Z Corporation (Burlington, MA) has launched a metal casting program to develop relationships with metal casting foundries throughout North America. The program establishes a network of Z Corporation customers, pattern makers, and foundries who are involved in the prototyping of metal parts. The program springs from the company's ZCast™ technology, which involves printing metal casting molds directly from digital data. The process drastically reduces the time it takes to produce a casting from weeks to days. The technology can be used to create patterns for the sand casting or investment casting of metal parts. More information about ZCast and the Metal Casting Program can be found at www.zcorp.com.
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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