2014 CTMA Partners Meeting Debrief
The 2014 CTMA Partners Meeting, held May 20 – 22 at NCMS headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was a resounding success. More than 200 key representatives of government and industry participated, the quality of the program presented was excellent, and virtualizing technology worked without a hitch. NCMS has received nothing but good comments. That said, however, the 2014 program was better than that of 2013 and NCMS will strive diligently to make 2015 even better.
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Driven by a DoD travel ban, NCMS experimented with a virtual program in 2013. Technology for that experiment was complex, including VTC over ISDN connections, web conferencing, and video streaming. The mash-up worked but was delicate, requiring several hasty fixes over the two days of the program. Although not as stringent, defense travel restrictions remained for 2014 so NCMS elected to simplify the technology for virtual participants, using Defense Connect Online (DCO) exclusively. That decision proved to be an excellent choice as there were no technical glitches over the entire 3 day period.
The program format was also changed this year. NCMS once again encouraged live participation in Ann Arbor for both government and industry and this year offered free tabletop display space for member companies attending live in Ann Arbor. The tabletop displays were, as always, a major draw for government attendees. The technical program also changed. Rather than brief the CTMA project portfolio, NCMS worked with the Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG) to identify 12 areas of common, high impact problems where technology can provide solutions. The technical program was comprised of panel discussions focused on the 12 problem areas where the panelists described the problem and potential solutions. The 12 panels were:
- Fastener Removal Improvement Technology Adoption Program
- Industrial Human Augmentation System Prototype Redesign for Affordability
- Additive Manufacturing Partnerships and Depot Maintenance & Sustainment
- Education and Training
- Composite Material Repair
- Advanced Electronics/Wiring Diagnostics
- Cold Spray
- Automatic Test Equipment (ATE)
- Non Destructive Inspection Point of Maintenance Aid Tools
- Joint Intermittence Testing (JIT)
- Model-Based Enterprise
By the numbers:
- 12 panels focused on high impact maintenance technology needs
- 103 panelists registered, 57 participated in Ann Arbor
- 122 virtual participants registered
- 10 Tabletop Displays
- 4 important side meetings
- JIT, Additive Manufacturing, NAVY MBE, O Level Wiring Test
- 2 Sponsors (Eclypse and Siemens) helped defray expenses
- 0 technical glitches
NCMS would like express its sincere thanks to all panelists and DCO participants. Your continued support of the CTMA program and CTMA events such as this helps us keep the program relevant and effective. We look forward with great anticipation to continued success in the year that will pass before our next Partners Meeting and to doing our part to keep our military strong.