With the U.S. industrial manufacturing sector in rebound, innovation is a strategic imperative for sustained industrial growth. Our team is constantly searching for transformative technologies that enhance the U.S. manufacturing footprint.
Responding to market changes there are industrial megatrends that could revolutionize the way we manufacture products. Some of these are trends are advanced and nano-materials, advanced sensors and analytics. Technologies in these areas responding to industrial problems would benefit U.S companies to stay ahead of the competition.
We caught up with three innovative start-ups providing solutions in materials and sensors and machine prognostics at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition to understand their technology and the solutions they provide to stay on the leading edge of technology. Company descriptions provided by AMIC business competition.
BEET Analytics Technology
Services: Industrial Data Analytics
Mailing Address: 45207 Helm Street Plymouth, MI 48170 USA
BEET provides a revolutionary machine monitoring and diagnostics software for manufacturing professionals who want to reduce unplanned downtime and more consistently achieve production rates. Similar to an electrocardiogram (EKG) for humans, BEET’s ENVISION FactorySMART software is applied to production lines and displays a machine “heartbeat”, down to the elemental-level of the manufacturing process, allowing operators to immediately pinpoint and visualize where problems exist, quickly resolve issues and immediately validate the improvements often before a critical machine failure.
Developed by automation engineers with combined experience of over 100-years, BEET differs from other machine diagnostic products because of its patented software-based data collection method which does not require additional sensors or automation equipment. BEET’s customers, major Automotive OEMs and Suppliers, have experienced impressive results within weeks of using ENVISION such as 10 to 15% throughput improvement, 2% OEE improvement and 75% reduction-in-time to solve problems and validate fixes. In 2012, BEET won Automation Alley’s Advanced Manufacturing Award. In 2013, BEET received a $250,000 investment from Ann Arbor SPARK. The company currently works with Fortune 500 companies in Automotive (including several US, European, Japanese and Korean OEMs), consumer electronics, and other industries with complex automated processes.
Services: Advanced Materials
Mailing Address: 600 Renaissance Center – Suite 1710 , Detroit, Michigan USA
Detroit Materials, Inc. (DM) is an Advanced Materials Firm focused on the commercialization of ultrahigh performance materials. DM has a patented portfolio of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) structural steels and cast irons for demanding applications in the defense, off-highway, tooling, and automotive industries. Our advanced steels exhibit an excellent combination of strength, toughness, and hardness currently only available in the form of highly alloyed and costly exotic steels.
Detroit Materials (DM) has developed the strongest commercially available castable low alloy steel to address commercial vehicle lightweighting demands, particularly for drivetrain and suspension components. Detroit Materials introduces a series of uniquely castable steels to provide unmatched weight savings as a cost competitive solution. Detroit Materials has validated cast component with 3mm wall thickness, 1300 MPa tensile strength and a ductility of 16%.
Services: Industrial Data Analytics
Mailing Address: 3744 Plaza Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1651 USA
SkySpecs is lowering the barrier to entry for drone users — enabling drones to do things they have never done before for people and companies who never dreamed to use them. Our first products target the Sense and Avoid problem — that is the ability for drones to avoid people, objects, and other aircraft automatically.
SkySpecs is developing a commercial UAS positioning and sense-and-avoid technology that will enable future UAS to operate safely in the NAS while delivering revolutionary new capabilities in emergency response, search and rescue, law enforcement, infrastructure inspection (e.g. wind turbines, bridges, road), agriculture, forestry, and a multitude of other commercial applications.
The manufacturability and wide commercial deployment of the proposed sensor suite will therefore also enable domestic UAS manufacturers to mitigate the regulatory uncertainty surrounding their products and catch up to their overseas counterparts who are already serving the multi-billion dollar global market for UAS.
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