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Actona Group Partners with Makersite to Accelerate Sustainability Goals and Lead Industry in Scope 3 Emissions Reporting

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Actona Group, a global pioneer in the furniture industry, is charting a new course towards sustainability and is now partnering with Makersite, an AI-enabled product lifecycle intelligence software known for its comprehensive approach to managing product sustainability, cost, and compliance in real-time.
The collaboration underscores Actona Group’s commitment to significantly enhancing its sustainability and business practices across all aspects of its operations. By leveraging Makersite’s cutting-edge capabilities, Actona Group is ready to achieve detailed insight into product-specific Scope 3 emissions, setting a new industry standard in environmental accountability.
Actona Group recognized the dual benefits of integrating sustainability into its operations: the ethical importance of protecting the planet for future generations and the clear business advantages of driving growth and fostering innovation. As Actona Group is strictly focused on minimising its environmental impact it has been a natural step for the company to automate and expand its sustainability initiatives by tracking and mitigating its supply chain emissions accurately.
To follow through with this initiative, Actona Group emphasized the need for a robust, solution-oriented approach to streamline data collection and analysis, thus ensuring Actona Groups leadership in environmental stewardship within the competitive landscape of the furniture industry.
“Partnering with Makersite represents a significant step forward in our sustainability journey,” said Jimmi King Mortensen, President and CEO of Actona Group. “Makersite’s platform allows us to track emissions at every step of the design process and helps us make informed, sustainable decisions, showing a clear path to customers and suppliers of our commitment to design and source better products.”
The collaboration with Makersite enables Actona Group to further reinforce their commitment to sustainability leadership through its ambitious three-fold mission:

Foster ecodesign and circularity with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA),
Implement sustainable production methods, including supply chain decarbonization.
Extend the use of recycled materials both within its product line and across its supply chain through responsible procurement practices.

“This partnership has proven to be particularly beneficial for providing Actona Group with access to Makersite’s automated, verified and scalable system for Scope 3 emissions reporting,” said Neil D’Souza, CEO and Founder of Makersite. “Our solution has enabled Actona Group to track emissions right down to each individual purchased part and material.”
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Innodisk Expands Edge AI Applications and Intelligent Solution at Computex 2024 with New Brand Strategy

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Innodisk, a leading global AI solution provider, is showcasing its comprehensive new products at Computex 2024 with a focus on edge AI. Key highlights include the industry’s pioneering CXL 2.0 memory expansion, E3.S SSD, and innovative MIPI over Type-C camera technology for machine vision. Live demonstrations of smart manufacturing PPE recognition and intelligent people tracking will emphasize Innodisk’s custom edge AI capabilities. This event also unveils Innodisk’s new brand vision, “Architect Intelligence,” bringing out its commitment to building intelligent solutions with global partners.
Expanding Industrial Product Lines to Meet AI and Edge Serve Standards
Reliable and high-performance memory and storage are essential for AI and edge computing, particularly as edge servers evolve and demand high data throughput and resilience in extreme environments. This year at Computex, Innodisk will unveil the industry’s first industrial-grade CXL 2.0 memory expansion for high scalability. Additionally, Innodisk is staying ahead of the curve by launching DDR5 LPCAMM2 and DDR5-8800 MRDIMM memory, both adhering to JEDEC’s advanced standards.[1] The showcase will further feature the award-winning E1.S Gen4 SSD series alongside wide-temperature SSDs tailored for edge servers, such as the E1.S/E3.S, available in various form factors. The range also includes 16TB high-capacity SSDs designed to meet evolving storage needs.
Further, Innodisk’s recent focus on embedded camera modules for AI machine vision development is also crucial for advancing edge AI applications. Debuting at Computex, the innovative “MIPI over Type-C” camera technology converts signal through exclusive adapter board design and enhances platform compatibility, significantly extending the length of MIPI camera cables. This unlocks applications in areas such as autonomous mobile robots (AMR) and shared mobility. Innodisk will also display a full range of camera module products for USB and MIPI interfaces.
AI in Action: Smart Cities and Industrial Applications
Beyond industrial modules, Innodisk integrates AI computing technologies with software, hardware, and third-party technologies to create various edge AI solutions. At Computex, Innodisk will introduce “InnoTracking,” a smart people-tracking solution capable of accurately identifying and tracking specific individuals across multiple cameras and timeframes, enhancing public safety in cities, financial institutions, entertainment venues, and retail spaces.
Under the simultaneous trends of ESG and industrial automation, worker safety in hazardous environments becomes a crucial focus for enterprises. Innodisk’s PPE recognition solution uses an FPGA platform to process real-time images from four cameras simultaneously, ensuring workers maintain adherence to safety protocols. In case of violations, the system promptly notifies supervisors with detailed information to initiate appropriate responses. Moreover, Innodisk also collaborates with Network Optix, a premier enterprise video platform provider for security, transportation, and wide varieties of smart spaces solutions, to enrich user experiences of this solution.
The “iCAP Air” air quality management solution addresses ESG requirements by combining patented air quality detection technology with sensors, edge servers, cloud management interfaces, and IoT ventilation controllers. This solution is suitable for smart factories and healthcare facilities, enabling real-time intelligent decision-making.
“Architect Intelligence” – Innodisk’s Brand Strategy for the AI Era
With nearly two decades in the industry, Innodisk has elevated its brand and become a global leader in product technology. The new “Architect Intelligence” concept aligns with Innodisk’s edge AI strategy, emphasizing the practical implementation of AI at the industrial edge. Under this concept, Innodisk integrates various product lines into nine intelligent series, each represented by diverse colors, symbolizing the limitless potential of AI applications and Innodisk’s innovative spirit. Furthermore, these colored blocks represent the flexibility of solutions and collaborative effort to architect AI solutions with customers. See the future of edge AI in actions! Visit Innodisk at Booth J0110, Hall 1, 1F, Nangang Exhibition Center from June 4th to 7th to explore more.
[1] JEDEC standards are subject to change during and after the development process, including disapproval by the JEDEC Board of Directors.
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Liquid Diamonds Poised for Major Growth After Raising Rs. 9 Crores in Funding

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Liquid Diamonds, a B2B diamond sourcing platform with offices in New York and Mumbai, is excited to introduce a revolutionary new technology that ensures price transparency, cost savings, and real-time access for jewelry retailers across the globe through a patented reverse auction system. Previously only available to diamond wholesalers, this expansion was made possible by an outpouring of support from diamond industry veterans as well as certain members of the New York Angels, raising over Rs. 9 crores ($1.1M). Varun Alagh of Mamaearth, Aakrit Vaish of Haptik and Miten Sampat of CRED also participated in this round.
The investors believe the jewelry industry has been left behind compared to other sectors such as auto, finance, and pharmaceuticals. Their goal is to propel it into the modern age, attracting substantial financial capital into the trade.
Donna Redel, a member of New York Angels, as well as an early investor and mentor to Liquid Diamonds, now serves as a member of the company’s board of directors. She shared that she “is optimistic about the future of the diamond industry, as modern technology is slowly being accepted by a dated industry that is not currently data rich.” She continued that the “application of technology and access to data can benefit every part of the value chain. Liquid Diamonds is at the forefront of this revolution and will continue to establish itself as a great asset to the jewelry industry at large.”
Liquid Diamonds is helping diamond cutting and polishing companies, based in Surat and Mumbai access global wholesale markets of diamonds and jewelry. Liquid Diamonds has already facilitated the export of over Rs. 400 crores ($50M) in diamonds from India to the United States, showcasing the power of the platform.
Powered by a patented universal continuous double auction technology, the platform ensures diamond buyers get the best price by putting suppliers into open competition with each other. On the supply side, they offer a SaaS-based Pricing Co-Pilot that helps diamond suppliers price their diamonds competitively using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
Founders of Liquid Diamonds, Kashyap Mehta, Mark Molloy and Chetan Gupta, combine their deep family connections in the diamond industry with their technology backgrounds to revolutionize the industry. With the cross-border nature of the business, they have product development and ops teams based in the Bharat Diamond Bourse in Mumbai while sales, delivery and customer service functions are based in the Diamond District in New York.
“Our vision is to democratize the diamond market, allowing buyers to receive fair market value regardless of whether they are buying 5 or 500 diamonds,” said Kashyap Mehta, CEO of Liquid Diamonds. “This enhanced focus on retailers is an exciting advancement for the whole industry, and we are happy to report an increase in both time spent on the platform and a strong buyer ROI. By opening new opportunities and providing price transparency, we believe this will revolutionize the way the jewelry market conducts business.”
Those interested in utilizing this new service can do so by registering on www.liquid.diamonds and completing the KYC process to access the platform.
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Valmet enters joint venture with Körber to advance the digital offering to the tissue industry

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Valmet and Körber have on May 29, 2024, reached a joint venture agreement to further strengthen FactoryPal, a venture of Körber. FactoryPal is a software developed for tissue converting operations that improves shopfloor manufacturing performance and productivity.
According to the joint venture agreement, Valmet will become the majority shareholder of FactoryPal, and FactoryPal will continue operating as an own legal entity under the existing FactoryPal brand. The addition of FactoryPal will further strengthen Valmet’s offering of advanced Industrial Internet solutions and digital services to support customers in the tissue industry. The joint venture follows Valmet’s acquisition of Körber’s Business Area Tissue that was completed in November 2023.
FactoryPal software empowers tissue mill teams to achieve seamless operations by generating and utilizing high quality data combined with state-of-the-art user experience and advanced artificial intelligence (AI). FactoryPal acts as a trusted co-pilot on the shop floor.
“Valmet has a unique end to end offering for tissue producers, from stock-preparation and tissue machines to rewinders, converting and packaging lines, as well as services and automation systems. We see FactoryPal as an excellent addition that will provide performance optimization, not only for converting operations, but eventually also for the entire tissue making process,” says Petri Rasinmäki, Business Line President, Paper, Valmet.
“By setting up this powerful partnership, FactoryPal will be able to advance its product development with extensive machinery and paper making knowledge. This will empower us to deliver further innovative digital solutions across the entire tissue value chain, evolving the product to one of the leading AI-copilot solutions in the industry,” states Dr. Nadja Hatzijordanou, CEO of FactoryPal.
Currently, there are 55 employees working for FactoryPal in Germany, Portugal, Italy, the USA and Brazil. The set up of the joint venture is subject to customary closing conditions. The closing of the agreement is estimated to occur at earliest on August 1st, 2024.
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