NCMS Announces 2018 CTMA Technology Competition
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 is accepting submissions now. 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 PowerPoint format and will be presented before the judges in a “Shark Tank” format at the 2018 CTMA/DLA Partners Meeting. The event will be held May 7-9 at the Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond, VA, with the finalist presentations taking place on May 9.
Submissions for the 2018 CTMA Technology Competition should include an abstract (300-500 words, 500 words maximum) and quad chart and be focused around a maintenance-related technology. Abstracts must contain the following to be eligible for consideration:
- A problem statement describing what problem the technology is meant to solve
- A description of the technology
- The current development status of the technology
- Test/simulation data supporting performance claims
- Next steps/potential benefits
Note: All submissions will be published online and in print. By submitting, you are authorizing release to the public and that the submission has been vetted for public viewing and does not contain proprietary or confidential information.
Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:
- Maintenance relevance/impact: How much does it impact maintenance? Does it approve the efficiency and/or effectiveness of current maintenance practices (e.g. cost, safety, cycle time, necessary manpower, readiness, etc.)?
- Originality/contribution to the state-of-the-art: How original or innovative is it?
- Avoidance of commercialism: Does it describe a technology and how it will improve maintenance, or does it attempt to market the organization?
- Technical maturity: How mature or ready is the technology? Has it been prototyped or successfully demonstrated?
- Cross-service applicability: Is it potentially applicable to all service branches of the military and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)?
- Feasibility/practicality: How viable would it be to transition the technology for use by the Department of Defense (DoD)? Considerations include DoD maintenance needs, needs of specific DoD programs, implementation, the readiness level of the technology, and the strength/validity of test or simulation data supporting performance claims.