Tobacco giant Altria made a very public splash with its $1.8 billion investment in recreational cannabis in 2019. Since buying in, the company has been much more quietly trying to claim a long-term stake in the marijuana industry by patenting cannabis technology, public records show.
In late February of this year, Altria, the parent company of cigarette brands including Marlboro and Parliament, filed two patent applications for vaporizer devices specifically designed for cannabis, according to United States Patent and Trademark Office filings.
The company is also the current owner on two older vaporizer patents from the same inventor filed earlier and acquired through a sale, a company spokesman said. Those patents also specifically mention cannabis.
The Altria cannabis devices have temperature controls meant to allow consumers to vaporize THC or CBD.
Securing the zero DPPM Holy Grail with advanced optical inspection technology
Despite the disruptions brought about by COVID-19 globally, Automotive Technology is still progressing in leaps and bounds, especially in the electric vehicle (EV) segment. Latest research from Statista shows the adoption rates of EV projected to reach 30% of total market share by Year 2030, and driving the power electronics market with 6% CAGR till year 2023.
This is a good sign for the demand in automotive components but automotive industry quality remains of utmost importance, with 100% inspection of all products as the norm, and a drive toward the goal of zero defective parts per million (zero DPPM). Current quality assurance approaches in the industry are becoming challenging, especially with the impact of COVID-19. It is currently heavily dependent on human inspection, with variations in judgement standards between human operators, not