Advancements in Smart Manufacturing Require Smart U.S. Policy

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Advancements in Smart Manufacturing Require Smart U.S. Policy

Despite the shifting political landscape that always accompanies an election year, U.S. policymakers and industry face a clear decision point: Invest in smart manufacturing and R&D now, or fall behind our global competitors.

I witnessed firsthand the robust international efforts to develop smart manufacturing technology during a recent visit to the United Kingdom, where I toured the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the Manufacturing Technology Centre, two of the centers the country has set up as part of its Catapult network to drive technological innovation. Similarly, Asian countries like Singapore and China are investing in disruptive technologies to drive down the cost of manufacturing and increase efficiency. [...]

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Collaborative Technology on Display at the Defense Manufacturing Conference

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Collaborative Technology on Display at the Defense Manufacturing Conference

Through a connection made at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, two startups are working together on a shop-floor system that helps manufacturers automate quality control (QC) using tag-less tracing and robotic 3D scanning. ARIS Technology and Covisus Inc., both DMDII members, are demonstrating their collaborative solution this week at the Defense Manufacturing Conference in Denver. [...]

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Broadening the Network: Startups Play Key Role in DMDII Technology Showcase

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Broadening the Network: Startups Play Key Role in DMDII Technology Showcase

Since it was established in 2014, the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute’s membership has grown rapidly to include nearly 300 partners. But if you ask the Institute’s interim executive director, Tom McDermott, the quantity isn’t what excites him most.

“More interesting than the number is that the capabilities of the membership of DMDII have never been more robust,” he said, speaking before an audience of more than 50 partners gathered for the Institute’s Nov. 17 Technology Showcase. [...]

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Federal Cyber Rules May Catch Manufacturers Unaware

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Federal Cyber Rules May Catch Manufacturers Unaware

A new set of federal cybersecurity regulations goes into effect at the end of next year, but many manufacturers remain unaware of the rules and their impact.

“They either haven’t heard of them at all, or they’ve heard of them but don’t think they apply,” says Jim Henderson, Vice President of Cyber, Engineering, and Technology for technology services firm Imprimis, Inc. [...]

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Green Dynamics’ Blade Design Software Offers Users a Competitive Edge

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Green Dynamics’ Blade Design Software Offers Users a Competitive Edge

This fall Green Dynamics, a California-based technology company, completed work on a project to create a new blade design software. The technology will help open up new markets for composite materials and enable small wind turbine blade manufacturers to become more competitive.

The software, Blade MDA, streamlines the process for designing blades in wind turbines. It covers concept development through work instruction generation, providing real-time feedback on structures, aerodynamics, financials, and manufacturing. [...]

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Startup Finds Part-Time Home at DMDII

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Startup Finds Part-Time Home at DMDII

Benjamin Bullis, an IT professional by day, has an idea for a new type of work light, a high-powered, ultra-flexible LED product. He envisions a light that is not only high quality and affordable, but designed and manufactured in the USA. He just needs a place to build it. 

This summer, Bullis visited his local Haas factory outlet in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, to look into a $60,000 machine to use for production.  While there, he learned from a Haas representative about the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute—a facility in Chicago with manufacturing equipment, including the machine Bullis was eyeing. Not long after, he was introduced to Kelley Patrick, lead engineer at DMDII, who told him there was space for Bullis’ startup, Frelux, on DMDII’s manufacturing floor. [...]

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Manufacturing Day at UI LABS Spotlights Issues of Diversity and Inclusion

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Manufacturing Day at UI LABS Spotlights Issues of Diversity and Inclusion

As digitization transforms American manufacturing, the nature of skilled work is changing and demand for technical talent is on the rise. To foster a skilled workforce, making manufacturing careers accessible and inclusive is more important than ever.

“Manufacturing today is a tech job—it’s all about data,” Caralynn Collens, CEO of UI LABS, told a group of high school students from Prosser Academy last week.

The students were at Chicago-based innovation accelerator UI LABS—home to the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute—for Manufacturing Day, an annual nationwide celebration designed to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. [...]

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Mayors of London & Chicago Tour City Digital Projects at UI LABS

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Mayors of London & Chicago Tour City Digital Projects at UI LABS

We had an incredible opportunity today to showcase the technology being developed through City Digital to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan at the UI LABS Innovation Center. Representatives from City Digital's partner organizations were onsite to show the  mayors demos of the Underground Infrastructure Mapping, Smart Green Infrastructure Monitoring, and Building Analytics pilots, which pose solutions for challenges faced by both Chicago and London. [...]

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