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Morning devotion.

It’s always best to start your day with God.

Discipline brings forth strength and dignity. Proverbs 31: 1-31. (Gideon’s International)

The words of King Lemuel. An Oracle that his mother taught him. What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy Kings. It is not for Kings, O Lemuel, it is not for Kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. An excellent wife who can find? She is far from more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax and works with willing hands. She is like the strips of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruits of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands holds the spindle. She opens her hands to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Ske looks well to the wats of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ” Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is decietful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruits of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

Amen !!!!!!

Read this and make it your habit to discipline yourself and the outcome is strength and dignity even outside the gates.

 – Technology Trends

GlobalData Thematic Research15 April 2021 (Last Updated April 15th, 2021 11:13)

Advanced Materials can be used in a wide variety of areas from lighter, more agile aircraft and emerging hypersonic systems, to personal protection equipment and hostile environments where risks and damage can be reduced using protective solutions.

Advanced Materials – Technology Trends
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Advanced Materials can be used in a wide variety of areas from lighter, more agile aircraft and emerging hypersonic systems, to personal protection equipment and hostile environments where risks and damage can be reduced using protective solutions.

The most disruptive effects are expected to come from the integration of functions such as energy harvesting, camouflage, structural and personnel health monitoring.

Technology Trends

Listed below are the key technology trends impacting the advanced materials in aerospace and defence theme, as identified by GlobalData.

Advanced Materials – Lithium-ion (Li-ion) dominance and introduction of graphene

Li-ion batteries (LIB) are emerging as crucial for energy storage. The increasing growth of LIB-powered electric vehicles resulted in advancements in lithium-ion technologies and a steady decline in the prices of lithium-based batteries.

While Li-ion batteries have gained more popularity than other battery energy storage technologies, when considering its wide-scale deployment in electric vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and on the electricity grid, the introduction of graphene could revolutionise the way energy storage technology is utilised.

Graphene is nothing but a carbon-based material, which is merely one atom thick and can be used to make batteries, which are lightweight, durable and applicable in high capacity energy storage, and they charge rapidly.

Recently, researchers from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Seoul National University’s School of Chemical and Biological Engineering collaborated to design a graphene coating for Li-ion batteries to enhance charging speeds five-fold and increase battery capacity by making it 45% more energy dense.

3D printing

3D printing has been proven to be an excellent manufacturing solution for producing components and parts that contain significantly less material than other comparable, traditionally manufactured parts.

This is because a great deal less material can be used to create an item through additive manufacturing and extremely complex geometric shapes can be built that have great strength, despite the reduced density in material used.

Particularly in aerospace, but across the entire defence sector, weight saving is paramount to achieve high performance in aspects such as speed and capacity, but further elements such as payload, fuel consumption, emissions, speed, and safety too. This realisation is leading the aerospace and defence industry to look for applications in its newest products, from seat frameworks to air ducts.

A recent example of this trend is in the Airbus A350 XWB. Airbus has partnered with Stratasys to manufacture over 1,000 individual 3D printed items for the A350 XWB.

Using an extremely strong thermo-plastic called ULTEM 9085, Stratasys has been providing its machines to make components that are strong, FST (flame, smoke, and toxicity) compliant, and have an excellent strength-to-weight ratio.

Fibre-reinforced polymer (FRPs)

Carbon fibre reinforced composites (FRPs) are successfully used in applications such as military aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), naval ships and weapons.

These materials have started to be used in the construction of aircraft parts such as fuselage, doors, wings and tails, especially due to their light weight and durability and attract the aerospace industry.

Recently, advances have been made within the development of carbon fibre reinforcement polymers with self-healing properties that check the impacts of harm to composite materials, especially critical in airplane design and assembly.

Since carbon fibre is stronger, tougher and lighter than steel, it can help increase fuel efficiency due to its lighter weight. Indeed, as carbon fibre is ten times stronger than regular-grade steel yet only one quarter of the weight, carbon fibre composites used as automotive components are expected to reduce vehicle weight.

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Consumers benefit from lighter-weight vehicles with better fuel economy and all the safety benefits that come with vehicles of greater mass.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Material science is also benefiting from AI/machine and active learning in research and education. Machine learning offers the ability to gain new insights into materials by discovering new patterns and relations in the data.

For instance, in order to create the next generation of technology, researchers at the United States (US) Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are using machine learning, AI and autonomous systems to exponentially increase the speed of materials discovery and lower the cost of technology.

Platforms such as AFRL’s Autonomous Research System (ARES) use AI and machine learning to conduct autonomous experiments designed to optimise the synthesis of carbon nanotubes, which have tremendous potential for next-generation energy technology.

Robotic systems

Next-generation robots are expected to provide manufacturing companies with new options to improve their efficiency and tackle challenges such as high costs and skilled workers.

In the years to come, it is expected that robots working directly and in collaboration with humans in a production environment will increase the use of soft robots that use pneumatics instead of mechanical power, reduce energy requirements and increase safety in general.

The use of robots in the Industry 4.0 environment, which focuses heavily on interconnectivity, automation, machine learning, and real-time data, will increasingly lead to a “turn off the lights” or “dark factory” production concept in which activities and material flows are handled entirely automatically.

Lightweight structures

All aerospace systems need weight reduction to increase fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Lightweight materials help increase aircraft and UAV’s range and payloads, while reducing fuel consumption, both of which are key to reducing operating costs over the long-term.

Militaries are seeking new high-strength, very lightweight materials that can be integrated with primary structures and can defend combat vehicles against future weapons.

Moreover, the trend towards the development of lightweight ballistic material is one of the major factors propelling defence authorities towards procuring newer-generation personal protection equipment.

As such, countries are focusing on manufacturing better solutions such as ballistic inserts, lightweight under suits, combat helmets, anti-mine boots and flame-resistant uniforms that provide the benefits of comfort and enhanced protection to ground forces.

This is an edited extract from the Advanced Materials in Aerospace and Defense – Thematic Research report produced by GlobalData Thematic Research.

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Scientific Games poaches former Aristocrat executive Victor Blanco to lead technology strategy


 by NewsdeskFriday 16 April 2021 at 05:4410SHARES241VIEWS

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Scientific Games Corporation has named current Aristocrat executive Victor Blanco as its new Chief Technology Officer, effective from 2022.

According to a Friday morning announcement (Asia time), Blanco will oversee Scientific Games’ technology strategy to support the company’s leadership team across gaming, lottery, sports betting and iGaming, and to support the development and execution of its games.

“Victor’s innovative and strategic approach to both software and hardware design is a great fit for our Scientific Games leadership team,” said Scientific Games President and CEO, Barry Cottle. “We know that his leadership will ensure we are providing the most innovative games, systems and products for our partners and players.”

Scientific Games described Blanco as an “innovative technologist who is passionate about Cloud, Automation and Embedded Systems technologies.”

Blanco has been Chief Technology Officer at Aristocrat for the past five years, leading a team of over 1,100 employees across five global and offshore development centers in platform development and delivery, hardware engineering, systems and technology strategy. He also led technical due diligence for Aristocrat’s Big Fish and Plarium acquisitions in the social gaming space.

Blanco previously served as director of software architecture for HTC and served in multiple software engineering roles at Microsoft where he was part of the team that developed the first Xbox game console.

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