New Cloud-Based Platform Addresses Urban Flooding Through Green Infrastructure Performance Monitoring

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New Cloud-Based Platform Addresses Urban Flooding Through Green Infrastructure Performance Monitoring

City Digital has assembled technology to enable citywide sustainable stormwater management

CHICAGO (December 6, 2016)City Digital today announced the successful deployment of a new solution that combines sensors and cloud-based analytics to evaluate the performance of sustainable stormwater management techniques. Using data collected from green infrastructure sites in Chicago, the platform helps to reduce urban flooding and prevent millions of dollars in property damage.

The need for better stormwater management is clear: Flooding in the Chicagoland area due to excess stormwater over a five-year period resulted in more than 181,000 claims of property damage with a total estimated cost of $773 million, according to the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Nationally, total flood insurance claims average more than $1.9 billion per year, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“The solution for green infrastructure monitoring, codeveloped with partners through City Digital, highlights the impact that technology can have on major problems, such as flooding, that impact the residents of our cities. Working collaboratively drives the development of more robust solutions to these types of intractable problems,” said Brenna Berman, Chief Information Officer for the City of Chicago.

City Digital, a UI LABS collaboration, and its partners have installed sensors at three green infrastructure sites to collect water runoff data. The ability to securely collect, publish, and interpret the data is enabled by combining technology and expertise from Senformatics, a startup that grew out of the University of Illinois; Opti, a provider of continuous monitoring and adaptive control of stormwater infrastructure; and data and cloud capabilities within the Microsoft Azure platform. By generating quantifiable data, the technology enables a performance-based management approach and better informed capital planning for infrastructure investments, such as the $50 million the City of Chicago has allocated for green stormwater management.

“This is a great example of how cloud platforms can enable collection and analysis of decentralized data sources to drive new insights,” said Annmarie Levins, General Manager for Technology & Civic Engagement at Microsoft. “Innovative approaches like this system will empower engineers, researchers, and policy-makers to dissect the water and environmental issues facing cities and assess and implement creative solutions.”

By establishing a cost-effective way to monitor green infrastructure locally and across multiple locations, Chicago and other cities can leverage the management of these techniques alongside existing stormwater collection systems. The solution deployed by City Digital offers the first accurate way to measure the effectiveness of green infrastructure, such as rain gardens and permeable pavement, to manage water runoff at a citywide scale.

“Flooding is local, but its causes are system-wide. Through targeted deployment of green infrastructure across the larger system, cities can help address the flooding happening now and remain resilient in the face of future changes to climate and weather patterns,” said David Leopold, Director of Program Management for City Digital.

Work on the Smart Green Infrastructure Monitoring (SGIM) pilot began in August 2016. Using Chicago as a testbed, City Digital and its partners are monitoring water collection at the UI LABS Innovation Center on Goose Island, the Argyle Shared Street in the Uptown neighborhood, and Langley Avenue in the Roseland neighborhood. In the coming months, the team plans to install sensors at two new Chicago locations, analyze historical and live-streamed data, and provide site-specific design recommendations. The performance data will be made public through the City of Chicago’s open data portal in 2017.

The SGIM pilot’s technology and processes were developed by a broad set of partners in the UI LABS model of bringing together diverse groups from industry and government to address common challenges. The pilot’s partners include three City of Chicago departments—the Department of Innovation and Technology, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Water Management—along with Microsoft, Opti, Senformatics, and AECOM. Additional thought leadership and pilot support was provided by West Monroe Partners and Glasswater Technology.

About City Digital
City Digital, a UI LABS collaboration, uses Chicago as a testbed for technology and demonstration, focusing across its pilots on critical impact areas: physical infrastructure, water and sanitation, energy management, and mobility. Ongoing pilots include Smart Green Infrastructure Monitoring, Underground Infrastructure Mapping, and Smart Building Data Services; planned 2017 pilots include energy and mobility platforms. Learn more at www.citydigital.org.

About UI LABS
UI LABS solves large-scale challenges by bringing university + industry together with startups and government to accelerate the deployment of emerging technologies through collaboration. As a first-of-its kind innovation accelerator targeted at the convergence of big data, the Internet of Things, and computing, UI LABS is developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization Labs that address entire industries, like manufacturing and urban infrastructure. Learn more at www.uilabs.org

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City Digital Announces Development of Technology to Create New Underground Infrastructure Mapping Platform

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City Digital Announces Development of Technology to Create New Underground Infrastructure Mapping Platform

New technology components visually capture below-ground assets to reduce time and cost for urban construction projects and utility management

CHICAGO (September 27, 2016) – City Digital, a Chicago-based UI LABS collaboration, announced it has developed the underlying technology components to create a new underground infrastructure mapping (UIM) platform. The platform will generate, organize, visualize, and store 3D underground infrastructure data, saving cities and utilities millions of dollars in construction and planning processes.

Using the City of Chicago as a test bed for the platform’s development, the pilot team is deploying the new technology to create an accurate 3D map of underground assets, such as water pipes, fiber optic lines, gas pipes, electrical lines, and legacy infrastructure located in city streets and alleys. An engineering-grade, cloud-based data platform enables this critical infrastructure information to be securely stored and shared among the City of Chicago and utilities.

“By improving the accuracy of underground infrastructure information, the platform will prevent inefficient and delayed construction projects, accidents, and interruptions of services to citizens,” said City of Chicago CIO Brenna Berman.

Led by City Digital partners Accenture, HBK Engineering, and the City of Chicago, the pilot team has developed advanced scanning tools; a data capture system; mobile applications for use by construction and utility workers to capture data and update the system in real time; a data visualization application; and business model templates for cities to collect revenue.

“The UIM pilot is a tangible demonstration of how taking a central role in the digital ecosystem can help deliver innovation through IoT,” said Jay Hedley, Managing Director and Connected Spaces lead at Accenture Mobility, part of Accenture Digital. “Smart cities are about improving services and redesigning citizenship by providing better, seamless experiences. Connecting the physical equipment underground with this digital solution will help citizens by increasing the efficiency of both planning and delivery of infrastructure projects.”

As a result of inaccurate or obsolete data on below-ground assets, an underground utility line is hit on average every 60 seconds in the United States, according to the American Public Works Association. State governments have estimated the potential to unlock $21 in value for every $1 invested in underground asset management by reducing accidents, damages, and delays.

Following the completion of the initial prototype last year on a Chicago construction site, the newly developed technology components will soon be deployed on a larger construction site in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, demonstrating the platform’s effectiveness in a real-world setting with applicability for other urban environments.

The UIM pilot’s technology and processes were developed by a broad consortium of government, industry, and academic partners at City Digital. In addition to the pilot leads, the team includes ComEd, Microsoft, Cityzenith, Esri, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Underground mapping highlights the best of City Digital,” said Steve Fifita, Executive Director of City Digital. “It consists of partners that each bring unique assets to the table to create a transformational solution that would not have been possible alone.”

This next phase of the UIM pilot began earlier this month, with a planned conclusion during the spring of 2017. Future phases will seek to make the infrastructure work smarter by incorporating underground sensors, as that technology becomes cheaper and more scalable.

About City Digital
City Digital, a UI LABS collaboration, uses Chicago as a test bed for technology and demonstration, focusing across its pilots on four critical impact areas: physical infrastructure, water and sanitation, energy management, and mobility. Other ongoing pilots include Smart Green Infrastructure Monitoring and Smart Building Data Services; planned 2017 pilots include energy and mobility platforms. Learn more at www.citydigital.org.

About UI LABS
UI LABS solves large-scale challenges by bringing university + industry together with startups and government to accelerate the deployment of emerging technologies through collaboration. As a first-of-its kind innovation accelerator targeted at the convergence of big data, the Internet of Things, and computing, UI LABS is developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization Labs that address entire industries like manufacturing and infrastructure. Learn more at www.uilabs.org.

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New Partnership to Define and Map the Future of Digital Manufacturing Jobs in the United States

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New Partnership to Define and Map the Future of Digital Manufacturing Jobs in the United States

MILWAUKEEJuly 20, 2016 -- A new partnership to define and map the roles and skills required by organizations on the forefront of advanced digital manufacturing was announced today between ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN) and the Chicago-based Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS Collaboration. The work is part of a broader national initiative overseen by the Department of Defense and other federal agencies to fuel the development of next generation production capabilities and bring jobs back to the United States.

Kelley Patrick showcases cutting-edge metrology capabilities on display at the UI LABS Innovation Center. Precise measurement is part of a host of advanced technologies that characterize the future of manufacturing, which is clean, connected, and digital.

Kelley Patrick showcases cutting-edge metrology capabilities on display at the UI LABS Innovation Center. Precise measurement is part of a host of advanced technologies that characterize the future of manufacturing, which is clean, connected, and digital.

The partnership pairs top U.S. manufacturing firms, research universities and technical colleges that are part of DMDII with ManpowerGroup, the world's leading innovative workforce solutions provider. By identifying the skills needed for 20 roles on the leading-edge of manufacturing and design, the effort will help align workers, employers and educators to ensure the U.S. workforce is prepared to drive the growth of advanced manufacturing.

"With the rapid pace of technological change it is harder for individuals to keep their skills up to date or for educators to predict what hiring managers will look for three years from now — particularly in industries like manufacturing, where new robotics and data systems are increasingly important," said Sean Costello, Senior Vice President for Experis, North America, ManpowerGroup's professional resourcing and project-based solutions brand. "Our work will create a common language to describe these emerging roles, which will help drive this $3 trillionsector of the economy forward."

The first phase of the project began in March 2016 and runs through Q1 of 2017. Drawing on expertise from DMDII members — such as Lockheed Martin, Siemens and GE — together with government experts and certification agencies, Phase I will identify the roles required for digital manufacturing and then create a framework to better understand and describe them. Phase II, which will run through 2017, will focus on solutions like understanding the gap between projected industry demand and the potential supply of digital design and manufacturing talent, and identifying ways to close that gap.

"Understanding, defining and addressing the skills needs of tomorrow is a challenge," said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS. "By bringing together our digital manufacturing and design expertise and ManpowerGroup's unrivaled workforce insight, we are well-equipped to define the horizon of digital manufacturing, revitalizing and strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing."

By defining emerging roles and skills in the digital manufacturing and design space, industry and academia will be able to better align for training and hiring. "This work has implications beyond any one company or organization," said Sascha Fischer, Business Segment Manager of Siemens. "Education remains imperative and is a driver for companies to remain competitive. Most importantly, we must see a workforce trained for the jobs that are critical to the operation of the digital factory of the future."  

Job roles are expected to be realized by Q1 of 2017 with a series of strategic engagements from DMDII and partner organizations.

About ManpowerGroup
ManpowerGroup® (NYSE: MAN) is the world's workforce expert, creating innovative workforce solutions for nearly 70 years. As workforce experts, we connect more than 600,000 people to meaningful work across a wide range of skills and industries every day. Through ourManpowerGroup family of brands - Manpower®, Experis®, Right Management® and ManpowerGroup® Solutions - we help more than 400,000 clients in 80 countries and territories address their critical talent needs, providing comprehensive solutions to resource, manage and develop talent. In 2016, ManpowerGroup was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the sixth consecutive year and one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies, confirming our position as the most trusted and admired brand in the industry. See how ManpowerGroupmakes powering the world of work humanly possible: www.manpowergroup.com.

About UI LABS and DMDII
UI LABS solves large-scale challenges by bringing University + Industry together with startups and government to accelerate the deployment of emerging technologies through collaboration. UI LABS is developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization Labs that lead to a return on investment for its partners, improve local, regional and national competitiveness, and transform entire industries.

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is UI LABS' first Lab. DMDII is transforming American manufacturing to be the most competitive in the world through adoption of digital manufacturing technologies. Learn more at www.uilabs.org and www.dmdii.org.

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UI LABS Expands Board of Directors, Welcoming Additional Leaders from Industry, Academia, and Non-Profit Sectors

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UI LABS Expands Board of Directors, Welcoming Additional Leaders from Industry, Academia, and Non-Profit Sectors

New Directors join esteemed multi-sector Board; strengthen operational experience, diversity, and global reach to continue to guide first-of-its-kind innovation accelerator

CHICAGO (March 31, 2016) – UI LABS, a Chicago-based public-private applied research and commercialization collaborative, today announced the expansion of its Board of Directors to include preeminent executives from the corporate, academic, and non-profit sectors.

“We are incredibly pleased to welcome these individuals to the Board at a time when the organization is growing and establishing itself as a center of excellence for collaborative transformation,” said UI LABS Board Chairman Warren Holtsberg. “The wealth of operational experience that the new Directors bring will help drive execution and measurable impact in 2016 and beyond.”

New Directors include:

  • Victor (Vic) R. Abate – Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of GE Global Research
  • Ivo H. Daalder – President of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Former Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • Dan’l Lewin – Corporate Vice President of Technology and Civic Engagement at Microsoft Corporation
  • Anne R. Pramaggiore – President and Chief Executive Officer of ComEd
  • Girish Rishi – Executive Vice President of North America and Global Retail Solutions at Tyco
  • Pedro E. Suarez – President of Dow USA
  • Mark A. Tebbe – Chairman of ChicagoNEXT, and Adjunct Professor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Busines

Returning Directors include:

  • Henry S. Bienen – President Emeritus of Northwestern University
  • Caralynn Nowinski Collens – Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS
  • Warren E. Holtsberg – Chairman of UI LABS and Co-Head of Portfolio Management of The Tokarz Group Advisers LLC, and Member of the Board of Directors of MVC Capital, Inc. 
  • Eric D. Isaacs – Provost of The University of Chicago and Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor, and Former Director of Argonne National Laboratory
  • Roger L. Plummer – Retired President and CEO of Ameritech Information Systems and Custom Business Services
  • Lawrence B. Schook – Vice President for Research and Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois
  • Pamela B. Strobel – Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Exelon Corporation, and Retired President of Exelon’s Business Services Company
  • Mike S. Zafirovski – Vice Chairman of UI LABS, Founder and President of The Zaf Group, and Executive Advisor to The Blackstone Group (Blackstone)

Douglas R. Oberhelman, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar Inc., and Patricia A. Woertz, Retired Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Archer Daniels Midland Company, are stepping down from the Board.

“Our inaugural Board of Directors played an integral role in shaping and guiding UI LABS through its formative stage,” said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS. “We are grateful for their service and will continue to benefit from the contributions of both the returning and departing Directors.”

UI LABS currently has two applied research and commercialization Labs within its portfolio. In February 2014, UI LABS announced the formation of its first Lab, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), through collaboration with the Department of Defense and a host of other partners, to transform American manufacturing through digitization of the supply chain. UI LABS’ second Lab, City Digital, launched in 2015 to digitize the built environment to transform how citizens live, work, and play in cities today and tomorrow. Across both Labs, UI LABS has 200+ members from industry, academic and research institutions, states and cities, and community organizations.

View short bios of the UI LABS Board of Directors here. 

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ABOUT UI LABS

UI LABS solves large-scale challenges by bringing University + Industry together with startups and government to accelerate the deployment of emerging technologies through collaboration. UI LABS is a first-of-its-kind innovation accelerator, developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization Labs that lead to a return on investment for its partners, improve local, regional and national competitiveness, and transform entire industries. Learn more at www.uilabs.org.

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Illinois Manufacturing Lab Announces the Next Round of Projects, Publishes Results from Case Studies

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Illinois Manufacturing Lab Announces the Next Round of Projects, Publishes Results from Case Studies

Advanced Manufacturing Assistance Available to Illinois Manufacturers; Initial Projects Show High Returns on Investment

CHICAGO – March 3, 2016 – The Illinois Manufacturing Lab (IML), a partnership between UI LABS and the University of Illinois with support from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), today announced a second round of advanced manufacturing research projects targeted toward small and medium manufacturers (SMMs).

“At UI LABS, we understand how digital technologies are transforming industries like manufacturing,” said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS. “The Illinois Manufacturing Lab empowers small and medium manufacturers across the state by taking advances in digital manufacturing and getting them into the hands of these business owners.”

IML is looking for opportunities to assist Illinois small businesses in the areas of Toolpath Optimization and Modeling and Simulation. Research will be conducted by university experts and third-party engineering service providers to assist small businesses to solve challenging problems that are having a direct effect on their competitiveness. The objective of the research efforts is to facilitate use case development for new online capabilities that will be incorporated into the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute’s (DMDII) Digital Manufacturing Commons (DMC).

“The resources and technical assistance available at the Illinois Manufacturing Lab help small businesses reduce costs and increase productivity, while creating research that will make Illinois manufacturing as a whole more competitive,” Illinois Department of Commerce Director Jim Schultz said. “The second round of research projects will continue to build on the IML’s previous successes and drive developments in advanced manufacturing in Illinois.”

University of Illinois at Chicago Physics Professor George W. Crabtree, Ph.D., and Illinois Applied Research Institute (ARI) Director Jeffrey L. Binder, Ph.D., will be providing logistical and strategic support to the initiative. “Collaborations between the research community and the private sector are vital to solving major industrial challenges. This next phase of IML seeks to do just that,” said Crabtree, who also holds an appointment at Argonne National Laboratory as Director of its Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). “We look forward to lending the expertise and insights of ARI to make this set of IML projects a success,” added Binder. ARI is based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This next set of projects will build upon the success of the first round of research emerging from the IML. Case studies for projects led by Tek Pak Inc. and other Illinois companies demonstrate tremendous gains in productivity and cost savings.

In the case of Tek Pak, located in Batavia, Illinois, an investment of less than $10,000 resulted in efficiency returns valued at over seven times the initial cost. The IML project team used multiple software applications to analyze the machine, holder, cutting tool, and cutting fluid that Tek Pak was using to machine a thermoform mold, and made recommendations to improve efficiency. The actual impact of the project on reducing machining time was far greater than the estimate, resulting in efficiency gains valued at $72,000 per year.

For Tek Pak, learning the vibration frequency of the tools was important. By knowing the stable speeds, machinists can now run the tools about 50 percent faster without a decrease in tool life, saving about 20 hours of machine time each week. After seeing the financial impact of the pilot project, Greg Perkolup, Thermoformed Product Development Manager at Tek Pak, indicated a desire to implement the technology on three additional machines. He remarked, “If we can save an additional $100,000 with a $12,000 investment in software and training, that would really impact our business.”

UI LABS is requesting problem statement proposals from Illinois manufacturers interested in participating in the current round of projects. Project areas include:

Toolpath Optimization

Waste in the tool path process costs a company both time and capital due to cost of machine utilization time and excessive tool wear. Advances in computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology and software allow for rapid analysis of machine data to optimize tool paths and increase efficiency. IML plans to demonstrate an advanced manufacturing concept that could significantly reduce the cost of conducting a tool path optimization effort on an existing production line through the use of an online template available on the DMC. Illinois SMM’s are being asked to submit problem statements for consideration that describe their machining process and areas where they believe tool path optimization would significantly impact their business.

Modeling and Simulation

Modeling and Simulation technologies allow for faster and less costly evaluations of the performance, manufacturing processes and other factors associated with producing a future product’s conceptual design. IML is looking for companies that have existing products, manufacturing processes, or new design concepts that would directly benefit from the application of advanced Modeling and Simulation technology. Illinois SMM’s are being asked to submit their problem statements for consideration under a new approach involving online software-as-a-service (SaaS) based Modeling and Simulation. The challenges can span the entire realm of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), including concept development through design validation.

Submissions are due no later than April 7, 2016. The problems must be clearly described in order for an independent evaluation team to assess the probability of completing the project objectives within a five-month timeline. Instructions on how to apply and the information to include in the application, as well as additional details on case studies from previous projects, are available at uilabs.org/iml.

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ABOUT UI LABS

UI LABS solves large-scale challenges by bringing University + Industry together with startups and government to accelerate the deployment of emerging technologies through collaboration. UI LABS is developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization Labs that lead to a return on investment for its partners, improve local, regional and national competitiveness, and transform entire industries.

In February 2014, UI LABS announced the formation of its first Lab, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), through collaboration with the Department of Defense and a host of other partners, to transform American manufacturing through digitization of the supply chain. UI LABS’ second Lab, City Digital, launched in 2015 to enhance how citizens live, work, and play by digitizing the built environment and transforming cities across the world. Across both Labs, UI LABS has 200+ members from industry, academia and research institutions, states and cities, and community organizations. Learn more at www.uilabs.org.

 

ABOUT THE ILLINOIS MANUFACTURING LAB

The Illinois Manufacturing Lab (IML), a partnership between UI LABS and the University of Illinois, is a program that helps equip Illinois small and medium manufacturers for the new realities of the changing manufacturing sector. The IML provides advanced manufacturing solutions to the Illinois manufacturing sector to increase their competitiveness, productivity, and profitability. Learn more at www.uilabs.org/iml.

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DMDII ANNOUNCES NEW RESEARCH AWARDS, HELPS ENABLE WIDESPREAD COMPLIANCE WITH MANUFACTURING CYBERSECURITY STANDARDS

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DMDII ANNOUNCES NEW RESEARCH AWARDS, HELPS ENABLE WIDESPREAD COMPLIANCE WITH MANUFACTURING CYBERSECURITY STANDARDS

Manufacturing Institute Continues Momentum with $15 Million in Six New Contracts to 27 Partners in 17 States

 

CHICAGO - February 10, 2016 - The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced that it has issued six national contract research awards, including funding to test and aid compliance with the nation’s cybersecurity standards for digital manufacturing. The projects span several digital manufacturing disciplines, but each reflects the core mission of DMDII: propelling the field of American digital manufacturing and design forward.

“These project awards sponsor research that will change the way that manufacturers in all segments of the supply chain are able to engage in business,” said Dr. Greg Harris, DMDII’s program manager through the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center. “The investment in cybersecurity research is particularly exciting, as the U.S. manufacturing sector lacks the compliance pathway and workforce development plan to comply with current standards. This award is part of DMDII’s commitment to moving American manufacturing beyond the 21st century.”

The projects bring together teams with expertise in a variety of manufacturing disciplines and include major multinational corporations, small enterprises, government entities and university researchers. Each project is managed by a lead organization that coordinates work among other organizations on the team. For example, Rolls-Royce Corporation is spearheading a project that includes Microsoft and 3D Systems, top tier engineering school Georgia Tech, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and leading research institutes Pennsylvania State University Advanced Research Laboratory and Southwest Research Institute. Facilitating connections among diverse project teams is a key aspect of the UI LABS approach.

“This cohort of awardees shows what DMDII and UI LABS are all about: smart cross-sector collaboration that is going to enhance competitiveness for the entire industry,” said Dr. Dean Bartles, Chief Manufacturing Officer of UI LABS and Executive Director of DMDII. “Through these projects, we are lowering cost and access barriers to implementing digital manufacturing practices for small manufacturers across the country.”

Assessing, Remediating, and Enhancing DFARS Cybersecurity Compliance in Factory Infrastructure is the first DMDII project focused specifically on cybersecurity. The project seeks to test and validate a uniform cybersecurity standard for manufacturing, with the goal of improving the cybersecurity of the supply chain across the manufacturing industry. It reflects feedback from DMDII’s large manufacturing partners who have expressed the need for improved supply chain management security.

The project will review Department of Defense (DoD) cybersecurity standards for contractors and conduct a series of case studies to assess the costs and capabilities manufacturers need to meet them. Ultimately, more manufacturers will be able to become DoD cybersecurity compliant, adding more potential contractors into the DoD and manufacturing pipeline. While this merely scratches the surface in addressing the cybersecurity needs of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the manufacturing industry as a whole, it is an important initial step in enhancing the cybersecurity of the U.S. supply chain.

“Companies of all sizes, as well as federal and state governments, must be concerned about the security of the other organizations that make up their supply chain, as their security could be compromised by an insecure partner. This project will help understand cybersecurity issues in a critical supply chain segment – manufacturing – and ultimately propose an enhanced cybersecurity standard that is tailored to the industry,” said Jim Henderson, Vice President of Cyber, Engineering, and Technology at Imprimis, Inc., the lead organization on DMDII’s first cybersecurity project.

Today’s contract awards continue DMDII’s investment in digital manufacturing, building on 2015 contracts valued at over $7 million. The research and tools generated from all projects will be available on the Digital Manufacturing Commons, DMDII’s open-source online platform that allows manufacturers to access data and tools that can improve efficiency and productivity across the entire manufacturing cycle.

“DMDII’s research will ultimately make America’s manufacturing industry more competitive and secure, while strengthening our workforce and the economy in the process,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. “Chicago’s flagship digital manufacturing institute has brought together teams with diverse brainpower and expertise to address the critical need to boost cybersecurity capabilities. I was an early advocate of DMDII, have fought for a steady stream of federal funding in the face of potential cuts, and am proud to support its new focus on cybersecurity research.”

DMDII’s six contract awards are as follows:

 

Integration of AVM iFAB Tools for Industrial Use

Lead Organization: Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory

Other Organizations on this Team: aPriori, Oshkosh Corporation, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC)

Part of the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) program, this project will develop tools and standards for advanced adaptive manufacturing of complex vehicles.

This project seeks to create “design assist tools”– tools that help manage data from design through manufacture and potentially service life –that will increase speed and efficiency and cut down costs. The tools will allow designers to analyze manufacturability and assemblability by creating a simulation that enables them to work on a virtual prototype, rather than a costly real-world one. Ultimately, the tools will be added to the Digital Manufacturing Commons, DMDII’s open-source online platform.

 

Elastic Cloud-Based Make

Lead Organization: GE Global Research

Other Organizations on this Team: Iowa State University, Northwestern University, Oregon State University, Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory, Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rolls-Royce Corporation

Many SMEs lag behind larger manufacturers in adopting new technologies. A key challenge for these businesses is the adoption of information technology—particularly advanced modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A) tools, which is increasingly important to manufacturing competitiveness but can be cost-prohibitive for SMEs.

Through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) Tool Integration project, the GE Global Research-led team will directly address these technical challenges by enabling SMEs to access the AVM MS&A tools via the Digital Manufacturing Commons.

 

Supply Chain MBE/TDP Improvement

Lead Organization: Rolls-Royce Corporation

Other Organizations on this Team: 3rd Dimension, Anark Corporation, ITI-Global (International TechneGroup Incorporated), Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Purdue University

 

This project seeks to push Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) technologies forward by using MBE technology to streamline the design stage of the manufacturing process. This involves the use of intelligent 3D models to eliminate the need to translate to different formats, including 2D drawings, when transferring information between original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other companies within the supply chain.

Using MBE ties data related to tolerance, life of product, and other product specs to the 3D model during the design phase and allows it to be used for all stages of the process, eliminating issues of unclear or inaccurate drawings. The combination of the 3D model and accompanying information is referred to as the technical data package (TDP).

As a framework and best practices for MBE/TDP are standardized and disseminated more widely, they will become more useful and accessible to SMEs. As a greater percentage of the supply chain embraces MBE, the number of potential suppliers to the DoD and other major manufacturers will increase.

 

O3 – Operate, Orchestrate, and Originate

Lead Organization: STEP Tools, Inc.

Other Organizations on this Team: ITI-Global (International TechneGroup Incorporated), Mitutoyo America, SystemInsights

The O3 project will develop a web environment that will enable users to orchestrate machining and measurement processes from tablets and smart phones. Time and money are wasted when a machining program creates a part that does not conform to the design requirements of the customer. O3 will allow users to check machining programs for conformance from remote locations. When conformance is not met, the service will allow the process to be adjusted using apps.

The servers that will be used to host O3 tools will be located at DMDII, and the tools will be available to all manufacturers through the Digital Manufacturing Commons.

 

Advanced Variance Analysis & Make

Lead Organization: Rolls-Royce Corporation

Other Organizations on this Team: 3D Systems, Georgia Institute of Technology, Microsoft, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

 

The Advanced Variance Analysis & Make project uses high-performance computing to demonstrate how data coming off of a machine relates to the part made by that machine. It will indicate whether an anomaly in the data is, in fact, related to an anomaly in performance and/or adherence to a design specification for the part.

The analyses will form the basis of a database of production anomalies available through the Digital Manufacturing Commons. Manufacturers will use the resulting data in real time to correct an anomaly if it will affect a part’s performance, or to ignore the data anomaly if there is no evidence of impact on the part’s capabilities, saving time and money during the manufacturing process.

 

Assessing, Remediating and Enhancing DFARS Cybersecurity Compliance in Factory Infrastructure

Lead Organization: Imprimis, Inc. (i2)

Other Organizations on this Team: SPIRE Manufacturing Solutions, Western Cyber Exchange

This project seeks to create, test and implement a uniform cybersecurity standard for DMDII, with the goal of improving cybersecurity and supply chain security across the manufacturing industry. It reflects feedback from DMDII’s large manufacturing partners who have expressed the need for improved supply chain management.

The project will review DoD cybersecurity standards for contractors, assess the costs, capabilities, and training manufacturers need to meet them, then develop a case study to aid manufacturers in meeting them. Ultimately, more manufacturers will be able to become DoD cybersecurity compliant, adding more potential contractors into the DoD and manufacturing pipeline.

 

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ABOUT UI LABS and DMDII

 

UI LABS solves large-scale challenges by bringing University + Industry together with startups and government to accelerate the deployment of emerging technologies through collaboration. UI LABS is developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization Labs that lead to a return on investment for its partners, improve local, regional and national competitiveness, and transform entire industries.

 

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is UI LABS’ first Lab. DMDII is transforming American manufacturing to be the most competitive in the world through adoption of digital manufacturing technologies. Learn more at www.uilabs.org and www.dmdii.org.

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DMDII TO ESTABLISH ONLINE DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN CLASSES

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DMDII TO ESTABLISH ONLINE DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN CLASSES

CHICAGO - (December 10, 2015) - Today, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, announced the availability of up to $500,000 in project funding to solicit proposals for the creation of a Digital Manufacturing and Design “Specialization,” a suite of open online, on-demand courses leading to a certificate upon completion. DMDII is issuing a project call for courses that will be offered on Coursera, the largest provider of open online courses with over 16 million registered learners worldwide.

The Digital Manufacturing and Design (DM&D) Specialization will be free for access to the content or require a small fee in order to earn a DM&D Certificate. These courses will target a large audience of users, with a specific focus on students and existing engineers affected by the changes brought by digital manufacturing.

“As with all our programs, DMDII intends to bring together the best partners and the most qualified experts to help usher in this transformation sweeping American manufacturing,” said Dr. Dean Bartles, the Chief Manufacturing Officer at UI LABS and Executive Director of DMDII. “This Specialization will serve as the premier information tool for students and the current workforce looking to better understand digital manufacturing. Utilizing the Coursera platform, DMDII is partnering with a leading provider to reach out to a very large audience of interested learners.”

This collaboration represents advances in programming for both DMDII and Coursera. The Digital Manufacturing and Design Specialization will serve as a new addition to the Coursera platform, which currently offers a variety of courses on diverse topics for users.

“Coursera serves people who need the flexibility to mold their continued education around the constraints of their lives and their families,” said Daphne Koller, President and Co-Founder of Coursera. “DMDII’s Specialization in digital manufacturing will open access to high-quality, low-cost, and industry-relevant training that will open the talent pipeline to help manufacturing companies remain innovative and productive.”

This project call is part of a workforce development strategy endorsed by DMDII’s Workforce Development Advisory Committee, comprised of industry, academic, and government experts as well as the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and is intended to recruit subject matter experts at top universities and manufacturing companies to develop courses for the Coursera platform.

“We are excited to bring together leading minds and content providers to propose the best ways to teach digital manufacturing through our first competitive workforce development project call,” said Haley Stevens, Associate Director of Workforce Development and Education Outreach at DMDII. “As MOOCs have democratized learning and are accessible to all, the finished product will target the Institute’s vast network of stakeholders to participate in this learning opportunity.”

The Specialization, containing a targeted sequence of up to nine courses, will include 20 to 40 hours of lecture, as well as evaluation components, such as quizzes and tests. Course topics may include “Introduction to Digital Manufacturing & Design,” “Introduction to the Digital Thread,” and a focus on DMDII’s three research thrust areas: Advanced Analysis (AA), Intelligent Machining (IM), and Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (AME).

“According to our research, there is great employee and employer interest in using MOOCs for training and professional development,” said Alexandria Walton Radford, Ph.D., a Program Director in Education and Workforce Development at RTI International. “While less than 10 percent have used MOOCs for professional development thus far, over two-thirds of human resources professionals we surveyed reported that they envision using them in the future. We are pleased to see DMDII capitalizing on this new technology and platform to package and impart much-desired skills and information.”

DMDII will hold a project call workshop available on January 14, 2016, to address project applicant questions and to catalyze the formation of project teams. Once applications are submitted, selections will be reviewed and subject to approval, with course offerings slated to come online in late 2016 or early 2017. The project call is open to all applicants, with membership in both DMDII and Coursera required upon being selected.

Complete information about the call for proposals, submission requirements, and workshop logistics may be found here.

 

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ABOUT UI LABS and DMDII

UI LABS solves large-scale societal challenges by forming industry-driven consortia to accelerate the deployment of emerging technologies through collaboration. UI LABS is developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization Labs that lead to a return on investment for its partners, improve local, regional and national competitiveness, and transform entire industries.

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is UI LABS’ first Lab. DMDII is transforming American manufacturing to be the most competitive in the world through adoption of digital manufacturing technologies. Learn more at www.uilabs.org and www.dmdii.org.
 

ABOUT COURSERA

Coursera partners with over 130 top universities and educational institutions to offer hundreds of online courses and Specializations in topics from data science to business strategy to social psychology and beyond. Earn certificates from prestigious learning institutions for courses that teach the skills you need to succeed. Whether you want to advance your career or pursue a passion, Coursera provides open online education for everyone. For more information, visit www.coursera.org.

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DMDII OPENS QUAD CITIES CHAPTER

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DMDII OPENS QUAD CITIES CHAPTER

ROCK ISLAND, IL - (November 12, 2015) - Today, representatives from the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, along with Senator Dick Durbin, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and representatives from the Quad Cities Chamber announced a new chapter in the Quad Cities which will be housed at the Quad Cities Manufacturing Lab.

DMDII is a research and development organization that helps manufacturers implement digital manufacturing and design technologies. DMDII partners with industry, academia, and government to support research projects in digital manufacturing and design, share best practices across the nation, and train future workforce on new manufacturing technologies. As a result of this new chapter, Quad Cities companies will be able to access research and resources from the National Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which brings the potential to make organizations more efficient and cost-competitive.

"The new chapter is a big win for the Quad Cities community and for manufacturers across the country," said Dean Bartles, Chief Manufacturing Officer for UI LABS and Executive Director of DMDII. "As we work to revolutionize American manufacturing, DMDII is expanding our physical reach beyond Chicago and bringing the power of our national institute to other regional areas."

"The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce was integral in the co-creation and development of this DMDII chapter," said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS. "We will rely on this relationship to take the digital technologies developed from DMDII projects into the workplaces of small- and medium-sized manufacturers across this community. This chapter model will be the basis of the many chapters that will open from coast to coast."

The launch expands DMDII’s existing relationships and partnerships within these two important Illinois hubs, including with members such as the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, John Deere, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Western Illinois University, and the Quad City Manufacturing LabBy connecting with the Quad Cities area small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), DMDII will rely on its national expertise and local execution to help digitize the supply chain of American manufacturing and develop the workforce of the future.

"Today’s announcement is a significant step in the evolution of the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, as well as how economic development is offered in the Quad Cities," says Paul Rumler, Chief Economic Development Officer, Quad Cities Chamber. "Our partnership with DMDII will support manufacturing growth by enabling Quad Cities’ manufacturers to lead research projects and collaborate with their peers while leveraging the resources and brainpower of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute. With the Quad City Manufacturing Lab operating as a satellite office, members here will have access to national R&D capabilities right in the Quad Cities."

"DMDII’s network and the resources it is assembling to improve America’s manufacturing industry are continuing to expand, starting right here in Illinois," said Governor Bruce Rauner. "DMDII’s first multi-state chapter in the Quad Cities will increase the competitiveness of companies within our state and cement Illinois’ leadership status as the place to go for manufacturing innovation."

Along with a new pilot chapter just announced in Rockford, Ill., the Quad Cities chapter will set the stage for future expansion across the United States. This effort is also an outgrowth of the strategy for the Illinois Manufacturing Lab, a partnership between the University of Illinois and UI LABS, to deliver advanced manufacturing solutions to Illinois companies while providing a collaborative platform for launching economic revitalization strategies across the state.

The new chapter will use existing local resources to connect SMEs, particularly in the Quad Cities’ defense manufacturing supply chain, in technology transition, and workforce development to help digitize American manufacturing. SMEs will also have access to the resources and output of the Illinois Manufacturing Lab.

"Manufacturing is a critical component of our state and national economy," said Senator Dick Durbin. "By connecting regional and local talent with DMDII’s national network, we will continue to strengthen our local workforce while leading the nationwide manufacturing revolution. With a strong manufacturing workforce at the Rock Island Arsenal, the Quad Cities region is a perfect fit for DMDII’s new chapter. The Department of Defense has an enormous stake in ensuring that our country’s manufacturing evolves into a more agile and collaborative industry. The partnership announced today will move us closer to that goal."

John Deere is a leading company in the DMDII Membership, signing on to the consortia from day one.

"The formal launch of a Quad Cities DMDII chapter will strengthen the community’s focus on global manufacturing competitiveness for the region," said Deere & Company’s Bill Ratzburg, Director, Economic & Community Development. "John Deere has been a DMDII industry partner since its launch in early 2014 and we continue to believe that collaboration with local, regional, national and global thought leaders will drive innovative solutions to very complex problems. Digital manufacturing techniques such as additive manufacturing, robotics and the Internet of Things are critical to the success of manufacturers in the region, including those that are suppliers to Deere."

"Manufacturing has always been the core of our Quad-City community, and, together, we're positioning our manufacturers and our workforce to be leaders in the 21st century global economy," said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. "By plugging our local employers into the manufacturing lab's network of larger manufacturers, educational institutions and digital production experts, we'll not only connect industry to these advanced tools, but we'll also help train our great workers for new jobs created by the digital manufacturing revolution."

"Placing our institutes in close proximity to communities rich in manufacturing history such as the Quad Cities and Rockford enables DMDII to accelerate to small and medium companies the benefits of the institute’s activities," said Adele Ratcliff, Director of Manufacturing Technology of the Department of Defense. "It is potentially a model that can be replicated across the nation."

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce has signed a memorandum of understanding with DMDII to be the lead organization for the Quad Cities area business and manufacturing community, and will work with local leadership to recruit new partners and organize the new chapter.

The Quad Cities region is positioned to be a model community in the renaissance of American manufacturing and prepared to be a central node in DMDII’s national network. In 2016, partners will come together through a series of DMDII -led Project Workshops to identify common issues and work to craft partnerships and award contracts to solve them.

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ABOUT UI LABS and DMDII

UI LABS solves large-scale societal challenges by forming industry-driven consortia to accelerate the deployment of emerging technologies through collaboration. UI LABS is developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization Labs that lead to a return on investment for its partners, improve local, regional and national competitiveness, and transform entire industries.

 

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is UI LABS’ s first Lab. DMDII is transforming American manufacturing to be the most competitive in the world through adoption of digital manufacturing technologies. Learn more at www.uilabs.org andwww.dmdii.org.

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DMDII OPENS FIRST CHAPTER IN ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS

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DMDII OPENS FIRST CHAPTER IN ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS

ROCKFORD, IL - (November 9, 2015) - Today, representatives from the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, along with Senator Dick Durbin, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) President Dr. Douglas Baker, announced a new DMDII pilot chapter in Rockford.


“This first chapter is a big win for the Rockford community and for manufacturers across the country,” said Dr. Dean L. Bartles, Chief Manufacturing Officer for UI LABS and Executive Director of DMDII. “As we work to revolutionize American manufacturing, DMDII is expanding our physical reach beyond our Chicago base and bringing the power of our national institute to other regional areas.”


“NIU’s Office for Regional Engagement – Rockford was integral in the co-creation and development of the DMDII chapter model,” said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS. “We will rely on this relationship to take the digital technologies developed from DMDII projects into the workplaces of small- and medium-sized manufacturers across this community. This first chapter will be the basis of the many chapters that will open from coast to coast.”


The launch expands DMDII’s existing relationships and partnerships within this important economic hub in Illinois, including Northern Illinois University and the Rockford Area Economic Development Council. By connecting with Rockford-area small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), DMDII will rely on its national expertise and local execution to help digitize the supply chain of American manufacturing and develop the workforce of the future.


“Northern Illinois University is proud of our collaboration with DMDII to develop this innovative chapter model,” said NIU President Douglas Baker. “We are the first chapter of DMDII, in keeping with our university’s and with Rockford’s strong track record of driving manufacturing innovation and being at the forefront of training the workforce of tomorrow.”

 

“DMDII’s network and the resources it is assembling to improve America’s manufacturing industry are continuing to expand, starting right here in Illinois,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. “This first chapter in Rockford will increase the competitiveness of companies within our state and cement Illinois’ leadership status as the place to go for manufacturing innovation.”


Rockford is DMDII’s pilot chapter, setting the stage for future expansion across the United States. This effort is also an outgrowth of the strategy for the Illinois Manufacturing Lab, a partnership between the University of Illinois and UI LABS, to deliver advanced manufacturing solutions to Illinois companies while providing a collaborative platform for launching economic revitalization strategies across the state. The new chapter will use existing local resources to connect SMEs, particularly in the Rockford area’s aerospace manufacturing supply chain, in technology transition and workforce development to help digitize American manufacturing. SMEs will also have access to the resources and output of the Illinois Manufacturing Lab.

“Manufacturing is a critical component of our state and national economy,” said Senator Dick Durbin. “By connecting regional and local talent with DMDII’s national network, we will continue to strengthen our local workforce while leading the nationwide manufacturing revolution. With a strong aerospace manufacturing industry and numerous ties to defense manufacturing, Rockford is the perfect choice for DMDII’s pilot chapter. The Department of Defense has an enormous stake in ensuring that our country’s manufacturing evolves into a more agile and collaborative industry. The partnership announced today will move us closer to that goal.”

There are nearly 700 manufacturers in the Rockford region, with multiple diverse clusters of advanced manufacturing capabilities. Manufacturing-related jobs provide nearly a quarter of the region’s employment -- twice the national average in manufacturing employment and manufacturing accounts for a third of the gross metropolitan product (GMP) in the Rockford metropolitan statistical area.


“To position Rockford as a global leader in advanced manufacturing, we must ensure our region's companies and workforce can access the latest technology and knowledge,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “By plugging our small and medium sized manufacturers into DMDII's network of larger manufacturers, educational institutions and digital production experts, we'll not only connect industry to these advanced tools, but we'll also help train our great workers for new jobs created by the digital manufacturing revolution."

“Placing our institutes in close proximity to communities rich in manufacturing history such as Rockford enables DMDII to accelerate to small and medium companies the benefits of the institute’s activities,” said Adele Ratcliff, Director of Manufacturing Technology of the Department of Defense. “It is potentially a model that can be replicated across the nation.”

Northern Illinois University has signed a memorandum of understanding with DMDII to be the lead organization for the Rockford area business and manufacturing community, and will work with local leadership to recruit new partners and organize the new chapter. Partners that have signed on to lead the effort include: Rockford Area Economic Development Council, Rockford Area Aerospace Network, and Rockford Chamber of Commerce Manufacturers Council. The Rockford region is positioned to be a model community in the renaissance of American manufacturing and is prepared to be a central node in DMDII’s national network.

A second chapter, to be located in the Quad Cities, will be announced shortly. “We see many opportunities for the chapter model to be adopted, adapted and scaled throughout the country,” said DMDII’s Bartles.

“Rockford-based inventors are responsible for countless innovations related to manufacturing. We look forward to working with DMDII and members in our region to advance the next major breakthrough,” said NIU President Baker.

 

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ABOUT UI LABS and DMDII


UI LABS solves large-scale societal challenges by forming industry-driven consortia to close the gap between innovation and commercialization. UI LABS is developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization labs that lead to a return on investment for its partners, improve local, regional and national competitiveness, and transform entire industries.

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is UI LABS’ first program. DMDII is transforming American manufacturing to be the most competitive in the world through adoption of digital manufacturing technologies. Learn more at www.uilabs.org andwww.dmdii.org.

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DMDII GRANTS $7 MILLION IN RESEARCH AWARDS IN NEW CONTRACTS TO 14 PARTNERS ACROSS U.S.

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DMDII GRANTS $7 MILLION IN RESEARCH AWARDS IN NEW CONTRACTS TO 14 PARTNERS ACROSS U.S.

Additional video and infographic could be found here.

CHICAGO - (October 15, 2015) - The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration established in 2014, announced today that it has issued its first five national contract research awards. The contracts are valued at more than $7 million, include 14 DMDII partners from across the United States, and will fund research aimed at advancing the field of digital manufacturing and design. Over the next three years, DMDII anticipates having a portfolio of sponsored research projects, spread out over dozens of project call topics and hundreds of institute members.

Five prime contractors from five states have received awards. Prime contractors include Green Dynamics Inc. in California, STEP Tools, Inc. in New York, Product Development & Analysis (PDA) LLC in Illinois, the Design Automation Lab of Arizona State University, and Oregon State University. Each prime contractor has assembled a team of subprime contractors, ranging from major U.S. manufacturers, small- and medium-sized businesses, software development firms, and academic institutions. Of the 14 contracted parties, three are large companies, four are small and medium manufacturers, five are universities and two are non-governmental organizations.

The five awards include the first of several contracts in DMDII’s strategic investment plan and technology roadmap. The industry-driven technology roadmap is aligned with the Department of Defense’s strategic manufacturing base goals and aims to create a technology platform across all manufacturing processes, focusing on three key areas of technology research and demonstration: Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise, Intelligent Machining and Advanced Analysis.

“These contract awards represent a huge milestone for DMDII,” said Dr. Dean Bartles, the Chief Manufacturing Officer at UI LABS and Executive Director of DMDII. “After developing an infrastructure that fosters collaboration and innovation, we’re now launching our first research projects that promise to make American manufacturers more competitive and improve their bottom line. Along with our cooperative partners at the Department of Defense, we’re excited to continue the forward momentum, and we’re looking forward to sponsoring new projects and announcing more contracts in the future.”

“These awards highlight that our collaborative innovation model is working,” said Dr. Caralynn Nowinski Collens, CEO of UI LABS. “We see a bright future for industry-led consortia to solve large-scale societal challenges to close the gap between innovation and commercialization.”

The awards will sponsor research projects to develop software, tools and industry-changing solutions aimed at lowering production costs by increasing the speed and efficiency of a variety of manufacturing processes. Four of the five awards are funded by the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

“The work performed through DMDII’s first contract awards will allow us to mitigate the big issues of interoperability and manual systems that will lead to saving defense and domestic manufacturers significant resources currently lost to time and cost overruns,” said Dr. Greg Harris, DMDII’s Program Manager through the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center.

“We are developing a ‘digital thread’ across all facets of the manufacturing process,” said George Barnych, DMDII’s Director of Research & Development Programs. “The first five awards begin to develop key technologies that will allow us to ‘stitch together’ the digital thread from the front end of design all the way through the production process and supply logistics.”

Barnych continued, “This is a major step in bringing together the best and the brightest from the private, public and academic sectors to reshape the landscape of manufacturing in our country.”

Structural Composites – Blade Multidisciplinary Design and Analysis -14-01-06

Lead Organization: Green Dynamics Inc.

Other Organizations on this Team: MetaMorph Inc.; University of Delaware; Vanderbilt University; PTC, Inc.; MSC Software Corporation; Pennsylvania State University, Applied Research Laboratory

Partners will work together to integrate a suite of analysis tools under a common intuitive user interface specifically focused on wind turbines. Successful implementation of this software approach will reduce barriers to entry for smaller composite material developers and shorten cycle times for current manufacturers all while providing a comprehensive cost and manufacturing model to prevent overruns.


Mind the Gap – Filling the Gap between CAD and CNC with Engineering Services - 14-02-02

Lead Organization: STEP Tools, Inc.

Other Organizations on this Team: Penn State ARL, Vanderbilt University

The Mind the Gap project aims to develop and deliver cloud services to optimize and monitor computer-controlled (CNC) machining. The new services will operate on 3D digital models, which are easier to share and modify than traditional code-based models.

 

Automated Assembly Planning: From CAD model to Virtual Assembly Process - 14-02-04

Lead Organization: Oregon State University

Other Organizations on this Team: ESI North America

This project aims to develop a computational tool to automatically transform a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) assembly into a set of assembly instructions with as little initial user commitment as possible. Quick predictions of an assembly plan will provide feedback to both design and industrial engineers so that they can see how their decisions impact assembly time and cost. For manufacturing companies that choose to use the developed toolset, it could result in millions of dollars in savings.

 

Automatic Tolerancing of Mechanical Assemblies from STEP AP203: Completion of Adaptive Vehicle Make Tasks - 14-02-05

Lead Organization: Design Automation Lab, Arizona State University

This project will investigate algorithms to automate tolerance synthesis of mechanical assemblies. This will include first order Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) based only on geometric conditions for assemblability and partial support for second order (based on limited design intent, viz. fits and fasteners). This will result in lower product cost due to better tolerance control, lower scrap rate, and quicker product development time by reducing trial and error in tolerance allocation.

Intelligent Adaptive Machining Fixtures for Castings (IAMFixR) - 14-07-03

Lead Organization: Product Development & Analysis (PDA) LLC

Other Organizations on this Team: Arizona State University’s Design Automation Lab, American Foundry Society, Steel Founders’ Society of America

A collaboration between a metal casting contract manufacturer and an academic research lab, the goal of this project is to develop a set of methods and a software enabler, called “IAMFixR” to reduce the setup time for machining of large castings and fabrications and to virtually eliminate scrapping any of these high value parts. The team aims to incorporate the casting industry standard into a 3D model and use digital technology to capture the changing dimensions of features critical to machining operation for every part produced in a production environment.

The five applied research and demonstration projects will take between 12-18 months to complete.

Case Study below shows the collaboration of Green Dynamics, Inc., prime contractor of Project 14-01-06. This story highlights the "teaming" effort amongst DMDII members to solve for large technical solutions.

DMDII Project 14-01-06 Case Study

 

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ABOUT UI LABS and DMDII

UI LABS solves large-scale societal challenges by forming industry-driven consortia to close the gap between innovation and commercialization. UI LABS is developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization Labs that lead to a return on investment for its partners, improve local, regional and national competitiveness, and transform entire industries.

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDIIis UI LABS’ first Lab. DMDII is revitalizing American manufacturing, by helping U.S. manufacturers to harness data to make their products better, faster, and more cost competitive. Learn more at www.uilabs.org andwww.dmdii.org 

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Manufacturing Day gives CPS students hands-on experience

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Manufacturing Day gives CPS students hands-on experience

Some Chicago Public Schools students got to learn a few things outside the classroom last week, and their study materials were a lot bigger than a stack of textbooks.

One thing they studied was a hulking box called the NZ-2000. It’s made by DMG Mori, a Japanese company. It boasts a 12-axis turn/mill system, and it’s designed for complex, high-precision mass manufacturing. It’s used in medical, aerospace and military technologies.

Read more at chicago.suntimes.com.

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New City Digital programs target stormwater, underground mapping

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New City Digital programs target stormwater, underground mapping

City Digital, a consortium of companies based at UI LABS announced Monday new pilot projects focused on green infrastructure monitoring and underground mapping.

City Digital, renamed this year from CityWorks, is a partnership of companies focused on cross-sector development and deployment of innovations in transportation, physical infrastructure, energy management and water and sanitation. Founding members include Microsoft, Accenture, ComEd, Siemens and HBK Engineering.

The group also said security systems company Tyco had joined the consortium.

Read more at www.ChicagoTribune.com.

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UI LABS PARTNERS WITH UIC TO CO-HOST THE SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY (SISE)

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UI LABS PARTNERS WITH UIC TO CO-HOST THE SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY (SISE)

Two-week “Digital Rebirth” program will focus on the digital economy, sustainability, and the crossroads of digital manufacturing, smart cities, and energy

As part of our mission to retain tech talent in Chicago, we have partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to co-host the 5th Annual Summer Institute for Sustainability and Energy (SISE), a two-week intensive program held August 6-18, 2015.

Over 30 doctoral, masters, and senior-level undergraduate students and recent graduates, representing 13 different academic and research institutions, will explore topics under this year’s theme, “Digital Rebirth.”  Academic institutions represented include University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois, Chicago, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and eight others.

Participants will address the coming smart era as a result of digital integration, exploring the crossroads of digital manufacturing, smart cities and energy through applications such as the smart grid and connected vehicles. Some of this year’s expert speakers on these topics include Brenna Berman, City of Chicago’s Chief Innovation Officer and Commissioner of the Department of Innovation and Technology, Adam Hecktman of Microsoft, and Sonny Garg of Uptake, among others.   

“The world is experiencing a dramatic shift in technology,” said Caralynn Nowinski, Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS. “From the development of more sustainable forms of energy, to the increase of digital manufacturing technology, we now have the opportunity to collaborate across disciplines to solve global problems with advanced solutions. Partnering with UIC on the SISE Program allows UI LABS to encourage sustainable energy innovation, showcase Chicago’s growing technology ecosystem, and develop a new generation of researchers who will deliver these solutions to the world.” 

UI LABS is a natural partner for us, given their research-driven mission to bring together large organizations in the public and private sector to tackle some of today’s biggest societal issues using next generation technology,” said George Crabtree, Director of the UIC Energy Initiative and Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at Argonne National Laboratory. “Together, SISE and UI LABS will encourage future leaders to think in new ways and create innovative digital tools to address tomorrow’s challenges.”

The SISE 2015 Program is made possible by the support of headlining sponsor Lockheed Martin, in addition to its partnering universities and organizations: Argonne National Laboratory, Clean Energy Trust, Northwestern University’s Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN), Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) and Illinois Institute of Technology’s Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER).

“Lockheed Martin and the SISE Program are addressing important questions on digital manufacturing and the role it now plays for industries worldwide,” said Steve Betza, Director of Advanced Manufacturing and Development at Lockheed Martin. “We see the program as an opportunity to leverage the creativity of talented students to work on problems that are relevant to our business and the complex challenges being faced by our customers.”

“To solve the industrial problems of tomorrow, whether in our manufacturing processes or infrastructure systems, organizations will need to become ‘smarter,’” said Nowinski. “SISE is designed to foster an understanding of the issues we will face – understanding that will lead to smarter and more valuable advancements for businesses, governments and academic institutions alike.”

UI LABS is working with partner institutions to engage students in its applied research programs, with several occurring throughout summer and fall of 2015. Additionally in the month of August, UI LABS will host the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) iVenture Accelerator, which supports 13 student startups that represent 33 entrepreneurs within seven different colleges in UIUC.

UI LABS’ first Lab, The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), will be launching ‘Digital Days’ this fall. The program, which will bring in middle and high school students for STEM educational learning, will be focused on the technical elements of digital manufacturing. DMDII is partnering with community groups and local schools to raise awareness of manufacturing as a viable career path in the 21st century.

For additional information on the SISE Program, visit the SISE website at sise.uic.edu.

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DMDII ANNOUNCES PUBLIC KICKOFF OF DIGITAL MANUFACTURING OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE PROJECT

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DMDII ANNOUNCES PUBLIC KICKOFF OF DIGITAL MANUFACTURING OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE PROJECT

CHICAGO - (July 21, 2015) - The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced the public kickoff of its open source software project, the Digital Manufacturing Commons, DMDII-15-16. The Digital Manufacturing Commons (DMC) is a software platform that can be used to share and access manufacturing data and analysis tools. The project has the potential to generate millions of dollars of savings for small, medium and large manufacturers by democratizing the flow of innovative digital manufacturing data.

DMDII announced the availability of up to $2 million in project funding to develop open software applications that can interact with the Digital Manufacturing Commons. This funding is available to teams, entrepreneurs and technologists proposing innovative ideas for manufacturing software solutions.

Digital design and manufacturing is the use of computing, data analysis, and networking technologies in factories and across the lifecycle of manufactured products. Digital manufacturing is often referred to as “smart manufacturing” or “Industrie 4.0.”

The public kickoff is an open workshop on September 23 at UI LABS headquarters in Chicago. Workshop participants will learn about the technology behind the Digital Manufacturing Commons and will be introduced to the DMC software development kit. DMDII plans to fund about 20 project teams who will develop open source software applications beginning in January 2016. Proposals are due in November and projects are expected to last about one year, generating software applications that benefit manufacturing businesses.

The Digital Manufacturing Commons is a joint project between DMDII at UI LABS in Chicago and GE Global Research. The project is led by Dr. Joe Salvo, manager of the Complex Systems Laboratory at GE Global Research.

“The widespread availability of design and modeling tools will encourage a new wave of innovation and creativity as the number of people who participate in the marketplace increases,” said Salvo. “We believe that the unprecedented access to powerful software tools, models and the means of production will serve to democratize the entire manufacturing process.”

DMDII is developing this system as an open source software project. Dr. Salvo explains the rationale behind this approach: “Delivering the digital market commons as an open source package will encourage standardization, interoperability and security. The community of users will be able to determine the right features and functions to develop in an ad hoc fashion that encourages experimentation and exploration.”

The latest updates about the Digital Manufacturing Commons can be found at the DMC project website: http://projectdmc.org/.

A major goal of DMDII is to democratize American manufacturing by enabling and empowering small businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals to design and manufacture products. The Digital Manufacturing Commons will enable digital collaboration among distributed teams to reduce the barriers for securely sharing data and digital information and to connect people and data with digital analysis tools.

“With the issuing of this Call for Proposal DMDII is taking a substantial step in the creation of the system to support the future of digital manufacturing in the U.S.,” states Gregory A. Harris, Ph.D., P.E., Program Manager for DMDII, U.S. Army, Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center. “The opportunities the DMC will create for small and medium sized manufacturers to engage at all levels of the supply chain will be significant.”

“Online collaboration between designers and makers creates significant value for manufacturing businesses, by reducing product development costs and increasing speed of bringing new products to market,” said William P. King the chief technology officer at DMDII and the Andersen Chair in Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. “The Digital Manufacturing Commons will enable manufacturing businesses, entrepreneurs and technologists to become more digitally connected and more digitally capable.”

“The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute at UI LABS is extremely excited to be able to partner with GE and the U.S. Government to help American manufacturing businesses,” said Dr. Dean Bartles, the chief manufacturing officer at UI LABS and executive director of DMDII. “This is a national effort to digitize American manufacturing. This initiative to build a platform to more easily share the profusion of data generated by manufacturing is already one of the largest of its kind, and we continue to be joined by more partners every day.”

Complete information about the call for proposals, proposal submission requirements, and workshop logistics are available by visiting the DMDII website (www.dmdii.org).

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ABOUT UI LABS and DMDII

UI LABS solves large-scale industrial challenges by forming consortia of university, industry, and civic partners who innovate and commercialize new technology solutions. UI LABS is developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization programs that lead to a return on investment for its partners and improve local, regional and national competitiveness.
 

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is UI LABS’ first program. DMDII is revitalizing American manufacturing, by helping U.S. manufacturers to harness data to make their products better, faster, and more cost competitive. Learn more at www.uilabs.organd www.dmdii.org

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DMDII RELEASES FIVE NEW SOLICITATIONS FOR R&D PROJECTS IN DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN INNOVATION

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DMDII RELEASES FIVE NEW SOLICITATIONS FOR R&D PROJECTS IN DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN INNOVATION

CHICAGO - (July 17, 2015) - The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, is announcing its latest call for technology proposals. This new call for proposals will consist of over $20 million in funding across five applied research and development project topics. DMDII will use these funds to invest in digital design and manufacturing technologies that can improve American factories, reduce manufacturing costs and create new opportunities for American manufacturing businesses.

The five topics, ranging from improved cyber security for manufacturers to reducing the variability of manufactured items, will focus on different aspects of digital manufacturing and design innovation. They were developed by DMDII’s industry, university, and government members based on the most compelling business opportunities proposed as innovative solutions to industry problems in these technology domains.

Digital design and manufacturing is the use of computing, data analysis, and networking technologies in factories and across the lifecycle of manufactured products. Digital manufacturing is often referred to as “smart manufacturing” or “Industrie 4.0.”

“This is what the future of manufacturing looks like,” said Dr. William P. King, DMDII’s Chief Technology Officer. “These topics represent key digital manufacturing technologies that can significantly improve the competitiveness of American manufacturing businesses.”

The five topics are as follows:

  • Completing the Model-Based Definition (DMDII-15-11). Companies spend billions of dollars on cost avoidance, repairing data, translators, and other human-in-the loop tasks. Software applications for product model definition for characterizing assemblies, parts, attributes, and manufacturing information usable by various software for the whole product life cycle is needed.
  • Technologies Enabling Supply Chain Visibility (DMDII-15-12). The goal of this topic is to demonstrate technologies that can provide real-time, dynamic visibility into the status of key information to facilitate efficient response to rapidly changing conditions.
  • Cyber Security for Intelligent Machines (DMDII-15-13). This topic focuses on the development of technologies that can identify, manage and mitigate the cyber security risks associated with digitally connected manufacturing equipment.
  • Hardware / Software Toolkit for Real-Time Machine and Process Diagnostics, Monitoring and Self-Correction (DMDII-15-14). This topic aims to implement machine intelligence into manufacturing equipment in a way that is low cost and scalable.
  • Agile Manufacturing to Compensate for Production Variability (DMDII-15-15). The goal of this topic is to demonstrate digital manufacturing technologies that mitigate variability among manufactured products, and to thereby reduce manufacturing costs and more rapidly bring new products to market.

 

 

“Our members are committed to working together to digitize American manufacturing, and these project calls are another sign of our tremendous momentum,” said Dr. Dean Bartles, Chief Manufacturing Officer at UI LABS and Executive Director of DMDII. “The topics identified in this call for proposals have the potential to create significant benefits for our members and to drive the future of smart manufacturing. DMDII is continuously recruiting new members, and we invite any U.S. company to join and benefit from these exciting technology advances.”

“We define digital manufacturing and design as the aggregation and application of digital data across the lifecycle of a manufactured product, or what is often called the Digital Thread,” states Gregory A. Harris, Ph.D., P.E., Program Manager for DMDII, U.S. Army, Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center. “The purpose of this public-private partnership is to address problems in the common, pre-competitive space, building a technology portfolio to demonstrate and apply digital manufacturing technologies and to accelerate these technologies to market, increasing the competitiveness of American manufacturers. This call for proposals consisting of five problem topics will result in a significant advancement in the creation of a powerful digital manufacturing capability in the U.S. Industrial Base.”

“Digital manufacturing is the Industrial Internet applied to manufacturing,” continues King. “Every big manufacturing organization is looking at this right now. It is a hot topic and no one wants to miss out on what is happening.”

Of the $20 million in project funding, DMDII has allocated $10 million towards these applied R&D projects, with the funds originating from the U.S. Government via the Department of Defense. The additional $10 million in project funds will be contributed by at least 1:1 “cost-share” by industry and academic team members.

The projects will run for approximately 12 to 24 months, and DMDII expects that the resulting technologies will be transitioned to industry shortly thereafter. DMDII is particularly interested in how these technologies can help small manufacturing businesses. All manufacturers and technology companies are encouraged to contact DMDII about becoming involved in these technology projects.

DMDII is planning a public workshop at UI LABS, in Chicago, Ill., on September 10, 2015, at which the technical requirements for each solicitation will be thoroughly described, and efforts will be made to encourage the formation of competing teams. Teams are encouraged to include large, medium and small manufacturing and technology companies, academic institutions, government agencies, and other organizations.

Complete information about the project calls, proposal submission requirements, and workshop logistics are available by visiting the DMDII website (www.dmdii.org). Proposals are due in October.

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ABOUT UI LABS and DMDII

UI LABS solves large-scale industrial challenges by forming consortia of university, industry, and civic partners who innovate and commercialize new technology solutions. UI LABS is developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization programs that lead to a return on investment for its partners and improve local, regional and national competitiveness.
 

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is UI LABS’ first program. DMDII is revitalizing American manufacturing, by helping U.S. manufacturers to harness data to make their products better, faster, and more cost competitive. Learn more at www.uilabs.organd www.dmdii.org

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DMDII LAUNCHES SEVEN NEW PROJECT CALLS AND SCHEDULES PUBLIC WORKSHOP IN ATLANTA ON FEB 25–26

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DMDII LAUNCHES SEVEN NEW PROJECT CALLS AND SCHEDULES PUBLIC WORKSHOP IN ATLANTA ON FEB 25–26

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At the official groundbreaking of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in October, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that he was “excited about the unknowns we’re about to discover.” Today, the DMDII gave the public a peek at these unknowns, announcing new “project calls” for 7 separate research and development projects.

The “project calls” are solicitations for groundbreaking R&D investments totaling at least $25M. The seven projects each represent a different aspect of digital manufacturing and design and have been conceived to uniquely demonstrate how the use of data during the production process can help streamline American factories.

“This project call presents a huge opportunity to advance digital manufacturing technologies in a way that solves real business problems,” said Dr. William King, DMDII’s Chief Technology Officer. “We have worked with digital manufacturing leaders from industry, government, and academia to identify their most important problems.”

The seven projects are:

1. Factory Cybersecurity Infrastructure Assessment

This project is focused on developing tools for assessing the cybersecurity vulnerability of small manufacturing facilities and businesses.

2. Smart Factory Visibility and Real-Time Optimization

This plan is committed to optimizing factory performance through the use of digital information. Basically, this project aims to “digitize every aspect of factory operations.”

3. Communication Standards for Intelligent Machines

Robots require a universal language and this R&D topic is about developing the digital language that will be used by automated manufacturing equipment.

4. Shop Floor Augmented Reality and Wearable Computing

Focused on developing digital eyewear and other wearable computing technologies for the shop floor, this project is primarily about discovering new ways to capture digital information.

5. Systems Design using the Digital Thread

This R&D topic is centered around developing digital tools that will help designers bring products to the market faster and more affordably.

6. Operating System for Cyber-Physical Manufacturing

This topic aims to develop technologies that allow for the operation and configuration of manufacturing production equipment that is distributed across different locations.

7. Virtually Guided Certification

The goal of this project is to reduce the cost and risk of product and process innovation by using modeling to predict the performance of new materials.

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VIDEO :: Officials kick off manufacturing lab construction

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VIDEO :: Officials kick off manufacturing lab construction

City and state officials broke ground Thursday for the rehab of a former window plant on Goose Island into Chicago's Digital Lab for Manufacturing.

Construction started this week for the lab, which will occupy about one-third of the building at 1333 North Hickory. When finished in the first quarter of 2015, it will house offices, meeting rooms, a 75-person lecture hall and a small factory floor.

The cost of renovations will be paid with money pledged by the city and state. Chicago committed $10 million in tax increment financing and the state agreed to put in $16 million. The money is part of $330 million in cash and in-kind contributions from companies, governments, community groups, organizations and universities. The biggest contribution is a $70 million grant from the Defense Department.

Read more and watch video at the Chicago Tribune.

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UI LABS Names Board of Directors, Bringing Together World Class Leaders from U.S. Industry & Top Universities

UI LABS Names Board of Directors, Bringing Together World Class Leaders from U.S. Industry & Top Universities

Experienced, diverse leadership will govern Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative solving large-scale industrial challenges  

CHICAGO (October 22, 2014) – UI LABS, a Chicago-based public-private research and commercialization collaborative, today announced its inaugural board of directors. The board brings together leaders from industry and academia to guide UI LABS as it develops a portfolio of applied research and commercialization programs to solve large-scale industrial challenges.

“The wealth of experience and the diversity of leadership brought by these individuals will propel UI LABS to make global connections among researchers and companies that can result in giant leaps forward for entire economic sectors,” said UI LABS board chairman Warren Holtsberg. “Our goals are to apply research to demonstrate and scale new technologies, create businesses and jobs, and provide a return on investment for our partners.” 

The members of the UI LABS Board of Directors are (in alphabetical order): 
 
• Henry S. Bienen – President Emeritus of Northwestern University

• Warren E. Holtsberg – Chairman of UI LABS, Co-Head of Portfolio Management, The Tokarz  Group Advisers LLC and Member of the Board of Directors of MVC Capital, Inc.  

• Eric D. Isaacs – Provost of The University of Chicago and Professor in the Department of Physics, the James Franck Institute, and the College, former Director of Argonne National Laboratory

• Douglas R. Oberhelman – Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar Inc., and Chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers

• Roger L. Plummer – Retired Executive Vice President, International Engineering Consortium, Retired President and CEO, Ameritech Information Systems and Custom Business Services

• Lawrence B. Schook – Vice President for Research, University of Illinois, Professor of Animal Sciences, Bioengineering, Pathobiology, Nutritional Sciences, Pathology and Surgery  

• Pamela B. Strobel – Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Exelon Corporation and retired President of Exelon’s Business Services Company

• Patricia A. Woertz – Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Archer Daniels Midland Company

• Mike S. Zafirovski – Executive Advisor to Blackstone, Founder and President of The Zaf Group, former President and CEO of Nortel, President and COO of Motorola, President and CEO of five GE businesses   

“Each member was deliberately chosen for their invaluable perspective on business, research and technology to solve global industrial challenges,” added Holtsberg.

Doug Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar and UI LABS board member, is an active participant in UI LABS’ first program, the national Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII). Oberhelman highlighted the scope of the nation’s industrial challenges and UI LABS’ unique position to address them in expressing his enthusiasm for joining its board. 

“UI LABS is tapping into a vast network of local and regional talent to make industrial advances that have the potential to be national and even global in scale,” said Oberhelman. “UI LABS will tackle problems that no single company or lab can solve alone. I’m excited about working with the best minds in research and industry to address challenges that will help Caterpillar and other American companies enhance our competitiveness.” 

UI LABS’ first program, DMDII, is revitalizing America’s manufacturing industries by helping U.S.
manufacturers harness data to make their products better, faster and cheaper. DMDII has brought together over 40 leading manufacturing and technology companies with more than 30 university, government and community partners. The $320M institute will help U.S. manufacturers increase their return on investment by making their production processes more efficient and agile through more effective use of data across every stage of the manufacturing process.  

VIDEO :: President Obama Names Chicago New Research Lab Site

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VIDEO :: President Obama Names Chicago New Research Lab Site

Chicago is officially the site of a new research lab specializing in digital manufacturing. President Barack Obama announced Tuesday the creation of four institutes that are a part of his over-arching plan for a network of 45 research hubs dedicated to advancing American technology and innovation.

Chicago’s Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation lab, or Digital Lab, will be managed by the nonprofit UI Labs and funded through a series of public-private partnerships. The hub is planned for a Goose Island location set to open at the end of this year.

Read more and watch the video at Chicago Tonight.

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Obama to announce two new manufacturing hubs Tuesday

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Obama to announce two new manufacturing hubs Tuesday

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday two new private-public partnerships meant to spur high-quality manufacturing jobs in Chicago and Detroit.

A White House official told CNN that the announcement will pave the way for two "innovation institutes" led by the Defense Department and supported by $280 million - half from the federal government and half from private partners.

Read more at CNN.

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