Feb 25, 2021

AWS releases Amazon Lookout for production anomaly detection

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SmartManufacturing
production
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Georgia Wilson
3 min
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced its general availability of Amazon Lookout for Vision...

Used by the likes of GE Healthcare, Amazon and Basler, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Amazon Lookout for Vision. The solution uses AWS-trained computer vision models to find anomalies and flaws in products or production processes.

The benefits of Amazon Lookout for Vision

Harnessing computer vision and a sophisticated machine learning technique called ‘few-shot learning’, AWS’ latest solution - Amazon Lookout for Vision - spot product or process defects and anomalies in manufactured products.  

AWS explains that, “customers can get started quickly using Amazon Lookout for Vision to detect manufacturing and production defects (e.g. cracks, dents, incorrect color, irregular shape, etc.) in their products and prevent those costly errors from progressing down the operational line and from ever reaching customers.”

By adopting Amazon Lookout for Vision alongside Amazon Lookout for Equipment, Amazon Monitron, and AWS Panorama, manufacturers can benefit from one of the most comprehensive suites for cloud-to-edge industrial machine learning services.

“Whether a customer is placing toppings on a frozen pizza or manufacturing finely-calibrated parts for an airplane, what we’ve heard unequivocally is that guaranteeing only high-quality products reach end-users is fundamental to their business. While this may seem obvious, ensuring such quality control in industrial pipelines can in fact be very challenging. We’re excited to deliver Amazon Lookout for Vision to customers of all sizes and across all industries to help them quickly and cost effectively detect defects at scale to save time and money while maintaining the quality their consumers rely on – with no machine learning experience required,” commented Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President of Amazon Machine Learning for AWS.

Amazon Lookout for Vision: how does it work?

Amazon Lookout for Vision provides manufacturers with a highly accurate, low cost anomaly detection solution. Amazon Lookout for Vision harnesses computer vision to process thousands of images an hour in order to spot defects and anomalies without the need for experience in machine learning.

By sending camera images to Amazon Lookout for Vision in real time, the solution utilises a machine learning technique called ‘few shot learning’ where the model is able to classify data based on a very small amount of training data. 

Amazon Lookout for Vision requires as little as 30 images of the acceptable and anomalous state to determine a baseline to begin assessing parts or products. Not only is the solution functional with a minimal amount of training data, the solution is adaptable to a wide range of inspection tasks in an industrial environment.

Following analysis, Amazon Lookout for Vision reports images that differ from the baseline via a service dashboard or the ‘DetectAnomalies’ real time API in order for appropriate action to be taken.

“Customers also have the ability to provide feedback on the results (e.g. whether a prediction correctly identified an anomaly or not), and Lookout for Vision will automatically retrain the underlying model so that the service continuously improves. This feature allows the technology to adapt to changes in the manufacturing process and even understand when variations are permissible or not based on customer feedback. This means that customers can be more nimble and adapt their processes based on competitive advantages or external factors impacting their operations,” states AWS. 

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May 10, 2021

Lion Electric to Construct US EV Manufacturing Facility

ElectricVehicles
SmartManufacturing
Sustainability
Technology
Georgia Wilson
3 min
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Lion Electric announces its selection of Illinois to construct its all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicle manufacturing facility...

Who is Lion Electric?

Founded in 2008, Lion Electric is an innovative manufacturer of all-electric, zero-emissions, medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles. Lion Electric designs, manufactures, and assembles all components for its vehicles that have unique features specifically adapted to the users and their needs. “We believe that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life,” believes Lion Electric. 

Lion Electric’s new Illinois Manufacturing Facility

Just two months after announcing plans to construct a battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre in Quebec, Lion Electric is expanding its locations further, selecting Joliet, Illinois for its new manufacturing facility in the US.

The new facility is said to “represent the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the US,” as well as being the company’s biggest footprint in the market. The new facility will give Lion Electric the capacity to meet increasing demand for ‘Made in America’ zero-emission vehicles and bring production closer to customers. 

It is expected that the first vehicles off the production line will be in the second half of 2022.

“Lion’s historic investment to bring its largest production facility to Illinois represents not only a win for our communities, but a strong step forward in our work to expand clean energy alternatives and the jobs they bring to our communities,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker. 

“The new Joliet facility will put Illinois at the forefront of a national movement to transition to zero-emission vehicle use, advancing our own goals of putting one million of these cars on the road by 2030. In Illinois, we know that a clean energy economy is about more than just vehicles – it’s about healthier communities and jobs for those who live there. We are excited to welcome Lion to the Land of Lincoln and look forward to their future success here.”

Lion Electric’s Agreement with the Government of Illinois

Over the next three years, Lion Electric will invest a minimum of US$70mn into Illinois. The new facility - totalling 900,000 square feet - is expected to create a minimum of 745 clean energy direct jobs in the next three years, and have an annual production capacity of up to 20,000 all electric buses and trucks.

Scaling electric bus production and decarbonising freight and transportation

As the US moves to electrifying its school buses, the additional production capacity at the facility will help Lion Electric to scale its electric bus production, as well as produce an increased volume of heavy-duty zero-emission trucks to help governments and operators in the US further the decarbonisation of freight and transportation fleets.

“Lion is the leader in electric school buses and has always been dedicated to the U.S. market, and our commitment to be close to our customers is one of the core values we have as a company. This significant expansion into the U.S. market will not only allow us to drastically increase our overall manufacturing capacity of electric trucks and buses but to also better serve our customers, while adding critical clean manufacturing jobs that will form the backbone of the green economy,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion.

“I also want to acknowledge the crucial role that P33 and Intersect Illinois, civic groups committed to developing developing a long-term roadmap for the local tech industry, played in connecting Lion with the Chicago area’s business and civic community to help further commercial traction, as well as engagement with key workforce and supplier partners.” 

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