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Self-guided vehicles -or AGVs, for its acronym in English- have come to revolutionize the industrial sector, which is precisely one of the ones that is being most affected by the health crisis that is hitting the world and by its economic consequences.

 

These are towing vehicles, that is, 'small' robots that, thanks to platforms, can transport from 300 kilograms to 3 tons of weight. They also have integrated "traffic controller" software that shows their position, status and load in real time and calculates their efficiency. And with rear and front scanners they can detect people and stop if necessary.

 

They are technologically simple devices to understand: you just have to imagine that popular vacuum cleaner with a dance name to understand the operation of these AGVs. The fundamental thing is, then, its navigation system, for which they use detectors: the vehicles detect some 'tags' - magnetic tapes - that are stuck on the ground and follow them according to the instructions given.

 

These 'tags' work as if they were the road of the AGV: they are lines stuck to the ground and the device sticks to them to make its route, but they are totally flexible since they can be detached and change the itinerary if the robot is required in a new one task.

 

“We work on the automation of all the processes of the supply chain, a chain that goes from the moment a company receives an order until it manufactures it, with all the internal and external logistics that it entails, and one of the solutions that is succeeding the most is these robots”, explains Clodo González, director of Moontech, the area dedicated to the development of technological solutions for industry at Hiberus.

 

Its advantage in an industrial environment? It just has to follow the route. “There are ‘intelligent self-guided vehicles’ that depend on the internet connection and that the available space is clear, for example, to be able to carry out their routes. These factors are difficult to find in the industry, and the fact that these AGVs simply limit themselves to traveling a marked path makes their work much easier”, says the expert.

 

Simplicity and simplicity both in implementation and handling, says the director of Moontech, are essential to its success. He says that in less than three months they have been able to deploy a batch of fifty AGVs in the same industrial factory, Modules Ribera Alta. "With this shift towards automation, they have managed to reduce 70% of their logistics spending," says González.

 

The proposal is based on technology and process engineering. “Managing logistics by putting technology first allows the organization that applies it to be flexible to changes in demand and to the new scenarios that it must face, to be efficient to be able to carry out any action optimally, and be fast, to be able to survive in an increasingly changing environment ”, says the expert.

 

González thus refers to the health situation: for weeks the industry was practically paralyzed, leaving a sector that had already been battered and totally destroyed - we remember that according to the latest Industrial Barometer of the General Council of Industrial Technical Engineering and the General Council of Economists the Industry already only represents 16% of GDP-.

 

According to the INE, in April, industrial production plummeted 33.6%, its biggest drop since the historical series began in 1976. The reason for this collapse was the total paralysis of the industrial sector to contain the expansion of the new virus. "The transformation of these companies and the commitment to digitization and automation may be the keys to their recovery, because for example they should not have stopped their operation during the weeks we had to stay at home," says the director of Moontech.

 

Source: www.20minutos.es - Últimas Noticias. 2020. Robotización De La Industria: Así Son Los Vehículos Autoguiados, Capaces De Trasportar Hasta 3 Toneladas De Peso. [online] Available at: <https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/4392244/0/robotizacion-de-la-industria-asi-son-los-vehiculos-autoguiados-capaces-de-trasportar-hasta-3-toneladas-de-peso/> [Accessed 28 September 2020].


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Green technology to turn CO2 into plastic

Monday, 21 September 2020 07:27

This is an important chemical that is used to produce plastics, solvents, cosmetics, and other important products globally. Until now it is obtained from hydrocarbons. Scientists developed nanoscale copper wires with specially shaped surfaces to catalyze a chemical reaction that reduces greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously generating ethylene, a valuable chemical.

 

Computational studies of the reaction show that the shaped catalyst favors the production of ethylene over hydrogen or methane. A study detailing the advance was published in Nature Catalysis. "We are on the brink of fossil fuel depletion, along with the challenges of global climate change," Yu Huang, a corresponding co-author of the study and a professor of materials science and engineering at UCLA, said in a statement.

 

Tecnología verde para convertir CO2 en plástico

 

"Developing materials that can efficiently convert greenhouse gases into value-added fuels and chemical feedstocks is a critical step in mitigating global warming while avoiding the extraction of increasingly limited fossil fuels. This integrated experiment and theoretical analysis presents a sustainable path toward carbon dioxide recycling and utilization " he stated.

 

Currently, ethylene has a global annual production of 158 million tons. Much of that is turned into polyethylene, which is used in plastic packaging. Ethylene is processed from hydrocarbons, such as natural gas.

 

"The idea of ​​using copper to catalyze this reaction has been around for a long time, but the key is to accelerate the rate so that it is fast enough for industrial production" said William A. Goddard III, study co-author and professor of chemistry, Materials Science and Applied Physics from Caltech. "This study shows a solid path to that brand, with the potential to transform ethylene production into a greener industry using CO2 that would otherwise end up in the atmosphere."

 

The use of copper to initiate the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the ethylene reaction (C2H4) has suffered two blows against it. First, the initial chemical reaction also produced hydrogen and methane, both undesirable in industrial production. Second, previous attempts that resulted in ethylene production did not last long, and the conversion efficiency decreased as the system continued to operate.

 

To overcome these two hurdles, the researchers focused on designing copper nanowires with highly active "steps", similar to a set of ladders arranged on an atomic scale. An intriguing finding from this collaborative study is that this pattern of passages through the nanowire surfaces remained stable under the reaction conditions, contrary to the general belief that these high-energy characteristics would soften. This is the key to both the durability and selectivity of the system in the production of ethylene, rather than other end products.

 

The team demonstrated a conversion rate of carbon dioxide to ethylene of more than 70%, much more efficient than previous designs, which produced at least 10% less under the same conditions. The new system ran for 200 hours, with little change in conversion efficiency, a major advance for copper-based catalysts. Furthermore, the comprehensive understanding of the structure-function relationship illustrated a new perspective for designing highly active and durable CO2 reduction catalysts in action.

 

Source: Verde, T., 2020. Tecnología Verde Para Convertir CO2 En Plástico. [online] ECOticias.com. Available at: <https://www.ecoticias.com/tecnologia-verde/204922/Tecnologia-verde-convertir-CO2-plastico> [Accessed 21 September 2020].


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Electronic devices are getting smaller, more connected and more powerful; but they still have one thing in common: they need energy to function. Even miniature implantable medical devices and Internet of Things remote sensors require a certain amount of power to function, making it a challenge to design equally small, efficient, and durable batteries for them.

 

One of the alternatives that could potentially be the answer to these problems is the "betavoltaic cell". These cells are a type of energy source similar to photovoltaic cells that, instead of producing an electrical current by capturing visible or ultraviolet light, create electricity using a type of radiation (beta decay) generated internally by a radioactive material. The biggest problem with existing betavoltaic cells is their low conversion efficiency. This means that only a very small portion of the emitted radiation can be converted into electrical energy.

 

In a recent study published in the journal Chemical Communications, scientists from the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) in Korea, led by Professor Su-Il In, explore a new technique to increase the performance of betavoltaic cells. To achieve this, they borrowed a technique previously used in photovoltaic cells: sensitizing dyes. In the proposed betavoltaic cell, the electrons of the ruthenium-based dye used are "sensitive" to the beta radiation emitted by the radioactive source material. This means that the electrons in the dye are more easily excited into higher energy states, making it easier for them to jump from the dye into the material at the other pole of the battery, thus completing a circuit.

 

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Prof. Su-Il In. (Foto: dgist)

 

Their cell performance was verified experimentally and turned out to be quite promising, as Professor In points out: "So far our dye-sensitized betavoltaic cell is the first to apply it to achieve high radiation-to-current conversion efficiency." The prospect of small, durable, and efficient betavoltaic devices could open up a large design space for small electronic devices. Excited with the results, Prof. In concludes: "We explore a new horizon in the field of betavoltaic devices, and we predict that even higher efficiencies will be possible through further modifications, creating new opportunities in the field of nuclear batteries."

 

 

Source: Redacción, N., 2020. Una Novedosa Tecnología Betavoltaica Para Una Mejor Producción De Energía. [online] Noticias de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Amazings® / NCYT®). Available at: <https://noticiasdelaciencia.com/art/39420/una-novedosa-tecnologia-betavoltaica-para-una-mejor-produccion-de-energia> [Accessed 14 September 2020].


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Researchers from the Medical Oncology and Hematology Group of the INCLIVA Health Research Institute, at the Hospital Clínico de Valencia, have carried out a study that points to an HDAC5 inhibitor as a potential treatment for breast cancer in very young women (under 35 years of age), characterized by being more aggressive and with a worse prognosis than breast cancer in older women.

 

The main objective of the study was to analyze the biological and molecular differences between breast cancer in very young women and in older women, comparing the expression of the HDAC5 gene in them and testing the use of the inhibitor of this gene in cell lines, as a potential treatment. The results of the research were recently published in the magazine Cancers, in an article entitled ‘HDAC5 Inhibitors as a Potential Treatment in Breast cancer Affecting Very Young Women’.

 

The current work was based on the scientific basis, following a study by INCLIVA and the Hospital Clínico de Valencia, that high expression of the HDAC5 gene is associated with a poor prognosis in breast cancer, especially in young women of less than 35 years.

 

The investigation studied its correlation with the clinical characteristics, and the inhibition potential of an HDAC5 inhibitor medication(LMK-235) in cell lines from young and old patients. The results obtained from the trials showed a higher expression of HDAC5 with a worse prognosis in breast cancer of young women.

 

It was found that the overexpression of HDAC5 is correlated with lower survival rates in tumors of young women, as well as, regardless of age, in tumors of the triple negative subtype -which are the most aggressive and for which there is no a specific treatment-, for which the medication LMK-235 is considered as a potential treatment.

 

Research has shown very promising results in cell lines, although more studies are still needed. The next phase, which is already under development, aims to test this potential breast cancer treatment in young women in 3D organoid cultures. These 3D cultures are established from tumors removed from patients in surgery and grow under very well established conditions in the laboratory. They have properties similar to those of tumors in patients and are a system that opens a path for the study of new therapies. In this case, these 3D cultures will be used to analyze the effect of the HDAC5 inhibitor on them.

 

 

Source: Revista Pharma Market. 2020. INCLIVA Estudia Un Nuevo Fármaco Como Potencial Tratamiento De Cáncer De Mama En Mujeres Jóvenes - Revista Pharma Market. [online] Available at: <https://www.phmk.es/i-d/incliva-estudia-un-nuevo-farmaco-como-potencial-tratamiento-de-cancer-de-mama-en-mujeres-jovenes> [Accessed 8 September 2020].


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