feel the impact on the individual, their families and their workmates. We need to move to reduce the suffering here.” “Having a great deal of experience in working with physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and providing workable solutions, I have felt strongly that I can offer some guidance and support.” According to the 2018 study, 33 percent of FIFO workers experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress (compared to 17 percent among non-FIFO workers). FIFO workers also reported higher levels of burnout and suffered more bullying. The report‘s recommendations include changing shifts and roster patterns to provide better downtime, building on community connections, providing workers with permanent rooms whilst on-site, and providing reliable communications for workers to talk to loved ones back home. Acknowledging the clear problem, Toomey said his book would help all workers and their families, new and old, to better prepare for the experience and make it work, for everyone. “This is my effort to reduce the unacceptable levels of mental health issues impacting this workforce.” Toomey is now seeking responses from the FIFO community as part of his research and has created a 10 minute, 35 question anonymous online survey – found at the bottom of the article. “I want to hear from the people on the ground, living the FIFO life, or who have lived the FIFO life.” “Your genuine responses to this survey will help me gain a clearer understanding. I will simply use the data to collate to give me a better understanding so that the book will be as relevant and useful as possible.” “Even if you are not currently working FIFO – if you have worked FIFO in the past, please do the survey and answer as you would have whilst working FIFO.” Take the survey Original Post is here: Controlling Methamphetamine Risks in the Workplace 2019-10-10T03:09:12Z controlling-methamphetamine-risks-in-the-workplace Long work hours, workplace isolation, and inadequate supervision and training can increase the likelihood that workers turn to drugs like methamphetamine, according to the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS). The DMIRS outlines several other drug abuse risk factors in its latest edition of ThinkSafe, including poor job suitability, workplace culture, and fatigue. The regulator says there is a number of strategies employers can adopt to mitigate these risks, and says each workplace should conduct a risk assessment on factors that have the potential to cause drug-related issues, in consultation with workers. “For the risk of worker isolation, employers can establish support networks, encourage social interaction internally and outside of the workplace, and establish communication channels with existing employee assistance programs (EAP) or appropriately qualified personnel.” “Employers can also monitor for impairment by training supervisors in how to identify the signs and symptoms of substance use and ensuring they know how to manage any risks.” “Monitor employees for fatigue and sleep deprivation, consider these factors when rostering and arranging shifts, and identify and address interpersonal issues.” Employers should also support rehabilitation efforts by providing information about EAPs, external resources and educational material, the regulator says. As far as minimising the work impact, the DMRIS recommends control measures including: eliminating excessive isolation demands from activities considering work or task rotations redesigning the activity to require a combination of mental and physical tasks ensuring rest periods are used • eliminating the need for long shifts to be worked designing spaces used by the public to include security controls providing information and training to staff who work with at-risk members of the public implementing a workplace policy stating action will be taken to protect workers from violence and aggression. Get more information here. 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