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      Pandemic Adaptive Supply Chains: A Future-Proof Approach

      NCMS President and CEO, Lisa Strama co-authored the following article with partners from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stanford Research Institute International, and Purdue University.? Originally Posted June 11, 2020 at: https://www.sme.org/technologies/articles/2020/june/pandemic-adaptive-supply-chains-a-future-proof-approach/ COVID-19 vividly underscores the vulnerability of global manufacturing operations and supply chains.? The disruption in
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      2020 CTMA Technology Competition deadline Extended to May 29!

      The deadline to submit for the 2020 CTMA Technology Competition is Friday, May 29, 2020. Don’t let this opportunity to showcase your innovative maintenance and sustainment technology in front of key DOD decision-makers pass you by. This event will take place as a virtual forum. The winner will be awarded K in funding for a one-year NCMS managed demonstration project.?? The six finalists will be announced in early June 2020. Applications can be submitted now at
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      NCMS and U.S. Manufacturers Respond to DOD’s COVID-19 Efforts

      By mid-March the U.S. had more cases of COVID-19 than any other country. This virus has cut a destructive swath, an unseen enemy where the front lines of the battle are in the nation’s hospitals rather than on the ground, air, or sea. The DOD quickly mobilized to leverage their existing processes, networks, and logistics to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with critically needed supplies. NCMS is working alongside the DOD during this global crisis, tapping into the
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      Meet Kevin Nicolai

      As the CTMA Program grows, NCMS has hired several new employees. This month let’s meet Project Manager, Kevin Nicolai. Kevin Nicolai is a lifelong Michigander. After high school he knew he wanted to do something important with is life and see new places. He joined the Air Force and was posted to Minot, North Dakota in missile security. After four years, he decided to try something new, so he joined the Marine Corps. As a Motor Transport Maintenance Technical Specialist, he also learned
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      AM Workshop goes Virtual this Year

      Additive manufacturing (AM) is sweeping through the DOD and disrupting how maintenance and sustainment get done.? This model workshop is a follow-up to the Business Model Workshop held in 2019. The purpose is to address five foundational aspects of AM necessary for DOD’s wide adoption of the game-changing capability. Attendees will be divided into teams consisting of Program Managers, Legal, Engineering, Logistics, Enterprise IT, Cybersecurity, Training, Administration, and Contracts.
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      Funding Deadline for New CTMA Projects is August 14

      Important deadline:? The window for receiving FY19 funding via the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA)’s Cooperative Agreement is closing soon. Funding must be received in house no later than Friday, August 14, 2020, in order to leverage the benefits of this contract vehicle and obligate the funding prior to 30 September.? Consider utilizing the CTMA Cooperative Agreement to obligate your expiring funds to secure demonstrations, evaluation, and validations of
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      Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) call for Abstracts

      The importance of sustainment innovation development and adoption is increasingly relevant as we strive to accelerate materiel availability by improving the viability of the defense industrial base. The COVID-19 pandemic has again illuminated the gaps we have in our domestic resources, industrial capabilities, and supply chain approaches. Novel innovations may address a variety of these gaps. In his May 1 memo, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness, Mr. Steven Morani has
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      NCMS Welcomes our New Members!

      Advanced Analyzer Labs, Inc. (AMMP) Overview of the Company: Based on the license agreement with XOS, a DANAHER subsidiary company, Dr. Huapeng Huang incorporated Advanced Analyzer Labs, Inc. (AAL) in 2015 to develop and commercialize novel X-ray in-situ, inline/online analyzer. The objective of AAL is to become the world leader in X-ray based analyzers to bring material structure analysis to the fields.? The big vision comes from the profound knowledge and extensive experience of our
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      AMUET CTMA Initiative Leads to New Wiring Safety for the Air Force

      Ten years ago, Alain Lussier’s floatplane flipped over in the water while at a mooring during a thunderstorm. The plane was recovered unscathed, but all of the electrical parts had to be overhauled or replaced, and it took considerable time to manually install and check the wiring installation. At the time there was no automated technology that could do this. So Lussier invented it. The Advanced Mobile Universal Electrical Tool (AMUET) was born.?? Electrical failures represent about 20-25%
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      Meet Frank Schuster

      New Director of CTMA Program Operations Finds Benefitting the Warfighter a Calling?? A lucky few find a calling in life. For some people, they are born with that calling, others come to it more gradually. For CTMA Program Operations Director, Frank Schuster, his calling to serve his country grew within him slowly but became insistent. A few months after beginning his job as a project architect, he walked into a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting office and walked out as a Marine Corps reservist.
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      NCMS Member – Temple Allen uses Maintenance Technology to Refurbish Floating Museum

      Cele Bryan, General Manager of Temple Allen, is taking a suite of ship deck refurbishment tools to the S.S. John W. Brown, a World War II floating museum. The three innovative SAM (Stand-up Abrading Machine) tools in the solution suite are the SAM Scaling Tool, the SAM Dual Rotary Tool, and the SAM Dual 6” Tool with Differential Contact Control, all which received rave reviews at a demonstration at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard last October. One of only two surviving fully operational Liberty
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      Submit Now to the 2020 CTMA Technology Competition!

      The deadline to submit for the 2020 CTMA Technology Competition has been extended to May 8, 2020. Don’t let this opportunity to showcase your innovative maintenance and sustainment technology in front of key DOD decision-makers pass you by. The winner will be awarded K in funding for an NCMS managed year-long demonstration project at a government maintenance facility. Applications can be submitted now at http://www.rjflw.cn/ctma-competition All submissions will be judged by the Joint
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      Norfolk Technology Showcase Postponed But Still Vital!

      Due to the extended Stay at Home guidelines from the Federal Government, and the State of Virginia, the Technology Showcase at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard has been postponed. Both NCMS and the staff at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard understand the critical importance of hosting the event and are committed to finding a new date. There is limited space, so we encourage those who are interested to register to ensure a place is available when the new date is announced. The 2020 NCMS Technology
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      Second Technology Showcase at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, August 4-5, 2020

      NCMS has just announced its second Technology Showcase at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF). Last year, base leadership, engineers, program managers, and maintainers were extremely impressed by the technologies exhibited. Several companies are already organizing capability demonstrations with PSNS & IMF. As the shipyard develops their technology roadmap, they continue to seek new and innovative technologies that can fill unmet
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      Be a Presenter at the 2020 JCAMS Annual Meeting?

      Don’t let this opportunity slip you by!?? NCMS is accepting submissions for speakers highlighting new technologies at the 2020 Joint Composite & Advanced Materials Sustainment (JCAMS) Annual Meeting. Presenting at the JCAMS Annual Meeting 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
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      Women and Manufacturing (WAM) Podcast

      Dr. Dawn White, the founder, and CEO of Perisense Inc., based in Ann Arbor MI. Perisense manufacturers sensors to deliver performance and productivity data from legacy manufacturing assets and converts it into actionable intelligence to improve quality and results. Dawn shares how she started Perisense Inc. and how the company is working towards making things like the industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things more accessible to small mid-size manufacturing businesses, particularly those that
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      Resources for Manufacturers in the CARES Act

      As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, NCMS is proud to see the manufacturing community leading the charge to find creative solutions to address the impacts of this pandemic through technology innovation and production surge. Overview: On March 27th, the President signed into law a trillion economic stimulus package (CARES Act, Public Law 116-136) to help address the unprecedented health and economic crisis related to COVID-19. Included in the stimulus package was over 0
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      Immediate Request for White Paper Proposal for DPA Title III Funding

      NCMS thanks everyone who submitted a proposal to our ongoing efforts with DOD Joint Acquisition Task Force for the COVID-19 DPA Title III funding.? Due to the critical nature of the request and the shortages of life-saving medical supplies, we know it was a quick turnaround time and appreciate the agility our members and partners showed in submitting so many quality proposals. Please check our website regularly for new opportunities which will be posted at
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      NCMS Announces Partnership with DOD and FEMA for Medical Supplies

      The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support the critical shortage of medical equipment and supplies. Tapping into our significant network of American manufacturers, and working alongside several agencies to assist FEMA’s efforts, NCMS is securing feedback from advanced manufacturing companies about capability, capacity, time frames, and other data
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      Defense Industrial Base Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

      To all our industry partners, please review the following information. In this time of health, safety concerns and uncertainty, we must continue to work toward warfighter readiness, while also taking actions to protect ourselves and others. The health and safety of our members and partners is our highest priority, and we will continually monitor reports and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.S. Department of
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      Recent CTMA Initiatives Span the Maintenance Focus Areas

      The CTMA Program has been extremely busy, and we are proud to share new initiatives that have been executed recently and are underway to enhance warfighter readiness: The following 3 new project initiatives were approved for funding with MOD P00031 of the CTMA Cooperative Agreement on January 26, 2020. Improving Readiness by Creating a Rapid Response Capability for System Sustainment and Support Operations The project will apply structured processes and use cases aimed at developing a
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      Bob Yurko “In Memoriam”

      On February 7, 2020, CTMA lost a valued friend when Bob Yurko of AMATEK Spectro Scientific passed away suddenly. Bob had been part of the CTMA family for over 10 years working side-by-side with several NCMS staff members on the Expeditionary Fluid Analysis Capability (EFAC) initiative. He will be remembered for his infectious smile that brightened any room and his ability to immediately put all around him at ease. As a frequent partner with NCMS in our booth at the annual DOD Maintenance
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      Updates – CTMA Partners Meeting and Technology Competition

      Given the escalating concerns around COVID-19, NCMS has made the decision to postpone the CTMA Partners Meeting scheduled for May 5th-7th, 2020 in Quantico, VA. Our main priority is the health, safety and wellness of our event participants, employees and the community. Given the CDC’s recommended actions for preventing the spread of COVID-19, suggested social distancing and ongoing concerns about public gatherings have inclined us to make this decision. CTMA has remained dedicated to the
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      Register now for the NCMS Technology Showcase at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard

      The 2020 NCMS Technology Showcase at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, June 11, 2020 is a rare opportunity to introduce innovative technology to key decision-makers and end users. This event, held on base, offers showcase participants a unique venue where maintainers, program managers, engineers, and production and base leadership will converge in one place, creating the ideal networking environment. NCMS Technology Showcases have been featured at DOD maintenance facilities across the U.S. and Japan
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      Register Now: Additive Manufacturing (AM) Workshop June 23-24, 2020??

      AM?is sweeping through the DOD and disrupting how maintenance and sustainment is accomplished. This model workshop is a follow-up to the Business Model Workshop held in 2019. The purpose is to address five foundational aspects of AM necessary for DOD’s wide adoption of the game-changing capability. Attendees will be divided into teams consisting of: Program Managers, Legal, Engineering, Logistics, Enterprise IT, Cybersecurity, Training, Administration and Contracts. Government and industry
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      NCMS Announces Job Readiness Cell Symposium at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard – October 22-23, 2020

      As part of the shipyard modernization effort, NCMS is partnering with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine on a Job Readiness Cell Symposium that will concentrate on a select number of maintenance focus areas to include: Material Tracking/Movement GPS RFID Drones Material Handling This two-day event will include demonstrations and workshops with the goal of creating initiatives using data gleaned from this event. More information will be coming
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      ARL Requests Support for COVID-19 Response

      The Army Research Laboratory is soliciting ideas from the NCMS community for additive manufacturing parts to help hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial topics of interest include respirators and face shields. However, all other ideas are welcome. ?If you, or your organization, have ideas/prototypes/suggestions, please send an email detailing your approach to cosimab@ncms.org Feedback will be shared immediately with ARL for consideration and next steps. The entire NCMS team is
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      NCMS Awarded Fourth Consecutive CTMA Cooperative Agreement Contract

      Ann Arbor, MI — The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) announced today that it has been awarded a fourth consecutive Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Cooperative Agreement (CA) from the US Department of Defense (DOD). This competitive award extends NCMS’ 22-year record of success as the CTMA program’s managing partner. The contract is valued at up to 0 million for a period of 5 years. “It is an honor to build upon our CTMA successes and I’m
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      CTMA Partners Meeting Postponed; Competition On As Scheduled

      Given the escalating concerns around COVID-19, NCMS has made the decision to postpone the CTMA Partners Meeting scheduled for May 5th-7th, 2020 in Quantico, VA. Our main priority is the health, safety and wellness of our event participants, employees and the community. Given the CDC’s recommended actions for preventing the spread of COVID-19, suggested social distancing and ongoing concerns about public gatherings have inclined us to make this decision. CTMA has remained dedicated to the
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      Air Force to Transition Munitions System Demonstrated Through a CTMA Initiative

      The U.S. Air Force needed a single authoritative system to manage safety, security reliability, maintenance, availability and accountability of a B conventional munitions stockpile due to decreased readiness, labor-intensive manual workarounds, and increased risk acceptance to perform missions.?? Asset visibility and tracking is paramount for military organizations. The Air Force requires information systems that maintain uninterrupted, real-time munitions and item accountability and
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      NCMS introduced innovative technologies at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

      NCMS hosted another Technology Showcase at the U.S. Naval Shipyard at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, January 23-24, 2020. The event introduced new and innovative technologies, products, and processes that could assist the maintenance and sustainment communities with filling unmet needs.?? Through the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Program, NCMS is assisting the U.S. Navy in collaborating with industry to demonstrate, evaluate, and validate maintenance and sustainment
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      CTMA Technology Competition Showcases Innovative Technology to Key Decision-Makers

      In conjunction with the CTMA Partners Meeting, the CTMA Technology Competition is the perfect venue to present innovative maintenance and sustainment technologies to a cross-spectrum of DOD decision-makers. The winning presentation will walk away with an award of?0K in technology demonstration resources.?? The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2020. Applications can be submitted now at http://www.rjflw.cn/ctma-competition/? The six finalists will be announced on April 17 and be
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      CTMA—DOD’s Sustainment Innovation Accelerator celebrated at Partners Meeting

      The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for Materiel Readiness are pleased to announce the annual CTMA Partners Meeting to be held May 5-7, 2020 at the Clubs at Quantico, Quantico, VA.? This event will bring DOD, industry, and academia together to highlight weapon systems sustainment challenges, frame potential solutions, develop partnerships, learn about innovative existing and emerging technologies, and share
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      Register now for the NCMS Technology Showcase at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard

      The 2020 NCMS Technology Showcase at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, June 10, 2020, is a rare opportunity to introduce innovative technology to key decision-makers and end-users. This event, held on base, offers showcase participants a unique venue where maintainers, program managers, engineers, and other production and base leadership will converge in one place, creating the ideal networking environment. NCMS Technology Showcases have been featured at DOD maintenance facilities across the U.S. and
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      Save the Date: Additive Manufacturing Workshop June 23-24, 2020

      Additive manufacturing?is sweeping through the DOD and disrupting how maintenance and sustainment is accomplished. This model workshop is a follow-up to the Business Model Workshop held in 2019. The purpose is to address five foundational aspects of additive manufacturing necessary for DOD’s wide adoption of the game-changing capability. Attendees will be divided into teams consisting of Program Managers, Legal, Engineering, Logistics, Enterprise IT, Cybersecurity, Training, Administration and
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      National Academy of Engineering Elects 87 Members and 18 International Members

      NCMS Board Member Thomas R. Kurfess elected to The National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.? Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making
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      NCMS Introduced Innovative Technologies at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

      The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) hosted a Technology Showcase at the U.S. Naval Shipyard at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, January 24-25, 2020. The event introduced new and innovative technologies, products, and processes that could assist the maintenance and sustainment communities with filling unmet needs. Through the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Program, NCMS is assisting the U.S. Navy in collaborating with industry to demonstrate, evaluate, and
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      2019 CTMA Year in Review

      It was a banner year for the CTMA Program experiencing 214% growth in revenue and a 50% growth in the number of funded projects. NCMS partnered with many new government and industry partners on CTMA initiatives as word spread of the high-value impacts to the defense industrial base. Looking at the nature of the initiatives – big data, artificial intelligence, autonomic logistics, energy, environmental, health, and conditioned-based maintenance plus – the clear priorities across the Services
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      NCMS Partners with Industry to Enhance Readiness at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

      NCMS is pleased to announce that the following companies will be participants at the Technology Showcase at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility: 3D Systems, Inc. American Ceramic Technology, Inc. Atlas Copco Tools & Assembly Bechtel National BIONICLIFT Cisco Systems DIT-MCO International Eclypse International Faro Technologies GE Research GovSmart Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Impacto Protective Products Lancs Industries Lockheed
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      Register now for the NCMS Technology Showcase at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard June 9-11, 2020!

      The 2020 NCMS Technology Showcase at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard is a rare opportunity to introduce innovative technology to key decision-makers and end users. This two-day event, held on base, offers showcase participants a unique venue where program managers, engineers, and other production and base leadership will converge in one place, creating the ideal networking environment. NCMS Technology Showcases have been featured at DOD maintenance facilities across the U.S. and Japan and are open
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      Upcoming Inaugural Technology Showcase at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC

      NCMS is partnering with the Navy Yard, Washington, DC to host a Technology Showcase, March 17-18, 2020. This event will be an introduction to innovative technologies that will assist the Program Executive Offices (PEO) with a broad spectrum and high level of shipyard modernization efforts. Government participants will be key decision-makers for a wide variety of initiatives. At this event, industry will learn more about NAVSEA’s current needs and what may be coming in the near
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      Big Winners!?

      The DOD Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) aims to elevate and expand the call for maintenance innovation to include not only new technology, hardware, and software, but also unique partnerships, resourcing strategies, business practices or processes that promise to make maintenance more capable, agile, and affordable.? MIC Overall Technology Winner – Air Force? Congratulations to the Oklahoma Air Logistics Complex (OC-ALC), the Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Lifecycle
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      NCMS to host second Technology Showcase at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

      Look who will be joining us at the NCMS Technology Showcase in Pearl Harbor. The Showcase will take place on January 22-24, 2020 and will introduce needed maintenance and sustainment technologies to the shipyard. ? Partnering with us will be:? Universal Synaptics? Temple Allen Industries? Verifisurf Software? Cabras Marine Corporation? Swagelok?? Markforged?? GovSmart? New River Kinetics? Lancs Industries? Solavitek? 3D Systems? Rapid Scan 3D? Zoller
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      Meet Senior Project Manager Michael DeHeer

      Mike DeHeer feels right at home in his new job as a Senior Project Manager at NCMS. Born in New Jersey, he and his family then moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina and on to Roanoke, Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Staying in the Southeast, Mike attended Virginia Tech for his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering before he and his family moved to Germany with work and then back to North Carolina, this time in Charlotte? Mike began his career with Continental Tires
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      Maintenance Symposium Identifies the Future of Maintenance and Sustainment

      With almost 1,300 participants, the 2020 DOD Maintenance Symposium brought together maintenance and sustainment leaders from all branches of service and industry, as well as maintainers who daily maintain warfighter readiness. This year’s theme, Ready Systems @ The Speed of Relevance was echoed throughout the event by keynote speakers, panelists, and breakout leaders.?? Steven Morani, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness summed up the numbers. The DOD spends
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      The Air Force and NCMS Member MELD win big at the Maintenance Innovation Challenge

      December 10, 2019, Spokane, WA—Congratulations to the Oklahoma Air Logistics Complex (OC-ALC), the Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Lifecycle Management, and Air Force Research Laboratory for taking the Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) Technology Award at the 2019 DOD Maintenance Symposium. Their submission, Fully Organic Repair of Air Force Assets Via Cold Spray impressed the panel of judges as an excellent example of revolutionary and evolutionary maintenance and sustainment
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      NCMS Welcomes New Board Member Prabhjot Singh

      NCMS welcomes GE Global Research’s ?Prabhjot Singh as a new member of the distinguished NCMS Board of Directors. Prabhjot joins eleven experienced industry leaders providing guidance and direction to the growth and sustainment of NCMS. For more information and extended biography, please visit
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      Stand-up Abrading Machine gets Rave Reviews at October Shipboard Demo

      Overhauling a ship is complex and time-consuming work. Removing the slip-resistant decking is one of the most labor-intensive, and body-damaging activities. Traditionally, the maintenance staff had to either work on their hands and knees or lay prone on the deck to remove the tough coating using a hand scaler. When Cele Bryan, general manager of Temple Allen Industries understood the scope of labor involved, she immediately modified the scaling tool into a Stand-up Abrading Machine (SAM) to
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      PMS 555 Industry Day Launched a Collaboration between Industry and Government

      On November 7, NCMS partnered with the Program Management Support (PMS) 555 team on an Industry Day to support the shipyard modernization efforts. Over 150 people, both PMS 555 personnel and representatives from companies with innovative technologies, came together to learn from each other how they can be part of designing the shipyard of the future. Along with over 50 tabletop displays, participants were invited to listen to a panel discussion about the goals of the Shipyard Infrastructure
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      NCMS highlights Six Critical Technologies at the DoD Maintenance Symposium

      The DoD Maintenance Symposium is December 9-12 in Spokane, Washington. The only DoD-sanctioned event that focuses on maintenance and sustainment technologies and processes, is the perfect venue for NCMS to illustrate some critical projects currently underway through the CTMA Program. NCMS is pleased to be partnering with companies showcasing six technologies that will increase warfighter readiness. Please visit booth #517 to learn more about these exciting technologies. Atmospheric Plasma
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      Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Technology Showcase: Technologies Needed!?

      NCMS is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Technology Showcase at the Naval Shipyard at Pearl Harbor?on?January 22-24, 2020. The?goal of the event is to highlight?a wide range of technology solutions and tooling for the repair of?ships. The shipyard is looking for innovative technologies that will assist their maintenance and sustainment efforts. Please find a preliminary list of technologies below. Desired Technologies Dust Collection and Air Cleaning
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      Six Finalists Chosen to Present at the Maintenance Innovation Challenge

      An opportunity to get commercial off-the-shelf technology in front of 200+ DoD decision-makers is rare. But at the Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) that is exactly what takes place. As part of the DoD Maintenance Symposium, six presenters will have 15 minutes to highlight their technologies in front of the MIC audience. A memo from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense reinforces the critical nature of this event saying, “The Importance of sustainment innovation is
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      2020 CTMA Partners Meeting Set for May 5-7, 2020 at Quantico, VA

      With the theme of CTMA – DoD’s Sustainment Innovation Accelerator, the 2020 CTMA Partners Meeting will focus on innovative maintenance and sustainment technologies to fast-track warfighter readiness. The Clubs at Quantico offer the perfect location to bring the maintenance and sustainment community together to collaborate on innovative solutions to the needs of today and tomorrow. Save the date! Registration coming
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      Lithium-Ion Battery project increases productivity at DLA

      The DoD Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) owns and operates large fleets of Class 1 & 2 forklift trucks for material handling purposes. Within DLA Distribution, 2,397 of these forklift trucks are electrically powered by very large lead batteries. While sufficient for low to medium-intensity warehouse applications, these batteries face performance challenges for high-intensity, multi-shift warehouses and/or cold-temperature warehouse applications. Challenges have been historically overcome
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      Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) to host 2019 Remanufacturing Conference

      ANAD will host a Remanufacturing Conference on November 19, 2019 to bring together suppliers of technical services/products which can improve ANAD's role as a readiness provider and sustainer of combat power. This event will be by invitation only. Interested parties must submit a 2019 Industry Conference Interest Form to be considered. ANAD is a secure facility and all parties must be properly vetted through a background check prior to entrance. Potential guest speakers will include ANAD
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      Funding Available for Environmental Demonstrations

      The Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) is seeking to fund projects aimed at the demonstration and validation of environmentally sustainable technologies or methodologies for cleaning firefighting delivery systems in aircraft hangars or on firefighting vehicles that have contained per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)-based firefighting foams. Funding for these projects will begin in Fiscal Year 2020. The goal of ESTCP is to
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      NCMS members at the 2019 Maintenance Symposium

      Some of the most innovative maintenance and sustainment technologies come from NCMS members, many of whom will be at the Defense Maintenance and Logistics Exhibition that occurs concurrently with the DoD Maintenance Symposium. For those attending this informative event, please visit the following booths to learn more about their technology critical to the effort to enhance warfighter readiness. Automated Precision, Inc. (API) - Booth 610 Crestwood Technologies Group (CTG) - Booth
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      Many Firsts for NCMS at the Technology Showcase at the Aberdeen Proving Ground

      There were a lot of firsts for NCMS at our recent Technology Showcase, September 19. It was our first time partnering with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (ARL) in Aberdeen, Maryland. It was also the first time that we highlighted our Advanced Manufacturing, Materials, and Processes (AMMP) Program in conjunction with our CTMA Program. The digital exhibitor directory from the Showcase that can be found at? http://www.rjflw.cn/events/apg/#Exhibitors. In all
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      Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Technology Showcase: Registration is now open!

      NCMS is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Technology Showcase at the Naval Shipyard at Pearl Harbor on January 23-24, 2020. The goal of the event is to highlight a wide range of technology solutions and tooling for repair of ships. If you feel that your innovative technology would positively affect the shipyard’s efficiency, productivity, safety or resources we hope you will join us! Visit the registration page for an up-to-date list of the Navy’s desired technologies and to
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      Save the Date: Additive Manufacturing Workshop June 23-24, 2020

      Additive manufacturing is sweeping through the DoD and disrupting how maintenance and sustainment gets done. We need to ensure that this workshop is as relevant as possible. Take a few minutes and let us know what topics are important to you and your AM community. Below is a link to a questionnaire. Please use this link to access our questionnaire and provide your input. https://ammo.ncms.org/2020-ammo-workshop-questionaire/ AM Workshop June 23-24, 2020 Lockheed Martin Global Vision
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      Researchers: Cybernization of American manufacturing is the path forward for global leadership

      By investing in digital and smart manufacturing, the U.S. can lead the world in manufacturing productivity, energy efficiency and innovation. But we must do so in a cyber secure manner. The challenge is enormous and the complexity of cybersecurity grows bigger every day with the explosion of digital linkages between manufacturers, suppliers, customers and employees along with the digitization of products and services. Digitization directly leads to increased energy efficiency, productivity,
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      CTMA Assists the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Embrace Additive Manufacturing

      For the USMC, getting low-demand repair parts from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) can cause critical equipment to be grounded impacting mission success. Tackling this challenge and embracing new and innovative technology to solve obstacles has been a priority. That’s why the new CTMA project to continue the advancement of additive manufacturing (AM) adoption is an essential component of their overall strategy.?? AM, also known as 3D printing, allows for rapid sustainment and
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      NCMS/PMS 555 Industry Day – November 7, 2019

      The U.S. Navy has begun the effort of modernizing their four domestic shipyards and is looking for innovative technologies!? The Navy wants their repair facilities to be the most, efficient, productive, cost-effective, and cutting-edge facilities in the world. PMS 555 is the program management office charged with identifying “out of the box” solutions to rapidly change the infrastructure with the focus of increasing throughput at the public shipyards.?? NAVSEA is dedicated to locating,
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      Additive Manufacturing Workshop—Call for Topics

      Additive manufacturing is sweeping through the DoD and disrupting how maintenance and sustainment gets done.?? To keep a forward-looking posture, the DoD’s Joint Additive Manufacturing Working Group, American Makes Additive Manufacturing for Maintenance and Sustainment Advisory Group and the Additive Manufacturing for Maintenance Operations Working Group will host an Additive Manufacturing Workshop June 23-24, 2020 at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center, Crystal City, VA.?? For this
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      Save the Date – NCMS Technology Showcase at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility!

      NCMS is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Technology Showcase at the Naval Shipyard at Pearl Harbor, January 23-24, 2020. The goal of the event is to highlight a wide range of technology solutions and tooling that could be used by the shipyard for the repair of ships.?? Organized through the CTMA Program, this event will be attended by a cross-service audience that includes maintenance and sustainment staff from the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps as well as the
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      Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) to host 2019 Remanufacturing Conference

      ANAD will host a Remanufacturing Conference on November 19, 2019, to bring together suppliers of technical services/products which can improve ANAD's role as a readiness provider and sustainer of combat power. This event will be by invitation only. Interested parties must submit a 2019 Industry Conference Interest Form to be considered. ANAD is a secure facility and all parties must be properly vetted through a background check prior to entrance.?? Potential guest speakers will include ANAD
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      NCMS and IMS International to Collaborate at World Manufacturing Forum Technical Day

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      On September 17, 2018, the Secretary of Defense General James Mattis sent a memorandum across the DoD: Mission Capability of Critical Aviation Platforms. In it he states: “As current Military Department program objective memorandums make clear, our Department faces budget constraints and shortfalls in aviation squadrons across the force. As a result, our aviation inventory and supporting infrastructure suffer from systemic underperformance, overcapitalization, and unrealized capacity.” It
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      NCMS Appoints Lisa Strama as New President and CEO

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      Press Release: NCMS Ignites the Advanced Manufacturing Revolution with U.S. Army Research Laboratory

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      NCMS is dedicating the third quarter of 2018 to non-destructive inspection (NDI)—the methods and technologies that allow systems and components to be assessed while leaving them unaltered. Many common inspection methods rely on placing stress on, extracting samples from, or damaging an object in a controlled way to assess its performance or integrity. However, the modern world is full of examples of infrastructure, vehicles and vehicles systems, and machinery—engines, aircraft wings, bridge
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      NCMS thanks all the presenters, exhibitors, and attendees who joined us at North Island Naval Air Station for the 2018 DoD Advanced Composite Maintainers Technical Interchange Meeting. This year’s event took place in Coronado, CA at the Island Club at North Island Naval Air Station between June 12 to 14. The event featured speeches, working group sessions, and a tabletop reception at which participants showcased their technologies, all focusing on the manufacturing, tooling, deployment, and
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      The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLM) reported strong job growth and falling unemployment rates in May, with over 18,000 manufacturing jobs added last month: “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000 in May, and the unemployment rate edged?down to 3.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment continued to trend?up in several industries, including retail trade, health care, and construction.” ?“The unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent in May,
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      The 2018 CTMA/DLA Partners Meeting was an intensive three days of engaging speeches, interactive maintenance focused technology panels, multiple project presentations tracks, and a stimulating technology competition that concluded the event. With the theme of “Supplying Game Changing Technology to the DoD’s maintenance community,” it was a gathering of government and industry partners all focused on enhancing warfighter readiness. Partners at the meeting were offered a tour of Defense
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      On June 4-5, NCMS, along with the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), a Manufacturing USA institute, will be holding a meeting titled “Securing the Future of American Engineering & Manufacturing,” subtitled “A Workshop on the New, Re-Imagined World of Universities and Work-and-Learn Workforce Development Strategies,” in Washington, DC. Over the past year, NCMS has been engaged in a partnership with APLU and LIFT to
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      NCMS would like to thank all the participants, presenters, and exhibitors at the 2018 CTMA/DLA Partners Meeting! Thanks also go out to the sponsor of this year’s event, Siemens, and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for hosting it at DLA Distribution Richmond. CTMA Partners Meetings serve as lively, engaging, and informative venues for project participants from government and industry to learn and connect. Our three days together provided a welcome opportunity to network face-to-face, share
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      The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) hosted its first annual NCMS Membership Meeting last week in Richmond VA. Designed to highlight the variety of ways NCMS members benefit from their membership, the meeting was attended by potential, new, and experienced members. “Our intention was to provide our members the opportunity to receive updates on NCMS and network in a small group, face-to-face environment for maximum connectivity. Hearing from other members how they best use
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      Maglogix, LLC Wins 2018 CTMA Technology Competition with Multi-Pole Permanent Magnets

      On Wednesday, May 9, Maglogix, LLC won the 2018 CTMA Technology Competition at the CTMA/DLA Partners Meeting in Richmond, VA. Maglogix, LLC presented on the use of phase-cancelling multi-pole permanent magnets (MP magnets) to improve the safety and efficiency of manual work in maintenance settings. Maglogix incorporates MP magnets into mounts, fixtures, and handlifters that help technicians manipulate heavy tools, equipment, and material, e.g., for mounting power drills and holding metal
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      Adding Blockchain Capabilities for DoD and IC Customers

      NCMS and Guardtime Federal Sign Contract for KSI Blockchain ? Ann Arbor, Michigan -- 5/4/2018 The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences and Guardtime Federal have signed a contract as the key supplier for KSI Blockchain software and services.? Guardtime Federal provides a US-based, permission-based blockchain that differs from the typical Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) approach as it does not proliferate the customer’s information to a large community as part of a root of
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      From Modern Machine Shop https://www.mmsonline.com/blog/post/enhancing-volumetric-accuracy-of-large-machine-tools MARK ALBERT Editorial Director, Modern Machine Shop Large, monolithic parts are the trend in many aerospace and defense systems. These parts call for machine tools with the capacity to process them, often in three, four or five axes. However, it is difficult to maintain the accuracy of large machine structures, especially in the outer reaches of axis movement. Calibrating
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      Congratulations to NCMS member Universal Synaptics on the recent promotion of Ken Anderson to President & CEO. Join Ken at the upcoming NCMS Member Meeting in Richmond, VA on May 7th. Ken Anderson, who for the past 10 years has served as the company’s Vice President – Sales and Business Development, will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer. Jon Lee will join the company as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Nate Johnson has been appointed Vice President
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      PPG Adhesives Help Vehicle Manufacturers Build Lighter, Stronger

      When automotive engineers look to improve the fuel economy of their vehicles, increasing the efficiency of their engines is only half of the equation. Maximizing the number of miles an engine can eke out from one gallon of fuel only goes so far before they have to consider the weight of the car that engine propels. That’s the reason lightweighting has become a major area of interest for vehicle manufacturers; a lighter vehicle burns less fuel than a heavier one to accelerate by the same amount.
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      From April 10-12, NCMS attended MRO Americas Aviation Week, a leading industry event for commercial aviation and air transport. MRO Americas provided an outstanding opportunity to share knowledge and best-practices, catch a glimpse of industry trends and innovations, and promote the maintenance and sustainment capabilities of NCMS and its network. This year’s MRO featured over 800 exhibitors. MRO Americas regularly hosts over 15,000 attendees who come from air carriers, distributors,
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      As part of an emerging project exploration, an NCMS partner is seeking images of planes that have been damaged because of lightning strikes to the aircraft.? After a strike, many times there is visible exterior damage – a superficial entry or exit wound – or minor injury to the plane’s electrical systems, but a strike typically leaves little or no evidence.? However, if photographs have been taken of the strike site, even with no visible damage, these images would also be welcome.? Any
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      Ann Arbor MI, April 2, 2018 – The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) have signed an 18 month contract to perform co-funded work in support of applying Moog’s VeriPart? solution, adapting blockchain technology for additive manufacturing.? This agreement will allow Moog’s VeriPart? solution to be demonstrated via Microsoft Azure Blockchain. NCMS will provide project and contract management while leveraging this project to enhance Department of
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      2017 was a momentous year for NCMS, filled with new partnerships, initiatives, and offerings for its membership. Now, in the first months of 2018, NCMS has been joined by seven new members, including members of its new Advanced Manufacturing Materials Processes (AMMP) working group. AMMP is a new partnership with the Army Research Lab (ARL) to apply Additive Manufacturing (AM) to needs in today’s defense manufacturing landscape, accelerating production, increasing the cost-effectiveness and
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      Next month, NCMS is launching the first of its theme quarters, dedicated to highlighting the work of NCMS and its partners on a specific technology or area of manufacturing. The theme for April-June 2018 is Composites and Advanced Materials, focusing on materials that combine multiple substances in layers or more complex configurations to create amalgamations with unique properties. Numerous NCMS projects involve the design, production, application, and maintenance of these materials, and the
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      NCMS is announcing the retirement of two of our senior program managers – Tony Haynes and? Bill Chenevert. They both have had distinguished careers with NCMS with a combined 39 years of service. Tony Haynes joined NCMS in 1992 following 29 years with Texas Instruments.?? Over his 25 years with NCMS he’s led the CTMA team as Senior Program Manager and served as the Interim Director of CTMA.? Additionally, Tony has managed several projects to Defense Maintenance Excellence and R&D 100
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      Results of a CTMA project, Volumetric Accuracy for Large Machine Tools completed in 2010, play a prominent role in a recent feature article in Aerospace Manufacturing and Design Magazine. The CTMA project was a collaboration of Siemens Energy and Automation, The Boeing Company, Cincinnati Machine (now a part of FIVES Automation), Automated Precision Inc. (API), Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, and the Naval Foundry and Propeller Center. The feature article of the October 2017 issue of
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      Rebecca Taylor, Sr. VP of NCMS will be speaking at Integr8?, a new cross-discipline global conference focused on Industry 4.0 technologies, Nov. 9 in Detroit. The conference, the first of its kind to tackle the integration of the eight technologies currently disrupting the manufacturing industry, is being hosted by Automation Alley. Rebecca will be sharing her expertise in cybersecurity for IT/OT, one of eight technologies associated with Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial
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      In the third quarter of 2017, four new members joined NCMS, adding their unique strengths and specializations to NCMS’ diverse member base. NCMS welcomes Benchmark Electronics, PTC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Unified Business Technologies as they become part of the largest cross-industry, collaborative research and development consortium in North America. We look forward to supporting their groundbreaking work and engaging their capabilities and expertise. Benchmark Electronics Benchmark
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      Thank you to all presenters, attendees, and tabletop exhibitors at this year’s DoD Advanced Composite Maintainers Technical Interchange Meeting. This year’s event was hosted by the U.S. Army, was presented by NCMS, and took place at The Landing at Hill Air Force Base, UT. From the event kickoff to the event-closing working group discussion, this meeting was informative, productive, AND fun. The positive feedback for speakers, the energetic buzz for the industry tabletop reception, and the sold
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      NTT: Cyber-attacks on manufacturers should be a "red flag" for CISOs

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

      NCMS has partnered with the FBI to develop a Private Industry Notification (PIN) focused on current and future cyber security considerations for manufacturers especially those using smart manufacturing technologies. This notification is based on anticipatory analysis of emerging technology vulnerabilities and historical cyber intrusion activities. The PIN is available for limited release. ?For additional information and access, please contact NCMS Senior Vice President, Strategic
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      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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      The US Navy is pursuing an advanced lightweight torpedo capable of prosecuting and defeating challenging adversary submarine targets. To successfully meet this need, a warhead capable of addressing this challenge is required. Inadequate solutions to engage the emerging threats could lead to catastrophic results in the fight for at-sea superiority. A solution to this problem potentially exists within our Navy. The MK 122 Mod 0 warhead, the explosive component of the MK 50 Lightweight Torpedo,
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      Call for Technology: Electronics Obsolescence and Requirements Sustainability for the Electronics Sub System

      Due to obsolescence and the inability to procure the required electronics, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) is looking for a replacement to the Electronics Sub System (ESS) of the Fleet Exercise Section (FES) found in torpedoes.? Obsolescence issues exist in the electronics section of the FES, causing significant impact in maintenance, supportability, and the time to identify and isolate failures. Complicating this issue is the lack of adequate card-level test set capabilities to assist
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      Navitas Systems LLC (www.navitassys.com), a leading provider of heavy-duty lithium energy storage products for commercial, industrial and government/military customers, announced today that it has achieved the UL Recognition for its complete line-up of Starlifter 24 Volt, 36 Volt, and 48 Volt lithium forklift batteries for the Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 Lift Truck categories.? This marks the first time that UL has concurrently tested and certified heavy duty Class 1 and Class 2 lithium
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      Frank Zahiri was selected as a winner of the Small Business Technology Council’s (SBTC) 2017 Champion of Small Business Technology Commercialization Award. Earlier this year, SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) companies were asked around the country to nominate PMs, PEOs, COs, and other government workers who, in their determination, went above and beyond their responsibilities in helping their company develop and receive commercialization and follow-on funding for their technology.?
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      NCMS is seeking letters of support for a new?consortium. On behalf of the US Army – Aberdeen Proving Ground, NCMS is responding to a solicitation request for a proposal to organize and operate a consortium of sensors, communications, and electronics technology providers to be governed by a Prototype Other Transaction Agreement (pOTA).? The technical areas to be addressed in the pOTA include:? Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Cyberspace Operations Electronic
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      NCMS attended the 2017 RAPID + TCT event two weeks ago in Pittsburgh, PA. Over 5,000 attendees and 350 exhibitors networked and shared their technical knowledge and subject matter expertise. Mike McManus from AutoDesk kicked off the event; Phillipe Cochet-GE, Ric Fulop - Desktop Metal, and Terry Wohlers were keynotes; and Dr. Ramille Shah was a riveting keynote for the Medical Manufacturing Innovations Series. We attended in support of our AMMO and RARE teams, as well as our DoD, Army, Navy,
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      In partnership with the Additive Manufacturing for Maintenance Activities (AMMO) Working Group and the America Makes Maintenance and Sustainment Advisory Group, the Business Model Wargame II was successfully held on 16 – 17 May at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Crystal City, VA. ?Over 100 people attended the event, which included individuals from academia, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. The event was well received by all and deemed a success by the event
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      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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      Drivers could be the big winners in this new study released by NCMS, BMW, and the University of Delaware-Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM). The team has completed research proving the accuracy of high-speed computing for modeling and simulation to predict the quality and effectiveness of a material that is both lightweight and safety-tested. This effort has demonstrated design, materials, manufacturing, and joining methods for continuous carbon fiber thermoplastics to meet automotive,
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      Deteriorating and aging cables that need replacing are a growing concern, but simply amassing and storing varieties of cables – which might not even fulfill the specific requirements – does not solve the problem. Instead, reverse engineering specific cables provides a faster, better solution to building just what is needed for a specific project. The MRAP Product Manager (PM) is conducting a RESET and standardization of their vehicle fleet.? Many items provided to the Army during initial
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      SurClean Featured in Forbes

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

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      Call for Technology: On-Wing Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) of Jet Engine Fan Disk

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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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      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

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      Project Announcement: Supply Item Logistics Capability Initiative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      Sources Sought for Military Grade Brackets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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