Remembering Richard Morley

A special note from NCMS President Rick Jarman: It is with deep sadness that I am announcing that Dick Morley passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2018.   Dick was affiliated with NCMS for many years as a member and leader on our Strategic Technology Board where I got to know and appreciate him. In the late 90’s he was elected Chairman of the NCMS Board and began the reinvention of NCMS that put us on the successful path we have taken. He was one of the country’s most brilliant
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Present your Point of Maintenance Aid to JTEG

  NCMS is seeking speakers to present October 31 at the October JTEG Technology Forum featuring Point of Maintenance Aids. JTEG Technology Forums are a venue for manufacturing leaders to share knowledge and discuss new advances and technology applications in their fields, especially as they apply to U.S. Armed Services maintenance needs. The forums give participants the opportunity to showcase their work and tout their accomplishments to an audience of industry peers and
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NCMS' Marc Sharp Speaks to Benefits of Propane for Fleet Vehicles

In 81st LRS takes action to conserve energy, a recent article on DVIDS hub, NCMS Marc Sharp shares initial research comparing the benefits of propane and gasoline for fleet use. In addition to being length="500".50 cheaper per gallon than gasoline, Sharp explains more benefits of using propane. “Vehicle fleet managers integrating propane as the primary fuel for their fleets have seen significantly lower operating costs while experiencing improved maintenance efficiencies, fewer fuel-related
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7 Key Steps to Help You Achieve NIST 800-171 Compliance

NCMS and Rob Cote, CEO of Security Vitals, offered for a free educational webinar discussing the implications of and steps toward compliance with the NIST cybersecurity guidelines. The presentation covers a 7-step process on how to achieve NIST 800-171 Compliance by the fDec. 31, 2017, deadline.  Because NIST 800-171 demands specialized resources to implement, manage, and maintain, addressing NIST requirements can put a real strain on manufacturing organizations.  With the added risk of lost
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DoD Manufacturing USA Institutes Features NCMS' Efforts With LIFT

"DoD Manufacturing USA Institutes" recent issue highlights some of the work NCMS has collaborated on with the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) Department of Defense (DoD) Manufacturing USA institute. The Manufacturing USA institutes are tasked not only with facilitating the advancement of new technologies into the marketplace, but also with helping to ensure the pipeline of workers has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to use those technologies in the workplace.   With
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TARDEC Releases 30-Year Strategy Value Stream Analysis

NCMS Partner TARDEC, The United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center, recently released their 30 Year Strategy document. This release highlights the Army's ground vehicle technology needs as TARDEC continues to develop, integrate, and sustain advanced manned and unmanned ground system capabilities for the current and future force. Read full release here: TARDEC 30-Year
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NCMS welcomes new Q3 members Benchmark Electronics, PTC, PwC, and UBT

In the third quarter of 2017, four new members joined NCMS, adding their unique strengths and specializations to NCMS’ diverse member base. NCMS welcomes Benchmark Electronics, PTC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Unified Business Technologies as they become part of the largest cross-industry, collaborative research and development consortium in North America. We look forward to supporting their groundbreaking work and engaging their capabilities and expertise. Benchmark Electronics Benchmark
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Eclypse Test Equipment Pins Down Elusive Wiring Faults

NCMS Member Spotlight: Eclypse International  Wire degradation produces costly and difficult-to-identify faults that can endanger operators, limit aircraft readiness, and lead to additional failures down the road. This month, NCMS is spotlighting one of its members whose products help the U.S. military and private industry isolate degraded wiring, drastically reduce the necessity of repair, and conduct aircraft maintenance in a fraction of the time it took using older methods: Eclypse
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Celebrate Manufacturing Day Friday, October 6th!

Friday, October 6, 2017, is Manufacturing DaySM, a day designated to highlight the achievements of North American manufacturing and to celebrate the role of manufacturers in the economy and their communities. To mark the occasion, on October 6 and in the following weeks, universities, manufacturing companies, and industry associations are hosting events that range from school field trips to open houses to networking events and job fairs for STEM graduates. These events are prime opportunities
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Fostering the Industrial Internet to Accelerate Economic Growth and Transformation

The global economy is undergoing a profound transformation as industry and society integrate the sophisticated information technology systems often referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into modern engineering, production processes, and economic activity. NCMS Rebecca Taylor recently spoke with industry and legislative leaders on this transition. Taylor remarks "Manufacturers are starting to see the value of the industrial internet – when operating technology meets
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Maintenance Innovation Challenge Deadline Extended to 9/28

Over the past month, our country has seen numerous natural disasters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to numerous wildfires affecting the west from California to Washington.  The impact of these disasters will be felt for years to come. Additionally, many of our corporate, government, and academic partners that make the MIC a successful competition from year to year were also greatly affected over this period.  Due to this crisis, the deadline for the Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC)
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Sources Sought: Production of M109A6/A7 M284 Breech Firing Train Kit

Self Propelled Howitzer (SPHS) is currently coordinating with ARDEC-Benet Labs and the Aniston Army Depot (ANAD) to design and procure an M109 Breech Firing Train Kit. These components were released as a Kit through an ECP approved in July 2017. The Watervliet Arsenal (WVA) is the legacy government source for all M109 Breech Mechanism Assemblies and sustainment parts. SPHS is currently in discussions with WVA to determine their capability for providing these kits.  Through these discussions,
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CompositesWorld: Highlights from 2017 Dept. of Defense Advanced Composite Maintainers meeting

From Composites World: Leaders from military and private industry present and discuss latest developments and future directions for composite structures design, maintenance, repair, and sustainability. The 2017 US Department of Defense (DoD) Advanced Composite Maintainers Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) was held Aug 22-24 at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The annual event focuses on the unique challenges of composite materials, repairs,
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2017 DoD Advanced Composite Maintainers TIM Recap

Thank you to all presenters, attendees, and tabletop exhibitors at this year’s DoD Advanced Composite Maintainers Technical Interchange Meeting. This year’s event was hosted by the U.S. Army, was presented by NCMS, and took place at The Landing at Hill Air Force Base, UT. From the event kickoff to the event-closing working group discussion, this meeting was informative, productive, AND fun. The positive feedback for speakers, the energetic buzz for the industry tabletop reception, and the sold
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NCMS Member Automated Precision Inc. supports Fermilab's use of Radian Laser Trackers in the Alignment of their Particle Accelerator

Fermilab uses Radian Laser Trackers in the Alignment of their Particle Accelerator Scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) are working on research projects that aim to answer fundamental physics questions. How did the universe begin? What are dark matter and dark energy? What is the mass hierarchy of neutrinos? Are there other undiscovered particles beyond the currently known Standard Model of Particle Physics? To address these questions, Fermilab – the premier
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NTT: Cyber-attacks on manufacturers should be a "red flag" for CISOs

NCMS' Rebecca Taylor is quoted in V3's  NTT: Cyber-attacks on manufacturers should be a "red flag" for CISOs: Cyber-attacks rose 24 per cent QoQ worldwide in Q2'17, with manufacturers a ‘key target'. NTT Security's Q2 Threat Intelligence Report, which showed the findings, is based on events identified across the company's global client base during the second quarter of the year. 34 per cent of all attacks that NTT tracked affected manufacturers and these companies appear in the top three
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Present at These Coming JTEG Technology Forums

NCMS is seeking speakers to present its August and September JTEG Technology Forum on (respectively) Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) and automated painting and laser and automated painting removal. JTEG Technology Forums are venue for manufacturing leaders to share knowledge and discuss new advances and technology applications in their fields, especially as they apply to U.S. Armed Services maintenance needs. The forums give participants the opportunity to showcase their work and tout their
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Speaking Opportunity: JTEG Technology Forum: Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI)

Experts in Non-Destructive Inspection are encouraged to present their thoughts and experience on this topic on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 (1:00pm – 3:00pm EDT) during the monthly Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG) virtual Monthly Technology Forum. This speaking opportunity will put you front and center with the DoD maintenance community and lasts approximately 15 – 20 minutes. Presenters only need a computer and telephone to participate in this forum. Interested parties should
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Education and Workforce Experts Provide Recommendations for Aligning College Curricula and Other Workforce Strategies with Advanced Manufacturing Needs

Team of College & University Faculty Recommends Paths to Address Lightweighting Technology Competencies in Curricula and Workforce Strategies DETROIT – A new report from leading national higher education and workforce experts says colleges and universities should work with industry to modify their curricula to ensure students gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities they will need upon graduation for jobs that involve new lightweighting technologies, materials, and processes. The
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FBI, NCMS Partner on Cyber Security Private Industry Notification

NCMS has partnered with the FBI to develop a Private Industry Notification (PIN) focused on current and future cyber security considerations for manufacturers especially those using smart manufacturing technologies. This notification is based on anticipatory analysis of emerging technology vulnerabilities and historical cyber intrusion activities. The PIN is available for limited release.  For additional information and access, please contact NCMS Senior Vice President, Strategic
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Pendaran Offers Free Training to NCMS Members

What if there was a way to transform your employees into problem solving innovators in just 5 days?  What if there was a Flight Simulator for Problem Solving? There is.  It's called  Pendaran and it is currently being used by the United States military. Now, it's available to you and your organization.   Create the unstoppable team you deserve. Pendaran, A Transformative Experience NCMS member, Pendaran Inc., is offering each NCMS member organization the opportunity to send 3 participants to
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Reverse Engineering, 3D Scanning, or Prototyping Speaking Opportunity

Experts in Reverse engineering, 3D scanning, or prototyping are encouraged to present this coming Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 during the monthly Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG) virtual Monthly Technology Forum. This speaking opportunity will put you front and center with the DoD maintenance community and last approximately 15 - 20 minutes. Presenters only need a computer and telephone to participate in this forum. Interested parties should contact Debbie Lilu at debral@ncms.org
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Call for Technology: Sustainment and Refurbishment of Demilitarized Warheads

The US Navy is pursuing an advanced lightweight torpedo capable of prosecuting and defeating challenging adversary submarine targets. To successfully meet this need, a warhead capable of addressing this challenge is required. Inadequate solutions to engage the emerging threats could lead to catastrophic results in the fight for at-sea superiority. A solution to this problem potentially exists within our Navy. The MK 122 Mod 0 warhead, the explosive component of the MK 50 Lightweight Torpedo,
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Call for Technology: Electronics Obsolescence and Requirements Sustainability for the Electronics Sub System

Due to obsolescence and the inability to procure the required electronics, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) is looking for a replacement to the Electronics Sub System (ESS) of the Fleet Exercise Section (FES) found in torpedoes.  Obsolescence issues exist in the electronics section of the FES, causing significant impact in maintenance, supportability, and the time to identify and isolate failures. Complicating this issue is the lack of adequate card-level test set capabilities to assist
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Navitas Systems Announces First UL Recognized StarlifterTM Lithium Batteries for Both the Heavy Duty Class 1 and 2 Lift Truck Markets

Navitas Systems LLC (www.navitassys.com), a leading provider of heavy-duty lithium energy storage products for commercial, industrial and government/military customers, announced today that it has achieved the UL Recognition for its complete line-up of Starlifter 24 Volt, 36 Volt, and 48 Volt lithium forklift batteries for the Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 Lift Truck categories.  This marks the first time that UL has concurrently tested and certified heavy duty Class 1 and Class 2 lithium
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F/A-18 GCU Fault Detection System Paying Off for FRCSW

From Navair News: http://www.navair.navy.mil/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.NAVAIRNewsStory&id=6561 A Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) investment one year ago is paying dividends in the command’s efforts to provide dependable, mission-ready components to the fleet. The Intermittent Fault Detection and Isolation System (IFDIS), purchased by FRCSW to troubleshoot the F/A-18 Hornet airframe’s Generator Converter Unit (GCU) chassis, recently resolved an issue with a GCU that had
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Warner Robins AFB Technology Insertion Manager, Frank Zahiri Receives Prestigious Award

Frank Zahiri was selected as a winner of the Small Business Technology Council’s (SBTC) 2017 Champion of Small Business Technology Commercialization Award. Earlier this year, SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) companies were asked around the country to nominate PMs, PEOs, COs, and other government workers who, in their determination, went above and beyond their responsibilities in helping their company develop and receive commercialization and follow-on funding for their technology. 
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NCMS Seeks Support for Sensors, Communications, and Electronics Consortium

NCMS is seeking letters of support for a new consortium. On behalf of the US Army – Aberdeen Proving Ground, NCMS is responding to a solicitation request for a proposal to organize and operate a consortium of sensors, communications, and electronics technology providers to be governed by a Prototype Other Transaction Agreement (pOTA).  The technical areas to be addressed in the pOTA include:  Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Cyberspace Operations Electronic
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NCMS Member Anglicotech supports US Marine Corps through CTMA

Anglicotech, LLC is a Veteran-Owned Small Business that specializes in Logistics Information Technology, Cyber Security, Technical Training, and Sensor Technology. Anglicotech (AT) is part of an impressive partner network of Fortune 500 companies and small niche companies allowing for high quality, innovative, and tailored solutions. Anglicotech is a global company and has extensive experience in delivering responsive solutions to complex problems in the harshest of environments. Our team
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NCMS sponsors DoD Workshop Tracks at RAPID + TCT

NCMS attended the 2017 RAPID + TCT event two weeks ago in Pittsburgh, PA. Over 5,000 attendees and 350 exhibitors networked and shared their technical knowledge and subject matter expertise. Mike McManus from AutoDesk kicked off the event; Phillipe Cochet-GE, Ric Fulop - Desktop Metal, and Terry Wohlers were keynotes; and Dr. Ramille Shah was a riveting keynote for the Medical Manufacturing Innovations Series. We attended in support of our AMMO and RARE teams, as well as our DoD, Army, Navy,
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Business Model Wargame II Recap

In partnership with the Additive Manufacturing for Maintenance Activities (AMMO) Working Group and the America Makes Maintenance and Sustainment Advisory Group, the Business Model Wargame II was successfully held on 16 – 17 May at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Crystal City, VA.  Over 100 people attended the event, which included individuals from academia, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. The event was well received by all and deemed a success by the event
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Project Announcement: Advanced Mobile Universal Electrical Tooling (AMUET) for Maintenance and Sustainment -- Phase III

The issue of how to develop a reliable, cost-effective solution for trouble-shooting electrical systems continues to plague the aircraft industry. A good portion of aircraft maintenance costs are attributed to finding anomalies associated with complex electrical systems. Human error also enters into the equation, particularly if and when traditional hand-held meters are used to isolate an electrical system issue. It could take hours to find and isolate a defective component, wire, or wire
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NCMS, BMW, UD-CCM Join Forces on Computing, Performance, Composite Material Study

Drivers could be the big winners in this new study released by NCMS, BMW, and the University of Delaware-Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM). The team has completed research proving the accuracy of high-speed computing for modeling and simulation to predict the quality and effectiveness of a material that is both lightweight and safety-tested. This effort has demonstrated design, materials, manufacturing, and joining methods for continuous carbon fiber thermoplastics to meet automotive,
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Project Announcement: MRAP RESET Cable Reverse Engineering

Deteriorating and aging cables that need replacing are a growing concern, but simply amassing and storing varieties of cables – which might not even fulfill the specific requirements – does not solve the problem. Instead, reverse engineering specific cables provides a faster, better solution to building just what is needed for a specific project. The MRAP Product Manager (PM) is conducting a RESET and standardization of their vehicle fleet.  Many items provided to the Army during initial
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SurClean Featured in Forbes

NCMS Member SurClean has a growing enterprise based on their mission to provide off-the-shelf laser surface preparation equipment.  Following a firm foothold in the private sector, SurClean is developing more relationships with the DoD, specifically Air Force personnel, who have been heavily involved in laser de-paint applications. The SurClean product, focused on the laser beam delivery system, which is the workhorse of any laser system, has been found to correct deficiencies noted in the
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Sources Sought: Engine Life Management Assistance

On behalf of the USAF Propulsion Enterprise, NCMS is seeking sources with capabilities in the domain of life management program for engine fracture critical components to ensure engine flight safety.  Life Management is a comprehensive and continuous effort using analytical modeling and empirical data to determine fatigue life limitations/fracture points of critical safety items under applicable mission use.  Typically this effort is provided by the engine OEM via the Component Improvement
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Boeing Executive Dr. Leo Christodoulou Joins NCMS 2017 Board of Directors

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), the nation’s leader in collaborative technology development is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Leo Christodoulou, Boeing’s Enterprise Technology Strategy Leader, to the NCMS Board of Directors. Both NCMS and The Boeing Company are deeply committed to building a strong manufacturing infrastructure that is highly competitive, innovates and applies advanced technologies, and creates maximum value for all. As part of his formal role,
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Hexagon joins NCMS member base

While specific industries have their own unique challenges and motivations, productivity is central to manufacturing success across the board. Manufacturers must find the right balance of speed, efficiency, cost and quality for their product and ensure they remain productive at those levels. Sometimes there might be a payoff between factors – in the case of a luxury item where top quality is expected, you might choose to work more slowly and therefore push the cost up. For a cheaper mass-market
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Strategy and Innovation; Enterprise Innovation Management Phase II

Today, everyone is continually seeking out methods on how to minimize risk and improve benefits by adopting newer and ever evolving technology. Public industries within production, maintenance, and sustainment realms know that innovation is a force multiplier critical for product development and business success, as many of the products and services you and I purchase are positively or negatively influenced by social and other electronic media. Small and large businesses alike know it will not
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Call for Technology: Spin Pit Testing of Jet Engine Fan Disk in TF33

An NCMS partner is looking for product solutions to fulfill a specific need.  This Call for Technology process allows industry, academia, and other organizations the opportunity to meet the requested need. If your organization has a capability or product that can fill the requested call for technology, please complete the following form and thoroughly explain your proposed solution. All submissions will be reviewed and compiled for the NCMS team.  Primary contacts will be notified of the
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Call for Technology: On-Wing Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) of Jet Engine Fan Disk

An NCMS partner is looking for product solutions to fulfill a specific need.  This Call for Technology process allows industry, academia, and other organizations the opportunity to meet the requested need. If your organization has a capability or product that can fill the requested call for technology, please complete the following form and thoroughly explain your proposed solution. All submissions will be reviewed and compiled for the NCMS team.  Primary contacts will be notified of the
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Sources Sought: Reverse Engineering for Air Force Components

On behalf of the Department of the Air Force/Air Force Materiel Command, NCMS is seeking sources with capabilities in the domain reverse engineering and reproduction of Air Force Components. Various components of the KC-135, F107, and T-38 family of aircraft are in need or upgrade or replacement. The Department of the Air Force/Air Force Materiel Command has requested information on companies capable of reverse engineering such components and providing Complete Technical Data Package and
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Project Announcement: Superior Energy Infrastructure Maintenance and Sustainment

The objective of this project is to develop superior energy infrastructure sustainment and maintenance practices in support of the Air Force (AF) mission. As installation infrastructure continues to degrade, installations become more vulnerable to system failures and service disruptions. Furthermore, concurrent advances in technology make interdiction of the infrastructure more feasible by non-DoD actors. Additionally, advances in commercially available energy infrastructure technology are
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Project Announcement: Process Development for Air Force Energy Infrastructure

The objective of this project is to develop a framework and process set to inform Air Force policy recommendations on energy infrastructure maintenance and sustainment practices to optimize mission support. As installation infrastructure continues to age and deteriorate, Air Force facilities become more vulnerable to system failures and service disruptions. Furthermore, concurrent advances in technology make interdiction of the infrastructure more feasible by non-DoD actors. Additionally,
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Project Announcement: Technical Studies, Analyses for Intermittent Fault Detection Isolation System (IFDIS) Implementation Across DoD

A potentially faulty electronic system in the field can compromise reliability and safety for the public. Electronic maintenance poses an ever-increasing challenge for the artisan today because of the limitations of current No Found Fault (NFF) equipment and training to the public.  The reduced size of electronic chips, coupled with increases in their interactions and complexities of equipment, have led to difficulties in diagnosing system faults when these faults occur at the component level
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Project Announcement: Supply Item Logistics Capability Initiative

Possessing the ability to quickly and accurately assess quality and quantities for parts and components from more than one supplier, while meeting specific maintenance or sustainment requirements is an issue that industry has yet to fully overcome.  They also require an enterprise management solution that will continue to support daily business processes while offering an advantage at some level over their foreign competitors. Fulfilling customer expectations is the first rule of business
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Project Announcement: Item Master Logistic Capability Initiative Phase II

As businesses across the country consistently seek out mitigation and look for solutions to their IT shortfalls, design for standardization, cataloging and effectively identifying parts for distribution while being able to quickly isolate defective parts is an issue that has plagued industry for decades and continues today. Fulfilling general public expectations is normally the first rule of business today, but companies that fail to adequately recognize substandard practices and systems that
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Project Announcement: Supply Item Logistics Capability Initiative

Possessing the ability to quickly and accurately assess quality and quantities for parts and components from more than one supplier, while meeting specific maintenance or sustainment requirements is an issue that industry has yet to fully overcome.  They also require an enterprise management solution that will continue to support daily business processes while offering an advantage at some level over their foreign competitors. Fulfilling customer expectations is the first rule of business
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Project Announcement: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Integrating Maintenance and Sustainment Program Requirements Through an Asset’s Lifecycle – Phase II

Like many commercial companies, the Air Force (AF) logistics and engineering communities lack a standardized and integrated method of accessing Product Lifecycle Information (PLI), managing configuration control of said PLI, synchronizing changes among PLI, and sharing the PLI with downstream consumers (e.g., maintenance, planning). This results in unplanned, manual intervention of limited manpower resources on activities to create, maintain, and update product information before use. The
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Congratulations to Thermal Wave Imaging; Winners of the 2017 CTMA Technology Competition

Thermal Wave Imaging Wins 2017 CTMA Technology Competition The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs (MPP) are pleased to announce Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc. (TWI) as the winner of the 2017 Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Competition.  TWI’s winning submission, the Large-Standoff Large-Area Thermography (LASLAT) system, submitted by Project Engineer Maria Beemer and TWI
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Relive Michigan Robotics Day Now

Thank you for attending the 2017 Michigan Robotics Day  the nation’s premier event celebrating National Robotics Week co-hosted by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and the University of Michigan College of Engineering.     Welcoming Remarks - Rebecca Taylor Senior Vice President, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences Michigan Robotics Day Introduction – Governor Rick Snyder Congressional Greeting – The Honorable Debbie Dingell, US House of
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SurClean Joins NCMS Membership Base

SurClean is an advanced technology manufacturer located in Wixom, Michigan. SurClean focuses on leveraging laser ablation processes to remove surface coatings, debris and oxides in the most precise, safe, energy efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly way available today. SurClean competes with traditional methods of chemical, abrasive and blasting. SurClean’s proprietary laser beam delivery systems and patented sensor system are integrated with OEM laser sources. This laser
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Robotics, Autonomy, and Drones- OH MY! 2017 Michigan Robotics Day

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), the nation’s leader in collaborative technology, is hosting the seventh annual Michigan Robotics Day tomorrow, April 11, at the North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor, with the University of Michigan (U-M) School of Engineering. Ford Motor Company is the exclusive sponsor of this event, which has grown into the nation’s premier event celebrating National Robotics Week. National Robotics Week was launched by the U.S. Congress to
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Thank you for attending the 2017 CTMA Annual Partners and Integrated Project Meeting

Thank You to all attendees, tabletop exhibitors, and technology competitors at this week’s CTMA Annual Partners and Integrated Project Meeting From the sold out tours on Monday, through keynotes, panels, presentation and networking receptions to the final announcement of the 2017 CTMA Tech Competition winner – it was informative, productive AND fun. Congratulations to Thermal Wave Imaging for surviving the Shark Tank and winning the Tech Competition! All materials presented at the event will
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NCMS releases the "Balancing Productivity and Security: The New Cybersecurity Challenge for Manufacturers" white paper

NCMS, SVP Rebecca Taylor, release Cyber Security White Paper Provides Cyber Security Awareness and Prevention Focus for Manufacturers Ann Arbor, MI – April 4, 2017 - The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) sees cyber security awareness and prevention in manufacturing as an emerging challenge and competitiveness issues that manufacturers are facing. In response, NCMS  has released a new whitepaper, written by Senior Vice President Rebecca Taylor,  “Balancing Productivity and
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Sources Sought for Military Grade Brackets

On behalf of a DoD Sustainment customer, NCMS is seeking sources with capabilities in the domain of the design and manufacture of military grade aluminum brackets and supports. The family of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles is undergoing RESET refurbishment and upgrading, and replacement brackets and supports are a major requirement. NCMS plans to determine qualified suppliers from which it can solicit products as need arises. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences
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MARRS Provides Cost Savings, Improved Readiness for Army NG and Reserves

Over the past few decades, business globalization has imposed significant changes in the way companies plan and execute major events.  Synchronization of resources often requires access to information housed in multiple database systems. Typically, legacy software systems required layered software approaches not designed around an open architecture capability. These systems were costly and time consuming to build, maintain, and upgrade.  They lacked the ability to interact effectively across
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Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme Features Innovative PAK System Platform

Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme is part of the Müller-BBM group, an engineering company based near Munich, Germany, founded more than 50 years ago. The Müller-BBM group is an international company providing consulting services and sophisticated technical products, systems, and software at the highest level. Passionate about innovation and technology leadership, Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme is continuously striving for excellence in acoustics and vibration. Our tight partnership with
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Announcing the New National Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center Just Launched

March 28, 2017 - The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), and the AESF Foundation announce the launch of the Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center (STERC), previously known as the National Metal Finishing Resource Center (NMFRC).  STERC is the result of a new partnership among these organizations and continued grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and provides a wealth of useful environmental
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NCMS Welcomes New Member GasTOPS

GasTOPS Inc. (GTI) is a US majority owned small business headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama specializing in application of advanced products and services for machinery condition assessment and Condition Based Maintenance to improve operational effectiveness. GTI is partnered with GasTOPS LTD developer of innovative fluid sensing and analysis systems utilized on and in support of Pratt and Whitney (P&W) F119, F135 and Geared Turbo Fan (GTF) engines.  Utilizing an established expertise of
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NCMS Opportunity: Power and Signal Cable Reverse Engineering and Development of Improved Maintenance and Reduce PM MRAP Material Shortages

Deteriorating and aging cables that need replacing are a growing concern, but simply amassing and storing varieties of cables – which might not even fulfill the specific requirements – does not solve the problem. Instead, reverse engineering specific cables provides a faster, better solution to building just what is needed for a specific project. The MRAP Product Manager (PM) is conducting a RESET and standardization of their vehicle fleet.  Many items provided to the Army during initial
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Automated Precision Inc. – Pioneering Advanced Dimensional Metrology Solutions

Automated Precision Inc. is a global company providing advanced dimensional metrology solutions for industry. Founded by Dr. Kam Lau in 1987, API has pioneered progressively higher standards of accuracy through its 30 years of operation by commercializing innovative hardware and software that offer advanced digital information to its customers.  API supplies a comprehensive range of manual and automated dimensional inspection and 3D scanning products and software. Products include but not
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Getting to know Ridgetop Group, Inc.

Founded in 2000, Ridgetop Group, Inc. was established to develop advanced tools, IP libraries, and design services for mission-critical applications operating in harsh environments. Achieving functionality and reliability under adverse conditions — whether the stresses stem from extreme temperatures or intense radiation exposure — requires “best of class” solutions. These solutions may involve “radiation hardening” or shielding for microelectronics, and/or “prognostic-enabling” critical
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LIFT, APLU, and NCMS Create Expert Educator Team to Align Higher Education Curricula with Manufacturing Workforce Needs

The initiative will engage educators and manufacturing scientists to ensure instruction aligns to industry needs for a skilled workforce. Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), APLU, and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) named six educators to its Expert Educator Team (EET). The EET will collaborate with LIFT to identify how colleges and universities can modify their curricula and related industry certifications to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities workers
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Funding Available for Environmental Technology Demonstrations

ALEXANDRIA, VA, January 5, 2017—The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental requirements.  The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer of innovative technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance.  Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings
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Sources Sought for Military Grade Cables Directory

On behalf of a DoD Sustainment customer, NCMS is seeking sources with capabilities in the domain of the design and manufacture of military grade cables. The family of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles is undergoing RESET refurbishment and upgrading, and replacement cables are a major requirement. NCMS plans to develop a database of qualified suppliers from which it can solicit products as need arises. Please complete the following form to be considered for the directory.  If
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NCMS, MMA Present 2017 MFG Forum

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Troika Solutions plans for EFAC program deployment across the Department of Defense

Troika Solutions is conducting a study to recommend a deployment plan for the Expeditionary Fluid Analysis Capability (EFAC) program across the Department of Defense ground vehicle fleet. This study is the result of another positive NCMS sponsored project for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). EFAC was designed to be a low cost, effective, deployable oil analysis device that helps maintain equipment availability and readiness while saving money and time for ground vehicle fleet
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Submission Opportunity: SOCOM Seeks Automotive Power Train Market Insights

USSOCOM is seeking submissions via a Request for Information (RFI) concerning hybrid, fuel cell, and electric powertrain systems for a four (4) passenger Light Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (LTATV), with a Vehicle Curb Weight (VCW) less than 2,500 lbs. The purpose of this RFI is to determine the types, suitability, and maturity of hybrid, fuel cell, and electric power trains available in the LTATV market place. Respondents should respond to all parts of this RFI. Respondents shall provide
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Industry Comments Requested by GAO

US Government Accountability Office's Readiness Assessment Guide has been made publicly available for comment:   GAO TECHNOLOGY READINESS ASSESSMENT GUIDE: Best Practices for Evaluating the Readiness of Technology for Use in Acquisition Programs and Projects--Exposure Draft From August 11, 2016 - August 10, 2017, GAO is seeking input and feedback on this Exposure Draft from all interested parties. Please click on this link https://tell.gao.gov/traguide to provide us with comments on
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RIT named to lead new Manufacturing USA Institute on clean energy

NCMS congratulates the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) which was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy, as part of its Manufacturing USA initiative, to lead its new Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute—a national coalition of leading universities and companies that will forge new clean energy initiatives deemed critical in keeping U.S. manufacturing competitive.  NCMS is proud to be one of 85 partners and will
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Wishing our NCMS Members, Partners, and Friends a very Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year!

A message from Rick Jarman, NCMS President: Thank all of you for making 2016 a very successful and exciting year. NCMS takes pride in leading cross-industry collaboration that creates technology innovation which forms the foundation of all our manufacturing programs. We look forward to working together to achieve even greater gains in these areas in the new year! In 2016, the Commercial Technology for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Program managed by NCMS continued its significant growth
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One Network - Air Force, NCMS and Industry Collaborate on Next Generation Expeditionary Logistics Systems

Air Force, NCMS and Industry Collaborate on Next Generation Expeditionary Logistics Systems This December's Air Force Combat Ammunitions Center (AFCOMAC) training program at Beale Air Force Base, Sacramento, CA, is hosting a major National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) Program Event to prove out expeditionary logistics systems deployed under a unique partnership between the United States Air Force (USAF) and Industry.  This is part of a 9-month Risk Reduction program sponsored by
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J Chadwick Co Optical Micrometer replaces "Fingernail Test" used by Army

J Chadwick Co’s Optical Micrometer is a portable inspection microscope for measuring the depth of scratches, corrosion pits, and flaws on critical components. Defect classification is a vital aspect of maintenance and NDT simply because repair-or-replace decisions have a profound effect on cost and safety. When surface damage is found, maintainers must determine if a component is within tolerance or must be replaced. The Optical Micrometer outperforms legacy methods including the pit gage and
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NCMS Member Navitas Systems Announces Award to Deploy StarlifterTM Lithium Forklift Batteries at Major Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Location

Press Release: Navitas Systems Announces Award to Deploy StarlifterTM Lithium Forklift Batteries at Major Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Location Contract with National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) Enables DLA’s Largest Worldwide Site to Assess Performance Versus Lead Acid Forklift Batteries in Demanding Material-Handling Environment Woodridge, IL –December 5, 2016 – Navitas Systems LLC (www.navitassys.com), a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions, energy
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NCMS Members have strong showing at 2016 DoD Maintenance Symposium

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) had an exhibit booth in support of the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) program at the 2016 Department of Defense (DOD) Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition in Albuquerque, NM. In the booth, along with NCMS were six CTMA partners; Automated Precision Inc., Honeywell, One Network, Syntech, Navitas Systems, and Thermal Wave Imaging Inc. For bios about these NCMS member companies, abstracts are available below. Through
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NAVAIR/Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc. Win 2016 Maintenance Innovation Challenge

We would like to publically thank each of the 2016 MIC finalists for your outstanding performance during the entire MIC process. From participating in the coordination meetings, to providing professional briefing materials to quality and time standards, presenting to a packed house of roughly 400 maintainers, and representing not only your technology, but our community in the MIC booth in the exhibition hall. We also want to congratulate our 2016 MIC award winners: The winner of the 2016
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NCMS Speaks on Cybersecurity Panel at DMC

On November 29th, 2016, NCMS' SVP Rebecca Taylor will be joining the DMC panel discussion titled: Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise -  Cybersecurity for Advanced Manufacturing. The DMC, being held in Denver, CO,  is where top government and industry leaders and manufacturing subject matter experts get together to communicate and collaborate on policies, strategic direction, best practices, funding opportunities, and the latest innovations in support of defense manufacturing
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NCMS Technology Showcase Recap

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD), sponsored a technology showcase at the Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD). The showcase took place on November 2nd and 3rd with Depot tours on the afternoon of November 2nd and showcase and demonstrations on the 3rd held in buildings 370 and 350. The LEAD Command Briefing and NCMS/CTMA program briefings are available for download here. Industry participants showcased their innovative
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SME Installs 2017 Officers of its Board of Directors including NCMS' Taylor

SME Installs 2017 Officers of its Board of Directors, Elects 10 to College of Fellows Board of Directors will take office in January 2017 SME has recognized several professionals who will assume new leadership roles in the organization for 2017. These manufacturing professionals were recognized at the annual SME banquet on Nov. 12. Officers of SME are chosen by a nominating committee and selected by the SME Board of Directors. These directors are elected annually by the entire voting
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NCMS Welcomes Ridgetop Group

New NCMS member, Ridgetop Group, has found immediate benefits to their partnership through exposure at two recent NCMS Technology Showcases. Ridgetop Group has a strong background in developing and delivering innovative, electronic and electromechanical systems. Ridgetop offers a unique portfolio combination of integrated circuit IP, including sensors, software, engineering services, and products. For more than 16 years, Ridgetop has been providing complex on demand design
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Panther Global Technologies brings innovative production manufacturing to NCMS network

Welcome new NCMS member Panther Global Technology.  Panther began in 1985 as Panther Machine, Inc., a small company specializing in the machining of powder metal components, primarily for the automotive industry. The company quickly earned a reputation for precision-made products, superb quality and reliable delivery.  Today Panther GLobal Technology focuses on innovative production manufacturing of metal components and assemblies. Panther finds success by partnering with customers to
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Thermal Wave Imaging Joins NCMS

NCMS welcomes Thermal Wave Imaging to our membership network.  Thermal Wave Imaging (TWI), established in 1992, is well-known as the leader in the development and manufacture of thermographic Non-Destructive Test and Quality Assurance solutions for the aerospace, power generation and automotive industries. TWI has played a key role in transitioning thermography from the laboratory to the “real world”, developing and implementing numerous advances that have become industry standards. Thermal
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Manufacturing Day 2016

MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. Supported by a group of
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Welcome to the new NCMS.org

Inventing, developing, commercializing and transitioning new technology is not simple, cheap or quick. At NCMS, we are committed to helping our member companies and partners be successful by creating an environment of collaboration where this can happen more efficiently with less risk and less cost.   WELCOME TO THE NEW NCMS WEBSITE One way we support collaboration is by making information available and easy to find. We’ve gathered together NCMS relevant content and resources that
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Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society Annual Meeting

CTMA will be sponsoring a CBM+ panel at the upcoming Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, October 2-8, 2016. The NCMS panel will include representatives from industry, academia & government with a focus on CBM+. PHM leaders attended the recent CTMA Partners Meeting and found the topic and the best practices shared to be relevant to their industry. The following individuals will be presenting or speaking at the conference: Luminary
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NCMS Featured In Noise Reduction Report

NCMS' Senior Vice President, Rebecca Taylor, is twice featured in Reducing Employee Noise Exposure in Manufacturing Best Practices, Innovative Techniques, and the Workplace of the Future, a workshop based report hosted by The National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C. The first report, 5.7 The FRITA14 Project: Reducing Noise and Improving Safety describes an innovative method for removing rivets from airplanes using an electro-discharge machining method. The project is called FRITA
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Announcing New NCMS Partnership to Enhance the National Metal Finishing Resource Center

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), the nation’s leader in collaborative technology development, is pleased announce it has entered into a new partnership with the National Association of Surface Finishing (NASF) to enhance the National Metal Finishing Resource Center (NMFRC). The new partnership will allow the NMFRC, a long standing on-line resource for environmental compliance assistance for metal finishers, to grow and provide new features and content. The new relationship
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CTMA Project Announcement: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Aircraft Sustainment

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Aircraft Sustainment and Support to Develop a Function Teamcenter 3D Configuration Manufacturing Environment at the Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East Cherry Point – Phase IV   Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) – Configuration Management of the F/A 18 Teamcenter/NX 3D Software Aircraft and Component 3D Models atFleet Readiness Center Southwest San Diego – Phase IV Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Aircraft Sustainment with Teamcenter 3D at Fleet
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Robotics Technology Consortium Announces First Research Projects

The Robotics Technology Consortium, Inc. (RTC) today announced the winners of its first seven projects. These teams will undertake the research to develop innovative technologies that will add capabilities to the currently deployed unmanned ground vehicles and will enable future unmanned ground systems.
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