Capacity and Mobilization: Digital Twin Virtual Commissioning Scenarios

The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for manufacturers to quickly evaluate different production scenarios. These scenarios can have many objectives including increased throughput, rapid product changeovers, and optimizing operations for reduced availability of workforce. However, during emergency situations, such as a pandemic, critical components are in high demand. Factories cannot afford to shut down operations for unproven changes. Manufacturers need a way to evaluate potential improvements without interrupting ongoing production.

About the Project

MxD is soliciting proposals that address the need for manufacturers to quickly evaluate different production scenarios in an emergency response. This project aims to use a digital twin to achieve two goals. The first is to use a descriptive digital twin to monitor the status of raw material and work-in-progress material to prevent process shutdowns due to material shortages. The second goal is to virtually make programming changes to a robot control system to optimize throughput of the robot without interrupting production. The resultant behavior of the system will be evaluated with both the digital twin and then confirmed with the physical asset.

This will be accomplished by building an automated discrete manufacturing cell incorporating these digital twin goals. The cell will be built in the MxD factory and will be used for demonstration, education, and use case testing purposes. It is MxD intention that this cell will be used by the manufacturing community for these purposes long after the project completion.

RFP responses are due on or before
Thursday, May 25, 2023, 5:00 p.m. CT.

Proposals must be submitted by teams; MxD membership is not required for submission but will be required prior to project award. To facilitate team formation, MxD will compile and disseminate contact information from parties interested in Team Formation during the first month of the proposal period. If you are interested in submitting your contact info to this distribution list, please email

Note: All project work must be performed in the United States.
This project is a TIA Enterprise Project that requires a minimum of 1:1 cost share.

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