Featured Projects

MxD partners with our top-tier partners, academic researchers, startups and the U.S. government to launch digital manufacturing projects with commercial potential.

Project Collaboration

Making every single part better than the last is a goal too big for any one company to reach on its own. Collaborative projects like these help our partners solve digital problems outside of their core competencies.

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2021

Virtual Interaction with Supply Chain Using Digital Twins

Problem:

A digital twin operating in isolation is useful, but the real rewards come from making connections. Data integration between multiple sub-components of a digital twin, between multiple digital twins, or between digital twins on separate IT/OT networks, is key when advancing beyond initial use cases. This next step in the evolution of this technology focuses on the ability to connect digital twins across organizations within a supply chain. The ability to integrate digital twins with each other will be a differentiating factor in the future, as physical assets and equipment evolve.

2021

Predictive Maintenance in Manufacturing

Problem:

Many enterprises today utilize preventative maintenance programs based on schedules to determine when equipment should be serviced. There is an opportunity for asset-heavy industries to improve their efficiencies and costs using a more proactive approach to maintenance systems such as one based on artificial intelligence or actual equipment condition. While these new methodologies can provide numerous benefits, many manufacturers lack the resources to effectively select, implement, and operate these new systems. This project will develop a comprehensive playbook for designing and implementing a predictive maintenance solution for manufacturing equipment and share the ROI, OEE, and other key metrics.

2021

Dynamic Production Scheduling and Optimization

Problem:

As manufacturing environments increase in complexity, scheduling systems must be able to respond dynamically to unexpected changes and disruptions such as equipment downtime due to a component failure or a manpower shortage. Improvements in production scheduling can directly impact operational performance in the form of increased throughput or more efficient machine utilization rates.

Current Projects

Project Number: 20-01-A

Supply Chain Enhancements

This project will develop and implement supply chain visibility tasks within the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) Cybersecure Dashboard. 

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Project Number: 20-15-01

Pathfinder Phase I: Securing 3D Printers in Manufacturing

MxD is partnering with the Department of Defense in the evaluation and development of a risk assessment for additive manufacturing (3D printers) as 3D printers do not currently meet the NIST Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework (RMF).

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Project Number: 20-11-04

Physics-Guided Machine Learning for CNC Milling

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Third Wave Systems will optimize computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining parameters using a combination of physics-based models, in-process data, and machine learning to reduce scrapped parts. 

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Project Number: 20-11-09

Model-Based Systems Engineering for Digital Manufacturing: A Proof of Concept

Georgia Tech teams up with Rolls-Royce to accelerate the maturity of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) models by providing decisionmakers with a methodology aimed at capturing manufacturing and production system considerations in an authoritative source of truth model-based environment.

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Project Number: 20-11-11

Digital Twin Tool for Cybersecurity

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Siemens will develop a digital twin tool that enables manufacturers to run cybersecurity tests on virtual replicas of the physical machines and networks on their factory floor.

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Project Number: 20-02-07

Visual Inspections Perfected Using AI

The project will integrate an Artificial Intelligence inspection system with the Digital Thread to provide timely, actionable insights about the quality of adhesive dots deposited on a planar surface.

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Reducing Waste in Manufacturing Large Die-Cast Parts

PROBLEM
Discrete manufacturers waste material when die-casting complex metal parts. 

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Cyber wall testbed featured on the MxD factory floor.

Helping Businesses Counter Cyber-Attacks

PROBLEM:
More than half of all small-to-medium-size businesses have experienced a cyberattack in the last 12 months. 

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Cost Share Guidelines

MxD encourages contributions of voluntary or mandatory cost share to support the digital manufacturing institute ecosystem. Please review the Cost Share Guidelines to learn more or begin the cost share donation process here.

 

More Success Stories

2017

1. Cybersecurity in the DoD Supply Chain

MxD sponsors a study to assess how small and medium-sized manufacturers are complying with DoD’s new cybersecurity rules.

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2016

2. Digitizing Legacy Machines

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences leads a team to develop a sensor retrofit kit. The kit communicates data through an industry standard MTConnect interface to a cloud dashboard.

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2017

3. Defining Manufacturing Jobs of the Future

MxD and ManpowerGroup release a digital workforce taxonomy, a groundbreaking analysis that identifies 165 new data-centric manufacturing jobs—roles like “collaborative robotics technician” and “predictive maintenance systems specialist.”

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2019

4. Warning Manufacturers of Part, Materials Delays

Dow, Microsoft, ITAMCO, and two universities team up to build a supply chain risk alert system that will warn manufacturers further down the supply chain of delays caused by emergencies, weather, or natural disasters.

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Facts & Figures

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How many projects has MxD funded?

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More than 60 external projects across more than 35 states.

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How much has MxD invested in R&D projects?

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$90 million

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How does digitization improve a factory’s bottom line?

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Through operational efficiencies, predictive and preventative maintenance, better supply chain management, and inventory optimization.

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Are Industry 4.0, The Fourth Revolution and smart manufacturing the same thing?

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They boil down to the same concept: it’s all about applying information and communication technology to manufacturing.

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Interested in Projects?

A key benefit of partnering with MxD is the ability to lead or participate in projects with the world’s most innovative manufacturers, researchers, and technology companies. Contact us to learn more.