National Center for Manufacturing Sciences News and Views from the World of Manufacturing
Welcome to The CTMA Connector, a monthly newsletter designed to provide news and ideas about the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) program. The CTMA program is a joint Department of Defense/National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (DoD/NCMS) effort promoting collaborative technology development between industry and the DoD maintenance and repair facilities. This newsletter highlights ongoing projects, serves as a forum for promoting new project ideas, and provides other news of interest to the program. Our goal is to stimulate your participation and solicit your input.
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Given the recent severe DoD travel restrictions, we are making the following changes to the NCMS/CTMA networking events:
The CTMA Annual Partners Meeting, formerly the CTMA Symposium, will be primarily a virtual event, and will be held May 21-23. The meeting will be broadcast to participants and will consist of three keynote speakers, the deputy commanders panel, a technology showcase event, and the DoD Joint Technology Exchange Group panel. For those who can travel, NCMS will host the event and will be the site of the technology showcase. We will start at 1300 on 21 May, and conclude at 1200 on 23 May. Obviously we are working out the details, and will keep you informed. Please plan on participating in the exciting new virtual event!
Technology Showcase at US Navy Yard, Washington D.C.: One popular aspect of the annual CTMA Annual Partners Meeting has been technology tabletop displays, and the Annual Partners Meeting now going virtual this year, we are going to have the Technology Showcase event at the Navy Yard on Tuesday, 9 April. These showcase events in the past have received high accolades for their ability to target the Government’s technology needs, fill gaps and showcase members’ innovations. All NCMS member companies are invited to the Navy Yard to participate at the tabletop event and present your capabilities to the engineers and managers located at the Navy Yard. Again, stay tuned for event updates.
$100,000 NCMS/OSD Maintenance Challenge:
Now that the Annual Partners Meeting is going virtual, we are introducing the 2nd Annual NCMS/OSD Maintenance Challenge as a separate event. We are looking for new CTMA project ideas with strong impacts on the DoD maintenance community. Ideas submitted will be reviewed by a panel of judges and the winning team will receive $100,000 as part of a CTMA project.
Not yet a member of NCMS? Membership applications can be found here.
Concept Paper format (not to exceed 10 pages)
Statement of problem
Deliverables (A report alone is not sufficient; projects are to deliver a product or service to the participating maintenance activity(ies). Preferably, such deliverables hold promise as problem solutions for other like maintenance activities throughout DoD.)
CTMA funds: $100K
Cost share from team:
Total project cost:
Statement of the quantifiable benefits that are expected to be gained by DoD as a result of this project (an ROI for the project).
Statement of the performance measurements that are going to be undertaken during the course of the project.
Benefits to industry.
Anticipated Participants (DoD maintenance activities, Industry Partners, other government facilities or academic institutions).
A CTMA panel that will include technology leaders from each of the services will down select to five finalists
Selection criteria –
IOC within twelve months
Strength of team/buy-in
Level of innovation
Five finalists will be down selected and given 15 minutes to present their project idea via virtual meeting to the panel of judges
The judges will select a winner and runner-up
Technical progress / status will be reported to Senior Sustainment Leaders quarterly and during Maintenance Enterprise Steering Committee and Depot Commanders Peer to Peer meetings.
NCMS is currently working with several DoD depots for scheduling Technology Showcases at their facilities. In addition to the above event at the Navy Yard, we are trying to hold two more events during 2013.