Manufacturing.gov News https://www.manufacturing.gov/ News from Manufacturing.gov - A national advanced manufacturing portal en Secretary Raimondo Announces $153 Million to Promote Innovation in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2021/07/secretary-raimondo-announces-153-million-promote-innovation <p>The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has made two awards totaling $153 million to the <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTA3MTQuNDMxOTg0MDEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL25paW1ibC5mb3JjZS5jb20vcy8ifQ.hGVH2dg2ZkwtSCBRGmIYWvFNyqtcqAJD2wg51-Ib258/s/606887802/br/109296591086-l__;!!FiG2giev53vN!qJwFM-CINdMzvlIHTbX-fvlK6NGdXOKXuripnvkfsyVy5sjzZiizin0jfX5PzSmA$" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals</a> (NIIMBL). The awards were announced today by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the NIIMBL annual meeting in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>NIIMBL is a public-private partnership designed to accelerate innovation in the U.S. biopharmaceutical industry, which produces vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, gene therapies and other medical products derived from biological sources. NIIMBL is a <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDIsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTA3MTQuNDMxOTg0MDEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5tYW51ZmFjdHVyaW5ndXNhLmNvbS8ifQ.YQ0_vQlYEAHWDfRwVVFNyZa8l64qGBr6z3ZrilMyk1g/s/606887802/br/109296591086-l__;!!FiG2giev53vN!qJwFM-CINdMzvlIHTbX-fvlK6NGdXOKXuripnvkfsyVy5sjzZiizin0jfQ8of6A4$" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Manufacturing USA®</a> institute sponsored by the Department of Commerce.</p> <p>“I am so pleased that NIIMBL will continue to bring together organizations of all types to help strengthen our nation through better pandemic preparedness and a more agile manufacturing industry,” said Secretary Raimondo, who was joined at the NIIMBL meeting by Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Janet Woodcock and Director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Peter Marks. “This important investment for America, funded in part by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, will help meet the nation’s need for lifesaving biopharmaceuticals.”</p> Wed, 14 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2021/07/secretary-raimondo-announces-153-million-promote-innovation NIST Launches New Manufacturing USA Technology Roadmap Grant Competition https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2021/06/nist-launches-new-manufacturing-usa-technology-roadmap-grant-competition <p>Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a new competition for awards to support industry-driven consortia in developing technology roadmaps that will address high-priority research challenges to grow the advanced manufacturing sector in the U.S.</p> <p>NIST’s Manufacturing USA Technology Roadmaps (MfgTech) program anticipates awarding up to eight awards with a period of performance of up to 18 months each, with individual awards of up to $300,000 and no cost-share requirement. The competition is open to all nonfederal U.S. entities, including accredited institutions of higher education; nonprofit organizations; for-profit organizations incorporated in the U.S. (including U.S. territories); and state, local, territorial and tribal governments. </p> <p>Technology roadmaps are proven, strategic tools to identify barriers and related development steps to achieve grand challenges. Prior <a href="https://www.nist.gov/oam/programs/advanced-manufacturing-technology-consortia-amtech-program" title="Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program">roadmap activities</a> have been instrumental in establishing productive consortia and initiatives, including foundational planning for future Manufacturing USA institutes. Benefits of technology roadmaps include:</p> <ul><li>Addressing major technological barriers that inhibit the growth of advanced manufacturing in the U.S. that no single organization could tackle on its own;</li> <li>Identifying and prioritizing research projects supporting long-term industrial research needs including but not limited to those identified in the <a href="https://www.manufacturing.gov/sites/default/files/2021-06/Advanced-Manufacturing-Strategic-Plan-2018.pdf">Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing</a>; </li> <li>Creating new or updating broadly available industry-driven, shared-vision technology roadmaps to support strategic and long-range planning; and</li> <li>Catalyzing development and supporting the maintenance of a technology infrastructure and American excellence in advanced manufacturing, including identifying technology areas appropriate for potential new Manufacturing USA institutes.</li> </ul> Wed, 23 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2021/06/nist-launches-new-manufacturing-usa-technology-roadmap-grant-competition DOE Announces $14.5 Million to Combat Plastics Waste and Pollution https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2021/05/doe-announces-145-million-combat-plastics-waste-and-pollution <p>The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced an investment of up to $14.5 million for research and development to cut waste and reduce the energy used to recycle single-use plastics like plastic bags, wraps, and films. This funding directed toward plastics recycling technologies advances the DOE’s work to address the challenges of plastic waste recycling and support the Biden Administration’s efforts to build a clean energy economy and ensure the U.S. reaches net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.</p> <p>“For years, single-use plastics have had a detrimental impact on the environment—clogging landfills and polluting our neighborhoods, parks, and beaches,” said <strong>Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm</strong>. “Innovation in plastics recycling technology is a triple win by cutting plastic waste we see in our everyday lives, reducing industrial energy use and resulting emissions, and creating clean manufacturing jobs for American workers.”</p> <p>Single-use plastics are the largest subset of plastics found in landfills and among the most challenging to recycle. Plastic production accounts for more than 3% of total U.S. energy consumption and uses roughly the same amount of oil around the world as the aviation industry. Yet, less than 10% of plastics are currently recycled, most of which are “downcycled,” or repurposed into low-value products.</p> Wed, 26 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2021/05/doe-announces-145-million-combat-plastics-waste-and-pollution The Future of How Things Are Made https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/10/future-how-things-are-made <p>Large masses of plastic refuse and other marine debris, drawn together by waves and wind, currently float across the north Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. Popularly known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," the seafaring pile of trash stands as testament to society’s overreliance on petroleum-based plastics and other materials developed to deliver single-use products quickly and cheaply. </p> <p>The costs, however, have been immense.</p> <p>Viable new alternatives to petroleum-based plastics are possible, but they require new materials and new approaches to production and manufacturing.</p> <p>Recently, the U.S. National Science Foundation asked researchers to reimagine the future of how things are made, laying the groundwork for manufacturing that is sustainable; takes full advantage of artificial intelligence;  incorporates advancements in fields such as bioengineering and materials science; and has at its heart, a trained, diverse workforce that can direct fresh ideas and perspectives to address research and production challenges as they arise.</p> Fri, 02 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/10/future-how-things-are-made Manufacturing Day 2020: Staying Safer in 2020 https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/10/manufacturing-day-2020-staying-safer-2020 <p>Manufacturing is the fourth largest industrial sector in the United States, currently employing about 15.6 million Americans, representing aabout 11% of the gross domestic product. The White House has declared manufacturing to be a national priority. Manufacturing workers experience a higher percentage of nonfatal injuries and illnesses per capita than the US workforce as a whole. In 2017, the number of nonfatal injuries and illnesses within manufacturing was 4.26 million (12.5%).</p> <p>Manufacturing workplaces are evolving as quickly as technology changes, and employers and workers must adjust to maintain safe workplaces. Advanced manufacturing technologies, such as additive manufacturing and robotics, are changing the nature of work and are at the forefront of innovation and technical development. Many of these technologies have dedicated advanced manufacturing institutes, such as <a href="https://www.manufacturingusa.com/institutes/america-makes">America Makes</a> and <a href="https://www.manufacturingusa.com/institutes/arm">Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing</a>. These institutes represent a combined investment of both public and private sectors to push the envelope of technical capability and improve the position of American manufacturing.</p> <p><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/index.htm">The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s </a>(NIOSH’s) <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2019-137/default.html">Advanced Manufacturing Initiative</a> and the highlighting of related technologies within the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/future-of-work/default.html">Future of Work Initiative</a> represents the Institute’s own commitment to keeping safety apace with the rate of innovation within these fields. For additive manufacturing facilities, NIOSH developed workplace resources to provide information to handle metal powders and thermoplastic filaments safely. The NIOSH Center for Occupational Robotics Research investigates the far-reaching implications for safety and health, from ergonomics of exoskeletons to behaviors of autonomous systems. NIOSH has also partnered with America Makes and Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing to ensure responsible development of these technologies. </p> Fri, 02 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/10/manufacturing-day-2020-staying-safer-2020 NSF Announces Investment in Future of Manufacturing https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/10/nsf-announces-investment-future-manufacturing <p>Continued U.S. leadership in advanced manufacturing requires new technologies, processes, and skills, especially in the emerging fields of biomanufacturing, cyber-manufacturing and eco-manufacturing. To address that need, the U.S. National Science Foundation is announcing investments in 24 new projects to drive future manufacturing.</p> <p>The award of more than $40 million in the form of seed grants, research grants and network grants will support research and education at 44 unique institutions in 18 states and the District of Columbia, including four jurisdictions eligible for the <a href="https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/epscor/index.jsp">Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research</a>.</p> <p>"Our investment provides industry with manufacturing tools that currently live only in the laboratory, or the imagination," said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. "Through the convergence of such fields as robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and materials research, future manufacturing will create revolutionary products with unprecedented capabilities, produced sustainably in facilities across the country by a diverse, newly trained workforce."</p> Fri, 02 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/10/nsf-announces-investment-future-manufacturing U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office Celebrate MFG Day 2020 https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/09/us-department-energys-advanced-manufacturing-office-celebrate-mfg-day <p>Manufacturing Day (MFG Day)—organized nationally by The Manufacturing Institute—is manufacturing’s biggest annual opportunity to inspire the next generation about the industry and careers in modern manufacturing—and to say: “Creators Wanted.” MFG DAY was created to correct public perception and addresses many misperceptions by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing really is today. Launched annually on the first Friday in October, MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.</p> <p>The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, and our industry partners, will celebrate the day with various in-person and virtual events. Check back to find a full list of activities. Also join the conversation or follow us on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/eeregov/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/eeregov">Twitter</a> or <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/eeregov/">LinkedIn</a> pages.</p> <p><a href="https://www.energy.gov/eere/amo/manufacturing-day-2020" target="_blank">Read more</a></p> Wed, 30 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/09/us-department-energys-advanced-manufacturing-office-celebrate-mfg-day Helping Apprentices and Other Workers Gain In-Demand Skills https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/04/helping-apprentices-and-other-workers-gain-demand-skills <p>Businesses, higher education, and workforce development organizations can use the updated model when developing curriculum, identifying workforce skill gaps, and detecting competencies required for credentials. The refreshed model helps ensure that workers learn skills that employers need.</p> <p>The new model – developed in collaboration with SEMI (an industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain) – includes:</p> <ul><li>Manufacturing process design and <div alt="DOL Blog" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="5eaa3b93-526d-471b-9efd-e58f20d16968" data-langcode="en" title="DOL Blog" class="align-right embedded-entity"> <img src="https://www.manufacturing.gov/sites/default/files/DOL%20Blog.png" alt="DOL Blog" title="DOL Blog" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div>  development</li> <li>Operations management</li> <li>Maintenance, installation and repair</li> <li>Supply chain production logistics</li> <li>Quality assurance and continuous improvement</li> <li>Equipment, practices, and procedures which promote a healthy and safe work environment</li> </ul><p>SEMI has launched pilot programs in New York, North Carolina, and Oregon where work teams and subject-matter experts are using the model content to track the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to meet the production goals of companies. This information will then be shared with community colleges to help them adapt their curriculum to industry needs.</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/04/helping-apprentices-and-other-workers-gain-demand-skills Increasing U.S. Manufacturing Innovation https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/02/increasing-us-manufacturing-innovation <p>Manufacturing USA® institutes are designed to build innovation ecosystems and accelerate technology development and workforce development in critical technology areas.  A new law reinforces the institutes’ importance to our national security and economic competitiveness and encourages creation of new advanced manufacturing institutes.  The potential expansion of the initiative is intended to boost U.S. global competitiveness in key sectors.  </p> <p><strong>Expanded Impact</strong></p> <p>The law encourages existing, third-party entities which do not have federal sponsorship to apply for recognition and join the Manufacturing USA network as potential ‘alliance institutes.’  After recognition such entities would still not be federally sponsored, but they would be eligible to apply for any available public service grants. </p> <p>This is seen as a competitive advantage, as international competition has increased and our model in the U.S. is being replicated overseas.</p> <p>Benefits to potential alliance members and existing institutes include: affiliation with the Manufacturing USA brand, signaling participation in an important national initiative; exchange ideas and best practices; fill advanced manufacturing gaps in the U.S. needs; scale-up talent efforts; reach and serve more small and medium-sized manufacturers across the nation; expand technology coverage; leverage “whole of economy” resources; increase innovation collaboration; and access  shared services.</p> <p><strong>Public Input Will Shape Future Directions</strong></p> <p>The Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, which coordinates with other federal agencies on Manufacturing USA, is seeking public input.  In particular, the office requests feedback on risks, the proposed application process for alliance members, and responses to questions including: eligibility and evaluation criteria, funding opportunities for alliance members, and requirements for the alliance members. </p> <p>Please see the RFI for additional details and submit <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1NhLXHHHy-hnj9xpxZ85MAMmTMxMxgGglc8LW6r7QWI55Xg/viewform" target="_blank">your input here</a>.  In addition, please consider attending an <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdc1JENv2QNIm4oFE99an1LA3aZJNizkOZk3urPEGQEocAtyA/viewform" target="_blank">upcoming webinar</a>.   Stakeholder roundtable sessions will also be held across the country through June.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2020 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/02/increasing-us-manufacturing-innovation Department of Energy Announces New American-Made Challenge Prize https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/01/department-energy-announces-new-american-made-challenge-prize <p>The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $3.25 million for the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize (Geothermal Prize). A first of its kind for geothermal technology, this prize is designed to spur innovation and address manufacturing challenges fundamental to operating in harsh geothermal environments. This prize further supports the ability of the geothermal industry to reach the target of 60 Gigawatts electric of geothermal capacity by 2050 as outlined in the recently released <a href="https://www.energy.gov/eere/geothermal/downloads/geovision-harnessing-heat-beneath-our-feet" target="_blank">GeoVision study</a>.</p> <div alt="BLS Geothermal" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="6ba40c09-9d1c-4bde-a84b-2745eca65d05" data-langcode="en" title="BLS Geothermal" class="align-right embedded-entity"> <img src="https://www.manufacturing.gov/sites/default/files/BLS%20Geothermal.png" alt="BLS Geothermal" title="BLS Geothermal" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <p>“Additive manufacturing is such a promising technology for so many industries, and this prize will help ensure that our American geothermal industry continues to lead the world in innovation,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. “By creating incentives for new approaches to device design, this prize will help unlock the full potential of geothermal power as a clean, reliable, affordable energy source for American homes and businesses.”</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2020/01/department-energy-announces-new-american-made-challenge-prize Department of Energy Announces New Solicitation for the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation Initiative https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2019/04/department-energy-announces-new-solicitation-high-performance-computing <p>The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $5.2 million for a new solicitation under the <a href="https://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwNDAxLjQwNTkxNjEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwNDAxLjQwNTkxNjEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xODA3NjI5NCZlbWFpbGlkPW5hdGFsaWUucmFuY2VAZWUuZG9lLmdvdiZ1c2VyaWQ9bmF0YWxpZS5yYW5jZUBlZS5kb2UuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;https://hpc4energyinnovation.llnl.gov/" target="_blank" title="Read more about High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative">High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative</a>, the umbrella program for the HPC4Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg), HPC4Materials (HPC4Mtls), and HPC4Mobility programs. The new funding opportunity seeks qualified industry partners to work collaboratively with DOE’s national laboratories on projects that use High Performance Computing (HPC) to solve key technical challenges. These technical challenges include development and optimization of modeling and simulation codes, porting and scaling of applications, application of data analytics, and applied research and development of tools or methods.</p> <div alt="DOE HPC innovation" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="3d0ea195-f4f0-4d03-9b9e-7cff08f83166" title="DOE HPC innovation" class="align-right embedded-entity" data-langcode="en"> <img src="https://www.manufacturing.gov/sites/default/files/DOE%20HPC4%20innovation.jpg" alt="DOE HPC innovation" title="DOE HPC innovation" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <p>There will be three areas of focus.</p> <p><strong>Area 1: HPC4Mtls</strong></p> <p>The HPC4Mtls program seeks proposals that will address key challenges in developing, modifying, and/or qualifying new or modified materials that perform well in severe and complex energy application environments through the use of HPC modeling, simulation, and data analysis.</p> <p><strong>Area 2: HPC4Mfg</strong></p> <p>The HPC4Mfg Program seeks projects that will use HPC modeling and simulation to overcome manufacturing process challenges resulting in reduced energy consumption and/or increased productivity.</p> <p><strong>Area 3: HPC4Mobility</strong></p> <p>The HPC4Mobility Program is interested in collaborations that address key mobility challenges in developing, modifying, and/or qualifying new or modified software, hardware, and implementation solutions that perform well in complex transportation/mobility systems in rural and metropolitan areas.</p> <p><a href="https://www.energy.gov/eere/amo/articles/department-energy-announces-new-solicitation-high-performance-computing-energy" target="_blank">Read more</a></p> Fri, 05 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2019/04/department-energy-announces-new-solicitation-high-performance-computing Energy Department Selects Four Projects for High Performance Computing for Manufacturing in Steel and Aluminum Production https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2019/03/energy-department-selects-four-projects-high-performance-computing <p>The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), announced nearly $1.2 million for four new projects to support American steel and aluminum manufacturers in improving energy efficiency, increasing productivity, and accelerating manufacturing innovation.</p> <p>The funding announced today will provide advanced computing capabilities to improve manufacturing processes and resolve key manufacturing challenges through the use of High Performance Computing (HPC). These projects were selected from the sixth solicitation for the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program.</p> <p>The HPC4Mfg program, supported by DOE’s <a href="https://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzEzLjMwOTMyMTEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzEzLjMwOTMyMTEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xODA2OTg1MSZlbWFpbGlkPXphcmEuYnJ1bm5lckBuaXN0LmdvdiZ1c2VyaWQ9emFyYS5icnVubmVyQG5pc3QuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.energy.gov/eere/amo/advanced-manufacturing-office" target="_blank" title="Read more about Advanced Manufacturing Office">Advanced Manufacturing Office</a>, facilitates technical support from national laboratories, including access to supercomputing capabilities, high-end modeling and simulation software, and subject matter experts. From detailed atomic-level simulations to massive cosmological studies, researchers use HPC to solve science and technology challenges inaccessible by other experimental methods.</p> <p>Selected projects will be awarded up to $300,000. Participating companies are required to contribute in-kind funds of at least 20% of DOE’s funding for the project.</p> <p>The following companies were selected for awards:</p> <ul><li>Alcoa (New Kensington, Pennsylvania) - This project will use HPC simulations to understand and optimize the performance of Alcoa’s new advanced smelting cell to make aluminum from ore.</li> <li>AK Steel (Dearborn, Michigan) - This project will use HPC simulations for real time modeling of hot-strip mill rolling to improve process operation.</li> <li>ArcelorMittal (East Chicago, Indiana) - This project will use modeling and machine learning to enable the production of cleaner, higher-quality continuously cast steel slabs.</li> <li>US Steel (Mumhall, Pennsylvania) - This project will use physics-based modeling to improve predictions of the behavior of steel during hot-strip mill rolling for better quality.</li> </ul><p><a href="https://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzEzLjMwOTMyMTEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzEzLjMwOTMyMTEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xODA2OTg1MSZlbWFpbGlkPXphcmEuYnJ1bm5lckBuaXN0LmdvdiZ1c2VyaWQ9emFyYS5icnVubmVyQG5pc3QuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;103&amp;&amp;&amp;https://hpc4mfg.llnl.gov/" target="_blank" title="Read more about Read more about the individual projects">Read more about the individual projects</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="https://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMzEzLjMwOTMyMTEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMzEzLjMwOTMyMTEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xODA2OTg1MSZlbWFpbGlkPXphcmEuYnJ1bm5lckBuaXN0LmdvdiZ1c2VyaWQ9emFyYS5icnVubmVyQG5pc3QuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;104&amp;&amp;&amp;https://hpc4mfg.llnl.gov/projects-round6.php" target="_blank" title="Read more about HPC4Mfg program">HPC4Mfg program</a> is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, with support from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and has supported more than 40 projects and provided more than $16 million for these public-private partnerships. Additionally, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory provide computing cycles to support this program.</p> <p>The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) supports early-stage research to advance innovation in U.S. manufacturing and promote American economic growth and energy security.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2019/03/energy-department-selects-four-projects-high-performance-computing Commerce’s NIST Announces Actions to Stimulate Commercialization of Federally Funded R&D https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2018/12/commerces-nist-announces-actions-stimulate-commercialization-federally <p>The United States spends more than any other nation on research and development (R&amp;D) each year, investing over $150 billion in federally funded R&amp;D alone. In line with President Donald J. Trump’s <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Presidents-Management-Agenda.pdf" target="_blank">Management Agenda</a>, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today released a draft green paper detailing steps to modernize the U.S. system of technology transfer and innovation for the 21st century. The actions outlined in the green paper would help maximize returns on the taxpayer investment in R&amp;D. </p> <p>“Countless innovations crucial to our everyday lives, including life-saving vaccines, the Internet and GPS, can trace their roots to federal laboratories and federally funded R&amp;D,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The steps outlined in this new report are strong proposals to pave the way for the competition-driven technological advances that are the cornerstone of American success.” </p> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2018/12/commerces-nist-announces-actions-stimulate-commercialization-federally Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2018/10/strategy-american-leadership-advanced-manufacturing <div>Today, the White House released the quadrennial Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing, which describes how Federal agencies, state and local government, the full spectrum of educational institutions, large and small private industry, large and small investors and, most importantly, our citizenry can achieve a national vision of U.S. Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing Across Industrial Sectors to Ensure National Security and Economic Prosperity.</div> <div> </div> <div>To achieve this vision, the strategy proposes three goals: </div> <div>1) Develop and Transition New Manufacturing Technologies</div> <div>2) Educate, Train, and Connect the Manufacturing Workforce</div> <div>3) Expand the Capabilities of the Domestic Manufacturing Supply Chain</div> <div> </div> <div>The strategy focuses on the development of new technology and the training of the future workforce.  It describes the administration’s strong emphasis on economic development and national security. </div> <div> </div> <div>The strategic plan was developed by the National Science and Technology Council, Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing,  which was co-chaired by the U.S. Department of Commerce/NIST and staffed by NIST, with representatives from 17 different Federal agencies and offices with interests in advanced manufacturing technologies, international trade, and workforce development.   The team conducted extensive outreach via a White House Request for Information along with 11 roundtables across the nation, gaining significant input from industry, manufacturing associations, technical associations, and the public. </div> <div> </div> Fri, 05 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2018/10/strategy-american-leadership-advanced-manufacturing Reusable Abstractions of Manufacturing Processes (RAMP) Competition https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2018/03/reusable-abstractions-manufacturing-processes-ramp-competition <p>Manufacturing accounts for over half of the environmental impact and one-fifth of the annual energy consumption in the U.S.  Reducing that energy drain is the goal of ASTM’s E3012-16 international standard. If you can put E3012-16 to work to reduce manufacturing’s footprint, you could be a big winner.</p> <p>The 2018 RAMP Challenge is open through April 20.  We’re seeking process models that best demonstrate how application of ASTM E3012-16 can lead to a more robust, optimized, and energy-efficient manufacturing process.  Prizes range from $1,000 to $200.</p> <p>Full competition rules, prizes, entry information, and a “how to” video are available at <a href="https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/ramp-reusable-abstractions-of-manufacturing-processes/" target="_blank">https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/ramp-reusable-abstractions-of-manufacturing-processes/</a>.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2018/03/reusable-abstractions-manufacturing-processes-ramp-competition OCTAE Invites You to "Keeping Your Partners Engaged" https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2018/03/octae-invites-you-keeping-your-partners-engaged <p>Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (<a href="https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html" target="_blank">OCTAE</a>) invites you to join our last peer-to-peer conversation on Monday, March 19 at 12:15 p.m. ET, click <a href="https://safalevents.webex.com/mw3200/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&amp;siteurl=safalevents&amp;service=6&amp;rnd=0.31316380293346235&amp;main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fsafalevents.webex.com%2Fec3200%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000004822ce27b5bd9a621d07e8b264ce0ee04895fd41f2c674de8cefe0dfca83e7274%26siteurl%3Dsafalevents%26confViewID%3D81152488082799782%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAATELcZbg0uAMMIKYU7buV-NZl82kNnptkxsIuxC1gQcYA2%26" target="_blank">here </a>to hold your space. The topic is “Keeping Your Partners Engaged”. Panelists will share how mature partnerships can re-energize their networks and how newer partnerships can sustain high-level engagement over time. Please join us for this dynamic exchange! </p> <p>This series is intended to foster conversations between peers with shared challenges in partnership development. 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If you have problems with LINCS see the <a href="https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fr20.rs6.net%2Ftn.jsp%3Ff%3D0011SZDXs3M3CFdtLKg9n68d7QWjVluJaviHD8S40QgLPTLM6W9VprN3QjemGNQS9UlcD5wWdCXqeI5bFo0XvHqR8Y8BtLdEl6XmK747HBpobsWl4NwmhLNLI3gSqEYWIt1tNWi_V6CXcIDWhIW1o4cFKDhASkiWVDw-O-um03sN5E%3D%26c%3DQxC1Ozx8hWcYGjTsTI4geQVoiTjXlouQK0FnaWbv1P6z1TNMdis-2w%3D%3D%26ch%3Dcq8rOkR-aWtUO2aw4pnnk1p4JZ1n0d525FrdYwfYURsyFsVx6VyQfA%3D%3D&amp;data=02%7C01%7Clisa.fronczek%40nist.gov%7C0e2823e5edb44c46dc6908d58929d2e2%7C2ab5d82fd8fa4797a93e054655c61dec%7C1%7C0%7C636565735085233879&amp;sdata=D1ciWLJuVwCq%2Fxv7fMgE9eJEXP2lFpUqpaCTyGd5SmI%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">LINCS Help Center</a>.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2018/03/octae-invites-you-keeping-your-partners-engaged Build4Scale: Announcing American Inventions Made (AIM) Onshore Competition https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2018/02/build4scale-announcing-american-inventions-made-aim-onshore-competition <p>American scientists and engineers invent transformative energy technologies every day, but these innovators often do not have manufacturing expertise – or know where to find it. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) American Inventions Made Onshore (AIM Onshore) prize competition is seeking creative, specific, and innovative proposals from intermediary organizations – accelerators, incubators, universities, colleges, manufacturing institutions, and others – to deliver DOE’s Build4Scale manufacturing fundamentals training to energy technology innovators, and help them forge partnerships with domestic manufacturers. Successful proposals must include a sustainable revenue model to ensure the initiative is viable past the point of government funding. Prizes up to $150,000 will be awarded to four organizations.  Applications are due by April 3, 2018. </p> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2018/02/build4scale-announcing-american-inventions-made-aim-onshore-competition Input Solicited for National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2018/02/input-solicited-national-strategic-plan-advanced-manufacturing <p>The National Science and Technology Council, Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing (NSTC SAM) is in the process of developing a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing to improve Government coordination and provide long-term guidance for Federal programs and activities in support of United States manufacturing competitiveness, including advanced manufacturing research and development over the next five to ten years.</p> <p>Input is requested from the public, including stakeholders from industry, academia, and non-profits active in advanced manufacturing, that may be used as input into developing the National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing.</p> <p>For more information, please see the <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/05/2018-02160/national-strategic-plan-for-advanced-manufacturing" target="_blank">Request for Information</a> (RFI), published February 5, 2018. </p> <p>An input form is available to facilitate input, at: <a href="https://www.nist.gov/oam/rfi-response" target="_blank">https://www.nist.gov/oam/rfi-response</a></p> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2018/02/input-solicited-national-strategic-plan-advanced-manufacturing Manufacturing USA Releases its 2016 Annual Report https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2017/11/manufacturing-usa-releases-its-2016-annual-report <p><em>Manufacturing USA</em> today released its <a href="https://www.manufacturingusa.com/sites/prod/files/Manufacturing%20USA-Annual%20Report-FY%202016-web.pdf" target="_blank">2016 Annual Report </a>to Congress.  The report describes the program’s work in helping to move discoveries in the nation’s universities and research laboratories to the shop floor here in America. It highlights the nine <em>Manufacturing USA</em> institutes that were active in fiscal year 2016, and documents the network's progress toward increasing the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing. </p> <p>The <em>Manufacturing USA</em> network is a public-private program designed with a vision of U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing.   Its institutes have a mission to develop game-changing technology and the skills needed to equip our future U.S. manufacturing workforce.  Institutes also provide education and training so that American workers have “improved job opportunities and increased economic opportunity in promising technology areas that result in higher wages.”</p> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2017/11/manufacturing-usa-releases-its-2016-annual-report HPC4Mfg Spring 2017 Solicitation is Now Open https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2017/06/hpc4mfg-spring-2017-solicitation-now-open <p>The High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program, designed to spur the use of national lab supercomputing resources and expertise to advance innovation in energy-efficient manufacturing, is seeking concept papers for a fourth solicitation. Concept proposals from U.S. manufacturers interested in utilizing the national labs’ capabilities can be submitted to the HPC4Mfg program starting June 12, 2017. A total of $3 million is available to support a portfolio of projects with national impact on energy efficiency.</p> <p>Further details are posted at: <a href="https://www.llnl.gov/news/does-hpc-manufacturing-program-seeks-industry-proposals-advance-energy-tech">https://www.llnl.gov/news/does-hpc-manufacturing-program-seeks-industry-proposals-advance-energy-tech</a>.</p> <p>For information regarding the solicitation process, please visit the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory <a href="https://hpc4mfg.llnl.gov/proposal-call.php">HPC4Mfg solicitation page</a>.</p> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2017/06/hpc4mfg-spring-2017-solicitation-now-open NASA Seeks 'FabLab' Concepts for In-Space Manufacturing https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2017/05/nasa-seeks-fablab-concepts-space-manufacturing <p>NASA is seeking proposals for development of a first-generation, in-space, multi-material fabrication laboratory, or FabLab, for space missions. The FabLab solicitation is issued as Appendix B of the <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/nextstep">Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships</a> (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement.</p> <p>The FabLab development path will be implemented in three phases with the objective of the final phase to demonstrate a commercially developed FabLab on the International Space Station. This solicitation seeks responses only to Phase A, in which private industry partners will produce ground-based prototypes with a measurable ability to mature into flight demonstrations on the space station within three years.</p> <p>Solicitation: <a href="https://www.fbo.gov/notices/8a6ebb526d8bf8fb9c6361cb8b50c1f8">In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) Multi-material Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab)</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-seeks-fablab-concepts-for-in-space-manufacturing">Read more...</a></p> Wed, 03 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2017/05/nasa-seeks-fablab-concepts-space-manufacturing Announcing ManufacturingUSA.com, the new website for Manufacturing USA https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/10/announcing-manufacturingusacom-new-website-manufacturing-usa <p>The Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office is pleased to announce the launch of a new industry-facing website, <a href="http://www.manufacturingusa.com/">ManufacturingUSA.com</a>. In September, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced Manufacturing USA, the new public name for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. ManufacturingUSA.com will serve as a key resource—a destination for learning about technology innovations, upcoming events, and industry news coming from the Manufacturing USA institutes.</p> <p>The site provides a platform to:</p> <ul><li>Highlight the impact that the institutes and the Manufacturing USA partners are making on U.S. manufacturing.</li> <li>Inform potential new members about how to participate and engage in the program.</li> <li>Highlight the unique offerings of each institute.</li> <li>Continue to educate the manufacturing industry on the opportunities available through Manufacturing USA.</li> </ul><p>The updated website provides examples of how the Manufacturing USA institutes are working to move promising, early-stage research in their specific technology areas into proven capabilities ready for adoption by U.S. manufacturers.</p> <p>The website you see today is just the foundation. Over the coming months, we will continue to improve it, updating and enhancing the information provided about the exciting technology and advanced manufacturing development opportunities available through the program and through the Manufacturing USA institutes. We look forward to bringing you the stories of how the institutes and partners are making a difference.</p> <p>We invite you to explore the new site, and encourage you to check back regularly to see the progress and advances we are making on the future of advanced manufacturing in the United States.</p> <p>To provide us with feedback about the website, or to learn more about Manufacturing USA, please contact <a href="mailto:ManufacturingUSA@nist.gov">ManufacturingUSA@nist.gov</a>.</p> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/10/announcing-manufacturingusacom-new-website-manufacturing-usa FACT SHEET: New Progress in a Resurgent American Manufacturing Sector https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/10/fact-sheet-new-progress-resurgent-american-manufacturing-sector <p><em>“Each year, hundreds of thousands of people observe this day by attending open houses, public tours, and career workshops.  As we mark 5 years since the first Manufacturing Day, we must inspire the next generation of workers and innovators to seek careers in manufacturing.  Let us continue working to strengthen and expand the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow and ensure that opportunity for all is something we can keep making in America for generations to come.” - </em>President Obama, October 6, 2016</p> <p>U.S. manufacturing is making a comeback, with more than 800,000 new jobs added since the sector turned the corner after the Great Recession in 2010. For the last four years in a row, global CEOs have named the United States the best place to make and invest, and new capital investment is flowing in to a broad range of manufacturing technologies.</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/10/fact-sheet-new-progress-resurgent-american-manufacturing-sector U.S. Secretary of Commerce Announces Manufacturing USA: New Brand for National Network for Manufacturing Innovation https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/09/us-secretary-commerce-announces-manufacturing-usa-new-brand-national <p>Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker <a href="https://www.commerce.gov/news/secretary-speeches/2016/09/us-secretary-commerce-penny-pritzker-delivers-opening-remarks">announced</a> that “Manufacturing USA” is the new brand name for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. The network consists of public-private institutes dedicated to securing the nation’s future through manufacturing innovation, education, and collaboration. Secretary Pritzker made the announcement at the annual International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.</p> <p>“Today, I am thrilled to announce Manufacturing USA. With our new name, Manufacturing USA captures the geographic reach of a network that spans our country and is positioned to benefit companies of all sizes from coast to coast,” said Secretary Pritzker. “But more importantly, this name embodies our vision for a unified American manufacturing sector – where the brightest minds and the most innovative companies come together to develop the most cutting-edge technology in the world.”</p> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/09/us-secretary-commerce-announces-manufacturing-usa-new-brand-national DOD Proposes– Robots in Manufacturing Environments Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RIME-MII) https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/08/dod-proposes-robots-manufacturing-environments-manufacturing-innovation <p>The topic of this eighth DoD-led Institute is Robots in Manufacturing Environments (RIME). The RIME-MII will improve U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing through advancements in the smart collaborative robotic field. This technology has the potential to level the manufacturing playing field with competing low labor cost economies, with decreased manufacturing cost, better quality and timely reaction to changes needed by the customer. Smart, collaborative robotics can also enable "batch of one" production, also known as mass customization. The technologies developed in this institute will be primarily focused in making advanced manufacturing more competitive, addressing DoD needs, and contribute to improving prosperity in the United States. The Institute will focus on technology areas such as human robot interaction, adaption, learning, manipulation, autonomy, mobility and perception.</p> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/08/dod-proposes-robots-manufacturing-environments-manufacturing-innovation A Call to Action to Celebrate the Manufacturing of Today and Tomorrow https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/08/call-action-celebrate-manufacturing-today-and-tomorrow <p><em>“With ingenuity and a determined spirit, hardworking Americans are creating products and unlocking new technologies that will shape our Nation and grow our economy… On National Manufacturing Day, we celebrate all those who proudly stand behind our goods and services made in America, and we renew our commitment to winning the race for the jobs of tomorrow.”</em></p> <ul><li>President Obama, Manufacturing Day 2014 <a href="https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/02/presidential-proclamation-national-manufacturing-day-2014">Proclamation</a></li> </ul> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/08/call-action-celebrate-manufacturing-today-and-tomorrow FOA: Robots in Manufacturing Environments Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RIME-MII) https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/07/foa-robots-manufacturing-environments-manufacturing-innovation-institute <p>This is a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Robots in Manufacturing Environments Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RIME-MII). Please see attached FOA.</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/07/foa-robots-manufacturing-environments-manufacturing-innovation-institute Sharpening Our Competitive Edge and the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/sharpening-our-competitive-edge-and-national-network-manufacturing <p>Innovation and U.S. manufacturing are inextricably linked—that’s why the President launched the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), a network of manufacturing hubs across the country that is designed to sharpen America’s competitive edge in spurring the next generation of manufacturing jobs and investment. Each manufacturing hub brings together leaders from private companies, universities, and non-profits—alongside the Federal Government—to pioneer breakthroughs in emerging manufacturing technology. And with new competitions underway, we are well on track to meet the President’s goal of fifteen hubs launched by the end of this year.</p> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/sharpening-our-competitive-edge-and-national-network-manufacturing FACT SHEET: The President Announces Winner of New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/fact-sheet-president-announces-winner-new-smart-manufacturing-innovation <p><em>The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, brings over $140 million in public-private investment from leading universities and manufacturers to develop smart sensors for use in advanced manufacturing.</em></p> <p>Throughout this week, the Obama Administration will be highlighting America’s capacity for creativity and invention and how our innovative progress over the last seven and a half years has helped continue to make our economy the strongest and most durable in the world.  As part of this effort, today, at the third-annual SelectUSA Summit in Washington, DC, before an audience of business leaders, economic development officials, and investors from around the world, President Obama will announce that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy. The winning coalition, headquartered in Los Angeles, California brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry, and non-profits—hailing from more than thirty states—to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/fact-sheet-president-announces-winner-new-smart-manufacturing-innovation DOE FOA: Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/doe-foa-clean-energy-manufacturing-innovation-institute-reducing <p><em>The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing”.</em></p> <p>This FOA supports the establishment of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing. This Institute will enable the development and widespread deployment of key industrial platform technologies that will dramatically reduce life-cycle energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing through the development of technologies for reuse, recycling, and remanufacturing of materials. Solving this enormous and currently unmet challenge could significantly reduce U.S. primary energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector, which represents a particularly challenging sector to decarbonize, and improve U.S. manufacturing competiveness in the process. Analysis shows that the development and deployment of cost effective new technologies to enable significant reductions in the life-cycle embodied energy and carbon emissions for materials production in the US economy relative to the use of primary feedstocks could offer energy savings on the order of 1.6 quadrillion BTU (quads) annually across four classes of waste materials - metals, fibers, polymers, and e-waste.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/doe-foa-clean-energy-manufacturing-innovation-institute-reducing DOE FOA: Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/doe-foa-clean-energy-manufacturing-innovation-institute-reducing-0 <p>The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “<em>Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing</em>”.</p> <p>This FOA supports the establishment of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing. This Institute will enable the development and widespread deployment of key industrial platform technologies that will dramatically reduce life-cycle energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing through the development of technologies for reuse, recycling, and remanufacturing of materials. Solving this enormous and currently unmet challenge could significantly reduce U.S. primary energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector, which represents a particularly challenging sector to decarbonize, and improve U.S. manufacturing competiveness in the process. Analysis shows that the development and deployment of cost effective new technologies to enable significant reductions in the life-cycle embodied energy and carbon emissions for materials production in the US economy relative to the use of primary feedstocks could offer energy savings on the order of 1.6 quadrillion BTU (quads) annually across four classes of waste materials - metals, fibers, polymers, and e-waste.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/doe-foa-clean-energy-manufacturing-innovation-institute-reducing-0 DOD NOI: Robots in Manufacturing Environments Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RIME-MII) https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/dod-noi-robots-manufacturing-environments-manufacturing-innovation <p>This Notice is to announce the U.S. Government's intent to seek competition for an eighth Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) to be led by the Department of Defense (DoD).  The topic of this eighth DoD-led Institute is<strong> Robots in Manufacturing Environments (RIME)</strong>.  The<strong> </strong>motivation for the RIME-MII is to improve U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing through advancements in the smart collaborative robotic field. </p> <p>This technology has the potential to level the manufacturing playing field with competing low labor cost economies, with decreased manufacturing cost, better quality and timely reaction to changes needed by the customer. Smart, collaborative robotics can also enable "batch of one" production, also known as mass customization. The technologies developed in this institute will be primarily focused in making advanced manufacturing more competitive, addressing DoD needs, and contribute to improving prosperity in the United States. The Institute will focus on technology areas such as human robot interaction, adaption, learning, manipulation, autonomy, mobility and perception.</p> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/dod-noi-robots-manufacturing-environments-manufacturing-innovation DOD FOA: Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ATB-MII) https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/dod-foa-advanced-tissue-biofabrication-manufacturing-innovation <p>This FOA seeks proposals from U.S. non-profit organizations (minimum 1:1 cost share) interested in entering into a Technology Investment Agreement (TIA), pursuant to 10 USC §2371, for the purpose of establishing a state-of-the-art, end-to-end, sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) in support of advanced tissue biofabrication manufacturing.</p> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/dod-foa-advanced-tissue-biofabrication-manufacturing-innovation DOD Led Institute for the Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ATB-MII) https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/dod-led-institute-advanced-tissue-biofabrication-manufacturing <p>The ATB-MII will bring together for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and federal and state agencies to accelerate innovation by investing in industrially relevant manufacturing technologies with applications in the Tissue Biofabrication Ecosystem. This effort will provide support to help bridge the gap between basic/early research and product development by advancing and scaling critical technologies in the manufacturing readiness level 4 to 7 range. The ATB MII will provide shared assets to help entities – particularly small manufacturers – access cutting-edge capabilities and equipment, creating an unparalleled environment to educate and train students and workers in Advanced Tissue Biofabrication skills.</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/06/dod-led-institute-advanced-tissue-biofabrication-manufacturing DOD NOI: Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ATB-MII) https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/05/dod-noi-advanced-tissue-biofabrication-manufacturing-innovation <p>This Notice is to announce the U.S. Government's intent to seek competition for a seventh Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) to be led by the Department of Defense (DoD). The topic of this seventh DoD-led Institute is Advanced Tissue Biofabrication (ATB). The motivation for the ATB-MII is to increase U.S. competitiveness in advanced tissue biofabrication manufacturing by streamlining integrated testing technologies, reducing the barrier to entry for new inventors and encouraging insertion of disruptive technologies into multiple biotechnology sectors.</p> Tue, 24 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/05/dod-noi-advanced-tissue-biofabrication-manufacturing-innovation DOE: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/05/doe-notice-intent-issue-funding-opportunity-announcement-clean-energy <p>The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing." (DE-FOA-0001594) This FOA supports the establishment of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing. This Institute will enable the development and widespread deployment of key industrial platform technologies that will dramatically reduce life-cycle energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing through the development of technologies for reuse, recycling, and remanufacturing of materials. Solving this enormous and currently unmet challenge could significantly reduce U.S. primary energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector, which represents a particularly challenging sector to decarbonize, and improve U.S. manufacturing competiveness in the process.</p> Fri, 13 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/05/doe-notice-intent-issue-funding-opportunity-announcement-clean-energy MForesight: The Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight, Announces Prize Competition Seeking Innovative Approaches to Cost-Effective, Low-Volume Manufacturing: “MAKING to MANUFACTURING” https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/05/mforesight-alliance-manufacturing-foresight-announces-prize-competition <p>The MForesight Competition is soliciting new manufacturing technologies and approaches that will increase the variety and value of items designed and manufactured cost-effectively in the United States with 3-5 years of additional development. Ultimately, these innovations will support a “Democratization of Manufacturing,” enabling small teams and businesses to manufacture products in low-volumes economically. By removing costly barriers-to-entry such as specialized knowledge and high-volume requirements, a wide range of innovators, entrepreneurs, and small/medium-sized business can be competitive with low labor-cost producers.</p> Thu, 05 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/05/mforesight-alliance-manufacturing-foresight-announces-prize-competition Energy Department Requests Proposals for New Institute to Boost Efficiency in Manufacturing https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/05/energy-department-requests-proposals-new-institute-boost-efficiency <p>On February 19, 2016, the Energy Department requested proposals for a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute.  The Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute will join the Administration’s broader National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), which drives collaboration between small- and medium-sized companies, academic institutions, industrial research organizations, and national laboratories. The Energy Department also announced that its next institute competition, which will begin later in May, will focus on developing innovative recycling and remanufacturing technologies to lower energy use.</p> <p>The Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute — the fourth led by the Energy Department within the NNMI — represents a critical step in the Administration’s effort to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030. It will focus on developing breakthrough technologies to increase the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes used across an array of U.S. industries, including ethylene for plastics and biofuels used in sustainable transportation. Proposals for this $70 million funding opportunity announcement are due June 15.</p> <p>For more information about this funding opportunity, please visit <a href="http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-requests-proposals-new-institute-boost-efficiency-manufacturing">Energy.gov</a>.  Information about the NNMI Program can be found at <a href="https://www.manufacturing.gov/">Manufacturing.gov</a>.</p> Thu, 05 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/05/energy-department-requests-proposals-new-institute-boost-efficiency Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement “Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing” https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/04/notice-intent-issue-funding-opportunity-announcement-modular-chemical <p>The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Modular Chemical Process Intensification”.</p> <p>This FOA supports the establishment of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Modular Chemical Process Intensification. Modular chemical process intensification represents an emerging opportunity for processing industries in the U.S. manufacturing sector to improve energy efficiency, reduce feedstock waste, increase scalability and improve productivity by merging and integrating separate unit processes (mixing, reactions, separation) into single modular hardware elements of reduced size, higher efficiency and scalability.</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/04/notice-intent-issue-funding-opportunity-announcement-modular-chemical DoD Announces Award of New Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Hub Lead in Cambridge, Massachusetts https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/04/dod-announces-award-new-revolutionary-fibers-and-textiles-manufacturing <p>As part of the Department of Defense effort to partner with the private sector and academia to ensure the United States continues to lead in the new frontiers of manufacturing, today Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will announce that a leading consortium of 89 universities, manufacturers, and non-profits organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will spearhead a new manufacturing innovation institute in partnership with the Department of Defense to secure U.S. leadership in revolutionary fibers and textiles manufacturing. <br /><br /> Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Alliance, a new non-profit research and development consortium comprised of partners from industry, academia and state governments has been selected to lead this effort following a highly competitive nationwide bid process. The agreement will be managed by U.S. Army Contracting Command - New Jersey Emerging Technologies contracting center and combines $75 million in DoD funds and nearly $250 million in cost sharing from non-federal investments for a total of over $317 million.</p> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000 amnpo@nist.gov https://www.manufacturing.gov/news/announcements/2016/04/dod-announces-award-new-revolutionary-fibers-and-textiles-manufacturing