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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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

Self Propelled Howitzer (SPHS) is currently coordinating with ARDEC-Benet Labs and the Aniston Army Depot (ANAD) to design and procure an M109 Breech Firing Train Kit. These components were released as a Kit through an ECP approved in July 2017. The Watervliet Arsenal (WVA) is the legacy government source for all M109 Breech Mechanism Assemblies and sustainment parts. SPHS is currently in discussions with WVA to determine their capability for providing these kits.  Through these discussions,
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Project Announcement: Reversible Adhesives – Phase 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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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Source Sought: Reverse Engineering RFI for Tinker Air Force Base

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Due to obsolescence and the inability to procure the required electronics, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) is looking for a replacement to the Electronics Sub System (ESS) of the Fleet Exercise Section (FES) found in torpedoes.  Obsolescence issues exist in the electronics section of the FES, causing significant impact in maintenance, supportability, and the time to identify and isolate failures. Complicating this issue is the lack of adequate card-level test set capabilities to assist
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Project Announcement: Advanced Mobile Universal Electrical Tester (AMUET) for Maintenance and Sustainment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Like many commercial companies, the Air Force (AF) logistics and engineering communities lack a standardized and integrated method of accessing Product Lifecycle Information (PLI), managing configuration control of said PLI, synchronizing changes among PLI, and sharing the PLI with downstream consumers (e.g., maintenance, planning). This results in unplanned, manual intervention of limited manpower resources on activities to create, maintain, and update product information before use. The
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Sources Sought for Military Grade Brackets

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

ALEXANDRIA, VA, January 5, 2017—The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental requirements.  The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer of innovative technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance.  Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings
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Submission Opportunity: SOCOM Seeks Automotive Power Train Market Insights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 9, 2011. 2011 Industry Defense Manufacturing Excellence Awards - Time for Nominations
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NMRPP Project Opportunity- Catapult Alignment Position Measurement Automation

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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)

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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