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(Yxlon: Hamburg, Germany) -- At this year’s Control trade show, the manufacturer of X-ray and CT inspection systems announced that it will change its name to Comet Yxlon, effective September 8, 2022. The new brand underscores Yxlon’s long-standing affiliation with Comet, a leading global innovative technology company focused on plasma and X-ray technology.

The fresh, modern design of the new Comet Yxlon brand reflects the company’s innovation and enthusiasm for solving customer challenges.

“The Comet Yxlon brand represents decades of X-ray expertise and a passion for making new things possible—in line with the motto ‘Led by experience. Driven by curiosity,’ says Kevin Crofton, CEO of Comet Group and interim president of Yxlon. “The rebranding strengthens our presence and reaffirms our importance with Comet Group.”

Yxlon’s entrepreneurial roots date back to the discovery of X-rays by W.C. Röntgen in 1895 and the manufacture of the first X-ray tube by C.H.F. Müller in 1896. Based in Hamburg, Germany, Yxlon International GmbH has been part of the Swiss listed parent company Comet Holding AG, which unites a leading global group of innovative technology businesses under its umbrella, since 2007.

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(Hitachi High-Tech: Oxford, UK) -- Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science, a global company within Hitachi High Tech Group, has expanded its plating and coatings analysis range with the launch of the breakaway FT230. It’s designed to enable quality control to keep pace with production by significantly simplifying and accelerating testing of components and assemblies.

Removing the traditional hurdles of XRF analysis, the FT230 speeds up analysis and reduces costly errors to help electronics and component-level manufacturers, general metal finishers, and plating-on-plastic facilities achieve 100-percent inspection and meet tightening specifications.

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There’s been a big increase in artificial intelligence (AI) within digital health technologies. The cross between medical technology and AI requires that products be evaluated in accordance with domestic and international regulations. These technologies include interacting hybrids of software and hardware, stand-alone software, and software as a medical device interfacing with medical administrative systems.

The FDA’s Digital Health Department recommends using digital health criteria and traditional software guidance to carry out specific design approaches as needed per the technology. Both the FDA and the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulation Agency (MHRA) have expressed the need for machine-learning transparency and further explanation of validating an algorithm that is continually learning, changing, and improving itself.

With an evolving regulatory environment and an ever-expanding digital health market, there’s a need to find new approaches to address compliance around AI software.1 This wouldn’t exclude the need to ensure compliance to computer software regulations such as 21 CFR Part 11 and Annex 11 for audit trails, electronic records, and signatures.

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The digital transformation of healthcare is under the influence of trending technologies, from IoT devices to AI algorithms. Some healthcare providers are just getting acquainted with innovations. Others (93%, according to Accenture) are already actively implementing and creating software solutions. Thus, companies improve medical practice and enhance their capabilities. Let’s take a look at how to organize healthcare software development to get the most out of your application.

Healthcare software market overview

Statistics from the last five years show that institutions and patients are interested in digital healthcare.

According to Statista, in 11 developed countries of the world, 70 percent to 100 percent of therapists use electronic health records in their practice.

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(Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence: North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division announced the opening of a new OEM laboratory at its Precision Center in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. The calibration lab will serve as the main Canadian center to support and service Absolute Arms used for high-end portable measurement and inspection applications.

Hexagon technicians will perform testing and calibration procedures traceable to national and international standards, ensuring customers receive reliable results and consistent data. Hexagon’s investment in the Oakville Precision Center also adds a large training facility equipped with Absolute Arms for customer use, as well as a new shipping and receiving bay. The training area will also support Hexagon’s metrology software portfolio—PC-DMIS, REcreate, and Inspire—for data acquisition and management, analysis, reporting and reverse engineering applications.

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(Evident: Waltham, MA) -- The SZX-AR1 augmented reality system easily retrofits to existing Olympus SZX series stereo microscopes to simplify complex microscope-based manufacturing tasks and simplify assembler training. Manuals, assembly instructions, images, and instructional videos can be projected in the microscope’s field of view so assemblers can work more efficiently.

Simplified assembly with fewer errors

The microscope-based assembly process can require the assembler to stop multiple times to consult instructions or to memorize these instructions before beginning their work. Repeatedly removing one’s eyes from the microscope oculars is inefficient, and memorizing directions can lead to mistakes.

The SZX-AR1 unit solves these challenges by enabling projecting instructions directly in the microscope’s field of view. Now, an assembler can complete their work without removing their eyes from the oculars or tediously memorizing complex sets of directions.

If there’s a problem during the manufacturing process, an assembler can use third-party collaboration software, like Microsoft Teams, to share a live view through their oculars with an offsite manager or engineer for guidance. The AR1 unit’s image and video recording capabilities make documenting any issues fast and simple.

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There’s no better time than now. As a species, we need to mitigate the effect we have on our planet. There are many ways to do this—namely, through green and eco-friendly initiatives—but one sector is having the biggest impact of all: the industrial and manufacturing sector. In the 2010s, the industrial sector accounted for nearly 50 percent of the world’s total energy consumption, and during the last 60 years, that has almost doubled.

Manufacturing isn’t just energy-intensive, however. It’s also responsible for harmful emissions and is a huge producer of waste. Establishing more energy-aware manufacturing processes and systems would be a massive step in the right direction. It could mean the difference between slowing climate change or stepping over our fast-approaching tipping point.

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Google recently announced its new post-pandemic hybrid work policy, requiring employees to work in the office for at least three days a week. That policy goes against the desires of many rank-and-file Google employees. A survey of more than 1,000 Google employees showed that two-thirds feel unhappy with being forced to be in the office three days a week, with many threatening to leave in internal meetings and public letters, and some already quitting to go to other companies with more flexible options.