US Plans to Launch AI in Manufacturing Institute

US Plans to Launch AI in Manufacturing Institute The U.S. government is launching a competition to create a new institute focused on using artificial intelligence (AI) to strengthen American manufacturing. This institute, overseen by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will receive $70 million from the government over five years, with additional funding…

Orchard uses robots and drones to help with crops

Factories testing out flex-time Traditionally, factories wanting to be efficient and producing seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day found that workers need to start and end at the same time in order to maximize their efforts. Land O’Lakes, a cheese manufacturer based in Minnesota, is testing out flex-time schedules. Eliminating the traditional factory…

Food Logistics Tests Autonomous Trucking

Food Logistics Tests Autonomous Trucking Autonomous trucking startup, Kodiak Robotics, are testing a new delivery route to deliver refrigerated freight with their autonomous trucks for logistics company Martin Bower. Martin Bower’s big clients include McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Ikea and Maersk. China’s BYD Could Disrupt the EV Market As the world builds up the demand for EV’s,…

What’s happening to Cocoa?

What’s happening to Cocoa? Cocoa, the key ingredient in chocolate, has seen prices surge to an all-time high not seen since 1977. Why? Weather & climate events such as massive rains, droughts and pests & disease have affected cocoa crops from West African nations, where 70% of the world’s cocoa beans come from. (BTW, if…