April 11, 2014. The role of data in manufacturing has traditionally been understated. Manufacturing generates about a third of all data today, and this is certainly going to increase significantly in the future. Data forms the backbone of all Digital Manufacturing technologies, which will be the centerpiece of the strategy for advancing Manufacturing in the 21st century.
April 10, 2014 – Driverless vehicles prowl a cordoned section of parking lot, under the watchful eyes of their inventors. Each is loaded with racks of space-age equipment, scanning the asphalt ahead, beaming back hundreds of updates a second from laser rangefinders, cameras, and positioning sensors.
March 31, 2014. 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.
February 26, 2014. Please join the upcoming Green Infrastructure Conference, hosted by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on May 8-9, 2014 in Lansing, Michigan. This conference includes several panels and keynote speakers that will be discussing what is being done at the federal and state levels to advance Green Infrastructure (GI) including new technologies and best practices.
January 14, 2014. Senior VP Rebecca Taylor will receive a 2014 STEP Ahead Award, which celebrates the role of women in manufacturing. It’s part of the Washington, D.C.-based Manufacturing Institute’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production (STEP) Initiative. Rebecca will join a select group of women whose outstanding contributions to manufacturing promote women in industry.
December 11 , 2013. The Lightweighting Automotive Materials Program (LAMP) proved that light materials can be strong – and easily manufactured, cost-effective, and as good (or better) than the traditional solutions. LAMP was also the spark of inspiration that ignited the Grid Initiative™, a national Digital Manufacturing adoption effort designed and driven by NCMS. .
August 26, 2013. NCMS is pleased to announce the release of the two latest Executive Summaries from the LAMP project Ultra-Fine Grained/Nano Aluminum Material for Connecting Rods and Lightweight Material Usage Optimization Using High-Performance Computing.
June 13, 2013. Innovation is tricky, although it has worked its way into the lexicon of virtually all business practices in the last ten years. Being innovative is not as simple as utilizing the latest technologies or adopting new processes and procedures. Creating innovation is a much more intricate process.
June 3, 2013. For several years, NCMS and other collaborative leaders have been advocating the use of advanced modeling and simulation tools in product design and manufacturing. These techniques allow innovators to leverage massive computing power and predictive simulations to optimize designs, workflows, and products.
April 10, 2013. There is no reason to believe that social media is going to suddenly change the way your company (no matter how big or small) does business. Be realistic; know the limitations of…
March 4, 2013. What is visual problem solving? Truth be told, most of us use it every day. It has been so ingrained in us from childhood that by the time we are adults we hardly notice it. Designers, Illustrators and anyone else who needs to solve problems use visual tools. Visual problem solving allows us to see relationships that don’t often exist on spreadsheets and technical briefs.
January 31, 2013. All my life I have been blessed with having a creative mind. However, like many creative, my teachers and counselors had a different opinion. Now, I find that my ways of thinking are more of an asset than a hindrance. Being labeled a “creative” in a sea of technicians can be intimidating at times, but there is one equalizer that I find comforting – Communication.