NERDIC Industry 4.0 Readiness Ecosystem Series

NERDIC Industry 4.0 Readiness Ecosystem Series

NERDIC Industry 4.0 Readiness Ecosystem Series

Date/Time
08/31/2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Program Description

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) is excited to launch a series of Industry 4.0 Technology Demonstration Projects. This program will deliver a series of technology workshops and demonstrations to showcase how Industry 4.0 technologies can be used to help optimize manufacturing processes in the New England defense manufacturing supply chain. The technologies include generative design, additive manufacturing, augmented reality, and more. The overall aim is to help increase capability and competitiveness for the region’s defense manufacturers. Each workshop is online-based and free.

Intended audience

These workshops and demonstrations will support small and medium-sized defense-related businesses in New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) to continually build the new skills and capabilities that are emerging as requirements for pursuing business from higher-tier contractors in the defense supply chain.

Schedule & Topics


April 20/July 20 – Using AI Technology to Crosstrain & Upskill Employees

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presenters:

Rebecca Peredo, Stanley X – Talent Solutions, Director of Commercialization – DeepHow

Description:

Stanley X, in partnership with DeepHow, will share their AI-powered solution to capture, train and transfer knowledge among skilled workers. This system allows documentation of standard work of high-performing, subject matter expert employees, converting into Smart how-to videos for staff to learn from and reference, using standard enterprise tools and no special equipment or skills.

Learning Objectives:

Learn how the DeepHow augmented AI software learning tools can:
• Expedite training and onboarding
• Standardize work and procedures for employees
• Provide user-friendly online video access to standard operating procedures, in multiple languages
• Reduce training time and improve performance

Participants will be invited to apply to be one of twelve companies selected to be part of a free 60-day pilot utilizing this software. A Technology Demonstration follows this workshop and is scheduled for Tuesday, July 20, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST.

Introductory Workshop | April 20 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register →
Technology Demonstration | July 20 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register →


April 27/July 27 – Augmented Reality for Industry 4.0–What is it and how does it help your manufacturing process?

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presenters:

Eric Smith, SphereGen Technologies

Description:

Augmented Reality is the overlaying of digital content into the physical environment. Specifically, to manufacturing, this can include any type of virtual parts, data, photos, videos, and work instructions. These assets can be transposed onto a machine in the real world for easier training and troubleshooting through a device such as a phone or headset. Our engagement with CCAT is specific to HoloLens 2 which is an advanced augmented reality headset created by Microsoft. HoloLens 2 has comprehensive voice recognition, gesture recognition and is a hands-free heads-up display.

Learning Objectives:

Learn how augmented reality can:
• Expedite training and onboarding
• Standardize work and procedures for employees
• Improve remote troubleshooting
• Reduce travel to physical locations with virtual tools

Participants will be invited to apply to participate in a pilot demonstration project utilizing this technology. A Technology Demonstration follows this workshop and is scheduled for Tuesday, July 27, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Introductory Workshop | April 27 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register →
Technology Demonstration | July 27 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register →

May 4/August 10 – Generative Design & Additive Manufacturing (I)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presenters:

• Nasir Mannan, M. Eng., Principal Engineer, Advanced Design, Automation & Metrology Lab, CCAT
• Kristi Oki, Mechanical Engineer, Advanced Design, Automation & Metrology Lab, CCAT
• Jeff Crandall, Additive Technologies Manager, CCAT

Description:

An Introduction in Design Optimization to Fully Realize Additive Manufacturing Benefits. Generative design mimics nature’s evolutionary approach to design. Parameters such as materials, manufacturing methods, strength and thermal requirements are defined, and the AI driven generative design process fully optimizes the design to best fulfill functional requirements.

Learning Objectives:

By the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will:
• Learn the basics of generative design workflow
• Learn what parameters can be optimized
• Understand how generative design can best leverage additive manufacturing

Participants will be invited to apply to participate in a pilot demonstration project utilizing this technology. A Technology Demonstration follows this workshop and is scheduled as “Technology Demonstration I & II” on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST.

Introductory Workshop I | May 4 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register →
Technology Demonstration I & II | Aug 10 @ 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Register →

May 11/August 10 – Generative Design & Additive Manufacturing (II)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presenters:

Jeff Crandall, Additive Technologies Manager, CCAT

Description:

Introduction to 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing to Assist Traditional Manufacturing. 3D Printing (or Additive Manufacturing) is a powerful tool available to manufacturers. Some companies are adopting the technology to produce end-use parts, but even if your customers are not sending you RFQ’s for additively made parts, most companies can adopt additive to create tools, fixtures, prototypes and other aids to assist traditional manufacturing processes. Some types of AM can also be used as a powerful repair and part modification tool shortening lead times on critical repairs and replacement parts.

Learning Objectives:

By the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will:
• Understand what AM is, and the materials and equipment used
• Case studies of companies using AM to aid or supplement their traditional manufacturing processes
• Next steps in learning more about using AM in your company

Participants will be invited to apply to participate in a pilot demonstration project utilizing this technology. A Technology Demonstration follows this workshop and is scheduled as “Technology Demonstration I & II” on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST.

Introductory Workshop II | May 11 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register →
Technology Demonstration I & II | Aug 10 @ 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Register →

May 18/August 17 – Generative Design & Additive Manufacturing (III)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presenters:

• Steven Longpre, CEO BSS Additive, Operations Manager Berkshire Innovation Center
• Jean Mozolic, Founder, The Mozolic Group
• Mark Rowan, Principal, Roundabout Consulting

Description:

Benchmarking 3D Printed Parts Manufactured with the Desktop Metal Studio System for Defense Supply – How can installation, maintenance, upgrades and operator training variables affect quality control? What to expect when installing a Desktop Metal System, Overview of install & operations experience, facility, safety & training requirements, vendor support; How the BIC, CCAT and UMaine benchmarked these systems; How to access benchmark files and data; Description of DM case studies underway at BIC; How to access BIC’s facility for training, application development, and project collaboration.

Learning Objectives:

Learn how Desktop Metal Studio System can be used in defense manufacturing:
• How to prepare your facility, permitting requirements, facility certification options
• OSHA training and safety requirements, compared with LPBF, DMLS, LENS and Binder Jetting
• Advantages / disadvantages of printing with bound metal powder compared with LPBF
• Outline applications for DM metal prototypes, fixtures, molds and end-use parts
• Review of the design process for benchmarking, developed with CCAT and UMaine – Can the NIST
AM Test Artifact be used in FDM metal printing or is a new standard needed?
• Comparison of benchmark results with other 3D printing processes available at CCAT, BIC and
UMaine (including LPBF, Binder Jetting, large format polymer FDM and DMLS)
• Can Fused Deposition Modeled Sintered metal parts meet Mil-spec end-use requirements?

Participants will be invited to apply to participate in a pilot demonstration project utilizing this
technology. A Technology Demonstration follows this workshop and is scheduled for Tuesday, August 17, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST

Introductory Workshop III | May 18 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register →
Technology Demonstration III | Aug 17 @ 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Register →

May 25/August 31 – Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) and Bound Metal Deposition (BMD) Additive
Manufacturing Processes

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Presenters:

• Dr. Brett Ellis, Associate Professor, Co-Director- Center for Additive Manufacturing of Metals, University of Maine
• John Belding PE, Director–Advanced Manufacturing Center, Co-Director–Center for Additive Manufacturing of Metals,
University of Maine
• Christopher Paulk, Director, Vermont Manufacturing Collaborative (VT-MC), Vermont Technical College

Description:

Valued at a $7.3-billion worldwide market value in 2017, additive manufacturing (AM) is disrupting multiple markets by enabling engineers to rapidly manufacture parts having substantial geometric freedom. Unfortunately, this geometric freedom is often realized with materials having insufficient properties (e.g., stiffness, strength, melting temperature) for production requirements. Addressing this problem, the rapidly-growing additive manufacturing of metals (AMM) sector now includes multiple processes, including Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) and Bound Metal Deposition (BMD). This presentation will review PBF and BMD AMM processes, resulting material properties, design principles, case studies, and economic considerations.

Learning Objectives:

By the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will:
• Understand the advantages and disadvantages of PBF and BMD AMM processes
• Recognize how AMM process and design advantages can add value within supply chains while increasing part
functionality.
• Reflect upon their current portfolios to determine candidate AMM applications.

Participants will be invited to apply to participate in a pilot demonstration project utilizing this technology. A Technology Demonstration follows this workshop and is scheduled as “Technology Demonstration IV” on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST

Introductory Workshop IV| May 25 @ 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Register →
Technology Demonstration IV | Aug 31 @ 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Register →

June 8/June 22 – Model Based Definition (MBD) – Big Data & Analytics

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presenters:

• Mitch Kaminski, President, RAM Engineering Solutions
• Stephen Bukowsky, Sr. Design Engineer, RAM Engineering Solutions

Description:

Model Based Definition: What is it and how does it help your design & manufacturing process? RAM will explain what MBD is, how it is applied, how it is used & reused and how MBD is the basis of digital thread as it relates to a company’s Digital Transformation. ‘Digital Transformation is no longer a ‘nice to have’, it’s become the foundation of remaining competitive and sustained success.’

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn the fundamentals about Model Based Definition:
• What is MBD?
• How is MBD applied to a model?
• How is MBD used?
• How is MBD a strategic, valuable, cost-saving technology for your business?

A Technology Demonstration follows this workshop and is scheduled on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST.

Introductory Workshop | June 8 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register →
Technology Demonstration | June 22 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register →

June 15/July 13 – On-Machine Probing using Model Based Definition (MBD)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presenters:

• Nasir Mannan, CCAT
• Ian Raupach and Justin Lebel, Renishaw

Description:

Machine Tool Probing for Industry 4.0 – What is it and how does it help your manufacturing process? Probing is an established best practice for maximizing the efficiency, quality, capability, and accuracy of machine tools. Standard routines built into modern CNC controls simplify the integration of probing cycles into machining operations and offline tools. These routines, combined with a CAD interface, make the simulation of measurement functions easy.

On machine probe solutions can help reduce set-up times by up to 90% and improve your process control. This technology provides solutions for tool setting, broken tool detection, component set-up, in-cycle gauging and first-off component inspection, with automatic offset updates.

On machine probing can deliver significant cost savings, and improvements in quality, for all applications
using machine tools throughout many industries.

Learning Objectives:

Learn how machine tool probing can:
• Enable your machines to become smarter.
• Reduce your overall scrap rate.
• Improve cycle times.
• Be a valuable, cost-saving technology for your business

A Technology Demonstration follows this workshop and is scheduled on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 @ 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST.

Introductory Workshop | June 15 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register →
Technology Demonstration | July 13 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register →


Cost

There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Registration links are within each program dropdown.

 


About NERDIC
The New England states of Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island received a joint grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation, U.S. Department of Defense (OLDCC), to create The New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration (NERDIC). The focus and approach of NERDIC is to build regional collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach to supporting the region’s defense industry supply chain. This includes fostering broad partnerships across the regional ecosystem.

About CCAT
The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is an applied technology demonstration and training center that validates, demonstrates, and assists with the adoption of leading-edge technologies into global industrial companies and the advanced manufacturing supply chain, while also providing the training and education necessary to utilize the capability of these advancements and drive efficiency.

 


CCAT OLDCC

This program has been prepared under contract with the State of Vermont. as fiscal agent for the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration. with financial Support from the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. US Department of Defense The content reflects the views of the New England Regional Defense Collaboration and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. the US Department of Defense, or the part1c1pat1ng states.