Project Announcement: United States Marine Corps Maintenance, Logistics, Sustainment, Improvement Initiatives Phase II

12-06-2018

The U.S. Marine Corps is evaluating Ground Equipment Maintenance Program (GEMP) activities required to meet Department of Defense (DoD) and Marine Corps readiness, logistics, and sustainability objectives. Central to this is the need for roadmaps to guide future strategy and policy changes, particularly as they concern ground ordnance and Marine Corps capability gaps. These roadmaps will be created through the formation of advisory groups and through face-to-face meetings with subject matter

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Sources Sought: Government Agency seeks technologies for handling materials within dry dock environment

11-20-2018

NCMS is assisting a government agency in seeking an innovative new technology for the lifting and handling of heavy (up to 10 tons) materials in and out of dry docks (~90 vertical feet) as well as transportation of the heavy items within the facilities. The government is also interested in autonomous operation of these methods. Responses to this Sources Sought should provide: A value-based submission Background of capability development Understanding of lifting and handling of

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Project Announcement: Computer Based Training Maintenance and Sustainment Phase III

11-12-2018

The Marine Corp is collaborating with industry and academia on an on-going project that evaluates the benefits for Just-In-Time training videos. The project is to develop and demonstrate a new training methodology that is dynamic enough to serve the worldwide population of the Marine Corps and nimble enough to provide training to cover system updates, fixes, knowledge-based articles and other training requirements in a dynamic effective way that reduces training time and increases training

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Project Announcement: Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) Sustainment Vision 2020

11-12-2018

The U.S. Navy is partnering with industry and academia on a multi-phased project that will evaluate systems that support the needs of the Naval Aviation Enterprise’s Sustainment Vision 2020. The project will integrate and align ongoing initiatives with new solutions to ensure the NAE approaches readiness recovery and sustainment modernization operations as a single unified Enterprise.  The strategy sought will be data-driven and predictive capitalizing on data with veracity and velocity to

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Sources Sought: Logistics Platform to Analyze Fuel Consumption Data Needed by the U.S. Marine Corps

11-08-2018

NCMS is assisting the U.S. Marine Corps Joint Operational Energy Command and Control (JOEC2) program to develop an integrated logistics platform that analyzes metering and monitoring data from vehicles and refueling assets. Recent capability assessments have shown that the Operating Forces do not have sufficient knowledge of how much fuel is available and needed across the battlefield.  This gap in understanding of supply capacity and operational demands inhibits the ability to plan for fuel

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Project Announcement: MK 122 Mod 0 Warhead Section for Sustainable Re-Introduction into an Advanced Lightweight Torpedo Capability

10-29-2018

The U.S. Navy is partnering with industry and academia to re-engineer and reuse the explosive components of the MK 50 lightweight torpedo into the MK 122 Mod 0 warhead.  The objective is to engineer sound technical solutions for maintaining and sustaining the MK 122 Mod 0 warheads (relegated to storage after removal from service) for the purposes of extending their life and utilizing these warheads in future lightweight torpedoes. To learn more about this project contact Marc Sharp at

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Project Announcement:  Air Force Mission Assurance through Energy Assurance Programmatic Integration

10-22-2018

The Air Force is partnering with industry and academia to synthesize currently disparate energy assurance efforts into a cohesive framework.  Ensuring energy assurance is effectively integrated into mission assurance and evaluated with lifecycle sustainment requirements will be recommended to spearhead policy changes.  Exercises (actual and tabletop) will be used to inform energy resilience requirements in a manner that allows industry to propose best-fit solutions. To learn more about this

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Project Announcement: Depot and Arsenal Executive Leader Program

10-22-2018

U.S. Navy Fleet Readiness Center-East is partnering with industry and academia to participate in a leadership training program that will share maintenance and sustainment best practices as it relates to aviation platform readiness.  Senior leaders will actively participate in an executive-level program that integrates leadership development and business management concepts to assist Defense Organic Industrial Base leaders manage their large organizations effectively. It is envisioned that this

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Project Announcement: Minotaur Common Solution

10-22-2018

U.S. Navy NAVAIR is partnering with industry and academia to identify an implementable strategic vision and strategy to integrate a software system onto multiple federal and defense intelligence gathering, processing, and execution nodes.  The effort would form a comprehensive Common Operating Picture optimized for affordability, interoperability, and the capability of meeting the need for battlespace awareness to synchronize actions necessary for maritime Full Spectrum Superiority. To learn

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Project Announcement: Development of Computer-Based Training for Maintenance and Supply – Phase III

10-22-2018

The U.S. Marine Corps is partnering with industry and academia to test a Just-in-Time Learning model.  The goal is to develop new training and sustainment programs for operational functionality.  It will include Warehouse Management, Logistics Command, and Systems Command training support while sustaining the core curriculum for the divisional supply and maintenance functions.  Phase III will introduce a new learning management system and delivery technologies. To learn more about this

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Project Announcement: AMC Supply Chain Strategy Phase III

10-04-2018

The Army Materiel Command (AMC) is seeking to investigate a supply chain strategy and an outcome-focused performance management capability. The foundation of this capability lies in establishing a metrics framework supported by decision-support tools. The initiative seeks to optimize Supply Availability and OIB operations to support Army maintenance and sustainment. Outcomes will enable AMC to better understand, manage and communicate its performance. To learn more, contact Marc Sharp

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Project Announcement: Light-Weighting Materials

10-04-2018

The U.S. Army TARDEC desires to develop a Metal Matrix Composite (MMC)-based rotor, with an applicable friction material solution, to meet the requirements of at least one dual-use Army/commercial vehicle platform. The initiative will evaluate and analyze other potential MMC applications that may be able to support integration with MMC material properties allowing for other potential applications. To learn more, please contact Lisa Stobierski at lisas@ncms.org or call 734-995-5636. NCMS

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Sources Sought: Robust Wireless Technology Needed by NCMS Aviation Industry Partner

09-27-2018

NCMS is assisting an aviation industry partner to seek and evaluate technologies that can gather telemetry engine data via a wireless system to communicate between engine sensors and airframe. The system should be able to withstand: The “under engine cowl” environment during normal operation of commercial aircraft Temperature range outer limits estimated to be -30 - 350 degrees F, (-34 – 176 degrees C) Vibration and barometric pressure not considered to be extreme in this case,

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Project Announcement: Durable Multi-Material Group I Adhesive Joints

09-27-2018

The primary goal to develop reference hybrid joint solutions (adhesive and fastener) using group one adhesives. Regulatory pressures are driving the entire global transportation industry to reduce carbon emissions.   Vehicle weight reduction is a primary strategy to reduce fuel consumption. To achieve this, developers have turned to non-traditional materials such as carbon fiber reinforced composites and mixed metals.   However, incorporation of these materials introduces added complexity in

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Project Announcement: Multifunctional Surface Coating

09-27-2018

The objective is to explore how coating systems interact with and enhance the performance of vehicular autonomy system sensors. Employing coatings to fine-tune reflectivity and emissivity signals discretely across a spectrum. Exploring coatings that can decouple EM wavelengths and frequencies to enable selective detection by special purpose sensors. Assessing coatings for protective shielding of sensors and electronics. And to understand the interaction between CARC and coatings

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Sources Sought: Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Upgrade Modeling and Simulation

09-12-2018

The Department of the Navy (DoN) is planning an upgrade effort to improve efficiency, accommodate new vessel designs, and replace aging dry docks in its four ship repair facilities: Norfolk Naval Shipyard Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility The goals are to find savings in labor, energy consumption, and sustainment of facility and equipment infrastructure

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Sources Sought: Taiwan Air Force Maintenance/Sustainment F-16 Project

09-05-2018

The U.S. Air Force is taking part in an effort to improve the F-16 support equipment for aircraft operated by the Taiwan Air Force. It is seeking to identify external partners to assist with engineering assessments related to repairing, refurbishing, overhauling, and testing items, including valves, and cockpit cameras. For a detailed list, see below. 13 Stage valve (may be listed as regulating valve) NSN 4810-01-154-3200 Cockpit camera NSN 5821-01-435-6654 (The power supply is the only

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Sources Sought: NAVAIR CBM+ Training Development Project

09-05-2018

Condition Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+) is defined as the application and integration of appropriate processes, technologies, and knowledge-based capabilities to improve mission availability, reliability, and reduce operations and support costs of DoD systems and components across their life cycle.  At its core, CBM+ is maintenance performed based on evidence of need, integrating RCM analysis with those enabling processes, technologies, and capabilities that enhance the readiness and

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Project Announcement: LOGCELL Playbook Phase II

08-27-2018

Navy Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) is interested in creating a playbook and accompanying communications strategy to introduce and promote its LOGCELL decision-support environment to a broad set of government and industry users. The strategy should include a communications plan, a brand identity management approach, and an executable methodology to support LOGCELL’s rollout and increase its adoption. LOGCELL was created to replace large, cross-functional meetings

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Project Announcement: F-35 Joint Program Office Digital War Room Phase II

08-27-2018

The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) seeks to modernize access to—and increase the analytic availability of—critical programmatic data and information through the creation of a Digital War Room, supporting rapid analysis and decision-making by communicating visualized data and insights via a digital platform (i.e., through desktop, laptop, and mobile devices). JPO currently relies heavily on paper reports to comprehend data from multiple sources, which do not update in real time as data is

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Project Announcement: Army Materiel Command Supply Chain Strategy and Metrics Phase II

08-27-2018

Army Materiel Command (AMC) seeks support in adopting decision-support tools to improve its operations and predictive readiness and to maximize the value of its data. The Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of the Army (DA) have invested significantly in IT systems that monitor and capture data about their maintenance and sustainment operations; AMC is interested in leveraging that data to design a supply-chain strategy aligned to DA’s needs. To that end, AMC seeks to adopt industry

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Project Announcement: US Navy Verification and Certification through Blockchain Concept Paper

08-24-2018

The U.S. Navy is interested in working with outside partners to improve the management and security of aircraft logistics data by implementing a blockchain network to transfer, validate, and protect data across installations and organizational units. This data is used to determine the health, availability, maintenance level, and readiness of naval aircraft. Those interested in participating in this initiative should contact Debra Lilu at debral@ncms.org or at (734) 262-0758 by September 14,

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Project Announcement: NAVAIR SmartSignal Digital Twin CBM+ Capability Evaluation

08-24-2018

The U.S. Navy seeks support in adopting Digital Twin software tools to determine the current condition of assets based on health monitoring data. This project forms part of a larger effort to implement Asset Performance Management (APM) software and accompanying systems engineering and data analytics practices that will enable the Navy to perform predictive analytics on smart aircraft data and better manage maintenance. Those interested in participating in this initiative should contact

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Project Announcement: CBM+ Data Integration with Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)

08-24-2018

The U.S. Navy seeks support in identifying ways to integrate CBM+ and RCM data to proactive identify performance degradation and optimize preventative maintenance processes. Maintenance personnel currently perform RCM analysis through traditional methods, limiting their ability to analyze large amounts of data generated by modern aircraft (e.g., flight parameters, temperature, vibration, fatigue, etc.). This project will help the Navy close the Ready Basic Aircraft (RBA) gap for naval aircraft

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Project Announcement: Total Army Operational Mobilization and Replacements Integration, Sustainment, and Synchronization

08-24-2018

The U.S. Army seeks external partners to modify existing government software assets, adding capabilities related to cost projections, resource planning, and asset and personnel tracking. In addition, they must also document how these modifications may be implemented and integrated into current systems, processes, and standards. These new capabilities will support more efficient operation of the “Total Army,” i.e. the service members and resources of the Regular Army, National Guard, and Army

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Project Announcement: Advanced Logistics Innovation Concepts and Education

08-24-2018

The U.S. Marine Corps seeks to establish a logistics-based training partnership with experts from industry and academia, updating training curricula to better conform with Marine Corps doctrine and tactics and current best practices. Areas of interest include logistics chain management, maintenance, and maintenance-and-sustainment-related technologies, communicated through short curricula adaptable for use in both resident and distance learning. Those interested in participating in this

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Project Announcement: Optimization of Supply Chain and Inventory Management Systems and Processes

08-24-2018

The U.S. Navy seeks external partners to update the supply chain inventory management systems and processes associated with maintaining legacy aircraft such as the E-6B. The service life of the E-6B has been extended past its initial 25-year period, resulting in significant obsolescence challenges.  As the aircraft remains in operation, the requirements to sustain it increase. This process will necessitate an evaluation of current systems and studies and demonstrations to identify improvements

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Project Announcement: Ship Repair and Maintenance Innovation

08-24-2018

The U.S. Navy seeks support in evaluating the use of a range of maintenance technologies at the Naval Ship Repair Facility in Yokosuka, Japan. These technologies fall into a range of domains, including metrology, viscometry, human augmentation and magnetic mounts, wiring inspection, and metal parts fabrication. The repair facility in Yokosuka is part of the the largest overseas U.S. Naval installation and is responsible for maintenance of the entire 7th Fleet. Those interested in

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Project Announcement: Strategy and Innovation; Enterprise Innovation Management Phase III

08-24-2018

The U.S. Navy seeks external support in establishing an “Agility Cell” to implement agile practices within the Department of the Navy (DON), providing support on issues ranging from education and training, program development and analysis, data strategy, process implementation, and collaboration. This project is part of a larger effort to reorient functions formerly ascribed to “innovation” to agility, improving the DON’s ability to react to new developments and take advantage of emerging

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Project Announcement: Cost to Run a Marine Expeditionary Force-Next (C2RAM-Next) Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Data Interoperability and Transforming Resource Allocation Management Phase II

08-21-2018

The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff are seeking outside support to augment their enterprise data management systems, bolstering C2RAM-Next, the USMC’s resource/cost analysis tool, by incorporating processes and data from JEDI, an interoperability-promoting initiative by the Joint Chiefs of Staff Directorate for Logistics (JS J4). The collection and exchange of equipment data currently take place as part of JEDI; the USMC and JS J4 aim to integrate this into C2RAM-Next

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Project Announcement: Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI)-Logistic Functional Area Services (LOGFAS)

08-21-2018

The U.S. Armed Services are interested in identifying outside partners to help improve the exchange of information, processes, and security protocols with allied countries. To increase the interoperability of their information systems, the Services seek support in converting force-deployment data from U.S. systems into a format compatible with NATO’s LOGFAS. Those interested in participating in this initiative should contact Marc Sharp at marcs@ncms.org by September 7, 2018. We encourage

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Project Announcement: Modification to Manufacturing Demonstration Tool-set for Maintenance & Sustainment Support Phase III-A of Integrated Digital Resource Network, (IDRN)

08-16-2018

The U.S. Navy is seeking support in furthering enhancement of the Aviation Logistics Environment’s (ALE) to include Model Based Definition of its Integrated Digital Resource Network, a secure Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform that will enhance its logistics and manufacturing capabilities.  This project will add capabilities via a net-centric, shared data environment that supports shore based, afloat and expeditionary operations.  ALE solutions support top-level business areas:

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Project Announcement: Business Improvement Process for Maintenance & Sustainment

08-07-2018

Too many times, the public often tries to operate without a formal budget. Even some businesses that have a budget seldom consult it, meaning they are not gaining the business advantages that they could be through proper budgeting. Generally, there has always been a low confidence factor in budget analysis software due to concerns that the historical information is likely incomplete, inaccurate and/or difficult to populate. Although budgeting software allows direct data imports from integrated

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Project Announcement: LRU/WRAs Demonstration and Evaluation for Intermittent Fault Detection (IFD) Implementation Depot Level Maintenance at Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division

08-07-2018

As a consumer economy, almost all goods that we purchase and depend upon have some form of electronics; unfortunately, sometimes they have hidden defects. Millions of dollars are spent replacing faulty wiring and circuits, and sometimes unnecessarily replacing components in the hopes of resolving an issue.  Public industry has limited capability in detecting intermittent faults with their current shop tools.  Also, the daunting task of identifying where an electronic failure has occurred, and

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Project Announcement: Lightweighting Material Solutions for Maintenance and Sustainment

08-06-2018

The automotive and trucking industries are faced with tightening regulations to improve fleet fuel efficiency.  Each manufacturer is taking different approaches in powertrain and materials technology to reach these challenging standards; one approach is through vehicle lightweighting.  The objective of this project is to develop lightweight wheel-end components that will reduce overall vehicle weight as well as reduce maintenance costs. Those interested in participating in this project

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Project Announcement: Advanced Lithium Ion Batteries – Phase II

08-06-2018

Energy storage continues to evolve as advanced materials and battery architecture are developed to address the need for portable, on-demand energy.  Goals for improvements in these devices include life extension, energy density, safety, cost reduction, and charging speed.  Phase I of the project focused on the need for cell-level improvements in cathode battery materials, advanced cathode coatings to reduce material waste and speed production, and novel cathode architectures.  For Phase II, the

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Project Announcement: Long Term Tire Storage – Phase III

08-06-2018

Tire degradation causes maintenance and sustainment issues for numerous industries including tire manufacturers and distributors, auto dealers, farmers, bus lines, and truckers, as well as the Department of Defense.  Phases I and II of this project, research focused on better understanding the causes of tire degradation during storage and developing a solution.  Phase III expands upon earlier work to improve the protection gained from spraying tires with a degradation-resistant coating.  The

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Funding Deadline for New CTMA Projects August 17

08-02-2018

Important deadline!: The window for project funding through Commercial Technology for Maintenance Activities (CTMA)’s Cooperative Agreement is closing very soon. Funding must be received in house no later than Friday, August 17 in order to leverage this contract vehicle for all obligated projects. For more information contact Debbie Lilu at debral@ncms.org or call

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Project Announcement: Modification to Manufacturing Demonstration Tool-set for Maintenance & Sustainment Support Phase III of Integrated Digital Resource Network (IDRN)

07-31-2018

The U.S. Navy is seeking support in furthering the adoption of its Integrated Digital Resource Network (IDRN), a secure Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform that will enhance its logistics and manufacturing capabilities. It plans to add program management and quality management functionality to its existing systems, which connect industrial machinery at several Naval installations with base infrastructure and a central repository. Those interested in participating in this project

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Project Announcement: Supply Item Logistics Capability Initiative Phase II

07-26-2018

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: LRU/WRAs Demonstration and Evaluation for IFD Implementation Depot Level Maintenance at Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division

07-26-2018

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 technician today because of the limitations of current No Found Fault (NFF) equipment and training.  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 and are

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Project Announcement: Advanced Logistics Technology Sustainment Education Modernization

07-26-2018

The U.S. Marine Corps seeks outside partners with whom to develop military- and industry-relevant training curricula related to logistics technology and sustainment. These improvements will focus on inculcating industry best practices in supply chain logistics, improving the Marine Corps’ mission readiness and preparation for the future security environment. Those interested in participating in this project should contact Nicholas Brown at nicholasb@ncms.org by August 10, 2018. We encourage

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Project Announcement: Additive Manufacturing Processes for Design, Maintenance, and Sustainment

07-26-2018

The U.S. Army seeks support in adopting point-of-need part production for a redesigned Ground Vehicle Robotics PackBot (GVR-BOT) using Additive Manufacturing (AM). These parts will facilitate the creation of a significantly lighter GVR-BOT to replace the current model, serving as a pilot for future AM-enabled lightweight designs for vehicles and technical systems. Those interested in participating in this project should contact Debbie Lilu at debral@ncms.org by August 10, 2018. We encourage

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Project Announcement: Automated Armory Evaluation

07-26-2018

The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) is interested in automating the tracking of small arms throughout its armories, thereby eliminating the slow, cumbersome process of manual record-keeping, a potential source of human error. It seeks support in determining the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of a potential system in light of current USMC regulations, policies, and practices. This automated inventory system may incorporate technologies such as biometrics, barcodes, and digital signatures, as

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Project Announcement: Augmented Reality Used to Enable the Advanced Manufacturing and Maintenance Workforce

07-26-2018

The U.S. Marine Corps is seeking the support of an external partner to pilot the use of an Augmented Reality (AR) tool (e.g. smart glasses) among maintenance personnel to give them hands-free access to technical publications, schematics, and other references on the shop floor. It is interested in a tool that would allow personnel to receive assignments in real time, track and record work, interact with Internet-of-Things-enabled devices, and send messages and live video to

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Project Announcement: Additive Manufacturing (AM) Contracting Guide Development for DoD

07-26-2018

The Department of Defense (DoD) seeks support in developing a contracting guide for Additive Manufacturing (AM) as part of a larger strategy of adopting Additive Manufacturing (AM) across the different branches of the military and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Those interested in participating in this project should contact Debbie Lilu at debral@ncms.org by August 10, 2018. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises

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Project Announcement: Readiness Sustainment and Maintenance Technology Integration

07-26-2018

The U.S. Marine Corps is seeking external support to modernize its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. ERP systems facilitate coordination within and between different units, reducing the time and fiscal cost of logistics. System improvements must integrate with existing Marine Corps data sources and support analytics and reporting of maintenance management data, error estimates, and readiness metrics. The objective is to optimize current system use, enhance system reporting and data

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Project Announcement: Reducing Maintenance & Sustainment through an Enterprise Shared 3D Visualization System

07-11-2018

Industry and government must continually coordinate on technical activities such as weapons platform – shore interface design optimization, Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization planning, Additive Manufacturing and industrial workforce training that involve digital workflows that require basic levels of interoperability across a plethora of 3D data sets. This concept effort will combine Department of Defense (DoD), Industry, and Specification Organizations that acquire and manage 3D data to

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Sources Sought: Component Supplier for "Monitor Display, Back Seat" Part Number: 46431110-30

06-28-2018

The U.S. Air Force is taking part in an effort to improve aircraft support equipment for aircraft operated by a Non-US Defence Entity.  It is seeking to identify external partners and suppliers for "Monitor Display, Back Seat" Part Number: 46431110-30. If you are interested, please respond prior to July 27, 2018.  All questions and/or inquiries can be addressed to Debra Lilu at

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Sources Sought: Egyptian Air Force Maintenance/Sustainment Project

06-27-2018

The U.S. Air Force is taking part in an effort to improve aircraft support equipment for aircraft operated by the Egyptian Air Force. It is seeking to identify external partners to assist with engineering assessments related to repairing, refurbishing, overhauling, and testing several classes of items, including turbine and fuel system components, milling and grinding machines, and test stands. For a full list, see the table below. These assessments will take place at Helwan Air Base in

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2018 Maintenance Innovation Challenge Competition Open

06-27-2018

Submissions for the 2018 Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) are being accepted! The competition, announced by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs (OASD MPP), will take place at the Department of Defense (DoD) Maintenance Symposium in Tampa this December. The MIC identifies promising new maintenance technologies with the potential to enhance the maintenance operations of the U.S. Armed Forces, bolstering their readiness and the nation’s

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Present your Facility Maintenance Technology to JTEG

06-12-2018

NCMS is seeking speakers to present July 31 at the July JTEG Technology Forum featuring Facility Maintenance. 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 DoD observers. JTEG

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Project Announcement: Axial Compressor Surface Finish Improvement

06-11-2018

The U.S. Navy is interested in measuring the improvements in performance associated with the application of protective surface finishes to aircraft engine components. To combat the degradation and increased risk of failure that occur when engines operate in environments with high temperatures, salt, sand, and other corrosive and/or abrasive substances, the U.S. Navy is employing these surface finishes on components of the MH-60 helicopter. To test their performance, it seeks the support of an

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Project Announcement: Business Transformation Acceleration Initiative

06-08-2018

The Department of the Navy (DON) is seeking support to overhaul its administrative processes, especially regarding designing and implementing department-wide business process reform, improving audit outcomes, modernizing business systems, and designing a data strategy for improving operations. Comprehensively, process improvement and overhaul can be a disruptive and resource-intensive endeavor and must be targeted in order to yield the desired improvements; DON is therefore interested in

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Project Announcement: Mobile pRFID System to Support Depot Maintenance Concept Paper

05-23-2018

Several U.S. military partners are interested in introducing passive radio frequency identification (pRFID) systems to their facilities to augment inventory management efforts. These systems must be capable of being mounted on a powered vehicle (e.g., forklifts), reading pRFID tags within a radius of 15 feet, and interfacing with existing pRFID-tag-tracking software systems. Crucially, they must also have an integrated geo-positioning capability (i.e., GPS). pRFID systems that use readers

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Project Announcement: T700 1st Stage Turbine Nozzle Sand/Salt Phobic Treatment Concept Demonstration – Phase III

05-23-2018

A U.S. military partner seeks support to assess the effectiveness of multiple airfoil surface treatments and protective coatings against the initial and continued accumulation of partially molten debris onto the nozzle guide vane of AE1107C turboshaft engines. Partially molten debris accumulation on high-pressure turbine airfoils is one type of deterioration that occurs within the hot section of an aircraft engine. The accumulation not only degrades performance, but can also increase engine

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Project Announcement: Aviation (PEO AVN) Stakeholder, Data, and Technical Assessment

05-23-2018

The U.S. Army is implementing reforms to its acquisitions programs to align them with product-support best practices employed by commercial industry. To do this, it must gauge the effectiveness of its current inventory of tools, as well as understand the impact of changes on their users. The Army seeks support in assessing its current data and technical solutions environment for product support management and in studying the needs and interests of internal and external stakeholders. This

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Project Announcement: Direct Digital Manufacturing Initiative

05-23-2018

The U.S. Army is pursuing the use of direct digital manufacturing (DDM)/Additive Manufacturing (AM) to improve the performance of turbine engines and to better meet the maintenance and sustainment requirements for current and future aircraft. It seeks an external partner to identify parts for the T700 engine that are well-suited to production via DDM/AM and that can be leveraged for future engine programs. It is also interested in conducting trial builds to determine process tolerances and in

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Project Announcement: United States Marine Corps Maintenance, Logistics, Sustainment, Improvement Initiatives

05-23-2018

The U.S. Marine Corps is evaluating Ground Equipment Maintenance Program (GEMP) activities required to meet Department of Defense (DoD) and Marine Corps readiness, logistics, and sustainability objectives. Central to this is the need for roadmaps to guide future strategy and policy changes, particularly as they concern ground ordnance and Marine Corps capability gaps. These roadmaps will be created through the formation of advisory groups and through face-to-face meetings with subject matter

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Institute for Defense Analyses: Program Management Benchmarking Survey

05-17-2018

NCMS and the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) are conducting an industry benchmarking study on the topic of retention, training, and qualifications of Lead Program/Project Managers (LPMs) for the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition). Please take a short survey concerning the direction of the civilian program management workforce within the DoD. All responses must be completed by May 31, 2018. Complete the survey

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Project Announcement: Consolidation of Adhesives and Sealants Phase II

04-30-2018

The U.S. Army seeks to develop high-strength, high-elongation, corrosion-resistant adhesives with a low curing temperature (under 80 degrees Fahrenheit). These adhesives are intended for use with lightweight composite materials, some of which experience degradation at higher curing temperatures. The U.S. military and the manufacturing industry are transitioning away from traditional industrial metals to new substances, such as aluminum, magnesium alloys, titanium, lightweight steel,

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Project Announcement: Cloud-Based Acquisition Talent Management

04-19-2018

The U.S. Army is interesting in adopting an automated, cloud-based software system for talent management to reduce reliance on offline spreadsheet files and manual data entry. The ideal solution is a consolidated system with consistent user interfaces for managing different types of personnel (e.g. active duty, reserve, civilian, etc.). The Army currently uses several human capital and talent management systems, dashboards, and tools that are specialized for a single personnel type, at the

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Project Announcement: Manufacturing Demonstration Toolset for Maintenance & Sustainment Support for Fleet Readiness Centers Phase II

04-19-2018

One of the most significant issues for both industry and the DoD is the management of aircraft engineering data. This data consists of 3D CAD data, 2D drawings, and tech data packages received from the OEM. The data is often received in poor quality or in piece-meal and the current processes used are inadequate. Because of this, significant time is spent manually mining data by a dedicated group of logisticians and engineers. Utilizing the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Southeast

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Project Announcement: Naval Additive Manufacturing Knowledge Delivery System (NAMKDS)

03-28-2018

The U.S. Navy seeks industry support to develop a lifecycle management ecosystem that allows users to securely share verified Additive Manufacturing (AM) print files and related resources. It intends for this ecosystem to be a web-based platform that encompasses “all things AM,” including technical information, training, and users’ contributions of their own knowledge and experiences. The Department of Defense (DoD) is presently experimenting with the use of AM for maintenance and

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Project Announcement: Operational Energy Training and Education Phase II

03-27-2018

The U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps are interesting in developing and evaluating ways to incorporate awareness of operational energy (OE)—the energy resources required for training, moving, and sustaining military forces and weapons platforms—into maintenance and sustainment training. The Marine Corps’ dispersed, mobile Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) concept improves the resilience of its force structure but increases the fuel and energy requirements of operations on the

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Project Announcement: LOGCELL Playbook

03-27-2018

Navy Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) is interested in creating a playbook and accompanying communications strategy to introduce and promote its LOGCELL decision-support environment to a broad set of government and industry users. The strategy should include a communications plan, a brand identity management approach, and an executable methodology to support LOGCELL’s rollout and increase its adoption. LOGCELL was created to replace large, cross-functional meetings

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Project Announcement: F-35 Joint Program Office Digital War Room

03-27-2018

The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) seeks to modernize access to—and increase the analytic availability of—critical programmatic data and information through the creation of a Digital War Room, supporting rapid analysis and decision-making by communicating visualized data and insights via a digital platform (i.e., through desktop, laptop, and mobile devices). JPO currently relies heavily on paper reports to comprehend data from multiple sources, which do not update in real time as data is

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Project Announcement: Army Materiel Command Supply Chain Strategy and Metrics

03-27-2018

Army Materiel Command (AMC) seeks support in adopting decision-support tools to improve its operations and predictive readiness and to maximize the value of its data. The Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of the Army (DA) have invested significantly in IT systems that monitor and capture data about their maintenance and sustainment operations; AMC is interested in leveraging that data to design a supply-chain strategy aligned to DA’s needs. To that end, AMC seeks to adopt industry

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Project Announcement: Individual Ready Reserve Training and Tracking System

03-27-2018

A U.S. government partner seeks an integrated system that will better calculate Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) requirements, identify best qualified soldiers to fill the requirements, coordinate/schedule training to re-integrate IRR soldiers back into the Army, and track them as they proceed through the training pipeline, integrate into their newly assigned units, and deploy. IRR soldiers are reserve soldiers who are not on active duty and are not obligated to participate in drills or military

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Project Announcement: Counternarcotics and Global Threat Mission Readiness System

03-27-2018

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats looks to improve Combatant Commands (CCMDs) and federal agencies’ abilities to access Army Reserve Component (RC) capabilities and to streamline military support for Department of Defense (DoD) approved counterdrug missions. The Office is interested in enhancing available mission analysis, planning tools, and financial tracking for DoD counterdrug missions, following an agile development

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Project Announcement: Fleet Exercise Section Electronic Sub-System Evaluation

03-13-2018

The U.S. Navy seeks to update electronic systems in the MK 54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo, documenting the current Electronics Sub-System’s (ESS) functional requirements and current interfaces and assessing future capabilities, which will be added to the ESS to meet future requirements and maintain compatibility with newer interfaces and standards. In the MK 54 Exercise Configuration, the ESS of the Fleet Exercise Section (FES) performs functions related to safety, exercise control,

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Sources Sought: Defense Maintenance Competition

03-08-2018

NCMS is looking for industry partners for the upcoming Defense Maintenance Competition to be held at the 2018 DoD Maintenance Symposium taking place December 17-20 in Tampa, FL.  The interested industry partners will have an opportunity to have their maintenance technologies in the hands of the users.  This competition will test the skills of small, three-member teams of maintainers, who will apply cutting-edge equipment to diagnose and repair different types of technical faults in a variety of

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Present your Automation in Maintenance Technology to JTEG

03-08-2018

NCMS is seeking speakers to present April 24 at the April JTEG Technology Forum featuring Automation in Maintenance. 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 DoD observers. JTEG

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Manufacturing Innovation Awards Accepting Nominations

03-06-2018

The Science + Innovation Awards (SIA) is currently accepting applications for the first ever Manufacturing Innovation Awards. SIA, in partnership with Manufacturing USA, is looking to honor scientists and mentors that are actively securing the future of manufacturing. Applications close at 11:59PM EST on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Learn

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Project Announcement: Resource Allocation Management

02-22-2018

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (MARFORCOM) directs Active Component operating forces; executes Marine Corps force generation actions in the provisioning of joint capable Marine Corps forces, and directs deployment planning and execution in support of Combatant Commander (CCDR) and Service requirements.  Headquarters Marine Corps – Command, Control, Communication, and Computers (HQMC C4) supports the Service in Joint, Department of Defense, and Department of the Navy C4 and IT matters. The

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Project Announcement: Demonstrating the Integrated Business Planning (IBP) Process on a Navy Aircraft

02-20-2018

Integrated Business Planning (IBP) is a cross functional management process to integrate demand, supply, and financial planning to meet sustainment requirements of the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE). IBP is the next generation Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process that focuses on business strategy and financial tradeoffs. The increased complexity in today’s supply chains have resulted in a unique set of issues and challenges leading to a natural tension in balancing customer

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Source Sought: Government Partner Seeks Battery Technology

02-15-2018

A federal government partner seeks to work with outside organizations to develop new technological capabilities related to inducing failure in batteries and battery-powered devices from a distance by draining, destroying/damaging or otherwise disabling the batteries.  The partner's interest is broad and conceptual. The technology may act on any type (lithium-ion, lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, rechargeable/non-rechargeable) or size of modern battery and must achieve the desired effect without

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Project Announcement: Development of Operational Transition Procedures & Sustainment Analysis for Global Logistics Integration System (GLIS) Supply & Maintenance Functions – Closeout Part A and B

02-07-2018

The Marine Corps’ Global Combat Support System (GCSS-MC) is being used as a testbed for the GLIS project, an ongoing enterprise resource planning (ERP) improvement initiative. GCSS-MC is the service’s ERP logistics system, and it plays a critical role in the maintenance and sustainment of Marine Corps assets across the globe. Outside of the U.S. military, ERP systems boost the bottom line of manufacturers, distributers, and sustainers and ensure that their customers receive timely service. The

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Input Solicited for National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing

02-06-2018

The National Science and Technology Council, Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing (NSTC SAM) is in the process of developing a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing to improve Government coordination and provide long-term guidance for Federal programs and activities in support of United States manufacturing competitiveness, including advanced manufacturing research and development over the next five to ten years. Input is requested from the public, including stakeholders from

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CTMA Technology Competition Extended to April 20

01-24-2018

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs are pleased to announce that the CTMA Technology Competition will be returning this year! NCMS will begin accepting submissions in early February. The deadline for submissions is April 20, 2018. The six finalists will be announced on April 12 and will be invited to present their submissions in person on May 9. Presentations need to be in

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NCMS Calls for Presenters to Showcase Technologies at DoD Advanced Composite Maintainers Technical Interchange Meeting

01-24-2018

NCMS is accepting submissions for speakers highlighting new technologies at the 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) Advanced Composite Maintainers Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM). Presenting at the TIM is an exceptional opportunity to tout your organization’s achievements, current projects, and specialized expertise to a broad cross-section of industry and the defense maintenance community. Subject matter should be related to composite materials and maintenance. Submission is open to all

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Source Sought: Reverse Engineering RFI for Tinker Air Force Base

12-10-2017

NCMS Partner, Tinker Air Force Base, has issued an RFI focused on reverse engineering of various components.  Please review complete RFI below with submission instructions.  The complete list of parts can be downloaded here: Tinker - AF and DLA Item List - RFI ****** Request for Information (RFI) There is no solicitation available at this time.  Requests for a solicitation will not receive a response.   Request for Alternate Sources Agency:  Department of the Air

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Source Sought: Reverse Engineering RFI for Hill Air Force Base

12-10-2017

NCMS Partner, Hill Air Force Base, has issued an RFI focused on reverse engineering of various components.  Please review complete RFI below with submission instructions.  The complete list of parts can be downloaded here: Hill AFB - AF and DLA Managed Items - RFI - 2 ****** There is no solicitation available at this time.  Requests for a solicitation will not receive a response. Reverse Engineering and Repair Development Whitepapers Agency:  Department of the Air Force/Air Force

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Source Sought: Reverse Engineering RFI for A-10 Air Craft at Hill Air Force Base

12-10-2017

NCMS Partner, Hill Air Force Base, has issued an RFI focused on reverse engineering of A-10 air craft components.  Please review complete RFI below with submission instructions.  The complete list is contained in the RFI. ****** Request for Information (RFI) There is no solicitation available at this time.  Requests for a solicitation will not receive a response. Reverse Engineering and Repair Development Whitepapers Agency:  Department of the Air Force/Air Force Materiel

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Sources Sought: Mobile pRFID system

11-28-2017

The government is seeking quotes for a passive radio frequency identification (pRFID) system that can be mounted on mobile platforms (e.g., on cranes or in a backpack).  The system must have a read distance at least 30 feet and provide geo-spatial location in the form of latitude and longitude.  The system must transmit data via a FIPS 140-2 compliant protocol.  The wireless system must be available through a vendor in the United States.  Additional preference is provided for systems that

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Sources Sought: Dynamic Acoustical Weld Qualification

11-28-2017

The government is seeking partners to create an acoustical sensing device to qualify weld quality on a variety of metals on Navy platforms and support equipment.   Skilled, artisan welders often state that they can "hear" a good weld (often described as sizzling bacon).  Through the use of an acoustical sensing device, the government seeks to create a dynamic feedback loop that provides an indication of an inferior weld as it occurs to minimize downtime and rework efforts.   Ultimately, we seek

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Project Announcement: Cybersecurity and Risk Management Framework – Phase II

11-28-2017

There are few imminent and continuous threats today that present – to both the public and commercial sectors – such high risk as cyber-attacks in the form of data breaches, including attacks across the Software Development Life Cycle or against the development environment. Software Assurance (SwA) is becoming increasingly critical, especially as the Department of Defense leverages commercial industry advancements in cloud computing and developmental platforms like Platform as a Service to

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Project Announcement: Development of Computer-Based Training for Maintenance and Supply Phase II

11-28-2017

Large organizations frequently confront the high costs and limited effectiveness of training large numbers of personnel using traditional methods. These methods are typically based on a broad curriculum aimed at delivering material to trainees with diverse job functions; this material is usually taught once in a physical setting, providing trainees with few opportunities for subsequent engagement or to refresh their knowledge. To remedy these shortcomings, the United States Marine Corps (USMC)

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Project Announcement: NMP-free Li Ion Electrode Development and Manufacturing

10-20-2017

The project will develop battery manufacturing technology without N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP) in electrodes, and incorporate these electrodes into 6T modules. NMP-free electrode batteries must meet or exceed baseline battery performance as defined in 6T Li-ion Battery Specification MIL-PRF 32565, at 15% reduced cell cost. Prototype cells produced at a battery production line with the NMP-free technology shall be delivered to TARDEC for testing and evaluation. Those interested in participating

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Project Announcement: Functional Surface Coatings

10-20-2017

This project will improve coating systems for UGV’s and small tactical robotic systems. These are sensitive to weight due to the accumulation of mud. Optics fouled by weather or sabotage degrade mission performance. Coatings will be developed to slough off water, muddy water, and mud for the body and non-optics components. Coatings will be developed for anti-smudge and fingerprint rejection for optics. This development includes a baseline of coatings systems, identification or development of

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Project Announcement: High-build Polyurea

10-20-2017

This project seeks to investigate and demonstrate high build polyurea (or alternative high-ware coatings) suitable for Army bridging systems.  The prototype CARC system will be used to comparatively test chip and wear resistant against incumbent technologies. The coating system will be evaluated for corrosion resistance, adhesion, durability, film thickness, and chip/wear resistance. The project team will demonstrate equipment and application of the coating system at one or more Army depots and

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Project Announcement: Improved Watercraft Coatings

10-20-2017

The goal of the project is to increase the performance of Army watercraft coatings. These improvements include requiring less frequent maintenance, corrosion prevention and special functions like flame-retarding. This project seeks to develop or improve waterborne fire-retardant coating systems for occupied spaces, anti-fouling coatings for high speed vessels, increased durability for underwater coating systems, and coatings that can withstand running aground. Those interested in

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Project Announcement: High-temperature Coating Adhesion Performance

10-20-2017

Current high temperature paint coating systems have degraded adhesion performance after high temperature cycling.  The eventual breakdown of the coating system at the interface allows the paint system to flake off, which exposes bare metal to the environment, which leads to corrosion.  It is desirable to have a coating system that can withstand high temperature thermal cyclic environments while providing corrosion resistance. This technology should originate in an industrial coating and be

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Project Announcement: Corrosion Detection Under Coatings

10-20-2017

The goal of this project is to identify current and emerging technologies employed in Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) of coated surfaces, benchmark the detection limits and resolution, and demonstrate the technology in a field environment. The costing systems include both industrial and military coatings.  A further objective will be to determine coating formulation techniques that can enhance the detection or resolution of these technologies.  The project will survey available technologies,

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Present your Point of Maintenance Aid to JTEG

10-19-2017

  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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Project Announcement: F/A-18 E/F Rhino Recovery Plan Integrated Business Planning (IBP) Initiative

10-04-2017

Organizations that maintain large vehicle fleets or inventories of equipment are continually confronted with the monetary and manpower costs of maintaining assets that remain unused for long periods of time. Currently, there is no comprehensive, streamlined system for such organizations to adopt to anticipate repair needs and update aging systems, which would lead to significant cost reductions, increase asset lifespan, and reduce the necessity of replacement. Because of the scale of its

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Maintenance Innovation Challenge Deadline Extended to 9/28

09-14-2017

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

09-14-2017

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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Project Announcement: Reversible Adhesives – Phase 2

09-14-2017

A major goal of this project is to enable the continued development of reversible adhesive systems. Partners should possess the ability to develop, characterize, and/or model thermoplastic adhesive systems. These adhesive systems will need to be able to readily incorporate proprietary additives that enable the reversible adhesive system to function correctly.  Adhesive systems will be characterized for important performance criteria, and the use of sensors to gauge performance will be

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Project Announcement: Expanded Use of Autonomous Logistics Platforms

08-31-2017

Intermodal shipping containers have had a huge impact change on commercial and military wholesale distribution operations. Commercial and government container operators have improved container shipping operations through the addition of sophisticated tracking technologies such as RFI and new operational concepts such as “inventory in motion”. The recent introduction of air and land based autonomous systems may alter the pace and scope of logistics operations. The concept of “autonomous

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Project Announcement: Long Term Tire Storage Phase 2

08-31-2017

A major goal of this project is to enable the accelerated testing and durability evaluation of tire storage coatings. Partners should possess the ability to consistently apply uniform barrier coatings to the inside and outside of military-size truck and trailer tires. Tires will be aged according to the appropriate industry standard, and then evaluated for physical properties. Another goal of this project is to apply the tire storage coating to tires for road wheel durability testing.

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Project Announcement: Integrated Corrosion Phase 2

08-31-2017

A major goal of this project is to enable the development of an accelerated corrosion test system that simulates real-world conditions better than current accelerated corrosion tests. The US Army and NASA are designing a new prototype accelerated corrosion test system. This project will support that development through test sample production of various coating systems. Partners should be able to apply a wide range of military and industrial coating systems. Partners should also possess a wide

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Project Announcement: Combat Vehicle Lightweight Efforts

08-31-2017

A major goal of this project is to enable the evaluation of lightweight components for very heavy vehicles. This project will support efforts to improve SWaP-C by determining if replacing components with lightweight equivalent parts is possible. Components will be large, and multi-material solutions are envisioned. More than one component will be investigated. Government furnished data may be Distribution D. Partners should possess the ability to produce computer aided design drawings of

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Project Announcement: The Refurbishment, Re-Engineering, and Testing of the Demilitarized MK 122 MOD 0 Warhead Section for Sustainable Re-Introduction into an Advanced Lightweight Torpedo Capability

08-15-2017

The U.S. 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. The objective of this initiative is to engineer sound technical solutions for maintaining and sustaining the MK 122 Mod 0 warheads that have been relegated to storage after removal from service for the purposes of extending their life and utilizing these warheads in

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Project Announcement: Manufacturing Demonstration Toolset for Maintenance & Sustainment Support for FRC Southeast and FRC Southwest

08-15-2017

One of the most significant issues for both industry and the DoD is the management of aircraft engineering data. This data consists of 3D CAD data, 2D drawings, and poor image quality of tech data drawing packages received from the OEM. The data is received piece-meal and the current processes used were developed to support the management of drawings and are not capable of managing this variety and quantity of data. Because of this, significant time is spent manually mining data by a dedicated

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Project Announcement: Intermittent Fault Detection Technology Pilot Implementation for U.S. Air Force/Air Force Materiel Command

08-15-2017

The Department of Defense/U.S. Air Force is currently challenged by the inability to detect and isolate faults in aircraft wiring bundles and Weapon Replaceable Assembly (WRA)/Line Replaceable Units (LRUs). These faults include opens and shorts, degraded and intermittent signals, and insulation degradation. The magnitude of the challenge is daunting, with the DoD spending approximately billion annually just removing and replacing WRAs/LRUs that, when tested, are determined to be

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Project Announcement: Maintenance Quality Analysis

08-15-2017

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) mission is to provide full lifecycle support for naval aviation aircraft, weapons, and systems operated by Sailors and Marines. Determining the quality of the integrated maintenance capability is difficult using current analysis methods, systems, and tools. The data to support this analysis exists in many disparate data sources and exceeds the current size limitations of the tools available to NAVAIR. The data systems used to collect the maintenance

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Project Announcement: Gantry Hull Welding System Demonstration at a Naval Shipyard

08-15-2017

Metal frames that are critical for the structural support of fleet equipment such as ships, airplanes, trucks, and buses need to be scrupulously maintained. Repairs and upgrades to these frameworks are primarily done by welders who are trained in all specifications and safety requirements. The current standard for hull cut welding at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) is to use the stick welding process, which requires constant starting and stopping as well as meticulous cleaning in order to be

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Project Announcement: Reducing Maintenance Costs Through Predictive Analytics Phase II

08-15-2017

Controlling maintenance costs is critical to commercial industry in order to secure and retain market share/competitive advantage. Reducing maintenance cost is also a critical mission for the Defense Department in today’s budget-constrained environment. One of the most promising avenues for delivering enhanced maintenance performance is in the area of data analytics, specifically in using data collected by sensors on military assets to predict and avoid costly failures. Commercial industry

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Project Announcement: Using Predictive Analytics to Improve Main Reduction Gear (MRG) Readiness

08-15-2017

In recent years, the cruise line industry as suffered some embarrassing break downs due to power train failures and they’re not alone.  The maritime industry, in general, has been dealing with power train issues since the first engine and driveshaft was placed on board seagoing vessels.  These mechanical break downs are costly, and very dangerous when under restricted maneuvering and/or during inclement sea-state/weather conditions. The US Navy's surface fleet has also endured power train

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Project Announcement: Automated Hydro-lance Conceptual Design for Heat Exchangers

08-15-2017

Hydro-lancing is presently accomplished manually and requires mechanics to push a water lance through each tube of a heat exchanger to remove fouling/growth. Heat exchangers on the industrial scale can contain thousands of tubes requiring hours of repetitive pushing and pulling of a lance. The shipboard environment offers a unique challenge due to the restricted workspace allowed for servicing the heat exchangers. This further aggravates the difficulty of this task requiring unnatural postures

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Present at These Coming JTEG Technology Forums

08-03-2017

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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Project Announcement: Predictive Vehicle Maintenance Through Data Acquisition

08-01-2017

The challenges of U.S. Army vehicle maintenance and repair continue to present new obstacles to the United States of America. As more vehicles are introduced, the methods for maintaining those new vehicles as well as the existing vehicles currently in operation continue to become more and more obsolete and cumbersome. As this phase of the vehicle development nears the end and the vehicle is deployed, the way maintenance has always been accomplished is easily used simply due to the readily

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Project Announcement: Lithium Ion Deep-cycle Battery Cold Environment Versatility

08-01-2017

Lithium-ion batteries are both lighter and carry longer charge lives than their lead counterparts. However, benefits to industry don’t stop there. Technological improvements in rechargeable solid-state batteries are being driven by an ever-increasing demand for all electronic devices. Lithium-ion batteries are the systems of choice, offering high energy density, flexible and lightweight design, and longer lifespan than comparable battery technologies. These batteries are being used to benefit

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Project Announcement: Intermittent Fault Detection Technology Implementation and Training for Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division

08-01-2017

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 and are intermittent in nature. The purpose of this collaboration is to build upon the experiences of

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Project Announcement: Removal of Magnetically Attached Devices (ReMAD) Effectiveness and Sustainability Assessment – Phase II

08-01-2017

Quick and easy removal of unwanted or no longer needed magnetically attached devices (MADs) has been and continues to be an issue in the commercial world as well as in DoD. A workable solution currently does not exist. ReMAD Phase II – The work of Phase I demonstrated a Proof of Concept solution through experimentation using MAD-emulating devices, which become detached using appropriately applied magnetic fields. It provides the basis for continuation of the project’s technical

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Project Announcement: Assessment and Concept Development of zeroGs and zeroG-Mag-Mount Systems for Hull Applications at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNSY)

08-01-2017

At Naval Shipyards and commercial businesses much of the work is accomplished by “touch labor” artisans performing physically demanding and fatiguing operations: lifting, manipulating, and using heavy hand tools in awkward positions, with repetitive motions for lengthy durations. This physically demanding work, while essential, challenges the ability to meet current and future readiness and strategic objectives because the physically demanding work has seriously detrimental effects to employee

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Project Announcement: Analysis of Maintenance Expenditures to Optimize Innovation Prioritization and Resourcing for Naval Shipyards

08-01-2017

Analysis of Maintenance Expenditures to Optimize Innovation Prioritization and Resourcing for Naval Shipyards The shipyards perform the most complex maintenance that the Navy requires, including most depot-level and some intermediate-level lifecycle maintenance and modernization of nuclear-powered submarines and carriers. The shipyards are also home to regional repair centers which provide planning yard functions, intermediate-level maintenance on equipment, maintenance of key national

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Project Announcement: Mission Analysis Readiness Resource Synchronization (MARRS) Phase III

08-01-2017

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. To better operate under the uncertain and complex conditions defining the current era of persistent conflict, the Department of Defense (DoD) is following the lead of the commercial sector and migrating away from stove-piped legacy readiness management and reporting information

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Project Announcement: Enhanced Environmental Performance for Safety Glass

08-01-2017

The goal of this project is to better understand causes of delamination, and alternative coatings and constructs, producing a more robust safety glass for this product that is widely used across many consumer situations such automotive windshields and bulletproof glass. There are three major aspects to the project: Efforts will be made to correlate the cause of delamination to the appearance of the failure. The impact of storage conditions will also be studied. A second focus will be

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Project Announcement: Modern Information Technology (IT) Portfolio Management Improvement Initiative – Phase III

08-01-2017

Debates exist on the best way to manage IT portfolios and to measure the value of IT investment. Companies invest billions of dollars on IT and yet the headlines of misspent money are not uncommon. IT portfolio managers are constantly challenged to properly, efficiently, and cost effectively manage their portfolios while dealing with criticisms of poor data quality, a lack of performance data, and misaligned IT governance and policy. When it comes to IT PFM, industries within the maintenance

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Project Announcement: Mission Analysis Readiness Resource Synchronization

07-31-2017

The goal of this project is to progress development of a resource synchronization ERP system.  The project will develop a cross-functional software system that holistically synchronizes, manages, and collaborates with existing and disparate capabilities.  This system provides the data necessary to source and support validated mission and training requirements. The intent of this project is to develop a software system solution that: Presents readiness information in a strategic

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Project Announcement: Membrane Water Filtration System Development

07-31-2017

A major goal of this project, as the global need for potable water increases, is to develop a low-pressure thermoplastic filtration membrane module specially designed to treat fresh water sources for safe and reliable potable use, without the need for high-pressure reverse osmosis. The intent of this project is to optimize an end-to-end filtration system to: Reduce complexity Increase ease of use Provide robust automated operation Those interested in participating in this

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Project Announcement: Coating Layer Consolidation

07-31-2017

A major goal of this project is to enable the development of a feasible solution to corrosion issues such as: pitting, dezincification, galvanic corrosion, crevice or under-deposit corrosion, intergranular corrosion, stress corrosion cracking and microbiologically influenced corrosion, affecting buildings, bridges, and vehicles. The intent of this project is to develop a solution for the optimization of corrosion resistance.  There are two major aspects to the proposed solution:

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Project Announcement: Maintenance and Safety Improvement for T700 Engine Compressor Airfoils

07-31-2017

The overall objective of this initiative is to prove out the benefits of using the erosion/corrosion resistant BlackGold® coating on the T700 jet engine compressor airfoils.  Specifically, the initiative is intended to show improvement in functionality, reliability, maintainability, and procurement as follows: Functionality – an erosion and corrosion protective coating that retains compressor airfoil surface finish, retains airfoil profile, and eliminates corrosion pitting during

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Speaking Opportunity: JTEG Technology Forum: Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI)

07-31-2017

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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RFP: EPA Compliance Assistance Centers

07-27-2017

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) currently operates a number of environmental assistance websites and related information resources with funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency. EPA has strongly recommended that awardees periodically subject all significant contracts funded under EPA programs to open competition. Accordingly, NCMS is releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) relating to the development and operation of its Compliance Assistance Center Websites

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Speaking Opportunity: Troubleshooting Intermittent & Steady State Electronic Faults

06-30-2017

Experts in Troubleshooting Intermittent & Steady State Electronic Faults are encouraged to present this coming Tuesday, July 25th, 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 complete the follow

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Source Sought: Asset Tracking System for Oshkosh

06-28-2017

Oshkosh is searching for a user-friendly and cost-effective asset tracking system to track and manage vehicles in assembly phase. The manufacturing facility for which the system will be used is 144 acres with several hundred vehicles housed at one time. This system should provide the means to locate the physical objects, collect status data, and report on additional activity of these assets through the entire production process until they are shipped or disposed. System tools such as Personnel

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Pendaran Offers Free Training to NCMS Members

06-25-2017

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

06-22-2017

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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Project Announcement: Adapting Blockchain Technology for Additive Manufacturing

06-22-2017

A major goal of this project is to enable the public to reduce the barriers with digital information and to connect people and data with tools to support Additive Manufacturing (AM) innovation to design new products and to compete with larger counterparts. This in turn, will increase competition and reduce the cost of goods for the general public. Without the most relevant product development data and efficient processes, consumers are spending more for warehousing, transportation, and general

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Call for Technology: Sustainment and Refurbishment of Demilitarized Warheads

06-21-2017

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

06-21-2017

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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Project Announcement: Advanced Mobile Universal Electrical Tester (AMUET) for Maintenance and Sustainment

06-21-2017

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 the equation, particularly 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 connector. 

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Project Announcement: Magnetically Attached Device Removal – Phase II

06-21-2017

Quick and easy removal of unwanted or no longer needed Magnetically Attached Devices (MADs) has been and continues to be an issue in the commercial world as well as in DoD. A workable solution currently does not exist. The overall objective of the Phase II ReMaD project is to further the evaluation and experimentation with the existing proof-of-concept detachment system developed in Phase I, leading to a specific recommendation to proceed to Phase III of development, sustainability and

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Project Announcement: Advanced Rescue and Emergency Response Litter

06-21-2017

The primary objective of this project is to provide an increased statistical rate of survival for those people recovered from traumatic accidents by developing a new combat litter technical solution that enhances the current Army system. Urban emergency responders with high-tech gurneys do not fit the needs of remote emergency responders who have low-tech litters.  Today’s litter is a ridged cage with little to nothing in place for further injury mitigation caused from vibration or shock

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NCMS Seeks Support for Sensors, Communications, and Electronics Consortium

06-05-2017

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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Project Announcement: Advanced Mobile Universal Electrical Tooling (AMUET) for Maintenance and Sustainment -- Phase III

05-25-2017

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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Project Announcement: MRAP RESET Cable Reverse Engineering

05-01-2017

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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Sources Sought: Engine Life Management Assistance

04-27-2017

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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Strategy and Innovation; Enterprise Innovation Management Phase II

04-20-2017

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

04-20-2017

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

04-20-2017

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

04-20-2017

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

04-20-2017

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

04-20-2017

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

04-20-2017

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

04-20-2017

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

04-20-2017

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

04-20-2017

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

04-20-2017

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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Sources Sought for Military Grade Brackets

04-03-2017

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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Funding Available for Environmental Technology Demonstrations

02-20-2017

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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Submission Opportunity: SOCOM Seeks Automotive Power Train Market Insights

01-12-2017

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

01-06-2017

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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Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Working Group

08-04-2016

NCMS is partnering with the Department of Homeland Security to address cyber security issues in the Critical Manufacturing Sector. NCMS is assembling an exclusive team of technical experts in both operational technology and cyber security areas to discuss R&D needs in order to identify and close security and resilience gaps. Those interested in participating should contact NCMS Senior VP- Rebecca Taylor at

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Tobyhanna Technology Showcase

06-27-2016

2016 Tobyhanna Technology Showcase July 26-27, 2016 Tobyhanna Army Depot 11 Hap Arnold Blvd Tobyhanna, PA 18466 The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD) will sponsor a technology showcase at the Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD). This is an opportunity for industry to showcase their innovative technology solutions via table top display (3' x 7') and meet directly with DoD maintenance personnel at TYAD. The 2016 Tobyhanna Technology

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NCMS EFAC Industry Day

05-17-2016

National Center for Manufacturing Sciences Expeditionary Fluid Assessment Capability (EFAC) Industry Day 22 & 23 June 2016 NCMS Headquarters, Ann Arbor, Michigan 3025 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108   Abstract: The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) will conduct an Industry Day to discover currently existing capabilities that support Expeditionary Fluid Assessment in order to afford maintenance units, both deployed and in garrison, the ability to screen and analyze

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2016 CTMA Technology Competition

03-09-2016

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance (OSD) has issued the 2016 CTMA Technology Competition designed to introduce new technologies to DoD’s maintenance facilities to help sustain materiel readiness at reduced costs. The Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Program, a unique collaboration between NCMS and OSD, will administer this 5,000 competition in conjunction with this year’s

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Present at the 2016 Predictive Analytics World for Manufacturing

01-07-2016

NCMS, and our partner SimaFore, are looking for thought leaders and experts in their fields to present at and participate in the 3rd annual Predictive Analytics World – Manufacturing conference in Chicago, June 21-22, 2016. Present in front of over 100 of your peers along with speakers from GE, Pfizer, and more. Experts are needed in the specific topics of: Preventive Maintenance/Fault Detection/Failure Prediction Big data and predictive analytics for Supply chains (including Cyber

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CTMA Project Announcement: Rapid Development and Acquisition Initiative

12-07-2015

The DoD is hampered by current policies, processes, and regulations, which govern development and acquisition to support maintenance and sustainment of the warfighter. Today, DoD’s focus is on executing independent programs that don’t take commercial best practices into consideration. These same policies, processes, and regulations limit industry’s ability to enter the defense industry market and implement industry acquisition best practices to DoD. In contrast, commercial businesses manage

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CTMA Project Announcement: Predictive Analytics Health Monitoring for Ship Equipment

11-07-2015

Controlling maintenance costs is a critical to commercial industry in order to secure and retain market share/competitive advantage. Reducing maintenance cost is also a critical mission for the Defense Department in today’s budget-constrained environment. One of the most promising avenues for delivering enhanced maintenance performance is in the area of data analytics, specifically in using data collected by sensors on military assets to predict, and hence avoid, costly failures. Commercial

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CTMA Project Announcement: Removal of Magnetically Attached Devices (ReMAD) – Phase I

11-07-2015

Ground vehicles and equipment are very susceptible to unwanted magnetically attached devices (MADs) due to the large amount of mild steel used in their manufacture. New technologies need to be developed that address the issue of unwanted devices from being magnetically attached to vehicles, equipment, delivery trucks, construction equipment, taxis, limousines, building door entrances and other areas. Such unwanted devices could cause extensive property damage, enable unauthorized/forced entry,

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NAWCADLKE Seeks Intermittance Tester Capabilities

10-20-2015

The Department of Defense (DoD) aviation communities require a Joint Intermittence Tester (JIT) to detect intermittent faults in Weapons Replaceable Assemblies (WRA)/Line Replaceable Assemblies (LRU). These faults are sometimes referred to as: No Fault Found (NFF), Can Not Duplicate (CND), No Evidence of Failure (NEOF) and Nothing to Report (NTF). Intermittent faults are now one of the largest aircraft maintenance cost drivers for the DoD - Billion annually *(OSD ODASD (Maintenance)). The

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Information and Nomination Procedures for the 2015 Industry Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award

10-20-2015

The Industry Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award - 2015 Since 1995, the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT), acting as the agent for the Associations and Societies involved in the Multi-Association Industry Affordability Task Force, has sought to recognize an individual and small working groups/teams in the defense manufacturing community for making outstanding contributions to furthering manufacturing science and technology in the United States for the past fiscal year (Oct

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NAVAIR Seeks Pinless Connector Applications: Updated

10-20-2015

The Navy and Marine Corps have found aircraft wiring issues to be among the top contributors of aircraft performance degradation and downtime. There are many false removals of avionic systems due to faulty wires and degraded connectors, up to 80-90% in some cases. Frequent removal and reinstallation of avionics can cause the aircraft connectors to encounter problems with bent pins, pushed pins, or corroded pins. Connectors also can become contaminated with sand, water, or salt. Removal,

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Integrated Global Information Successes

08-01-2015

The industry and Department of Defense (DoD) are both migrating away from "stovepiped" logistics information systems to adequately perform their supply and maintenance functions and are moving toward integrated global information architectures where multiple users can create and exploit authoritative information for their logistics function.   The Marine Corps has done this through the implementation of Global Combat Service Support Marine Corps or GCSS-MC. As industry and DoD modernize the

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Call for Technology: Industry Partners Needed

06-29-2015

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is partnering with a Federal Government Agency (FGA) who is seeking industry partners with solutions to mitigate threats to vehicles that could result from a magnetically attached device (MAD) with emphasis on the detachment of the MAD from the vehicle. Background: Magnetically attached devices present a variety of threats and hazards to U.S. persons operating around the world. The FGA is looking for technological solutions that prevent

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Project Announcement: Joint Field Service Evaluation Plan (Common Vendor)

06-10-2015

This initiative will focus on key vendors and their components that are used across multiple military systems (such as bearings, fluid pumps, valves, gears, etc.). Although these components may have separate part numbers, and therefore managed by different organizations, they are often designed and manufactured by the same companies. While this synergy is obvious to the company (engineering personnel), it is not visible to product managers, whether in an industry product silo or a defense

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NCMS Technology Showcase

06-02-2015

NCMS is excited to announce a joint event with the United States Air Force for the annual NCMS Technology Showcase…focusing on the digital thread on November 2-4, 2015 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. We will focus on all NCMS initiatives on the 2nd and 3rd , including CTMA, Digital Manufacturing, the Grid Initiative and NCMS’s partnerships with America Makes and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute(DMDII). November 4th will be an Air Force Industry Day

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Project Announcement – Enhanced Environmental Performance for Safety Glass Concept Paper

05-06-2015

Safety glass is ubiquitous and takes many forms, ranging from polycarbonate material to glass laminates, and even to aluminum oxynitride ceramic. Safety glass is used in many, many applications (including automotive glass) where some degree of protection from foreign object strike is needed. “Bullet proof” glass laminate safety glass protects bank tellers and store clerks from actions of violent criminals. Polycarbonate lenses in safety glasses protect worker’s eyes. Any application where

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Project Announcement – Optimizing the Performance of the H-60 Integrated Mechanical Diagnostic System (IMDS) and T-700 Engine Electrical System

05-06-2015

The health of electrical systems are vital to the reliable operation for both commercial and military aircraft.  Related areas would include naval vessels, ground vehicles, trains, alternative energy generators, construction machinery, automobiles, etc. The design intent of electrical systems is to transmit signals or electrical power, continuously or intermittently.  Failure of electrical systems have led to catastrophic events in both the commercial and military sector.  Reliable predictive

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Project Announcement - Joint Maintenance Data Enterprise Interoperability (Phase II)

05-06-2015

In today’s global net-centric service industry, it is commonplace for maintenance of complex aviation, ship, railway and automotive to be contracted to the best-value provider.  In order for this third-party service provider to execute the most effective and efficient maintenance, pedigree information regarding that hardware must be made visible and actionable to that provider.  Currently, commercial industries are lacking in software and system capabilities that communicate information not

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Project Announcement – Expeditionary Fluid Analysis Capability (Phase II)

05-06-2015

Effective fluid analysis can be central to a unit’s preventive and predictive maintenance programs.  Whether the interval to change oil or check equipment fluids is based on calendar days, mileage, or a combination of measures, a sound fluid analysis program lays the foundation for improving equipment readiness and availability.  During preparations for training exercises or deployments, units may conduct fluid changes in order to begin the training or deployment with the freshest, most

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Project Announcement – T700 Improved Durability Compressor Coating Hardware Processing to Support Qualification / Field Service Evaluation

05-06-2015

The T700-GE-401C engine is operated in all military services, powering H-60, AH-64 and AH1 aircraft.  These types of aircraft are operated in both erosive and maritime environments. These austere operating environments degrade compressor airfoil condition and performance.  The commercial version of the T700 is the CT-7 engine that is widely used across the commercial industry. Commercial gas turbine engines also exhibit compressor airfoil erosion due to contaminates entering the engine inlet.

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Project Announcement – Integrating 3D Technical Data Packages (TDPs) into a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Environment

05-06-2015

Suppliers and vendors must be ready and willing to accept three-dimensional (3D) models in place of two-dimensional (2D) drawings whenever possible, as failure to do so will result in extended product development schedules, increased costs and poor product quality.  However, moving to a Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) approach requires a significant shift in how end users create, visualize and interact with design representations, either 2D or 3D.  This brings up the question – Are industry

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CTMA Project Announcement: Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC) Display Aircraft Inspection Initiative – Phase II

03-26-2015

To ensure that these artifacts are not neglected and are maintained in a condition that ensures public safety and respect for the Navy’s heritage, a CTMA Phase I pilot program was launched in the state of Florida.  This baseline assessment represented the initial phase of the solution to implement a comprehensive sustainment plan for the artifacts and static displays for all borrower locations. Because these artifacts and aircraft are on static display, understanding the different inspection

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CTMA Project Announcement: Joint Intermittence Testing (JIT) Capability – Phase II

03-26-2015

Intermittent faults are a growing problem in electronic equipment, and many of the maintenance problems are due to material fatigue and inter-connectivity problems between electronic components or assemblies.  Hard failure, where wiring issues are consistent, are relatively routine to detect and fix.  However, major electrical issues occur when the electrical fault appears only intermittently, in short duration, and in operational conditions that are difficult to replicate, such as high G-force

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NAMC Publishes Defense Mobility Enterprise (DME) FY15/16 Annual Plan

12-18-2014

December 18, 2014. The National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) published the Defense Mobility Enterprise (DME) FY15/16 Annual Plan on December 18th, 2014. This marks the first step in an Annual Plan cycle which includes industry white paper submissions and eventually project proposal submissions. The Annual Plan contains 148 projects the Government is seeking to fund in FY15 & FY16 under their Section 845 Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) managed by the Vehicle and

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RFP Announcement - Component Interoperability for the Micro Robot Weight Class

03-21-2012

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.

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RFP Announcement - Tactical Robot Control System Architecture

03-21-2012

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).

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Defense Partners with NCMS in 0,000 Maintenance Technology Challenge

12-08-2011

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

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Emerging Project- IUID Marking for Legacy Parts – Navy Pilot

10-27-2011

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.

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Invitation for Industry Partners to Join with the RTC in Pursuit of the SPAWAR Systems Command Pacific OTA

10-06-2011

October 6, 2011 Invitation for Industry Partners to Join with the RTC in Pursuit of the SPAWAR Systems Command Pacific OTA.

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2011 Industry Defense Manufacturing Excellence Awards

09-09-2011

September 9, 2011. 2011 Industry Defense Manufacturing Excellence Awards - Time for Nominations

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NMRPP Project Opportunity- Catapult Alignment Position Measurement Automation

06-08-2010

NCMS is seeking participants for a new forming NMRPP project, Catapult Alignment Position Measurement Automation. The current aircraft carrier catapult alignment method is marginally reliable due to multiple degrees of error and limited data.  Over the 100 meter length of the catapult trough, mechanics repeatedly align a fixture to reference lasers and manually conduct gap and alignment measurements of catapult trough components at fixed points.  Trough components, as well as reference

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NMRPP Project Opportunity- New Technology Metal Deposition Repair for Navy Ship/Submarine Components

06-07-2010

NCMS is seeking participants for a new forming NMRPP project, New Technology Metal Deposition Repair for Navy Ship/Submarine Components. Current methods of Metal Deposition Repair (MDR) for worn and corroded components are primarily limited to electroplating/conventional welding processes, which have significant limitations for component repair.  New MDRs are needed for valve bodies, valve balls, pump housings, compressors, impellers, shaft components/seals, and many other general wear and

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NMRPP Project Opportunity- Environmentally Friendly Cutting Solutions (EFCS)

06-06-2010

NCMS is seeking participants for a new forming NMRPP project, Environmentally Friendly Cutting Solutions. The current method employed for large-scale cutting and ship disposal (Oxy-Fuel) creates large quantities of visible emissions, metal fumes and debris.  Federal and State Clean Air Acts prohibit visible emissions greater than 20% opacity.  Attempts to control emissions to comply with these requirements have results in increased project costs and longer schedule duration.  This project

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Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program Concept Request

03-09-2010

NCMS has been approached by the Obama Administration to reach out to its membership to seek input into possible research topics for a proposed new focus area in robotics for the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program.

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Call for Concept Papers - Wind Blade Manufacturing

03-04-2010

NCMS is partnering with the Department of Energy (DOE) to identify and develop critical manufacturing technologies vital to the affordable manufacturing of alternative energy systems. The call for Concept Papers will be used to select projects to be funded by this program.

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Emerging Tech Transfer Project Opportunity

01-14-2010

NCMS is requesting help in the production of concepts for a new project opportunity related to web based access to high performance computing tools. The optimal scope is to create within a two to four week window, sufficient visual concepts using rapid development simulation processes and tools. The end product should enable visualization of key interactive feature sets prior to the development of any web application code.

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CTMA Project Opportunity- NCMS Lightweight Structure Fabrication Using Deformation Resistance Welding

12-14-2009

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.

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CTMA Project Opportunity- Chemical Composition Cleaner for Contaminated Components: “C5 Unit”

07-23-2009

Current decontamination methods used by maintenance personnel result in exposure to dangerous chemicals and pose disposal problems.

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Project Opportunity Rapid Access to Readiness Essential (RARE) Parts

05-18-2009

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

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CTMA Project Opportunity - Automated Intensifier Measurement System (AIMS)

04-17-2009

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.

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