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Milestones and Goals

Measures of Success

Demonstrate the Open Smart Manufacturing Platform can be used to develop and deploy a first smart system (called SM Platform modeling):

  • Cost that is 50% lower than a one-off deployment, and up to 80% lower to replicate
  •  Accelerated development and deployment schedule compared to a one-off deployment
  •  Accelerated implementation of integrated performance metrics
  •  Progressive expansion of system scope

Demonstrate that the Open SM Platform:

  • Provides usable orchestration and provisioning of flexibility for diverse company, sector, manufacturing structure, heterogeneous systems and problem areas
  • Demonstrates feasibility with SME, OEM and provider interests relative to ‘Open’ Platform capabilities
  • Meets industry-defined security criteria
  • Creates a vibrant industrial marketplace environment for new and existing manufacturing solutions to be created, networked and accessed.

Realize improved productivity and energy reduction (30% of waste heat) at two commercial plants through use of models, advanced sensors, and controls orchestrated and optimized with smart systems


 Milestones

This three-year project began in September 2013.

Year 1: (1) Develop operational prototypes of the SM Platform framework, initial modeling and workflow tools and energy performance metrics, and test bed installation plans; (2) Use test bed data to analyze the dominant factors for energy use and optimal forging furnace performance.

Year 2: Begin test bed operations and develop strategies and integrated energy performance metrics.

Year 3: (1) Implement model-based design and control using the SM Platform framework; (2) Populate the SM Platform with functionality and tool-kits developed from the test bed work; (3) Implement expanded SM Platform framework along with new test bed demonstrations.


 Commercialization Goals

The commercialization of the Smart Manufacturing Platform will require significant cross-industry collaboration. Specific project tasks are dedicated to the commercialization process and include (1) upgrading the industry community website to include interaction, input, and co-development;(2) analyzing the savings from deployment of the SM Platform compared to other systems; and (3) testing industry community websites as portals for accessing and distributing application resources. The project will launch SM Platform workshops, webinars, and conferences targeted to individual industry segments, with a focus on small and medium-sized organizations.