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Principal Analyst Susan Beardslee to Speak at 3PL & Supply Chain Summit

June 10 - 12, Atlanta

Susan Beardslee, who covers our Intelligent Transportation and eFreight technology research service and contributes to several others, is a featured speaker at the 3PL & Supply Chain Summit in Atlanta, from June 10-12. She will also be chairing the event's Technology Track.

The 3PL & Supply Chain Summit combines thought leadership and industry influencers across logistics strategy, supply chain strategy, technology, and eCommerce to help organizations better scale their digital capabilities. Improved agility and cost reduction are top-of-mind when it comes to meeting increasing customer expectations, and this year's sessions will provide pertinent value to attendees in the supply chain space. 

If you will be in the Atlanta area and would like to attend, you can register here


How to Think About Additive Manufacturing ROI

The way we measure manufacturing productivity is about to change. Part of this is due to macroeconomic drivers like tariffs and trade wars; the other part is due to technology innovation. We started to touch on this in the ABI Research insight “Additive Manufacturing, Spare Part Perpetuity, and the Rise of the Microfactory,” where we pointed out that the advent of production Additive Manufacturing (AM) shifts cost management control from activities that are transactional (moving a part from A to B; turning a part to be cut or milled; coordinating with machine shops and components suppliers) to those that are continuous (raw materials, feedstock, energy consumption/conservation). Since then, companies like Desktop Metal, Carbon, Formlabs, and even digital service bureaus like Fictive, 3D Hubs, and soon Origin have started to rouse the market. 

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Cloud-Based Platforms to Drive Factory Simulation Software to 172,000 Users by 2030

The market for factory simulation software products will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11% to reach US$4.1 billion for over 172,000 users in 2030. According to ABI Research, these sales include software that uses computer modeling to analyze how production might work in any given factory or situation and implement virtual commissioning to test proposed changes and upgrades before they are put into effect.

“Today, many manufacturing enterprises have started to use simulation software, but most have not yet realized the added benefits of using simulation software as part of a larger smart manufacturing platform or to virtually test other new technologies,” said Nick Finill, Principal Analyst. “Cloud-based platforms can provide a similar interface for simulations from the different points of view of process engineers, operations support managers, plant engineers, and control engineers. Companies can assign user roles so that engineers only see and modify the details and information that they need for their job or level of expertise, and engineers in different locations can work on different parts of the same model. This increases data security, speeds up the simulation process, and makes the product easier to use.” Read more

Harriet Sumnall
Harriet Sumnall
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IoT Solutions Taking Root in Agriculture to Connect Crops and Livestock

By 2024, over 2 million farms and 36 million cattle will be connected, ABI Research announced. A new report unveils the opportunity for the Internet of Things (IoT) within the agricultural market, specifically connected agriculture in field crops, tree crops, and livestock. For field and tree crops, the primary driver for the introduction of connectivity and the IoT is not only to irrigate sufficiently but also to limit excess water application for usage efficiency and to align with government regulation.  For livestock, it is about collecting data relating to the health of the animals, including birthing activities, as well as knowledge of their whereabouts.  Across all agriculture sectors, the benefits are improved yields, a higher quality product, and greater insight for farmers to more efficiently manage their operations.

“Hi-tech systems involving drones are sometimes referenced when discussing the future of farming, but a drone’s primary function is to provide high-level aerial imagery, including strategic analysis of large areas to provide analytics on indices like chlorophyll content. While this is useful, it is time-consuming and can lack granular information. Ground-based sensor-based systems are more insightful and cost-effective for focusing solely on monitoring soil under the crops and animal behavior. This is exactly the information farmers need to map out their plan of action to secure the optimum yield,” explains Harriet Sumnall, Research Analyst. Read more.


5G Isn't Just Extraordinary Internet Speed, It's a Huge Leap Forward


Both AR and VR are budding technologies that will heavily rely on 5G. Many of their applications will also be climbing in automobile engineering. For both AR and VR there can multiple used cases. 5G will enable these devices to unload extensive computational work to the cloud.

According to ABI Research, the 5G network will make for "a 10X improvement in throughout, a 10X decrease in latency, a 100X improvement in traffic capacity, and a 100X improvement in network efficiency" over its precursor. Read the full article

American Threat to Huawei's Chip Maker Shows Chinese Tech Isn't Self-Sufficient

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Experts say Huawei is less reliant on American technology than ZTE, in part because of HiSilicon. In 2015, HiSilicon supplied more than one-fifth of Huawei’s chips by value, according to CCID, an official think tank in Beijing. Analysts estimate the figure has only grown since then.

In Huawei’s high-end P20 Pro smartphone launched last year, about 27% of the semiconductor content came from HiSilicon, while only 7% came from American companies, according to ABI Research. In the case of ZTE, more than half of the electronic components in its top-of-the-line smartphone ran on American components when its ban hit. Read the full article

Upcoming Conferences & Speaking Engagements

Robotics Summit & Expo 2019
June 4, 2019 - June 6, 2019
Boston, MA
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June 6, 2019 - June 7, 2019
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MVNOs Latam
June 18, 2019 - June 19, 2019
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IoT Tech Expo Europe 2019
June 19, 2019 - June 20, 2019
RAI, Amsterdam
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AI in Retail & Advertising Summit
June 19, 2019 - June 20, 2019
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Blockchain Expo Europe
June 19, 2019 - June 20, 2019
RAI, Amsterdam
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AI & Big Data Expo Europe
June 19, 2019 - June 20, 2019
RAI, Amsterdam
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Cyber Security & Cloud Expo Europe
June 19, 2019 - June 20, 2019
RAI, Amsterdam
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Applied AI Summit
June 20, 2019 - June 21, 2019
San Francisco
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TaaS Technology Conference 2019
July 9, 2019 - July 10, 2019
Hampton in Arden, UK
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