Thursday, 30 April 2015 16:01

NCDMM to Hold Its 10th Annual SUMMIT

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The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) proudly announces it will hold its 10th annual SUMMIT event on May 6th – 7th, 2015, at the Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort and Conference Center in Blairsville, PA. The theme for this year’s SUMMIT is “Innovation through Collaboration.”

SUMMIT is NCDMM’s premier annual, two-day event for encouraging collaboration among government, industry, and academia. By bringing these representatives together, SUMMIT provides opportunities to inspire, collaborate, and innovate.

“This year’s SUMMIT holds a great significance for the NCDMM as it marks a decade of hosting this annual event to elevate the level of interaction and collaboration among our partners,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Executive Director. “NCDMM’s ability to deliver and implement leading manufacturing innovations to defense organizations and their industrial base is reliant on our solid and productive partnerships. I look forward to experiencing another highly engaging SUMMIT this year and to hosting this event throughout the next decade.”

May 6th will be an interactive day of presentations by keynote speaker and guest speakers, networking opportunities, and technology displays. Following the day’s presentations, there will be an evening reception for attendees to continue networking, gain an understanding of the technologies displays, and build mutually beneficial partnerships.

The keynote speakers for SUMMIT 2015 are:

  • Rebecca O. Bagley, Vice Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh
  • John B. Johns, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance and Policy Programs
  • Michael F. Molnar, Director NIST Advanced Manufacturing Program Office
  • Mike Snyder, Director of R&D of Made in Space

SUMMIT 2015 will also feature three guest speakers, including:

  • Lisa Camp, Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering
  • Richard Grylls, Ph.D., LENS General Manager, Optomec, Inc.
  • Anita Raines, Deputy to the Commander, Letterkenny Army Depot

The NCDMM also plans to present its highest honor, the Lawrence J. Rhoades Award, to this year’s recipient at SUMMIT. The Rhoades Award was established to honor the memory of Mr. Rhoades whose entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to the advancement of manufacturing processes was known industry-wide. Mr. Rhoades was one of the founding fathers of the NCDMM, and an inaugural member of the Board of Directors where he served until his untimely death in 2007.

To conclude SUMMIT 2015, on May 7th, the NCDMM is hosting a Troops First Benefit Golf Outing. Golfers will enjoy a great day on the links while continuing to network with fellow SUMMIT attendees and helping support the work that Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, a nonprofit organization that develops, operates, and supports a synergistic group of wellness, quality of life, and sports-based initiatives in support of today’s military personnel. All proceeds raised at the Golf Outing will be donated to the Troops First Foundation

SUMMIT Golf Outing participants will play on the Tom’s Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge. Tom’s Run was rated one of the 10 Best Public Golf Courses in Pennsylvania by Golf Digest, earning a 4 ½ star rating. With its multiple tees and bent grass greens and fairways, Tom’s Run offers an ideal golfing experience for players of all skill levels.

NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. NCDMM also manages the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3DP printing (3DP), America Makes—the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

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Friday, 05 July 2013 13:30

MTConnect Challenge 2 Now Open

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The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology announce the start of the second part of the MTConnect Challenge: Creating Manufacturing Intelligence, a U.S. Department of Defense - Defense-Wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T) ManTech-sponsored two-part competition.  MTConnect is an open, royalty-free communications standard intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing equipment, devices, and software applications thereby harnessing a wealth of information and data available from the shop floor.

The MTConnect Challenge 1 sought ambitious yet achievable ideas that harness innovation and manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs. Five winners were awarded $5000 each.

The MTConnect Challenge 2, which begins July 1, 2013, and closes Jan. 31, 2014, is seeking the development of software applications that harness innovation and manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs utilizing data acquired via the MTConnect standard.

Important dates during Challenge 2 include:

  • July 1, 2013 - January 31, 2014 - Submission period for Challenge 2
  • February 21st, 2014 - Ten semi-finalists announced
  • March 14th, 2014 - Five finalists announced
  • April 2014 - [MC]2 Conference - Winners will be selected and announced

Participants will develop functional software applications that address the objective and criteria of the challenge. The MTConnect Challenge encourages submissions from a wide variety of diverse perspectives - students and professionals, scientist, and organizations, including manufacturing entities. Participation in Challenge 1 is not a prerequisite for participation in the MTConnect Challenge 2.

The grand prize of $100,000 will be awarded to the Challenge winner in April 2014. The second place award recipient will receive $75,000, and the third place finisher will receive $50,000.

The goal of the MTConnect Challenge is to engage and stimulate development of a broader base of advanced manufacturing intelligence software applications that acquire data using the MTConnect standard.

The result will be a more efficient and competitive domestic manufacturing infrastructure for parts and assemblies for the defense enterprise. Additionally, the objective of this Challenge is to create valuable low cost software tools and applications that can be easily adopted by manufacturing enterprises, especially the mid and lower tier producers which represent a significant portion of the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain, to enhance their manufacturing capabilities to produce parts and assemblies.

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The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and the MTConnect Institute announced the start of the first phase of the MTConnect Challenge: Creating Manufacturing Intelligence, a U.S. Department of Defense - Defense-Wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T) ManTech sponsored competition that seeks to engage and stimulate development of advanced manufacturing intelligence applications that utilize the MTConnect standard. MTConnect is an open, royalty-free set of communications standards intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing equipment, devices, and software applications.
The announcement was made today at the [MC]2 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Challenge 1, open April 12-May 31, 2013, seeks ambitious yet achievable ideas that harness innovation and manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs. Winners will be announced June 21, 2013.

Challenge 2, open July 1, 2013-January 31, 2014, is for software applications that address the objectives of the challenge. Challenge 2 finalists will be announced March 14, 2014, with winners named at the [MC]2 Conference, taking place in April 2014.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Benefit to Manufacturing Intelligence: Potential to create achievable and measurable benefit to manufacturing intelligence
  • Creativity and Innovation: Advance a breakthrough concept and/or methodology
  • Practicality of Concept: Viability, ability to be effectively implemented and deployed in a manufacturing setting
  • Impact on Industry: Creation of manufacturing intelligence from differing manufacturing processes, facilities, and types of equipment and devices
  • Overall Quality: Adherence to all requirements set forth by the MTConnect Challenge

A wide variety of entrants is encouraged, including developers, manufacturing professionals, students, scientists, educators, and more. Team submissions are also encouraged.
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