Partstat Partner News October 2021

By Logan Wamsley

Philips Creates New Scanning System to Make MRIs Less Scary for Children

In an effort to ease the fear children may feel getting an MRI scan, Philips is taking a very unique approach. With their latest product, Philips Pediatric Coaching, the company is attempting to turn the process into a fun game that will bring young patients joy while making lying still for an extended length of time a significantly less stressful experience.

“As adults, many of us can experience anxiety and stress during an MRI exam, and this is especially true for our youngest patients,” said Werner Satter, general manager of Philips’ healthcare environment and experience design. “With Philips Pediatric Coaching, we deploy gamification to help children better prepare for their MRI scan in a nonthreatening environment at home, interacting with the same character and voice like Ollie the Elephant and friends, who also coaches them at the hospital and can even coach them during the MRI procedure itself.”

Before the child enters the device, the child is paired up with “virtual buddy,” who will lead them through the entire process. In fact, it’s not the buddy who leads the process, but the child. Pretending to be the radiologist, the child gets to show their new buddy how to properly lie still. The buddy will then interact with the child as they are introduced to a toy CT machine, called the “Kitten Scanner,” and told how it can be used to see the inside of animals.

This is just the latest attempt by Philips to bring this new approach to all of healthcare. This year, they have also teamed up with Disney to incorporate their characters throughout hospitals in Europe, along with redesigned exams rooms complete with softer lighting and comforting colors.

IBM Board Approves Kyndryl Separation

In an effort to consolidate its core hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence solutions business, IBM has announced that its board of directors has approved separation from Kyndryl, its managed infrastructure service business.

Under the terms, Kyndryl will be become an independent publically traded company. IBM shareholders will receive 80.1% of Kyndryl’s common stock on a pro-rata basis, and each IBM shareholder will receive one share of Kyndryl for every five IBM shares held. The distribution is expected on November 3, 2021, to shareholders of record on October 25, 2021.

“The separation of Kyndryl is a significant step in the continued evolution of IBM, a company now squarely focused on delivering powerful hybrid cloud and AI solutions and capabilities to enterprises around the world,” said Arvind Krishna, IBM Chairman and CEO.

According to analysts, the long-term prospects of the move are primed to be positive. IBM expects mid-single-digit revenue growth, FCF generation of $35bn cumulative over a three-year period from 2022 to 2024, a higher mix of software and recurring revenues driving growth, high single-digit growth for IBM consulting, and mid-single-digit software growth.

GE, in Partnership With GM, Study Rare Earth Supply Projects for EVs

Spurred in partial response to the current supply chain crisis, the clean energy arm of General Electric (GE) has announced a partnership with General Motors (GM) to carefully study the supply of rare earth materials in order to better manufacture electric vehicles and clean energy equipment. Additionally, the agreement will look for way to improve the supply of magnets, copper, and electrical steel.

The main producers of magnets today are found in China, Brazil, and India. Under this new agreement, both companies will seek to improve the supply chain in North America and Europe to better support magnet manufacturing in their own countries. The supply chains will also be able to support newer products such as “eSteel,” which is composed in part of recycled materials.

“A secure, sustainable and resilient local supply chain for electric vehicle materials is critical to the execution of GM’s vision of an all-electric future,” Shilpan Amin, GM’s vice president for global purchasing and supply chain. “Motors are one of the most important components of our Ultium Platform, and the heavy and light rare earth materials are an essential ingredient in our motor magnets.”

Honeywell Introduces Innovative New Flight Deck for Future Aircraft

On October 5, Honeywell announced one of its latest creations in the hope of introducing unparalleled connectivity, collaboration, and protection to the avionics industry. Called the “Anthem” flight deck, this system will allow aircraft, for the first time, access to cloud computing systems that will not only drastically improve efficiency, as well as flight safety.

“Honeywell is not just launching a new flight deck today—we are changing the way pilots operate aircraft and creating a more intuitive experience than ever,” said Honeywell Aerospace CEO Mike Madsen. “In the same way we moved from flip phones to smartphones, Honeywell Anthem will transform the pilot experience with customizable controls operated quickly and easily with a few swipes of the finger.”

Honeywell’s new system uses much of the same technology it has used in previous flight decks for business jets and turboprops, though the hardware and software architecture is very different. The traditional flight management system and control display unit, for example, along with every other instrument on the flight deck, has been replaced by touch screens with gesture control. Voice controls and a smartphone-like user interface will make the experience more intuitive for pilots, who will be able to customize the layout of the displays to their preferences, whether in the aircraft or at the hotel preparing for the next flight in their always-on aircraft.

This cloud-connected approach to aircraft operation allows pilots, maintenance personnel, dispatchers, and anyone else involved in flight operations to access data in real time via two-way connection with every Anthem-equipped aircraft in their fleet from virtually anywhere.