November 20, 2012. The aim of the annual “Great Ideas” Competition is to provide a forum for the sharing of the most effective and leading edge innovations in maintenance technologies and processes. Six finalists had been selected to present their “Great Idea” at the Symposium. Each finalist had just 15 minutes to make the case as to why they should be chosen as the best of the “Great Ideas” participants.
April 30, 2012. Six new CTMA Project Opportunities including Product Life Cycle Management for Aircraft Sustainment and Support; Achieving Optimal Test Application Migration; Engine Reliability Data Error and Cost Reductions Through IUID Technology; DoD Airframe and Engine Fastener Removal – e-drill Cost Reduction and Process Improvement (e-CRPI); Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS); and Multibeam Laser Additive Manufacturing for Efficient Part Manufacture and Repair
April 3, 2012. Over 200 people from the DoD and Industry participated in this year’s CTMA Symposium, which uniquely brought together leaders from each of the services, maintainers, industry users, and technology providers.
January 23, 2012. The purpose of this market survey is to solicit feedback from industry and potential offerors in regards to the Engineering Squad Robot (ESR) program. The Government is drafting cost, schedule and performance requirements for a future formal Request for Proposal (RFP); this market survey is part of the requirements development and program planning effort.
December 21, 2011. The December 2011 update from National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) delivering manufacturing innovation.
December 10, 2011. Photos from the 2011 Defense Manufacturing Conference
December 8, 2011 The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Maintenance, Mr. John Johns, has issued the 2012 Maintenance Technology Challenge designed to introduce new technologies to DoD’s maintenance facilities that will help sustain materiel availability at reduced cost. Mr. Johns has tapped the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Program, a unique collaboration between OSD and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) to administer the $100,000 challenge
November 29, 2011. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) was awarded its tenth National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT) Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award at the 2011 Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC) this week in Anaheim, CA.
November 28, 2011. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) “No-Mask Electroplating” Project was awarded first place in the “Great Ideas Competition” at SAE’s 2011 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas. The annual symposium brings together thousands of government and industry representatives to exchange ideas to improve maintenance practices and procedures.
November 17, 2011. AMP calls for a national effort to support the creation of good jobs by helping U.S. manufacturers reduce costs, improve quality, and accelerate product development. In an effort to transform advanced manufacturing in the United States, AMP also aims to identify opportunities for investments in R&D, pre-competitive collaboration, and shared facilities and infrastructure. As digital manufacturers, this is a perfect opportunity for us to weigh in and let our leaders in government know about the importance of modeling and simulation to the industrial base and especially to our small and medium sized companies.
October 28, 2011. It will take more than just technology to bring manufacturing into the 21st Century. It will take companies whose philosophy, business approach and culture are totally committed to innovation — to exploring all avenues associated with the latest advances in digital manufacturing, from the shop floor to the executive office
October 27, 2011. NCMS is forming a new project, IUID Marking for Legacy Parts – Navy Pilot, to automate much of the non-recurring engineering for the sub class of parts that have nameplates.
October 10, 2011. Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) a non-profit member-funded industry association of companies in the defense and security industries, that fosters steady economic growth for the region and sustainable long-term profits for its members.
October 4, 2011. The Volumetric Accuracy for Large Machine Tools (VALMT) project was recently cited as a successful example of the NCMS cross-industry collaboration model which teams multiple organizations to share the costs and reap benefits of cutting edge R&D.
September 26, 2011. The September 2011 update from National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) delivering manufacturing innovation.
September 23, 2011. NCMS Vice President Chuck Ryan recently visited the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Keyport, to honor their work on the Automated Robotic Blade Stripping System (ARBSS) project. The ARBSS project was awarded a Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award presented by the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT) for outstanding cooperative efforts on technology development between government, industry and academia for DOD maintenance.
September 9, 2011. 2011 Industry Defense Manufacturing Excellence Awards – Time for Nominations
July 26, 2011. Digital Manufacturing is a game-changing new approach to making things in the United States. The Digital Manufacturing SIG is the collaborative vehicle to get this new exciting technology in the hands of U.S. manufacturers.
July 14, 2011. Volumetric Compensation Technology (VEC) was highlighted in the June 29 issue of Aerospace Manufacturing Magazine feature, Machine tools meet new materials. VEC is the commercial product developed from the Volumetric Accuracy for Large Machine Tools (VALMT) collaborative project which collected a Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award (2009) and a R&D 100 Award (2010).
June 28, 2011. NCMS at a Glance- Manufacturing Innovation | National Center for Manufacturing Sciences
NCMS Vice President Chuck Ryan recently visited NCMS member Koops Inc., to honor their work on the Automated Robotic Blade Stripping System (ARBSS) project.
2011 Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA)
NCMS at a Glance- March 2011 – National Center for Manufacturing Sciences
Despite a role in every aspect of modern society, the process and technology for metal electroplating has gone largely unchanged for the past 100 years. While safety and environmental hazards have been slightly reduced, electroplating remains a toxic, wasteful, inefficient, time consuming process.
Volumetric Accuracy for Large Machine Tools (VALMT) pioneered an innovative process in volumetric error compensation for large machine tools
NCMS celebrated the deployment of a new automated test capability system for night vision components at the Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD).
The latest high-impact promotional video for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) by NCMS Educational Services to highlight the Corps’ Sense and Respond Logistics initiative.
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) today announced that its Volumetric Accuracy for Large Machine Tools (VALMT) project has been honored with a R&D 100 Award.
NCMS will celebrate the deployment of a new automated test capability system for night vision components at the Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD).
This robotic laser stripping system is capable of removing paint from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter blade in less than two hours – a time savings of 75% over hand-sanding.
Two CTMA projects were recently approved.
The Technology Showcase at the MCLB – Albany Maintenance Center was presented by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) in partnership with the Office of the Secretary of Defense. This Technology Showcase provided industry with critical face time in front of Depot leaders, maintenance personnel and other support entities to learn firsthand what the Marine Corps needs, followed by a display of state-of-art private sector solutions.
On 28 – 29 April, FRC East hosted a Technology Showcase sponsored by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) through its Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities program (CTMA). The showcase brought leading technology companies into FRC East to see first hand the challenges our maintainers face in order to identify innovative commercial solutions.
This is an exclusive opportunity for NCMS members to display technologies for managers, engineers, and artisans at the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany Maintenance Center, Albany, Georgia.
Aerospace Engineering & Manufacturing Magazine has a great article highlighting the success of the award-winning NCMS-CTMA Volumetric Accuracy for Large Machine Tools (VALMT) project.
This is an exclusive opportunity for NCMS members to display technologies for managers, engineers, and artisans at the Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East Maintenance Center in Cherry Point, North Carolina. The first day of the event will be for technology displays followed by a day of follow-up meetings with FRC personnel on potential applications.
2010 CTMA Working Symposium Photos
Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent recently paid a visit to the NCMS West office in Washington State.
The NCMS Volumetric Accuracy for Large Machine Tools (VALMT) project is the subject of an article in the latest issue of Quality Digest.
This is an exclusive opportunity for NCMS members to display technologies for managers, engineers, and artisans at the Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East Maintenance Center in Cherry Point, North Carolina.
The 2010 CTMA Working Symposium highlights sustainment requirements, ongoing DoD projects addressing some of these needs, and interacting with the leaders in the DoD and industry responsible for improving weapon system sustainment.
Jim Dallam from MAG Industrial Automation Systems joins NCMS radio to discuss the award winning Volumetric Accuracy for Large Machine Tools (VALMT) project. VALMT has pioneered an innovative process in establishing a new methodology in volumetric error compensation for large machine tools which will reduce the amount of reworking of machined parts during onsite vehicle …
Early registration is now available for the 11th Annual Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Working Symposium being held March 22-24 in Quantico, Virginia The Symposium will include briefs from each of the armed services on their process for determining maintenance requirements, as well as project briefs from Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored programs involving sustainment. …
This is an exclusive opportunity for NCMS members to display technologies for managers, engineers, and artisans at the Fleet Readiness Center East Maintenance Center in Cherry Point, North Carolina. The first day of the event will be for technology displays followed by a day of follow-up meetings with FRC personnel on potential applications.
Please plan to participate in our third technology showcase to be held April 28-29, 2010. This is a chance to bring your technologies to the attention of the managers, engineers, and artisans at the Fleet Readiness Center East maintenance center in Cherry Point, North Carolina.
The DoD is facing severe challenges in their tactical ground combat equipment to provide added ballistic protection and survivability to the warfighters, but the added weight increases rollover events, and decreases vehicle performance such as fuel economy, speed, and acceleration. In addition, vehicle suspension and engine wear are further taxed by the added weight.
Members of Volumetric Accuracy for Large Machine Tools (VALMT) project team collect the Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award at the 2009 Defense Manufacturing Conference. It is the seventh such award for NCMS. The Defense Manufacturing Excellence Awards are presented by the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT) for outstanding cooperative efforts on technology development between government, industry and academia.
“…The kind of innovation that Tony and the guys at NCMS are bringing to the table is exactly what the manufacturing industry in the U.S. needs. Saving millions through enhanced efficiency is a building block to substantially increased competitiveness on a global stage.”
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) today announced that its Volumetric Accuracy for Large Machine Tools (VALMT) project has pioneered an innovative process in establishing a new methodology in volumetric error compensation for large machine tools.
This invocation was delivered at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Laser Coating Removal System for Composite Helicopter Rotor Blades production unit deployment at Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East.
The NCMS-CTMA project, Laser Coating Removal of Composite Helicopter Blades, successfully installed a production-ready paint stripping unit at Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East. The ribbon-cutting ceremony included remarks by RDML Tim Matthews COMFRC, Col.Scott Loch (Commander FRC East), CAPT Stephen E. Iwanowicz (Commander, NUWC Division Keyport) as well as remarks from maintainers from the paint stripping shop. Following the ceremony, attendees took a tour of the FRC East facilities.
NCMS won the award for the best booth in the large booth category at the Symposium. The NCMS booth showcased four of our collaborative project teams: Kinetic Spray, AP&IG, 3FAST, and CH-53E Readiness & Reliability.
Expect to learn about the services technological needs, discuss the new technology roadmap now under development, and to review current CTMA project efforts in addition to tabletop displays and extensive networking opportunities. Stay tuned for more information.
The NCMS-CTMA project, Laser Coating Removal of Composite Helicopter Blades, has successfully installed the paint stripping unit at Cherry Point, which is certified for production use. We welcome people interested in seeing this unit work in production as we celebrate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Cherry Point, North Carolina.
In August, the United States Marine Corps tapped NCMS Educational Services to produce a pair of high-impact promotional videos highlighting the Corps’ Sense and Respond Logistics initiative. “Sense and Respond is a robust new approach to tackling issues of maintenance, readiness, and lethality,” said Bob Appleton of R.W. Appleton & Associates, a chief project consultant.
NCMS made arrangements with the Department of Defense (DoD) for this technology showcase at the Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD). This unique opportunity to present innovative technology solutions and meet directly with maintenance personnel was available to NCMS members and invited guests.
NCMS is seeking participants for a new forming project, Trivalent Chrome Phase II. This project will complete the initial work of Phase I, where the team developed a new chrome plating process using a trivalent chrome bath to replace the highly-toxic hexavalent chrome bath. The trivalent chrome process must produce hard chrome components that perform equally or better to the older process while still meeting all military specs.
Please stop by Booth 333 to see these member companies showcasing technology created using the NCMS collaborative process.
NCMS seeks participants for a new forming project, IUID Markings for Legacy Parts. The project will demonstrate a system that can locate dataplates on raster images of 2D part drawings, determine a location for placing a 2D data matrix marking, create a pdf overlay of the new marking location, and create an AutoCAD Engineering Change Order for delivery to the cognizant engineering authority for action. Imaginestics is the technology provider.
NCMS has made arrangements with the Department of Defense (DoD) to sponsor a technology showcase at the Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD). This unique opportunity to present innovative technology solutions and meet directly with maintenance personnel is only available to NCMS members. Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD) is the largest, full-service electronics maintenance facility in DoD and …
Current decontamination methods used by maintenance personnel result in exposure to dangerous chemicals and pose disposal problems.
This project will provide alternative green metal cutting methods for use during vessel disposal to reduce metal fume emissions in full compliance with Washington State and Puget Sound Clean Air Agency opacity requirements, Federal Clean Water Act, and to reduce costs during the cut-up phases of aircraft carrier disposals.
NCMS recently held an exclusive technology event at the Barstow Marine Corp Logistics Base. A dozen NCMS member companies displayed project technology throughout the base for maintenance personnel. Maintenance Center Commander Colonel Dale Johnson III was pleased with the technology innovations highlighted during the event.
Rapid Manufacturing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), is a transformational manufacturing paradigm expected to supplant traditional machining and tooling processes for the fabrication of select products. This revolutionary technology builds net shape or near net shape parts layer by layer directly from CAD. Additive technologies allow part design freedoms not possible with traditional fabrication methods. Complex-multiple part configurations can be constructed in a single build, thus allowing reduction in the numbers of component parts needing assembly.
NCMS is holding an exclusive technology event for its member at the Barstow Marine Corp Logistics Base.
The objective of this CTMA effort is to provide the Army with automated test equipment which has the ability to replace the outdated manual test equipment presently used by government and industry. This capability will reduce cycle time for returned night vision devices and significantly reduce costs to the Department of Defense by decreasing destruction of good image intensifier tubes.
Navy, Capt Tim Matthews, Command Officer, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), discussed challenges of technology transition faced by his command Projects meeting the immediate needs of the warfighter were highlighted, including the award winning NCMS/CTMA Enhanced Wiring Integrity System (EWIS) project. A number of future challenges and capabilities were also identified. While funding …
Dr. Katherine Stevens, Director Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL, delivered an overview of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The AFRL’s mission is to lead the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force. To this end, the AFRL manages the following technology transition paths to support …
Col Dale Johnson, Commander, Maintenance Center Barstow, discussed the mission of Marine Logistics command is to provide integrated supply chain distribution and management to support Marine units in the field while maximizing their readiness and sustainability. With a focus on the warfighter, the logistics command is committed to finding the best integrated solutions. This …
Colonel Ron Alberto, Logistics Corps Commander, Tobyhanna Army Depot provided an overview of the capabilities and systems at the depot including repair and overhaul, manufacturing, engineering and systems integration. Tobyhanna Army Depot is investing in their future and the focus on maintenance technology and the continued insertion of new technology at the depot. …
Dr. Raj Iyer, Director, Data Management/ TACOM LCMC Data Czar spoke on the Logistics Modernization Program. The TACOM Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) integrates product data from the top floor to the shop floor. The LMP enterprise model is the largest ERP system in the world and manages the supply and acquisition of resources across …
[usercontrol: /blog/user controls/gallery.ascx ImageUrl=/blog/gallery/09ctma-day2/; RepeatColumns=6]
MajGen Scott G. West, Commanding General U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command described the vision and mission of TACOM. TACOM is tasked with supporting a diverse set of product lines through their life cycles, from combat and tactical vehicles, armaments, watercraft, fuel and water distribution equipment, to soldier, biological, and chemical equipment. TACOM has …
[usercontrol: /blog/user controls/gallery.ascx ImageUrl=/blog/gallery/09ctma-day1/; RepeatColumns=6]
John B. Johns Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Maintenance addressed the challenges faced by the Department of Defense (DOD) maintenance community. Assets worth over $350B Annual maintence budget of over $85B Maintained by 650,000 DoD military and civilian personnel and thousands of private sector companies The maintainers must perform their duties while in …
MajGen Scott G. West, Commanding General U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command and NCMS President Rick Jarman
The NCMS-CTMA 2009 Symposium features leaders from across all services who will discuss the importance of continuous technology insertion to ensure that our maintainers, logisticians and engineers are equipped with the capabilities which enable them to efficiently and effectively sustain materiel readiness.
Hurry- it is not too late to register. Come and learn more about the importance of maintenance technology and technology insertion.
Sierra Army Depot (SIAD) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the successful demonstration of an innovative wireless industrial Vehicle Management System (VMS). Centralized Fleet Automated Management System (CFAMS)- is an NCMS Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) program, with the goals of reducing industrial vehicle maintenance costs, improving fleet mission readiness, increasing material handling productivity and the consequential velocity of critical warfighter supplies, and improving worker safety.
McLean, Va., January 8, 2008 – QinetiQ North America, a global developer of innovative technology solutions for national defense, today announced that its FluidScan™ monitor has won the 2008 Great Ideas Competition Award presented annually by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) at the Department of Defense (DoD) Maintenance Symposium & Exhibition.
The CTMA project “Centralized Fleet Automated Management System”, (CFAMS) has recently completed a successful pilot at Sierra Army Depot (SIAD). To celebrate this milestane a Ribbon Cutting and Demonstration will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25th . The Ribbon Cutting is being held by the CTMA program in conjunction with the Army Materiel Command and is being hosted by LTC Lee H. Schiller, Jr., Commander, Sierra Army Depot.
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is currently managing (on behalf of the U.S. Navy) a project designed to convert a legacy, paper-based maintenance manual to an electronic form that is compliant with the S1000D international standard for technical manuals. To better understand the scope and scale of the level of effort, NCMS seeks …
The Common ATE project targets the development of a CASS replacement system for Navy Automatic Test Equipment (ATE). The new system will be defined with industry standard interfaces between components to facilitate migration to new ATE components as they emerge. NCMS seeks information on applicable components, migration processes, and technology providers. Project participation isn’t closed …
NCMS will be exhibiting at the Department of Defense Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition in Denver, CO on October 27-30, 2008.
Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) – a collaborative initiative teaming NCMS, its member companies and the Department of Defense (DoD) – held its 9th annual symposium April 7-9, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland. The CTMA program, administered by the NCMS, is a unique DoD/Industry partnership designed to bring new technologies to the DoD maintenance community to increase warfighter readiness through increased weapon system reliability, improved maintenance procedures, and reduce costs.
This event was held to improve the Marine Corps materiel sustainment processes by identifying common maintenance issues and exploring potential technology solutions in use/development in other military services and in commercial industry.
Limited seats are still available for this event that brings together leading commercial companies and the Department of Defense (DoD) Maintenance & Repair facilities to work on common manufacturing issues.
Two CTMA projects, Smart Machines Pilot Project (SMPP) Phase II and OptiCAM, are near completion and will soon enter the Final Report creation stage.
NCMS CTMA Symposium
Each year the Department of Defense (DoD) spends multi-millions of dollars repairing vehicle components caused by corrosion damage. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) managed a cross-industry collaborative team that developed a new kinetic spray technology championed by the Delphi Research Laboratory. This new technology will impact Department of Defense by significantly reducing corrosion related maintenance across all military services.
A variety of landing gear components are failing without having reached their desired service lives. The failures are due primarily to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and fatigue. The objective of this project was to improve the fatigue life and SCC resistance through the application of laser peening technology to selected components.
The Marine Corps Base Quantico will be co-hosting a combined workshop with the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) and the Joint Technologies Exchange Group (JTEG). The theme for this workshop is “Land Systems Sustainment Technology”.