May 6, 2013. An upcoming event will mark the launch of a new research center at George Mason University, with GMU administrators, staff from the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), government officials, and representatives from the transportation industry in attendance. The occasion celebrates the Center for Collision Safety and Analysis at GMU, and is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Research Hall’s Showcase Room on GMU’s Fairfax Campus.
April 26, 2013. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder addressed a standing room crowd at the 2013 Michigan Robotics Day held at the Jack Roth Stadium Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During his talk he did a Q&A session moderated by NCMS President & CEO Rick Jaman.
April 3 , 2013. NCMS member company, MDS Coatings Technologies Corporation was given the small industry spotlight during the recent NDIA Manufacturing Division meeting in Washington, DC.
March 25, 2013. The March 2013 update from National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) delivering manufacturing innovation.
February 28, 2013. The February 2013 update from National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) delivering manufacturing innovation.
February 11, 2013. California, Florida and Nevada have already passed similar measures to support local innovators. This effort is a bid to publicize innovative Michigan-based companies who require more than their limited road testing. Manufactures have been discretely testing autonomous vehicles on Michigan roads for years, and this new legislation would establish guidelines and open the market for small and medium sized companies to begin creating new autonomous vehicle technology.
February 8, 2013. The program committee of the 2013 NSF Workshop on Nano and Micro Manufacturing would like to invite you to attend or present at our upcoming workshop, May 22-23 in Dearborn, MI. Dr. Sridahar Kota, formerly of the White House Office of Science and Technology will be one of the plenary speakers. Additional speakers include Kurt Peterson, from KP MEMS, who is a microsensor pioneer and current venture capitalist; and Avram Bar-Cohen, a Program Manager at the Microsystem Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
February 6, 2013. Each time we hear about advancements in additive manufacturing, it seems a little more tantalizing… and a little crazier. But there have to be limits sooner or later, right? I mean, who would be crazy enough to attempt a 3D printed house?
February 4, 2013. Kellie Johnson, President of ACE Clearwater Enterprises, was recently honored for making significant achievements in manufacturing through positive impact on her company and the industry as a whole.
January 29, 2013. The January 2013 update from National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) delivering manufacturing innovation.
January 24, 2013. Last week, the Obama Administration held a workshop entitled “Blueprint for Action: Design of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)” at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration in Huntsville, Alabama. This heavily attended workshop included representatives from government, academia and industry – all convening to collaborate around the design of the proposed NNMI public-private partnership program.
January 22, 2013. Last fall the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) announced that it had partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to establish the first innovation center in what will become a national grid. The centers help will small- and mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs) be more competitive globally by providing them with a virtualized approach to product design and manufacturing that combines high performance modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A), data mining tools, and the digitization of processes to optimize speed, reliability, and efficiency.
January 17, 2013. Last night Michigan’s Governor, Rick Snyder announced his support for autonomous vehicle licensing in the state. NCMS has been working with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to help the Midwest seize the lead in the development and deployment of robotic and autonomous vehicle technology.
November , 2013. The November 2012 update from National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) delivering manufacturing innovation.
November 21, 2012. Any James Bond movie is sure to feature an iconic auto subjected to high speed chases and often explosions. The newest installment, Skyfall, featuring a classic 1960’s Aston Martin DB5 that is involved in a series of stunts and huge explosions including one scene which saw the priceless vehicle explode in flames is certainly no different. Being a rather expensive car, the producers didn’t have the luxury of using an actual vehicle for every scene. The priceless Aston Martin DB5, which was already used in the first James Bond film exactly 50 years ago, needed to remain unscathed.
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.
November 19, 2012. PARC, a Xerox company, is in the business of Breakthroughs. Practicing open innovation, they provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, start-ups and government agencies and partners.
November 13, 2012. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) announced today that it has partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to establish the first innovation center in a national grid that will accelerate manufacturing in Michigan and across the country by providing easy access to digital modeling and simulation tools for businesses.
November 8, 2012. Equipois is dedicated to the mission of utilizing its patented exoskeletal arm technology to reduce injuries, increase productivity, and decrease costs in the workplace. Their proprietary technology enables and enhances the most versatile tools in existence – human hands guided by the human mind. The goal: eliminating the costly and widespread injuries caused by exertion, repetition and strain.
October 29, 2012. The October 2012 update from National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) delivering manufacturing innovation.
October 26, 2012. Terascala storage appliances accelerate data throughput in big data, high performance enterprise computing environments
October 23, 2012. A chill went through the additive manufacturing industry recentl;y as a company with a dubious reputation as patent troll makes a move that could stifle innovation.
October 12, 2012. Partners including the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN), Detroit Regional Chamber, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC), and National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), were awarded $2.19 million over three years through the federal Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge for Advanced Manufacturing. The funding will support development of the “Innovation Realization Cluster” of Southeast Michigan and connect local businesses with new opportunities in an effort to foster growth and development of the region’s custom-manufacturing base.
October 3, 2012. Tactical Edge helps organizations cost-effectively design, develop and deploy complex CD/C41 and enterprise information management systems. They couple industry best practices with emergent, open source, proven technologies to meet the ever evolving needs of the Warfighter.
October 2, 2012. Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software. Their PLM solutions help customers make smarter decisions that lead to better products and processes.
October 1, 2012. One Network provides planning, execution and business intelligence applications build on a federated cloud computing platform.
September 26, 2012. The March 2012 update from National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) delivering manufacturing innovation.
September 26, 2012. Troika is a veteran-owned small business with over 90-years of senior Marine Corps and DoD experience. Troika has been on the cutting edge of military system lifecycle management including requirements development, logistics and acquisition strategy analysis and implementation, and system fielding. From analyses to subject matter expert support, Troika combines strategy with an understanding of technology and innovation to deliver successful results.
September 26, 2012. Tracen is a technology products and services company specializing in integrated mobile and web technology solutions. Tracen’s flagship product, COMMANDmobile®, is a web based integrated product suite featuring mobile data collection, intelligent dispatching and role based security.
September 24, 2012. Promote industrial energy efficiency with partnerships and resources. Learn what resources are available in Michigan that can help your company save energy and improve competitiveness.
September 7, 2012. Unless Congress acts to reverse its own legislation, sequestration will force automatic federal spending cuts of $1.2 trillion over the next decade, split between defense and non-defense outlays. The 2011 Budget Control Act triggered the cuts after a bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction–the “super committee”–failed to reach agreement on reducing the federal deficit last November.
September 6, 2012. Affordable robotic appendages able to mimic the dexterity of the human hand may be closer than we think. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have taken the novel approach of incorporating components originally designed for cell phones into their modular design.
August 29, 2012. We recently launched an upgraded online resource to provide streamlined access to all your NCMS membership benefits. Features include an interactive forum, member directory, important collaboration documents and online networking groups.
August 24, 2012. Google raised some happy eyebrows earlier this summer when the company decided to manufacture its Nexus Q streaming media device in the United States. The firm was closemouthed about most other aspects of the manufacturing decision, not even revealing where the spheroid competitor to Apple TV and Roku was to be built.
August 17, 2012. The Smart Machines Coalition, a public/private collaboration started by the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), now includes the National Center for Defense Machining and Manufacturing (NCDMM), the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).
August 16, 2012. A management consulting firm providing unique, creative and innovative products to both the government and commercial sectors.
August 15, 2012. The 5th Advanced Lightweight Materials Summit has been designed to provide automobile manufactures and suppliers the latest advances and materials selection strategies to promote lighter weight, higher performing, fuel efficient vehicles without sacrificing safety or performance. This program will feature the latest breakthroughs in lightweight materials and cutting-edge adaptive applications.
August 10, 2012. Writing for the New York Times, Louis Uchitelle laments the death of skilled craftsmanship in the United States, drawing a parallel between it and the nation’s long-suffering manufacturing sector.
July 30, 2012. Monthly update from National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) delivering manufacturing innovation.
July 20, 2012. KALO, LLC is a DoD marketing & technical consulting company that provides subject matter expertise in laboratory projects, contracting, program management, logistics support, requirements generation, ITAR, SOCOM, G-2 ISR, etc.
July 16, 2012. 3D printing (or additive manufacturing, as it’s more descriptively called) could remake American manufacturing. NCMS project teams have been at forefront of developing this exciting technology that is now more affordable than ever.
July 12, 2012. A team at MIT is experimenting with new ways for humans and robots to work together in industrial environments. The result should be greater manufacturing efficiency and productivity. And maybe the philosophers can pick up where the scientists leave off. With every passing moment robots become more and more a part of our daily lives. It’s time we devote some thought to our relationship with a species of device that may soon touch every aspect of what we do and how we live.
July 9, 2012. MacroUSA Corp. specializes in Unmanned Systems, MOUT Systems, and Safety, Surveillance and Inspection Systems with a vision to approach each project with creativity, revolutionary designs and cutting edge engineering. With efforts aimed at creating superior, more compact, and cost effective products than what is currently available.
July 5, 2012. ATI is a full service product development firm offering engineering, design, analysis, testing and manufacturing services. Specializing in weight optimized engineered solutions in an effort to help customers integrate their innovations into cost effective manufacturable products.
June 29, 2012. As the world grows more and more digital, it’s going to take a while for people to adapt to the idea of stuff being less and less real – or, rather, less physically real.
June 27, 2012. The June 2012 update from National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) delivering manufacturing innovation.
June 21, 2012. A recent University of Michigan study notes that factories produce about 75 percent of what we consume. The warning that follows, though, indicates that as much as 40 percent of that could go overseas (or at least out of the United States) if we make the wrong policy decisions.
June 18, 2012. Helping customers achieve research and development goals and solve challenging technological problems has been the focus of the University of Dayton Research Institute since its inception more than 50 years ago.
June 15, 2012. This new 6-week online course will offer students a unique learning opportunity through combination of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on design assignments utilizing CATIA v6. Training modules include part design, part geometrics, drawings and drafting, generative shape design and assembly design.
June 14, 2012. QinetiQ North America delivers innovative solutions to support defense, security and intelligence organizations and to support federal civilian agencies.
June 8, 2012. The University of Alabama (UA) is a comprehensive research university offering bachelors, master’s and doctoral degrees in 13 different colleges.
May 29, 2012. The May 2012 update from National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) delivering manufacturing innovation.
May 24, 2012. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences announced today that it has completed a six-year, $3.3M collaborative program under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), known as The Sustainable Product Initiative (SPI). The tools developed by NCMS and its partners during this highly successful program utilizing leading-edge life cycle thinking methodologies will be presented during a Sustainable Design and Manufacturing Roundtable on June 12th, 2012.
May 18, 2012. The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, recently released a report on geographic trends in American manufacturing. The group’s follow-up commentary notes that manufacturing is spreading out well beyond the “traditional” presumed locations in the United States, and that we are seeing a lot of manufacturers gravitating towards one another geographically.
May 18, 2012. NCMS will host an executive roundtable where leading industry, academia and government experts will share their perspectives on green design and manufacturing. The highlight of the event will be three dynamic panels addressing key challenges faced by manufacturers integrating sustainability into their products.
May 16, 2012. The Digital Manufacturing Strategic Interest Group (DM SIG) is the collaborative vehicle to bring action to the Digital Manufacturing vision. Over the past year, the DM SIG continues to move forward discussing and implementing the strategies at the intersection of exploration and innovation within digital manufacturing.
May 14, 2012. The Procter and Gamble Company, an American multinational corporation headquartered in downtown Cincinnati, OH who manufacturers a wide range of consumer goods.
May 11, 2011. Onodi Tool and Engineering Company, Manufacturer of metal, hydraulic, mechanical components and assemblies with capabilities to reverse engineer component parts, assemblies and complete vehicle systems. Also a custom manufacturer of prototype components, assemblies, tooling and machinery.
May 10, 2012. New NCMS Member- Russells Technical Products, Inc.
May 8, 2012. This event, hosted by the National Research Council of Canada is intended for Canadian and U.S. business leaders interested in an integrated North American Industrial Base and will provide ample networking with key government leaders from both countries.
May 4, 2012. I love my iPad, which has now almost completely replaced my laptop for most applications. However, its lack of a physical keyboard can at times be limiting. Sometimes I need a keyboard.
May 2, 2012. People aren’t inherently resistant to change unless they fear – rationally or otherwise – that a change is going to negatively impact them. Dentists didn’t rise up against the electric toothbrush, because even though it’s a “better” approach to tooth-cleaning, it wasn’t going to put any dentists out of business. Meanwhile there’s a lot of resistance against, say, aggressive adoption of new energy sources.
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 27, 2012. NCMS News and Events. NCMS will host this executive roundtable where leading industry, academia and government experts will share their perspectives on the sustainability challenges of green design and manufacturing.
April 16, 2012. A diversified global provider of highly engineered products and services in the areas of motion control, flow control and metal treatment.
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.
April 2, 2012. Cloud computing is on track to create approximately 14 million jobs globally from 2011 – 2015. And digital manufacturing is not exempt from this prosperity! At least that is the story being told. But is it true?
March 30, 2012. Autodesk is a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software.
March 29, 2012. Regulated Electric and Natural Gas Public Utility with Distribution in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula Counties.
March 29, 2012. A manufacturer of EDM tooling.
March 28, 2012. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), in partnership with the University of Michigan, will host the Second Annual Michigan Robotics Day on Monday, April 9, 2012.
March 22, 2012. NCMS News and Events.
March 21, 2012. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) which calls for a team that will modify the integration interfaces of a set of micro robot components (manipulator, radio, camera, battery) to conform to IOP V0 for the purpose of further validating that specification.
March 21, 2012. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of a common Tactical Robot Control (TRC) System Architecture within the Interoperability (IOP) standards established by the Robotic Systems Joint Program Office (RS JPO).
March 20 2012. Far be it from me to condemn another writer’s work, but honestly, ExtremeTech’s Sebastian Anthony just published an article that is bogglingly misdirected. The article is called What can You Do with A Supercomputer? He answers this way:
March 16, 2012. A leading worldwide manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets.
March 14, 2012. Last Friday, in Prince George County, Virginia, the President announced a proposed $1B budget for a new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. This investment announcement continues to encourage support of the manufacturing sector by promoting insourcing and creating high-tech/high wage jobs in the U.S. – all part of the President’s Blueprint For An Economy Built to Last.
March 5, 2012. A global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace, defense and homeland security markets with annual revenues of over $7B.
March 2, 2012. A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that performs applied research & development under contract to government and industry. Each research center is partnered with a major university in the USA and research focus is primarily on lasers, energy systems, diamond research, vaccines, automation and software.
February 29, 2012. NCMS News and Events.
February 23, 2012. 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 23, 2012. For more than 25 years, NCMS has been managing collaborative research and development programs in manufacturing. These programs have yielded hundreds of projects, leveraging billions of dollars – many of which have been acknowledged by international awards and high praise from project participants.
February 13, 2012. A manufacturing sector loaded with highly skilled, highly qualified personnel who can take advantage of all the tools we’re trying to get into their hands. It starts with learning, and we need to take a good, hard look at what’s being taught, to whom, and how.
February 6, 2012. Jon Riley, Vice President of Digital Manufacturing was named one of HPCWire’s “People to Watch in 2012”. This group is comprised of an elite group of community leaders selected from academia, government, business and industry for their contributions.
February 6, 2012. NCMS is working with four member organizations – Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), TotalSim, Simafore and Nimbis Services – to develop a computation tool that will allow these niche designers and manufacturers unfamiliar to CFD, affordable access to the tools necessary to model airflow over a joint vehicle/trailer body. The idea is to help them to both reduce the overall weight and utilize novel geometries to increase aerodynamic efficiencies.
January 31, 2012. At NCMS we have long asserted that manufacturing is a good place to invest, because we believe that the future of America is not made, it is manufactured. We applaud and support President Obama’s plans for American innovation, infrastructure and investment, and stand with him in making the United States THE place to make things, once again.
January 31, 2012. Manufacturing complex formed and welded assemblies for the aerospace and power generation industries.
January 30, 2012. A technical services support company with a successful history of providing the U.S. military and department of homeland security with acquisition, operational logistics, engineering, design, fabrication, test and evaluation, information technology and financial management support services.
January 25, 2012. American manufacturing is the golden key that is going to turn our economy around – and it has already begun.
January 24, 2012. Manufacturing references from President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address:
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.
January 19, 2012. CIARA Technologies, the newest member of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).
January 10, 2012. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) continues its commitment to enhancing the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing, announcing today that five new members have joined its Board of Directors. The NCMS board now includes Dr. Dianne Chong of The Boeing Company, Mr. Doug Dinon of GE-Global Research, Mr. David Rich of Microsoft, Ms. Anne Tinker of Warner Music Group and Dr. Dawn White of Accio Energy. The newly elected Directors bring to the NCMS Board diverse specialties and areas of expertise, including strategy, finance, human resources, business development and marketing.
January 4, 2012. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences announced today that Jon Riley has been promoted to Vice President, Digital Manufacturing. Mr. Riley joined NCMS as Executive Director of Design and Engineering Programs in March 2009 to lead NCMS’ groundbreaking Digital Manufacturing Initiative
December 21, 2011. The December 2011 update from National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) delivering manufacturing innovation.
December 20, 2011. The revival of American Manufacturing is being a hampered by a shortage of skilled workers. We are working to help insure that manufacturers have the tools and workers to remain globally competitive.
December 13, 2011. Roush Industries is an engineering company that provides design, prototyping, testing and manufacturing services. It also manufacturs of personal protection armored vehicles.
December 12 2011. If you are a manufacturer – either small- to medium-sized, or one of the major players; or a hardware or software vendor or ISV serving the manufacturing community – your input is needed. And if you have not yet communicated your concerns and suggestions to AMP, you are running out of time.
December 12, 2011. 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.
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