NASA has taken the next steps toward building Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket boosters to support as many as six additional flights, for a total of up to nine Artemis missions. The agency is continuing to work with Northrop Grumman of Brigham City, Utah, the current lead contractor for the solid rocket boosters that will launch the first three Artemis missions, including the mission that will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024.
Under this letter contract, with a potential value of $49.5 million, NASA will provide initial funding and authorization to Northrop Grumman to order long-lead items to support building the twin boosters for the next six SLS flights. Northrop Grumman will be able to make purchases as the details of the full contract are finalized within the next year. The full Boosters Production and Operations Contract is expected to support booster production and operations for SLS flights 4-9. The period of performance for the letter contract is 150 days; the definitized contract will extend through Dec. 31, 2030.
"This initial step ensures that NASA can build the boosters needed for future Space Launch System rockets that will be needed for the Artemis missions to explore the Moon," said John Honeycutt, SLS Program Manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. "The letter contract allows us to buy long-lead materials in time for manufacturing boosters for the fourth flight."
The twin solid rocket boosters, which are mounted on the side of the SLS core stage, will produce more than 75% percent of the thrust for each SLS launch. The boosters were based on the design of the space shuttle solid rocket boosters but include a fifth segment to produce the extra power needed to send the larger SLS rocket to space.
"We're ready to process and stack the boosters for the Artemis I mission, and we are making great progress producing boosters for the Artemis II and III missions," said Bruce Tiller, manager of the SLS Boosters office at Marshall. "NASA is committed to establishing a sustainable presence at the Moon, and this action enables NASA to have boosters ready when needed for future missions."
Northrop Grumman has delivered the 10 solid rocket booster segments to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There they will be stacked with other booster components outfitted at Kennedy and readied for launch. Casting is complete for the solid rocket motor segments for Artemis II and is underway for the Artemis III crew lunar landing mission.
Recently, NASA conducted SLS procurement activities to acquire additional RS-25 engines and core stages for future SLS flights. The Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage for the second Artemis mission, as well as the launch vehicle stage adapter and Orion stage adapter are in the initial phase of manufacturing in Alabama.
The SLS rocket, Orion spacecraft, Gateway and Human Landing System are part of NASA's backbone for deep space exploration. The Artemis program is the next step in human space exploration. It's part of America's broader Moon to Mars exploration approach, in which astronauts will explore the Moon and experience gained there to enable humanity's next giant leap, sending humans to Mars.
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The 100th Anniversary Special Edition MX-5 Maita is available in either the RF (retractable fastback) or exclusive red soft top. It will be offered in Snowflake White Pearl Mica premium exterior paint and accented by red styling features throughout. The front fender has a minimalist "100 Years 1920 – 2020" badge while the wheel center caps feature the 100th Anniversary Special Logo in red and black. The red leather seats and red carpet add a level of sophistication while giving a nod to the two-tone R360 Coupe, Mazda's first passenger car. The headrests are embossed with the 100th Anniversary Special Logo, while the red floor mats share the same badge as the front fender. To bring the package together, the key fob is embossed with the 100th Anniversary Special Logo and presented in a special edition box.
This commemorative Miata is based upon the 2020 MX-5 Grand Touring. It is equipped with a four-cylinder Skyactiv-G 2.0 engine capable of delivering up to 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque and can be paired with a Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual transmission or a quick-shifting Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Manual transmission versions will include a limited-slip differential, Bilstein® dampers, front shock tower brace, sport-tuned suspension and, for the RF, a black roof. Other convenient features include Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, heated leather seats, Bose® audio system that include driver and passenger headrest speakers, automatic climate control and 17-inch dark silver aluminum alloy wheels.
The 100th Anniversary MX-5 Miata will be arriving later this year, please visit MazdaUSA.com for more information and to sign up for updates.
In addition to this special vehicle, the Mazda Collection is introducing 100th Anniversary Special Edition items to express the years of appreciation and to commemorate the brand's centennial. The new items include a cast metal keychain medallion, made in Japan ceramic mugs featuring either the Cosmo Sport or RX-Vision, and model cars in 1/43 scale that feature heritage and concept Mazda vehicles. Available in early July, is the "Mazda One Hundred" coffee table book, with a curated selection of images that honor the past, present and the future of Mazda. The book is a visual journey through Mazda's origins, its passion for motorsport, its award-winning design language and pioneering cars – all the time emphasizing the manufacturer's challenger spirit, and commitment to the joy of driving.
MSRP2 FOR THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY MX-5 MIATA IS AS FOLLOWS:
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Competitive toilet designs will align with NASA's overall goals of reduced mass and volume, lower power consumption, and easy maintenance. Selected designs may be modified for integration into Artemis lunar landers. This effort is all part of NASA's Artemis program to return astronauts to the moon in 2024.
During the eight-week challenge, problem solvers can win up to $35,000 in prizes.
"As NASA astronauts prepare to set their boots on the Moon in 2024, we're turning to the global network of problem solvers to design the next-generation lunar toilet," said Mike Interbartolo, project manager for the Lunar Loo Challenge in the HLS Crew Compartment Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center. "As we prepare for this extraordinary event, we can't forget about the ordinary needs of our astronauts."
"NASA's previous challenge, Space Poop, went viral, demonstrating how effective the power of the crowd is to solve galactic problems," said Christian Cotichini, CEO, HeroX. "It's always an honor helping solve 'number two' challenges."
The Challenge: NASA is calling on the global community to submit their novel design concepts for compact toilets that can operate in both microgravity and lunar gravity. These designs may be adapted for use in the Artemis lunar landers that take humanity back to the Moon. Although space toilets already exist and are in use (on the International Space Station, for example), they are designed for microgravity only. NASA is looking for a next-generation device that is smaller, more efficient, and capable of working in both microgravity and lunar gravity. Getting back to the Moon by 2024 is an ambitious goal, and NASA is already working on approaches to miniaturize and streamline the existing toilets. But they also want ideas from people that will approach the problem with a mindset different from traditional aerospace engineering. This challenge hopes to attract radically new and different approaches to the problem of human waste capture and containment. And, to encourage the next generation of solvers, there will also be a Junior category for innovators under 18 years of age.
The Prize: The challenge will award $35,000 in prizes to the authors of the three most compelling design concepts. In addition to the awards, design winners will have the opportunity to talk directly with NASA engineers about their proposed toilet designs. The top three participants in the Junior category will each receive public recognition and an item of official NASA-logoed material.
How to Become a Solver: The prize is open to anyone aged 18 or older participating as an individual or as a team. Individual competitors and teams may originate from any country, as long as United States federal sanctions do not prohibit participation (some restrictions apply). To submit to the Junior category, you must be younger than 18.
To accept the challenge, visit https://www.herox.com/lunarloo
Now available to order: the 2021 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 and 718 Cayman GTS 4.0
First shown at the beginning of the year, the new 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 and 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 are now available to order for the 2021 model year and expected to reach U.S. dealers at the end of 2020. The 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 will be priced starting at $86,800, while the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 has an MSRP of $88,900, each not including the $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee. Both models are powered by a 4.0 liter, naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine producing 394 hp and 309 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, both models can reach 60 mph from standstill in as little as 4.3 seconds, and reach a top track speed of 182 mph. Typical for a GTS model, many performance features are standard, including Sport Seats Plus, the Sport Chrono Package, Sport Exhaust System, PASM Sport Suspension, a mechanical limited-slip differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) and 20-inch wheels painted in satin black.
Optional: 7-speed PDK for 718 Cayman GT4, 718 Spyder and 718 GTS 4.0 models
For the first time, the 718 Cayman GT4, 718 Spyder as well as the 718 GTS 4.0 models will be optionally available with the 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. This transmission offers the potential for quicker acceleration through rapid and seamless shifts. Six-cylinder 718 variants ordered with this option are expected to reach U.S. dealers in early 2021.
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Reopening today in celebration of the brand's 110th anniversary, the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Italy, houses more than 200 historic vehicles, including the 1600 Spider "Duetto" from 1966.
To commemorate a milestone that very few automakers can match, Alfa Romeo today celebrates its 110th anniversary, reopening the doors to its historic museum in Arese, Italy, while following all current health and safety guidelines. The brand invites fans from around the world to see new sections of the museum, enjoy exclusive video content and join the celebratory festivities online.
Alfa Romeo Museum, the hub of the celebrations
Located in Arese, on the outskirts of Milan, the Alfa Romeo Museum is a true brand center that houses more than 200 historical vehicles, making it the natural venue to celebrate the brand's 110th anniversary. As a special gift to all the "Alfisti" fans around the world, Alfa Romeo now opens the museum's previously private collection storage areas to the public, inviting visitors to enjoy an additional 150 cars, plus trophies, artwork, and engines for road, air and marine mobility. The collection is divided into 18 themed zones, ranging from the brand's earliest cars, such as the 20/30 ES, to Formula racers, with Formula 1 and Formula Indy models among them.
Further highlights of the collection include:
Concept cars, such as the Caimano and Protéo
Prototypes, such as the Scrabble and Sprint 6C
Historic sports model RLs, Vittorio Jano's 6Cs and more recent racing and road cars
Last but not least, the collection houses notable powertrains, including the 4C 1500 from the 1930s and the Formula 1 Turbo 415Ts.
A story linked to a nation
As part of the celebrations, the museum unveils the new "Alfa Romeo in Uniform" section, dedicated to the cars of the carabinieri, the national police force of Italy, as a testament to the historic relationship between Alfa Romeo and the police force, which has long enlisted Alfa Romeo's most significant models. From the carabinieri's 1900 M "Matta" that won its category in the 1951 Mille Miglia to the legendary Giulia, the most iconic of the "Gazzella" models, plus the 75, the Alfetta Alfa 90 and a rare Giulia Giardinetta, the museum's new "Alfa in Uniform" section tells the story of the cars, the trims and the eras that have marked Italian history.
A historical acronym for the future: GTA
The new limited-edition Giulia GTA, conceived for the brand's 110th anniversary and confirmed to be sold in Europe, makes its public debut in Arese. From a technical point of view and in terms of concept, the new Giulia GTA is inspired by the Giulia GTA of 1965. Developed by Alfa Romeo's racing arm Autodelta, the 1965 "Gran Turismo Alleggerita" (GTA) was based on the Giulia Sprint GT that racked up sporting successes worldwide.
The new Giulia GTA is based on the Giulia Quadrifoglio and is fitted with a more powerful version of the 2.9 V-6 bi-turbo engine with 540 hp. With its extensive use of ultra-light materials, it benefits from a weight reduction of 220 lbs (100 kg), achieving a best-in-class weight/power ratio of 6.2 lbs/hp (2.82 kg/hp). Additionally, specific technical solutions have been developed for other aspects, namely aerodynamics, alignment and handling.
"A Tour of 110 Years"
The brand is offering a virtual tour of the museum through a series of videos produced to commemorate this remarkable event. Titled "A Tour of 110 Years," the video series includes:
An introduction, offering a panoramic view of the museum
The "Timeline" concept, describing the brand's industrial continuity
The "Beauty" area, combining style, design and lifestyle
The "Speed" section, a summation of technology, competitive spirit and driving pleasure
An exclusive view of the "Storage" area, featuring a collection of vehicles and artifacts previously unseen by the public
An overview of the "Archive," showcasing photographs, videos, technical drawings, sketches and production records
Alfa Romeo is inviting all fans, from die-hard "Alfisti" fans to casual enthusiasts, to join the festivities at the museum via the brand's official social media channels at this link. For people able to visit the museum in Arese in person, Alfa Romeo has organized the direct involvement of clubs, visitors and enthusiasts, inviting fans to participate in several activities, including parades on the museum's internal track. All activities will be conducted following current sanitization and safety guidelines.
Farina and Fangio to Räikkönen and Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo was the manufacturer that won the very first Grand Prix race and the inaugural edition of the Formula 1 Championship in 1950, with Nino Farina on board an Alfa Romeo Gran Premio Tipo 158 "Alfetta." That triumph was repeated in 1951 by Juan Manuel Fangio in the Alfetta 159. This goal to obtain the ultimate motor racing prize continues, so it's only fitting that today features special greetings from Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 drivers – world champion Kimi Räikkönen and rising Italian talent Antonio Giovinazzi.
Three exceptional travel companions join Alfa Romeo
Swiss luxury watch company Eberhard & Co. is strengthening its bond with Alfa Romeo by creating a new limited-edition chronograph to pay tribute to the 110th anniversary. A unique timepiece, the chronograph is designed to encompass all the technical and stylistic content long seen in Eberhard & Co. products, with the same sporty and glamorous appeal as Alfa Romeo's models.
Italian bicycle manufacturer Compagnia Ducale's contribution is the Alfa Romeo 110th Anniversary e-MTB, an electric mountain bike that combines strength and sportiness with the comfort of assisted pedaling. Its athletic feel is reflected in the tech specs – a powerful yet quiet 500-watt battery, fully integrated into the frame – and in the striking livery created jointly with the Alfa Romeo Centro Stile, the brand's in-house design and construction office.
AUDES Group is the official licensee for Alfa Romeo apparel, a partnership that begins with a collection to celebrate the brand's 110th birthday. AUDES Group – the official clothing licensee – designs, produces and distributes its Alfa Romeo-branded collection worldwide.
Panasonic Launches the LUMIX G100, its Newest Mirrorless Camera for Vlogging and Creative Video Content
Panasonic today launched the LUMIX G100, a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera designed and developed for creating high-quality, versatile content.
Intuitive controls, visually engaging images and excellent sound quality are hallmarks of the new LUMIX G100, raising the bar for content production and user experience in the vlog camera category. Usability is further enhanced by its remarkably compact and lightweight design that doesn't skimp on functionality and creative options.
1. The Logical Next Step from your Smartphone
With their limited sensor size and optics, a Smartphone can only take your creativity so far, the LUMIX G100 uses a smartphone crushing 4/3rds sensor that records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840 x 2160 resolution at 30p or 24p in MP4*1 and Full-HD at 60p. The five-axis hybrid I.S. (image stabilizer)*2 in the LUMIX G100 provides effective shake suppression essential for capturing stable, easy-to-see video in scenarios such as walking or in a moving vehicle. In addition, the new Video Selfie Mode easily captures both the videographer and background in crisp focus without adjustments of aperture that changes with the lens each time.
Adopting a static-type touch control system, the 3.0-inch free-angle rear monitor with 1,840K-dot high resolution makes it easy to compose selfies as well as shots from a high or low angle. Convenient shooting assist functions allow the Frame Maker to check the composition during recording in various popular aspect ratios such as 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5, 5:4 and 9:16. The REC Frame Indicator displays an eye-catching red frame so that videographers can recognize whether the camera is recording or not at a glance.
*1 Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 10 minutes with [MP4] in [4K]
*2 When using an interchangeable lens (H-FS12032) released before this camera, update the firmware of the lens to the latest version.
2. High Sound Quality Supported by OZO Audio Technologies
The LUMIX G100 integrates OZO Audio by Nokia for high-quality spatial audio recording, a first for a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera.* Engineered for universal playback and shareability across the world's most popular social media platforms, the OZO Audio enables users to capture and edit the full richness of sonic life with vibrant accuracy and precision. It sets a new standard in innovative audio solutions for user-generated content. Three microphones record clear, vibrant sound with outstanding images, for example a dynamic landscape with immersive, realistic sound; interviews with clear speech; or easy, on-the-scene coverage by the videographer with easy mode selection. Combining Panasonic and Nokia OZO Audio technologies, the LUMIX G100 also offers a tracking feature that continues tracking the voice of the subject. Auto mode automatically recognizes the best setting and switches between tracking and surround modes.
* For a digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of June 24, 2020.
3. High Potential and Unlimited Expression
The new LUMIX G100 integrates a 20.3MP MOS Sensor without Low Pass Filter, which features higher resolution and a larger size than found in smartphones. Realizing maximum ISO 25600 high sensitivity, even images captured at night or low light are clear. In addition, the large sensor enables beautiful defocusing in the background, and the Venus Engine assures high-speed, high-performance image processing. Impressive 4x*/2x slow and 8x/4x/2x quick FHD motion footage and time lapse shots are captured with ease.
Advanced videographers will appreciate the V-LogL recording capability; users can apply the LUT (Look Up Table) of their choice on the recorded V-LogL footage via a PC to create a differentiated video with subtle colors and moods.
Features such as the 4K technology, along with the 3,680K-dot equivalent center-aligned viewfinder, allow users to capture 4K PHOTO shots, excelling in performance and function for photo shooting. Able to save spontaneous shots by just selecting the frame out of a burst file sequence, users will never miss a moment.
4. Easy Connectivity via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HDMI
The LUMIX G100 integrates Bluetooth and Wi-Fi® 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n) connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and easy instant image sharing. A dedicated upload button controls video and photo transfer to a smartphone via Panasonic's LUMIX Sync app for iOS / Android. Users can also use their smartphone as a remote control to capture video and photo.
Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with minimum power consumption and can activate the camera by using a smartphone/tablet or automatically add geotagging photos.
HDMI*1 allows video output via The LUMIX G100, or it can be used as a webcam that provides exceptional image quality with rich depth of field and high quality sound for streaming in combination with an HDMI video capture device.*2
*1 It is not possible to stream live in 4K. While using the HDMI output function, video cannot be recorded.
*2 A separate streaming software for PC is required.
5. Compact, Lightweight Design Even with Tripod Grip
Despite its high performance and selection creative functions, the LUMIX G100 is portable, compact and weighs only 412 g, even with the LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.(H-FS12032) lens. A new Tripod Grip DMW-SHGR1*4 makes it even easier to hold the camera or can be used as a compact tripod. Connecting with the camera via USB allows the user to start/stop video recording, release the shutter and enable/disable sleep mode. The camera's battery can be recharged either via AC or USB according to the user's convenience.
*4 Tripod Grip is bundled in DC-G100V kit. It is also sold separately.
The LUMIX G100 will be available for sale at the end of July.
SOURCE Panasonic Corporation of North America
LiveU and Grabyo have teamed up for broadcasting and sports partners, and anyone sharing content online, to provide a simplified end-to-end solution for live video productions, based on their integrated cloud-based technologies.
Enabling remote production and cloud editing from anywhere in the world, the solution is particularly relevant in today's COVID-19 environment, where video editors and producers need to create live programming from their home studios and other remote locations.
The solution combines Grabyo's cloud-native SaaS platform, providing a range of digital video production and publishing tools such as editing, clipping and highlights, with LiveU's broadcast-quality live video solutions, ranging from its professional-grade hardware HEVC field units and Solo wireless video encoder to its LU-Smart app for smartphones.
This integration is optimized in LiveU's new LU800 production-grade, multi-camera field unit, with its inherent support for remote production workflows.
Ronen Artman, VP Marketing, LiveU, said, "With the growing demand for cloud-based solutions, we see huge benefits for our customers in partnering with Grabyo, an expert in cloud-based video production and editing – especially with the remote production capabilities of the LU800. We're committed to work together to enhance and simplify the content workflow, helping our customers, which include some of the largest broadcasters and media organizations, to create compelling live content from anywhere."
Gareth Capon, CEO at Grabyo, said: "We're excited to bring this solution to market with LiveU. Our products complement each other perfectly and by working together, we are able to offer an agile, innovative and robust cloud production workflow to broadcasters and digital publishers. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for cloud-based solutions to be an integral part of any live production set-up, and this partnership will equip producers with the tools they need to future-proof their video strategy and extend the scope of live broadcasting."
Production teams can implement the integrated solution quickly, with limited training and an easy set-up, with additional service integrations to follow for joint customers.
As the latest addition to Moshi's Q Collection inspired by Danish furniture design, today Moshi has announced its Lounge Q wireless charging stand. The charger's stylish design makes it the perfect complement to any minimalist desktop, workstation or nightstand. Unlike other charging stands with a fixed charging coil, Lounge Q features an adjustable-height design which means the charger will accommodate phones of any size. This makes it suitable for those using iPhone, Samsung, Google, and more.
The internals is driven by Moshi's proprietary Q-coil™ technology which includes a ferrite sheet that offers better charging speed and efficiency compared to other wireless chargers. This allows Lounge Q to wirelessly charge through cases up to 5 mm thick. The stand is Qi-certified by the Wireless Power Consortium and thanks to its extended power profile, it can fast-charge any device up to 15 W. Lounge Q is compatible with any Qi-enabled phone and supports both Apple (7.5 W) and Samsung (9 W) fast-charging (supports WPC Qi-EPP spec).
Lounge Q (USD $70) will be available on June 23rd on moshi.com and from select retailers.
"Siemens' acquisition of UltraSoC means that for the first time our customers can access not just design-for-test, but a comprehensive 'Design for Lifecycle Management' solution for system-on-chips, including functional safety, security and optimization," says Brady Benware, Tessent Vice President and General Manager, Siemens Digital Industries Software. "By utilizing design augmentation to detect, mitigate and eliminate risks throughout the SoC lifecycle, customers can radically improve time-to-revenue, product quality & safety, and profitability. UltraSoC has a fast-growing business and impressive customer list and, as part of Siemens, can complement Tessent to create a truly unique offering in the market."
UltraSoC is a pioneer of embedding monitoring hardware into complex SoCs to enable "fab-to-field" analytics capabilities designed to accelerate silicon bring-up, optimize product performance, and confirm that devices are operating "as designed" for functional safety and cybersecurity purposes. Tessent is a market leader in SoC design-for-test (DFT) solutions, and has established strengths in the field of automotive functional safety via its Tessent Safety Ecosystem. These two highly complementary offerings are the foundation of a complete package of solutions, encompassing semiconductor design and production, functional safety, cybersecurity, and functional optimization of products in the field.
The combination of Siemens and UltraSoC technology can benefit the entire semiconductor product lifecycle, including structural, electrical, and functional capabilities of SoCs. It also supports Siemens' comprehensive digital twin with UltraSoC providing monitoring of the real device.
"This acquisition accelerates UltraSoC's vision at a much larger scale with the incredible team, assets, industry know-how and footprint of Siemens," said Rupert Baines, CEO, UltraSoC. "Being part of one of the world's foremost technology companies will allow UltraSoC to better serve our customers by accelerating R&D, leveraging a much larger pool of go-to-market resources, and an enormous global infrastructure. It has been clear since our initial meeting that UltraSoC and Siemens share a vision on how technology businesses can transform their operations end-to-end, from design conception to field deployment and we are excited to join the community."
UltraSoC's products are widely used in the automotive, high-performance computing, storage and semiconductor industries. The company was recently selected as a participant in the DARPA AISS (Automatic Implementation of Secure Silicon) program; and is a member of the Secure-CAV consortium, an ambitious collaborative project that aims to improve the safety and security of tomorrow's connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). Siemens' acquisition of UltraSoC is due to close in the fourth quarter of Siemens' fiscal year 2020. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Siemens Digital Industries Software is driving transformation to enable a digital enterprise where engineering, manufacturing and electronics design meet tomorrow. The Xcelerator portfolio helps companies of all sizes create and leverage digital twins that provide organizations with new insights, opportunities and levels of automation to drive innovation. For more information on Siemens Digital Industries Software products and services, visit www.sw.siemens.com
For further information on Siemens' SoC offerings, please see www.siemens.com/mentor
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TouchSource Wellness Kiosks Deliver Contactless Messaging With Temperature Readings and Hand Sanitizing
TouchSource, the leader in smart digital signage, has led the industry in offering digital building directories, kiosks and interactive visitor and tenant communications. The company has extended its innovative solutions to enable property owners and managers to safely re-open public spaces using contactless, interactive directory-to-mobile apps, and new safety compliance solutions.
To support visitor safety programs, TouchSource is now introducing the TouchSource Taos wellness kiosk. The TouchSource Taos can display contactless public health messaging, directory, and wayfinding content on a digital display along with built-in temperature sensors and touchless hand sanitation in the kiosk. Its cloud-based software allows users to easily deliver always-current messaging that's easy to update. The Taos is perfect for contactless wellness assessments, vendor check-in and auditing of health safety compliance, visitor management, and touchless concierge applications. The Taos is also available in a variety of powder coat colors and ready for custom vinyl applications for a solution that fits any brand.
Now users can deliver highly visual, digital information that keeps pace with rapidly changing public health messages from a safe distance. Let visitors see and scan information to personal mobile devices while sanitizing their hands and doing a quick wellness check. Place at least one unit at each entrance and leverage TouchSource safety messaging options for optimum impact. Deploy contactless TouchSource Mobile Directory and Mobile Wayfinding with the kiosk to support easy and safe visitor movement throughout the facility. Add contactless visitor concierge to make it easy for visitors to call tenants from the kiosk.
Manage vendors more easily with vendor check-in forms and acknowledgment of safety and health requirements. Maintain an auditable list of vendor compliance. As things change in the future, the temperature functions can be easily disabled or utilized as proximity sensors for dynamic content experiences. The Taos is designed to be future-proof beyond the current health crisis and be a long-term asset for any public space. https://touchsource.com/products/taos-wellness-kiosk/
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The modern production line requires diligent planning and oversight to function at full capacity. Any inefficiency at any stage in the line will cause delays on further functions – leading to logjams and backlogs that production line managers are all too aware of. In this article, and in light of the many delays that can and do take place on production lines each day, we’ll walk you through four tips to help you increase your production line’s capacity without also increasing its inefficiency.
When you start thinking about making changes to your production line, you need to make those changes in a planned and phased manner. You need to be aware of where you’re making the changes, why you’re targeting that phase of your production line, and what the knock-on effects of that change might be. You can do this by conducting an audit of your facility, to give you an impression of how your changes will improve our overall capacity. Make sure you go through this stage if you’re interested in boosting your overall production line’s performance.
Next up is the hardware that you use on your production line. All modern production lines are slick operations, governed by the technology that was available at the time of their construction. Naturally, technology moves on, and the relics of the past that sit in your production line are likely to have been improved upon in more recent years. That’s the case with Fluent Conveyors, which ferry your products along your line, as well as highly dexterous robotic machines, which you can have tailor-made for your line from several production robotics companies. Look always to your hardware, and to the new technologies on the market, to improve capacity on your line.
While some automation has been running on production lines for decades, the level of control that you can now operate over each element of your production line has increased dramatically. In today’s world of manufacturing and production, it’s easy to monitor and change your production line from a responsive piece of software. This software – much of which may be updated and upgraded from the software that you currently operate – is excellent at spotting where your production line’s weak spots are. As such, this is a significant upgrade to help you boost your production line in the long run.
How can workers improve your production line? Well, the more experienced your workers, the better able they are to spot issues with your line as they develop. It’s therefore essential that you’re able to keep these most experienced workers at your facility – by increasing their wages and offering them promotions. Meanwhile, bringing in expert software engineers, or hardware designers, can help you slowly work on the next upgrade on your facility – whether that’s in terms of further automation, or a better, faster machine at a specific phase of your production line. Staff will help you make your line far more efficient, increasing capacity.
Bear these four tips in mind to increase the capacity of your production line this year.
The United Allied States (UAS) is announcing the formation of its new sovereign government.
"The founding principles of UAS are freedom, respect for human life and free-market enterprise," says Cory Cozad, Congressman of UAS. "We have a unique opportunity to take principles from history's decisions and develop a united, prosperous nation."
The vision of the UAS is the establishment of a worldwide, sovereign nation of states, each offering its residents an unparalleled level of freedom and prosperity.
Utilizing principles that are proven to facilitate economic growth and foster the creation of wealth, the UAS will promote the values of individual freedoms; respect for human life; and free enterprise. All with the fierce determination to drastically impact the lives of, not only its citizens, but its allies, partners and the continent of Africa as a whole.
The UAS believes that together, we can build the American dream in Africa, and around the World.
Expansion through Collaboration
The central goal of the United Allied States is to establish freedom focused, sovereign special economic zones across the globe. Each sovereign special economic zone will act as a permanent state providing energy, infrastructure, food, jobs, and critical resources to its partner nation. This sovereignty is accomplished by the signing of a treaty between the UAS and this ally. This treaty allows the UAS to offer foreign companies, foreign investors, and its citizens an economically and politically stable, income tax-free, business-focused territory to develop costly infrastructure in areas that would otherwise be considered high risk.
These states act as a beacon of opportunity and prosperity in regions suffering from economic hardship and instability, providing well-paying jobs to the host nation, pouring money into its local economy, and opening up resources and infrastructure that would otherwise be impossible to obtain.
The UAS will utilize its stable government framework to adopt policies of low taxation, minimal regulation, and business security. Not only significantly enhancing the lives of its citizens but also the lives of the citizens within partnering nations.
Individual Rights and Liberties
The United Allied States was founded on the belief that government institutions are only there to serve and protect their people. It is guided by the principles of preserving individual rights and liberty; by protecting life; and by promoting a free-market enterprise that fuels small business.
UAS maintains laissez-faire market conditions empowering businesses to grow and innovate, and enabling all workers to prosper. Citizens and businesses pay 0% personal income tax and 0% corporate tax, respectively, and there is no property tax.
The World's Most Efficient Government
Nearly all government departments and services will be interconnected using one of the most advanced blockchain systems on Earth. Every Citizen and Resident of the UAS will utilize the UAS National Government Platform where services will be made simple to understand and accessible. Residents will be able to access all of their documents in one location. Whether you are incorporating a company, registering a vehicle or filing your yearly taxes, it can all be done in a matter of minutes.
"UAS will create conditions that give citizens maximum freedom, as well as accelerate growth for companies," says Cozad, of UAS. "It's a place that protects the sanctity of human life and empowers businesses to flourish through a highly-responsive, free-market economic system."
The United Allied States (UAS):
United Allied States (UAS) is an independent, sovereign entity with the determination to become the freest and most prosperous nation on Earth. The nation promotes the values of freedom; respect for human life; and free-market enterprise.
SOURCE United Allied States