Caterpillar Inc. is boosting its efforts to license its intellectual product portfolio, which includes 7,000 patents. The Technology Licensing Group at Cat (www.cat.com/products/shared/technology_products/technology_products.html) has ruggedized techniques for electronic packaging, thermal and vibration analysis, and mixed signal techniques, as well as mechanical and manufacturing technologies. Engine and motion controls are a big part of the technology portfolio.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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